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…]

Win It: A $530 LIFTLAB Skincare Regimen GIVEAWAY!


It’s that time again…

You know what I love? Giving you personal access to some of the best beauty products in the business (and sometimes, they’re a little pricey, I admit)! But today is one of those days, so you know I’m a happy camper. How about the chance to win a skincare regimen valued at $530 by the anti-aging skincare regeneration experts at LIFTLAB? Sound good?

This will be a GREAT way to de-stress and detox your skin after a little too much holiday revelry!

The giveaway…

A complete five-product range from LIFTLAB at a value of $530, this set is the ultimate in skin repair and rejuvenation. Featuring the patented Cell Protection Proteins® (CPP™), a protein first discovered as the secret to survival in Artic plants and marine life, this breakthrough collection of anti-aging skin care formulations combines the most innovative science and technology with unique, nature-derived active ingredients to deliver unprecedented protection and regeneration benefits for healthier, younger-looking skin. Gotta love it!

Details & How to enter…  [Read more…]

Okay, so my skin isn’t so young anymore—and neither am I.


Growing up, I spent summers and spring breaks camping with my favorite crazy uncle. We spent days on the lake without a drop of sunscreen, and I had more than my share of blistering sunburns. Mind you, I’m of Irish descent, and my skin could have been considered translucent when growing up. Miraculously, my skin recovered when I was younger—and of course I go to my derm now for every little spot I see, and for yearly checkups. Back then, I just didn’t know any better. But my, how times have changed.

I’m approaching 37 years old, and my skin isn’t as resilient anymore. But I’d like to think I take good care of it, and I wish I had started younger. I made some mistakes—and if any of this sounds familiar—these are some of the things I stand for when it comes to my skincare regimen! Even if you don’t wear makeup, I promise these will be helpful!

The Do’s…

  • Wear sunscreen EVERY DAY. It doesn’t matter if you’re not going outside. Those damaging rays come through windows! Don’t like sunscreen? Opt for a brush-on SPF powder (for at least your face) and reapply when you touch up your nose in the ladies room! [Read more…]

Ready. Set. Glow! With Le Métier de Beauté’s CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set


It doesn’t take much to lure me to a beauty counter; full of gorgeous, colorful baubles like these on the Le Métier de Beauté counter at my local Neiman Marcus. But I’ve heard everyone in the blogosphere RAVING about this new peel/mask combo, so you know I had to go check it out! It’s called the CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set, and with a price tag of $265 (it’s sold as a set), I could see why someone would be scared away. I haven’t had much of a formal introduction to the brand myself (with so many, I can’t keep track!), but I’m not a LMdB virgin here anymore. Let me your beauty guide into the Le Métier de Beauté (and swanky peel) unknown…it’s fun! So let’s go!

Before we get to the fancy peel/mask duo, I wanted to introduce you to their small line of skincare—so basic, and SO effective. There wasn’t a thing I tried on my skin that I didn’t wish I could buy. From the Peau Vierge Daily Renew Cleanser, to their Daily Refresh Tonic, I was already in love. And that was just the start of my Le Métier experience. In their Peau Vierge skincare range, you’ll also find anti-aging moisturizers, serums, and an eyelash growth serum—but I couldn’t help but ask for a few samples of the Replenishing Daily Solution with SPF 30. It’s a daytime moisturizer that makes my skin glow without looking greasy. And now…on to the show!  [Read more…]

Win It! Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum Giveaway (4 Winners)


With cult favorites like Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream, and iconic fragrances like Red Door, it’s no secret that celebs and Arden fans alike flock to their favorite products, putting them on their holiday wish lists! Just last week, Allison Williams from HBO’s smash hit Girls stopped by the Elizabeth Arden Recharge Room to stock up on her favorites for the holidays.

Now, you have a chance to win one of Allison’s favorites! The Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum. This serum uses their retinyl complex to gently retexturize skin while preparing skin to receive the benefits of your unique skin type regimen—revealing healthy, glowing skin!

Details & How to enter…  [Read more…]