Saturday, July 4, 2015

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Belli Skincare Trio for Hydrated, Glowing & Protected Skin

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I have tested out numerous products from Belli Skincare, and have always been very impressed by their high quality, efficacy and lovely textures. They are formulated to be safe for pregnant and breast-feeding woman, but they can be used and enjoyed by anyone. I selected three of my favorite products that are absolutely perfect for the warm weather because they are lightweight and hydrating. My idea was to choose three products that would be all that I needed to nourish, hydrate and protect my skin, and to eliminate all other extraneous products. Their Eye Brightening Cream, Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator and the Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen achieved just what I had hoped, and notwithstanding the need to reapply the sunscreen throughout the day, my skin remained perfectly hydrated all day long. I actually felt no need to wear any makeup because the sunscreen is lightly pigmented to even out skin tone, but without imparting any tangible pigmentation.

All three of these products are:
  • Free of teratogens (ingredients linked to birth defects or miscarriage in published medical studies)
  • OB/GYN recommended
  • LactMed screened to avoid ingredients that may be harmful if passed through in a mother’s breast milk
  • All ingredients are safety screened for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Allergy tested; free of artificial dyes or fragrances, phthalates and paraben preservatives
  • BPA free packaging
  • Cruelty-Free.  
  • Easy-to-use airless pump
Belli Eye Brightening Cream is a very lightweight and fast absorbing emollient eye cream that immediately hydrates the skin while softening fine lines. I definitely have noticed that it lightens dark circles when I get them, and it effectively reduces puffiness on the rare occasions that I get inadequate sleep. It provides all of the moisture that I need to last all day, and has never given me any problems with Milia. If, however, you have very dry skin under your eyes you might want to use this as a hydrating serum underneath a heavier eye cream, but for me this eye cream alone provides all the moisture that I need.

According to Belli Skincare,

Belli Eye Brightening Cream illuminates tired eyes and minimizes the appearance of fine lines. Vitamin K is scientifically reported to help reduce the appearance of dark circles, and Vitamin B3 increases circulation to help eye area look restored. Hydrates delicate skin around eyes to reduce the appearance of puffiness and cools on contact.

Features:
  • Vitamin K enriched eye cream that revives and illuminates tired eyes, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines.  Vitamin K is scientifically reported to help reduce the appearance of dark circles. 
  • Vitamin B3 also helps the area around the eye to look restored.
  • Hydrates delicate skin around the eyes to reduce the appearance of puffiness.  Cools and soothes on contact.
Directions: Gently pat underneath eye area as needed to keep eyes looking refreshed and well rested.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (and) Squalane (and) Polysorbate 60, Glycerine, Sodium PCA, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate, Phospholipids (and) Phytonadione, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein (and) Oxido Reductases (and) Glycerine Soja (and) Deionized Water (and) Glycerine, Acanthopanax Senticosus (Ginseng) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Dimethicone, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) (and) Glucose, Panthenol, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Squalane, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (and) Glycereth-2 Cocoate.

$39.00 for 0.5oz from Belli, SkinStore, Dermstore, ULTA and Amazon.

Belli Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator is a lightweight ultra hydrating moisturizer, filled with botanical humectants, that softens and nourishes the skin. My skin is immediately hydrated and illuminated. While this is suitable for all skin types, those among you with particularly dry skin may want to use this more as a hydrating serum under a richer cream. On my normal to combination skin, however, Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator provides all of the moisture and hydration that I need. It has a very light citrus scent that smells wonderful, but it does fade soon upon application, and therefore should not bother people who prefer unscented facial products.

According to Belli Skincare,

It provides the antioxidant boost of vitamin C and grapeseed oil for radiant, healthy looking skin.  The formula is rich with soothing chamomile which helps neutralize skin irritants. 

Features:
  • A light daily moisturizer that is rich in botanical humectants that refine and soften skin texture.
  • Moisturizes and illuminates the skin.
  • Provides the antioxidant boost of vitamin C and grapeseed oil for radiant, healthy looking skin.
  • Soothing chamomile helps neutralize skin irritants.
Directions: Apply daily to clean, dry skin morning and night.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sodium PCA, Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleutherol) Root Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

$32.00 for 1.5 oz. from Belli, SkinStore, Dermstore, ULTA and Amazon.

Belli Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen SPF 25 is a broad spectrum mineral sunscreen that is lightly tinted to even out skin tone. While it has light skin-toned pigmentation it neither imparts color, nor does it leave behind a white cast. However, if your skin is darker, rather than light to medium in tone, then this may not have the same effect of disappearing altogether.  This is a very soothing and hydrating sunscreen that feels absolutely wonderful on the skin.

According to Belli Skincare,

Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen is a broad spectrum, physical barrier, mineral SPF 25 with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Oil-free and lightly tinted to blend with most skin types. May be worn alone for sheer coverage or under makeup.

Features:
  • Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide (minerals that act as physical sunscreen filters)
  • SPF 25
  • Lightly tinted to blend in with all skin types
  • Oil-Free
  • May be worn alone or under makeup
Directions: Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply at least every 2 hours. Children under 6 months, ask a doctor.
This is not water resistant sunscreen.

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 7%, Zinc Oxide 5%. Inactive Ingredients: Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Deionized Water, Glycerine, Glycereth-2 Cocoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrolyzed Collagen (Marine Derived), Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Iron Oxides, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Sodium PCA, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum.

$24.00 for 1.5 oz. from Belli, SkinStore, Dermstore, ULTA and Amazon.
Left to RightEye Brightening CreamHealthy Glow Facial Hydrator and the Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen. Below you will note that Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen appears pigmented while blending it in, but it disappears once blended.
Overall Assessment: This mighty trio provides skin with a big dose of hydration and protection, and all three are lightweight on the skin making them particularly pleasant to use during the warm months of summer.

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Happy 4th of July

Wishing you a very safe and Happy 4th of July! 
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Friday, July 3, 2015

Sun Bum Sunscreen Must-Haves for the Summer

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Sun Bum makes many of my all-time favorite sunscreens, and now that summer is in full swing I wanted to share three of their greatest hits that will have you covered from tresses to toes!

Sun Bum SPF 50 Original Sunscreen Lotion is an antioxidant rich moisturizing sunscreen that has the delectable tropical scent of summer.  It offers a water resistant formula for up to 80 minutes– which is the right time to reapply your sunscreen.

According to Sun Bum,

This moisturizing sunscreen formula will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching your skin with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals, which are the main cause of premature skin aging.

Features / Benefits:
  • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789
  • Water Resistant / 80 Minutes
  • Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free
  • Gluten Free / 100% Vegan
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Photostable
  • Vitamin E Enriched
$9.99 for 3 oz. from Sun Bum and Backcountry.com.

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

Sun Bum SPF 30 Coconut Lip Balm is a long-lasting and super moisturizing lip balm that leaves lips protected, soft and supple. It tastes and feels so good on the lips that you won't forget to reapply it frequently to keep your lips SPF protected.

According to Sun Bum,

Grab as many as you can because we literally can't keep any of our lip balm flavors in stock. Our smooth SPF 30 sunscreen lip balm with added Aloe and Vitamin E will protect and moisturize your kisser all day long... just try not to lick it off.

Features / Benefits:
  • Relieves the drying effects of sun, wind and sea
  • Restores and nourishes chapped lips
  • Contains soothing Cocoa Butter
  • Gluten Free / 100% Vegan
  • Petrochemical Free
  • PABA Free
Ingredients: Active: Avobenzone 2.00%, Homosalate 15.00%, Octisalate 5.00%, Octinoxate 7.50%. Innactive: Adipic Acid, Algae Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Bht, Calendula Officinalis (calendula) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (green Tea) Leaf Extract, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Citrus Grandis (grapefruit) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (lemon) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) Extract, Cyclomethicone, Diethylene Glycol, Diisobutyl Adipate, Dimethicone, Equisetum Arvense (horsetail) Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Fragrance, Gingko Biloba Extract, Glycerin Crosspolymer, Isostearyl Linoleate, Oleoresin Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Extract, Ozokerite, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Peg-8, Propylparaben, Punica Granatum (pomegranate) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Salix Alba (willow) Bark Extract, Salvia Officinalis (sage) Extract, Silica, Sodium Saccharin, Theobroma Cacao (cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate.

$3.99 for 0.15 oz. from Sun Bum, Nordstrom, ULTA, Dermstore and Amazon.

Sun Bum Beach Formula Shine On Hair Treatment is a beautifully moisturizing lightweight silicone and natural oil blend that smells and feels silky smooth while it tames frizz. It contains UPF, ultra protection factor, that protects hair from the harmful and drying rays of the sun.

According to Sun Bum,

Our Beach Formula Shine On lightweight oil treatment protects your hair from the elements while naturally hydrating, restoring, and strengthening your hair.

The tropical blend of oils and sea botanicals work to revitalize your hair, adding manageability and a brilliant silky shine.

Features / Benefits:
  • UV Protecting
  • Blended with pure Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil and Banana Leaf
  • Paraben Free
  • Color Safe
  • Alcohol Free
  • Cruelty Free
  • Made in USA
$19.99 for 3 oz. from Sun Bum, Nordstrom, Amazon, Urban Outfitters and ULTA (Affiliate Links).

Overall Assessment: I love Sun Bum, and these are three of my all-time favorites from them. If you need to stock up on sunscreens for the summer– then be sure to check out Sun Bum!

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Three Mario Badescu Treasures for the Warm Weather

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That warm weather and outdoor fun in the sun means the need for lots of sunscreen is rather obvious, but I also like to use products that give skin a lovely and subtle shimmering glow, and those that refresh and cool down the skin. As the weather has started to heat up here in Los Angeles, I thought that I would share three affordable favorites from Mario Badescu that keep you looking and feeling cool and radiant.

Mario Badescu Summer Shine Body Lotion is a delectable lightly rose scented hydrating body lotion that sinks in quickly and leaves behind gorgeous luminosity. The shimmer is subtle, but it captures the sun beautifully and causes the skin to glow.

According to Mario Badescu,

Enriched with Vitamin A, this greaseless body lotion subtly shimmers for a radiant glow. Reduces the appearance of dull, dry skin with natural moisture retaining ingredients like Beeswax and Peanut Oil. Makes a great accessory for those sexy halter dresses!

Directions: Apply liberally all over body after bathing or as needed. Not for facial use.

Ingredients: Deionized Water (Aqua), Peanut (Arachais Hypogaea) Oil, Octyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Myristyl Myristate, Dimethicone, Beeswax, Stearic Acid,I sopropyl Myristate, Sodium Benzoate, Quaternium-15, Diazolidinyl Urea.

$10.00 for 8 oz. $22.00 for 16 oz. from Mario Badescu,  Amazon and Gilt.

Mario Badescu After Sun Cooling Gel is a delightful rose scented hydrating gel that drenches the skin with moisture. This is a non-greasy and fast absorbing gel that can be used any time that you want to cool down the skin, and I always keep a bottle in my refrigerator for a little refreshing pick-me-up. Toss a bottle in your cooler for your next picnic or trip to the beach– you'll be glad that you did!

According to Mario Badescu,

Enriched with Aloe to soothe skin and reduce the sting and discomfort of a sun burn. This non-greasy, lightweight gel cools immediately upon contact.

Directions: Gently apply to irritated, sun burned skin as needed. Do not apply to broken or blistered skin.

Beauty Tip: Keep this product refrigerated for extra cooling effects.

Ingredients: Deionized Water (Aqua), Lubrajel, Rose (Rosa Damascena) Extract, Aloe (Aloe Barabadensis Leaf) Extract, Sorbitol, Propylene Glycol,  Menthol.

$14.00 6 oz. from Mario Badescu, Amazon and Gilt.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater is the perfect rose scented hydrating spray! It leaves the skin soft, supple, hydrated, refreshed and luminous. Like the After Sun Cooling Gel, I have a bottle of this facial spray in my refrigerator at all times, and I use it frequently during the warm months. Pop a bottle into your cooler along with the After Sub Cooling Gel, and you will be ready for a warm day at the beach!

According to Mario Badescu,

A refreshing, hydrating mist to use anywhere anytime. Simply formulated with fragrant Herbal Extracts and Rosewater for a pleasant, pick me up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin. Spray your day and night creams for a boost of hydration or use it to set make-up or spray on dry hair throughout the day. Safe for all skin types. Gentle, non-irritating.

Directions: Mist on face, neck and hair as needed. Will not disturb make-up.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rosa Canina Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Citronellol, Geraniol, CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 42090 (Blue 1).

$7.00 for 4 oz from Mario Badescu, Nordstrom, ULTA and Amazon.

Overall Assessment: If you are seeking refuge from the heat, and want a few hydrating and refreshing products to add to your summer product top picks, then I highly recommend these three fab finds from Mario Badescu!

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Sugar | Review

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Liquid Lipstick fans already know that Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lips are a crowd pleaser, but for whatever reason I came to this particular party late, but now that I have entered the fold I'm here to stay. 

Ever on the quest for the perfect nude lippie, I chose Melted Sugar, and am very pleased with my selection. Described as a Nude Sand, Melted Sugar is the perfect peachy pink nude shade that is easy to wear and very flattering. It offers super saturated opaque coverage, but if you want high impact color you will want to try one of the richer shades in the collection. Melted Sugar is lightweight and comfortable on the lips, and has the perfect amount of cushion for long-wear. The slanted applicator tip effortlessly adapts to the contours of the lips for precise foolproof application, and deposits color smoothly and evenly.
According to Too Faced,

Get the staying power of a stain, the intense color of a liquid lipstick and the high shine of a gloss in one long-wear formula. Using exclusive technology to keep cauldrons of molten lipsticks liquid and creamy, Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick comfortably coats lips in bursts of intense, high-impact, super rich, saturated color that lasts for hours.

Too Faced Co-Founder and Creative Director Jerrod Blandino had never seen lipstick more beautiful, intense, rich and glossy than when it’s in its melted form in the cosmetic labs. With this inspiration, we created a lipstick liquified so it doesn’t lose its pigment or shine while keeping a comfortable, flexible and cushiony wear.
A precision tip applicator eliminates the need for a lip liner, making this formula easier to apply.
Contains NO Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates. Too Faced is Cruelty-Free.

Top to Bottom: Light to heavy application. The color can be built up or sheered out with ease.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicalcium Phosphate Stearalkonium Bentonite, Silica Silylate, Propylene Carbonate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Aroma/Flavor, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. May Contain/Peut Contenir (+/-): Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 (CI 15850), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
Overall Assessment: I love Melted Sugar and definitely need more shades of Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks in my life!

Purchased by me. All views expressed are categorically my own.

$21.00 for 0.4 fl. oz. from Too Faced, Sephora, ULTA, Beauty.com, Macy's, SkinStore and Amazon (Affiliate Links).

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fun Drugstore Beauty Finds for the 4th of July

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If you have festive plans for the 4th of July, that may also include some include adventurous outdoor excursions, then here are a few fun drugstore finds that you might want to take with you on your adventure. I thought that bright cheery colors and delightful scents would be a fun way to enhance the festive day– whether you are watching the fireworks on the beach with friends, or from your neighbors roof-deck.
1) Mia Flashion Flowers Lighted Flower Headband ($19.99 from Target and Mia Beauty): Perfect for a festival, concert, or any outdoor events. These Flashion Flower™wildflowers will take your outfit to a new level. Simply press the leaf to switch between the four light settings. Each headband has a replaceable battery and a special adjustable strap for a comfortable fit.

These are super fun festival-ready Boho-Chic floral garland headbands that actually light up. Once the sun sets and the fireworks begin– just press the leaf and choose your setting, and your floral tiara will be beautifully illuminated.
2) Streekers Wild Weekend Hair Color ($12.99 from Amazon and Colormetrics): The 4th of July is the perfect occasion to adorn your tresses with fun temporary colors, and STREEKERS Wild Weekend Hair Color is a great choice.

STREEKERS is true temporary hair color with a difference. Instant. Liquid. Washes out when you want it out. Not a mascara, not a crayon, not a paint. But a cool new hair color that uses innovative technology. In 8 vibrant colors: pink, blue, ultra violet, red, green, yellow, orange, purple.

STREEKERS is a stroke of genius at a moment's notice. It's so easy to apply with a sleek, sponge-tip applicator that ensures perfect coverage and control. Streekers can be used over mousse, styling gel or wax and followed by hair spray. Best of all, you can brush your hair after Streekers dries. It won't flake off (unlike other bright temporary hair colors). Your hair will be soft and the color will remain vibrant.
STREEKERS shades are vivid on blondes and blonde streaks and show as subtle highlights on darker hair.
3) Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm ($4.49 at ULTA): Baby Lips come in a wide range of shades, and they even have some that contain an SPF. They are buttery smooth and very hydrating, and  are perfect to toss in your bag on the 4th of July.

Clinically proven to make lips 82% visibly less dry, 94% less rough, 77% more supple, and 77% better looking after just four weeks of use! It's clinical care for baby soft lips.
4) SolScents Sunscreens (Reviewed here): These sunscreens come in a wonderful array of scents and sun protection factors, and they moisturize the skin. The company has a deep philanthropic mission, and their seven scented sunscreens correspond to seven different causes to which they donate a percentage of the proceeds from every sale.

SolScents SPF50 Flower Blast Spray (6 oz. for $9.99 from Target) SPF 50 body spray intoxicates your senses with floral notes of Jasmine and Cattleya Orchids as they bloom into a feminine bouquet with an opulent background of creamy musky undertones.

SolScents SPF30 Deep Love Lotion (8 oz. for $9.99 from Target) Swim in an ocean of love when Sugared Plums and Freesia collide to create a passionate aroma with this SPF 30 lotion.
5) Body Fantasies Body Sprays ($5.98 for 8 oz. from Amazon):  I also chose some affordable fragrances since a long day of playing, means you may like a little fragrant pick-me-up (since long days out in the sun at events can feel a bit like camping…). These light and fresh body sprays are super affordable so you won't mind sharing them with your friends– just pop your favorite scent in your bag.
6) Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths ($3.79 for 10 cloths from Amazon): Lightly-fragranced cloths cool skin on contact as they wipe away sweat for long-lasting freshness. Feel energized with a cool silky touch and light citrus scent. Gently wipe the soft, durable cloth on any part of your body - around your neck, chest or under arms - and enjoy cool, instant freshness. 

Not only do these smell great, but they also feel wonderfully cooling against the skin, and they are perfect to toss in your beach bag.

What fun drugstore beauty finds will be making it into your bag on the 4th of July?

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MelodySusie Large Acrylic Cosmetics Organizer | Review

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One of the great challenges associated with beauty blogging is trying to find a pragmatic way to organize and store makeup so that it is easily accessible. My collection never seems to reach a place of stasis, but instead continually grows. One of my favorite ways to store my often-used products is in attractive acrylic cosmetic organizers with separate drawer compartments.  My latest discovery, in this realm, is the MelodySusie Large Acrylic Cosmetic Organizer, and not only is it attractive and sturdy, but it also holds a remarkable amount of makeup. Add to this that it is unbelievably affordable– particularly given its size and quality– and you have a definite winner!
In the stock photo you can see that the additional detachable organizer is stored in the bottom drawer. You can leave it in the drawer, or you can remove it and store larger items that would exceed the height of the drawer. If you are using this to store jewelry, then the organizer in the bottom drawer offers the perfect way to store jewelry.
The MelodySusie Large Acrylic Cosmetics Organizer consists of three piece: The main unit with three removable drawers,  the upper case storage unit and the inner case unit that fits in the deep bottom drawer.

Included:
  • 1x MelodySusie Cosmetics Organizer (Upper)
  • 1x MelodySusie Cosmetics Organizer (Middle)
  • 1x MelodySusie Cosmetics Organizer (Bottom)
  • Removable black mesh padding keeps jewelry protected and in place
Features:
  • The upper box with 10 Compartments
  • The middle box with 4 Drawers
  • The bottom part in the 4th drawer with 10 Compartments
  • The total 24 separated compartments, ranging in different sizes for a variety of use
  • Removable black mesh padding keeps jewelry protected and in place
The main unit with drawers is about 11 inches wide x 5 1/2 inches tall x 5 1/2 inches deep.
According to MelodySusie,

The clear...acrylic material as well as the special design allows you to see each objects inside clearly, which also allows you to save more time finding your favorite things when you do not remember where you put it last time!

Each drawer includes removable black mesh that prevents everything from moving around, and prevents scratches from forming on the clear acrylic.
I removed the divider unit from the bottom drawer and placed on top of the main until, and then filled the taller unit with more makeup and placed it next to the main unit.
I filled the top storage unit with often reached for eyeshadows, blushes and a few more lipsticks that I reach for all of the time.
As you can see, a great deal is able to be stored in this 10 compartment storage unit.
There are 10 compartments in this taller unit as well, and as you can clearly see it has an impressive capacity.
The products that I chose to feature in this section were largely selected to give you a sense of the scale of items that can be stored here. The Deborah Lippmann polishes are deluxe samples rather than full size bottles, and they fit into their slots perfectly.
The two small drawers at the top of the organizer actually fit a lot of makeup. 
This slim profile drawer easily accommodates 11 full size Tom Ford Lip Colors, 2 Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lip Colors and 6 Burberry Lipsticks. There is even room left behind the Burberry Lipsticks that could accommodate numerous lip liners.
The bottom drawer is so spacious that it effortlessly accommodates the 41 full size lip glosses that I placed in there! Believe it or not, there was still some room left over!
Below you can see just how much I stored in the MelodySusie Large Acrylic Cosmetics Organizer. 
I pulled the two top drawers out so as not to obscure your view in this bottom picture.
Overall Assessment: I'm thoroughly impressed that the MelodySusie Large Acrylic Cosmetics Organizer was able to house this much makeup! It is a very sturdy, well-made and attractive acrylic organizer. It isn't large enough to house all of my makeup, but then I have amassed a rather large collection. Ideally I could use a couple more, and then I could have one devoted to lip products, another dedicated to eyeshadows, and one for my blushes. If you are looking to add some order to your collection of makeup, then this is a great option at an affordable price.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

FOREO LUNA for Sensitive to Normal Skin | Review and Exclusive Discount for Lola's Secret Beauty Blog Readers

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I need to preface this review by stating that I absolutely love using electronic cleaning devices because they clean so much more thoroughly than my hands alone. I happily used my Clarisonic just about every single day, for the last 5 years, and probably would have continued to do so were it not for my newfound love of the FOREO LUNA  Don't get me wrong, I still love the former, but the latter has unmistakably captured my heart in ways that I never expected. The Clarisonic did an exemplary job cleaning my face, and so does the FOREO LUNA, but the LUNA does so much more than just clean my face. The LUNA also has an anti-aging facial mode that actually massages the face and softens the appearance of fine lines. Furthermore, as you will see in my review, I discovered an added benefit that I never imagined possible during allergy season, and this may come as a surprise to allergy sufferers– but more on that later.

While it is tempting to try to embark upon some sort of logical apples to apples comparison between these two devices– it should be noted that they are significantly different making a true comparative analysis nearly impossible. Their similarities rest on the fact that both are sonic cleaning devices for the face, and that is ultimately where their similarities end. That said, I will make every effort to compare them when possible. However, given that the LUNA has functions that the Clarisonic does not have there is no way to compare their relative functionality in those particular ways.

Furthermore, the experience of using the LUNA differs significantly in the way that it feels against the skin since there is no removable brush head, but instead it has short and soft nubby silicone protuberances that gently massage the skin in a very different manner than the vibrating head of a brush with standard bristles (that exceed the length of the rounded silicone touch points of the LUNA).
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Here are a few things you need to know about the FOREO LUNA:

What makes the FOREO LUNA unique?
According to FOREO,

The LUNA takes a breakthrough approach to skincare by being the only facial-cleansing device combining T-Sonic pulsations to effectively cleanse the skin with a nonabrasive silicone brush that remains totally gentle and pleasant to use on the face. What's more, the LUNA even integrates an anti-aging function into its design to bring you a comprehensive beauty solution in one smart device.

Unlike cleaning devices with removable brush heads, that only clean the face, the LUNA is a two sided sonic cleaner that offers added functionality. The brush cleaning surface effectively and efficiently cleans the face, but it also features a brilliant Anti-Aging Surface that treats wrinkle-prone tension spots.
How do the T-Sonic pulsations work to effectively clean the skin?

According to FOREO

Up to 8,000 T-SonicTM (transdermal sonic) pulsations are channeled through the LUNATM's silicone touch-points per minute for a deep cleanse that is far more effective than using the hands alone. This gently removes dead skin cells, and unclogs pores of 99.5% of dirt and oil, along with 98.5% of makeup residue*, leaving the complexion looking radiant, healthy and naturally beautiful while helping to improve the absorption of your favorite skincare products.* Results from independent clinical testing.

There is something tremendously visionary, and pragmatic, about altogether eliminating a removable brush-head that has to be replaced every few months, and that requires diligent cleaning to remove bacteria buildup. I also find that the LUNA'S cleaning surface, comprised of the rounded silicone touch points which are short and close to the base, offer a more efficient means of cleaning the skin. The Clarisonic has longer bristles that keep the base of the cleaner at a greater distance from the skin, and the pulsations are somewhat more diffused by its brush. The LUNA'S T-Sonic Pulsations, on the other hand, are transferred directly from the base unit to the face without this greater distance between the base and the tips of the bristles. While both devices clean the skin brilliantly, the pulsations from the LUNA seem to offer a built-in massage because of its intimate proximity to the skin, and the direct transfer of the full intensity of the T-Sonic Pulsations even when using the Cleaning Surface instead of the Anti-Aging Surface.
How does the LUNA Anti-Aging System work? 
According to FOREO,

The LUNA directs lower-frequency pulsations through an arrangement of concentric ridges directly onto wrinkle-prone areas to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and leave the skin looking and feeling firmer and more elastic.

I would argue that the anti-aging benefits of treating lines and wrinkles is a lovely benefit for using the Anti-Aging Surface of the LUNA. However, what I find equally advantageous is that this mode imparts profound relaxation as it likewise serves to effectively massage the face. It leaves me so relaxed and calm that I actually can't wait to use the LUNA everyday for this treat. Furthermore, I made a very happy accidental discovery, for which I am tremendously and eternally grateful: when I use the LUNA over my Frontal Sinus, Ethmoid Sinus and Maxillary Sinus I find that my sinuses open right when I am congested as a result of pollen allergies. While this is no cure for allergies, it does offer me some much needed relief.

Why is a Silicone Brush More Effective than a Bristle Brush-Based Cleaner?

According to FOREO,

Consisting of soft, rounded silicone touch-points, the LUNA's brush surface helps cleanse the skin deeply, yet in a much gentler manner than the sharp, oscillating brushes of standard facial-cleansing devices. The ultra-hygienic silicone design is also nonporous to resist bacteria buildup making it up to 35x more hygienic than bristled brushes, and the LUNA's silicone brushes are so durable that they don't require replacing.

In addition to being more hygienic, the added benefit of not having to buy replacement brushes makes the LUNA more economical over the long run. It is not only the brush, in devices like the Clarisonic, that require cleaning, but also the area under the brush where it attaches to the base since it harbors tremendous bacterial build-up there as well. Given that there are no moving parts to attach and detach on the LUNA, it is much easier to clean, and its nonporous silicone body is far more resistant to bacteria than a detachable brush. I also always store my LUNA in a dry cabinet free from sunlight, moisture, or fluctuations in temperature. 
What is the best way to use the LUNA?

FOREO suggests using the LUNA for, "two minutes each morning and evening with your regular cleanser." FOREO recognizes that this may not comport to the way that you like to care for your skin, and therefore they encourage modifying this recommendation to meet your own needs. I use it once a day, in the mornings, while I shower. I prefer this method to standing in front of the sink because it is less messy to use it on my face, neck and décolleté in the shower since rinsing is much easier than at the basin.

You might also like to know:

FOREO is all about sustainable skincare. The LUNA not only refreshes skin instantly, but also keeps the skin clearer, brighter and healthier-looking from continued use for long-term results.

I actually noticed that my skin looked cleaner, brighter and more luminous after using the LUNA for the first time. This is no exaggeration. Now I certainly would not have reviewed it based upon a single use, and I used it daily for over a month before I even considered writing about my results, but there is no question that I saw results immediately. That said, your skin may not respond as quickly as mine did.  

I should also state that FOREO makes three versions of the LUNA based upon skin type: Pink for Normal to Sensitive Skin; Blue for Combination Skin; and White for Ultra-Sensitive Skin. My skin can be sensitive at times, and it is normal to combination– therefore I decided to try the Pink one. I am thrilled with my choice, but at some point I would like to get the Blue one to use when my skin needs a cleaning surface that more assertively cleans combination skin. You will note in the pictures below that the pattern and size of the rounded silicone touch points differ between the three models.

                                                 What's in the Box:
The Cleansing Mode:
The first thing that I do before using the LUNA is to dampen my face and then apply my cleanser directly to my skin. If I use the LUNA in the evening, rather than in my morning shower, then I first remove all of my makeup and then dampen my face and apply my cleanser. I have also used an alternative method by applying the cleanser directly to the LUNA and then activating the lather with my fingertips before using the LUNA.

Follow by wetting the LUNA’s brush surface, then turn on the device by pressing the center button once– which activates the Cleansing Mode. I tend to use the LUNA on my face for a full 2 minute cycle, and  use it for 30 seconds on each zone of my face (forehead, nose and chin, right side of my face, and left side of my face).

FOREO recommends spending approximately 15 seconds cleansing each zone of your face as follows:

1. Start cleansing your chin,  move along your jaw to your ear using gentle upward strokes, then continue higher to cleanse the whole cheek.
2. Change to the other side of your face and repeat step 1.
3. Starting from the center of your forehead, cleanse the entire region with gentle outward strokes to both sides.
4. Cleanse one side of the nose by gently gliding the LUNA up and down, then change to the other side of the nose.  Finally, delicately cleanse the under-eye region using outward strokes.
The Anti-Aging Mode:
FOREO recommends closing your eyes and relaxing your face when you use LUNA's Anti-Aging Mode.  I actually close my eyes without even thinking about it when I use the Anti-Aging side of the LUNA– it's more of a natural impulse than anything else because it feels so good and is so relaxing that I just like to relish the experience.

While I have a few expression lines, as opposed to deep-set wrinkles, I have definitely noticed that they appear finer and softer since using LUNA's Anti-Aging Mode. My skin also appears more lifted and radiant as well.

FOREO says,

Try spending around 12 seconds on each of the face’s wrinkle-prone tension points. From Standby, press the center button to activate the lower-frequency Anti-Aging Mode, then place and hold the LUNATM’s anti-aging surface on the following areas:

1. Region between the eyebrows
2. Right temple
3. Right nasolabial fold
4. Left nasolabial fold
5. Left temple
Tangible Results:
I was initially so astounded by my results, but have now become accustomed to seeing the amazing effects that the LUNA has had on my skin. Not only is my skin cleaner than it was in my pre-LUNA existence, but it is also gently exfoliated every single day thanks to the thorough cleaning that it receives from this brilliant device. It also aids in loosening and removing debris that clogs my pores, and the few whiteheads that I get are quickly eradicated. The brush itself is soft, gentle and non-irritating– making it very pleasant to use. Furthermore, you don't need to apply pressure to enhance its ability to clean, all that is needed is a light touch and the LUNA will do all of the work for you.

My skin is left luminous with a pronounced clarity, and that is before I apply any products to my skin! It appears to encourage circulation and to oxygenate my skin since I often note a healthy rosy glow after use (not to be confused with irritated skin).  

My skin is more luminous, radiant, even-toned, balanced and healthy since making the LUNA part of my daily ritual. Also, its ability to thoroughly clean the skin and remove dead skin cells and pore-clogging dirt and impurities allows serums, beauty oils and creams to absorb more deeply. Furthermore, clean and unclogged skin requires the use of less product, and therefore it is a far more economical approach to skincare long term. This is never more appreciated than when you are using expensive luxury products that can cost a small fortune to replace regularly.

The Anti-Aging Mode visibly softens fine lines and appears to tone the skin. Skin appears lifted and more taut, and continued use really sustains and enhances the results. It also feels so good that it is the perfect way to relax and get centered.

As extravagant as it may seem, I definitely want to get the Blue LUNA for Combination Skin to use on the days that I want to treat my oilier and more active T-Zone– not because this LUNA doesn't work well, but instead because sometimes I like a touch more friction that the LUNA for Combination Skin provides. In this scenario I plan to use the Pink LUNA approximately 5 days a week with the remaining 2 days devoted to the Blue LUNA.  This certainly isn't something that anyone needs to do, but I am madly in love with the LUNA and want to be able to compare the two versions since normal to combination skin can be tricky to effectively treat, and I constantly seek to modify my skincare routine in order to maximize its efficacy.
The sealed charging port is, "waterproof to a depth of 1 meter allowing for easy cleaning and use in the bath or shower."

One of the noteworthy features is that the LUNA holds its charge for a remarkable duration of time. FOREO suggests that a single charge lasts for 7 months or 450 uses, but I have actually talked to people who have used theirs for an astounding 2 years on a single charge. I cannot weigh-in based upon personal experience since I haven't had mine that long.
The LUNA fits perfectly in the palm of the hand, and the ergonomic design makes holding it comfortable and easy to use.
FOREO's Cleaning, Storage and Safety Suggestions:

The life span of your LUNA will be greatly increased with proper maintenance and care.

Always clean the LUNATM thoroughly after use. Wash the brush surfaces with water and soap, then rinse with clean water. Pat dry with a lint-free cloth or towel. Never use cleaning products containing alcohol, petrol or acetone, as they may irritate the skin.

Avoid using clay-based, silicone-based or grainy cleansers, exfoliators or scrubs, as they may damage the LUNATM’s soft silicone touch-points.

Avoid leaving your LUNATM in direct sunlight and never expose it to extreme heat or boiling water.

For reasons of hygiene, we do not recommend sharing your LUNATM with anyone else.

Cleansing with the LUNATM should be comfortable – if you experience discomfort, discontinue use immediately and consult a physician. If you have a skin condition, please consult a dermatologist before use. Exercise particular care when cleansing the under-eye regions and do not bring the device into contact with the eyelids or eyes themselves.

Close supervision is necessary when this device is used by, on, or near children. Never use the device, charger or charging cable if they are damaged. When charging, make sure the charger is dry, and do not charge the LUNA in any location where it or the charger may become immersed in water. Use this device only for its intended use as described in this manual.

Given the efficiency of the FOREO cleansing and anti-aging routines, we recommend that you do not use the LUNA’s Cleansing or Anti-Aging Modes for more than 3 minutes at a time.
Extra-Gentle Silicone: The smooth and soft silicone brush is nonabrasive enough for daily use. It is also nonporous to resist bacteria buildup, making it up to 35x more hygienic than standard sonic-cleansing brushes.
Note the differing brush patterns for the three LUNA models:
LUNA for Sensitive/Normal Skin
 LUNA for Combination Skin
LUNA for Ultra-Sensitive Skin
Overall Assessment: I am utterly thrilled with the condition of my skin since I began using the FOREO LUNA on a daily basis. Never before has my skin been more clean, clear, luminous, even-toned, smooth, lifted, and with plumped fine lines. I have finally found skincare device nirvana! I am in love with the process of using it and the undeniable results. A+++

Did you know that FOREO makes a sonic toothbrush called the ISSA? I have been in need of a new electric toothbrush, and given my exquisite experience with the LUNA, I am tempted to try theirs instead of getting another standard electric toothbrush. Have you tried the ISSA?

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