Check Out Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15, & a Chance to Score a Free Sample!


New from Simple…

For about two weeks, I’ve been using the latest moisturizer from Simple, the Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15, and I’m happy to report that I’ve been quite satisfied with it. Simple landed here in the states last year, with an outlook that’s a little different than most drugstore products. All Simple products are free of dyes, artificial perfumes, and harsh irritants. They’re hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and pH balanced. Music to many of your ears, I’m sure!

Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15

I wouldn’t consider myself someone with sensitive skin, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t appreciated this great hydrator! I love that it’s oil-free, and that it absorbs super quickly. A lot of products with sunscreen tend to feel heavy or greasy on my skin, and I don’t have that problem at all with the Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15. It really lives up to its name! For being so light, it still feels creamy—which is something I was worried about—because it doesn’t feel like it’s lacking anything at all. Plus, it doesn’t interfere with my makeup, so my skin is pretty satisfied. [Read more…]

Le Métier De Beauté Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo Review, Photos


Yesterday was my 37th birthday, and I know that they say a true lady never tells. But I’m actually okay with it! A little scary getting closer to 40, but all-in-all, I’m comfortable. I’m noticing however, that things are shifting on my face a little bit. Not too badly, but I’m getting more lines and crepe-yness under my eyes. (UGH!) Sometimes it requires a little extra effort to diminish them or conceal, and it’s getting tougher to do as time goes on.

After a late night and a few birthday libations, I awoke this morning to some under eye puffiness, a little darkness, skin dehydration, and my fine lines were kickin’! I figured it was the perfect opportunity to put the new Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo from Le Métier De Beauté to the test. Ready to see what it is and how it works?

The Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo is a set of seaweed-based under eye masks that deliver immediate hydration, reduce puffiness, deliver brightness, soften fine lines, and firm the delicate skin under your eyes. Get this—they work in just 15 minutes! They’re packaged in convenient, on-the-go, one-time use sachets. So they’re ideal for travel (when flying just sucks all the moisture from your skin), or just for rough mornings where you need to look your best and most well-rested. [Read more…]

Currently Loving: Shea Terra Organics Premium Dark Chocolate Sugar-Stone Exfoliating Cream


Ever try something from a brand, then feel bewildered because you wish you would have been using their products all along? That’s how I felt with my first experience with Shea Terra Organics. Their Premium Dark Chocolate Sugar-Stone Exfoliating Cream is the bomb dot com. And yes, I just said that. I’m serious.

Shea Terra Organics Premium Dark Chocolate Sugar-Stone Exfoliating Cream

You know those sugar and salt scrubs that leave you slip-sliding all over the tub? Unlike most body scrubs, this exfoliant is in a very dense shea butter/cream base. Inside the creamy shea base (which smells like brownie batter, by the way), there’s dark chocolate, organic sugar, and volcanic stone. This creamy blend of moisturizers and exfoliants leaves the skin super soft, and very smooth—without any oily residue. [Read more…]

Dial Lotion 7-Day Countdown to Noticeable Valentine’s Day Skin: Part 2


The easy keys to looking & feeling gorgeous on Valentine’s Day!

You might remember, that last week I decided to take part in the Dial 7-Day Moisturizing Lotion Challenge to see if it could really help get my dry skin on my arms and legs into shape to wear a dress by Valentine’s Day. Here we are, a week later!

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 amazed me about both of them, was how fast they absorbed, 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.

* after 2 weeks of use

On day 7, I’m happy to say—it was a success! My favorite variety was the 7-Day Moisturizing Skin Therapy Lotion with Pink Himalayan Minerals (84 key minerals to nurture the skin); but I also liked the 7-Day Moisturizing Extra-Dry Lotion since it’s so rich in shea butter. I don’t think you can go wrong with either of them. The driest areas of my arms and legs are in much better shape, looking more hydrated, and feeling softer.

In addition to having the softest skin from Dial 7-Day Moisturizing Lotion, here are some great ideas to make you look and feel great for Valentine’s Day…whether you have a date or not!

  • Prep your lips for a gorgeous pink or red lip color by exfoliating first! Take a few drops of extra virgin olive oil and mix with a pinch of granulated sugar to make an instant lip scrub. Your lips are now flake-free, ready for a sassy date-night lipcolor, and feel as smooth as your skin!
  • Treat yourself to a manicure and/or pedicure. This quick and often inexpensive pick-me-up is a girl’s best friend. While you’re at it, pick a vibrant red or punchy pink nail polish!
  • Avoid high-priced florists for the Valentine’s holiday. Get creative by buying a few inexpensive stems at a grocery store or farmers market, then create your own pretty bouquet to gift to yourself or a friend!
  • Wear that one perfume you save only for special occasions. We all have that one fragrance that we want to wear, but say we’re saving it for a special occasion. This is it, so wear it and smell gorgeous!

I hope you have a beautiful Valentine’s Day! Stay up-to-date with the latest from Dial by liking them on Facebook at facebook.com/dial!

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.

Currently Obsessed: Meaningful Beauty Cindy Crawford Advanced Formula Lifting Eye Crème


I have to be completely honest.

I’m typically not too crazy about skincare products that I see on infomercials. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I’ve rarely had much luck with the products and gadgets I’ve purchased from those seen-on-TV deals, so I try to steer clear of them. But here’s where I’m wrong—Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty skincare line.

About a year ago, I was talking to a makeup artist and on-air beauty expert that I totally respect, and she told me she swears by the Meaningful Beauty Lifting Eye Crème. At the time, I filed it away in the back of my mind, making a mental note to try it someday. Back in December of 2012, it finally came to fruition, and I promise you…I have been obsessed with this eye cream ever since!

In my case, the Lifting Eye Crème has worked to smooth out a few of my fine lines, and it eliminates puffiness on those mornings when I wake up looking pretty haggard. I’m not so sure I need much lifting at this stage in my skincare game, but I can say that I feel this eye cream gently firming my under eye area after application. I’ve been using it morning and night since late December, and I have to admit—I think it makes a difference! Even better, it absorbs completely and quickly, without making my concealer migrate. [Read more…]

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…]