Trying New Skincare From Yes To and H2O+ Beauty!

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Hi all! It is almost fall, how’s your skin doing? My skin always needs a detox from summer.  Great exfoliation and masks help clear up sun damage and clogged pore and get skin ready for cooler weather and more glam makeup for the fall and holidays!.

The masks are left to right Yes to Tomatoes Acne Fighting Bubbling Mask,  Yes to Tomatoes Anti-Pollution Detoxifying Charcoal Bubbling Paper Mask, Yes to Coconut Energizing Coffee 3-in-1 Mask, Scrub and Cleanser, Yes to Cucumers Soothing 3-in-1 Mask, Scrub and Cleanser.  Plus for the scalp and hair, the Yes to Superblueberries Smoothing Hair Clay Mask and the Yes to Tea Tree Soothing Hair Clay Mask.

My skin is combination and aging, so the acne mask isn’t for me, but the anti-pollution one is really nice.  I do have large pores, so this helped.  I love both of the 3-in-1 masks.  I love a good scrub.  I leave these on my skin for a few minutes, then add a bit of water, massage it in my skin and rinse.  My skin is so soft!

The hair clay masks are really cool, too! They are a creamy clay.  You can apply them before or after shampooing in the shower. You comb them through your hair then leave them on for 5 minutes.  They both worked well for me.  The soothing one did make my scalp feel better and the smoothing one helped with frizz!

The other three products in the photo above are the Yes to Tomatoes Anti-Pollution Detoxifying Charcoal Bubbling Wipes, Yes to Coconut Energizing Coffee 2-in-1 Scrub & Cleanser Stick, Yes to Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow Boosting SnapMask Stick.

I love the wipes!  They do bubble up once you start using them.  They clean so well, too! The Yes to Coconut coffee stick scrub is very gentle (and smells amazing)!  It is hydrating as well as exfoliating.  The grapefruit stick is a mask, just rub it on, let is set and rinse off!  It really brightens the skin and leaves it glowing!

 

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I also received these H2O+ Beauty products:

H2O+ Beauty Teak Rose On the Move Intensive Hand CreamH2O+ Beauty Coconut Verbena Shimmering Body Moisturizer, H2O+ Beauty Sea Greens Body Scrub,  H2O+ Beauty Rapids Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask.

H20+ Beauty products always smell amazing! The Teak Rose hand cream is so hydrating!  The scent is a soft floral.  The shimmering body moisturizer is very fresh and citrusy and gives the skin a soft glow.

I love the fresh Sea Greens scent.  The scrub is great for exfoliating the body.  It’s not too abrasive. I have tried the soothing probiotic bubble mask before.  It’s really eassy to used.  Just apply a thick layer on the skin and it will bubble up!  Once the bubbles dissipate, I rinse it off and my skin is calm and smooth.  There’s at least two applications in the pouch, too!

What new skincare have you been loving?

New Hydrating Skincare For Fall!

Hi All!  I love trying new skincare and have recently received some amazing products for my honest review. My skin is combination and aging.  I do get some break outs in my t-zone, but I wouldn’t say my skin is oily. I have a few fine lines and enlarged pores.

These products are perfect for fall.  They hydrate and keep skin looking fresh, even as it tuns colder.  Also, I tend to wear more makeup in the cooler weather and the following products help keep skin soft and moisturized:

IT  Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Tonic ($38 USD) –This is a lightweight no-rinse product that’s created with Secret Sauce™ Fermented Complex, a clinically advanced combination of 7 penetration-enhancing fermented ingredients, Miracle Water helps to increase absorbency and improve the efficacy of your moisturizers and serums. Plus, it’s infused with anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, rose, aloe, rice, chamomile, green tea water, licorice root, vitamin C, illuminating Drops of Light Technology™ Concentrate and diamond powder! Use it after cleansing or in place of cleanser for powerful results immediately and over time.

I love micellar water, anything that cleanses well and is easy to use is awesome!  This quickly removes my makeup.  It feels light on and leaves my skin clean without stripping it of moisture. And I love all of the anti-aging benefits it has!

IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce ($68 USD) — Developed with plastic surgeons, Secret Sauce™ immediately hydrates and transforms skin! The skin-loving, powerfully potent secret lies in the Secret Sauce™ Fermented Complex: 7 clinically advanced, penetration-enhancing fermented ingredients that help to increase absorbency and maximize the ultra-hydrating, anti-aging benefits of Secret Sauce™. Also featuring anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and licorice root, Secret Sauce™ is perfect for all skin types and reduces the look of discoloration, lines and wrinkles. Combined with proprietary Drops of Light Technology™ Concentrate and diamond powder, this luxurious innovation gives you a youthful, lit-from-within glow—and is your secret to beautiful skin!

This is such a nice cream!  It absorbs into the skin quickly and leaves my skin so soft.  I’ve only been using it for about a week, but I find that my skin looks smoother.  I do notice a slight glow to the skin from the Drops of Light Technology™.

These can be purchased at http://www.itcosmetics.com

 

 

Skinbetter Science Hydration Boosting Cream
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Skinbetter Science Hydration Boosting Cream ($80 USD) — This award-winning moisturizer indulges your skin in hydrating botanical lipids and ceramides, providing a velvety finish. Reduces moisture loss while delivering immediate and long-lasting hydration.

I love to use this cream at night. It instantly hydrates my skin and makes it so soft!  In the morning my skin is smooth and fresh.  I’ve used it for a few weeks now and my skin is more hydrated and younger looking.  I will continue using this and see what other great changes it will make to my skin!

Purchase at http://www.skinbetter.com

Philosophy Purity Hydra Bounce Eye Gel
Philosophy Purity Made Simple Eye Gel

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Eye Gel ($24 USD) — experience the pure and simple way to clinically proven 24-hour hydration* and eye area-awakening results, with the power of purity eye. hydrate and revive tired-looking eyes with our unique cooling memory gel, featuring an eye area-awakening complex that includes ginkgo biloba extract and caffeine. good-for-skin ingredients enrich the formula suitable for all skin types, with meadowfoam seed oil, cold-pressed chia seed oil, patented green tea antioxidant complex and potent forms of vitamins c & e and provitamin b5.

This gel is really fun to use.  The consistency is like a creamy jello, or maybe a light flan!  When you take a small bit of it to use, the next day the product has formed back to one smooth piece.  When I pat it into my under eye, it almost dissolves like a liquid.  It’s very hydrating and smooths out fine lines under my eyes.

Purchase at http://www.philosophy.com

Have you tried any great new skincare lately?  What do you use to hydrate your skin?

Ipsy Glam Bag Subsription Box Review – September 2018

Hi All!  I’m back with another subscription box review — Ipsy Glam Bag.  I subscribed to Ipsy years ago, but stopped.  I decided I wanted to try it again to try new products. They also have a larger box available starting next month, the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.  I just got on the waiting list for that, so I’m not sure when I will receive it.

Ipsy Glam Bag is $10 a month for 5 deluxe and sometimes full-sized items.  It used to be only makeup, but it seems to now be skincare and makeup. You can sign up for it here.

If you do sign up with my link, I’ll get pushed higher up on the waiting list for the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus and that would be amazing! And then you would be eligible for the Glam Bag Plus waitlist! The Glam Bag Plus is $25 a month and looks to be 5 full-sized items.

Here are the products I received in my first bag:

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The bag is super cute!  It’s nice quality, too.  I was pleasantly surprised!

These are the products with the descriptions from the Ipsy website:

Elizabeth Mott Face Primer — The silky, lightweight formula also shuts down shine and helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and pores (it’s like a real-life Insta-filter!).It’s waterproof, so there’s no chance of your makeup sliding off if you get caught in the rain.

APTO Healing Turmeric Mask — This lightweight mask is packed with natural, skin-healing ingredients. Turmeric and neem travel deep into your skin’s pores to draw out impurities. They also have strong antibacterial properties and help reduce redness and inflammation, making them great acne-fighters. Azelaic acid gently sloughs away dead skin cells (no scrubbing needed) to reveal the fresh skin beneath and help restore your glow. Colloidal sulfur helps removes blackheads, deeply cleanses pores, and absorbs excess oil.

The Creme Shop 2-in-1 Facial Foam Cleanser — Packed with ingredients your skin loves—like green tea, rice water and white lily—this gentle, foamy formula is actually fun to use. Green tea is super rich in antioxidants and vitamins that help firm up and rejuvenate skin. Rice water and white lily help calm redness and treat acne scars.

MPrincess Loose Eyeshadow in Pretty Petal — This loose pigment shadow builds and blends really easily, so you can go for a lowkey or amped up eye look depending on your mood. It’s *so* fun to experiment with and plays well with your other shadows. (You can create endless looks by mixing and matching.) We love the dusty rose shade, which makes all eye colors really pop.

Luxie Beauty Wonder Woman Detail Tapered Blender 140 — LUXIE BEAUTY teamed up with Warner Brothers to bring us this limited-edition, Wonder Woman-inspired makeup brush. The synthetic bristles are soft and light yet pick up just the right amount of product with ease. The pointed brush head is great for targeting small areas (like applying concealer to your undereyes and inner corners of your nose).

When I first saw what I was getting, I wasn’t very excited.  From what I remember, Ipsy was a makeup subscription.  But it seems like now they include skincare.  Which I really don’t need as I have tons of skincare (and tons of makeup to be honest).  But I am excited to try the mask, it sound sounds like it will work well with my skin.  I don’t need a cleanser, but I like K-Beauty and I will keep it for travel. I have already tried the primer and it is pore filling.  And that brush!  I love Luxie and it’s really soft.  The shadow is a shimmery pink.  I don’t know if I will keep it or give it away, but it looks pretty!

I am happy with this bag!  Do you get Ipsy Glam Bag?  What did you get this month?

 

 

Bath and Body Works Halloween Haul!

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Hi all!  I know it’s barely September, but I’m already looking towards the fall and Halloween!

I caught a sale on hand soaps and the candle an I placed an order for the following items online:

Halloween PocketBac Hand Sanitizers, 5-Pack — includes Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, Wickedly Wild Berries, Petrifying Plum, Boo Raspberry & Caramel Apple.

Vampire Blood 3-Wick Candle — Blood Red Strawberry, Midnight Blooming Jasmine, Dark Transylvanian Plum

I purchased 4 foaming hand soaps:

Purrfect Pumpkin — A purrrfect treat of carved pumpkin, spooky cinnamon & moonlight vanilla

Vampire Blood — A frightful potion of red berries, night blooming jasmine & petrifying plum

Cand-icorn — A ghoulishly good blend of boo-raspberry, supernatural citrus & nightmarish nectarine

Trick or Treat — An all treats, no tricks blend of terrifying tangelo, monstrous mandarin & eerie musk

All of these products are so much fun! My daughter and I both love to stock up on the Vampire Blood scent every Halloween.  All of these smell amazing and will be fun to use this Halloween season!

Do you purchase seasonal bath and body products? What scents do you love for this time of year?

Arbonne Essentials Vanilla Protein Shake Mix Review and Three Summer Detox Recipes

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Hi all!  So, lately I’ve been trying to eat healthier and exercise more.  I haven’t been exercising as much as I should, but I have started to eat better. It’s hard for my to find something quick and nutritious in the morning, though.

Luckily, I received samples of the Arbonne Essentials® Vanilla Protein Shake Mix ($77, Arbonne.com) and have been making shakes in the morning. It provides 20g of  vegan  protein  to  help  support  muscles, plus  more  than 20  essential  vitamins  and  minerals  per  serving. Clinically tested and certified to have a low glycemic index, which has little effect on blood sugar levels and does not cause a spike in blood sugar.

I have been using the recipes below to add variety to my breakfasts.  I’ve tried the first two, but not the third one yet (I need to pick up some ingredients for it.  And I’ve made them without the Arbonne Daily Fiber Boost because I don’t have it.

Recovery Support Shake

Almond Butter Shake

Hearty Boosted Protein Shake

I really like the taste of the vanilla powder, which is the one I have. I made the first shake with fresh mango and love it.  I want to try it with banana next.

I found out by trying the second shade that I’m not a fan of almond butter (but I love almonds)!  I am going to try this with a little bit of natural peanut butter next.  I think it will be good.

I will be trying the third shake this week. I think it sounds good and different from the other two.

I would recommend this protein shake mix because it tastes good and keeps me full all morning.  It is pretty pricey, but it’s great quality! I want to try the chocolate shake mix next.

Have you tried any Arbonne nutrition products?  Which are your favorites?

Paperless Post Review — Cool Customizable Greeting Cards and Invitations

Hi All!  I recently tried Paperless Post for my honest review.  It is a company that designs customizable online stationery, to show that communication can be personal and well-designed regardless of the medium.

Paperless Post has partnered with several world-famous designers and lifestyle brands, including kate spade new york, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler, and Rifle Paper Co., and has delivered over 85 million cards to date. Which I think is really cool.  But I really didn’t know what to think until I tried it.

I thought it might be an animated card, like you see on Facebook.  But, it’s actually like a paper card, you just send it online.

So, to try it out, I created an account, which was fast and easy to do. I was given some Paperless Post coins.  To use this service, you need to purchase coins to create cards.

I made a birthday card for myself. I chose one from Rifle Paper Co. It was super cute and easy to customize.  Here is the card:

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First, there is a backdrop to the card that shows when you open it (but did not show up when I tried to copy it).  I chose a gold one that matched the font color of the card, but there are many colors and prints to choose from.

Next was the greeting.  You can edit the format, typeface and color.  You can also change the message. It was quick and easy.  It only took me a couple of minutes to do this.

Next, I was able to customize an envelope:

Lorena I chose the color, stamp, postmark and the inside of the envelope.  That only took a minute or two as well.

After I was done, I entered my recipients name and email address, plus my email address and a subject line.  Then I sent it to myself.

When I received the card, it showed the envelope.  I “opened” it and the card appeared! It was so much fun to receive.

This card costed a total of 6 coins.  The basic card was 5 coins and the unicorn stamp was 1 coin. 20 coins cost $10.  Some invitations and cards start at 2 coins each, so you can get quite a few for $10.

I think this service was fast and easy to use, and really cute to receive.  It’s a lot easier than buying a card, filling it out and mailing it off!  And it’s less money.  A birthday card can cost up to $10, and the one I created was 6 coins or about $3.

I definitely recommend Paperless Post!  Check it out at www.paperlesspost.com