Perfectly Pretty in Pink Valentine’s Day Gifts


perfectly pretty in pink valentines day gifts

I like to ditch the candy and flowers for Valentine’s Day—they’re pretty overpriced for the holiday! Don’t fall into that trap (unless you really want to), go for these gorgeous pink gifts instead. They’ll be around long after your chocolates and flowers are gone…

clarisonic sonic radiance

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution Kit

I often have people ask me if I think a Clarisonic is worth the splurge, and my emphatic reply is always—YES! If I get a little lax on using mine, I can definitely tell a difference in the way my skin looks and behaves. Last summer, the Sonic Radiance set was introduced as an easy way to cleanse your skin to its brightest complexion yet. Since you’re cleansing your skin (or at least you should be) both morning and night anyway, take advantage of that time with a special dedicated cleanser for the morning, and a dedicated cleanser for evening use. When combined with use of the included Brightening Activator Serum, you’ll remove skin impurities, encourage faster cell-turnover, and brighten skin discoloration in just minutes a day. (The new Radiance brush head is super luxe and plush, too!) $249 ($314 value), sephora.com  [Read more…]

The Best Summer Acne Busters


summer acne busters

For some reason, this is the time of year that I struggle the most with those pesky pimples. Even though I feel like I’ve reached an age where they should be a non-issue, summer always seems to bring out the worst in my skin, and I know I’m not alone. I can’t tell you how many frantic texts and email messages I’ve received from my good girlfriends recently, basically screaming, “HELP!”

Blame it on the heat, the climate you live in, excessive perspiration, perhaps even the sunscreen that doesn’t 100% get washed off (even when we think it has been). It can be hormones (Oh, don’t we just LOVE those?), and also—the carefree days of summer. We’re camping, we’re vacationing, we’re swimming. Maybe we’re just not being as diligent about our skincare routines as we normally are during other times of the year. And then—once all the acne is cleared, sometimes we head into fall with reminders of the acne we had in the form of discoloration—which makes it even more frustrating. Acne—the gift that keeps on giving!

I hope you find it comforting to know, that a few friends and I have suffered just the way you may be right now, and we’ve put products to the test! Here’s what we discovered to help minimize our summer acne frustrations.

best acne facial cleansers

Cleansers are the first line of defense to get the gunk off that initially clogs our pores. We MUST wash our faces, twice a day! Try incorporating one of these facial cleansers into your skincare regimen:  [Read more…]

What’s New: Herbal Essences Body Wash Collection


51836_G_36_MaiTai

Herbal Essences finally did us a favor when they combined the juicy scents from their existing line of shampoos and conditioners, to a new, rich-lathering body wash collection. Available in three impossibly delicious fragrances, these made me want to take three showers in one day (I didn’t, but the urge was strong), and I’m sitting here sniffing them right now at my desk like I haven’t sniffed them 100 times already. In the words of my friend Jess from Love For Lacquer, “Basically, your nose is going to explode. They are divine.” She wasn’t kidding.

Once you take your own whiff(s), if the fragrances smell familiar—that’s because they are! Each scent corresponds to an existing shampoo in the Herbal Essences collection so you can smell delicious from head-to-toe:

  • Hello Hydration (coconut, orchid, and vanilla) — scented like Hello Hydration shampoo
  • Happy Go Lather (rose, and passion fruit nectar) — scented like Color Me Happy shampoo
  • Body Burst (tropical fruits, and passion-flower) — scented like Body Envy shampoo

Even better, Herbal Essences body washes are available in three sizes, and the prices aren’t too hard on the purse strings. They’re available at drugstore.com, and mass retailers nationwide for $3.99-$5.99. Now excuse me, it’s time for my shower.

Shop this post…

The Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash Challenge


olay challenge

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been testing the two leading moisturizing body washes on the market, to see how one stacks up to the other—Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash with Shea Butter, versus Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash. You would think they would be almost the same, but I found out that they weren’t!

For 7 days, I used the Dove. I waited a few days, and exfoliated really well. Then, I used the Olay for 7 days. Now it’s time to share the results!

For those unfamiliar with these two products, here’s the skinny:

  • Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash is a conditioning body wash with a unique blend of hydrating ingredients. It promises 2x the lather of the leading body wash, and has over one jar of Olay moisturizers in a single bottle.
  • Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash promises to nourish the skin deep down, while rinsing clean. It also boasts a rich lather while cleansing, without stripping the skin.  [Read more…]

H2O+ Supports World Oceans Day 2013


h2o plus world oceans day Living in Southern California, I’m always saddened when I see the news reports about our local beaches being closed because of poor water quality, several days out of the year. A simple rain storm can trigger a beach closing, due to the urban run off that makes its way to our precious waters. Some of the most popular, beautiful beaches here receive F ratings due to a high level of bacterial pollution. Sadly, this isn’t just happening here, it’s happening all over the world.

Saturday, June 8th is World Oceans Day, bringing awareness to conservation efforts worldwide. If the world’s oceans are generating most of the oxygen we breathe, regulates our climate, and helps feed us—we have to take better care of it! Join H2O Plus this year to support the active restoration and preservation efforts. 10% of the sales of their limited edition Restore Our Water Planet Shower Gel will benefit EarthEcho International, founded by the famous Cousteau family, whose mission is to restore and protect our water planet.

With antioxidant-rich watercress extract, Icelandic moss, moisturizing Vitamin E and aloe vera, this refreshing body wash imparts a clean oceanside fragrance on the skin. $10, h2oplus.com

Get Noticed: Color Inspires Me!


color inspiration

Color inspires me and makes me notice other people…

For this Dial Get Noticed challenge, I wanted to share what inspires me as a beauty blogger, and in my own personal beauty routine. The same thing that inspires me as a beauty blogger, is also what I notice first about other people—and that’s due to my love of COLOR! I’ve long read that color affects your brain and emotions in many ways.

Without getting too complicated, the most fascinating thing to me, is that color can actually send pulses to the pituitary and pineal glands, thus affecting our thoughts, actions, and bodies*. I guess that explains why I have such an emotional reaction to color, and automatically gravitate to super bright colors, along with all pinks and purples. It’s almost like I FEEL the color! I also feel compelled to compliment a total stranger on their bold nail polish, lipstick, or eyeshadow shades. They probably think I’m nuts, but color just physically makes me happy!

So when I’m asked what inspires me, the answer here is simple—it’s color. And I love it!

What inspires you?

*source: thinkquest.org

It’s no surprise I gravitated to the new Dial Skin Therapy Replenishing Body Wash with 84 Minerals & Elements. It’s pink, (surprise!), and it also contains Himalayan Pink Salt with Water Lily. I just started using it yesterday, and I liked it. It smells great, and…it’s pink! What’s not to love?

dial skin therapy body wash pink salt

Dial Skin Therapy Replenishing Body Wash with Himalayan Pink Salt

America’s trusted brand for 65 years, Dial® continues to deliver clean, healthy skin for you and your family.
Dial® Healthier Skin. Healthier You.®

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Dial® via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Dial®.

Perlier 8-Piece Shower & Body Cream Travel Kit Review


Perlier on HSN 8 piece mini travel set

I’m big on watching HSN, that’s no surprise. So it’s probably not a surprise that I buy a lot from the shopping channels—especially beauty products! But unlike the mascaras and eyeshadows I buy, the one thing I’m always hesitant on are the bodycare products. Unless you have smell-a-vision, you’ve probably thought the same thing. Buying cosmetics is easy—shower gel and moisturizer—not so much!

For years I’ve spied Perlier on HSN, and I’ve always been curious. The products look and sound decadent, but I just couldn’t commit. (Blame it on that lack of smell-a-vision!) But I’m here to share my first Perlier experience with you, so you can decide if this is a bodycare brand you want to venture into as well! I tried out a sample pack of their basics—the 8-Piece Shower & Body Cream Travel Kit found exclusively on HSN. Let’s take a closer look…

perlier white almond

Perlier White Almond Absolute Comfort Moisturizing Shower Cream & Almond Body Cream — note the sizes

This 8-piece set arrives in a TSA-friendly clear plastic travel bag, so it’s perfect for stashing all of your travel toiletries in, along with your favorite Perlier duo. You’ll always have your shower cream and body moisturizer packed with you!

Here’s what you’ll receive:

  • 1 oz. Honey Body Balm Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. Honey Shower Cream Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. Olivarium Bath & Shower Cream Mini
  • 1 fl. oz. Olivarium Body Cream Mini
  • 1 fl. oz. Shea Butter with Citrus Extract Body Balm Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. Shea Butter with Citrus Extract Cream Shower Mini
  • 1 fl. oz. White Almond Body Cream Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. White Almond Shower Cream Mini
  • Clear Zip Top Bag [Read more…]

6 Drugstore Greats to Check Out Now!


Don’t miss these drugstore greats!

We all tend to wander the aisles of the drugstore, aimlessly looking for that one product to stick in our baskets to make us feel a little better about ourselves. I know I’m guilty of stopping into mine several times a week, just to find a little treat! On your next drugstore visit, check these products out. They may not be lip gloss or nail polish, but they’ll make you feel just as pretty!

Olay Age Defying Sensitive Skin Day Lotion with SPF 15

Pantene Overnight Miracle Repair Serum 

[Read more…]

Holiday Gift Inspiration 2012: Last Minute Gifts


The countdown is on!

It’s okay! We’ve all done it before. Waiting until the last minute—well, especially when it’s too late to order something online with on-time delivery, happens to the best of us. Don’t fret. Here are a few ideas that will get you by until next year, when you promise to be more prepared!

The products…

Christmas Candy Box from LUSH

If I could gift every friend I have one of these, I would! With a star-shaped bar of Rock Star soap, Snow Fairy Shower Gel, Candy Mountain Bubble Bar, Bubblegum Lip Scrub, and a Butterball Bath Bomb—this is the ultimate gift for the sweet-lover in your life. Did I mention? It’s pre-wrapped in the most fantastic and fun pink box! – $39.95 LUSH Boutiques

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Collection

Nourish and pamper the driest of skin with an ultimate collection of these cult-classic skincare favorites! Includes: Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Moisturizer (8.4 oz), Creme de Corps Travel Size (2.5 oz), Creme de corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish (6.8 oz), Lip Balm #1 (0.5 oz), Ultra Facial Cream (0.25 oz), Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate (0.17 oz) – $64 Kiehl’s counters nationwide and boutiques

PRIVÉ Just Beautiful Hair Trio

As the salon known for luxurious, incredible hair, you can bring the PRIVÉ products home to help achieve it! The PRIVÉ Just Beautiful Hair Trio contains the Daily Shampoo, Daily Conditioner, and a Thermal Protection Detangling Spray, This $61 value is just $38 for the holidays. priveproducts.com for salon locations  [Read more…]