Sunday, March 18, 2018


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Believe it or not, it's already time to indulge in Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty. It begins today, Sunday, March 18 and the first deals are as follows:

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes (Regular Price $23.00, Sale Price $10.00): Lengthens, curls, volumizes & conditions.

Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash (Regular Price $28.00, Sale Price $14.00): Daily micro-exfoliant smoothes, brightens & balances your skin.

LORAC PRO Palette 3 (Regular Price $44.00, Sale Price $22.00): Highly pigmented & velvety smooth– even beginners can blend & shade like a pro.
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Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Week in Review

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog loves to feature gorgeous nude lipsticks, and Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks in Kim K.W. and Valentine are absolutely covet-worthy nudes. Check out our review and swatches to see why! #CHARLOTTETILBURY

Prime Beauty tried the no!no!PRO hair removal device. She takes you through its use step by step and shows you before and after pics!

Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom says she has a blush palette that's "to die for" gorgeous for spring and summer. Check out her review of the Pur Cosmetics 4-in-1 Blush Book.

Pammy Blogs Beauty dares you to be bold with this super bold and colorful collection from Vanessa Hudgens and SinfulColors.

15 Minute Beauty has finally published her much requested post on Pregnancy Safe Facial Sunscreens, BB & CC Creams! All of the products are full spectrum UV coverage. This post is a must read if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant!

If you missed out on the NARS Banc de Sable highlighter, Polarbelle just might have a potential dupe for you in her latest YouTube video.

Considering trying glycolic acid to exfoliate? NIP+FAB has an entire line of Glycolic Fix facial skincare products with several that are perfect for starting out with GA. Check out Never Say Die Beauty's review of these affordable, cruelty-free products.

Marcia from Beauty Info Zone is really into skin changing science from Dr. Brandt, and she wants to show you which products are making her eyes look fabulous.

Do you think you can ever be too old for unicorns and rainbows? Christa from Realizing Beauty shares the Too Faced Life's a Festival Collection.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Vitabrid C¹² Scalp Shampoo | Review

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Vitabrid C¹² Scalp Shampoo is formulated to improve scalp and hair health by gently cleansing the hair and scalp while moisturizing and infusing them with antioxidant-rich vitamins.  It thoroughly and effectively cleanses without stripping the skin and hair, and leaves both moisturized without leaving behind any sort of residue. This shampoo was a real skin and hair savior for me this winter since both were left dry and dehydrated because of the chilly season. Furthermore, I noted an increase in the volume of my hair, and it is decidedly softer and smoother after use. I am very impressed by all of the Vitabrid C¹² products that I have tried so far (Reviewed HERE and HERE), and this shampoo does not disappoint. I should note that it does have a light, clean aroma, but it is neither cloying, nor in the long-lasting.

According to Vitabrid C¹², 

Vitabrid C¹² harnesses the power of Vitamin C in its collection of beauty treatments. Through proprietary biotechnology, Vitamin C is mixed with stabilizing zinc, a combination designed to capture the nutrient’s potency and allow it to penetrate the skin and scalp over the course of 12 hours. The groundbreaking compound can be found in the line’s shampoo, anti-hair loss treatment, skin brightener, acne fighter, and more.

A vitamin shampoo that promotes the look and feel of fuller and thicker hair. Hydrates and soothes the scalp. A shampoo packed with safe and effective ingredients to improve scalp and hair health. Effortlessly strengthens the hair while increasing its body and volume. Promotes lustrous hair full of body and volume weightlessly; hydrates and soothes the scalp.

  • Reverses the stresses of chemical treatments and environmental exposure
  • Antioxidants Vitamins C & E to improve hair’s body and texture
  • Improves scalp elasticity
  • Replaces vital moisture to the scalp and encourages moisture retention
  • Naturally sourced and free of parabens, sulfates and silicon
  • Plant-sourced ingredients added to give lustrous hair look with no harmful chemicals
  • Softer scalp & lighter hair
  • Gentle formula for all scalp types
  • Mildly acidic shampoo (pH 5.5)
Active Ingredient: Menthol 0.3%, Panthenol 0.2% Inactive Ingredients:
Does NOT Contain: Silicone Oil, Benzophenone, Phenoxyethanol, Mineral Oil, Artificial Coloring Matter, MIT (Methyl Isothiazolinone), CMIT (Methylchloroisothiazolinone), SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), ALS (Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate), 6 Species of Paraben (Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben)
Overall Assessment: This shampoo is definitely worthy of your consideration, if you are seeking an effective shampoo to treat your hair and scalp.

$32.00 for 10 oz. from Barneys New York (Affiliate Links).
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ecotools Wonder Cover Complexion Brush | Review

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I recently received a request to review, "an impressive, effective, cruelty-free foundation brush that is very affordable"– and normally such a request could present a challenge. However, I just so happened to have been testing a brush that fit that criteria at about the time of the request.

The EcoTools Wonder Cover Complexion Brush, which was designed with 100,000 soft bristles for full coverage of liquid and cream foundation coverage, can be used wet or dry for a stunning steak-free finish. The thick and wide oval brush head is very densely packed with synthetic cruelty-free bristles that are tapered for ease of use and impressive efficacy. I tend to dot my foundation directly onto my face with my fingers, and blend it out for a flawless finish with the brush. Unlike natural hair brushes, that tend to be more porous, and therefore absorb, and waste, foundation, synthetic bristles do not. For more coverage, simply use the dry brush to blend foundation, but if you seek a more sheer finish– then dampen the bristles for lighter coverage. The thick bamboo handle is also tapered, and it is very comfortable in the hand, and the sturdy ferrule is made of recycled aluminum. The brush, in its entirety, is very nicely balanced, and very easy and pleasant to use.
According to Ecotools,

The Wonder Cover™Complexion brush is designed with 100,000 bristles for full coverage of liquid and cream foundation coverage in less time. Brush can be used wet or dry.

With a simple sweep, camouflage common skin issues like rosacea, hyperpigmentation and blemishes. Dampen bristles for a more sheer application. Use brush wet or dry. To start, dab top of brush in small amount of foundation. Gently glide color starting in the middle of face working outward towards the hairline. Use long and short strokes to cover entire face and prevent streaks.
  • Handcrafted with Wonder Cover Technology bristles for full, natural-looking coverage.
  • Cruelty Free: EcoTools loves their furry friends! Their products are PETA certified, meaning they are 100% cruelty free and vegan.
  • Recycled Materials: EcoTools believes in giving a new purpose to old things. That's why EcoTools' products are made from recycled aluminum and their packaging is made from post-consumer recycled plastic and is 100% recyclable.
  • Renewable Bamboo: The handles on EcoTools' products are made of renewable bamboo, one of the fastest growing plants on the planet!
4" L x .5" W
Note the extent to which the head is oval and densely packed with synthetic bristles.
The handle is made from Bamboo, which is a sustainable, eco-friendly material
Overall Assessment: I am really impressed by this foundation brush, and I use it all of the time. At $8.99 it is a real bargain, and it was a very worthwhile purchase. In fact, I use it so often that I plan to buy a second one so that while one is being washed the other will be in use. A+

$8.99 from Ulta, Target and Walmart (Affiliate Links).
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Kim K.W. and Valentine | Review and Swatches #CHARLOTTETILBURY

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Now that I am completely over that wretched winter flu that I had this season, I can finally dip into some wonderful makeup that I have been waiting to test and use. Some of my favorite recent beauty finds have been from the much-celebrated Charlotte Tilbury, and here are two lipsticks that are perfect for those seeking pinky nude shades.
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Kim K.W. ($34.00 for 0.12 oz. from Charlotte Tilbury, Nordstrom, Cult Beauty, SelfridgesNet-A-Porter and Beautylish): Described as the "perfect nude lip for a kissable pout"– this peachy pink nude is my ultimate replacement to the now discontinued Tom Ford Lip Color in Nude Vanille (swatched below). This lipstick is emollient, but neither too thin, nor too slippery. It glides across the lips effortlessly, deposits color evenly, and it neither bleeds, nor does it settle into lip lines. It offers opaque, buildable, coverage, with a gorgeous sheen, and it has the perfect amount of cushion for comfortable wear. Charlotte Tilbury is also one of the very few luxury brands that does not test on animals, and this lipstick is gluten-free and paraben-free.

According to Charlotte Tilbury,

Darlings, get Kim K’s signature nude lip! My HOT LIPS lipstick in KIM K.W. is in my K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula for a fuller, kissable pout. This light pinky beige nude lipstick is the perfect vintage-inspired color reminiscent of 1960’s screen sirens.


• Light-diffusing pigments in the lipstick give lips a brilliant, luminous, multi-dimensional finish: capturing light and reflecting it back out for a full-bodied effect

• The antioxidant Lipstick tree derivative helps protect from UV damage and tackles oxidative stress

• The blend of waxes makes this lipstick easy to glide on for a seamless finish

• This product is gluten-free, paraben-free, and not tested on animals.

Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Polybutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Hydrogenated Styrene/ Methyl Styrene/ Indene Copolymer, Mica, Ozokerite, Dicalcium Phosphate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Ethyl Vanillin, Bixa Orellana Seed Extract, BHT, Tin Oxide, [May Contain/ Peut Contenir (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 191140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090)].
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Valentine (Currently out of stock from Charlotte Tilbury): I recently checked the Charlotte Tilbury website, and this gem of a lipstick was still available, but this morning when I double checked, it was sold out. I posted it anyway, because it is a lovely lipstick, and if it becomes available again, it is well worth having. This petal-rose pink lipstick is a soft and feminine pink nude that is very flattering and infinitely wearable. Like Kim K.W., Valentine glides across he lips effortlessly, deposits color evenly, and is very pigmented a single pass. It has a lovely sheen that beautifully captures the light. Furthermore, it neither settles into lip lines, nor does immigrate, and it isn't in the least bit drying.

According to Charlotte Tilbury,

Darlings, I am so excited to reveal my exclusive K.I.S.S.I.N.G Valentine lipstick, exclusive to! Named perfectly by YOU on Instagram, this gorgeous petal-rose pink gives you irresistibly kissable lips in seconds. Enriched with 3D glowing pigments to give you a fuller, wider pout, this beautifully hydrating sixties-inspired lipstick contains soothing orchid and Lipstick Tree extracts. Finished with an angled square tip, apply this youth-boosting lipstick straight from the bullet for the best lips of your life!


 The Lip Stick Tree loves your lips, protecting them from UV damage and fighting oxidative stress so that lips are left soft, pert, soothed and hydrated. A tropical plant originating from America, the plump yet prickly red fruits appear like pouting lips that blow kisses at you as you walk by.

 Also contains light-diffusing pigments that give lips a brilliant, luminous, multi-dimensional finish - they capture the light across the lips and reflect it back out for a full-bodied effect.

 A special blend of waxes means this lipstick is a dream to use and glides over the contours of your lips. The result is colour rich and buildable, the formula does not bleed outside the lip line.

 This product is gluten-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and not tested on animals.

Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Polybutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Dicalcium Phosphate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methyl Styrene/Indene Copolymer, Ozokerite, Stearalkonium Bentonine, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Ethyl Vanillin, Bixa Orellana Seed Extract, BHT,Tin Oxide, [May Contain/Peut Contenir (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6, Red 7, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090)].
Top to Bottom: Valentine and Kim K.W.
Top to Bottom: Valentine. Kim K.W. and Tom Ford Lip Color in Nude Vanille
Overall Assessment: The Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick formula is really exquisite, and I am already eyeing a couple of other colors!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Boxwalla April Beauty Box: The Chronicles of a Plant Lab Sneak Peek

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I know that many of you have been waiting with bated breath for the sneak peek at Boxwalla's April Beauty Box, and its theme is: The Chronicles of a Plant Lab. This box includes two full size products that transition beautifully from Winter to Spring, to deliver radiant complexion (Retail Value: $182.00).

This box includes two products created by Dr. Pedro Catala of Twelve Beauty:

1) Twelve Beauty London Mask (full size, $92.00)
2) Twelve Beauty Ideal Brightening Corrective Serum (full size, $90.00)

Here are some details about the founder, Pedro Catala:

Pedro grew up in a rural village in Spain, where natural remedies were the norm for everything, from stomach ailments, headaches to even a broken heart. This complete reliance on the local flowers, seeds & leaves for everything, inspired Pedro to want to understand medicines, as well as the role of plants in them. To this end, he studied Pharmacy, followed by Botany. While working as a pharmacist at a private oncology clinic & interacting with the patients, he realized he wanted to apply his botanical knowledge to skincare that could help soothe & support stressed & sensitive skin. So he got a Masters in Cosmetic Science & eventually a PhD in Natural Skincare Formulation. Now, he blends in Spain, teaches at the University of Siena in Italy and lives in London.

About the products in the April Beauty Box:

The London Mask is a tribute to the city he now calls home, London and was especially crafted to combat the damaging effects of pollution on the skin. Pedro hand blends this mask,  over three days to achieve the smooth luscious texture that ensures that all the nourishing, moisturizing ingredients stay on the outer surface of the emulsion and thereby in better contact with the skin. This mask contains kaolin clay to gently draw out impurities, olive derived squalane and organic rice starch to moisturize as well as plant extracts like mallow as well as the purest form of Vitamin B5. This mask is both hydrating and purifying.

The Ideal Brightening Corrective Serum is a lotion-like serum that contains a both lipid as well as water components to mimic the composition of the outer hydrolipid layer of the skin. Thus this serum is able to both hydrate and moisturize, while also brightening the skin and making it glow. It contains a synergistic blend of 12 herbs that work together to reduce hyper pigmentation caused by sun damage, acne or harsh chemicals, as well as making the complexion more even.
To order your Boxwalla April Beauty Box: The Chronicles of a Plant Lab visit:  

$49.95 from Boxwalla (Affiliate Links).
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Lipstick Queen Blue By You Lipstick | Review and Swatches #SpaceNKUSA #SpaceNKBeautyEdit

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Lipstick Queen is such a magical and whimsical brand, and there is no end to the pleasure that
I experience with their flattering and long-lasting lipsticks. I have collected quite a few of their gems, and their color transforming Frog Prince lipstick, lip gloss and blush remain among my favorites. I am now smitten with their new color transforming lipstick, Lipstick Queen Blue By You Lipstick.

For the calendar month of March, Space NK, which is an amazing destination of luxury beauty products, will have a global exclusive for the new Lipstick Queen color transforming lipstick ‘Blue By You.’

Lipstick Queen Blue By You Lipstick, which begins as a blue indigo shade in the tube, transforms into a gorgeous metallic raspberry pink once applied to your lips. The long-wearing formula, which is enriched with Shea and Mango Butters and Vitamin E, is comfortable and moisturizing, and it leaves lips soft, smooth and supple. It glides across the lips effortlessly, deposits color evenly, and has the emollience of a lip balm with the pigmentation of a lipstick. It neither bleeds, nor does it fade unevenly, and once it wears away it leaves behind a gorgeous raspberry stain punctuated by pearl particles.
According to Lipstick Queen,

Emanating the free-spirited glamour of the 70’s, Lipstick Queen’s Blue By You Lipstick is a playful tribute to the lavish glitz of the decade, with a modern twist. Evolving the iconic transformer collection, luxe Blue By You is a soulful indigo blue that transforms into a metallic raspberry pink.

Enriched with Shea Butter, Mango Butter and antioxidant Vitamin E, lips are left soft and hydrated, while the sheer, shimmering finish provides easy-to-wear, comfortable, long-lasting color. Reminiscent and iridescent, Blue By You encourages us all to get out in the center of the dance floor, and strut our stuff.
Starting as a bold, soulful blue, the color transforms into a flattering, metallic raspberry pink that perfectly captures the medley of glistening magic within a disco ball, transforming you into a dancing queen in a swipe 

                                        Note the transformation from blue indigo to raspberry pink below
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vegetable Oil (Olus / Huile Vegetale), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera / Cire De Candelilla), Beeswax (Cera Alba / Cire D´Abeille), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Silica, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Red 21 (Ci 45380), Red 27 (Ci 45410), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850).
Overall Assessment: LOVE LOVE LOVE!

$25.00 and £22.00 from Space NK USA and Space NK UK (Affiliate Links).
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Sunday, March 11, 2018

TATCHA Dewy Skin Night Concentrate Gift with Purchase

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TATCHA is offering a complimentary travel size Dewy Skin Night Concentrate ($30.00 value. Reviewed HERE) with orders of $125.00 or more. Use Code: DEWYNIGHT18 

*Offer valid through March 15, 2018 at 11:59pm PT, while supplies last. Limit one promotional code per order. This offer is not applicable on gift cards.

The Beauty Spotlight Team Winter Week in Review

Congratulations to Beauty Judy on her new bundle of joy, a girl! She’s just a little preoccupied at the moment and will be skipping this week.

African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Cream, which is the crème de la crème of eco-luxe face creams, just received a rave review from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog. This extraordinary, and peerless, luxury cream pairs perfectly with the African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil, but is also perfection on its own. It is formulated for all skin types, and its antioxidant-rich anti-inflammatory formula and healthy ingredients are perfectly suited for post-peel treatments to soothe and heal skin.

15 Minute Beauty has a really hard time using only a carry on, mostly because of too many liquids to put in her 3-1-1 bag. She’s found a lot of non-liquid beauty product swap outs to make carry on only travel a breeze!

Pammy Blogs Beauty is super excited about the amazing assortment of lippies available from the newly launched INCredible Cosmetics!

If you haven’t tried a glass nail file yet, Allison from Never Say Die Beauty wants to share her love of the Swarovski-encrusted, hand decorated, high quality, precision glass nail files and other beauty tools from Mont Bleu. Affordable and with their lifetime guarantee, they’re simply the best!

Stacie of Makeup Obsessed Mom has some do’s and don’ts tips for you for when applying your lipstick.

Prime Beauty says: For a stunning rosy pink with shimmering gold highlighter inspired by the lights of the Eiffel Tower at sunset, get your hands on the new BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter in Parisian Lights.  The embossed design is as gorgeous as the glow!

Marcia of Beauty Info Zone tests a Trio of Indie Foundations, find out which were a hit and which were duds.

Need a full coverage foundation that won’t break the bank? Read Taneja’s Bride thoughts on the Wet n’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

NORDSTROM 24-Piece Beauty Gift with Skincare Purchase | Online Only

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Nordstrom is currently offering a 24-Piece Gift with your $125.00 Skin Care Purchase.

This online only gift features the following products:
Online only. One per person, while supply lasts. Will be added automatically in Checkout and shipped to the same address as your order. If associated with a Buy & Pick Up in Store order, gift cannot be picked up and will be shipped to the address of your choice. Gifts cannot be shipped internationally. Past purchases do not apply. If you return the qualifying item(s), please return the gift. Visit (Affiliate Links)

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