November 29, 2017

Give the gift of luxurious skincare with Luminesce

If you are looking for luxurious skincare to gift a special lady in your life, Luminesce has a fabulous line of skincare products to choose from. Two of my favorites form the line are  LUMINESCE™ ULTIMATE LIFTING MASQUE and ESSENTIAL BODY RENEWAL

The LUMINESCE™ ESSENTIAL BODY RENEWAL is a hydrating body lotion that moisturizes your skin from head to toe. The lightweight formula is non-greasy and fortified with legume and fruit extracts, leaving your skin looking and feeling refreshed. With the cold weather, my skin gets dry almost overnight and I like to find a formula that will keep it hydrated, but that isn’t too heavy or will clog pores. The Luminesce Body Renewal lotion is perfect for that with vitamins and minerals to keep your skin soft, healthy, and glowing.

The LUMINESCE™ ULTIMATE LIFTING MASQUE is an extremely nourishing, listing masque that is uniquely formulated with APT-200™. While it does have a higher price point, this masque definitely packs a punch. You apply the thick, clear, gel like formula to your face and neck and let sit for 15-20 min and once dry, slowly peel the layer of masque off in strips, a la American Psycho style. It reminded me of pore cleansing strips, but less abrasive and painful and exfoliates and cleanses your entire face, not just one area. The directions state to apply a thin layer, however I applied it slightly heavier the second time and found it was much easier to remove that way. Old, dead skin cells peel away with the masque leaving behind smooth, more youthful looking skin which I noticed almost immediately. Once I finished washing the formula off, my skin felt tighter and looked brighter. This is definitely a great product to add to your weekly skincare routine to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy.

The LUMINESCE™ ULTIMATE LIFTING MASQUE and ESSENTIAL BODY RENEWAL, both part of the company’s anti-aging skin care line, are dermatologist formulated to restore vitality and radiance to your skin.

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October 23, 2017

Elizabeth Arden Plush Up Lip Gelato is not your grandmother’s lipstick


Elizabeth Arden Plush Up Lip Gelato line is a sheer, moisturizing formula that softens lips while giving them a pop of color. Lipstick is something I generally don’t gravitate towards in my
make-up purchases. It always struck me as something an older woman would wear and I wanted to avoid having a clown-mouth look, when I’ve tried it on, it always seemed like way too much. I have relatively small lips so any tiny lipstick mark outside of my lip line made me look slightly crazy and ready for a Halloween party.

The Plush Up Lip Gelato by Elizabeth Arden is not your grandmothers lipstick though. I was pleasantly surprised when I first tried it on before work, make-up remover wipe in hand ready to wipe off the mess I was about to make, and found that zero touch ups were required after one quick swipe across my top and bottom lip. The gel formula with vitamin A, E & rosemary extract glides on smoothly and conditions your lips which not only makes them appear fuller, but you don’t need to worry about it looking dry and cracked. The color is sheer, so you can easily have a
more subtle look, or build it up for a night out with another coat or two.

The colors are complimentary so you can easily mix shades for a more unique color. I tried Strawberry Sorbet and Pink Lemonade which worked nicely together for a pinky, orange hue. There are over 20 shades available, so definitely worth checking out if you want to step up your lip color game with controllable color that protects and locks in moisture.


Elizabeth Arden

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October 15, 2017

Spin for Perfect Skin


The Spin for Perfect Skin Face and Body Cleansing Brush is a complete, full body cleansing system designed to give you fresh, flawless skin from head to toe. The brush comes with four removable heads: a gentle head brush, exfoliating head brush, pumice stone, and fully body brush. Each of these are super easy to interchange and use on the light-weight handle.

This brush is truly like having your own, portable spa in your shower. I use the gentle head brush daily to help wash off make up, dirt and oil at the end of the day, and I use the exfoliating brush twice a week for an extra buff to get rid of any dead skin or trapped oil in my pores. The full body brush can be used daily and leaves you will a full body, squeaky clean feeling, and helps cleanse those hard to reach areas like arms, legs, and back (add an acne clearing gel to help get rid of pesky backne). The pumice stone can be used on dry heels, knees, and elbows to leave you with smooth, soft skin. Besides doing an A+ job at cleansing skin by getting rid of dirt and oil and sloughing off rough, dead skin cells to leave you with a brighter complexion, your new healthy skin better absorbs serums and moisturizers, which allow them to work better for your skin. I’ve also found this full body system is great to use to buff your skin clean before applying any self tanner, which will definitely be coming back into my skincare routine with winter around the corner.

The Spin for Perfect Skin Face and Body Cleansing Brush can be found at Vanity Planet 

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October 2, 2017

For soft glowing skin try a little Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator from Belli Skincare

I have combination skin and am always looking for a face moisturizer that is light, while still moisturizing and has some extra benefits to help with breakouts or redness. The Belli Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator is a light moisturizer that can be used morning and night, and is rich in botanical humectants that refine and soften skin texture. The Belli brand is formulated to deliver safe, effective products for every stage of life, including pregnancy and nursing. While pregnancy safe products are not a direct concern of mine at this point, Belli’s products are OB/GYN & Dermatologist recommended, allergy tested, paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free, free of artificial dyes or fragrances, and medically researched, which I think anyone can get behind and benefit from, pregnant or not.

Soothing chamomile helps neutralize skin irritants and it provides an antioxidant boost of vitamin C and grapeseed oil which leaves skin with a healthy glow. The Facial Hydrator is non-greasy and absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling soft, with a brighter and more even skin tone. The lotion has a very natural, refreshing citrus scent which I love. The packaging is sleek, easy to use and travel friendly, so you can throw it in your make up or gym bag without worrying about a mess!

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August 23, 2017

You can have shinier and healthier hair with Essential Rinse by Younghee

Using a toner is a part of almost every recommended skincare routine and there are tons of options to choose from, but we rarely hear about toner for haircare. Your scalp is part of your skin and since it is generally covered up by your hair, we forget to give it the TLC we do for the other parts of our skin. As the base and “root” of our hair, the health of our scalp effects the health and look of our hair.

The Essential Rinse by Younghee is a Purifying Scalp & Hair Toner that removes buildup and product residue, leaving your scalp and hair feeling squeaky clean and vibrant. I have long hair and in order to keep any type of style, I need to use style-holding products, hair sprays, volumizers, heat protectants, shine serums, you name it. This summer I have been maximizing my social calendar, meaning lots of trips to the pool and beach, and using dry shampoo in between when I need to hop from one event to the next. The Essential Rinse was a refreshing and easy treatment my scalp and hair needed. After washing with shampoo, I put a few pumps of the rinse directly onto my scalp and some in my hands, massaging it in really well to my scalp and down my hair. I combed it through with my fingers, let it sit for about 3 min, and then washed it out. The product is 100% natural and made with spearmint and peppermint, which felt invigorating and smelled amazing.

My hair felt so smooth and light afterwards and just had an overall clean feeling to it. The next day my roommate even stopped to tell me she loved how I had done my hair (which was exactly how I always do it, just with the Essential Rinse added in). This toner is a great product to use in your weekly hair routine, that will make your hair shinier and healthier, and will also help your everyday products work better too with less scalp buildup.

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August 17, 2017

reveal a healthy, youthful looking skin with Arbonne


The new RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask from Arbonne is a powerful facemask made with botanical exfoliants that reveals healthy, youthful looking skin. This mask is suitable for all skin types and checks off every box for what you would want in a mask: gently removes dead skin cells, visibly improves the appearance of skin tone and texture, and unclogs- and minimizes the look of pores. Pineapple and papaya extracts smooth and soften the skin, algae extract helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and sustainable orange stem cells help improve the appearance of skins radiance, elasticity and firmness.

The mask is very simple to use and easy to remove. The product looks and feels like a face cream. Apply a layer of the mask over your face, avoiding the eye area, and leave on for 5-7 min (I left it on for a few min longer to give it an extra boost). The easier it is to use, the more likely I am to actually use it, so I am a big fan of masks that do not take 30+ min to use or create a big mess in taking it off (i.e. clay masks). My cheeks were a bit flush right after I washed the mask off, which the directions say to expect, and I have very sensitive skin so would recommend using it only once a week to those that do too. The first time I used this mask, I could see results right away. My skin felt smoother, clearer, and had a healthy glow to it.

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July 13, 2017

Body Glide will correct your fashion discomfort issues

I had no idea how much I would use Body Glide- Anti Chafe & Moisturizing bar until I tried it out. I had never used one before, so I didn’t think I’d have much use for it. All the blisters from painful shoes, tight dress straps that rub in the wrong spot, and clingy shorts, were all filed under “style over comfort,” and accepted for it. Body Glide stops these problems before they start. The product is similar in consistency to a solid deodorant stick that goes on completely clear and light, almost dry to the touch after, not greasy or slippery feeling. The protective barrier is moisturizing to the skin and is virtually undetectable once applied (so it does not give the appearance of dried glue residue that some products have).

My first use of Body Glide was with a pair of bronze peep-toe flats that I love (pictured). I have had these shoes for YEARS and worn them many times, always in hopes that they would break-in, but they’d pinch the skin below my big toe nail, eventually creating a very painful blister every time. Using Band-Aids looked junky and they always fell off after an hour or two. Breaking the shoes out again this summer, I quickly swiped the stick across the tops of my toes and popped the shoes on- the difference was night and day! Before, the shoes (which again, are flats) would hurt so much just walking around at work I’d want to take them off by noon. Now, I don’t think twice about wearing them.

This product is about as simple and easy as it gets for a fix to those fashion discomfort issues. Body Glide comes in a variety of sizes so it’s easy to have one at home, and keep a travel size in your bag. While this could work for any problem item year round, I’ve found it especially helpful for the summer with less layers between fabrics and skin, and hot and humid weather.

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June 9, 2017

Karite Shea Butter is natural, sustainably sourced and has philanthropic ties…it’s a winner

Karite Shea Butter Creme Mains hand cream is an awesome new skincare brand created by three sisters from Ghana who worked to develop a hand cream that was as close to the raw, unrefined shea butter they used growing up. The cream is simple yet concentrated, so a little goes a long way, and it’s incredibly soothing for any dry skin or cuticles. Made with a unique blend of palm and organic coconut oil, and shea butter, it is hypo-allergenic, anti-aging, and contains vitamins A and E to help restore skin nourishment and moisture. I love how rich the formula is while also feeling light and non-greasy once it is rubbed in- and it smells amazing.

With organic and sustainably sourced ingredients from Ghana, this product supports the livelihood of rural African women and their communities. Besides just finding a product I like that has good results, finding a product that is natural and sustainably sourced and that has philanthropic ties is a double win.
You can find Karite Shea Butter Creme Mains hand cream
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