New To Me — Natural Skincare and Innovative Brands

Hi all!  I was recently sent some natural skincare for my honest review.  I love trying new (or new to me) brands and finding new favorites!

Below is a coconut oil based cleansing balm, cool peel off and magnetic masks, and body moisturizer with SPF:

Skinny & Co. Clarifying Facial Cleansing Balm
Skinny & Co. Clarifying Facial Cleansing Balm

Skinny & Co. Clarifying Facial Cleansing Balm ($24.95 USD) — One step makeup remover facial cleanser that unclogs pores and brightens as it eases blemishes and re-balances your skin’s natural oils. The secret is our patented 100% RAW Skinny Coconut Oil that is able to nourish your skin while it protects you from unwanted chemicals and toxins that pollute and cause break outs.

What I think: Cleansing balms are so nice to remove makeup.  This one would be great for someone with oily or combination skin.  I have sensitive skin, so this isn’t for me, but my daughters love it, it removes makeup without leaving their skin oily.  Skinny & Co. has a cleansing balm for sensitive skin.  It’s nice there are choices!

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Biovene Charcoal Magnet Mask
Biovene Charcoal Magnet Mask

Biovene Charcoal Magnet Mask ($28.27 USD ) — Biovène Magnet Mask is an innovative, natural, anti-aging and rejuvenating face mask consisting of iron magnetic particles, activated charcoal and a blend of the most precious oils nature has to offer for a smooth, firm and radiant complexion.

What I think:  This is so much fun to use.  You apply it and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Then you put a cover on the magnet, and it actually removes the mask magnetically!  It leaves my skin soft, smooth and hydrated.  It’s so nice!

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Biovene Pink Peel-Off Mask
Pink Peel-Off Mask

Biovène Pink Peel-Off Mask is the next level peel-off mask utilizing Activated Charcoal in combination with star ingredients such as Sodium Hyaluronate, Strawberry extract, Argan Oil & Collagen.

What I think: Peel off masks are my favorite, and this is no exception! This is a mousse like mask that is very pink and smells like strawberries!  Since it is thick, it takes about 30 minutes to dry.  Then it peels off nicely.  My skin is glowing and soft!

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Trilipiderm Broad Spectrum SPF 30 3oz. Tube
Trilipiderm Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Trilipiderm Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($17.95 on sale for $13.46) — The best dry skin protection under the sun – hydrates as it protects against UVA and UVB radiation and contributes Vitamin D. Available in a handy 3 oz tube for your beach bag, ski jacket or purse. Take it wherever you go outdoors.

What I think:  SPF is so important all year long.  This one is nice because it does double duty as moisturizer and SPF.  I love that combo in facial skincare, so why not for the body.  It’s very hydrating without being  greasy and has a light floral scent.

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Have you tried any good skincare lately?  What’s your current favorite skincare products/

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of October 27 – November 2, 2014

Can you believe that Halloween is over and it’s November?  Plus, Daylight Savings Time?  This year has flown by!

I have received so many fantastic products to test that it’s hard to keep up with all of them!  This week, I am loving fabulous skincare, hair care, makeup and a fabulous natural SPF brand.  What are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

NIA24 Treatment Catalyst
NIA24 Treatment Catalyst

NIA24 Treatment Catalyst ($71 USD) — A nourishing face oil that fortifies skin and acts as a performance-enhancing catalyst to accelerate the results of other skincare products. 5% Pro-Niacin® along with essential vitamins and fatty acids fortify the skin barrier and improve the health and condition of the skin. This product delivers an immediate dose of moisture and radiance while accelerating the performance of any skincare regimen. Use in the morning and at night. Apply 2-3 drops directly to cleansed skin or mix with your preferred serum or moisturizer.

What I think:  This is a really easy way to add some amazing skincare ingredients to your beauty regimen.  This non-greasy face oil can be used after cleanser on it’s own or mixed with a favorite serum or moisturizer.  I mix it with my serum and I like how soft and moisturized my skin is after use.  I also like that my skin is basically receiving vital nutrients and vitamins in just a few drops!

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StriVectinLABS Anti-Wrinkle Hydra Gel Treatment
StriVectinLABS Anti-Wrinkle Hydra Gel Treatment

StriVectinLABS Anti-Wrinkle Hydra Gel Treatment ($69 USD) — This two-step wrinkle-smoothing system helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Anti-Wrinkle Precision Patches are designed to release the ingredients at an optimal rate while providing a soothing, cooling treatment. Left on the face for a 15-minute period, these hydra gel patches help to address laugh lines, frown lines, brow lines, lip lines and crow’s feet. The second step is the Anti-Wrinkle Smoothing Balm, a daily wrinkle smoothing treatment with the NIA-114™ technology and Hyaluronic Acid to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and deliver an instant boost of moisture to the skin.

What I think:  This is a fun product to use!  The gel patches instantly de-puff my eyes and cool the area.  The balm is so moisturizing as well.  I really see a difference is the skin around my eyes, too.  It is smoother.  LOVE!

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Carol’s Daughter’s Marula Curl Therapy Collection
Carol’s Daughter’s Marula Curl Therapy Collection

The Marula Curl Therapy Collection is formulated to deeply rejuvenate each curl so they are trained to always be what you want them to be: soft, shiny and beautifully free. The products are:

·         Marula Gentle Cream Cleanser ($18.00): Manage your curls by pampering them with this rich, gentle cream cleanser.

·         Marula Oil Softening Serum ($18.00): With the star ingredient of Marula Oil, curls will transform into glossy, spiral curls making it easy to soothe and shine on instant.

·         Marula Softening Hair Mask ($24.00): Rejuvenate your hair with this Marula Oil based mask, this rehydrates every strand and gives the extra moisture you need.

·         Marula Diffusing & Styling Lotion ($20.00): Conditioning Marula Oil and moisture-enhancing Almond Oil leave hair hydrated, healthy, and super shiny.

What I think:  My hair isn’t the right texture for these products, it is wavy not curly.  But I have been testing the oil and I love how it moisturizes my hair.  I just need to use a few drops and my waves are smooth and silky.

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Merle Norma
Merle Norman

Merle Norman Cosmetics was founded in Los Angeles in 1931, and is a longstanding leading brand of premium skincare, foundations and color cosmetic products. Its founder, Merle Nethercutt Norman, was one of the first women in cosmetics and a true innovator. In addition to creating breakthrough products, she empowered other women to begin their own business selling her cosmetic products. Today, Merle Norman Studios are located throughout the United States, Canada and in seven countries internationally. Today, Merle Norman’s vision carries on. The Merle Norman line includes hundreds of tried-and-true products, addressing the full spectrum of skin care and color needs for all women.

Merle Norman Hero Products Include:

  • Liquid Lipcolor ($15): This innovative lip product is stunning from application to finish. The ultra-plush applicator deposits just the right amount of smooth, stay-true color onto lips. Its unique whipped texture makes the product easy to apply and a multi-hydration technology system of DL Plum Oil French, which comes only from plums grown in the South-West of France, Argan Oil and Meadowestolide makes it very comfortable to wear. It also includes a lip-plumping ingredient that helps lips appear smoother (without the usual tingling feel).
  • Pro Pen Eyeliner ($14): This easy-to-use liquid liner pen makes lining your eyes as simple as signing your name. Its slim felt-tipped applicator acts like a fine-point marker, while its ergonomic grip lets you control the effect. The harder you press, the bolder the line it creates — so easy! Best yet, its long-wearing formula won’t smudge or budge for up to 14 hours! Water-resistant and ophthalmologist tested.
  • CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($28): A multi-benefit product that’s formulated to combine the powers of a skin care product and a sun protector with the complexion evening benefits of a light coverage foundation all in one product! The lightweight formula imparts a light amount of coverage to even out skin tone, but can be easily layered for buildable coverage as desired. The blendable formula also pairs easily with foundation primers, concealers, foundations and powders so you can achieve the exact look you want.

What I think:  These are all gorgeous products.  My favorite is the CC Cream. It is a medium coverage foundation and applies very smoothly.  I have noticed while trying a lot of BB and CC creams that they can have an orange cast to them and are almost balm-like, but this one is light and easy to blend.  The color is great, too!

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Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask ($85 USD) — Healthier, younger skin – while you sleep with the power of copper peptide technology.  The breakthrough formula features intense levels of hyaluronic acid (20%) to promote deep hydration, while easing stress and dryness. Fine lines and wrinkles are plumped and filled and skin is lifted and tightened to reveal perfect facial contours.

What I think:  I apply this mask like a night cream.  But when I wake up in the morning, my skin is so smooth and soft!  I use it a couple of times a week and like the results I see.  My skin seems smoother and the texture seems more even.  Since it’s been colder lately, I have been getting dry patches on my forehead.  These go away after using this mask,

Available at select Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Soft Surroundings store locations, as well as independent boutiques and spas or at

COOLA Suncare
COOLA Suncare

Formulated with ingredients like plankton, red algae, and red raspberry seed oil, COOLA’s reformulated Classic line of sunscreens also incorporates a patented plant-derived ingredient that is both certified organic and eco-certified and enables the brand to cut their active levels by 80%!  That’s just another way that COOLA is leading the charge to create the healthiest sunscreens on the market.

What I think:  I love The Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish to protect my face without leaving it oily and the Sort SPF 50 Fresh Mango moisturizer for the body to keep my skin soft and smelling great!  All of the COOLA products I have tried are such luxurious, natural SPF skincare and I love using them!

COOLA Suncare is available at ULTA Beauty, and, as well as the finest Resorts, Spas and Specialty Boutiques.

Lumene Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Age BB Cream with SPF 20

Lumene Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Age BB Cream with SPF 20

Have you tried a BB Cream yet? Makeup, skincare and SPF in one.  What is not to like about BB Creams!

Check out the newest launch from Finnish skincare brand, Lumene! Perfect your complexion and delay signs of aging the NEW Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Age BB Cream with SPF 20. It is affordable and easy to find!

The Claim: What separates this BB cream from the others? Arctic cloudberry. This amber-colored berry contains antioxidant-rich Vitamin C and offers superlative anti-aging benefits, while also rejuvenating and visibly brightening skin. Lumene is renowned for its expert formulations developed with only the most resilient Arctic ingredients to illuminate your natural beauty. The utmost efficacy of the Arctic cloudberry is unlocked by handpicking the berries when they are most ripe in order to deliver optimum levels of uniquely beneficial nutrients, which are infused in the new Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Age BB Cream with SPF 20 to achieve smooth, perfect skin.

The innovative Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Age BB Cream with SPF 20 harnesses the power of Arctic cloudberry to deliver six essential benefits: it brightens like a primer, evens skin tone like a foundation, hydrates like a moisturizer, corrects blemishes like a concealer, delays signs of aging and offers sun protection. In addition, this powerful cream uses Arctic cloudberry nectar to enhance skin’s luminosity and improve elasticity for an overall more youthful appearance.

Available in two shades Light and Medium, the Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Age BB Cream with SPF 20 can be used alone, after applying day cream, or under foundation.

What I think:  This is one of my favorite BB Creams so far. I have it in light and it is fairly close to my skin tone.  Most “light” BB Creams are too dark or orange for me. It melts right into my skin and gives a very natural, dewy finish. A little powder and concealer and I’m good to go.  I have also noticed with use my skin is clearer and looks a bit firmer!  Great product for the price!

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Protect Your Flawless Face With Sue Devitt Primer and Foundation With SPF

Sue Devitt creates beautiful skincare and makeup with sea minerals and blue algae for glowing and natural-looking skin. Many of their foundations have SPF which will protect skin while smoothing it out. My favorites are:

Microquatic™ Blue Anti-Aging SPF 30 Primer ($48.00 USD) — This luxurious anti-aging primer offers skin powerful protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays through SPF 30, infused with soothing Blue Algae Extract to combat redness and naturally formed anti-irritant crystals sourced from the coast of Spain. Protect the future of your skin by stimulating skin’s natural collagen production with this skin primer’s high performance anti-aging ingredients Ceramide 2 and Matrixyl.

What I think: This primer worried me a bit at first because it is a very light blue color and when I first applied it, I thought I saw a light blueish-white cast to my skin. But when I smoothed it on my skin that went away and my skin was smoothed and glowing. My pores and lines also appeared smaller, which is a plus! Very nice primer!

SpaComplexion™ Hydrating Marine Minerals Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 ($40.00 USD) — Achieve a healthy, radiant spa-treated, natural complexion.  This lightweight, mineral tinted moisturizer features extraordinary hydrating and refreshing properties of the sea, encapsulated in a proprietary delivery system that increases skin’s moisture level and vitality. Its sheer, fluid formulation with SPF 15 coverage also offers antioxidant benefits while protecting the skin from harsh environmental exposure and premature photo-aging.

What I think: This is a medium-coverage tinted moisturizer, so although this hydrates the skin, it is also gives good coverage and a very pretty glow. Combining this product with the primer, you not only get a flawless face, but 45 SPF means that you are well protected!

SpaComplexion™ Hydrating Marine Minerals Loose Powder SPF 30 Compact ($32.00 USD) –This skin-protecting loose powder provides a perfect finish, while offering continuous hydration and concentrated environmental protection with SPF 30. A unique formulation offers extraordinary hydrating and refreshing properties of the sea, encapsulated in a proprietary delivery system that increase skin’s moisture level and vitality. Natural-looking, high performance minerals deliver nutrients to the skin in a portable compact with mirror perfect for touch-ups throughout the day.

What I think: What I love about this mineral foundation is that my skin does not feel dry when I apply it. I have a lot of trouble with loose mineral foundation because it tends to settle in my fine lines and pores. Yuck! But this foundation does seem to hydrate and refresh throughout the day. It also looks very natural and not cakey at all. 

Learn more about these and many more fab products at Enjoy!

Try A New Sunscreen This Summer

Happy 4th of July all! While you’re out enjoying the sun this weekend and the rest of the summer, don’t forget the sunscreen! I have recently tried 4 new or just new to me sunscreens. They are all great for your skin as well as keeping you safe from the harmful effects of the sun. So go ahead and try one of the following high-quality sunscreens:   

TOCCA SPF30+ Towelette Viaggio in Stella ($28.00 USD).  What a cool idea, scenting a sunscreen in a lovely perfume. TOCCA has infused their pre-mositened towelettes in their classic Stella fragrance (Italian blood orange).  They are individually wrapped so pop one in your purse or beach bag and enjoy this SPF 30+ UVA/UVB protection sunscreen that’s  enriched with Vitamins E and B5, aloe and marine silk. They are also water and sweat resistant. Includes 8 individually wrapped 8” x 8” towelettes. Not tested on animals. Visit to learn more.

Jack Black Performance Remedy Oil-Free Sun Guard SPF 45 ($20.00 USD). This is a great sunscreen for the active people out there! It is vitamin-enriched and oil-free plus it overs powerful UVA/UVB protection, forming a barrier that stays put during intense physical activity including swimming.  I like this sunscreen because it is non-greasy plus is toxin free and eco-friendly.

This is a PureScience® Formula. It is vegan, dermatologist-tested and contains certified organic ingredients. It excludes MEA, TEA, and DEA and is not tested on animals. Visit to learn more and to purchase.

Supergoop! SPF 30 Sunscreen Swipes with Zinc for Sensitive Skin ($34.00 USD for 40 swipes). These are pre-moistened, paraben-free wipes for the face and body that are formulated to calm, soothe, and protect sensitive skin. When I wipe them on, they are cooling and non-greasy. They contain Zinc Oxide, Vitamin E and Green Tea and do not irritate the skin. Visit to learn more.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra-Light Fluid for Body ($34.00 USD) – This silky sunscreen offers the breakthrough technology of Cell-Ox Shield™: described as, “a synergistic combination of patented high efficacy sun filters and powerful anti-oxidants to further protect your skin, even at the cellular level.”

I like how this leaves my skin soft and clean feeling, not greasy at ol. You will stay protect for up to 5 hours plus it is water and sweat resistant. Go to to purchase and to learn more.

Protect Your Scalp with Redken Color Extend Sun Care

Redken Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12

I think that it is so smart that haircare companies are introducing SPF to their summer collections. It seems to be the next logical step in sun protection. We protect our skin everyday with sunscreen, why not our hair?!

Redken Introduced their Color Extend line in 2009 (see my review at This year, they have added the new Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12 to the Color Extend Sun haircare regimen. This is a leave-in product that helps prevent burnt scalps while protecting hair. 

The Claim: The UVA and UVB filters in Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12 provide protection plus filters coat the hair to protect the integrity of the hair fiber and safeguard haircolor and highlights.  Redken’s exclusive Interbond Conditioning System and the advanced Hydra-Shield Complex deliver strengthening Ceramide and moisture-rich Mango Oil to dry strands to resurface the cuticle, repair damaged areas and replenish lost moisture. 

This product is particularly recommended for stylists and consumers with side/middle/fringe parts, thinning hair, receding hairlines, or light-colored hair, and are looking for a multi-tasking product to protect their hair and scalp from UV damage while helping to protect and replenish the hair,” states Rodney Cutler, Redken Brand Ambassador and owner of Cutler/Redken Salon.  “It is highly recommended to use the protective treatment at the beach or by the pool and for people who work outdoors and/or who play outdoor sports.”

What I think: I like the ease of this product — just spray on wet hair and you’re done. My scalp hasn’t burned yet this year, which is great, and I love that the spray is protection my color, which hasn’t faded. So I recommend this spray to protect the scalp and hair! 
Other products in Redken’s Color Extend Sun line include:
•                    Color Extend Sun After-Sun Shampoo:  Apply to wet hair, massage into a lather, and rinse.
•                    Color Extend Sun After-Sun Mask:  After shampooing, apply to damp hair. Leave on 5 to 15 minutes. Rinse.
•                    Color Extend Sparkling Shield:  Apply to damp or dry hair.  Leave-in.  Reapply throughout the day as needed.

Learn more about the Color Extend Line at You can purchase these products at salon’s near you. Enjoy!

Studio Gear Cosmetics

Studio Gear Cosmetics creates high quality products that give a flawless look. I was lucky to try a couple of new face products from this brand:

Prime Objective Protective Perfecting Face Primer SPF 20 ($35.00) — This is cool little product. It helps protect the skin from the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays while priming the skin for makeup. It is a silicone based face primer that provides an effective broad-spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen while making skin’s texture appear smoother. It also contains a sustained release liposome system with retinol which is touted to promote cell turnover and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as a milk protein complex to help to balance and protect the skin from environmental stresses.

I like this primer because you can never get too much sunscreen. You just need a little bit to smooth out the skin. Too much can be a tad greasy, just enough is silky. Once smoothed it all over your face, you are ready for concealer, foundation and the rest of your makeup.

Try the Flawless Foundation ($25.00) over your Prime Objective for glowing skin. This also contains silicone for a smooth finish. The website states that it also provides “the hydrating benefits of Hyaluronic Acid, light to medium buildable coverage, the antioxidant protection of Vitamins A, C and E, and a broad spectrum UVA, UVB sunscreen, SPF 10.”

This is a great summer foundation, because it is light, has the all-important sunscreen and gives the face a lovely glow. It is not heavy or cakey, and seamlessly blends into the skin.

Visit the Studio Gear website for product information at and to purchase these wonderful items!

Soleo Organics

Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen
Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen
Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen ($19.99 2.8 oz and $13.99 1.4 oz) is a healthy alternative to the many sunscreens that rely on chemicals to sheild from the damaging rays of the sun.
The active ingredient is 22.3% Zinc Oxide and and also contains grape seed, sunflower, vegetable, macadamia and safflower oils, beeswax and green tea. These moisturizing ingredients condition while protecting your skin.   What it doesn’t include is chemical UV absorbers, titanium dioxide or synthetic preservatives.  
I really like that this is formulated for all skin types (including sensitive skin) and is safe enough for kids.  It is water resistant and has an SPF of 30.
The trick to avoid the telltale white residue is by first squeezing the tube so that the ingredients mix. You then rub it on until the white disappears.
So if you are looking for an effective “green” sunscreen, try Soleo. Check out the website at 

Try Coppertone for a Wide Variety of Sunscreens


A reliable household name, Coppertone has a very large variety of sunscreen to meet your every need this summer. Their wide range of products include sunscreen for babies and children, anti-aging sunscreen, sports protection and more.

Here are a few of my favorites, which all are an SPF of 70, the highest Coppertone SPF ever:

Coppertone NutraShield Faces SPF 70+ with Dual Defense ($10.99 USD) — is moisturizing with a non-greasy formula that won’t clog your pores.  This sunscreen was formulated for women and helps prevent premature skin aging caused by the sun. It is enriched with antioxidants to promote natural skin repair. And for us ladies who like to swim, it is  waterproof. This also comes in a version for the rest of the body. I recommend this for women of any age!

Coppertone KIDS Continuous Spray SPF 70+ ($9.99 USD) — This waterproof and hypoallergenic sunscreen is dermatologist tested and is great for the kids. It has a twist-and-lock cap which means no cap to lose and it sprays at any angle.

Coppertone ultraGUARD Sunscreen SPF 70+ ($10.99 USD) — With a moisturizing formula that contains Viamin E, this sunscreen is also hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested. It goes on non-greasy and is waterproof. This is a great one for the whole family.  

Check out Coppertone’s website for their full line of products at Stay safe this Memorial Day and all summer long!

Pur Minerals Pur Perfection Starter Kit

Pur Perfection Starter Kit
Pur Perfection Starter Kit

Looking for to try quality mineral make-up for a reasonable price? Pick up the Pur Minerals Pur Perfection Starter Kit (35.00 USD).

This kit includes all you need for a flawless face:

Application of the 4-in-1 makeup is easy; you take the chisel brush, swirl it in the makeup then draw circles in the makeup lid. This ensures that there isn’t loose powder on the tip of the brush and that the application yields smooth skin. I brush it all over my face, and use a little extra under my eyes for concealer. Don’t forget to blend, because if not, mineral makeup can look a little powdery on and set into the pores.

After I apply the 4-in-1, I take a powder brush and dust the Mineral Glow bronzer on my temples, forehead, nose and chin. I then brush the Universal Marble Powder on the apples of my cheeks and my face looks glowing and pretty.

So if you’re looking for a new foundation, give this kit a try. You can find it at Ulta or visit the website at