Beauty from India via SkinYoga

press sample International Beauty via Cosmoprof… Today we have Beauty from India that our editor/founder/chief beauty junkie Stef discovered at Cosmoprof last year, SkinYoga. So, settle into your asana and read on… SkinYoga was founded by three sisters who grew up with a chemical-free lifestyle that was deeply rooted in nature, with a strong belief in the importance of mental, physical and emotional balance. Sisters Radhika, Jagriti and Deepika personally seek out the best sources for their all-natural ingredients, which are inspired by ancient skincare wisdom throughout the world. And of course, they never test on animals (SO important to this animal lover!) I got to check out two products from the

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

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Palette swatches, looks and review

press sample affiliate link ROCK goes GLAM this season… ROCK OUT with the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette, featuring 20 amped up exclusive shades of metallic eyeshadow with a completely new eyeshadow formula to deliver maximum metallic madness. It’s a seriously jaw dropping palette–every detail of this palette was designed to release your inner glam-rock goddess. And if you act QUICK, it’s on sale at

Ren Perfect Canvas; a Primer, a Serum and Much, Much More

press sample affiliate link Ren Perfect Canvas review I love a perfect face. I haven’t got one, but one can dream. I may have a Botticelli body, but not that creamy Venus skin. My oily skin, big pores and rosacea bumps really make the look of perfection difficult. But I just tried Ren Perfect Canvas (30 ml $55), and I realized that my neglected, angry skin could look a whole lot closer to piece of art than I had ever hoped. I am an artist myself. Ish. I never really took it anywhere. There were

The Latest Must Have Lip Product from Sara Happ

press sample affiliate link Sara Happ Plump & Prime Lip Airbrush Treatment Review Sara Happ’s lip care products get some seriously rave reviews from the we heart this team. Our editor-in-chief Stef has spoke of her love with the delicious array of The Lip Scrub multiple times. And

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Concealer and Powder

press sample affiliate link Kiss your acne and oily skin woes goodbye with IT Cosmetics As a 30-something year old who ADORES IT Cosmetics, and who still frequently struggles with acne and oily skin, I was stoked to see that IT Cosmetics was coming out with products specifically for my skin issues! I’ve always had great experiences with IT Cosmetics products in the past (especially their unbelievably soft cruelty-free makeup brushes, CC creams and concealer). The new IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Powder and Bye

Say Goodbye to Skincare Blues with Schique Intuitive Restoration Mask

And say hello to a fun blue mask! It’s fall, when my face routine needs a boost and I prepare for the inevitable cold and dry weather that always takes a toll on my skin. Just in time, I’ve been introduced to new face mask and an amazing brand, Schique skincare. Schique is a natural, anti-aging line developed by a doctor, Dr. Jacqueline Schaffer, who was inspired after her mom was diagnosed with skin cancer to create a line sans harsh ingredients. Through her research she found that the daisy family (specifically the Dandelion) has natural protective and healing properties which she then incorporated into the

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

Cold Weather is Coming, Make Sure Your Skin is Ready

sponsored post Thank you Aquaphor® for sponsoring this post. Fall is here, and everything is changing. The leaves are shifting colors, the temperature is dropping, and if you’re anything like me, your skin is transforming too, though the result is nowhere near as pretty as an autumn landscape! Because colder weather, for most of us, means dry, rough skin. But, there’s a new product that’s going to help with that: Aquaphor® Ointment Body Spray. And all of the reasons why you’re going to love it are right in the name: A brand with 90+ years of skin healing expertise in a formula that intensely moisturizes. I recently put it to the

Black Phoenix Trading Post: Dog Days of Summer Hair Gloss

press sample BPAL’s sister company does good…VERY good I like dogs more than most people (except for you, you’re awesome). So when I heard that my beloved Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, BPAL for those in the know, created a line of Hair Gloss in ode to all the dogs they loved before, I was in. But when I heard that proceeds benefited the Pasadena Humane Society I KNEW it was my mission to share my love with all of you. And that’s what

Current Favorite Skincare Lines: Kiehl’s and Ren

affiliate link That and more in The Lipstick League, week of 10.2.17 Question of the Week: What’s your favorite CLASSIC skincare line and your favorite NEW skincare line? Answer: Ok, being both a skincare junkie and a beauty blogger, this answer is very fluid. But, here goes… Favorite Skincare Lines CLASSIC: How could it be anything but Kiehl’s, who have been making

Five Fall Beauty Must Haves

This post has been sponsored by Crest. All opinions are my own. sponsored post When fall comes around each year, there are a few things that come to my mind without fail: • I need a new pair of boots. • I want a pumpkin spice latte, I don’t care if that makes me basic. • Time for a beauty revamp! Today we’re going to talk about the beauty revamp portion of that list

The New YBF Brightening Concentrate is a Skincare MVP

press sample Who doesn’t love brighter, more evenly toned skin? Who doesn’t love softer, smoother, more moisturized skin? Who doesn’t love skin that looks like it’s lit from within? Answer: No one doesn’t love these things, that’s who! One of the better brands for effective actives is the indie skincare line YBF (Your Best Face) and one of their game-changing products is their Concentrates line. We reviewed a few of these concentrates WAY back in 2013 and we loved them. But they’ve recently added a new beautifier to the mix: Brightening Concentrate

Learn to swim at Watergate Bay Hotel

Description: Richard Hammond reviews a dedicated swim clinic at the Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall. Richard Hammond reviews a dedicated swim clinic at the Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall. Not just for potential Olympians, these weekend courses are designed to help any level of swimmer improve their technique. Here’s what the course did for him…Swimlab’s Salim Ahmed runs the swimming classes at Watergate Bay. Photo: Richard Hammond/GreentravellerCornwall’s Watergate Bay Hotel, just east of Newquay, has been a somewhat shape-shifting beacon of coastal hospitality for generations. Built in Victorian times as

Cool Camping Gear for Autumn

Cool Camping Gear for Autumn originally appeared on Green Global Travel. When you live in the Southeastern United States, as we do, summer camping isn’t always pleasant. Especially when temperatures soar into the upper 90s (as they do for much of June, July, and August), and humidity is high (which is most of the time). But Autumn? It’s

Banish Boring Lipstick…Choose MAC

press sample affiliate link Why be normal? You just be you, boo. normal: adjective. conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected. noun. the usual, average, or typical state or condition. Yeah, this is one of those posts that starts with a definition, bear with me… There’s a serious disconnect between what “normal” means and the connotations of the word. Normal

Review of The Old Coach House, Cornwall

Description: Jini Reddy stays in The Old Coach House, a Victorian house on the southeast coast of Cornwall. The perfect retreat for the soul with the only company of nature and the sea view. >> For contact details and more information, see our full listing of The Old Coach House The Old Coach House is a Victorian stone coach house converted into off-grid accommodation on a 70-acre farm within half a mile of seashore. It’s cosy for two or four people but it can sleep up

Review of The Coach House, Cornwall

Description: Jini Reddy stays in The Old Coach House, a Victorian house on the Southeast coast of Cornwall. The perfect retreat for the soul with the only company of nature and the sea view. >> For contact details and more information, see our full listing of The Coach House The Old Coach House is a Victorian stone coach house converted into off-grid accommodation on a 70-acre farm with half a mile of seashore. It’s cosy for two or four people but it can sleep up to eight adults.Garden of The Coach House. Photo: Jini ReddyLabyrinth by

Because Red Teeth are Never Cute, There’s Wine Wipes…

press sample affiliate link Have Your Wine, And Drink It Too (Without the Stains, Without the Straw) Wine is my beverage of choice. White is my color of choice…for my teeth. Unfortunately, if you drink red wine, you’ll likely never have white teeth again. Oh, the shame of meeting new friends in your toothy purple grin! It doesn’t have to be so, though. Borracha created Wine Wipes just so you aren’t

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Paris Dream Palette review and looks

press sample affiliate link Manna Kadar Cosmetics is a brand that our editor Stef discovered on her recent trip to Cosmoprof NA (the largest beauty convention in North America.) Though new to me, the brand has been around since 2012, and her products have been included in Birchbox and Ipsy–so this prestige brand is definitely on the rise! And, since I’m a huge animal lover, I really appreciate that Manna Kadar Beauty products are not tested on animals, and the ingredients are obtained from cruelty-free sources. So I was excited to test out Manna Kadar Cosmetics Paris Dream Palette ($59; BUT see deal below!) which is definitely dreamy. Inspired by Paris (the creator&#

Clarins Sunkissed Summer 2017 collection swatches and review

press sample affiliate link Sometimes a collection absolutely nails a season. You look at it and there is no mistaking when it was released. Such is the case with the Clarins Summer 2017 collection. The tropical packaging, bronzy hues, that summery orange…it’s a launch that couldn’t be anything but summer. And let’s talk about the packaging for a second. It’s beyond gorgeous. An

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

Last Thing Used on My Face: A Glowy Trio by Pixi Beauty

press sample affiliate link That and more in The Lipstick League, week of 8.7.17 Question of the Week: Stop! What is the LAST THING you used on your face? Answer: The last items I used were before I went to bed last night; this fabulous Glow trio from Pixi Beauty. I have to admit, 6 months ago I thought of Pixi as a makeup company. But I’ve been recently introduced to their skincare and I flippin’ love it! Especially this line. All three Glow products feature glycolic acid in different strengths to provide gentle, non-gritty exfoliation. Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser ($18) is creamy and soothing, adding hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and avocado oil to moisturize. Pixi Glow