Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Currently Loving... Lumene Vitamin C Beauty Drops


Hey beauties!! Just wanted to quickly share the moisturizer I've been using daily for the past few weeks.  The Lumene Vitamin C Drops are a unique serum made up of Arctic Cloudberry Seed Oil that is meant to moisturize, boost radiance and brighten your skin all in a little drop.
If you're also looking for a sunscreen, these little drops moisturize AND protect the skin with SPF 15.  Lately I've been seeing so many moisturizers come in these tiny capsules, which I'm on the fence about.  I have a love/hate relationship with these little things, I've been weighing the pros and cons.  Personally  I like  a regular skin cream in a bottle much better. I find that using the capsule just doesn't give me enough product. After I open the capsule every day I always want to open another one, because one capsule just isn't enough to cover my face and neck. 
But on the up side, after using the capsules for 28 days, (which is what one bottle will cover) I did see my face become brighter and smoother. 
Per the Lumene website,
After 28 days, a consumer test showed*: •Smoother skin 98%* •Fine lines softened 92%* •More Radiant skin 85%* •Wrinkles reduced 74%*  
I can't say the above results were one I experienced, but my face glows a bit more and is a bit more, "Bright" Overall I thought these worked great as a moisturizer and a primer for your makeup.
Lumene Vitamin C Drops are available at your  local drugstore such as Walgreens for around $20.

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Treat Your Hair To Caviar Nexxus Shampoo And Conditioner at CVS

Hey guys! Spring and pretty much Summer is here, and this Summer is all about healthy gorgeous hair.   Bust out the flip flops and self tanner!  Nothing is more perfect for the hot Arizona sun then beautiful long beachy waves.  Many people change their look, their style, their color, (can't wait to reveal mine this weekend!)  I can't stress enough how important HEALTHY hair is to the entire look.  Damaged, colored dry, split ends are not cool anymore. (Were they ever?) I know a time maybe back in the 90's when it was cool to have unhealthy hair. Well those days are long gone.
Another thing all of you HAVE to know, is you don't have to spend huge bucks to get beautiful hair. I've recently discovered my favorite shampoos and conditioner actually come from a drugstore and are less then $20. (That post will be up soon too!)
My favorite look for Spring is the "wavy" look. Curls are kind of boring now and straight hair was never really my thing. I still haven't been able to tease my hair correctly to get those effortless looking waves that so many models and celebs have. Sigh, maybe one day.  But while I'm still trying to get the perfect "Wavy hair look", Nexxus has came out with an amazing line of haircare. Treat yourself to Caviar Nexxus Therappe Shampoo and Humectress Conditioner available at your local CVS.
This fabulous duo comes in a few different "system" sets, which  means they cater to all hair types. My hair is dry and damaged from lots of coloring and heat products.  If you really want to pamper your hair this Summer, it's affordable and right around the corner from you. 10 years ago you could only get such a great duo at a salon. I'm really excited this brand is at CVS; I've actually been using Caviar Hair Care for a few months now and the results are impressive.  The product is 100% Elastin protein and Caviar Complex, helping you  rebalance, restore, and replenish my hair so it is soft, nourished, and manageable.
My hair feels fresh soft and easier to manage.   From 3/29-4/26  you can print out this coupon for $1 off any full sized product from Nexxus Hair Care. CVS also will have Beauty Consultants on stand-by, waiting to help you pick the right hair care products for your specific hair type. 

I've already printed out MY coupon, and I can't wait to visit CVS and stock up!   Click here to find a CVS near you.

Best Drugstore Deals under $15

All of these Bella's Beauty Spot Products are less then $15 at your local CVS, Walgreens and Ulta.
·         Conair Mini Velvet Touch Brush – for easy on-the-go styling!
scunci Hair Ties – from the colorful Braided 3x Stronger to the pastel Comfy Collection and more!
·         scunci Jewel Bobby Pins – get glam, FAST with these gorgeous bobby pins (a perfect accessory to pick up at the drugstore!)
·         Touchback Root Touch-Up and Root Touch-Up Wand – NEVER have to leave home with your roots showing! Who knew these were available right at your CVS, Walgreens or Duane Reade (no matter where you are, there’s always a place you can get this)
·         3-in-1 Sensitive Touch Wipes, Refreshing Foam Cleanser, Waterproof Makeup Remover and Bright Now BB Cream – a COMPLETE set of the AMAZING brightening products

Sunday, April 12, 2015

RIP Dr Brandt

Rest in peace to one of the most inspiring doctors ever in the skin care industry. We truly lost a legend and it breaks me heart to have to type this.  Before this tragedy happened, I was writing a post about Dr Brandt's No More Needles, which is in my own words, "Botox in a bottle". If you don't want to try botox, or maybe you're afraid of needles this is the closest to getting that frozen appearance. And the best part is? If you don't like it it's not an injection so you don't have to ever use it again. But I doubt it.
Dr Brandt released the No More Needles to essentially "mimic" anti wrinkle treatments that smooth out and even fine lines and wrinkles.  When first applied, it does feel like you're "freezing" your wrinkles because of the tightening feeling and peppermint smell. At first I was hoping this wasn't a jinx like those lip plumpers that FEEL as if they are working, but really are doing nothing at all.  The essential purpose of this product is clearly this; "to  smooth out fine lines and wrinkles." It targets on the main wrinkle areas that botox also focuses on.  (Forehead, between the eyebrows and crow's feet)
So does it work?  The verdict is in.  Taken from the Sephora website:
Research results:In a 4-week in-vivo clinical test conducted on 25 volunteers; results after use of product AM and PM for 60 minutes:
After 60 minutes:
- 96% reported skin looked smoother
- 100% reported skin around the eyes has a more lifted appearance

After 4 weeks:
- 100% reported wrinkles on the crow’s feet area looked smoother
- 100% reported lines on forehead look smoother
- 100% reported the appearance of lines and wrinkles has diminished
- 100% reported to like this product
Ok I don't know if these are exactly what I experienced.  BUT I will say out of all the wrinkle creams and eye creams I have used, this MIGHT be the best one. I honestly have ever never seen such fast acting results in such a small bottle. But don't get too excited, it's not  a miracle. I used this twice a day for 2 weeks and slowly but surely I did notice my crow's feet, (which is  my main trouble site) slowly start to smooth out. Honestly, no cream ever will work as well as botox.  No cream will ever work as well as an actual injection with a needle into the face. But as far as skin creams and moisturizers go, this Is the best.  But hold up, not everything is peaches and cream.  The downside is one of the most expensive wrinkle creams  I've seen at Sephora.
Take into consideration the size of the bottle I tried out, (.85 ounces 2.5 grams) If you're up  on your weight, it's probably the smallest bottle I've ever used. One bottle will last about 3 times.  Wow The .85 bottle sells for around $30.  Right now at Sephora a  .5 ounce bottle sells for $89.00 Probably a little less then a month's supply if used daily.  Technically for ME, this would last me about 2 weeks using it daily.
But when compared to the expensive $10 a unit  botox, it might be worth it. So if you're looking for something that will kick the wrinkles fast and don't want to go for the needle I highly recommend Dr Brandt's "Needles No More" This is available at Sephora, and Dr Brandt's website.
And a big RIP To Dr Dennis Brandt. We will never know what other amazing products were to come... he was taken way too soon.
(Wish it was a TAD bit cheaper)
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.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Nature In a Bottle Giveaway!! (Ends 4/19)

The months after Winter are pretty rough on my skin.  After having kids my skin has drastically changed and it feels like it's getting more dry every day. Regular moisturizers just aren't doing the job anymore so I've been in search of something  a little stronger to get the job done.  I'm trying to stay away from Botox and other fillers and stick with more natural ingredients, instead of injecting chemicals in my face.
What I've found while doing some research, is that it's safer and much more effective to use all natural beauty products. So many things we put on our hands and face are full of chemicals, using makeup and skincare that is all natural is a safer way to keep skin healthy and younger looking.
I also found that serums are more more effective in treating skin problems compared to plain old day and night creams.  I wouldn't recommend serums for greasy skin , since serums are already a tad bit oily you wouldn't want to apply more oil, but for dry skin and enlarged pores one of my new favorites is Nature Beautanicals Facial Recovery Blend. 
The Facial Recovery Blend ($29.99) is a 1 fluid ounce bottle that comes with a small dropper and is 100% natural. It soothes large pores and sun damaged skin. As I'm getting older I notice one of my issues is sun spots. Like many others my age I grew up in the age of tanning beds and unfortunately spending way too much time in a tanning bed is now costing me and my skin. 
I hope younger people are reading this and backing away from tanning and getting more into protecting their skin. But for everyone else it's not too late.  The Facial Recovery Blend is a blend of ingredients that together refresh and rejuvenate your sun damaged skin.
Facial Recovery Blend Ingredients: ◾Jojoba Oil ◾Sweet Almond Oil ◾Rose Flower Oil ◾Rose Hip Oil

I can only compare this to another product, Dr Dennis Gross  Retinol Brightening Solution. This is meant to brighten your skin and pretty much does everything that "Nature in a Bottle" does except the price tag is much higher.  Dr Dennis Gross' product retails for about $85 dollar. Big difference!!!

I highly recommend anyone that has sun damaged dry skin to try out Nature In A Bottle's "Recovery Blend".  I think for the price tag you are getting a great deal.  If you are interested but unsure if you want to purchase the entire bottle, visit their website and you can sign up for a free sample size.

Now it's Giveaway Time! One lucky winner will win a bottle of Nature in a Bottle!! ($30 value!!)  All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

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Disclosure: A press sample was sent for consideration from PR for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Make your hair smell Amazzzing with Fekkai Hair Fragrance,default,sc.html
I'm all about good smelling products. I've probably tried every hair fragrance under the sun but I have yet to smell a Fekkai Hair Fragrance ($20)  that not only makes your hair smell fabulous but leaves it shiny with less frizz. Yes it sounds too good to be true but trust me this stuff is legit. 
When I think about Fekkai I think about hair shampoo and conditioner that smells fabulous. I really had never heard of a "hair fragrance" Fekkai has now came out with a perfume for your hair.  And I'm completely in love. I have only tried one scent, the "Mist Rose Fraiche" Now I really don't think this smells like Rose at all. I am not a fan of floral scents, especially Rose. This is more of a light breezy straight out of the shower smell. Think of when someone gets right out of the shower and you can still smell the shower gel on their skin, that is what this smells like.  My only complaint is that it doesn't last long enough. But going to a wedding yesterday, it did increase the shine and it did smell beautiful.  I even sprayed it in my husband's hair and I couldn't stop sniffing it!
I found some other uses for this as well. I loved bringing it to the gym with me and spraying it on me after I was covered in sweat. Or when my husband had a hat on all day and when he took it off I sprayed it all over his head. (Because hat smell is just gross) OR you can even use it for just a light perfume to spray on your clothes. I got really creative with it. I found myself spraying it ALL day over everything because the smell was so light and addicting.
The Fekkai Hair Fragrance comes in the Rose Scent, Mist Crème Vanilla, (which is what I'm dying to try next) a Citron, and St Barth's smell as well. Each bottle is 1.7 ounces, and sells for $20. (Which is a steal in my opinion) Check them all out here.,default,sc.html
I can't wait for the day when you can test fragrances over the internet. Or even makeup. Not sure how it's going to happen, but I see it in like 20 years possibly less. I wish I could spray my computer and let you all smell how fabulous the Rose scent is. I know, I'm a little weird right? All I can suggest is if you're unsure about purchasing it, check it out at your local Ulta store and you won't be let down.  The only con is like I said, the smell just doesn't last long enough.  But still worth the purchase price.
Disclosure: A press sample was sent to me for consideration from PR for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, March 27, 2015

QVC Special Value- IT Cosmetics 5 Piece Set

Ok I know I need to stop gushing about IT Cosmetics, but I'm addicted. I've been running around wearing absolutely no foundation, only my full coverage CC Cream and my skin is looking airbrushed. People have been asking me what I'm wearing, and my why my skin looks glowing.No joke. So of course when I saw that today's special value on QVC was my beloved 5 piece Radiant Skin Set , I had to jump right away off the couch and on to the blog to let you guys know. It's selling for $59.96 today only so get yours quick. I'm currently swearing by this stuff. The brush alone in the set sells for around $40, so you're getting a huge deal.
This looks better then most of my high I'm also breaking out, can you tell? ( I don't think so!!!)
If any of you have tried any of these new products from IT Cosmetics I would love to know what you think. Am I the only one obsessed with this stuff?

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