bliss is Now at Kohl’s, Let Me Show You What Makes Me Bliss-ful! + Bonus Giveaway


bliss at kohls

To celebrate bliss now being sold at Kohl’s, I wanted to share some of my bliss favorites with you, and also share some of the things that make me bliss-ful! Since bliss believes that happiness is the result of total well-being, there’s no time like the present! I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few bliss spa locations over the years, and you might haven’t had that opportunity yet. Let me show you some of my favorite products!

easy bliss facial

I can give myself the most quick and easy, brightening facial with just the products you see above!

  • I start with the Fabulous Makeup Melt gel-to-oil cleanser. It cuts through makeup (even waterproof), and makes sure pore clogging sunscreen is zapped!
  • Next up, I have to fully cleanse, so the Fabulous Foaming Face Wash is a favorite in my house. Even Mr. Beauty Junkies uses it! (Plus, it smells SO good!)
  • For quick skin brightening, the Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask is a MUST. It foams up and tickles a little, but the five minutes it’s on is totally worth it. It releases oxygen molecules and detoxifiers to eliminate skin dullness.
  • Finally, I finish it off with the Triple Oxygen Ex-glow-sion! Vitabead-infused Moisture Cream. It contains another kick of oxygen to the skin for added radiance, while conditioning and protecting the skin with Vitamins E and C. *Don’t miss the giveaway for this below!
  • That’s it! Easy, right? Bright, bliss-ful skin is then mine!

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Meet the $3 Solution for Flaky Lips — elf Lip Exfoliator


elf lip exfoliator

If you have flaky lips, or wear matte lipsticks, this is for you! I know you could easily make your own lip scrub at home, which I’ve done many, many times. But sometimes you need something portable for your purse or travel. My coconut/olive oil and sugar concoctions aren’t exactly purse or travel-friendly, so I opt for this! The elf Lip Exfoliator is a champ at sloughing off all the rough stuff for about $3 at most retailers. Not too shabby, eh?

elf studio lip exfoliator

I was skeptical about this baby to be honest, but I was SO wrong! I’ve been wearing mattes a lot lately, and this preps my lips for a smooth canvas. The ingredients are really simple and effective, too.  [Read more…]

How a Dermatologist Chooses the Right Sunscreen for His Family — Tips You Can Use!


derm

Recently, I read an article about a daycare center in Oklahoma that allowed children to go to a waterpark without wearing any sunscreen. A mother of two of the boys has told the media that her children, ages 5 and 7, are recovering from second degree burns in a local area hospital. How miserable! (And very preventable.) In this day and age, there’s absolutely no reason that should have happened in the first place.

sunscreen

Photo: skincancer.org

I’m sure you’ve had a sunburn a time or two in your life, and thought to yourself — this will never happen again. The good news — it doesn’t have to — if you take the proper precautions. You can still enjoy a day of fun in the sun, you just have to “smart sun”. One of the most important parts of your day is choosing the proper UV protection. When there are so many to choose from on the shelf, mixed with what you’ve heard about sunscreen, it can be a daunting task. We want to help you learn more about the different types of sunscreen and bust some myths, and there’s no better way than by telling you how a dermatologist picks sunscreen for his very own family.

Here, Dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, tells us exactly what to look for in sunscreen to protect yourself and your family. This is important — because skin cancer and sun damage does NOT discriminate by age, sex, or race. Get informed today, so you can choose skin health as a top priority.

Laura Geller Baked Liquid Radiance Foundation Review, Photos, Swatches


Laura Geller Baked Liquid Radiance Foundation

I’ve been testing so many foundations lately — so I wanted to make sure to show you this one since I thought it was a little different than the ordinary. This is the Laura Geller Baked Liquid Radiance Foundation with Color Correcting Pigments. (More on that cool compact with pretty products you see there in a few.) The foundation launched a few months ago, and I’ve worn it several times.

laura geller Baked Liquid Foundation

It comes in a 1 oz. bottle, which has a pump that I think dispenses the perfect amount of product in one-to-two pumps. What makes it most unique however, is the process in which the foundation is made! The scoop is that the pigments are baked on terracotta tiles for 12 hours. After baking, the pigments are jet-milled into a super fine spheres of color correction particles. This process yields pigments that are supposed to stay true all day.

After that, water is infused with vitamins and botanical extracts to help benefit the skin. Here’s what’s inside:

  • Aloe vera moisturizes and soothes
  • White Tea extracts (found in all Laura Geller Baked products) provide antioxidant protection
  • Black Currant Seed Extract & Hibiscus hydrate, condition, nourish, and soothe
  • Vitamin E hydrates and protects
  • Optical light diffusers add a glow to the skin, and blur imperfections

Next, it’s all combined with the enriched water base to create a weightless foundation texture for your skin. Wah-lah!  [Read more…]

The Lipstick League: Week of 7/26/15


ud brows

Question of the Week: When it comes to brows, do you tend to gravitate toward pencils, gels, or powders?

Answer: I use everything! I love all-in-one products like tinted gels, but lately I’ve been using all of the new Urban Decay brow products. I highly recommend the Brow Tamer Flexible Hold Tinted Brow Gel, and the Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil & Brush. Both products are available in several shades, but I love the Neutral Brown, it’s perfect for me!

Prime Beauty took Pürminerals Chateau Cheek Stains for a test drive. They are great for travel and provide a beautiful and natural glow!

Phyrra: Want to get your hands on the hottest new eyeshadows? Phyrra has the Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows to share with you!

we heart this: The butter London Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons are ok, I guess…JUST KIDDING! They’re bloody brilliant.

Beautygeeks: “How do you paint your nails so perfectly” is probably the number one question we get for our ManiGeek. Check out our Paint Your Nails like a ManiGeek video in partnership with Sally Hansen CSM that shows Karen’s no-clean-up painting process!

Beauty Junkies Unite: Amber found the most perfect summer moisturizer for your body that’s not sticky or thick. See what soothes skin and dries in a flash! (And there just may be a giveaway in the post.)

Clumps of Mascara is serious about her skin’s health, especially the skin under the arms. Yep! You read right. If you’re sick of smelling like a goat, this post may save you and your social life.

EauMG: Are you cuckoo for coconuts? Victoria has put together an updated, comprehensive guide to coconut perfumes.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage: Interested in a few good Ciate Velvet Lip swatches? They are right here!

Gouldylox Reviews: This new (H)air Styler will change everything about how you style your hair this summer — and every other day.

Love for Lacquer: Show me your Best In Class Selfie! Jess shares her skincare go to’s at the moment and a chance to win gift cards just by snapping a photo of you! Check it out now!

My Beauty Bunny: If you are hitting the beach or lounging by the pool this summer, we’ve got all the essentials. Head on over and enter to win our Gentle Hair Removal Summer Prize Package Giveaway!

My Newest Addiction: The Too Faced Love Flush Blush line is new and exciting and Laura has reviewed and swatched all 6 shades!

Nouveau Cheap: I put the new L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Last Nail Color to the test, but did it give me pro-results with “up to 14 days” of wear? Come find out!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime Beauty: The Everygirl covers well…everything! From career and finance, to fashion and beauty. Her photography is stunning and her style spot on. She even has a feature for her readers to post their outfit of the day!

The Perfect Summer Moisturizer: Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer


THE PERFECT

In the past 10 days or so, we’ve had the most strange, almost tropical-like weather system here in Southern California. We may be used to high temperatures — but what we’re not used to, is high humidity with warm rain. All of my friends and family are commenting that it “feels like Florida” outside. As much as I love Florida (and California needs the rain), sometimes it can feel pretty uncomfortable and sticky. Applying a thick body moisturizer this summer is almost unfathomable, it takes forever to absorb, and there has to be a better way!

Vaseline Asloe Soothe spray moisturizer

There is. I found the most perfect summer moisturizer — Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer is the solution to all of my summer body hydration woes! It contains micro-droplets of Vaseline jelly, which makes wearing tank tops and shorts more comfortable for me, knowing that I don’t have to use a thick, sticky moisturizer to make my skin look healthy and and smooth.  [Read more…]

I Found It! My Favorite Quick-Change Makeup Brush Cleanser


Make Up For Ever Instant Brush Cleanser

While I was down and out, recovering from my surgery — I had plenty of time to research a new brush cleanser — which I needed (and wanted) desperately. The problem with most instant brush cleansers is that they’re loaded with a ton of alcohol, or contain other chemicals that reek of something like gasoline. Also, so many of them leave your brushes damp, when all you wanted was a quick change. I don’t like trying to go from a darker shade to a lighter shade, only to find my brush is now wet. Blah.

I set out to find the perfect instant/quick change cleanser out there, and behold:

MUFE brush cleanser

I know the Make Up For Ever Instant Brush Cleanser is a little pricey at $22 for 4.9 oz., but it works! So many people love it — but here’s why I do.  [Read more…]

MAC Cosmetics Giambattista Valli Lipstick Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


MAC Giambattista Valli Lip Collection

MAC Giambattista Valli Collection

From MAC:

Couture fashion designer Giambattista Valli brings his effortless elegance and celebration of the female form to a collection of timeless lipsticks. In the coral of Tats, pale pink of Bianca B, pure peach of Margherita, regal red of Charlotte and dark cherry of Eugenie, lips take on an air of sophistication. M·A·C Crystal Glaze Gloss adds a chic touch by transforming any lipstick colour with a unique pearlescent finish.

I have really been looking forward to this release! Not only am I inspired by an unparalleled love for color, I love the philosophy behind Valli’s work. I thought these pieces from his interview with MAC were telling:

WHY LIPS?
I was watching David Letterman’s show with Anna Wintour promoting the very first year of Fashion’s Night Out. Letterman asked, “How can you change the wardrobe of a woman with just $20?” Anna replied, “You go out and pick a brand new lipstick.” I thought that was so brilliant. So my idea was to put together the Valli colours — reds, pinks and fuchsia — hues that fit any kind of personality.

WHEN YOU WERE STYLING THE FLOWERS FOR THE CAMPAIGN VISUAL, YOU MENTIONED YOU WANT TO BE A FLORIST. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU’D LIKE TO DO?
I love the idea that you’re walking through a garden and these flowers get stuck on your dress. They’re not static flowers. Instead of putting a dress on her, it’s a way to dress her. It is more about the emotion than iconic beauty. It’s a gesture about sentiment, about feminine posture.

HAVE FLOWERS ALWAYS BEEN AN INSPIRATION FOR YOU?
Oh yes. Always. I cannot live without nature. It’s much more powerful than human beings. The colour of nature is the most inspiring.

YOU CALL YOUR WOMEN YOUR “VALLI” GIRLS”–
It was a joke! It started when I was in LA, when I had all my friends come in for the beginning of a very special show. I joked about the “Valli Girls” and the “Valley Girls.” We grew up together; Eugenie, Tatiana, Margherita, Bianca, Charlotte, and I…and now they are my Valli Girls.

Now, let’s get to it!

 

MAC Giambattista Valli Bianca B

Bianca B — pale white-pink matte

I have to say, I was most saddened by Bianca B. She made my lips look super dry, even though I exfoliated first. I consider myself pretty apt in the exfoliation and hydration department, but Bianca B. was determined to make my lips say otherwise. This is a fun, editorial color — but it won’t translate in real life for me. Boo.  [Read more…]

The Lipstick League: Week of 7/5/15


white shoulders

Question of the week: What was your first ‘signature scent’? Do you still wear it?

Answer: Oh my goodness! My Grandma bought me one of my first big-girl “perfumes”, and it was White Shoulders bath powder with a powder puff. The stuff smelled terrible at the time, but boy oh boy! I thought I was hot stuff with it. I would apply WAY too much all the time, even when it wasn’t after my bath. I’m sure my family was glad when I finally ran out, it was quite strong!

Hope you enjoy this week’s links from my friends in The Lipstick League!

My Beauty Bunny: In the mood for a bright and colorful summer palette that’s also cruelty free? The oh-so-pretty Pacifica Power of Love Coconut Infused Mineral Eye Shadow Palette is a must see! (And available at Target.)

My Newest Addiction: Need some fabulous new lippies? Laura shares with us a few of her new favorite things from Rouge Bunny Rouge and the Glassy Gloss shades she has are gorgeous.

Nouveau Cheap finally (finally!) tried some ColourPop eyeshadows! Check out her in-depth review of the ColourPop + CoffeeBreakwithDani Metamorphosis Quad here.

Prime Beauty takes the new Too Faced new Born This Way foundation for a spin. Does it live up to the hype?

Phyrra gives you the deets on Strobing, makes recommendations based on skin tone, and shows you how to do it! Hint, you already have the products in your makeup collection.

we heart this: Drugstore body wash has brought their A game with this line’s new additions. Check them out!

Beautygeeks: Summer is (sort of) here, and suddenly we have frizz on the brain (almost literally). If your hair’s more Sideshow Bob than Gisele, you’ll want to try some or all of these products in this extra-strength frizz-fighting regimen.

Beauty Junkies Unite: Amber is back from a lengthy medical leave, and she’d love to have a quick heart-to-heart with you before delving back into glorious beauty product reviews!

EauMG: You’ve heard of the “slow food” movement, but have you’ve heard of the “slow perfume” movement? Victoria reviews a small batch, limited edition perfume that is absolutely satsifying.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage: Are you in love with stippling? Here are 5 brushes you need to improve your skills!

Gouldylox Reviews can’t be the only one dealing with a serious case of the feels this summer, right? Check out some of these colorful ways to cope with stress.

Love for Lacquer: What do you keep in your pool bag? Check out Jess’ essentials now!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)