Sunday, July 15, 2018

White Sands Orchids Oil Review

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If fighting frizz and fly-aways is an ongoing battle for you, then I have been having great success keeping these pesky issues at bay with White Sands Orchids Oil. This silicone-based hair oil effortlessly tames frizz, smooths out hair and leaves it soft, manageable and shiny. It has a light floral fragrance, but it is neither overpowering, nor is it long-lasting. I simply apply a small amount of this mid-weight emollient oil to my damp or dry hair, and work it though its length, and then either let it air dry, or blow dry it. It's just that simple, and it's completely fuss-free.

According to White Sands,

Orchids Oil extract restores moisture, shine, elasticity and softness to hair that has become damaged from chemical treatments, and thermal stress. White Sands’ interest in Orchids for hair is inspired from studies that have shown the orchid’s mysterious capacity for longevity, beauty, and its versatility to adjust to different environments with vibrant color. Orchid oil is very light weight, unlike most other oils it does not affect the hairs ability to perform when styling.

Ingredients: Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Bulbophyllum sp.), Fragrance (Orchids). 

Overall Assessment: I am very pleased with this hair oil, and love that it allows me to effortlessly comb through my freshly washed curly locks. If you like silicone-based hair serums, then this is definitely one to try.

$26.00 for 3.3 oz. from White Sands (Unaffiliated Links).
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Week in Review | Saturday, July 14

The Boxwalla August Lean on Me Beauty Box featuring African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil is available for a mere $49.95! This peerless luxury face oil, which retails for $250.00, is a incredible deal that you don’t want to miss. Furthermore, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is hosting a GIVEAWAY, and two lucky readers will win a full-size bottle of this amazing eco-luxury beauty oil! #boxwalla #africanbotanics #giveaway

If you're looking to add more clean beauty products into your skincare routine, Prime Beauty says try Snow Fox!

After a bit of a rocky start, Never Say Die Beauty found a great match in the new ColourPop No Filter Foundation, and has ended up a real fan!

What's summer without easy reading books and fun cosmetic treasures? If you want to know the answer then check out the new #giveaway on Beauty Info Zone and enter now!

Nature's Botox? Pammy Blogs Beauty checks out DERMA-E's new Anti-Aging products!

Jen from Laugh Love Contour has been traveling with the MYO Cosmetic Clutch and her review shows that not all magnetic cosmetic cases are created the same. Check out Jen’s post to discover what sets this product apart from the rest!

Christa from Realizing Beauty has discovered the most AMAZING subscription box (and she hates subscription boxes). The Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box not only includes 4 full-sized essential oils every month but you get the recipes and containers etc. you need to actually create all your own blends, roll-ons, skincare and more and it's only $39!

Summer means travel time and Stacie of Makeup Obsessed Mom shares the amazing things you can do on a trip to Dallas and Ft. Worth. Join her and make your airline reservations or fill up the tank to go.

Looking for beautiful and affordable highlighters? Shipra of Taneja's Brideblog is the place to look. The lovely Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powders are exactly what you are looking for.

How curious are you about injections? Are you interested but afraid? Christine from 15 Minute Beauty has a question and answer article about Botox. Learn the rights and wrongs to make an informed decision.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Painted Earth Skincare Earthereal Face Oil | Review

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Painted Earth Skincare Earthereal Face Oil is a lightweight, and yet very rich and fast absorbing, luxury face oil that is antioxidant rich, ultra-nourishing and intensely hydrating. It effortlessly melts into the skin, leaves behind no greasy residue, and it makes the skin feel deliciously soft, smooth, supple and luminous. Furthermore, it softens the appearance of fine lines by lightly plumping them, and therefore improves the overall appearance and texture of the skin.

The wonderfully woodsy natural aroma, which calms and soothes the spirit, is a perfect before bedtime treat to help you drift off into a peaceful slumber. This oil is intended for all types of skin, and it definitely works beautifully for my normal/combination skin.

According to Painted Earth Skincare,

Enchanting high-powered and antioxidant-rich oil, this facial oil delivers serious hydration, nourishment, and anti-aging benefits to balance all skin types. Designed to deliver nutrients and emollients deep within the skin to improve skin elasticity and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this oil protects against environmental damage as well visible signs of premature aging. It also supports a stronger skin barrier as it locks in revitalizing moisture and refines texture for a supple look and softer feel. Skin looks plumped, smooth, and lit from within.

This nutrient rich combination of precious oils and rare herbal extracts high in antioxidants is known to be restructuring and supportive through phytosterols, which floods skin with hydration and beauty benefits. Soft and ultra-smooth, skin glows with translucency and head-turning radiance.
Directions: To activate your serum and help it deliver nutrients deep into your skin, apply it with the Push/Press Method. Start with clean, toned skin. Place 1-2 squirts of the serum in the palm of your hand. Gently rub your palms together to activate the serum and evenly distribute it to both hands. Place your hands on both sides of your face and press firmly. Push the serum into your skin by repeating this technique on your entire face, neck, and decollete. Repeat the entire process for 30 seconds.

Select Ingredients and Their Attributes:

Japanese Camellia Oil: Seals in moisture and nourishes with Vitamins A, B, D and E and nourishing Omegas 3, 6, and 9; this featherweight botanical oil is richer in oleic acid than olive oil.

Squalane: A natural skin emollient that delivers and retains moisture.

Black Currant Seed Oil: Rich in antioxidants; is notable for its moisturizing and protective properties.

Tomato Seed Oil: Contains essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, carotenes including lycopene and phytosterols, and other important nutrients that play an important role in the health and radiance of the skin.

Watermelon Seed Oil: Allows the body to naturally eliminate toxins through the skin. The composition of fatty acids contained in watermelon seed oil helps to soothe and maintain healthy, nourished skin.

Elemi Essential Oil: Reduces fine lines and tones to soften weary and aged skin.

Buriti Oil: Extremely rich in essential fatty acids and carotenoids, including beta-carotene (it is one of the richest sources of beta-carotene), which possesses the remarkable ability to effectively nourish, moisturize, soothe and support the health of dry, cracked, mature, and problem skin.

Helichrysum Essential Oil (Immortelle): Highly prized for anti aging for its potent skin healing properties that effectively reduce scars and promote regeneration. It increases blood flow to the skin (which is absolutely crucial if one wants to have a glowing complexion), provides wrinkle fighting anti oxidants, and reduces inflammation.

Pracaxi Oil: A superior emollient that absorbs easily and effectively penetrates the skin to help balance skin tone and color. The nutritive composition of the oil includes an impressive quantity of Behenic Acid, a saturated fat that is exceptionally moisturizing to the skin and well suited for dry, irritated, problem, damaged, and mature skin.

Essential Oils of Frankincense, Rosemary, Ylang, Sage, Cyprus and Lavender: Tone, soothe, and comfort your skin.

Seabuckthorn Oil: Rich with moisturizing omegas 7 and 9 and protective antioxidants that soothe and supports skin.

Ingredients: Persea americana (Avocado) Fruit Oil, Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia) Nut Oil, Camellia japonica(Camellia) Seed Oil, Aleurites moluccana (Kukui) Nut Oil, Ribes nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Squalane (Olive), Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil, Pentaclethra macroloba (Pracaxi) Seed Oil, Borago officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Rubus occidentalis (Black Raspberry) Seed Oil, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorne) Pulp Oil, Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Mixed Tocotrienols (Vitamin El, Helichrysum Italicum (Immortelle EO), Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil, Elemi Essential Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Avena sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Styrax benzoin (Benzoin) Resin Extract, Myroxylon Pereirae (Peru Balsam) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Lavendula Officinalis Oil (Lavender Essential Oil), Cananga Odorata Oil (Ylang Essential Oil), Salvia Lavandulafolia Oil (Sage Essential Oil), Cypressus Sempervirens (Cypress Essential Oil).
Overall Assessment: A lovely beauty oil, indeed!

$64.00 for 1 oz. from Painted Earth Skincare (Unaffiliated Links).
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Nubian Heritage Bath & Body Heroes ♥

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While I have only been using Nubian Heritage products for a relatively short period of time, it has become one of my favorite brands that has secured pride of place in my daily routine. Indeed, my shower is filled with their beautiful products, and I wanted to share a few that I have been using all of the time this summer. Their skincare products are cruelty-free, made in the USA, and they are such a pleasure to use.
Nubian Heritage Goat's Milk & Chai Bar Soap ($4.99 for 5 oz. from Nubian Heritage and Swanson Vitamins): This lovely bar soap gently exfoliates dead skin cells while hydrating, softening and conditioning the skin. It boasts a creamy light lather that neither strips the skin, nor does it leave behind a greasy residue. It has a faint warm aroma from which one detects rose, honey and chai. I keep this bar at my bathroom sink, and love how soft it makes my hands.

According to Nubian Heritage,

Skin-softening Honey is added to this naturally rich and moisturizing Goat’s Milk soap. The heady aroma of roses and chai works with the moisturizing fatty acids in Goat’s Milk to cleanse & hydrate. Rose petals provide light exfoliation while Shea Butter conditions the skin.

Directions: Apply to washcloth or hands, create rich lather and cleanse. Rinse well. Follow with your favorite Nubian Heritage body lotion or infused butter. Avoid contact with eyes.

Ingredients: 100% Vegetable oils: palm oil and/or coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, organic shea butter, goat's milk powder, rose petals, rose extract, honey, camellia sinensis (chai) leaf extract, rose water, mineral pigment or vegetable color, natural fragrance and/or essential oil.

Nubian Heritage Olive Oil & Green Tea Body Wash ($12.99 for 13 oz. from Nubian Heritage, iHerb and Swanson Vitamins): This all-purpose cleanser is non-stripping, gentle and hydrating, and is suitable for all types of skin. It forms a creamy rich lather that releases the delightful scent of olive oil and green tea, and together they provide a wonderfully refreshing shower or bath experience.

According to Nubian Heritage,

A gentle cleanser formulated for dry, dehydrated skin. Infused with a blend of botanical oils that soften and smooth skin, it helps to give a more radiant and youthful appearance. Leaves skin feeling clean and moisturized.

Ingredients: Cocoamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Oil Soap), Decyl Glucoside (Sugar Beets), Lauroyl Lactylate (Palm Kernel), Deionized Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Essential Oil Blend, Avocado Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Green Tea Extract.
*Certified Organic Ingredient.

Nubian Heritage Honey & Black Seed Body Wash ($12.99 for 13 oz. from Nubian Heritage, iHerb and Swanson Vitamins): I have to preface this by stating that I am thoroughly obsessed with this body wash. There is something about the aroma– which has a deep, rich and creamy scent informed by the honey, black seed oil and honeysuckle– that is utterly intoxicating. It forms a rich and non-stripping lather that leaves the skin soft, smooth and hydrated, and it does so without leaving behind an oily residue.

According to Nubian Heritage,

Black Seed Oil and Arabian Honey blend seamlessly to create this skin-hydrating cleanser. Natural enzymes, amino acids and proteins boost moisture, perfecting skin’s appearance. Cleansed skin is left feeling smooth.

Ingredients: Cocoamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Oil Soap), Decyl Glucoside (Coconut Oil), Lauroyl Lactylate (Palm Kernel), Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Honey, Apricot Seed Oil, Black Seed Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Essential Oil Blend. *Certified Organic Ingredient
Unlike many sugar scrubs, which are suspended in a lot of oil, this one incorporates the oil into the sugar for a drier (and far less messy) application. The nourishing formula gently exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal soft, smooth, supple and hydrated skin.

Nubian Heritage Abyssinian Oil & Chia Seed Hand & Body Scrub ($12.99 for 12 oz. from Nubian Heritage and Amazon): According to Nubian Heritage, "This body scrub is a creamy fondant body scrub with 100 percent plant exfoliates in various grain sizes for soft, smooth skin that feels like new." The rich and deep aroma is indescribable, but suffice it to say it is captivating and soothing to the senses.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand & Body Scrub ($12.99 for 12 oz. from Nubian Heritage, Zulily and Amazon): According to Nubian Heritage, "Coconut & Papaya Body Scrub. This creamy body scrub cleanses, softens and soothes the skin, thanks to its formula of nourishing coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera and papaya." The aroma is a delightful tropical fruity scent that is both pleasant and comforting.
Left to Right: Abyssinian Oil & Chia Seed Hand & Body Scrub and Coconut & Papaya Hand & Body Scrub.
Nubian Heritage Olive Oil & Green Tea Hand Cream ($7.99 for 4 oz. from Nubian Heritage, iHerb and Swanson Vitamins): This is an intensely moisturizing hand cream that is mid-weight, but that promptly melts into the skin without leaving behind a greasy residue. It nourishes the skin and offers sustained moisture throughout the day. Hands are left soft, smooth and supple. The green tea and olive is very light, pleasant and refreshing, but the scent is not too assertive.

According to Nubian Heritage,

Our Olive & Green Tea Hand Cream is a nutrient-rich long lasting moisture treatment. This all-natural recipe is fortified with multi-vitamins, antioxidants and vegetable butters and oils to repair, moisturize and strengthen hard-working hands.

Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Stearyl Alcohol (Palm Kernel), Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Essential Oil Blend, Vegetable Glycerin, Carbomer, Avocado Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Allantoin (Comfrey Root Extract), Green Tea Extract
*Certified Organic Ingredient

Nubian Heritage Abyssinian Oil & Chia Seed Hand Cream ($9.99 for 4 oz. from Nubian Heritage): I love to exfoliate my hands with the Nubian Heritage Abyssinian Oil & Chia Seed Hand & Body Scrub and then follow with this gorgeously aromatic hand cream that leaves hands so soft and smooth that it has to be experienced to be believed. It melts into the skin without leaving behind a greasy residue, and it delivers intense doses of moisture. The scent is a warm and creamy revelation!

According to Nubian Heritage,

A luxurious nutrient-rich treatment infuses skin with revitalizing moisture. Abyssinian and Chia Seed oils blend with Amaranth Extract and Ginseng for silky smooth, youthful-looking hands.

Abyssinian Oil was made famous by The Queen of Sheba, the ruler of ancient Ethiopia. Ancient superfoods, Chia Seed Oil and Amaranth Extract have been cultivated since the 16th century while Ginseng, rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, is used in traditional Chinese medicine. Complementing the ingredients, revitalizing properties, our package pattern symbolizes faith and celebrates the rich textile history of Ethiopia where some of the world’s finest cotton is grown.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion ($12.99 for 13 oz. from Nubian Heritage, iHerb and Swanson Health Products): This thick and rich body lotion has the rare distinction of immediately melting into the skin without leaving behind a greasy residue. The delectable aroma, which is a blend of coconut and papaya, is the embodiment of a tropical vacation in a bottle! The nourishing formula leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and hydrated.

According to Nubian Heritage,

This tropical-scented body lotion is crafted with nourishing Coconut Oil and vitamin-rich Papaya Extract, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to soften and soothe. Skin is renewed to reveal younger-looking, brighter skin.

Ingredients: Water, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Allantoin, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Tricholoma Matsutake (Songi Mushroom) Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Roselle) Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient. *Fair Trade Ingredient.
Overall Assessment: The more that I try from Nubian Heritage, the more that I love this brand. I highly recommend trying their products!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Mally Kiss Me Tinted Lip Oil and More is More Mascara

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It has been a while since I have tested out anything from Mally, and each time that I do I wonder why I don't use more of Mally's wonderful products. I recently began testing Mally Kiss Me Tinted Lip Oil and Mally More is More Mascara in Jet Black, and I really like the both.
Mally Kiss Me Tinted Lip Oil in Peach Me ($30.00 for set of three from QVC): I love wearing lip gloss, and therefore tinted lip oils are just my type of lip product. Peach Me is a lovely, and infinitely wearable peach tinted lip oil that looks and feels like a lip gloss. It is lightweight, it offers a glossy finish, it isn't in the least bit sticky or tacky, and it softens and moisturizes the lips.

According to Mally,

Tint your lips with this beautiful conditioning oil from Mally. Lightly tinted with color, the lightweight texture melts onto lips without feeling tacky, giving you soft, kissable lips with a high-gloss payoff.
According to Mally,

Tint your lips with this beautiful conditioning oil from Mally. Lightly tinted with color, the lightweight texture melts onto lips without feeling tacky, giving you soft, kissable lips with a high-gloss payoff.
 Shown: Kiss Me Tinted Lip Oil in 
Set Includes:
0.27-fl oz Kiss Me Tinted Lip Oil in Peach Me
0.27-fl oz Kiss Me Tinted Lip Oil in What a Melon
0.27-fl oz Kiss Me Tinted Lip Oil in Crystal Clear
Mally More is More Mascara in Jet Black ($20.00 from Mally, Ulta and Kohl's): This is a really effective, non-flaking, non-clumping, mascara that lengthens and defines lashes for dramatic impact. Furthermore, the brush separated lashes for maximum impact, and is able to reach even the tiniest lashes without incident.

According to Mally,

More is More Mascara's rich, creamy formula coats each lash on the very first stroke, for perfect definition.

For a truly lush, "false lashes" effect, Mally designed a special brush to grip lashes and smooth the mascara out to the very tips for exceptional length and definition. Hello, drama mama!

The tip of the brush has additional bristles that provide the finishing touch for lashes that look larger than life!

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Pvp, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Polybutene, Cetyl Palmitate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Nylon-12, Stearic Acid, Steareth-20, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-2, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Aminomethyl Propanol, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).
Overall Assessment: I have two more reasons to use more Mally products!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018


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If you are a Nordstrom cardholder, you are able to enjoy early access to their Anniversary Sale July 12 through July 19. The public sale begins July 20 and runs through August 5. There are so many amazing things available, and it is definitely one of the very best times of the year to shop.

Important Dates:
July 11: Level 4 cardmembers get to pre-shop the sale in stores only.
July 12-19: all cardmembers get to shop Early Access in stores and online.
July 20-August 5: their biggest sale of the year opens to the public.

Click on the individual product links for detailed information about each of the items featured.


Here are some of my TOP BEAUTY PICKS:
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Sanari Plant-Based Candles and Exclusive 20% Off for LSBB Readers

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My house is filled with gorgeous fragrant candles, and my latest candle obsession is from a brand that you aren't likely familiar with...yet! In fact, I am so smitten with my Sanari Plant-Based Candles that I can barely contain my excitement and am truly thrilled to introduce you to these fetching candles. 

I am also thrilled that Sanari is graciously offering Lola's Secret Beauty Blog readers an exclusive 20% Off Sitewide Use Code: LOLA20 from:

About Sanari, 

Founded in 2014, we are the only truly Plant-Based Candle line, made with Kosher Certified Essential Oils, Non-GMO Soy Wax and Organic Coconut Wax.  We are passionate about the Green Living movement, and carefully certify all of the ingredients we use.  We’re hand poured, small batch in Los Angeles. 

Each aspect of our candles is carefully chosen to create the ultimate sensory experience. We are popularizing the appeal of a healthy lifestyle through innovation in our premium ingredients.

As a woman-owned business, we believe in giving back.  A portion of all proceeds benefit Breast Cancer research, a cause close to our hearts
Sanari, a local Los Angeles company, not only creates each of their delectably scented candles from  Kosher Certified Essential Oils, Non-GMO Soy Wax and Organic Coconut Wax, but they also use gorgeous wide 100% unbleached cotton wicks that are, "designed specifically to burn best in organic coconut wax candles and non-GMO wax for an even glow and pure burn." Furthermore, each hand poured candle is housed in a recycled stemless wine glass that was recycled and is recyclable, and it is topped by a wonderful wooden fitted lid.
This eco-friendly company is not only interested in actively creating healthy candles that are utilize sustainable practices, but they also give back by donating a portion of all proceeds to Breast Cancer research. Therefore, between their healthy sustainably made products and their philanthropic practices, this is a company that you can feel very good about supporting.
Made with Sustainable Products:
• Organic Coconut Wax blend
• 100% Organic, Certified Essential Oils
• 100% Certified Unbleached Cotton Wick
• Reusable Stemless Wine Glass
• Proudly Hand Crafted in California, USA
• Vegan

Free of:  Petroleum, harmful synthetic fragrances, colorants, animal by-products and GMO ingredients.
Sanari Sorbetto Plant-Based Candle ($44.00 for 16 oz. from Sanari and the Sanari Amazon Store): This utterly delectable and intoxicating candle is a citrus herbal blend of blood orange, coconut and vanilla bean. The lovely aroma fills the air with its gorgeous essence, while the healthy candle burns clean.

Blend: Citrus Herbal (Blood Orange, Persian Lime, Creamy Coconut, Vanilla Bean and Cinnamon)
Burn time: 80+ Hours
20% Off Use Code: LOLA20

According to Sanari,

A luscious note of tangy fruits with sweet blood orange and exotic Persian lime, on a heart of creamy coconut falling into buttery vanilla bean, finishing it off with a touch of cinnamon.

Sanari Aria Plant-Based Candle ($44.00 for 16 oz. from Sanari and the Sanari Amazon Store): This lovely candle boasts the most soothing and calming aroma that is punctuated by a citrusy floral scent that is offset by the depth of Ylang Ylang and cedar wood without being overly assertive or cloying. It fills the air with its beautiful and creamy fragrance, while burning clean and smoke-free.

Blend: Floral Fruit (Sweet Tangerine, Ylang Ylang, Lavender)
Burn time: 80+ Hours
20% Off Use Code: LOLA20

According to Sanari,

A sweet and herbal notes of refreshing eucalyptus, a shimmer of bergamot and juicy sweet tangerine falling into beautifully fragrant ylang ylang, fresh mint and lavender, finishing it off with warm patchouli and calming cedar wood.
Tips from Sanari: "To best preserve your candle store out of heat, humidity and direct sun. Burn only on non-flammable, heat safe surfaces. The natural wax creates a generous melted wax pool when in use; extinguish candle to cool completely before touching or moving. For a nice glow and long lasting burn; burn up to 3-4 hours at a time. gently remove excess burnt wick with a napkin, each time before lighting your candle."
Overall Assessment: These are amazing candles from a visionary company! Their philanthropic mission coupled with their eco-friendly practices make Sanari a brand to support! Be sure to take advantage of the 20% Off for LSBB readers!

$44.00 each for 16 oz. candles from the Sanari website or from the Sanari Amazon Store (Affiliate Links).

20% Off coupon code for the entire site: Use Code: LOLA20 from: valid through August 31, 2018.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Week in Review

15 Minute Beauty has found her newest holy grail shampoo and conditioner, a duo that truly stops breakage completely! Check them out if your hair is also damaged or you're trying to grow your hair longer.

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog wants to share her current LAVANILA Healthy Summertime Obsessions that you will absolutely LOVE! From gorgeous fragrances to luscious body butters, you won’t what to miss out on these covet-worthy body products. #lavanila

Pammy Blogs Beauty has started a new anti-acne and anti-aging skincare routine with Retin-A! Find out more about her skincare routine and her Retin-A journey so far.

Beauty Info Zone isn't done celebrating the 4th of July and neither is IT Cosmetics. You've got to see this fabulous New and Limited Edition Superstar Flawless Foundation Brush since it's only available in July.

When a larger influencer stole her photo and edited it to mock her makeup look, Judy from Beauty Judy took the opportunity to speak out against photo theft and building each other up.

Prime Beauty wants to know if you've ever heard of CBD? CBD has been proven to help many ailments. WarFighter Hemp has many products with CBD and a full 50% of the profits go to Veterans.

Have you checked out Tarte's new launch of 30 Creaseless Concealers? Find your best color match on Justina's Gems post.

Never Say Die Beauty went through a mix of staples and travel size samples in June. Find out which are worth repurchasing.

Get your summer glow on with the new Inglot Cosmetics x Jennifer Lopez Collaboration. Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour picked up a few of these new products and she has shared swatches and her thoughts on them on her blog. What will you be picking up?

Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom loves face masks and she loves saving money. See all the DIY masks that she's sharing. You're sure to find one you'll love.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Crest 3D White Whitestrips Whitening + Therapy Dental Whitening Kit

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There is no question that I make every effort to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, and that I wear high SPF sunscreens whenever I go outdoors, but living in Southern California means that exposure to the sun is inevitable. While I avoid tanning, to protect my skin against skin cancer and accelerated aging, my skin does get darker during the summer months, and if my teeth are in the least bit coffee and tea stained it is very obvious. Therefore, when I notice them yellowing, I tend to reach for some sort of teeth whitening product. What complicates this for me is the fact that I have very sensitive teeth, and therefore heavy duty teeth whiteners tend to be far too aggressive for me, and will most often leave my teeth aching and sensitive for days to weeks. Thus, I often approach teeth whiteners with considerable trepidation, and I generally can neither use them for the prescribed period of time, nor for the number of consecutive days recommended to maximize their efficacy. That said, I have been testing Crest 3D White Whitestrips Whitening + Therapy Dental Whitening Kit, and have had good results.
Crest 3D White Whitestrips Whitening + Therapy Dental Whitening Kit contains 14 Crest 3D White Whitestrips that are formulated to remove stains from the teeth and the Crest 3D White Enamel Strengthening Serum Toothpaste that you use afterward to strengthen enamel. Crest suggests that these Whitestrips will remove six years worth of stains, and that the Crest 3D White Enamel Strengthening Serum Toothpaste will both, "nourish teeth and strengthen enamel." I cannot vouch as to whether or not they remove up to six years worth of stains because I don't have six years of stains on my teeth, but I am a daily coffee and tea drinker– therefore I drink two of the greatest causes of stained teeth. Crest suggests that for best results one should leave the Whitestrips on for 30 minutes and use them for 14 days in a row, and while I can do the former, I simply cannot do the latter. I do not find that these Whitestrips are too strong for me to use, but I can only use them for about 4-5 days in a row before needing to take a break for a day or two. That said, I used up this entire kit, and while it took me more than two weeks to do, I definitely noted that it significantly whitened my teeth, and it did so without making my teeth ache. In fact, I found this kit so effective that I plan to purchase another set as soon as I require more teeth whitening.
Directions: Crest Whitestrips: Use once a day for 30 minutes. After removing the strips, brush teeth with the Enamel Strengthening Serum Toothpaste.

Crest 3D White Whitestrips Whitening + Therapy Dental Whitening Kit Includes:
• 3D White No Slip Whitestrips (14 ct)
• Enamel Strengthening Serum Toothpaste (0.85 oz)

According to Crest:

Enamel Strengthening Serum: Adults and children 2 years & older: Brush teeth thoroughly after meals or at least twice a day or use as directed by a dentist. Do not swallow. To minimize swallowing use a pea-sized amount in children under 6. Supervise children's brushing until good habits are established. Children under 2 years ask a dentist.

Precautions: Keep out of reach of young children. Product is not intended for use in children under the age of 12. Do not swallow plastic strip. Your dentist and Crest want to keep your teeth healthy. Visit your dentist regularly. Crest Whitestrips Noticeably White is not a substitute for regular dental care.

Ingredients: Whitestrips: PVP, Water, PEG-8, Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrogen Peroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Saccharin.

Ingredients: Enamel Strengthening Serum Toothpaste: Active: Sodium Fluoride 0.243% (0.15% W/V Fluoride Ion). Inactive: Sorbitol, Water, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Flavor, Trisodium Phosphate, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Saccharin, Carbomer.
Overall Assessment: I definitely found that these worked for me, and they weren't too strong for my sensitive teeth. I will be purchasing more soon.

$39.99-$44.99 for 14 treatments from Target, Ulta, Walgreens, Amazon and Harmon Face Values.
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Friday, July 6, 2018

KORRES Summertime Glowing Skincare Picks

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During the summer I am far more interested in healthy glowing skin than makeup, and in fact I wear the most minimal makeup during the warm months of the year. I delight in using healthy skincare products to pamper my skin, and treat myself to as many at-home spa days as possible, but given that I work long hours at work, I often end up taking short cuts by using fuss-free products that get to work while I sleep, as is the case with two of the products that I am featuring here. My overriding concern during the summer is to protect and treat my skin. Therefore, in addition to slathering myself with high SPF sunscreens, I also apply lots of moisturizing and hydrating treatments from head to toe. Here are a few of my current favorite moisturizers for the face and body from KORRES.
I love using nighttime skincare treatments, and I am partial to products that are filled with actives that work hard while I sleep. Since skin cell regeneration occurs more rapidly at night while we sleep, it is the optimal time to use actives that enhance this natural process.

This is precisely why I was interested in testing the KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial ($48.00 for 1.35 oz from Korres, Dermstore, Macy's and Sephora): "an overnight facial-in-a-jar" that claims to be "more than a mask, more than a night cream." This cream, which is formulated for all skin types, contains a proprietary blend of ingredients including brightening agents that even skin tone, lighten dark spots (hyperpigmentation), restore luminosity and improve firmness.

This mask can be used alone as a night cream, or it can be used in conjunction with your favorite serums and creams. I like to use it alone, but if you want to use it with your other nighttime products, then be sure to use it after your serum and cream as your final step. It has a delightful lightweight whipped texture that melts into the skin, but it is concentrated– so I recommend taking a less-is-more approach. I would be remiss if I did not tell you that it has a delectable, light rose aroma, but it does fade soon upon application. One immediately notices a surge of moisture, and that skin feels comfortable, but the real benefits are seen the following morning when you awaken to bright and luminous skin. There is a pronounced clarity and radiance that is evident after only a single use, but regular use over a sustained period of time results in evening skin tone and the lightening of hyperpigmentation.

According to KORRES,

This overnight Wild Rose facial-in-a-jar is a breakthrough in beauty sleep. More than a mask, more than a night cream, it contains a generous dose of wild rose oil, boosted with super C for powerful brightening and antiaging. At the same time, imperata cylindrica extract time releases moisture throughout the night for continuous hydration. This product's weightless, whipped texture melts instantly into skin and works while you sleep to re-texturize and address visible signs of premature aging. Day after day, week after week, uneven tone and dark spots will continuously improve. In as little as 14 days you'll see skin that's brighter, more even-toned, and exceptionally radiant.
Key Ingredients & Their Attributes:
  • Wild Rose Oil: Evens skintone and repairs fine lines; moisturizes, heals, and softens skin while forming a protective layer to improve its texture.
  • Super C: A stabilized fat soluble vitamin C with 10 times higher vitamin C absorption for powerful brightening, natural collagen synthesis, and antioxidant protection.
  • Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract: Provides continuous moisturization by regulating the moisture equilibrium of the skin.
  • Rose Water 15%: Provides weightless hydration.
Ingredients:Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Alcohol Denat., Triheptanoin, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D'abeille, Lecithin, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Distarch Phosphate, Eugenol, Fragrance, Galactoarabinan, Geraniol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Phenoxyethanol, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sodium Gluceptate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum. No Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates.

Directions: After nighttime cleansing ritual, apply to the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Do not rinse. If using with other products, apply after your treatment/ serum and prior to your night cream. Avoid direct contact with eyes.
KORRES Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial ($45.00 for 1.35 oz. from Korres,  Macy's, Dermstore, Neiman Marcus, b.glowing and Sephora): This is a lightweight and fast absorbing soufflĂ© that can either be used alone or paired with a richer night cream for people with drier skin. This overnight treatment offers the skin deep hydration, and it leaves the skin soft, smooth and supple. I love to pair it with a beauty oil, and when I awaken the next morning my skin is beautifully radiant, and my fine lines are softened.

According to KORRES,

A weightless soufflé powered by super-charged proteins that melts into skin and works overnight for intense, immediate moisturization.

A centuries-old Greek remedy for skin soothing, moisturizing Greek Yoghurt provides a natural source of proteins, minerals, and vitamins to instantly nourish stressed, dry skin. This ultrahydrating facial-in-a-jar contains a Greek Yoghurt concentrate with two and a half times the protein content of regular yogurt, and works overnight to provide skin with intense, long-term moisturization and nourishment to create a smooth, even complexion. You will wake up to noticeable improvements in skin texture and more moisturized, refreshed skin.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Alcohol Denat., Triheptanoin, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D'abeille, Lecithin, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Benzyl Salicylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Distarch Phosphate, Fragrance, Galactoarabinan, Geraniol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydroxyisohexyl 3 Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Isoeugenol, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Yogurt Powder. Made without: Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates.
KORRES After Sun Greek Yoghurt Cooling Gel ($26.00 for 5.07 oz. from Korres, Macy's, DermstoreSephora and Skin Store): This lightweight, and fast absorbing, moisturizing gel cools and hydrates the face and body after exposure to the elements. It also is a very refreshing lightweight moisturizing gel that can be used whenever one seeks added hydration and has the desire to cool down the skin during the warm weather. I love to keep a tube in the refrigerator for added cooling during the long and hot Southern California summers!

According to KORRES,

Korres After Sun Greek Yoghurt Cooling Gel is an ultra-cooling cream-gel that provides long-lasting freshness and comfort to the face and body. Ideal for after sun exposure, yogurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging.
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Yogurt, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene,Butylene Glycol, Mannan, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Pentylene Glycol, Panthenol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Epilobium Angustifolium extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Extract, Laureth-9, Menthyl Lactate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Jojoba Esters, Parfum, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Isoeugenol, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Phospholipids, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol. 

This product is dermatologist tested and free of Mineral Oil, Silicone, Ethanolamime,Propylene Glycol, Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates. The gel is enriched with active plant extracts.
KORRES Pure Greek Olive Blossom Body Milk ($14.26-$18.15 for 6.76 oz. from Beauty Expert): This lightweight and very fast absorbing moisturizer nourishes and hydrates the skin– leaving it soft, smooth, hydrated and luminous. It had a light and pleasant aroma that sits close to the skin, but that does fade after a few minutes. I like to use it right out of the shower when my skin is warm and slightly damp, and I immediately note that my skin feels more moisturized. I also like to mix it with the KORRES After Sun Greek Yoghurt Cooling Gel for added hydration.

According to Korres,

Korres Pure Greek Olive Blossom Body Milk is a lightweight, fast absorbing formular that leaves skin feeling nourished and silky-soft. Enriched with extra virgin Olive Oil, a natural source of antioxidants and toning Olive leaf extract.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin,Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer,Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Decyl Cocoate, Parfum/Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Althaea Officinalis Rootextract, Caprylyl Glycol, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Distarch Phosphate, Geraniol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil,Hexyl Cinnamal, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Linalool,Magnesium Pca, Manganese Pca, Methyl 2-Octynoate, Oleaeuropaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf extract, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate,Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sodiumbenzoate, Sodium Gluceptate, Sodium Pca, Zinc Pca.
Overall Assessment: I will get its and lots of use out of these 4 KORRES gems over the summer. Do you have any favorites from KORRES?

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