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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Luxurious Mother’s Day Gifts from L’Occitane #loccitane

Even though we love our Moms every day of the year, we show them our love on one special day of the year. Show your Mom how much you love her with a special gift from L’Occitane.  This French company knows how to spoil a woman with fragrances that are true to life. I am in LOVE with the new Neroli & Orchid Collection that is the epitome of intoxicating flowers. I suggest you try that one for the woman that loves rich, luxurious fragrances. If your mom is in need of skincare, their Divine Collection is a great way to try out the L’Occitane skincare products. The Shea Collection is great for a woman who suffers from dry skin. There are so many great gift sets that they have put together this year, you will have a hard time choosing just one!

Neroli and Orchidee Grasse Set
· NEW! Neroli & Orchid Collection ($85): A delicious fruity floral scent of Neroli & Orchid that conveys affection with Tunisian Neroli (orange blossom essence) and White Orchid absolute from Madagascar, in a Eau de Toilette, soothing Body Milk, and refreshing Shower Gel.
Grasse Body Milk Set
· Collection de Grasse Body Milk Set ($25): Transport to the Provencal town of Grasse with this set of moisturizing
scented body milks filled with captivating fragrance blends.
· Collection de Grasse Soap Trio ($24): This trio of gentle cleansing soaps delights the senses with delicious fragrances from the Collection de Grasse fragrance line.
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· Shea Collection ($78): Revitalize and hydrate with this nourishing collection of Shea Butter- enriched products.
Lavender Star Gift
· Lavender Collection ($68): Whisk away to the scenic lavender fields of Provence with this soothing, relaxing collection.
· Divine Collection ($182): Reveal youthful skin and a radiant glow with the help of the Immortelle flower from Corsica.
· Hand Cream Trio ($28): Sample L’Occitane’s iconic hand creams with this indulgent trio – perfect for a hard working Mom! 
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· Savons de Provence ($25): These 100% vegetable base soaps gently cleanse the skin without stripping it of its essential moisture.


Go to any L’Occitane store or to www.loccitane.com for gift ideas!

Review: Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream #Pacifica #BBCream

(photo courtesy of www.pacificaperfume.com)
If you are looking for a BB Cream that is mineral in nature, then look no further. Pacifica has a sheer BB Cream that is a moisturizing tint with benefits. Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream is a very nice multi-tasking cream that does a number of things. It moisturizes, adds color to the skin by adjusting to your skin shade, primes, illuminates and perfects. The coverage is sheer but can be built up to a heavier coverage as you would like. Specialized mineral pigments adjust to the color of your skin so just this one shade works for any skin tone. This formula has high performance anti-aging botanical ingredients that revive and re-mineralize the skin for a natural glow. Skin looks dewy, youthful, radiant and natural without looking overly made-up.

Jojoba esters increase moisture and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, help to promote skin suppleness and elasticity. They prevent dehydration and balance oil production. Sweet iris leaf cell extract stimulates cell repair by mimicking the active biological matter that is found in human skin cells. Damascus rose leaf cell extract firms skin and aids in the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles. It also strengthens skin’s resistance.

As you can see on the right, the swatch from the Alight Multi Mineral BB Cream, the color looks a little dark but it does actually dissipate and upon application it adjusts to your skin tone. It also has pigments in it that illuminate the skin slightly so that skin ends up looking fresh and pretty. This product can be used as a primer too if needed and worn instead under foundation if desired. If used this way it works great to use as a base for foundation. I like the fact that it hydrates the skin so well, so I can skip that extra step of adding moisturizer when using this. I only need to use the BB Cream and some powder and Voila! I am ready to go. The coverage is perfect, it is sheer to medium, can be built up to the desired coverage as needed.
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Pacifica Perfume is devoted to creating 100% Vegan, natural perfumes, skincare and cosmetics. The products are developed without animal testing, animal ingredients, FD&C color, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, triclosan, and any other ingredients that we would not want on our skin. The fragrances that the founder Brook Harvey-Taylor personally develops are made with the highest quality ingredients including essential oils and natural oils from all over the world to create proprietary perfume blends. They don’t support using any natural ingredients that come from threatened animals or where the harvesting of the plants endangers biodiversity or causes environmental issues.
Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream (1 fl.oz./30 mL) retails for $16.00 and is available from www.pacificaperfume.com, www.target.com and Target stores nationwide. Like Pacifica on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PacificaPerfume; Follow Pacifica on Twitter: @ILovePacifica; Follow Pacifica on Instagram: http://instagram.com/ilovepacifica# and Follow Pacifica on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ilovepacifica/. 

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Review: Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream #Yu-Be

(photo courtesy of www.sephora.com)
Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin CreamYu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream was invented in 1957 by a Japanese pharmacist. This cream is the #1 selling medicated skin cream in Japan. It is a glycerin based cream that has Vitamin E (anti-oxidant), Vitamin B2 (smoothes skin) and camphor (the medicated part, very soothing to the skin). The high glycerin content (a humectant) helps attract moisture to the skin and lets it absorb into the skin, locking moisture into it. It also contains sodium hyaluronate (another humectant) to help attract moisture to the skin, hydrating it. This cream is formulated without any sulfates, synthetic fragrances, dyes, petrochemicals and phthalates. The formula is non greasy and the moisture stays locked in for hours.

A special manufacturing process makes the glycerin specially absorbable, making Yu-Be extremely Yu-Be Handseffective. This cream is great for rough skin, dry skin and cracked skin. Use it on elbows, hands, heels and feet. It softens calluses and helps to heal hard, cracked heels. It also helps to heal split cuticles. Burned skin is also helped with Yu-Be. It also helps minimize and heal scarred skin.

I have been using it on my cracked feet and cracked hands. I wash my hands up to 25 times a day because of health reasons. For that reason my hands have some minor cracks in them, even though I have been using the mildest soap I can find. So I use Yu-Be on the cracks, just a small amount. The camphor smell is a little strong at first but it dissipates after a short while. I find that I get better results if I apply it to wet skin. That helps hold in even more moisture. If skin is dry, then there is less moisture for the humectants to attract to the skin. Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream works very well at softening skin and healing it. Depending on how bad the cracks in the skin are, it might take up to a week or two for the cracks to heal. In the photo on the right you can see my hand, I used to have very bad cracks on the tips of my fingers and my cuticles are in better shape now (I have horrible nails I know, but those are a different story).

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream comes in a 1 fl.oz./31mL tube for $16.00 and a 2.2 fl.oz./66 mL jar for $25.00. It comes in a body lotion now too. The website also offers different products such as foaming skin polish, lip balm and heel/elbow moisturizing socks. Purchase Yu-Be on www.yu-be.com, www.sephora.com, www.birchbox.com and www.amazon.com. Like Yu-Be on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yu-Be/121255639806; Follow Yu-Be on Twitter: @yubeskincare; Follow Yu-Be on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/yubeskincare/; Follow Yu-Be on Instagram: http://instagram.com/yubeskincare# and Subscribe to Yu-Be on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/yubeskincare/videos.

(This item was sent for consideration)

Review: Kardashian Beauty Khloe’s Kardazzle Complete Face Palette #KardashianBeauty

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Here is a secret:  I am a closet follower of the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” for about one year now. I came upon the show one night when I was sick and got hooked into reality TV and now I have gone down the rabbit hole into Wonderland…anywho, I have been a user of the Kardashian Beauty brand since its inception. The Kardashian Beauty brand actually has some nice products. I had wanted to purchase the variations on the Kardazzle Complete Face Palette, especially Khloe’s Kardazzle Complete Face Palette, which has some very pretty colors. For $12.99 you get 8 eye shadows and one two blushes and a highlighter. And, these are all pigmented! YAY!

The eye shadows in the Khloe’s Kardazzle Complete Face Palette are: shimmery white, matte ochre, matte dove gray, matte clay, shimmery mid pink, shimmery mauve, shimmery silver and shimmery cocoa brown. The blushes are: shimmery white highlighter, matte carnation pink blush and shimmery rose pink. The shadows are creamy and easily blendable. They are pigmented and have little to no fallout. I only had an issue with one color and that is the dove gray shade, which I thought did not swatch well either.

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Below, my look with the eye shadows: notice how pigmented they are! I used the matte clay in the crease. Then the shimmery cocoa brown on the outer 1/3 of the upper lid and on the lower lid to line. I then used it in the crease to add some depth. On the inner 2/3 of the upper lid I used the deep shimmery pink shade. Under the brow I used the shimmery white and blended it with the matte dark reddish brown. I used a matte black liquid liner to line my upper lid. I used mascara only on my upper lashes, skipped the lower ones this time. On my cheeks I wore the carnation pink blush and wore the shimmery rose pink on top and the shimmery white highlighter on the top of my cheeks.

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Khloe’s Kardazzle Complete Face Palette is $12.99 and is available from www.ulta.com. Like Kardashian Beauty on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kbeautyofficial?ref=br_tf and Follow Kardashian Beauty on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kbeautyofficial.

Earth-Friendly Beauty Brands #EarthDay

Earth-Friendly Beauty Brands

earth day 1Celebrate Earth Day 2014 by getting behind these earth-friendly beauty brands. These all natural beauty treats nix the harmful chemicals, without sacrificing effectiveness.
The Scientific Organics collection from emerginC is paraben-free, petro-chemical free and synthetic fragrance-free, with a minimum of 70% organic ingredients in every item. Products come with a packet of USDA organic seeds, so that consumers can start their own vegetable gardens and for every product sold, emerginC will plant a tree through the non-profit foundation Plant-It 2020.
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In Lips We Trust Super Antioxidant Lip Balm nourishes, soothes and protects with 100% natural plant oils, butters, waxes, Vitamin E and super antioxidant astaxanthin. Perfect for after-sun exposure and nighttime use this balm protects from free radical damage while softening lips. ($24)
Grape Stem Cell, White Tea + Seaweed Body Butter nourishes and softens the skin to combat roughness, even skin tone and fight the appearance of aging skin. Contains grape stem cells, spirulina, algae, green and white teas, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, vitamins A, C and E, palmaria palmate and pine bark extract.($45)
Available at leading spas and online via www.emerginc.com.
ZERO White by Whitening Lightning fights yellowing without the dangerous chemicals, messy trays, unpleasant taste or sensitivity. Its key ingredients include baking soda and pomegranate extract. The brand is completely gluten-free, cruelty-free and never tested on animals.
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ZERO WhiteTM Teeth Whitening System 
The chemical-free ZERO WhiteTM product line contains a botanical based solution specially formulated in Whitening Lightning’s private lab. The whitening system contains no peroxide and will not cause sensitivity. The completely painless system restores teeth, crowns, veneers and caps to a natural white using all-natural botanical whiteners. See results of seven to ten shades lighter in 14 days. ($115)
Available via www.whiteninglightning.com.
Yu-Be Lip Therapy is formulated WITHOUT parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals and
phthalates.  Based on the formula for the #1 selling medicated, vitamin-enriched skincare cream in Japan today, Yu-Be is
safe and effective for the entire family.
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Yu-Be Lip Therapy
Yu-Be Lip Therapy is an all-natural lip balm used to protect and treat normal, dry, or severely chapped lips. The ingredients
are based on the original, 50-year old Japanese Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream formula which includes glycerin, vitamin E, and camphor. It soothes, moisturizes, and protects dry, painful, chapped lips and replenishes lost moisture from exposure
to heat, cold, and wind.  ($5)
Available at Sephora stores nationwide and online via www.sephora.com.
Sublime Beauty has a number of products that are developed with and from certified organic ingredients – free of sulfates, parabens and GMOs.
Skin is assaulted by various weather climates and interior temperatures throughout the year. The pure ingredients in the new
Daily Body Oil are a superior way to hydrate and nourish the skin without feeling greasy.  
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"We designed the Daily Body Oil after researching qualities of hundreds of oils," says Kathy Heshelow, founder of Sublime Beauty.

"The oils have various complimentary qualities and help the skin look and feels its best. We used no chemicals, additives or fragrances."
Included are sweet almond, aloe, argan, jojoba and sesame oil plus Vitamin E. Oil possess a wealth of vitamins and minerals that are helpful for good skin health. Several can help skin produce more collagen. The oils included also contain anti-inflammatory properties,
anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties, moisturizing and hydrating qualities.  ($22)
Available via www.amazon.com.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Get the Look! Julianne Hough & Jenna Ushkowitz | Mia Beauty Floral Halos at Coachella #MiaBeauty #Coachella

Coachella is known for some crazy celeb fashions. This year, Julianne Hough and Jenna Ushkowitz kept their looks light and breezy. Both stars were spotted at Coachella wearing white lace tops and complimenting Floral Halos from Mia Beauty.  These chic and affordable hair accessories are available for $12 at CVS pharmacies nationwide.
Julianne Hough
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Jenna Ushkowitz
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Review: Apothederm Brightening Cleanser #Apothederm

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If you have sun damage, age spots or any sort of hyperpigmentation, then you are likely in need of brightening skin care. Apothederm has a whole line devoted to brightening. I tried out their Brightening Cleanser. This cleanser not only cleanses but it refines, brightens and tones the skin. It is formulated with malic acid (from apples) and Vitamin C. The cleanser exfoliates dead skin cells, from the salicylic acid it has. And this cleanser helps to hydrate the skin, as it has glycerin (a humectant) and cucumber fruit extract (which moisturizes). It also has sage leaf, which is an anti-inflammatory for the skin. Vitamin E helps to attack free radicals, helping to keep fine lines away.


I have been using this cleanser for over a month now. It is a very nice cleanser. It is made with one sulfate, which does help to give it a good lather. So, if you prefer a sulfate-free cleanser then you will be looking for something else. This cleanser does have a good number of botanicals in that help to brighten and exfoliate the skin. It does leave the skin feeling soft and smooth after cleansing. It doesn’t leave it feeling too dry either, which is great. For me, I think this cleanser is also good for mild acne because it has malic and salicylic acids in it (which are good for bacteria and helping to get rid of the skin clogging up pores). In fact, this cleanser is listed as being good for acneic skins. I do think that using this cleanser WITH a brightening serum and a brightening moisturizer is an essential part of the brightening regimen. Exfoliating the dead skin cells is an essential part of the brightening process. It is important to have the skin refined prior the having any serum applied.  This helps with the overall process. So for this reason I do recommend this cleanser.
Apothederm Brightening Cleanser is great for all skin types except the most sensitive. Apothederm Brightening Cleanser retails for $28.00 (6 fl.oz/177mL). It is available from www.apothederm.com. Like Apothederm on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Apothederm; Follow Apothederm on Twitter: @apothederm and Follow Apothederm on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/apothederm/.

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