Sunday, December 21, 2014

ORIGINS Let Us Glow Gift Set: Energizing Essentials for Glow-Getters | Review

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The ORIGINS Let Us Glow Gift Set is filled with, "energizing essentials created for glow-getters." It offers a nice balance of skincare and makeup that offer the perfect introduction to some of their most popular products.
Set Includes:
  • Full Size GinZing™ Brightening mascara to lengthen and lift .47 fl.oz.
  • GinZing™ Energy-boosting moisturizer 1 fl.oz.
  • GinZing™ Refreshing eye cream to brighten and depuff .17 fl.oz.
  • Drink Up™ Hydrating lip balm in Berry Splash .25 fl.oz.
  • 100% Recycled Cotton Bag
GinZing Brightening Mascara (to lengthen and lift): 100% visible boost in lushness & lift
Go from wimpy to whoa with Nature's lash-boosting pro. In an instant, the mega-plush brush sweeps up, fans out & delivers a powerful formula with eye-opening Carnauba Palm to every last lash. The result: soft, long, lush lashes that never look spiky, brittle or clumpy. Ophthalmologist tested. Best for all skin types.

GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer: This lightweight, oil-free, skin energy drink, fortified with legendary skin-boosters like Panax Ginseng and Coffee Bean, jumpstarts hydration levels. Lackluster-looking skin is rapidly refreshed and revitalized to create a healthy, vibrant glow. Best for brightening.
Best for all skin types.

GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream (to brighten and depuff): Late night? Long flight? Look tired all the time? Prepare to become one of the perky people! Nature's clinically-proven morning-after eye cream instantly reduces dark circles. Unsightly bags and puffiness virtually disappear. And Origins proprietary complex of Caffeine from Coffee bean, Panax Ginseng, Magnolia Extract and natural optic brighteners rapidly wakes up, refreshes and restores radiance to tired eyes. Best for brightening. Best for all skin types.

Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm in Berry Splash: Drench lips with quenching moisture plus a luscious hint of tint. Aloe Vera helps soothe. Apricot Kernel and Avocado Oils deliver nourishing hydration. Plus a complex of Orange Peel, Barley and Wheat Germ help protect against future dryness. In seconds lips feel soft, smooth. Look delicious.
 Left to Right: Nude Nectarine, Berry Splash, Plum Punch and Sparkling Rose.

Berry Splash is a stunning shimmering berry.

100% Recycled Cotton Bag: this makeup bag is so cute that you will definitely want to pop it in your purse! It is very sturdy and roomy enough to fill with your favorite products.
Ingredients (click to enlarge):
Overall Assessment: This is an amazing set, and would be the perfect gift for the skincare and makeup lover on your list. I am completely obsessed with the mascara and will be reviewing it soon!

$35.00 (a $52.00 value) from Origins, Macy's (on sale for $29.00). Dillard's and Selfridges (Affiliate Links).

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ORIGINS Superstar Minis Gift Set | Review

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Superstar Minis is a wonderful Origins skincare gift set filled with their best sellers in generously sized minis. According to Origins the Superstar set features their "best sellers crafted for your best buds."

The set includes:

  • Checks and Balances™ Frothy face wash, 1 fl. oz.
  • Modern Friction™ Nature's gentle dermabrasion, .5 fl. oz.
  • Clear Improvement™ Active charcoal mask to clear pores, .5 fl. oz.
  • GinZing™ Energy-boosting moisturizer, 1 fl. oz.
  • High-Potency Night-A-Mins™ Mineral-enriched renewal cream, 1 fl. oz.
  • Make A Difference™ Rejuvenating hand treatment, .5 fl. oz.
  • GinZing™ Refreshing eye cream to brighten and depuff, .5 fl. oz.
  • 100% recycled cotton tote
Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash: When it comes to faces with dry and oily places, it takes a clever cleanser to balance the two. This gentle, frothy face wash carefully does both jobs without canceling each other out. Broad Leaf Kelp Extract discourages excess oil production, while Wheat Protein balances and protects dry prone zones. And Tourmaline actually makes water wetter to more easily disperse dirt and sebum down the drain. There's also aromatic Bergamot, Spearmint and Lavender to add pleasure to the process. Skin feels comfortably refreshed after cleansing, never tight, pulled or parched. Best for all skin types.

Modern Friction Nature's Gentle DermabrasionSand-blasting skin with coarse, chemical crystals? How painfully passé. Here's age-smoothing exfoliation without irritation. Skin-refining Rice Starch, cushioned in cream, shows real affinity for rapidly removing sluggish cells, uneven patches and signs of skin damage and discolorations. Lemon Oil kick starts the process of illumination. Another age-sweeping action: skin-menacing molecules are mopped up. All while Aloe keeps skin calm and comfy. There's no ouch, extra steps or other complications. No redness or flaking follows. The before-and-afters are amazing. Signs of fine lines and size of pores appear to shrink in size. Skin looks perfectly polished, smooth and luminous. And the perk-me-up aromas of Bergamot and Peppermint help you look on the bright side. 

Clear Improvement (Active charcoal mask to clear pores): When environmental toxins, dirt and debris get under your skin, its waste-filtering system gets jammed, pores get clogged, skin looks cloudy. Nature's complexion clean-up crew gets to the bottom of skins overcast condition and clears the way for it to act its best. Activated Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Without all that "stuff" down there, skin 'breathes a sigh of relief.'

How To Use: "Once a week or as often as needed, open pores with warm, moist towel and layer mask on. Allow to dry, rinse well. Watch your skin shake off the shroud of dullness and take on a new clarity. Best for all skin types."

GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer: Instantly hydrates and revs up radiance. This lightweight, oil-free, skin energy drink, fortified with legendary skin-boosters like Panax Ginseng and Coffee Bean, jumpstarts hydration levels. Lackluster-looking skin is rapidly refreshed and revitalized to create a healthy, vibrant glow. Best for brightening. Best for all skin types.

High-Potency Night-A-Mins (Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream): Put dullness to rest. Wake up radiant & refreshed. Now nature's famed night cream is newly fortified with a system of time-released resurfacers plus Vitamins C, E & H, minerals & moisture-rich replenishers. While relaxing aromas lull you to sleep, skin sloughs away dry, dead layers. Deletes dullness. 98% of those who tested it agreed - skin was renewed and refreshed in the AM. Helps the slumber deprived wake up on the bright side of the bed. So why face dull skin. Sleep it off tonight. Best for combination & dry skin types.

Origins also makes an oil-free version of High-Potency Night-A-Mins for combination and oily skin.

Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand TreatmentThe resurrection plant, Rose of Jericho, plus skin-reviving Trehalose and Sea Haricots work hand-in-hand to help hardworking skin rebound and recover from dramatic dehydration. An ancient Oceanic Flora helps repair damage due to UV exposure, daily use and constant abuse. Scutellaria Extract helps even out skin tone. Meadowfoam Seed Oil lavishes hands that have it rough with long-lasting smoothness that's never greasy. Chapped, cracked, splotchy skin resumes a softer, brighter, more evenly toned, more youthfully textured look and feel. Leaves an elegant, silky feel on skin. Forms an undetectable barrier. Dermatologist Tested.

GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff: Late night? Long flight? Look tired all the time? Prepare to become one of the perky people! Nature's clinically-proven morning-after eye cream instantly reduces dark circles. Unsightly bags and puffiness virtually disappear. And Origins proprietary complex of Caffeine from Coffee bean, Panax Ginseng, Magnolia Extract and natural optic brighteners rapidly wakes up, refreshes and restores radiance to tired eyes. Best for brightening.
Best for all skin types.

100% Recycled Cotton Tote
Ingredients (click to enlarge):
Overall Assessment: Such a great gift set filled with fantastic best-sellers! I'm having so much fun with this set, and definitely see many full sizes in my future!

$35.00 ($87.00 value) from ORIGINSDillard's and Selfridges (Affiliate Links).
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ORIGINS Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balms Limited Edition Gift Set | Review and Swatches

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Origins has so many wonderful products, and I have numerous obsessions from the line, but as a confirmed lip product junkie I can't tell you why I am only just now trying to their Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balms! They are moisturizing balms with the consistent of a lip gloss, and they are long-wearing and utterly gorgeous! 

According to Origins,

Drench lips with quenching moisture plus a luscious hint of tint. Aloe Vera helps soothe. Apricot Kernel and Avocado Oils deliver nourishing hydration. Plus a complex of Orange Peel, Barley and Wheat Germ help protect against future dryness. In seconds lips feel soft, smooth. Look delicious.

Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balms Gift Set includes:
  • Nude Nectarine 7ml
  • Berry Splash 7ml
  • Plum Punch 7ml
  • Sparkling Rose 7ml
 Left to Right: Nude Nectarine, Berry Splash, Plum Punch and Sparkling Rose

Nude Nectarine is a very sheer milky pale peach
Berry Splash is a stunning shimmering berry
Plum Punch is a sheer purple kissed plum
Sparkling Rose is a twinkling pinky peach
Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balms glide across the lips effortlessly courtesy of the silky consistency and the slanted applicator tip. The balm itself is a bit thicker than a traditional gloss, but it coats the lips perfectly and provides the perfect amount of cushion. The texture is slightly sticky, but not overwhelmingly so, which accounts for its long wear-time.
Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balms are perfect on their own, over a lip liner, or on top of your favorite lipstick.
Ingredients (click to enlarge):
Overall Assessment: The perfect stocking stuffer for the lip product obsessed on your list!

$22.00 ($24.00 Value) from ORIGINS and Macy's,
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Favored Beauty Picks from the Beauty Blogazons

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Honest Company Skincare Products for the Whole Family | Perfect Stocking Stuffers

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The Honest Company is an eco-friendly founded by Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan because they wanted to create safe eco-friendly products that were suitable to use for their families and ours. Their products are stylish, effective, pleasant to use, and affordable.

According to Jessica and Christopher,

Once upon a time...
A dad named Christopher and a mom named Jessica found themselves utterly frustrated trying to find the perfect products for their babies and homes.

We both wanted an ideal: not only effective, but unquestionably safe, eco-friendly, beautiful, convenient, and affordable – everyone should have it. We believed every baby deserved the best we can create for them. We are dreamers.

But, more importantly, we are doers.

You know what they say, if you want it done right, you gotta do it yourself.

We tried to think of all the qualities we would want in a dream brand – savvy style, sustainability, and extraordinary service & convenience all wrapped in a passion for social goodness, tied with a bow of integrity and sprinkled with a little cheeky fun.

We knew it wouldn't be easy juggling all these demands, but we're parents, we're used to multi-tasking.

So, our goal is to relieve you of a few tasks by delivering the best family essentials to your doorstep – to simplify your life and bring more delight to every day. Our dream is to re-define the "family brand" and create something – with you – that's better for all families, everywhere.

Together we can make it better.

1) Hand Sanitizer Spray is an "all natural, no-rinse disinfecting spray for long-lasting antibacterial protection- anywhere, anytime!"
  • Effectively kills 99.9% of germs & bacteria using all natural plant-based protection.
  • Soothing botanicals prevent drying, redness & chapping.
  • Quick drying – no sticky residues.
  • Leaves skin soft, moisturized & germ-free.
  • Super portable & no-mess, no-fuss packaging.
  • No harsh chemicals (ever!) – honestly clean & extremely satisfying.
Ingredients: Ethyl Alcohol 62%, Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Chlorophyll.

Free of: triclosan, benzalkonium chloride, phthalates parabens, fragrances, glycol, enzymes, dyes, chlorine, ammonia chloride, formaldehyde & petrochemicals.

$5.95 for an unscented 2-pack, 2 fl. oz. (60 mL) each 2 oz. from The Honest Company, Pharmaca, Nordstrom and Target.

2) Honest Hand Soap in Lavender naturally refreshes & cleanses your hands with pure plant-based ingredients, and it is absolutely perfect for the whole family!
  • Rich and creamy lather infused with botanicals and essential oils to clean and soften hands.
  • Great for the whole family - from sticky, little fingers to Dad's soiled gardening hands and everything in between.
  • Soft lather gently removes dirt and grime and easily rinses away without drying skin - leaving behind nothing but pure, clean delight!
  • pH balanced to leave skin soft and hydrated.
  • Hypoallergenic and ultra pure for sensitive skin.
  • Available in 3 delightful scents!
  • NO harsh chemicals (ever!)
Natural • Hypoallergenic • Non-Toxic • Biodegradable • pH Balanced

Free of: phthalates, SLS, DEA, triclosan, synthetic fragrances, glycols, dyes, phosphates, 1,4-dioxane, formaldehyde & most common allergens.

Available in 3 scents: Lavender, Lemongrass & Mandarin

Lavender Ingredients: Purified Water, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco Betaine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerin, Glucono-Delta-Lactone, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Sodium Benzoate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil

Lemongrass Ingredients: Purified Water, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco Betaine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerin, Glucono-Delta-Lactone, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Sodium Benzoate, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil* (*Certified Organic Ingredient)

Mandarin Ingredients: Purified Water, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco Betaine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerin, Glucono-Delta-Lactone, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Sodium Benzoate, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Oil

$4.95 for 12 oz. from The Honest Company, Pharmaca, Nordstrom and Target.

3) Honest Face + Body Lotion is made of "organic olive, shea, jojoba, and safflower oils hydrate, and restore skin’s natural moisture balance." It is perfectly hydrating and delightful to use.
  • Chamomile, calendula, and aloe protect and soothe.
  • Perfect for all skin types – sensitive, dry, and allergy-prone.
  • Meticulously designed with extra purity and care – what goes ON your baby and body is just as important as what goes IN.
  • No harsh chemicals (ever!) – honestly rich and extremely satisfying.
Hypoallergenic • Vegan • Plant-Based • Biodegradable • pH Balanced • Naturally Non-Toxic

Free of: silicones, parabens, phthalates, fragrances, dyes, formaldehyde, PEG, petrochemicals & most common allergens.

Ingredients: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Glycerin, Sorbitan Olivate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol.

$9.95 for 8.5 oz. from The Honest Company, Pharmaca and Nordstrom. 

4) Honest Wipes are all natural wipes that are amazing! They are, "thick and absorbent, botanically infused, "Cheek to Cheek" versatility - this wipe can do it all."
  • Thicker, stronger, more absorbent, & softer, Oeko-Tex® certified medical-grade cloth.
  • Gentle, yet effective ingredients gently cleanse & soothe with plant extracts that promote healthy skin.
  • Infused with a botanical blend of pomegranate (antioxidants), chamomile & cucumber (to soothe), and masterwort leaf (to moisturize).
  • "Cheek to Cheek:" from sensitive, wet bottoms and messy fingers, to sticky countertops, pacifiers, and gunked-up toys - this wipe is ultra-versatile & can do it all.
  • NO parabens, chlorine, phenols, or risky chemicals (ever!).
Biodegradable* • Hypoallergenic • Chlorine-Free •  Medical Grade Cloth • Oeko-Tex® Sustainably Harvested

Ingredients: Purified Water, Citric Acid (Fruit-Based Stability Agent), Silver Dihydrogen Citrate (All Natural, Water-Soluble Preservative), Decyl Glucoside (Sugar-Based Cleanser), Sodium Citrate (Corn-Based Antioxidant), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate Fruit) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice Root) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber Fruit) Extract, Peucedanum Ostruthium (Masterwort Leaf) Extract.

$4,95 for 72 unscented wipes (7.1 x 8 in) from The Honest Company, Target, Nordstrom and Pharmaca.

5) Honest Bar Soap Hydrating Shea Butter Cleansing Bar in Lavender is an "84% organic bar soap is made with luxurious coconut, olive & argan oils that naturally moisturize, condition & soothe skin. Nourishing, rich lather is perfect for babies & bodies of all ages." 
  • Organic shea butter, coconut, palm & olive oils combine into one amazing, ultra-moisturizing formula – won't dry skin like many bar soaps.
  • Luxurious argan oil, apricot oil & jojoba for added nourishment and soothing.
  • Organic essential oils add aromatherapeutic effects - lavender relaxes, juniper sage invigorates & and tangerine vanilla brings the smiles.
  • Triple milled & cold pressed for a premium bar that lasts and lasts with plenty of lather.
  • No harsh chemicals (ever!) - honestly pure & extremely satisfying.
All Natural • Ultra-Pure • Certified Organic • Hypoallergenic • Vegan • Biodegradable • pH Balanced • Naturally Non-Toxic

Lavender Ingredients: Sodium Palmate (Palm Oil* & Sodium Hydroxide), Sodium Cocoate (Coconut Oil* & Sodium Hydroxide), Water (Aqua), Glycerin*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Sodium Citrate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*

$4.95 for 5 oz. from The Honest Company.

6) Honest Bar Soap Hydrating Shea Butter Cleansing Bar in Juniper Sage is an "84% organic bar soap is made with luxurious coconut, olive & argan oils that naturally moisturize, condition & soothe skin. Nourishing, rich lather is perfect for babies & bodies of all ages." I am utterly in love with this gentle, thoroughly cleaning and moisturizing bar soaps! They are perfect for everyone in the family.
  • Organic shea butter, coconut, palm & olive oils combine into one amazing, ultra-moisturizing formula – won't dry skin like many bar soaps.
  • Luxurious argan oil, apricot oil & jojoba for added nourishment and soothing.
  • Organic essential oils add aromatherapeutic effects - lavender relaxes, juniper sage invigorates & and tangerine vanilla brings the smiles.
  • Triple milled & cold pressed for a premium bar that lasts and lasts with plenty of lather.
  • No harsh chemicals (ever!) - honestly pure & extremely satisfying.
All Natural • Ultra-Pure • Certified Organic • Hypoallergenic • Vegan • Biodegradable • pH Balanced • Naturally Non-Toxic

Juniper Sage Ingredients: Sodium Palmate (Palm Oil* & Sodium Hydroxide), Sodium Cocoate (Coconut Oil* & Sodium Hydroxide), Water (Aqua), Glycerin*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Santalum Spicata (Sandalwood) Oil, Juniperus Virginiana (Virginia Red Cedar) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Orange) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Sodium Citrate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*

$4.95 for 5 oz. from The Honest Company.

7) Honest Kid's Toothpaste in Strawberry Blast, "delivers delightful, fruity freshness that kids love! Our fluoride-free formula helps brighten teeth, promote healthy teeth & gums, and fight dental plaque & tartar buildup. Healthy mouths, happy smiles!"
  • Naturally promotes healthy teeth & gums for optimal dental hygiene.
  • Calcium helps protect & strengthen tooth enamel.
  • Baking soda & natural silica gently polish & brighten teeth.
  • Organic aloe, organic ginger & bisabolol help soothe gum irritation.
  • Absolutely no artificial sweeteners, flavors or dyes.
  • Specially formulated all natural strawberry flavor for kids (big & small) – great tasting and yummy & safer on tummy.
  • No harsh chemicals (ever!).
Natural • Vegan • Biodegradable

Ingredients: Glycerin, Calcium Carbonate (Mineral), Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice**, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (Coconut-Derived Cleanser), Carrageenan (Seaweed-Derived Stabilizer), Calcium Glycerophosphate (Mineral), Bisabolol (Botanical Soother), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract**, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract**, Flavor*, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Hydrated Silica (Mineral), Sodium Chloride (Common Salt)

* All Natural Strawberry Flavor
** Derived From Certified Organic Botanicals

$3.95 Net wt. 6 oz. (170 g) or 1.5 oz. (2 pack) from The Honest Company, Pharmaca, Nordstrom and Target.

8) Honest Shampoo + Body Wash in Sweet Orange Vanilla is a "delightfully tear-free, plant-based cleanser perfect for the whole family – honestly clean and extremely satisfying!"
  • Natural and organic ingredients gently cleanse, moisturize, and nourish your baby and family's entire body from head to toe.
  • Jojoba and quinoa proteins strengthen and fortify (with all 8 essential amino acids).
  • Organic coconut oil moisturizes and protects.
  • Chamomile, calendula, and aloe gently soothe and nourish.
  • Fresh smelling sweet orange vanilla.
  • Perfectly pH balanced to remove dirt without stripping natural oils, and protect tender skin and delicate hair.
  • Gentle enough for babies with sensitive skin, eczema, or cradle cap.
  • Safe for Mom's color-treated hair.
  • No harsh chemicals (ever!) - honestly clean and extremely satisfying.
Hypoallergenic • Tear-Free • Color-Safe • Vegan • Biodegradable • pH Balanced • Naturally Non-Toxic

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Water, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Triethyl Citrate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Protein, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Glycerin, Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol.

Free of SLS, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, fragrances, dyes, sodium chloride, formaldehyde, MEA, DEA, TEA & most common allergens.

$8.95 for 8.5 oz. from The Honest Company, Pharmaca and Nordstrom.

9) Canvas Tote is a "delightfully simple, yet ultra versatile bag is perfect for the farmer's market, books, mini diaper bag, a weekend getaway & more. Made with 100% heavy-weight cotton (super durable!) and non-toxic AZO-free dyes. Two convenient pockets to stash keys, lip balm, sunglasses, pacifiers & goodiesIncludes both shoulder straps and an extra shoulder messenger strap for extra functionality and comfort. Oversized - in a good way!" I love this bag and use it when I grocery shop. It's sturdy, attractive, and machine washable! It lives in my trunk so that I never forget it!
  • The tote bag can carry over 20 pounds of baby or daily essentials
  • Reusable • Ultra Versatile • Machine Washable
  • Light Gray 18" x 15.5" x 5.5"
$16.95 from The Honest Company.

Overall Assessment: A+ products from an environmentally friendly and responsible company. I love everything that I have tried, and I plan to further investigate the line!

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Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush | Review

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It is certainly no secret that I have a wild appetite for luxurious brushes. While my most reached for brushes are made by Hakuhodo (including my beloved stable of Tom Ford brushes), I have to confess that since purchasing the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush– I haven't reached for other foundation brushes. Yes, it's true. 

The soft synthetic bristles are densely packed and arc into a rounded dome shape that is able to effortlessly get into the tightest of spaces effortlessly. Whether you apply your foundation to the brush directly or to your face, the bristles do not absorb or waste product, and the densely packed head is able to perfectly distribute and blend foundation to an airbrushed finish.

I have used a variety of foundation types from liquids, to sticks to powders– and the results are extraordinary. While the Good Karma Brush was created specifically for use with their Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, which I do not own, it is astoundingly effective with all of the foundations in my stash.

Additionally, the bristles, while soft, are quite sturdy. Even after lots of use there are no signs of wear, splaying, or shedding. Furthermore, it has not shed after washing either.
According to Urban Decay,

Flawlessly applies, buffs and blurs your liquid, cream or powder foundation. And like all our brushes, it’s totally vegan! We created this brush specifically for our Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, but it works beautifully with ANY liquid, cream or powder foundation – it’s THAT good!

The densely packed hairs pick up and distribute makeup evenly, while its domed top and round shape make it effortless to maneuver around the face. The "optical blurring" comes in in when you apply, buff and "blur" your makeup to a totally flawless finish. (Ahhh.)

Buffing and blurring with our Optical Blurring Brush allows Naked Skin perform the way it was meant to perform – light-reflecting particles are evenly distributed, fine lines seemingly disappear, and you’re left with a stunning soft-focus finish.

Tips: Distribute foundation with brush and apply with a circular motion for a flawless, airbrushed finish.
Overall Assessment: A truly amazing cruelty-free brush that is worth its weight in gold. Seriously, I am completely obsessed with this brush. It passed the Tom Ford Foundation Stick test (one of my very favorite foundations) with flying colors!

$25.00 from Nordstrom, Sephora, Macy's, Ulta, Beauty.com and Selfridges (Affiliate Links).

Purchased by me. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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The Beauty Spotlight Team's Top Pre-Christmas Posts

15 Minute Beauty asked her beauty blogging friends a few questions, and now she can share their favorite drugstore foundations! Did your favorite make the list?

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Limited Edition Collection of 50 Lipsticks is truly amazing, and Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has swatched the whole collection for you!

Looking for last minute stocking stuffers? Prime Beauty has a great review of the Amopé Pedi Perfect Tool and you can win one for yourself too!

Interested in some "Lush"ious bathing? Join Beauty Info Zone in drooling over these Lush products. Get them while they are available.

The holiday season is about giving, and Sunny from Mostly Sunny is hosting an awesome giveaway open to readers from all over the world! Find out how you can win a prize pack with amazing Burberry, Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, and Laura Mercier products (value 270+ euros)!

Looking for a new skin saving serum? Phyrra is in love with the Silk Naturals Vitamin C Peptide Serum! It's vegan, too!

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Empties Post Volume XXVII: November 2014 Edition

 Press Samples, GWP and Purchased by Me (Unaffiliated Links)

I didn't really seek to use up so many sample packets, but somehow I did without even trying. As always, I don't really comment on the efficacy of sample packets unless I have enough of a given product to formulate a real opinion, or if I have full sized versions, and can therefore discuss the product(s) in depth.

Therefore, of these used up sample packets I can tell you unequivocally, based upon long term use, that the Kate Somerville Exfolikate (reviewed here) remains one of my very exfoliants. It does a remarkable job cleaning pores and eliminating all traces of dead skin cells. This is a very potent exfoliant, and if you have sensitive skin you might opt for her gentle version instead.

I am currently testing out Roloxin Lift, and have to say that I am exceedingly impressed by this anti-aging mask, and will be reviewing it soon.

The Radical Youth Infusion Serum is a really really lovely serum, and while I have only been using sample packets I am quite impressed by this serum. It lifts, reduces the appearance fine lines and gives skin a gorgeous dewy appearance.

Finally, L'Occitane's Divine Oil is really divine, indeed. I have a deluxe sample that I have been using, and while it's not enough product to write a full review– it is enough to know that I really want a full-sized bottle!
Rituals Cherry Blossom & Rice Milk Ultra Rich Whipped Body Butter (discussed here): This is a delectable rich cream that smells heavenly and leaves skin very moisturized and silky smooth.

Amlactin creams and lotions (reviewed here): If you have dry flaky skin, you will be astounded by Amlactin's ability to exfoliate dead skin while simultaneously leaving skin moisturized. I love using it on my legs and feet.

REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask (reviewed here): This is a fantastic exfoliating peel. The fruit enzymes dissolve dead skin cells and reveal gorgeous glowing skin.

Moroccanoil Body Buff is a delicious orange scented scrub that does a wonderful job exfoliating the skin, and leaves it soft, smooth and supple.

Erno Laszlo Intensive Décolleté Cream SPF 20 feels nice on the skin, but the first few ingredients are silicone, and while that lend itself to a rather velvety texture it felt altogether too artificial on my skin.

Radical Skincare Anti-Aging Replenishing Extreme Moisture (reviewed here): This is simply an extraordinary cream. It is nourishing, hydrating, brightening, and reduces the appearance of fine lines. It is one of my all-time favorite creams, and it isn't in the least bit too rich for my combination skin. I really truly love this stuff!

Clarins UV Plus HP Multi-Protection SPF 40 Medium Tint (Untinted version reviewed here): I love this mineral sunscreen! It offers good protection, doesn't leave behind a white film, and doesn't interfere with makeup.

Arcona Magic Dry Ice (review forthcoming): Ah, this is such a lovely ultra moisturizing anti-aging lotion. It feels delectable on the skin, and leaves it lifted, soft and supple. It also softens the appearance of fine lines after prolonged usage. It's an amazing product from an extraordinary line.
The Organic Pharmacy Rose Plus Marine Complex (reviewed here): I need to buy another bottle soon because I whimpered when I used the last few drops of this miraculous serum. It's actually emollient and moisturizing enough that I can get away with using it as a moisturizer during the warmer months of the year.

Le Mieux Moisture Infusion Mask (reviewed here): This is a very moisturizing and hydrating sheet mask that has quickly become one of my very favorites! It leaves my skin so soft, plump, nourished and hydrated. It is the perfect antidote to the cold and harsh winter air!

Koh Gen Do Pure Cotton is truly amazing! Once you try Koh Gen Do's Pure Cotton pads you will have a hard time going back to regular cotton balls or pads. They are so luxuriously soft and silky on the skin that you won't believe it!
Caress Juicy Escape Body Wash (reviewed here): This is such a refreshing body wash that smells absolutely delicious. It leaves skin soft and supple, and is also great for shaving your legs!

Trader Joe's Moisturizing Cream Shave Honey Mango: I couldn't even calculate how many tubes of this we go through in my family! I always buy them in multiples because periodically they are sold out at my local Trader Joe's. It leaves skin remarkably soft and moisturized, and is so emollient that you can get a very close shave.

Shea Yeleen Unscented Black Soap (reviewed here): This is a wonderful unscented soap, albeit rather earthy smelling naturally, that leaves skin clean without stripping. Skin is left soft and moisturized, and is emollient enough that I shave my legs with it.

What did you use up, give away, throw out, or return in November?
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Winter Skin Perfection from Belli Skincare and CapriClear | The Perfect Trio for Cold Weather

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While there is no doubt that the crisp winter air perfectly embodies the winter wonderland associated with the holiday season, it also wreaks havoc on the skin. Just as I switch out my facial skincare routine during the colder months, I also do the same with my body care products. One of my beauty tricks is to use a mild non-stripping body wash followed by a body oil, and then topped off with a body lotion or a cream.

Lately I have been using Belli Pure & Pampered Body Wash followed by CapriClear Spray on Moisturizer and then followed by Belli All Day Moisture Body Lotion. I find that the Pure & Pampered Body wash thoroughly cleans the skin without stripping it, and leaves it soft and supple. The light lavender scent is delightful and relaxing, and might make you want to take a long shower. Immediately following the shower, I apply CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer to warm damp skin. It sinks in immediately and leaves skin unbelievably soft, soothed and hydrated. I then slather the Belli All Day Moisture Body Lotion all over, and immediately notice how soft, silky smooth and moisturized my skin looks and feels.

Belli Pure & Pampered Body Wash is a specially formulated body wash created for daily use.  It gently cleans without stripping the skin of its natural oils.  It contains cucumber and green tea extracts that are rich in antioxidants as well as lavender and chamomile that provide a relaxing aromatherapy experience.   

•Pure and balanced cleansing for your entire body
• Specially formulated for daily use 
• Gently cleans without stripping skin of its natural oils
• Features cucumber and green tea extracts, both are rich in antioxidants
• Lavender and chamomile provide a relaxing aromatherapy experience

Ingredients:
$13.00 for 6.5 oz. from Belli Skincare, Dermstore, Amazon and drugstore.com.

Belli All Day Moisture Body Lotion is a luxuriously emollient cream that deeply moisturizes and comforts dry skin.  It contains antioxidant vitamin E, chamomile to soothe and refresh skin and lemon oil to provide an uplifting scent. It has  a light delicious citrus-scent, and it provides all day moisture and relief from dry skin. It is a soothing formula that absorbs very quickly, and it leaves behind no greasy residue.

Ingredients:
$17.00 for 6.5 oz. from Belli Skincare, Dermstore, Amazon and drugstore.com.

CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer is made with 100% fractionated coconut oil, this all-natural, paraben-free treatment combats dry, flaky, irritated skin, making it soft and silky.  Conceived by a dermatologist, fragrance-free CapriClear is an exceptionally pure, gentle and effective single-ingredient solution for even the most sensitive skin.  It also has the eczema seal of approval and is safe for the entire family.  Plus, it results in soft, silky skin.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil).

$19.99 for 5.2 oz. from CapriCleardrugstore.com, Amazon and Walgreens.
$10.99 for 1.9 oz. from CapriCleardrugstore.com, Amazon and Walgreens.

Overall Assessment: A really great combination of products to keep skin clean and ultra moisturized!

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MAC Nasty Gal Lipsticks in Stunner and Runner | A Stunning Collaboration

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M.A.C. and Nasty Gal have joined forces to create this season’s boldest, baddest lip colors. Deep purple, bombshell red, and rich burgundy lipsticks jam-packed with attitude.

Nasty Gal is about turning heads, and turning fashion its head--changing the game, and looking badass while doing it. What better way to declare you mean business than with bombshell red lipstick (and a corner office with your name on it). $16.00 for 3 g / 0.1 oz

Sophia ran away from convention, capitalism and the suburbs, an adventure that caused her to eventually run smack into something she did want--Nasty Gal, and the perfect shade of bordeaux for the boardroom.  $16.00 for 3 g / 0.1 oz

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