Saturday, March 23, 2019

The Beauty Spotlight Team Celebrates Spring with Great Makeup and Skincare Picks

Are you struggling to figure out how to take all your preferred skincare items and a makeup routine with you while traveling? Check out Jen’s post on Laugh, Love, Contour showing how she is able to take what she wants with her all while sticking to carry on bags and liquid restrictions.

The ice is finally melting in Toronto and Color Sutraa celebrating her first Spring in Canada with the Limited Edition Spring 2019 collection from Quo Cosmetics at Shoppers Drug Mart.

This week, Polarbelle decided to take the plunge and order some items from Bad Habit Beauty and see what all the fuss is about. Join Shelley to see her haul followed by a Get Ready With Me.

Blushing Noir shows why NARS is running 2019 with the launch of their Voyageur Eyeshadow Palettes. Check out Nectar, her favorite of the four, here.

Pammy Blogs Beauty has a new favorite mask for her dry/sensitive/irritated skin (from Retin-A use). Check out her review of Osmosis Skincare's Mango Mask!

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog recently discovered SALT by Hendrix Coco-Salt Body Buff with Organic Coconut + Lavender, and can’t stop waxing poetic about this delectable scrub. It smells heavenly and it leaves skin unbelievably soft, smooth and supple.

More and more people are turning to clean beauty products nowadays. Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom is explaining what it means just in case you want to jump on the bandwagon.

Prime Beauty likes to be the star of the show and with the Natasha Denona Mini Star Eyeshadow Palette she can be!

Looking for a new facial cleanser? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty loves the fluffy, whipped texture of First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser, a creamy gentle cleanser that is perfect for all skin types including sensitive skin and rosacea! It leaves skin soft and hydrated!

Beauty Info Zone's 9th blog anniversary continues with more giveaways. The latest two are 4ever Magic Eyebrow Gel and Humboldt Soap Company's bath and body box. Be sure you enter these since the prizes will thrill the winners.

Friday, March 22, 2019

LAST CHANCE: Space NK The Explore Event | $20.00 Off Every $100.00

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$20.00 off at Space NK For a Limited Time When You Spend $100.00 or more! Online and in‑store. Automatically applied on the Shopping Bag page. Ends 11.59pm PST, Sunday, March 24, 2019. Excludes Vintner’s Daughter, gift cards, sale items and shipping charges. Maximum discount amount is $400.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

SALT By Hendrix Coco-Salt Body Buff | Review

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I absolutely LOVE using high quality body scrubs, and do I ever have one to share with you! SALT By Hendrix Coco-Salt Body Buff is a delectable ultra-luxe natural exfoliant, from Australia, that is vegan, cruelty-free and such a treat to use. You simply add a little water to about half a tablespoon of the SALT By Hendrix Coco-Salt Body Buff, and mix it in your hand and gently buff the skin. It effectively exfoliates dead skin cells leaving the skin silky smooth, incredibly soft and supple. It has a very light milky lavender aroma that is calming, and not in the least bit pungent. Furthermore, it rinses clean and doesn't leave the skin, or the bottom of the shower, covered in an oily residue.

According to SALT by Hendrix,

Buff your way to smooth skin with our coconut based body scrub. Full of organic ingredients, this body treatment will leave your skin feeling moisturized and soft.
Directions: Use every third or fourth day. Apply one tablespoon of Coco-Salt Body Buff to 1/2 tablespoon of water. Blend in the palm of your hand, then gently buff the skin. Repeat as required for a more intense treatment. Remove with warm water.
Paraben-free; sulfate-free; phthalate-free; synthetic-fragrance–free; silicone-free; GMO-free; artificial-fragrance–free.
Ingredients: Sea Salt (Dead Sea Salt), Cocos Nucifera Fruit Powder (Dried Desicated Coconut)*, Coconut Milk Powder*, Lavandula Angustifolia Flower (Lavender)*. Denotes Certified Organic.
Overall Assessment: This is a really uplifting and incredibly satisfying body scrub to use, and I definitely recommend it if you love using high quality natural salt scrubs.

$25.00 for 7.05 oz. from SALT By HendrixAnthropologie and Adore Beauty (Affiliate Links).
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

MyChelle Sun Shield SPF 28 Coconut | Review

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That it is the first day of spring means that I am thinking about warmer weather, and therefore this is the perfect time to introduce you to a wonderful sunscreen from MyChelle Dermaceuticals.

I prefer mineral sunscreens to their chemical-laden counterparts, and not only is MyChelle Sun Shield SPF 28 Coconut a full spectrum UVA/UVB mineral sunscreen, but it uses translucent Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Therefore, there is no pesky white residue, that is incompatible with makeup, with which to contend. Furthermore, it contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera in conjunction with a potent blend of antioxidants that protect and calm the skin. It boasts a lightweight formula, with a clear matte finish, and it can be used on the face and body. It has a light and pleasant coconut aroma, but it is faint and does not linger.

Made without GMO, Gluten, Parabens, Petroleum, Phthalates, Sulfates, Ureas, Artificial Fragrances, and Artificial Colors. Vegan. Cruelty-Free. Reef safe.

According to MyChelle,

Mineral-based sunscreen with Aloe and Vitamin E to soothe and protect. Sun Shield Coconut SPF 28 is an environmentally safe, full spectrum UVA/UVB sun defense that offers powerfully effective protection for face and body. Translucent Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide provide a safe alternative to harsh chemical sunscreens. The addition of soothing Aloe and a high-performance blend of antioxidants, including Vitamin E, helps reduce the signs of sun-induced irritation. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly for a smooth, clear, and matte finish. Gentle enough for infants* and non-irritating to eyes*Six Months or older.
• For daily use, allow product to absorb completely before applying make-up.
• Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure.
• Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.
• Reapply at least every 2 hours.
• Limit time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, hats and sunglasses.

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 11.6% (ZinClear™), Titanium Dioxide .67%. Inactive Ingredients: 1,2-Hexanediol, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Alumina, Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Citric Acid, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Fragrance/Parfum, Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta), Gluconolactone, Glycerin, Glyceryl Isostearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Isononyl Isononanoate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Simethicone, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate (D-alpha), Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Tropolone, Xanthan Gum
Overall Assessment: This is a really good mineral sunscreen, and it is definitely worthy of your consideration.

$20.00 for 2.3 oz. from MyChelle, Dermstore and Overstock (Affiliate Links).
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Lavido Invigorating Facial Serum | Review

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Lavido is a wonderful cruelty-free brand from Israel that was established in 2003 by herbalist Ido Magal. Their natural and organic products feature nourishing, healthy ingredients that are high quality, and result in extraordinary formulations. I have tested several of their products, and am thoroughly impressed by the textures, formulas, aromas and efficacy. Given my penchant for luxury face oils, I was thrilled to test their Lavido Invigorating Facial Serum.
Lavido Invigorating Facial Serum with Evening Primrose Seed, Frankincense & Rosehip is formulated for combination to oily skin types, but I suspect that it will prove effective for a wider array of skin types. It is a very nourishing and deeply hydrating luxury face oil, and the first two ingredients, Sweet Almond Oil and Evening Primrose Oil, offer skin superb hydration. While my skin is normal to combination, it has been unusually dry and dehydrated this winter, and this oil has done an enviable job healing my skin this season.

This lovely oil-based serum is lightweight and it melts into the skin immediately. It is very concentrated, therefore no more than two drops is needed for the face, neck and décolleté. I apply it to freshly cleansed, and slightly damp, skin and the results are immediate. My skin is left soft, smooth, supple, hydrated and luminous, and its delectable light aroma is informed my a gorgeous amalgam of the lavender, rose and chamomile oils.
According to Lavido,

Defy the aging process, protect and nourish skin with plant-based fatty acids, minerals and vitamins from organic, cold-pressed evening primrose seed and almond oil. Lavido's Invigorating Facial Serum is clinically proven to show significant improvement in skin hydration, firmness and elasticity.

Directions: Apply two drops to damp, clean skin in the morning or evening. May be used daily or as needed. Follow with Lavido moisturizer of choice.
About Lavido,

Lavido is a natural face and body care company formulated with certified organic essential oils and active natural ingredients. Each of our products is made with the best raw, plant-based ingredients. The results are effective, balanced and luxurious blends for the face and body.

We proudly create natural skin & body care products that do not contain any parabens, mineral oil, petroleum, silicones, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, synthetic dyes or fragrances, alcohol, PEG, SLS & we do not use any animal products or do animal testing. All of our skincare products are dermatologically tested as well as clinically proven, so we don’t just make claims- we make change!
Ingredients: *Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, *Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, *Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Lavandula Hybrida (Lavender) Oil, *Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, *Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, *Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, **Linalool, **Limonene, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, *Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Oil, **Geraniol, **Coumarin, **Citronellol. *Ingredients from a certified organic source. **Made from natural essential oils.
Overall Assessment: This is a really special face oil, and it is definitely worthy of your consideration. I can't wait to try more from Lavido, and am so happy to have discovered their products.

$59.00 for 1.01oz. from Lavido (Unaffiliated Links).
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Monday, March 18, 2019

Phytomer CITYLIFE Ultra-Cleansing Flash Peel | Review

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Phytomer CITYLIFE Ultra-Cleansing Flash Peel is a foaming facial peel that bubbles as it exfoliates dead skin cells. It can be used day or night, and it only takes a mere 30 seconds to work. You simply apply two pumps to clean, dry skin and gently massage– then thoroughly rinse and dry skin. I have been using it every night for a couple of weeks, and it neither stings, nor is it in the least bit unpleasant. There is a light, and pleasant, tickling sensation as the bubbles dissolve, but that is the extent of it for me. It does have a light fruity-floral aroma, but it isn't overpowering, and it thoroughly rinses away without a trace.

Once I rinse, I immediately note how soft, smooth, supple and radiant it leaves my skin.  It is gentle enough for daily use, and my skin can be finicky and sensitive, and it is so easy to use. Furthermore, unlike many peels this one is fuss-free, easy to use, and it does not require a big time-commitment.
According to Phytomer,

CityLife Ultra-Cleansing Flash Peel is a new 30 second step that transforms daily cleansing into an exfoliating, detoxifying, facial treatment. After cleansing, pat skin dry and apply two pumps of Flash Peel foam and massage as the bubbles melt. Seconds later, rinse to reveal a smooth, soft, revitalized complexion totally free of toxins and pollutants thanks to exfoliating enzymes and our CitySafe Complex.

Directions: Use morning or evening after makeup removal. Apply two pumps to perfectly clean and dry skin, on the face and neck and gently massage into skin, avoiding the eye contour area. Leave on the skin for 30 seconds, then rinse well with water.
Select Ingredients and their Attributes:

CITYSAFE + blue micro algae and red algae - a combination of three marine sugars formulated via marine biotechnology to decongest, treat dark spots and improve cellular vitality. Acts as an anti-pollution shield.

Oligomer® - sodium-reduced seawater concentrate. Strengthens the ability of the skin to breathe properly in a polluted environment and boosts skin with minerals and trace elements.

Protease- natural exfoliating enzyme. Promotes exfoliation of dead skin cells and allows the skin to regenerate more quickly.

Ingredients:Aqua (Water)/Eau​,​ Glycerin​,​ Coco-Glucoside​,​ Maris Aqua (Sea Water)/Eau De Mer,​ PPG-5-Ceteth-20​,​ Phenoxyethanol​,​ Glyceryl Oleate​,​ Propylene Glycol​,​ Citric Acid​,​ Parfum (Fragrance)​,​ Maris Sal (Sea Salt)/Sel Marin​,​ Cetrimonium Bromide​,​ Hydrolyzed Algin,​ Sucrose,​ Bacillus Ferment​,​ Sodium Carrageenan,​ Saccharide Isomerate​,​ Potassium Sorbate​,​ Ethylhexylglycerin​,​ Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate​,​ Tocopherol​,​ Linalool​.
Overall Assessment: Phyomer makes so many fantastic skincare products that are well-worth your consideration, and this is definitely one of them.

$65.00 for 4.2 oz. from Phytomer (Unaffiliated Links).
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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Beauty Spotlight Team Top Picks This Week

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is absolutely smitten with Alima Pure Velvet Lipsticks in Olivia and Lucy! They are healthy eco-luxe lipsticks filled with good-for-you ingredients, but unlike many natural lipsticks, these boast vibrant long-lasting colors that are highly saturated and utterly swoon-worthy. The semi-matte finish has a light sheen, and the formula isn’t in the least bit drying.

Skin need a little boost? Come join Prime Beauty for a girls night in with the I Dew Ice Cream Collection of face masks!

It's been a rough week for Jessica at Be Happy and Buy Polish, as she commemorated the anniversary of her mom's death. But a gorgeous thermal polish that shares the same name as her mom helped cheer her up. Check out Heather's Hues Lucy over at Jessica's blog!

If your nails need some extra help or if you or someone you care about is a nail biter, Allison from Never Says Die Beauty says you need to know about easy to use, affordable and effective Bitter Gold by Amanda Nail Serum!

Marcia from Beauty Info Zone has lips that need extra help. That's why she's sharing why L is for lips.

Pammy Blogs Beauty loves that L'Occitane is supporting women through their sale of the Limited Edition Solidarity Balm.

Erika at Notes from My Dressing Table took a couple of the Juno & Co. Velvet Microfiber Makeup Application Sponges for a test drive. Did she love them or leave them?

Are you still deciding on a nail art look for St. Patrick’s Day? Is a true green not quite your thing? Jen from Laugh, Love Contour has created an easy look that suits the holiday for those that aren’t fans of traditional green nail polish. Be sure to check it out!

Join Polarbelle for her Jan/Feb exceptional Favorites and Fails that have been discovered while traversing the beauty space. Those fails caused a bit of drama!!

Have you tried Korean sheet masks yet? They now have a very affordable subscription box for under $10. Check it out on The Makeup Obsessed Mom.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Space NK The Explore Event | $20.00 Off Every $100.00 Spent

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$20.00 off at Space NK For a Limited Time When You Spend $100.00 or more! Online and in‑store. Automatically applied on the Shopping Bag page. Ends 11.59pm PST, Sunday, March 24, 2019. Excludes Vintner’s Daughter, gift cards, sale items and shipping charges. Maximum discount amount is $400.

Friday, March 15, 2019


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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Bodyography Glitter Pigment in Stellar and Caviar | Review and Swatches

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Bodyography makes absolutely gorgeous loose eyeshadows (different shades reviewed HERE), and they are so unique and lovely that I love to wear them. That may not seem like a particularly significant declaration, but I generally find loose pigment eyeshadows too messy to deal with (especially since I only have a couple minutes to get ready for work in the morning). However, Bodyography Glitter Pigments are neither messy, nor are they a traditional glitter (replete with considerable fallout). Instead, while they are loose shadows, they have an amazingly creamy gel-like texture that melts into the skin, and they can be used wet or dry. You get the most beautiful pearlescent finish without large chunks of glitter and fallout.

The two colors that I recently received are utterly gorgeous, and they are so easy to work with. Bodyography Glitter Pigment in Stellar is a stunning rose-gold copper that is perfect for a wash of color on the eyelid and Bodyography Glitter Pigment in Caviar is a beautiful smoky brown that can be smudged into the lash-line or used on the lid.

- Creates a metallic sheen on the lids
- Unique gel texture can be applied wet or dry with little to no fall out
- Available in 12 shades
- Formulated without parabens, gluten, fragrance, & talc
- Cruelty-Free & Vegan
According to Bodyography,

Bodyography Glitter Pigments feature one-of-a-kind eyeshadow technology. Incorporating the saturation of a loose pigment, the cushion of a cream, and the silkiness of a powder, Glitter Pigments have a beautiful pearlescent, high-glitter finish.
 Bodyography Glitter Pigment in Caviar
Bodyography Glitter Pigment in Stellar
 Cruelty-Free, Vegan & Gluten-Free
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Mica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Diisostearyl Malate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Isododecane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Illicium Verum Fruit Extract, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate +/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Red Iron Oxide), CI 77499 (Black Iron Oxide).
Overall Assessment: If you want fuss-free loose eyeshadows with a gorgeous pearlescent finish, but that are truly fuss-free, then Bodyography Glitter Pigments are worthy of your consideration.

$23.00 for 0.105 oz / 3g from Bodyography (Unffiliated Links).
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