Sunday, July 20, 2014

Jane Cosmetics Lip Gloss

A great lip gloss is hard to come by, you don’t want one that’s too shiny, goopy or sticky. Jane Cosmetics’ Lip Gloss will have you saying “been there, kissed that” to your lip-tuation, with a pleasantly sweet scent to boot. Kiss and makeup with one of Jane’s glosses – choose from sheer, shimmery or an intensely pigmented hue. Since one kiss is almost never enough, the high-performance, moisturizing formula comes in array of gorgeous shades that can be used alone or layered for beautiful color and kissable shine.

(Jane Cosmetics Gloss in "Graceful")

Jane Cosmetics glosses are sold for $7 (yes $7!!) at Ulta and 

Disclosure: Press samples were sent for consideration from PR for the puprose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Must have healthy deodorant for Summer

I first saw Lavanilla's Healthy Deodorant on another blog and read about  how amazing it smells and how much better it is for you.  The blogger made an interesting point.  Girls spend so much time putting on good smelling lotion and perfumes, and then you end up putting on a stinky deodorant stick. Think about it. All the deodorants that we use are pretty gross. Even the ones meant for girls don't smell too great. It's all baby powder or heavy cologne.

I knew I needed to try this, since I have a rollerball of Lavanilla's Vanilla Grapefuit and I get tons of compliments on it.  Not many perfume companies come out with deodorant so this was a must have right away.  The deodorants we use on a daily basis are full of all kinds of ingredients that are harmful, and possibly cause cancer.  I learned this a long time ago, and I've tried several attempts at buying "all natural" deodorant. Something called Toms I think? Yes it smelled good and yes it was healthy but it didn't work. A couple hours after I applied it I had horrible body odor.  So embarassing. So I switched back over to Dove,  always thinking in the back of my mind there has to be something else. 

LaVanila's Healthy Deodorant comes in 6 different scents and claims to be "100 percent natural" It's made up of soothing essential oils that condition and nourish the sensitive skin under your arms.  You won't get any stains or chunks of white which is another downfall of the store brand. It has no parabens which I guess is a big deal.  

I put it to the test and went to work and then the gym, with only one application of the Lavanila in Vanilla Grapefruit. It also comes in Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Summer, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Lavendar and Vanilla Lemon.  Next on my list is the Lemon because I'm lemon OBSESSED.

As you can tell from the picture this has the look of a deodorant but to me it feels more like a perfume rollerball you are putting directly on your pits. The scent is only slightly there so no it won't make your armpits smell like heavy perfume, it just keeps you dry and scent free throughout the day. If you're a HEAVY sweater I'm not sure this will work for you, you might need something stronger.  Maybe applying this twice a day would be suffiencent enough.  But for me? I love it and I think it's worth a try, especially if you're worried about the harmful ingredients in drugstore deodorant.  

You can purchase Lavanila's Healthy Deodorant for $14 at Lavanila's site or a Sephora near you. 

Disclosure: A press sample was sent to me for consideration from PR for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Burt's Bees Summer Essentials

1. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Oil: Perfect for glowing, moisturized ski .
 2. Burt’s Bees Honey  and  Shea Sugar Scrub: Ideal for scrubbing away dead skin for smooth, soft skin. . 
      3. Burt’s Bees Aloe and Linden Flower After Sun Soother: This intensely hydrating, quick-absorbing face and body lotion is packed with natural aloe vera and linden extract to soothe sun exposed skin. 
4. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm: Give your lips both moisture and color, all in one!

And as a Summer side note, right now my favorite Burt's Bees product that I'm absolutely loving is their Eye Brightening Treatment. For $19.99 Burt's Bees offers you a fabulous eye brightener that helps for a more youthful appearance.  This is a product that helps get rid of dark under eye problems along with fine lines and wrinkles. In a test, 94 percent of women saw a brightening under their eye area.  I've been using this for approximatly 2 weeks and I've seen a big difference in my eyes, I don't look as tired as I usually do, and my skin around the eye is more moisturized.  

(Available for $19.99 at your local drugstore)

Stay tuned to my blog for more Summer Essentials from Burt's Bees, which is a post I will be writing every couple weeks. Burt's Bees is a company that most people can not only afford, but easily access because most drugstores do carry it in their skincare aisle. My local Walgreens  has a huge area dedicated to the company.  So if you're new or unfamiliar with the brand, I highly suggest this Eye Treatment; for anyone looking for a bit of extra brightness this Summer!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Fruits

1. Dana’s Bakery Watermelon Mac of the Month ($30.00, A little slice of summer, you can even eat the chocolate seeds! 

2. Burt’s Bees Nourishing Coconut and Pear Lip Balm ($3.30, Pucker up to hydrate your lips with a sweet, light kiss of coconut oil 

3. Stur Drinks Liquid Water Enhancer ( A mouthwatering and naturally sweetened blend of oranges and mangos - tastes natural, not chemical or processed. Add Stur to your water or seltzer

 4. Burt’s Bees Grapefruit Towelettes ($6.00, Invigorating pink grapefruit towelettes cleanse away pore-clogging dirt, oil, and even makeup, for naturally clean skin

Josie Maran & the Imagine Project

Argan Oil is more than a pretty face. It’s a world-changer in a bottle—organically grown, then harvested and processed by women who support themselves and their families by selling their liquid treasure. Health, beauty, and women empowering themselves: that is the essence of Josie Maran Cosmetics. Now you can help join Josie and the IMAGINE initiative to change the game around empowerment in the developing world. The IMAGINE initiative provides women the empowerment tools to improve their lives, lift themselves and their families out of poverty, and sustain these changes over time. For every view of this short animated film 10 cents will be donated to the IMAGINE Initiativ

 For every view of this short animated film 10 cents will be donated to the IMAGINE Initiativ. What an amazing project this is going to.  So make sure you watch the video and do what you can to help the project.

Monday, July 7, 2014

MAC- First Look at the Simpsons Collection

One of the only pictures of the MAC collection for Marge Simpson has just been unveiled... thoughts?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Gym Essential- Go Makeup Free!

I've been wanting to talk about this forever but I had to put together a list of my favorite "non makeup" gym essentials. Do you ever wonder what to wear to the gym in terms of makeup? Of course you don't want to go with a full face of foundation and powder, it will just melt off and look silly.  But if you're anything like me, you don't like to leave the house without makeup on.  So usually we meet somewhere in the middle, a little makeup but what are the musts? I've been experimenting each time I go to the gym and I think I finally discovered what works best for ME. (That doesn't mean it's going to work for everyone else) A big factor would be what type of skin you have, oily or dry... and it doesn't mean this wouldn't WORK for you, it just means you need to twerk the product type a bit.

Instead of using a full foundation, or even a light coverage foundation, a BB cream works best for your rough gym workouts. I've been using my absolute favorite BB cream, (and it's drugstore!) Jane Be Beautiful Multi Benefit BB Cream which applies like a full foundation but slowly soaks into your skin and won't slide off or melt off like a foundation would.  Now if you have many skin  issues a BB Cream might not be enough for you if you like all your blemishes covered to go to the gym.  My problem is I want to look FRESH when I go to the gym with some makeup on without looking overdone  or looking  like I have a full face of cosmetics.  This BB Cream comes in several different colors, and I swear by it's longevity and moisturizing effects. I wear it anytime I go somewhere early in the morning and don't want to wear foundation, or when I go to the gym. It works great for when you want to apply makeup on later in the day, you don't have to take it off, in fact it makes your makeup easier to apply.  Buy it here for $16

I forgot to mention BEFORE I apply BB Cream, I use my most favorite product for the month of June.  The Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid &  Retinol Brightening Solution is amazing for aging skin.  I use this all day everyday. Well, in the morning and evening.  It corrects uneven skin tone, fixes dull skin and gives off a glow that only Dr Dennis Gross could achieve.   After using this serum only a couple days my skin felt soft, just as soft as my 2 year old's skin.  I started receiving compliments on how flawless my skin looked and it really did.  This is fabulous for wearing underneath your makeup.  It creates a perfect glow that will illuminate through your makeup, making it last longer and making it go on smoother and create a more air brush effect. I swear by everything Dr Dennis Gross, and this serum is my favorite from the month of June.  For the month of May, it was my other favorite skincare product EVER... Dr Dennis Gross Exfoliating Glow Pads.  But back to the topic, The Retinol Brightening Serum sells for $85 (but will last you some time) and is available at Dr Dennis Gross website AND Sephora.

Pacifica Nailglow is a new product from Pacifica, one of my favorite companies! This is "Afterglow" a stunning coral that I have yet to see in any nailpolish collection. Very different, unique and bold.
Pacifica promises long lasting color that won't chip however I found after 2 days I was chipping. But it's hard to tell, since I"m doing a lot of woman's housework causing my nails to chip. The average girl who doesn't do as much work as I do may have no problem with the longevity.  I tried it again a week later and the color lasted for a good week so I guess it really depends on what you're up to. This is the perfect color for the gym, that's why I threw it in this post. Pacifica nail color sells for $9 on the Pacifica website.

And lastly, (other then the obvious which is mascara!) And I didn't want to add a mascara to this post because I would just suggest using your favorite that you know doesn't clump or rub off because it you're sweating you dont want black running down your face.  This would be a must must MUST for the gym for me.

And lastly to set everything that you've done and since you will be working out HARD, the Loccitane Immortelle Brightening Mist sells for $20 on their site and Sephora and this stuff is freakin awesome.  IF I can't find my Essence, I resort to my Mac Fix Plus.  Otherwise this is the perfect setting spray that not only sets you r makeup and lotions, it brightens your face and has a scent that wakes you up and makes you feel extremely fresh, ready to jump up and start your day! available at Loccitane and Sephora.

Now you are set! Remember to freshen up, wear a cute gym outfit, cute shoes and plenty of water to keep you hydrated..  Happy Exercising!!!!
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