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...]

Beauty Quickies: Sole Goddess Blister Protection Foot Balm


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When I wear cute shoes, two things happen: my feet hurt and I get blisters. (Sound familiar?) I’ve tried just about every insert I can find to help stop the friction that makes the ball of my foot hurt, and the blisters that inevitably form on my heels—no dice! The good news is, I did find a balm that helps out in that department, and it’s called Sole Goddess Blister Protection Foot Balm.

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Sole Goddess

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Have a Spooky Good Time with these Lush Bathtime Treats


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I know I keep bobbing back and forth between upcoming holidays, but there are still just a few last minute Halloween treats I want you to see. These spooky bathtime treats are from Lush, and they smell oh-so-magnificent, I had to share them with you!

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Pumkin Bubble Bar

Meet the Pumkin Bubble Bar. Crumble this delish gardenia and orange flower-scented cutie into your running bath water, and enjoy fluffy bubbles and orange-tinted water. A little bit of ylang-ylang scents your skin after bathtime, no follow-up fragrance necessary! Pumkin looks good enough to eat with its black licorice top, candy leaf, and dairy-free chocolate chip eyes—but don’t! Pumkin is sold out on the Lush site, so head into a boutique to pick one up.  [Read more...]

Renee Rouleau Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel Review


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Those with oily or combination skin types, listen up! I found a great facial cleanser for you—it’s Renee Rouleau Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel, and it’s unlike any of the facial cleansers I use. Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel features several refreshing ingredients that make me say “ahhh”, and I’m kinda hooked on it because it’s so minty. (You know how I am with anything that has mint!) You’ll find peppermint, rosemary, and spearmint oils among the many skin-loving ingredients inside.

This soap free cleanser is both sulfate and paraben-free, and it stimulates blood circulation to give your skin a healthy glow. Since it’s sulfate-free, I don’t get that tight, squeaky-clean feeling—but it still does a great job of cutting through the excess oil and daily gunk that makes an appearance. [Read more...]

Beauty Quickies: bliss Total Bliss Give Me Strength Hair+Nail Boosting Bites


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I am probably one of the worst vitamin takers you’ve ever seen. If they’re not gummy vitamins (yes, I take the big girl version), I’m not taking them. If I get a regular vitamin down, my stomach hurts 20 minutes later, and then…you know the rest. So many times, I’ve skipped regular vitamins because of this, so thank GOD for those gummy things.

bliss just came out with a new kind of supplement for vitamin-phobes like me, only they’re specifically for hair & nail health. (Also, perfect for me.) They’re from their new nutri-cosmetics line, and they’re called Total Bliss Give Me Strength Nail+Hair Boosting Bites. They’re quite yummy (pomegranate-blueberry)! So delicious in fact, I haven’t forgotten to take a single one in the two weeks I’ve had them. [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...]

What’s New: Herbal Essences Body Wash Collection


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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.

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ZOYA PixieDust Special Texture Edition Fall 2013 Review, Photos, Swatches


zoya fall pixiedust collection

A year ago, if you told me I’d be wearing something super textured on my nails, I’d shake my head and laugh! Recently, other brands have tried to get us nail buffs to embrace the texture trend, but the one brand I think that really hit it on the head is ZOYA.

Normally, I have a hard time wearing glitters and textured nail colors for very long, because I have the incessant urge to touch them, and it gets a little annoying. With the ZOYA PixieDusts however? I’ll just suck it up, because the effects are GORGEOUS. Let’s check out the Fall 2013 PixieDust Collection

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Carter — cool royal purple matte with metallic sparkle texture

Just in case you’ve never worn PixieDusts before, they’re different in a few ways than traditional nail polish. For one, you don’t wear base coat or top coat. That’s right! No base coat! With the last collection, I wore base coat, and I found the formula actually chipped faster. So I’m going to take ZOYA’s word and skip it from now on. I think the formula is pretty durable. If you wear top coat, you’ll spoil the dimensional matte base with sparkle texture. [Read more...]