The Many Shades of Grey: Beauty


the many shades of grey

Admittedly, I’m not a Fifty Shades of Grey book or movie kind of girl. I got about 100 pages into the book and was bored out of my skull, but if you love it or you’re going to see the film this weekend—I promise, absolutely no judgement! There are over 100 million other people who absolutely loved it. I just wasn’t one of them! However, I am a HUGE fan of so many other shades of grey…beauty products, that is. These are just a few hues that are incredibly gorgeous and flattering for anyone. Find your favorite shade(s) of grey with these amazing beauty picks!

clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals Grey eyeshadow palette

Clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette in Wear Everywhere Greys 

It really doesn’t get any easier than this wardrobe of wearable, everyday (and night) eyeshadows from Clinique. An excellent collection of pigmented matte and pearl shades, in an effortlessly blendable formula. $36, sephora.com  [Read more…]

L’Occitane Shea Butter Comforting Skincare Collection Review, Photos


loccitane shea butter skincare collection

Please join me in welcoming back Dilara! She’ll be here periodically reviewing her favorite products. She’s a mom of two from the Midwest, and she’s very, very cool! You’ll enjoy getting to know her. — Amber

It seems like every year I talk about how cold and dry the Ohio climate is and how much my skin is suffering. I hope you haven’t grown tired of those posts because guess what? It’s cold, dry and my skin is suffering yet again. When Amber handed me the new L’Occitane Shea Butter Comforting Skincare Collection, the timing couldn’t have been better.

I feel like I’ve seen shea butter products popping up recently as natural way to moisturize and protect your skin. Shea butter is a natural substance that contains plenty of Vitamin E and acts as an anti-inflammatory, which makes it perfect for multiple skin types. My skin is dry-to-normal pretty much year round. In the winter, it gets especially parched. Cold weather, hot furnaces and wicked winds beat me down to a dry, cracked, flaking mess. Shea butter has been called “the superfood for your face” and well, it’s time to put it to the test.

loccitane shea butter cleansing oil

Shea Butter Cleansing Oil

Sounds a little risky, slathering your skin with oil isn’t exactly the top beauty approach on most peoples’ list. But for me, I had nothing to lose. First of all, it is luxurious. The Shea Butter Cleansing Oil has a deep, silky texture that removed all of my makeup. I preferred to rub it all over my face first, and then I added a little water to create a milk on my skin. After massaging that all over my face, my eye makeup was completely removed, as was my foundation, powder and mostly everything else. I normally wear a very long-wearing lipstick which is difficult to remove. This product removed it effortlessly. It rinses off clean with no residue, and left my skin feeling supple and smooth.  [Read more…]

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…

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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…]

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


essence of beauty hand body cream sugar frosted mint vanilla wishes snowy apple

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…]