Roses; From the Vase to Your Face

press sample affiliate link Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist and Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Lotion Review I’ve always thought of Australia’s Jurlique as the pioneer of natural skincare, but I had no idea that the company has been around for over 30 years! Unlike many brands who hawk “natural” products that are anything but, Jurlique is the real deal. Their powerful

Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer and Illusion Skin Tint Review

press sample affiliate link Hourglass Cosmetics’ Veil and Illusion does a magic act on skin I’ve never used anything by Hourglass Cosmetics that I didn’t love unconditionally. So, I squealed with happiness when I saw not one but TWO of their products in my mailbox to review for we heart this. Hourglass always gets it right, down to the tiniest details. Even the cardboard of their outer packaging has a warm glow. The actual product packaging is always well-designed and modern, the kind of cosmetics I’m proud to leave out on my vanity…and the products inside

Skincare Elixir from the Gods: Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic

press sample affiliate link Winter is always tough on my skin. But this year has been ridiculous! Between extra-cold temps and a weekly dose of Retin-A (which is almost more than my face can tolerate right now), my face has never been this parched and flaky. I actually felt embarrassed about how unsightly my skin had become. So when I saw that I was testing Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic ($29.00 250ml), I was a little concerned. I’ve heard people rave about Glow Tonic ever since it hit the shelves

Pixi Sprinkles its Fairy Dust, and We Like It

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We’re Head over Heels for this Drugstore Moisturizer…

sponsored post Cococare 100% Natural Argan Oil I’m having an all-consuming summer romance. I didn’t see it coming, but now that we’ve been introduced, I’m head over heels. Actually, I’m using it from my head TO my heels… My crush is Cococare 100% Natural Argan Oil ($5.75 2 fl. oz.), aka “Liquid Gold.” After many years as a we heart this beauty blogger, I know that some products look luxurious

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation: swatches of all 12 shades

press sample affiliate link What’s your shade? IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation swatches If IT Cosmetics had a cheerleading squad, I could be team captain. I get bubbly with happiness when I hear about a new release, and love pretty much everything the brand does. Even though I already own a bounty of IT’s face products, I’m giving a big “YAY team!” to its brand new Bye Bye Foundation release, which expands the color range to 12 versatile shades. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation ($39.50, 1fl oz.) is what it calls a

Pixi Weylie Hoang Dimensional Eye Creator Kit swatches and review

press sample affiliate link On the heels of last year’s “Pixi Pretties” YouTube beauty influencer collaborations, Pixi has teamed up with three more influencers for a brand new launch of pretty palettes. I got to check out the Pixi Weylie Hoang Dimensional Eye Creator Kit ($20) created in conjunction with YouTube

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

press sample affiliate link I have a terrible sweet tooth. I usually keep it in check, but sometimes my desire for something sugary is too much to resist. “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips” only goes so far. I’m not made of steel! Zoella Beauty understands the irresistible appeal of sweets. Their new Jelly & Gelato launch offers a whole menu of enticing treats for the body that I’m happy to say satisfied my sugar cravings without a

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