Dial Lotion 7-Day Countdown to Noticeable Valentine’s Day Skin: Part 1


Like clockwork, it’s this time of year when the skin on my arms and legs is usually at its worst. Since I know I’m going to wear a lot of pants and sweaters during our short bursts of California winter, I often forget to even wear lotion, until I look down one day and see how dry my skin really is.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I want to get my skin in tip-top shape so I can wear a dress without showing off parched skin—and I’m taking a 7-day challenge with the new Dial 7-Day Moisturizing Lotions to see if they’ll deliver on their promises. This feature focuses on my initial first impressions with the lotions, and I’ll follow up next week with an update on final product performance.

Dial 7-Day Moisturizing Lotion is the first lotion of its kind to moisturize and keep skin soft for up to 7 days* (after an initial two weeks of use). Available in several varieties, I tried out two of them; the new Extra Dry Skin with Shea Butter formula, and Skin Therapy with Himalayan Pink Minerals. What amazes me most about both of them so far, is how fast they absorb, leaving non-greasy,  weightless moisture on my skin that’s clean to the touch. The exclusive formula found in Dial 7-Day Moisturizing Lotion is infused with 7 bionutrients that address the specific needs of your skin, leaving you feeling soft and clean.

The first one I tried is the 7-Day Moisturizing Skin Therapy Lotion. This variety contains Himalayan Pink Minerals, which are known to contain 84 key minerals that nurture stressed skin. I liked this formula the best so far, mainly due to its fresh fruity-floral fragrance.

The second I tried is the 7-Day Moisturizing Extra-Dry Lotion with Shea Butter. This contains essential fatty acids and natural anti-oxidant compounds to provide extreme moisturizing capabilities. This formula has a soft, powdery fragrance that’s nice and subtle.

I’ll check in next week to update if my skin is ready for that dress on Valentine’s Day, thanks to using Dial’s new 7-Day Moisturizing Lotion. In the meantime, stay up-to-date with the latest from the brand by liking them on Facebook at facebook.com/dial!

* after 2 weeks of use

Price & Availability…

February 2013—drugstores & mass retailers, 12-ounce bottle is about $4.99; 21-ounce pump bottle is about $6.99

Disclosure…

I have been compensated by Dial for my time and participation in the challenge, however all opinions remain solely my own.

Fab Find: Bioelements Lutein Indoor Protective Day Creme


Occasionally, I’ll come across a beauty product that’s unlike anything I’ve ever tried, which is kind of hard to do in beauty nowadays with so many choices! But this intelligent product from Bioelements deserves a little special attention. While we’re all doing everything we can to protect ourselves from harmful UVA and UVB rays by wearing sunscreen, there’s another ray that penetrates even deeper than cell-damaging UVA rays—the dreaded blue ray!

Blue rays can be responsible for causing free-radical damage that leads to skin dehydration and premature aging—but get this! It comes from sources that we don’t even think about. Chances are, you’re sitting in an office or room in your home right now, and your skin is being bombarded by blue rays. Indoor lighting and computer monitors are the guilty culprits of this kind of damage, and Bioelements’ Lutein Indoor Protective Day Creme is the answer.

Voted “Best New Beauty Innovation” by New Beauty, Lutein Indoor Protective Day Creme protects the skin against premature aging by blocking indoor environmental assaults and adding moisture. Lutein is a powerful antioxidant (derived from marigold petals in this case, which lends the creme its yellow color) that has been proven to filter out blue light—which is something the typical sunscreen can’t do! By using this as your daily moisturizer under your SPF product of choice, you’re able to take your skincare a step further. [Read more…]

bareMinerals Instant Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Review, Photos


If you wear eye makeup, there is just no way around having a great eye makeup remover. And if you wear waterproof mascara? It’s not even an option! I hardly wear waterproof mascara, but I find that waterproof eye makeup removers work best for me, above all else. I need that oily-slip, it just feels more comfortable, with less tugging, and more complete. I recently learned that bareMinerals has released their own version, the Instant Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, and I was happy to put it to the test!

Instant Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover is a dual-action formula that contains naturally-derived emollients, and a unique mineral complex to help bind moisture to the skin. What I found really interesting, is that this also contains a fruit-infused water blend of cucumber, kiwi, and apple. It’s formulated without parabens, synthetic fragrances, and artificial oils. [Read more…]

Amarté Natural Finish BB Cream Review, Swatches, Photos


Finally, a real BB Cream!

I’ve been testing a lot of BB creams lately, but they’ve been more like tinted moisturizers with sunscreen. There’s nothing wrong with that—but when you’re looking for a BB cream, you really expect just that—a BB cream. Well, good news. I found one! Amarté was created in Korea and based in part on centuries old philosophies. Developed at a Bio Regional Innovation Center using leading science, the formula was discovered by American dermatologist, Dr. Kraffert, and introduced to the West.

amarte natural finish BB Cream

Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream in Light Tint

Which leads me to introduce you to my new obsession, the Amarté Natural Finish BB Cream. The line is just getting its big break here in the U.S., so I expect to see more from them in the future; I also hear their skincare is phenomenal because it’s based on eastern philosophies, with American technologies to back it.  [Read more…]

Fab Find: McEvoy Ranch 80 Acres Lavender Olive Oil Body Balm


Inspired by the Tuscan Countryside…

In Northern California, there’s this amazing 550 acre ranch where beautiful olive oil is made. Olive oil from Northern California? Sounds odd, doesn’t it? But it’s true. At McEvoy Ranch in Petaluma, California, founder Nan McEvoy brought in experts and imported 1,000 seedlings from Tuscany, and boom! Fantastic, artisanally created olive oil from Marin County was born.

It was hard work, I’m sure—but so worth the reward, because they’re now producing six varieties of rich, certified organic olive oil. Some of which, goes into their 80 Acres line of bath and bodycare products. I’m enjoying trying the products out, but one immediately stuck out like a sore thumb as a Fab Find; meet the 80 Acres Lavender Olive Oil Body Balm

80 Acres Lavender Olive Oil Body Balm

This gorgeous, hand-crafted balm is 97% organically-sourced, and is comprised of an olive oil base that is 81% of the entire formula. This makes the dense balm immediately break down as body heat warms it, melding into a soothing blend of oils that nurture and intensively hydrate the skin. This blend of olive oil, jojoba oil, beeswax, and Vitamin E is rich in antioxidants, and is handcrafted from only the purest ingredients. The aromatic notes of lavender really sing in this product, in which I was surprised to learn is also harvested on the hillsides of McEvoy Ranch. They’re really utilizing every resource up there, and it sounds so beautiful—I’d love to visit!  [Read more…]

Review: MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator


mac mineralize volcanic ash exfoliator

I’ve long heard the tales of the MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, but I had no idea what I was missing because I could never seem to catch it in its limited release spurts. I no longer have to worry about such things, because it’s finally permanent in the MAC core line—and I’m SO glad!

MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator

What it is…

MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is a unique mineralized foaming, sugar-based scrub that contains the oil-absorbing properties of volcanic ash. The ash particles are ultra fine, so the grit in this exfoliator is actually coming from the sugar. The exfoliator is suitable for both face and body, and has a muddy appearance with a thick texture. There is quite a bit of fragrance in the product; I want to say it’s floral, but it almost seems fresh and masculine at the same time. You’ve probably got to smell it to see why I’m conflicted in the fragrance description. [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay NAKED Skin Beauty Balm


The latest in Urban Decay’s NAKED family is already causing quite a stir—and it won’t even be available until tomorrow. Ready to meet the new NAKED Skin Beauty Balm? I thought so! Let’s go…

Urban Decay NAKED Skin Beauty Balm

Branching out in the NAKED complexion department (and there’s more, just wait!), the NAKED Skin Beauty Balm is a BB cream in theory, but with a unique Urban Decay twist. While most BB creams hailing from Asia focus on coverage and correction, most U.S.-based BB’s have been considered more like tinted moisturizers.

Urban Decay’s NAKED Skin Beauty Balm is a complexion perfector in an optical illusion sense; with light-diffusing spheres that minimize the look of fine lines and pores, while smoothing the skin down to a velvety finish. NAKED Skin Beauty Balm also focuses on skincare properties—with anti-aging ingredients that promise to hydrate, firm, and smooth skin over time. Pair all of that with an oil-free formula and an SPF 20, and that’s Urban Decay’s version of a BB cream.  [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…]

Holiday Gift Inspiration 2012: Stocking Stuffers


See the products that beauty junkies will want in their stockings this year…

jane. Holiday Lip Gloss Collection in Berry

This set contains a sheer gloss, a shimmery gloss and a rich, high-pigment gloss in berry tones that are perfect for the season! The moisture-rich formula soothes lips with Vitamin E, and looks great when layered or worn solo. –$9.99; janecosmetics.com, drugstore.com

Bath & Body Works Forever Red Eau de Toilette Rollerball Perfume

Grab the affordable rollerball version of this fine fragrance that features fiery pomegranate, velvety marshmallow, and warm vanilla rum notes to keep those cold winter nights warm, and smelling delicious! –$12.50; Bath & Body Works  [Read more…]