Quick Picks Under $5: Suddenly Smooth Intensive Hand / Foot Treatment


Suddenly Smooth Intensive Hand Foot Treatment

What’s a girl to do mid-month when she’s already blown through her monthly beauty budget? I head over to Sally Beauty to treat myself to something really small. I was bored out of my skull and was tired of cleaning and doing laundry for the weekend—so I figured I deserved a tiny treat. Somehow, I always find myself there.

For $2.99 each (with my Sally card—regular price $3.29), I picked up these fantastic little hand and foot treatments from Suddenly Smooth. Each pack contains either one pair of gloves, or one pair of booties. They’re infused with moisturizing shea butter, marine collagen, Vitamin E, argan oil, ginseng, soy extract (and more!), and they make my hands and feet feel like buttah! Granted, the booties aren’t the most secure fitting in the world, but it gives you incentive to just rest for a few. You’re not going to want to walk around in them anyway.  [Read more...]

What’s New: Strivectin LABS Extreme Cream


StriVectin LABS Extreme Cream

This season is the WORST for dry skin. I know that more than half the country is under ice right now, but I’ve got to say—even my skin is parched—and I’m lucky enough to be enjoying the great temperatures we’re experiencing in Southern California. (I swear, I’m not bragging!) My arms, legs, and hands are just screaming for hydration, it’s pitiful. My face and neck however, they’re pretty satisfied because I’ve been using the new Extreme Cream for about two weeks, that just launched from StriVectin LABS. [Read more...]

What’s New: Essence of Beauty Limited Edition Holiday Body/Hand Cream


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Easily one of my favorite things I’ve come across this holiday season, CVS/pharmacy’s house label, Essence of Beauty has released three delicious limited edition scents from their fine fragrances collection that I just love! They’re available in hand/body creams that are perfect for stuffing into stockings, pockets, or handbags for yummy, soft hands and skin 24/7!

Sugar Frosted Mint – Sparkling scent features top notes of iced peppermint
and spearmint, mid notes of warm milk, jasmine and a touch of spice, and
base notes of creamy coconut, vanilla bean and warm milk.
Vanilla Wishes – Comforting fragrance features top notes of red plum, spun
sugar and pomegranate, mid notes of vanilla bean and sweet toffee, and
base notes of sultry amber and coconut milk.
Snowy Apple – Enchanting scent features top notes of apple, orange
and pineapple, mid notes of apple, florals and pear, and base notes of
osmanthus, peach and sweet vanilla. [Read more...]

What’s New: Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter


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Sometimes, you come across that one product that is so luxurious that you almost don’t believe it. Well, this is it! Perlier’s new Imperial Honey Body Butter is a container full of WOW. This HSN exclusive contains royal jelly and the honey from black bees for the most decadent honey treat.

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The texture is out of this world. If you like a dense, rich body butter, this fits the bill. And the scent? It’s just incredible—it truly smells like sweet, warm honey with just a touch of Oriental woods. Imperial Body Butter is loaded with shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado oil, and jojoba for the most thirsty of skin. [Read more...]

Hand Perfection Rejuvenating Night Cream Review


hand perfectionHey guys! Dilara is back periodically, she just had a beautiful baby girl! Let’s all wish her a congrats, as she enjoys mommy-hood, it really suits her well. –Amber

We spend so much time slathering lotions and creams on our face and neck, we tend to forget the place where age shows the most—our hands. Hand Perfection Anti-Aging Skincare Rejuvenating Night Cream promises to restore and repair your hands to make them look younger and supple.

I’m always eager to try a new hand cream because my hands always seem to be dry. In the harsh Ohio winters, it seems like my fingertips are like Velcro, they are so damaged! I was ready to put this product to the test. [Read more...]

What’s New: Kooba for AHAVA Limited Edition Set


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Give me a Kooba bag, and I’m a happy girl. Give me a Kooba bag filled with AHAVA products, and watch my face light up like a Christmas tree! AHAVA is known for their incredible line of body and skincare products loaded with rich Dead Sea nutrients and minerals that skin just loves.

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AHAVA Deadsea Water Mineral Body Exfoliator, Mineral Body Lotion, Mineral Hand Cream

Made with unique, scientific Dead Sea extract blends, the nutrients derived from their process translates into deeply moisturizing products that are naturally rich in magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium to restore suppleness, moisture, and comfort to the skin. See why I love AHAVA so much? Check out this packed clutch further—  [Read more...]

Is This $875 Facial Moisturizer The Dream Cream?


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Is this The Dream Cream?

Confession: I’ve had this baby for several months, but I struggled with how to present it to you. I feared I might be thrown over a cliff when I suggested an $875 facial moisturizer for you, or even tossed into a pit of flames. Okay, maybe not. But I didn’t know how would react. While I’m not suggesting you run out and charge up your Visa for the 3LAB Super Cream, I am telling you to keep it on your radar—because the technology behind this cream is a total game changer. I don’t think anyone else on the consumer market has the ability, ingredients, or the technology to keep up right now.

Get this—just one of the ingredients in Super Cream costs $900,000 per kilo. Yes, you read that right, that was not a typo! [Read more...]

Beauty Quickies: Body Drench Exotic Oils Body Lotions


Beauty Quickies is a series where I showcase a great product that I haven’t had the opportunity to write a comprehensive review for. These products pass my standards, and I hope you enjoy getting these beauty product stats at-a-glance!

body drench tahitian monoi oil indian neroli body lotion

Self-tanning season is upon us, and I’ve been in search of great body lotions to keep skin hydrated to extend the life of your faux glow! While shopping at Sally Beauty Supply last month, I stumbled across the Exotic Oils Body Lotions from Body Drench, and I had to give them a shot. (Their Original Moisturizing Lotion is also awesome for extending the life of a self-tan!)

The Exotic Oils are available in three varieties; Tahitian Monoi Oil, Indian Neroli Oil, and Moroccan Argan Oil. I’ve tried two of them, and they’re fantastic.

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Tahitian Monoi Oil

As a fan of delicious fragrances, these hit all the right notes for me. The Tahitian Monoi Oil is a tropical treat, with rich coconut and Tahitian gardenia notes. The Indian Neroli Oil is scented primarily like neroli (a beautiful bitter orange note). I haven’t had a chance to try the Moroccan Argan Oil, but it’s next on my list.

While these smell great, they also pack some great hydrating ingredients; cocoa butter, Vitamin E, jojoba oil, and coconut oil just to name a few. Not quite as rich as a body butter, the lotion texture still feels rich, yet penetrates and absorbs quickly—so it doesn’t leave behind that uncomfortable grimy, sticky feeling that a lot of lotions can. Go ahead and skip the perfume while wearing these, their authentic fragrance notes stand on their own. Weighing in at a whopping 16.9 ounces, the Exotic Oils body lotions from Body Drench are a superb value.

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Indian Neroli Oil

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Body Drench Exotic Oils Body Lotions

Price & Availability…

About $8 each—Sally Beauty Supply, sallybeauty.com

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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…

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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...]