Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Rimmel London Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner in Eastend Snob | Swatches & Review

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While I do not always wear a lip liner, I do have a penchant for light nude pink and dusty mauve shades. Finding an affordable drugstore version is always a bonus, and since Rimmel London is one of my very favorite drugstore brands– it comes as no surprise that their Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner formula is among my favorite formulas.
Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Eastend Snob 063 is described as, "a soft-textured, automatic lip liner that delivers rich color and precise definition." It glides across the lips effortlessly, deposits color evenly, and it neither feathers, nor bleeds into lip lines. It offers several hours of wear-time on me, and it does not dry out my lips as some lip liners tend to do. Additionally, it is a full retractable twist-up pencil that doesn't require sharpening.
Rimmel London Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner in Eastend Snob might be described as nude pink meets rosy-mauve shade that is perfect when worn with pinks, nude pinks, pale rosy shades and mauves.
Rimmel London Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner in Eastend Snob
Swatches of Eastend Snob
Made in Germany
Overall Assessment: I love this lip pencil, and at this price point I will definitely be purchasing more shades.

$4.79-$6.99 for 0.01 oz. from Ulta, Target and Walmart (Affiliate Links).
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Monday, July 25, 2016

African Botanics Marula Detoxifying Salt & Sugar Body Scrub for Silky Smooth Skin | Review

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As you are well aware, the extent to which I love African Botanics cannot be sufficiently underscored. Their carefully curated skincare/wellness line is made from the finest ingredients available, and they spare no expense and cut no corners in bringing the finest quality natural products to the marketplace. Each and every single one of their products is held to the very highest standards, and they effectively merge luxury skincare with healthy, natural ingredients. The end result is an ultra luxe line that features exceedingly effective products with the finest textures and aromas imaginable.
African Botanics Marula Detoxifying Salt & Sugar Body Scrub is an antioxidant-rich body scrub that gently and effectively eliminates dead skin cells while it increases blood flow– which accelerates the removal of toxins.

The exfoliating particles, which are comprised of raw cane sugar and mineral-rich pink Himalayan crystal salt,  densely populate the oil-infused formula, and they do an exemplary job removing dead skin cells. These particles are not jagged, and therefore do not damage or traumatize the skin, and they naturally dissolve against the skin– unlike scrubs with synthetic particles that pollute the waterways. The warm, Neroli and Grapefruit aroma is delectable and calming– while the formula is itself ultra-nourishing. Once the sugar and salt dissolve, a thin veil of nourishing oils coat the skin and offer it deep moisture, and stunning luminosity. Unlike many oil-based body scrubs, African Botanics Marula Detoxifying Salt & Sugar Body Scrub thankfully does not leave an oil-slick on the shower floor. Without fail, once I emerge from the shower, my skin is left ultra soft, silky-smooth, supple, hydrated and luminous. I immediately follow by applying one of my favorite body oils and body creams for unbelievably dewy, luminous skin. The formula is so gently and soothing that it is suitable for all types of skin.

Directions: "Apply to damp skin to exfoliate by massaging with upward circular motions 1-3 per week concentrating on areas including hands, feet, knees and elbows. May also be used before getting into a warm bath or as a foot soak for the ultimate experience in well-being. Follow up with your favorite body oil or cream."
According to African Botanics,

This dual phase gentle formula contains brightening and exfoliating raw cane sugar and mineral-rich pink Himalayan crystal salt, which facilitates the body’s natural detoxification process by increasing blood and lymphatic flow. These ingredients gently scrub and eliminate dead skin cells and rough patches. A powerful combination of antioxidant-rich African Marula, Pinotage Grape seed, Baobab and Kalahari melon seed oils, replenish, renew and hydrate the skin.

This dual phase gentle formula contains brightening and exfoliating raw cane sugar and mineral-rich pink Himalayan crystal salt, which facilitates the body’s natural detoxification process by increasing blood and lymphatic flow. These ingredients gently scrub and eliminate dead skin cells and rough patches. A powerful combination of antioxidant-rich African Marula, Pinotage Grape seed, Baobab and Kalahari melon seed oils, replenish, renew and hydrate the skin.

Infused with aromatic essential oils of Neroli and Ruby Grapefruit which stimulate circulation and invigorate dry-looking skin, leaving it feeling supple, smooth and silky soft. Regular exfoliation prepares your skin for the application of hydrating, anti-aging and self-tanning skincare products.
Ingredients: Sucrose, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Sodium Chloride Sole (Himalayan Crystal Salts), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil**, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Silica, Citrus Paradisi (Ruby Grapefruit) Essential Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Kalahari Watermelon) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Tocopherol Acetate, Citronellal*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*. *Constituents of natural essential oils used. ** Certified Organic.
Overall Assessment: This is such a lovely and effective body scrub, but the sensory and aromatic experience makes its use an extraordinary pampering event. This earns an unmitigated A+ from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog.

$ 55.00 for 6.76 oz. / 200 ml. from African Botanics, Space NK, Net-A-Porter, Violet Grey, Beauty.com, Bloomingdale's and C.O. Bigelow (Affiliate Links).
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Through August 7! #NSale #NordstromAnniversarySale

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale runs from July 22-August 7! 

Here are a few of the brands that you will find generously discounted during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:

Burberry
Charlotte Tilbury
G-Shock
Gucci
Hanky Panky
Ippolita
Movado
Nike
The North Face
Prada
Swiss Army
Tory Burch
UGG Australia

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Find brand-new dresses at super-sale prices (and so much more). Prices go up after August 7. FREE Shipping. FREE Returns. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! Find brand-new dresses at super-sale prices (and so much more). Prices go up after August 7. FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.

New dresses for a steal at the NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale through August 7! New dresses for a steal at the NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale through August 7!

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CHI Tea Tree Oil Haircare Collection | Review

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If you rank yourself among the many who seek to deeply cleanse and condition your scalp and hair,  then the CHI Tea Tree Oil Collection is worth your consideration. The Tea Tree and Peppermint Oils effectively remove product build-up and dirt while balancing moisture levels.

According to CHI,

CHI Tea Tree Oil Collection is a haircare line enriched with both tea tree oil and peppermint oil for ultimate hair and scalp rejuvenation. The lavish line includes CHI Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, CHI Tea Tree Oil Conditioner, CHI Tea Tree Oil Blow Dry Primer Lotion, CHI Tea Tree Oil Serum, CHI Tea Tree Oil Soothing Scalp Spray, and CHI Tea Tree Oil Revitalizing Masque.  Treat your scalp and strands to these invigorating treatments for a healthier, replenished look.

The key ingredients are tea tree oil, peppermint oil, silk, and chamomile which all work collaboratively to purify the scalp while balancing oils and maintaining optimal moisture levels. The tea tree oil, an antioxidant, removes buildup while replenishing moisture by unclogging pores.  The silk also replenishes moisture and retains strength and shine as the chamomile soothes the scalp. This haircare line offers a gentle solution for replenishing your scalp to achieve incredible strength and shine.
CHI Tea Tree Oil Shampoo ($16.00 for 12 oz. from Loxa Beauty and Ulta): This is a refreshing and invigorating shampoo that does a very efficient job cleansing the scalp and hair, and effectively removes all traces of product buildup. For me, since I have naturally curly hair, it functions as an efficient clarifying shampoo when I need to remove product buildup, but it is the type of shampoo that I would only use once every few weeks. My husband, who surfs all of the time, finds it very efficient at removing salt, sand and dirt from surfing, but also reaches for it to remove product buildup. He uses it every few weeks, and says that more than that would be unnecessary.

CHI Tea Tree Oil Shampoo offers the invigorating and soothing benefits of tea tree oil and peppermint oil which work together to remove impurities and excess scalp build up, balance scalp oils, and maintain ideal moisture levels.

Key ingredients:
  • Tea tree oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Silk and chamomile
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Propanediol, Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Silk, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Glycol Distearate, Steareth-4, Glycolic Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides.

CHI Tea Tree Oil Conditioner ($17.00 for 12 oz. from Loxa Beauty and Ulta): This is a lightweight and refreshing conditioner that offers relief for dry, itchy scalp, and will help to treat dandruff. Since I do not have any of these particular issues, I simply use it whenever I use the shampoo since they work so well in tandem. The Tea Tree and Peppermint Oils refresh and invigorate the scalp and awaken the senses, and for this reason this conditioner is especially refreshing when used in a morning shower.

According to CHI,

The Tea Tree Oil Conditioner is a refreshing lightweight conditioner that provides a refreshing and awakening sensation while helping to normalize and balance scalp oils to relieve dry scalp. The conditioners blend of tea tree oil and peppermint oil work together to remove impurities and excess scalp build up, balance scalp oils, and maintain ideal moisture levels promoting optimal hair health.

Key ingredients:
  • Tea tree oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Silk and chamomile
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Propanediol, Polysorbate 60, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydrolyzed Silk, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, C12-16 Pareth-9, C11-15 Pareth-7, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-8, Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6.
CHI Tea Tree Oil Blow Dry Primer Lotion ($16.00 for 6 oz. from Loxa Beauty and Ulta): This is a lightweight primer that effectively protects the hair from heat-based styling products. If you blow-dry your hair regularly, then this is a great product to use to protect those tresses.

According to CHI,

CHI Tea Tree Oil Blow Dry Primer is a lightweight primer formula that prep's hair and scalp for thermal styling while protecting against thermal damage and environmental elements.

Key ingredients:
  • Tea tree oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Silk and chamomile
Apply a small amount of CHI Tea Tree Oil Blow Dry Primer Lotion to palms and distribute evenly through damp hair and blow-dry.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, VP/VA Copolymer, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Hydrolyzed Silk, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Vinyl Caprolactum/VP/Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, VP/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate Copolymer, C12-16 Pareth-9, C11-15 Pareth-7, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Propylene Glycol, Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, PPG-1 Trideceth-6.

CHI Tea Tree Oil Soothing Scalp Spray ($16.00 for 3 oz. from Loxa Beauty): This is a very refreshing and nourishing spray that smoothes hair, soothes and moisturizes dry, itchy scalps and gives hair a luscious shine.

According to CHI,

Refreshes your scalp and hair with nourishing moisture. Using a combination of tea tree and peppermint oil, this spray works to balance your natural, and necessary, hair oils while delivering a boost of hydration. This soothing spray also instantly relieves itching, irritation and dryness.

Features:
  • Refreshes and nourishes
  • Balances natural hair oils
  • Delivers moisture
  • Relieves itching, irritation and dryness
  • Formulated with tea tree and peppermint oil
Spray CHI Tea Tree Soothing Scalp Spray directly on to the scalp where needed to soothe itching and irritation. Do not rinse.

Key Ingredients & Benefits:
• Tea Tree Oil – Natural antioxidant unclogs pores and removes build up while replenishing moisture to soothe and condition the scalp.
• Peppermint Oil – Provides a refreshing and awakening sensation while helping to normalize and balance scalp oils to relieve dry scalp.
• Silk – Replenishes moisture while adding strength and shine.
• Chamomile – Protects and maintains hair’s strength and resilience, building a natural layer of resistance to damaged.

CHI Tea Tree Oil Tea Tree Serum ($19.00 for 2.0 oz. from Loxa Beauty and Ulta): This serum makes even my dry, curly hair soft, supple, silky smooth and shiny! While it moisturizes dry scalps, it also offers UV and thermal protection to the hair and scalp.

According to CHI,

The CHI Tea Tree Serum is a fast absorbing blend of tea tree and peppermint oil that moisturizes and nourishes the hair and scalp with essential nutrients for silky, smooth, healthy looking hair while also providing natural UV and thermal protection.

Key ingredients:
  • Tea tree oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Silk and chamomile
Apply a small amount of CHI Tea Tree Oil Serum to wet or dry hair, style as usual.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Caprylyl Methicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Aqua/Water/EAU, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate.
CHI Kabloom Brush ($7.96 from Loxa Beauty): This cheerful and whimsical looking brush does a great job taming my long, curly hair.  I thought that the squiggle-shaped nylon bristles would tangle my hair, but instead this little brush does a great job detangling my unruly tresses. Furthermore, the ball-tips feel great as they gently massage the scalp.

According to CHI,

The CHI Kabloom Brush is a little power packed brush that is not only brightly colored with squiggle shaped nylon bristles but also adds fun to every stroke.It is a great beauty accessory that fits easily in your purse, gym bag or brief case. As an added bonus, the reverse side of the brush has a mirror to check out your great style. This little brush works well for medium to long hair.
Overall Assessment: This is a great range to cleanse the scalp, remove product buildup, and to provide thermal protection. If you have been seeking such range of products, then these are definitely worth your consideration.

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  • Saturday, July 23, 2016

    Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Pick Values #NSale #NordstromAnniversarySale

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    The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is such an exciting shopping event, and I routinely check their website to see what fabulous new additions appear. Here are a few fab finds that are really great values!

    You will find all of the Beauty Deals HERE. #NSale #TopPicks #NordstromBeautyExclusives

    I have selected some of the greatest value handbags that are worth considering, but you will find all of the Handbags Deals HERE. #NSale #TopPicks #Nordstrom #Handbags

    CLICK HERE to see all of the Shoe Deals and Steals for the Anniversary Sale! #NSale #Shoes #Nordstrom


    Here are my top picks from their  fine jewelry collection that have been included in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. See all of the Anniversary Jewelry picks here. #NSale #Nordstrom
    MARC JACOBS 'Pike Place' Leather Zip Phone Wristlet (Sale: $104.90. After Sale: $158.00 Nordstrom Exclusive): Subtle metallic-embossed branding graces the richly pebbled leather of a slim wristlet that keeps your phone and other necessities stylishly organized and close at hand.
    Fits most smartphones up to iPhone 6 and 6s.

    Features: 
    Zip-around closure.
    • Wristlet strap.
    • Interior currency and slip pockets; six card slots.
    • Leather.
    Tory Burch Leather Zip Around Continental Wallet (Sale: $129.90 After Sale: $195.00 Nordstrom Exclusive): A gleaming, stacked T-logo lends signature sophistication to the front of a pebbled leather wallet with a secure zip-around closure. The well-organized interior offers space for cash, cards and your smartphone, so you can carry the style as a trim clutch when you're traveling light.

    Features: 
    • Zip-around closure.
    • Interior zip, wall and currency pockets; eight card slots.
    • Available in Black, French Gray and Bark)
    • Lined.
    • Leather.
    Tory Burch Leather Hobo (Sale: $329.90 After Sale: $495.00 Nordstrom Exclusive): Understated sophistication is the name of the game with this spacious, perfectly slouched hobo bag shaped from lavishly pebbled leather and accented with whipstitched trim encircling a goldtone logo medallion.

    Features:
    • 13 ½"W x 14"H x 5 ½"D. (Interior capacity: large.)
    • 9" strap drop.
    • 1.6 lbs.
    • Hidden-magnetic closure.
    • Top carry handle.
    • Interior zip, wall and smartphone pockets.
    • Logo-jacquard lining.
    • Leather.
    • Available in Black, Bark and Red Agate
    WOLF 'Chloe' Zip Jewelry Case (Sale: $45.90. After Sale: $69.00 from Nordstrom): A slim ziparound case channels striking vintage sophistication with medallion cutouts and smooth leather composition, while an anti-tarnish LusterLoc lining keeps your jewelry looking its best.

    Features:
    • 4 1/2" x 9 1/4" x 2 1/4".
    • Two-way ziparound closure.
    • Interior wall pocket; built-in mirror; six ring rolls; six earring holes; four storage compartments.
    Bobbi Brown 'Grace' 54mm Sunglasses (Sale: $116.90 After Sale: $175.00 from Nordstrom): Riveted metal arms lend modern polish to classically shaped sunglasses with gradient, scratch-resistant lenses.

    Features:
    • 54mm lens width; 18mm bridge width; 135mm temple length.
    • 100% UV protection.
    • CR-39 scratch-resistant lenses.
    • Acetate.
    • By Bobbi Brown; imported.
    Bobbi Brown 'The Jack' 62mm Aviator Sunglasses (Sale: $109.90 After Sale: $165.00 from Nordstrom): Gradient lenses float atop sleek metal frames, updating classic, universally flattering aviators with a modern touch.

    Features:
    • 62mm lens width; 11mm bridge width; 135mm temple length.
    • 100% UV protection.
    • Metal.
    • By Bobbi Brown; imported.
    MUNDANE 'Evo' Leather Strap Watch, 42mm (Sale: $199.90 After Sale: $325.00 from Nordstrom): A sleek, lugless case emphasizes the clean, minimalist aesthetic of a stainless steel round watch powered by a fine Swiss movement. A red, sweeping second hand adds a pop of color to the dial, while a smooth leather strap provides a fitting finish to the understated design.

    Features:
    • 42mm case; 22mm band width.
    • Buckle closure.
    • Swiss quartz movement.
    • Mineral crystal face.
    • Stainless steel/black ionic plate/leather.
    • By Mondaine; Swiss made.
    Lana Jewelry 'Long Vanity' Strand Necklace (Sale: $549.90 After Sale: $865.00 From Nordstrom): Flat-edge chains accentuate the rippling shine of an elegant strand necklace made from polished 14-karat gold.

    Features:
    • 30" length.
    • Lobster clasp closure.
    • 14k yellow, rose or white gold.
    • By Lana Jewelry; made in Italy.
    Bony Levy 14k Gold Hoop Earrings (Sale: $199.90 After Sale: $295.00. Nordstrom Exclusive):
    Timeless elegance defines these highly polished hoop earrings crafted from luminous 14-karat white gold. Whether you're commemorating a special occasion or celebrating a personal accomplishment, these stunning earrings will offer a lifetime of meaningful wear.

    Features:
    • 1 1/2" diameter.
    • Snap-post closure.
    • 14k yellow gold.
    • By Bony Levy; handcrafted in the USA.
    Bobbi Brown 'Bobbi on Trend - Sultry Bronze' Eye Set ($65.00 for a $149 Value from Nordstrom): Inspired by the warm, burnished hues of the beach, this set by Bobbi Brown features six shadows in soft matte, shimmer and metallic finishes along with full-size eyeliner and full-size mascara for definition and drama.

    Hand-selected by Bobbi, these complementary shadows were made to be layered, blended and worn in any combination. The silky powder formulas glide on easily and stay put without creasing, flaking or fading, while the budge-proof Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner offers the precision of a liquid with the ease of a gel in a convenient, swivel-up pencil. For dramatic curl, lift and volume, Eye Opening Mascara delivers a carbon black hue that gives your eyes the ultimate head-turning effect.

    Set includes:
    - Sultry Bronze Eye Palette with eyeshadows in Pale Cream, Bikini Bronze Metallic, Seashell Shimmer Wash, Beach Bronze Shimmer Wash, Frappe and Smokey Brown
    - Dual-Ended Eyeshadow/Eyeliner Brush
    - Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Truffle (0.01 oz.)
    - Eye Opening Mascara in Black (0.41 oz.)
    NARS 'Nordstrom's Best' Cheek Palette ($65.00 for a $124.00 value from Nordstrom): Give your cheeks the perfect flush with this palette by NARS that contains four cheek blushes, one highlighting blush and one bronzing powder.

    Palette includes:

    - Blush in Orgasm
    - Blush in Deep Throat
    - Blush in Luster
    - Blush in Desire
    - Highlighting Blush in Albatross
    - Bronzing Powder in Laguna
    Giorgio Armani Makeup Duo ($85.00 for a $126.00 value from Nordstrom): Prime and perfect your skin with this two-piece, limited-edition set by Giorgio Armani.

    Duo includes:

    - Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer SPF 50 (1 oz.): an invisible shield that primes and protects the skin in one step, blurring imperfections, smoothing skin and adding to makeup longevity with its weightless texture. Apply to skin prior to your foundation.

    - Fluid Sheer in Shade 02 (1 oz.): a sheer, translucent formula that dresses your skin in an illuminating veil of radiance. Following your foundation, apply to your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and the bow of your lip to create a subtle highlight that exudes understated elegance.

    Mario Badescu 'The Icon, The Cult Favorite & The Hero' Set ($33.00. A $50.00 value from Nordstrom): Supercharge your skin care stash with this set of must-haves by Mario Badescu.

    Set includes:

    - Drying Lotion (REVIEWED HERE) (1 oz.): a best-selling formula that contains a concentrated formulation of calamine, salicylic acid and quick-acting acne-zapping ingredients to dry zits and heal a zit virtually overnight.

    - Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater (REVIEWED HERE) (4 oz.): a refreshing, hydrating mist with a fragrant herb and rosewater scent that gives dehydrated skin a pick-me-up during the day.

    - Botanical Exfoliating Scrub (REVIEWED HERE) (3.4 oz.): an exfoliant formulated to refine and perfect skin's condition with nourishing botanicals.
    Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel Duo (REVIEWED HERE) ($25.00 for a $38.00 value from Nordstrom): Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel is a non-foaming gel cleanser that thoroughly removes the day's makeup, dirt and oil without drying the skin. It's formulated with papaya and grapefruit extracts, which are exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acids that help prevent dulling build-up that can cause blackheads and pimples. Skin is left looking radiant and your pores are left clearer.

    Duo includes:
    - Enzyme Cleansing Gel (16 oz.)
    - Enzyme Cleansing Gel (8 oz.)
    Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare 'Radiance Peel' Ritual ($169.00 for a $258.00 Value from Nordstrom)
    Experience the ultimate at-home facial regimen and revive your skin with this peel ritual by Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. It features three products that work together for advanced results that boost your skincare regimen.
    Ritual includes:
    - Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula (60 treatments): a two-step daily treatment that powerfully battles fine lines and wrinkles, large pores and uneven skin texture, soothing and nourishing skin without irritation.

    - Alpha Beta® Medi-Spa Peel (16 treatments): a weekly peel that immediately boosts radiance and jump-starts your skin's renewal process to accelerate improvement of the three most common signs of aging: uneven skin tone and texture, fine lines and wrinkles and enlarged pores.

    - Firming Peptide Milk (0.5 oz.): a bifunctional treatment that nourishes thirsty skin while triggering a firmer-looking complexion.
    Somme Institute Transport Two (Jumbo Size) ($49.00 for a $116.00 value from Nordstrom): Transport Two is infused with MDT5 and a blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids. The pre-moistened pads are used twice daily after Nourishing Cleanser and before Serum. Remove one Transport pad from the container and lightly wipe in a circular motion away from the eye, all over face, neck and upper chest. For sensitive skin, squeeze the excess liquid from the pad before applying. Transport Two gently exfoliates dead skin cells and unclogs pores, all while delivering vitamins deep into your skin. Transport Two hydrates and promotes cell renewal, leaving you with radiant, resilient skin.
    Includes 100 treatment pads for the price of 50.
    Sisley Paris 'Spa-to-Go' Collection ($95.00 for a $276.00 value from Nordstrom): Look like you spent the day at the spa in minutes with this collection of must-have products by Sisley Paris.

    Collection includes:

    - Gentle Facial Buffing Cream with Botanical Extracts (1.8 oz.): an exfoliating cream that gently removes dead skin cells and impurities. Apply to your face and neck (avoiding the eye contour) once or twice per week.

    - Botanical Floral Toning Lotion (1 oz.): an alcohol-free toner that gives you soft, fresh, comfortable skin. Every morning and evening, after removing your makeup, wipe a cotton pad soaked in toning lotion to your face, neck and eye contour.

    - Express Flower Gel Mask (0.35 oz.): a fresh, moisturizing and toning cream-gel mask specifically designed for dehydrated, sagging or tired-looking skin.

    - Hydra-Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration (0.35 oz.): a moisturizing formula to help restore the hydrous balance of more youthful skin.

    - All Day All Year Essential Day Care (0.34 oz.): an anti-aging shield that protects your skin from outside aggressors that cause aging.
    Claris 'UV Plus Anti-Pollution' Day Screen Multi-Protection SPF 50 Duo ($62.00 for two 1,7 oz. bottles. An $84.00 value from Nordstrom): Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution is a multi-protection sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF 50 and an exclusive Anti-Pollution Complex, which shields skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, pollution and free radicals. It's the perfect daily defense and also protects skin from signs of premature aging and loss of radiance caused by environmental aggressors. Its sheer, ultra-lightweight texture forms an invisible yet powerful film, making it ideal for application over your regular daily care. This duo features two full-size bottles so you can always keep one with you, wherever you go.

    MOLTON BROWN London Body Wash Duo ($39.00 for two 10 oz. bottles. A $60.00 value from Nordstrom): Cleanse your skin with this body wash duo by MOLTON BROWN London, perfect for gifting to yourself or someone dear.
    Chantecaille 'Rose de Mai' Set ($278.00 for a $395 value from Nordstrom): Rose de Mai is the base of all Chantecaille skincare products, and is one of the most extraordinary anti-aging secrets in the world. Experience it in two different forms within this exclusive set.

    Set includes:

    - Rose de Mai Cream (1.7 oz.): a modern hydrator infused with innovative ingredients that moisturize and cocoon the skin, leaving it smoother and more radiant, while plant stem cell extracts neutralize accumulated damage and soothe skin to soften the look of redness.

    - Rose de Mai Face Oil (1.01 oz.): a supercharged, 100% natural elixir infused with powerful botanicals that lessen the appearance of fine lines while promoting a brighter-looking complexion. It can be worn alone, layered with your daily regimen or mixed in with your moisturizer or foundation for extra nourishment.
    Kate Somerville 'DermalQuench Liquid Lift' Advanced Wrinkle Treatment (Sale: $120.00. After Sale: $140.00 for a $190.00 value from Nordstrom): Bring home Kate's most sought-after anti-aging clinic treatment. A scientific breakthrough, the patented technology in DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment produces immediate and long-term results on key signs of aging. This advanced anti-aging booster combines hyaluronic acid and oxygen to combat the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin, uneven tone and dryness. You'll notice the immediate and long-term effects of deep hydration, such as an immediate glow, softer skin and sustained moisturization. PFC-Oxygen Carriers help plump the appearance of skin and minimize the appearance of expression lines. Fast-penetrating hyaluronic acid provides deep, long-lasting hydration and improves the look of elasticity, firmness and texture. Rare botanical extracts instantly increase the look of radiance and create a complexion that appears more youthful and healthier.
    ARCONA 'Magic White Ice' Jumbo Hydrating Gel (Sale: $50.00. After Sale: $60.00 for 1.69 oz. A $68.00 value from Nordstrom): Now available in a special jumbo size. Daily hydrating gel moisturizes deep within the dermis without clogging pores to protect against environmental damage and leave skin fresh and dewy. Moisturize skin with white cranberry complex, hyaluronic acid and mucopolysaccharides. Neutralize free radicals with a proprietary mineral complex of beta-carotene and vitamins B-5, C and E. Clarify skin with antimicrobial totara extract and grapefruit complex.
    Elizabeth and James 'Nirvana White' Set ($100.00 for a $160.00 value from Nordstrom): Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Eau de Parfum is a captivating blend of delicate peony, chic muguet and tender musk: a feminine scent with dark sophistication. The floral, fresh and green scent is sensual, edgy and mysterious.

    Set includes:
    - Eau de Parfum (3.4 oz.)
    - Body Oil (3.4 oz.)

    Notes:
    - Top: peony.
    - Middle: muguet.
    - Base: musk.

    Having you been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? If so, what have you purchased? What's on your list?

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    Osmosis Skincare Calm and Clarify Vitamin A Serums | Review

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    Serums can address a plethora of skincare concerns, and targeted serums, that are developed to address specific skincare conditions, are among the new breed of products to help bring skin into a state of equilibrium. Furthermore, they allow for the customizing of individual skincare rituals–  based upon the needs of the skin at any given time. It is with this in mind that I wanted to introduce you two Osmosis serums that can either be used on the whole face, or to spot treat problematic areas that require added care. Osmosis Calm is an effective serum that soothes and calms down sensitive, irritated skin, while Osmosis Clarify targets acne and excessive oil production.
    Osmosis Calm Level 2 Vitamin A Serum ($78.00 for 1 oz. from Osmosis Skincare and Skincare By Alana): This is a lightweight and fast absorbing Vitamin A based serum that calms down irritated, red and inflamed skin while offering it hydration and protection from UV rays. I have used it post-peel and after serious exfoliation, and I immediately noted that my skin felt soothe, comforted and calmed. I also note that my skin has a pronounced clarity and luminosity when I use this serum. Since my skin  can be sensitive and reactive, this is a nice serum to have on hand when something irritates my skin. More often than not, however, I use this after I have had a skin peel or serious exfoliation.

    According to Osmosis Skincare,

    Calm is designed for moderately-sensitive skin types who desire a dramatic restoration of the skin rejuvenation process. The Osmosis vitamin A serums are the most powerful age-reversing serums available. It encourages the skin to calm inflammation, restore the protective barrier, increase skin nutrients and immune repair, rebuild the thin dermis, normalize oil, hydrate, firm and protect skin from UV rays.

    Skin Type: Sensitive.

    Directions: Shake lightly and apply 1-2 pumps morning and evening.

    Ingredients: Aqua (Harmonized Water), Glycerin, Phosphatidylcholine, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Asiaticoside, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Niacinamide, Dimethyl Sulfone, Lactic Acid (L), Panthenol (D), Pyridoxine HCl, Fulvic Acid, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract, Retinal (.05% Retinaldehyde), Hydroxyproline (L), Beta-Glucan (D), Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloud Berry) Seed Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) Bark Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Cyclodextrin, Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol. Gluten-Free | Vegan.
    Osmosis Clarify Vitamin A Blemish Serum ($60.00 for 100 ml./ 1 oz. from Osmosis Skincare and Skincare By Alana): I should preface this by stating that I neither have acne, nor excessively oily skin. My skin is normal/combination, and I only get occasional pimples or breakouts. When I do get pimples, the cause tends to be of the monthly hormonal variety, or breakouts brought on by a reaction to skincare products. The former doesn't happen every month, and neither does the latter, but the latter is a byproduct of testing so many different skincare products. When I do get a pimple I always spot treat, rather than slathering treatment products all over the surrounding area, and I always seek gentle products that will not dry out the impacted area or its surrounding tissue. Osmotics Clarify neither dries out my skin, nor does it cause skin to flake. Instead, this gentle serum– which is absorbed into the skin rather than drying on the surface– heals the pimple and reduces redness and inflammation. Pimples heal at a remarkable rate of speed without further traumatizing or drying the skin.

    According to Osmosis Skincare,

    This Osmosis blemish serum clears blemishes, normalizes oil production, shrinks pores, increases skin's immune support, hydrates, calms inflammation, protects skin from UV rays, restores the epidermal barrier, and restores dermal thickness.

    Skin Type: Blemished and oily skin.

    Directions: Shake lightly and spot-treat acne lesions daily for 4-8 weeks; then add 1-2 pumps to daily regimen morning and evening.

    Ingredients: Aqua (Harmonized Water), Niacinamide, Phosphatidylcholine, Glycerin, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Mandelic Acid (L), Lactic Acid (L), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Leaf Extract, Artemisia Umbelliformis Extract, Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Retinal (.05% Retinaldehyde), Citrus Paradisi (White Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloud Berry) Seed Oil, Beta-Glucan (D), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Cyclodextrin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol.

    Overall Assessment: If you have acne prone skin or sensitive skin, then Osmosis Skincare Calm and Clarify Vitamin A Serums are worthy of your consideration.

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