What is The Mitty? And Why Will You Love It?

press sample Anyone who knows me can tell you that there is little I hate more than cluttering up the environment with a bunch of junk. Yes, disposable items are convenient and easy to use, but laziness is no excuse for turning the world into one big, ugly landfill. I don’t even use a whole cotton ball most of the time. Instead, I tear one ball up into a lot of little pieces. Which is

Get the Golden Door Experience at Home with Golden Door Skincare

press sample Golden Face Oil review, and more… I don’t know about you, but the holiday stress hasn’t quite melted away for me yet. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a spa day? And since we’re dreaming big, how about a spa day at the world’s #1 Destination Spa according to prestigious Travel & Leisure Magazine: the Golden Door Spa! The famed “Golden Door Experience,” a luxurious pampering of mind, body and spirit, is just what I need to soothe away my every care. Does someone have a spare $9,000 for me to book a week stay? No? Well

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Swatches and Review

press sample affiliate link I went to the mall on Black Friday, intending to do some Christmas shopping for friends and family. Crazy, right? Just being there was a sensory overload, but things got even more intense at the MAC counter. I was mesmerized by the array of lip color on display. That’s where MAC blew my holiday shopping budget in record time with an updated release of their beyond-brilliant MAC Liptensity Lipsticks ($21) in nine new and three bring-back shades! I fell in love with Liptensity’s creamy, color-packed formula the first time around, and didn’t think I could love it

Sweet Like Sugar: Zoella Beauty

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Saffron…Great for Paella AND Your Hair!

[/symple_highlight] affiliate link In the summer, when a heavy cloud of humidity settles over the east coast, and I don’t even bother trying to blow dry my hair into any semblance of sleekness. In the cold months, when the air is drier, my hair is too. Which also isn’t very good on the “sleek” front! So I must admit, I secretly rolled my eyes at the promises made by the beautiful bottle of Saffron Secret Saffron Hair Oil, Style & Shine (2.0oz $62.95). The box assured me that

Skincare Miracles DO happen…

press sample affiliate link When it comes to skincare, I hope for miracles but don’t expect them. That way, when I encounter empty promises, I’m not too disappointed and when a brand really comes through, I’m surprised and delighted. I am beyond delighted with The Better Skin Co., a relatively new entry in the world of carefully crafted skincare. The charming little company was launched in 2015 by aesthetician Natalya Rachkova, who emigrated from The Republic

REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask review

press sample affiliate link If patience is a virtue, then I’m the least virtuous person you know. Trust me, I never did have much of an attention span, but this quality has only gotten worse as I’ve grown older and busier. I don’t have time to wait for slow-but-steady. I want results now. Thank you, REN Skincare, for taking care of my most

Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer and Phyto Replenish Oil

press sample affiliate link The more I learn about Dermalogica’s products, the more I admire this brand’s ability to solve issues in simple, effective ways. That being said, I’ll admit that when I looked at the no-nonsense packaging of the two Dermalogica products I tested, I was initially unenthused. They look clinical, and, frankly, not very exciting. It took about two seconds for me to do a total 180 after I opened the products and started applying them. That’s Dermalogica in a nutshell… it’s a brand that sneaks up on you

There’s a reason an Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream sells every 9 seconds…

press sample affiliate link Because it’s good, very, very good… I have a confession. Despite my best intentions, I sometimes find it hard to love natural brands as much as I feel I should. For all their good vibes and healthy ingredients, sometimes green products feel a little Stone Age when compared to the technological advances of science-based brands. If only we could combine nature and science, I’ve wished repeatedly… That is, before I learned about British skincare brand Elemis and their fabulous “defined by nature, led by science” products. The company has been in business for 25 years, but because Elemis is new to me, I headed to their website to look around. I was wowed

Sara Happ One Luxe Gloss swatches and review

press sample affiliate link Lip guru Sara Happ seems to be one of those people who understands that making the world better in tiny ways can add up to a happier world in general. Not that I consider beautiful lips to be a tiny thing. On the contrary, as a certified gloss addict, I’m a believer in the happiness-inspiring effect of a really great lip product. Sara Happ agrees. In the Meet Sara section of her website, there is a list of things she loves, including this

Hey Mister, Pixi has something new for you…

press sample affiliate link Years ago, I had an artist friend who lived in a giant, decrepit warehouse in downtown Baltimore. There was no air conditioning, so during the brutal summer months, this guy would sit in front of a big industrial fan with a spray bottle full of water, and squirt the water towards the fan. I thought this was a little crazy but also a little clever, because there was no denying that the mist felt so good! The way Pixi by Petra approaches mist is much less cumbersome and whole lot more fun! Pixi Skintreats offers a range of mists that target specific needs. I got to test

Milani Stay Put Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil swatches and review

press sample affiliate link I’m a movie buff, which makes things easy for my loved ones when my birthday rolls around on the first day of spring. This year, I got a Netflix renewal, a movie theater gift card, and a Redbox gift card, too. You know what that means… time for a movie marathon! The past few weeks have been a binge of film after film, all the blockbusters

Jojoba Company Tuberose & Clementine Body Soufflé review

press sample All of a sudden, it’s spring, and you know what that means: I’m starting to pack away my heavy winter clothes, and simultaneously unpack my worries about the amount of skin I will soon be forced to display in warm weather fashion. Winter is always tough on my complexion, and I definitely

NINE new formulas from Herbal Essences bio:renew

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Best in Natural Beauty Products: Violets are Blue Skincare

press sample It always amazes me when a person is able to take something terrible and create beauty from it. In the case of Violets Are Blue skincare, founder Cynthia Besteman did this literally. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2011, Besteman took her own experience and used it as a springboard for the creation of her natural, organic, truly soothing skincare line. During treatment, Besteman started paying attention to the products she used and the way they were labeled. After she realized that “organic� or “natural� did not mean free of parabens, sulfates or other potentially cancer-causing chemicals, Besteman began crafting her own products. Organic goodness, Violets Are Blue Facial Scrub Violets Are Blue was officially launched

Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum and Mask review

press sample affiliate link The Chinese Year of the Rooster just began, but as far as I’m concerned, 2017 is the Year of the Dragon. I’ve been using Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood skincare for the past few weeks, and I know there is no rooster power that would make my skin look as good as Dragon’s Blood has. Because Nip + Fab was a new line for me, I did a little digging around. I was pleased to learn that this reasonably-priced skin care and body care

e.l.f. Illuminating Palette and Clay Eyeshadow Palette: Two AFFORDABLE must haves!

press sample affiliate link Recently, I spent a couple of hours browsing around a super-high end department store, and naturally I ended up in the Cosmetics department. What really grabbed my attention were all the beautiful palettes. I’d never seen so many enticing palettes in one place, and they all had something in common—crazy prices! I mean, $86 for a simple cheek quad. $175 for an eye collection. Has the world gone mad? I should not have wasted so much time drooling over pricey palettes, feeling a little sorry for

IT Cosmetics Holiday Collection 2016

press sample affiliate link For once, I’m happy I dawdled when it came time to buy holiday gifts. Just as I turned the calendar page and saw December—the moment when I’d usually have a full-on shopping panic attack —I discovered the IT Cosmetics Holiday collection 2016, and array of festively packaged products and all was right with the world! There are so many items in a range of prices that

we heart Bluemercury (and M-61 Hydraboost Body Butter!)

press sample affiliate link If you’ve never shopped at Bluemercury, please take a minute to do a Google image search. Go ahead, I’ll wait. I want you to have a mental picture of the breathtaking visual overload that will greet you when you walk in the door. Add to that an array of scrumptious scents and a friendly, chill atmosphere, and you’ll still only

The real star of the no makeup selfie: Nuxe Nuxellence Eclat

press sample affiliate link I’ve never been a no-makeup kind of girl. Even on the days when I work from home, I tend to wear at least a little makeup when I run to the store at lunch. A dab of CC cream and brow gel is what separates us from the apes, right? At least, that’s what I thought before

The Urban Decay Holiday 2016 collection brings new members to the Naked family

press sample affiliate link After so many years of Urban Decay causing a beauty frenzy with each new Naked palette release, you wouldn’t think they had many surprises left for us. I mean, how many ways can you reinvent Naked? Apparently, a lot! The Urban Decay Holiday 2016 collection brings us a treasure trove of brand new Naked options. Get ready to spend a bundle, Naked fans. There’s something for everyone here! If you love matte eye shadows as much as I do, check out the shadow palette of your dreams: Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette ($54). Look at that gorgeous gold embossed lid. It’s as heavy and solid as it appears, and the

Tea: great to drink, GREAT for your hair. Just ask Pai-Shau…

press sample affiliate link Which one of these does not belong: Kate Hudson, Kendell Jenner, Cara Delevingne and me? If you said me, you are wrong! It was a trick question. Just like movie stars and models, I have now experienced the weightless wonder of Pai-Shau, a luxury haircare line that promises to give anyone healthy, shiny, magazine-cover-worthy hair. Pai-Shau (a name derived from the Brazilian word for passion) was created by Zohar Paz, former CEO of another

IT Cosmetics Superhero Palette swatches and review

press sample affiliate link Summertime means superheroes, and many people flock to the theater to see the latest super-hyped movie. I, on the other hand, can’t be crowbarred out the door if it means I’ll have to sit through yet another display of superhuman strength, X-Ray vision or Spidey-sense. Yawn. On the other hand, the brand new IT Cosmetics Superhero Palette ($42) is a creation so full of beauty power, I would jump in the car and speed