Prep Your Skin For Fall With Powerhouse Skin Care Part 2

Continuing on with my fall skin preparation, I have more amazing skin care to share with you!

There are so many amazing and different beauty products out there!  Skin care can have so many steps these days, because you can add more and more.  I would just stick to a few basics — cleanser, serum, moisturizer (w/SPF for day), night cream and eye cream.  Then you can add a toner or essence, difference serums, peels, masks, neck products etc, if you’d like!

Below are some great choices of innovative skincare:

H2O+ Beauty Elements On the Move Cleansing Stick ($28 USD) — Infused with a touch of Pearl extract, this solid face cleansing stick glides directly across your face and foams up without you ever having to use your fingers. This innovative format means no more suitcase spills, messy applications, or getting stopped by TSA.

H2O+ Beauty Infinity+ Refining Essence  ($44 USD) — This refreshing essence conquers dullness, dryness, and pesky pores. In a single swipe, it removes dull skin, reduces the appearance of pores, and hydrates skin. Features Red Algae extract and Camellia Japonica Oil it will quickly become a staple of your morning routine

H2O+ Beauty Waterbright Illuminating Serum ($56 USD) — Rich in Vitamin C, this serum is clinically proven to improve 7 different (amazing) aspects of skin tone*. Let us count the ways: Reduce the intensity of dark spots, Enhance radiance, Improve clarity, Even skin tone, Increase brightness, Enhance texture and Improve complexion health.

What I think:  I love the cleansing stick, its so easy to use.  I wet my face at night, rub the stick all over my face and then rinse off.  Clean and soft! Plus, it’s portable.

The refining essence is a great product for on the go.  It cleans and hydrates in one step and can be used morning and/or night either under a serum or moisturizer or on it’s own.  It leaves skin glowing and soft!  Add the illuminating serum over it, and skin is very smooth and glowy.

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Mineral Fusion Makeup Removing Oil Cleanser ($18.99 USD) — This gentle cleanser soothes as it cleanses leaving skin calm and comforted. Nutrient–replenishing Mineral Water and softening Argan Oil restore moisture for softer, supple skin and a more even complexion.

Mineral Fusion SPF 40 Moisturizer ($24.99 USD) — This ultimate age-defense cream provides broad spectrum mineral SPF to help prevent pre-mature sign of aging. Instantly protects skin from sunburn. Easily layer underneath foundation and primers for a healthy dose of SPF protection.

Mineral Fusion Color Correcting Primer ($28.99 USD) — Naturally camouflaging mineral pigments help conceal unwanted redness and hyperpigmentation revealing even, flawless-looking skin. This soothing formula fills in lines, evens tone, and smoothes texture creating a balanced canvas for makeup application.

What I think:  Oil cleansers are such a gentle way to remove makeup and clean the skin. Argan oil is one of my favorite things, and I love that this leaves my skin soft, but not greasy. The SPF moisturizer is so light, but protects fiercely!  Great under makeup.

The primer works well for those with lots of redness or dark spots.  It helps correct the flaws and primes skin for foundation.

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Prai Beauty AGELESS Throat Microdermabrasion Skin Resurfacer ($25.95 USD) — This lightweight, easy-to-use formula exfoliates skin – transforming dry, sagging skin to a dewy, firm complexion. It’s the ultimate way to re-texturize and resurface your skin without visiting a derm!

Prai Beauty AGELESS Throat & Decolletage Crème ($34.95 USD 1.7 fl. oz) — This weightless créme developed specifically for the throat and décolletage helps to promote cell firmness and resiliency, while absorbing with minimal blending to avoid skin stretching. The number one selling formula is comprised of Sepilift DPHP™ to restore elasticity and support skin’s collagen. Shea butter, Hyaluronic Acid, Squalene and Glycerin keep skin supple and visibly reduce and correct the signs of aging.

Prai Beauty AGELESS Eye D-Crease ($32.95 USD) — This peptide enriched creme enhances the gentle skin around the eye area by smoothing and decreasing fine lines and crow’s feet. Fragrance and irritation free.

What I think:  Two areas that I think really show one’s age are the eyes and the neck and throat. The microdermabrasion for the throat is a really unique product.  It really smoothed my throat and left it so soft.  Following up with the throat cream firms the skin and really makes it look younger!

I use the eye cream all around my eye to help with lines and texture. It is very hydrating without being greasy.

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Cool New Nail Polishes From Chrome Girl, Mineral Fusion and Nonie Creme Colour Prevails

I love doing my own nails.  Since my nails are natural, they are not long or pointy or scary, but they do love color!

I give myself a manicure at least once a week.  So I love to have lots of different polish brands and colors to change on a whim.

The nail polishes below are new to me — and I love them all.  These were sent to me for my honest review:

Chrome Girl — This is a collection of nail lacquers and treatments that are all vegan, long lasting, cruelty free, made in the USA, and are of course 8-free (produced without formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, silicone, acetone, and phthalates)!

Already spotted on the red carpet on Jennifer Hudson, Chrome Girl continues to be a favorite of many of today’s top celebrities including Emily Deschanel, Anna Sophia Robb, Julianne Hough and many more.

The colors above from left to right are Lazy Daze, Mercury in Retrograde, and No Tan Lines.  They are all just one coat, and you can tell how great the coverage is. No Tan Lines is my new favorite neutral, and Mercury in Retrograde is gorgeous!

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Mineral Fusion ($7.99 USD) is thrilled to announce the newest additions to its line of vegan, chip-resistant nail polish shades for the naturally glamorous woman. Comprised of two fabulous glitters, seven soft sheers, and two resilient top coats, this set offers a beautiful range of every day options to complete any manicure. Whether the goal is glitz, effortless glam, or classic neutrals, Mineral Fusion takes polished paws to the next level with these versatile shades. The colors above from the new line are Cashmere and Snowflake.

Each Mineral Fusion polish is created with the brand’s fabulous antioxidant-rich, 100% vegan formula and is free of formaldehyde, toluene, camphor, TPHP, and dibutyl phthalate. These new polishes are cruelty-free and are certified by Leaping Bunny, so you can be sure your nails are never taking part in any controversial activity.

I love these polishes, they cover well and look gorgeous on.  I really love Snowflake, because it can top anything.  I also love how they are vegan and free of nasty stuff!

Available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, as well as other fine health food stores and

Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Nail Lacquer ($8 USD) in Mr. Big — This beautiful slate grey named after our favorite Sex and the City man is the perfect complement to just about every tone in your wardrobe.  Add a matte finish only ups the trend factor.

Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Nail Lacquer in Wine O’Clock ($8 USD) A glass of Pinot Noir provides an instant warming effect with one sip, and as it turns out, its nail color counterpart does the same in a swipe. 

Mr. Big covers very well, and it’s hard to see, but it has subtle glitter in it.  Wine O’clock is also gorgeous, but needs a few coats to become opaque.  The handle on these make them very easy to apply, even with your weaker hand!

Purchase at Walgreens and

New Skincare: Get Your Skin Ready For The Cold November Air!

The cooler weather ahead means drier skin.  And I have begun to feel those effects.  My face, especially, is getting drier and is crying out for hydration!

Below are new products that I have been sent for my honest review.  I have incorporated them into my skincare routine to bring much-needed moisture:


Mineral Fusion Skin-Balancing Facial Moisturizer
Mineral Fusion Skin-Balancing Facial Moisturizer

Mineral Fusion Skin-Balancing Facial Moisturizer ($22.99 USD) — Lightweight Rosehip Oil and nutrient-replenishing Mineral Water provide ideal hydration for normal skin types. Natural antioxidants, revitalizing iron, and our wrinkle fighting, clinically tested, collagen-boosting peptide help firm and restore skin for a more youthful appearance. Provides perfectly balanced hydration for softer, smoother skin that’s ideal for flawless makeup application. Gluten Free, 100% Vegan, Paraben Free, Cruelty Free, Artificial Color Free, Phthalate Free and Hypo-allergenic.

What I think: I love this as my day cream. It sinks right into my skin, smoothing it out and getting it ready for my makeup.  I also like that it tones down my redness, which is something that has happened as I age. I also love the natural ingredients.  It is nice to know that the products that I am using on my face are safe.

Available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, as well as other fine health food stores and

Kalologie Envison Eye Cream
Kalologie Envison Eye Cream

Kalologie Envison Eye Cream ($90 USD) — Envision addresses the full range of eye area concerns. Haloxyl dissipates dark circles, while caffeine treats puffiness. Peptides, antioxidants and hydrators and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, preserving the delicate eye area.

What I think: I have been using this eye cream for about a week now, day and night.  I am enjoying how it instantly hydrates the eye area.  That of course makes the fine lines less noticeable.  My dark circles do look a little less obvious, but I will keep using it longer hoping to see even more changes.

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Key West Aloe Optimal Results
Key West Aloe Optimal Results

Key West Aloe Optimal Results ($48 USD) — Restore moisture and improve skin texture with our super-hydrating formula Optimal Results, an intensive fine line cream made with 60% Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Hyaluronic Acid.

  • Diminishes Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Restores Depleted Hydration and Moisture
  • Improves Skin Texture

What I think: I have been using this as my night cream.  It is soothing as well as hydrating, thanks to the aloe vera.  It does not leave my skin greasy, which is a plus!  The scent is a bit medicinal, but that is fine for a night cream. In the morning, my skin is moisturized and very smooth!

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Burt’s Bees Mint Cocoa Moisturizing Lip Balm
Burt’s Bees Mint Cocoa Moisturizing Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees Mint Cocoa Moisturizing Lip Balm ($3.30 USD) — Nothing warms the heart like a steaming mug of hot cocoa. That’s why our lips fell in love with the rich cocoa flavor and kiss of mint that this moisturizing lip balm serves up. For a limited time only!

• Hydrates and moisturizes dry lips, leaving them soft and smooth
• 100% natural
• Softens with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter
• A delicious touch of Cocoa Fruit Powder

What I think: I like to have multiple Burt’s Bees lip balms around at all times, they are one of my favorites!  I have been keeping the Mint Cocoa one at my desk to keep my lips hydrated while I work and blog. It is really yummy, it tastes like fresh mint and rich chocolate.  Plus, it keeps my lips soft and hydrated.  And, it is extremely affordable!
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Have you been changing up your skincare lately?  Let me know what you have been using, I might test it out!


Makeup Ideas To Create A Goulish Halloween Look

Halloween is in a few days, can you believe it?! Do you have your scary look ready?

I usually do my nails with fun Halloween colors and glitter.  And sometimes I do crazy makeup, too.

Below are some great ideas to inspire you to dress up:

Want to be Cleopatra for Halloween?  Or just want a fun, dramatic eye to go out in?  Try these awesome products from Milani:

Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 USD) — Rich, vibrant color that glides on in a single stroke, delivering a stunning multi-dimensional effect. This eyeshadow can be used wet or dry as a shadow or highlighter.

Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner ($6.99 USD): The ergonomic handle is designed to be used by everyone and to line the eyes with ease

Runway Lashes Instant Volume Mascara ($3.99 USD): For lashes that look like they could leap right off the catwalk, swipe on this instant-impact mascara that lasts for hours.

Available at CVS or Get the Look at

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish
Mineral Fusion Nail Polish

What are you putting on your nails this Halloween? Mineral Fusion has your nails covered for all of your crazy costume ideas this Halloween. With over 60 gorgeous shades ($7.99 each), including bright metallics, basic neutrals, deep reds and blues, spunky sparkles and top and base coats, Mineral Fusion is the one-stop destination to complete your look for this spooky time of year!

Each formula is 100% Vegan and free of Formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate.

Availability: Whole Foods Markets nationwide, as well as other fine health food stores and

uslu airlines presents scarily cute nail polishes and lipsticks just in time for Halloween! Above are three of the spooky shades (all named after airport abbreviations):

WOR Lipstick — Bright Ivy Green

BOO Nail Polish — A Dark, Not Quite Navy Blue

CCS Lipstick — A Daring Deep Crimson Red

uslu airlines color products are made by using only the highest quality components, are clinically tested and are formulated for the most sensible skin compatibility. Relying on the most advanced quality formulas, uslu airlines sets the current trends with a range of fantastic colors that are second to none. uslu airlines nail polishes are 5-free! That means no formaldehyde, no dibutyl phthalate, no toluene, no formaldehyde resin and no camphor.

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Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

Don’t forget to take care of your skin after all of the crazy Halloween makeup! Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum ($80 USD) is this season’s pick of the patch! Formulated with a powerful dose of Pumpkin Ferment Extract and packaged in orange, this super potent Vitamin C serum improves cellular renewal and works to enzymatically digest dead skin cells and decongest pores. With the help of powerful antioxidant complex, essential nutrients and anti-aging chronopeptide, this revolutionary serum evens skin tone, fights cellular UV damage, stimulates collagen synthesis and optimizes skin physiological activities of defense and cell regeneration.

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What look are you going for this Halloween?  Going to any fun parties?

Fab New Makeup Looks For Fall

Have you switched up your makeup look for fall yet?  I know fall is still in a few days, but I am wearing deeper, shimmery colors and going for a more dramatic and made up look (now that my fake tan is fading, I can’t just wear a lot of bronzer and lip gloss and call it good).

The fab below products are great suggestions for your new fall look.  Have fun!

Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded
Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded

Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded ($24.99 USD) — Metallic eyes are the perfect complement to a bold outfit or accessory for a night out. Push the limits with color and mimic this look with Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded, a green and silver smoky eye kit for a perfect way to dress up a simple outfit. The colors include an emerald shimmer,  sage green, and a matte cream.

What I think:  What a beautiful eye shadow trio!  If you have been afraid to try color on your eyes, try this.  It is easy to blend and is pretty, but muted enough to be a new kind of neutral for your fall lids.  Very well-pigmented.

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Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara
Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara

Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara ($9 USD) — Go bold with 5X the explosive volume for our most daring lash look yet! DYNAMITE WIRE BRUSH: Curved brush with multi-level patented bristles combs through and captures every lash while sculpting and filling in gaps. LASH BUILD TECHNOLOGY: Plumping Complex and innovative crème-gel formula delivers 5X the volume and a clump-free, smudge-free, flake-free build. Sweep on from root to tip for 24-hour.

What I think:  This is a great mascara for everyday (1 coat), or special occasions (2 or more coats).  It really builds for a dramatic look — lengthening and volumizing.  Love!

Available through an Avon representative or

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream
Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream ($24 USD) — Decadent and drop dead gorgeous, meet the perfect, creamy pink nude: Butter Cream. A new creation from Beauty expert, Jaclyn Hill. This feminine and flirty lip gloss is a sweet way to glam up your look. Smooth like butter and ridiculously pigmented, Butter Cream will delight any makeup lover.

What I think:  This is my new favorite lip gloss!  I usually love, sheer and shimmery glosses, but this creamy, full-coverage gloss is perfect!  It is creamy and not sticky, plus the color is gorgeous.  And the mirrored and lighted packaging is really fun to use.

Available at and

Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green
Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green

Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green ($28 USD) — Soft and creamy, they glide on smoothly for a defined or smudgeable line, then set to stay just how you like. Highly pigmented, water resistant and long lasting.

What I think: First of all, I love this army green, it is really pretty and appropriate for fall.  Second, it’s super easy to apply with an eyeliner brush.  But, make sure it’s perfect quickly, because once it dries it will stay on for hours!

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Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks
Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks


Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks ($16 USD) — Is it a gloss, is it a pencil, or is it something better? Pur’s megawatt Lip Gloss Sticks give you the jaw-dropping bold lip look you expect from a gloss with application ease of a jumbo pencil. Bursting with rich emollients and vitamin E, these buttery smooth sticks condition lips as they colour. Now that’s something to smile about. Paraben free.

What I think: The color above is called Honey Pie.  It is a great fall nude and applies creamy and smooth.  The feel of this is almost like a balm.  This is a really nice product for days that you just want to slick on your lip color and go!

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Freshen Up Your Summer Look With Products By Tarte, Pur Minerals, Mineral Fusion and Jane Iredale

I get tired of turning to the same products all of the time.  When I think that my look has become predictable, I like to change it up. I’ve been trying out some great new makeup from some of my favorite brands — tarte, Pur Minerals, Mineral Fusion and Jane Iredale — and I am loving my new look!

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer
Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 USD) — Turn back the hands of time with tarte’s new timeless smoothing and filling primer formulated to fade out your biggest beauty boundaries such as large pores, fine lines and wrinkles. The antioxidant-rich formula infused with vitamins C & E and green bean extract gently melts into the skin delivering a surge of moisture, peptides and other naturally-derived elixirs for a firmer, smoother appearance. You’ll love the lightweight texture and fresh powder scent as it provides the perfect blank canvas to enhance the look and wear time of makeup. It can also be worn alone as part of your skincare regimen, blurring out skin imperfections and signs of aging for a flawless, soft-focus finish.

What I think: I love the new blurring primers and this one is exceptionally good! Just a little evens my skin tone and smooths lines and the appearance of pores.  Perfect under makeup or by itself, for a fresh, polished look.

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Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette
Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette ($38 USD) —  Inspired by the deep orchid hues of the Rainforest at dusk, this palette has everything you need to create sultry, sophisticated looks to take you from day to night. Each pigmented, flattering shade is infused with colored clay, which naturally color-corrects as it helps control oil for longer, truer wear. This next generation ingredient from the mountainous regions of Brazil brightens, evens and soothes skin while the velvety formula glides on and delivers rich color without settling into fine lines or wrinkles.

New limited-edition and iconic shades inspired by sultry Amazonian adventures include:

• bare to explore (pink beige)
• make a mauve (plum mauve)
• plum away with me (dark plum)
• up to no gold (gold)
• tan-gled up in you (tan)
• don’t turn a-brown (dark brown)
• unleashed (nude rose blush)
• champagne (highlighter)
• park ave princess™ (bronzer)

What I think: This gorgeous palette will give you great day and night looks.  The eye shadows are so flattering and will work well now, and as we go into fall. Plus, Park Avenue Princess is one of my all-time favorite bronzers.  It’s a subtle, lighter shade, but is really pretty on!

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Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara in Black
Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara in Black

Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara in Black ($20 USD) — Fortified with Argan Oil, this game-changing mascara formula envelops lashes in nourishing, knockout colour with endless build and dewy sheen. And with our exclusive, clump-resistant mascara wand, getting smooth, evenly coated lashes is easy — even in tough inner corners! Now, that’s a stroke of genius.

What I think: I love trying new mascaras!  I love that this has Argan Oil in it.  The brush is molded plastic and is medium-sized.  I tried it and — wow!  I noticed instant separation and length and since it is very buildable, in a couple of coats I had tons of volume as well.  It is so good — and good for my lashes!

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Mineral Fusion Lip Tints
Mineral Fusion Lip Tints

Mineral Fusion Lip Tints ($9.99 USD ) — This sheer, hydrating formula composed of natural ingredients smoothes lips with moisturizing cocoa butter while delivering vibrant color with staying power. Its sleek automatic packaging allows for easy application, buildable color and an always-rich pout for chic, on-the-go women. The lip-firming peptide locks in moisture for luscious lips and a perky pout while the natural Vanilla Mint flavor leaves fresh breath for any occasion.

What I think: I have been testing this in the shade Glisten, which is a shimmering nude.  The vanilla mint flavor is tasty and the color is sheer and pretty.  I like this as an everyday lip color since it moisturizes and does not dry out the lips.

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Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss Tangerine
Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss Tangerine

Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss Tangerine ($24 USD) — If you’d rather have a gloss than a tint, this is perfect! This has a luxurious formula that feels lusciously creamy on the lips with Moringa butter and avocado oil that make lips feel conditioned, moisturized, quenched and nourished. It is remarkably long‐lasting and is free of petroleum‐based products.

What I think: I do love my lip gloss!  This is such a pretty soft, coral and it’s perfect for the summer.  The gloss itself does last a long time and is makes my lips soft — and isn’t sticky.  Yay!

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Last Minute Beauty Gift Ideas Part 1

Almost done with your holiday shopping? I’m just about finished, but there are always last-minute gifts or stocking stuffers to get!  My youngest daughter’s birthday is on the 23rd, so this time of year is so busy!

For great beauty gift ideas, take a look at my list below — you just might find something online or in the stores that will be the perfect gift!

Ouidad Joy to the Curl
Ouidad Joy to the Curl

Ouidad Joy to the Curl ($30 USD) — This combination of two best sellers is guaranteed to provide ultimate nourishment to curls over the winter season. The set has a retail value of $46 and contains 8.5 oz sizes of Moisture Lock Define & Shine Gel Cream and Moisture Lock Leave-in Conditioner.

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MIYU DE-STRESS MI PAIRING ($42 USD) — This revolutionary beauty essence fuses the freshness of a facial mist with the rich nutrients of a serum, while instantly soothing the skin.  Our fresh and earthy tea blend is made from peppermint, licorice and chamomile blossoms.  When used together, this powerful pair offer potent anti-inflammatory properties perfect for calming stressed complexions.  Includes a nifty little drawstring bag for makeup, skincare essentials, jewelry or anything in between.

Bioelements Up All Night
Bioelements Up All Night

Bioelements Up All Night ($39 USD) —

  • Three intense anti-agers that work the night shift
  • Wake up to skin that’s superbly smooth, freshly firm and remarkably radiant
  • Travel sizes of Sleepwear, Sleepwear for Eyes and Quick Refiner
  • FREE INSIDE: a runway-inspired, lush red envelope clutch – a $20 retail value!

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China Glaze Get Carried Away
China Glaze Get Carried Away

China Glaze Get Carried Away ($19.95 on sale for $9.95 at Ulta) Get Carried Away with China Glaze’s 3pc Set which includes: a change purse, Santa Red My List, Your Present Required and So Blue Without You Nail Lacquers. China Glaze is professional quality nail enamel that is resistant to chipping and color fading.

Available at or Ulta stores.

Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat 5 Mini Ornaments
Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat 5 Mini Ornaments

Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat 5 Mini Ornaments ($41 USD) — Pink Gel Coat creates thick, protein-rich coatings that add temporary, instant
strength to natural nails. This collection includes five mini Pink Gel Coat

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Mineral Fusion Nail Polish
Mineral Fusion Nail Polish

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish ($7.99, $5.59 through December with promo code STOCKUP) — The perfect stocking stuffer:

  • Long-lasting chip resistant formula
  • Formaldehyde, toulene, camphor and dibutyl pthalate free
  • Custom, extra-thick brush for flawless application
  • Choose from 61 gorgeous shades

Available at


Dr. Scholl’s new For Her© Cozy Cushions
Dr. Scholl’s new For Her© Cozy Cushions

Dr. Scholl’s new For Her© Cozy Cushions ($9 at  Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Cozy Cushions help keep feet warm and dry while providing all-day comfort. Their multi-layer design helps insulate the foot while two plush layers provide extra cushioning. Cozy Cushions help keep feet dry by absorbing perspiration and offer superior comfort.

Available at mass market retailers around the country.

John Frieda Spiral Curls Curling Iron
John Frieda Spiral Curls Curling Iron

John Frieda Spiral Curls Curling Iron ($39.99 USD) — For healthy heat styling, the Spiral Curls styler features exclusive ionic frizz-fighting technology and true ceramic heat with LCD temperature control for accurate temperature output, the key to shiny, healthy hair.

Available exclusively at Walgreens

Part 2 of this gift guide will be coming soon today!



The Anti-Aging Skincare That I Have Been Using and Loving Lately!

My skin type is sensitive, combination and aging.  I like to try all different types of products to perfect my skin (not an easy thing to do).

Below is a bunch of great products that I have been sent to review and that I really like.  I have a lot to cover, so read on!

Bioré Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser

Bioré Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser ($7.99 USD) — This warming cleanser pampers skin as it whisks away buildup and oil. The powerful daily line of defense against clogged, congested pores contains Zeolite, a special mineral clay that warms on contact with water, and Salicylic acid, a powerful yet gentle ingredient that penetrates pores to help fight breakouts by dissolving clogged oil.

What I think:  I do have blackheads around and on my nose. So when I first tried this I squirted a little on my Clarisonic, then scrubbed around my nose area.  It really cleaned out those pores!  It does heat up quite a lot (my teen daughter equated it to stepping in a hot shower), so be aware.  But, it is a great pore cleaner.  I suggest to use it 2-3 times a week.

Available at mass market retailers near you.  Also, visit to learn more.

Intraceuticals Collagen Booster

Customise your skincare. Focus your results with our NEW Intraceuticals+ Boosters ($49 USD Each).  These are four powerful, targeted additives to use alone or combine with Daily Serum as revive, the first step in 3 step hyaluronic layering. The different boosters are:

Collagen + Booster — Restore, Tighten, Volume

Vitamin C+3 Booster — Smooth, Brighten, Strengthen

Antioxident + Booster — Detox, Revitalise, Balance

Vitamin A + Booster — Regenerate, Clarify, Refine

What I think:  These Boosters are great either with or without being mixed with a serum.  They are perfect when you have a targeted skin need.  I especially love the Collagen one to tighten my skin and the Vitamin C+3 one to brighten my skin tone.  Great skin treatments.  Purchase at

AVON ANEW CLINICAL Pro Line Eraser Treatment

Introducing Avon Anew Clinical Pro Line Eraser with patented A-F33 (Amino-Fill 33) ($39.99 USD)—the anti-aging breakthrough of the decade! A-F33 works unlike potent anti-agers AHA, retinol, injectable collagen. The look of deep wrinkles begin to fade in just one week. 100% of women showed visible improvement in fine wrinkles in 2 weeks. Over time, 27% improvement in the appearance of fine and deep wrinkles. Designed to work with any ANEW skin care regimen to help optimize results. TO USE: In AM and PM, apply to cleansed face and neck avoiding the eye area. Follow with ANEW moisturizer.

What I think: This is a wonderful — and affordable — anti-aging serum! I love how potent it is, but also it is quite gentle and soothing.  It is designed to work with ANEW skincare, but I have found it is working with all of the fab products that I have been using. I have notices that is smooths my skin and has helped even out the tone and the wrinkles around my eyes.  I have tried a LOT of expensive skincare and do believe that this is as good as any of the luxury serums I have tried.

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Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Peel

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Peel ($16.99 USD). I received this free from BzzAgent to try ( to sign up!).  Apply Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Overnight Peel every night, and leave it on all night. Your skin will absorb the lightweight formula for almost immediate results:

  • Overnight: See smoother, hydrated skin
  • In 1 week: See brighter skin
  • In 4 weeks: Spots and imperfections are significantly reduced

Created with Garnier’s innovative Glycolic Vitamin C Complex, the leave-on peel gently speeds exfoliation to fade spots and reveal smoother, brighter and remarkably more even-toned skin.

What I think:  I like the ease of this affordable overnight peel.  Just smooth on clean skin and leave on overnight.  No rinsing needed.  It is a little irritating on my sensitive skin, so I don’t use it every night.  Just a couple of days a week.  I have noticed that my spots are a little lighter and I am sure they will improve the more I use it.

Available at mass market retailers near you and learn more at

Mineral Fusion Mattifying Oil Control Facial Moisturizer

Mattifying Oil Control Facial Moisturizer ($18 USD) — Lightweight moisturizer that helps control excess oil for a shine-free, matte finish while delivering skin perfecting, natural age-defense. Magnesium, Copper and Zinc stimulate skin cells’ production of energy, which encourages new cell creation for revitalized, younger-looking skin. These minerals also provide antioxidant defense against damaging free radicals.

Application of this clinically-tested, anti-wrinkle peptide promotes collagen production, which firms the skin by strengthening structural support within cells. Regular use results in visibly smoother, more supple skin. Free of gluten, parabens, SLS, phthalates, articial colors and synthetic fragrances. 100% vegetarian and never tested on animals.

What I think:  I like using this moisturizer in the morning because it is oil-free and keeps my skin matte and soft all day.  It also has a very nice scent.  I love that it includes minerals and is actually good for my skin!

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Freeze 24 7 Arctic Lift Firming Neck Cream

Freeze 24/7 Arctic Lift Firming Neck Cream ($95 USD) — Get high altitude for your neck with this luxuriously rich lifting cream that instantly hydrates, tightens and firms neck and chest area. ArcticLift™ smooths away imperfections and plumps up skin for a lifted, toned and youthful appearance. Formulated with Rejuvelle, a proprietary cactus pectin with amazing water binding properties, to immediately hydrate and fill sagging neck skin. Skin’s texture is perfected and strengthened, firmed and lifted.

What I think:  I have only been using this for about a week, but I love it!  With the first use, my skin felt firmer and every day I use it, my neck gets a little less saggy (the joys of aging)!  With regular use, this is so effective and a great product to have in my anti-aging arsenal!

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Vitaphenol Skincare Collection

Getting to the root of wrinkles through an innovative and proprietary combination of high-potency natural antioxidants and medically-directed compounds, the Vitaphenol skin care line targets discerning women who are looking to avoid invasive cosmetic procedures.

“While it’s true that most women don’t enjoy the aging process, the key is to take good care of skin. Exclusive, potent and powerful Vitaphenol appeals to women who understand the power of phenomenal skin and are willing to do something about it. It’s a premium top-of-the-line brand for the type of woman who is committed to aging with beauty and who demands exceptional skin care that actually works,” said Tricia Buenvenida, VP/Brand Director at SciDerma Medical, the specialty cosmeceutical and dermatology company which holds the exclusive U.S. sub-license for the Vitaphenol skin care collection.

The formulation was created by a world-renown dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon using a mix of scientifically-advanced compounds with naturally effective anti-aging remedies in each of the products. At the heart of all the products is the Vitaphenol Complexä, a unique blend of four naturally-derived AHAs: white and green tea extracts, mangosteen, and pomegranate. When combined, they rejuvenate and protect the skin.

The Vitaphenol skincare collection consists of seven products, ranging from $45 for the Ultra Daily Gentle Cleanser and Anti-Aging Toner to $195 for the Cellustructure Rejuvenating Serum (CRS). Dermatologists have used CRS as the cornerstone of skincare for their patients. CRS features the recombinant growth factor, TGF-beta 1 (transforming growth factor), known to increase collagen synthesis, which restores the structural integrity of the skin and controls inflammation, and encourage elastin production for smooth, velvety skin.

CRS is supported by published clinical studies, with 58% of patients noticing an improvement in wrinkles, and 68% of patients noticing an improvement in skin texture after its use. The recommended Vitaphenol regimen consists of a using a 4-step/4-product system, and the product combinations differ according to dry, oily, normal, and acne-prone skin.

What I think: I have been testing the Ultra-Gentle Daily Cleanser ($45 USD), the Anti-Aging Toner ($45 USD), the Oil-Free Anti-Aging Serum ($95 USD), Cellustructure Rejuvenating Serum ($195 USD) and the Daily Fortified Moisturizer ($95 USD).

I am loving this system.  Especially the very gentle cleanser, the oil free serum and the moisturizer.  They are all so gentle on my skin.  I have only used the Cellustructure serum a few times as it irritates my skin a bit.  But the rest of the products are effective anti-aging skincare that work so well with my skin.  All I really need to use is an SPF on top of the daily moisturizer and I am good to go!  I am seeing younger-looking skin with this system!

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March Mascara Madness!

I have been sent some fabulous mascaras for my honest review and I am so excited to share them with you!

Flower Beauty Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascara

Flower is the new beauty line by Drew Barrymore.  The brand’s philosophy is that you no longer have to spend a lot of money to get the quality cosmetics you want and deserve. Where other beauty brands spend a vast percentage of the cost of their products on ads, they do not. Drew, as an owner of the brand, takes pride in promoting Flower, which in turn allows the company to put all of their resources into the formulas and packaging, and not into advertising.

The first item I have tried from Flower is the Lash Knockout Volumizing Mascara ($6.98 USD). The claims for this mascara is it will:

  • Lengthen and nourish lashes with Red Seaweed for elasticity
  • Shiny Polymers add shine, luster and condition
  • Vegetal Polymers provide easy application and superb adherence for all-day wear

What I think:  This is a great thickening mascara for a fab price! The brush has plush, closely placed bristles that impart a nice, thick coat of mascara.  If you like volumizing mascara, this is a good one to try.   Available at Walmart and

L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara

L’Oreal introduces liquid extensions in a bottle, with Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara ($8.49 USD), a new generation of lash length. In one motion lashes are separated, intensified, and look shockingly lengthened for an
intense make-up result.

What I think:  This plastic bristle brush really lengthens lashes, and separates as well.  If that is the look that you like, I really recommend this mascara.  It is easily available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Mineral Fusion Lengthening Mascara

Mineral Fusion Lengthening Mascara ($14.99 USD) This is a natural mineral mascara. Minerals apply smoothly to darken and lengthen for beautifully defined lashes.  Naturally nourishes and protects to promote maximum lash health and fullness.  Gentle, non-irritating formula applies easily, without clumping, flaking or smudging.  Free of Gluten, Parabens, Artificial Colors, Fragrances and Talc. Never-tested on animals. Hypo-allergenic.

What I think: If you like a natural look, this will give that to you with natural ingredients.  I know that some ladies don’t like huge lashes and this will give a softer look.  Available at

Mally Beauty Instant Impact Mascara

NEW Mally Instant Impact Mascara takes lashes to great lengths with a six-ball applicator that distributes mascara evenly to each lash–every one of them will look longer and fuller than ever before!

What I think:  This is my favorite mascara at the moment.  It gives HUGE volume and length.  The only thing is that the product tends to collect at the base of the last ball, so be careful when you take it out of the tube.  I wipe it off with a tissue and go to town on my lashes.  Great for night looks or for the ladies who like drama every day!

This is now only available in a kit at called Mally 7-piece Makeup Makeover Collection for $72.50 USD.  Hopefully it will be available by itself soon!

Ellis Faas Mascara

Ellis Faas Mascara ($34 USD)A creamy mascara that perfectly coats, lengthens and separates each individual lash.  This mascara is ideal for creating customized looks. In one coat, it accentuates your lashes with subtlety; additional coats frame your eyes with lush, more dramatic effect.

What I think:  I am loving the versatility of this mascara.  One coat gives you very long and separated lashes.  A couple more coats provides volume as well.  Plus, it comes in a very cool bullet container.


Get Ready For Valentine’s Day Romance With New Beauty Products

Ready to glam up your look for V-Day?  Need some ideas for prepping for a big night out (or a hot night in)?  Check out the following products:

Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off

Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off mask (Approximately 1.99 USD each).Prepare yourself for a perfect, passion filled Valentine’s this year with this gorgeous lust-have lovely from Montagne Jeunesse! Reveal your inner seductress and bask in confidence of your cleansed, clear complexion with the Passion Peel Off face masque from Montagne Jeunesse.

This blissful blend of Pomegranate and Passion Flower, infused with delicious raspberry, grape and cranberry banishes blemishes, and leaves your skin feeling fresh, and perfectly purified and primed to get up close and personal! Simply smooth the masque onto your face and let it set, peel back, and get ready for gorgeous, kissable, totally irresistible skin.  And with a perfectly packaged passion price, there’s no excuse for not having a loved up Valentine’s this year.

Available at drug stores and mass market retailers near you.

Beautyblender Makeup Sponge Applicator

Beautyblender ($19.95 USD) — Now you can look like a movie star without the pricey services of a major make up artist. Introducing Beautyblender, the ultimate make up sponge applicator. Invented by top Hollywood make up artists Rea Ann Silva and Veronica Lorenz, Beautyblender has been created to leave you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion. Silva and Lorenz know that the key to a perfect face is simple: a perfect blend. So forget your fingers or sharp-edged triangular sponges, these application methods waste make up and can leave visible streaks.

Beautyblender’s patent-pending elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. Its suede texture is sensual to the touch and its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your make up dazzling and undetectable. Beautyblender is latex free, non-allergenic and odor free.

For a pretty Valentine’s look, apply your favorite highlighter or blush with beautyblender to get that perfect glow! Simply wet your beautyblender sponge and apply highlighter to the top of cheekbones and t-zone for an unexpectedly glamorous sheen. Apply your blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend well!

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Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($24 USD) — Longwearing, water-resistant, creamy shadow with an innovative light weight texture that glides on and adheres to the eyelid, leaving an even finish. The product can be applied directly to the lash line for a liner effect, or all over as a blendable crème shadow.

This is a beautiful, long-wearing shadow.  I have it in Sandglow and Orchid and they are both gorgeous shades!

Available in eight new shades, Orchid, Sugar Frost, Seashell, Sandglow, Grey Pearl, Pink Opal, Mint Snow, Rosegold (16 shades total)

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner ($22 USD) — Ultra-smooth, water-resistant creamy eye liner that applies with ease and precision. The unique formulation provides a beautiful semi-matte, non-oily finish with full coverage in just one stroke.

The product is available in six colours including Noir, Espresso, Violet, Canard, Indigo and Cobalt (pictured to the left).

The liner and shadow sticks are available at

vbeauté Lip Spread

vbeauté Lip Spread ($28 USD) — For soft, perfectly tinted, luscious lips this Valentine’s Day, use vbeauté’s Lip Spread Anti-Age Tinting Lip Gloss! Formulated with self-adjusting vBotanicals that react with your lip chemistry to create your very own afterglow, the formulation also boasts Cherry and Pomegranate Fruit Extracts to keep your lips feeling soothed and hydrated, while BioCellular Peptide works to correct and prevent environmental damage. Pucker up for your man while Lip Spread delivers silky smooth, lightweight moisture to your lips!

Price/Availability: $28 at, Bergdorf Goodman,

Mineral Fusion Nail Lacquer

Mineral Fusion Nail Lacquer ($7.99 USD) — Boasting naturally beneficial ingredients to keep nails healthy and strong, this long-lasting, chip-free formula is infused with anti-oxidant-rich ingredients to protect the nails from harsh environmental elements. Sleek packaging and a custom extra-thick brush allows for smooth, flawless and easy application to ensure a naturally chic look.  Available in 30 shades.

The shade above is called Sizzle.  It is a shimmery red that is perfect for V-Day!

Available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, as well as other fine health stores.

Any of these products will help you feel sexy and glamorous on Valentines Day!  Enjoy!