The Little Black Bottle Full of Magic — CoverFX Custom Cover Drops


CoverFX Custom Cover Drops

I’ve been waiting for a brilliant innovation like this for a long time! Meet the new Custom Cover Drops by CoverFX. I’m in the middle of a torrid love affair with these babies in the little black bottle, and I have to tell you all about it. It’s kinda magic!

little bottle full of magic

What they are…

Custom Cover Drops are a unique way to customize many of your existing complexion and skincare products into a nearly endless combination of skincare benefits and levels of foundation coverage. If you’ve ever wanted to turn your favorite moisturizer into a tinted moisturizer, add more coverage to your beloved foundation, or slightly alter the undertones and shades of your existing complexion coverage products — you are in luck! These unique pure pigments are encapsulated in an extremely lightweight base of skin-smoothing dimethicone and Lecithin for the most seamless appearance. I can accomplish all of these things without altering the texture or performance of the product I’m mixing the drops with.

They’re available in an impressive array of 24 shades, in pink, neutral, and golden undertones. As someone with fair-to-light skin, I picked up shade N20, and it was perfect for many of my moisturizers, hydrating anti-aging oils, and serums. It also works great with moisturizers with sunscreen, but I would probably bump up my shade to N25 if I used a mineral-based sunscreen, since those tend to turn things more pale. CoverFX really is a leader in the industry, they have perfected the levels of coverage almost anyone would need within their extensive range of foundation products for just about anything you can think of. Whether you prefer BB or CC creams, full-coverage cream formulas, or liquids — Custom Cover Drops are the perfect companion product to everything you already have.

coverfx drops

One of my most favorite ways to use them is by adding two drops to my preferred CoverFX primer — the Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment. It’s awesome, because I get all the benefits of the primer; it’s matte, makes my pores look super smooth, and also contains a little salicylic acid to help with breakouts. It’s the perfect complexion perfector, and it’s all about me.  [Read more…]

Neutrogena Silky Smooth Challenge + Bonus Giveaway!


neutrogena body oil

I’ve got to be honest — I’m usually not a body oil person. Despite being a Neutrogena Ambassador, can you believe I hadn’t tried their Body Oil until this challenge? I wanted to see why this has been a cult favorite for years, so I started off with exfoliating my skin by dry brush on a Sunday, and then applied Neutrogena Body Oil after my shower once a day for a week.

desk cal

The reason I usually run from body oils — they typically make my skin feel too sticky, oily, and leave marks on my clothes. With this one, that’s not the case at all! I was so surprised that I wasn’t running for the sink to wash my hands too, since Neutrogena’s light sesame oil formula allows for quick absorption. I even tried getting the oil on a silk scarf a minute or two after I applied it — and it didn’t transfer.

It’s hard for me to explain, but it’s sheer and hydrating at the same time. It’s available in both a fragrance-free and their original formula, and I have to admit — I’ve become a little hooked on the slightly warm, yet fresh scent of the original formula. It doesn’t really linger or interfere with my perfume, but the pleasant light scent has become part of my morning ritual too!  [Read more…]

bliss is Now at Kohl’s, Let Me Show You What Makes Me Bliss-ful! + Bonus Giveaway


bliss at kohls

To celebrate bliss now being sold at Kohl’s, I wanted to share some of my bliss favorites with you, and also share some of the things that make me bliss-ful! Since bliss believes that happiness is the result of total well-being, there’s no time like the present! I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few bliss spa locations over the years, and you might haven’t had that opportunity yet. Let me show you some of my favorite products!

easy bliss facial

I can give myself the most quick and easy, brightening facial with just the products you see above!

  • I start with the Fabulous Makeup Melt gel-to-oil cleanser. It cuts through makeup (even waterproof), and makes sure pore clogging sunscreen is zapped!
  • Next up, I have to fully cleanse, so the Fabulous Foaming Face Wash is a favorite in my house. Even Mr. Beauty Junkies uses it! (Plus, it smells SO good!)
  • For quick skin brightening, the Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask is a MUST. It foams up and tickles a little, but the five minutes it’s on is totally worth it. It releases oxygen molecules and detoxifiers to eliminate skin dullness.
  • Finally, I finish it off with the Triple Oxygen Ex-glow-sion! Vitabead-infused Moisture Cream. It contains another kick of oxygen to the skin for added radiance, while conditioning and protecting the skin with Vitamins E and C. *Don’t miss the giveaway for this below!
  • That’s it! Easy, right? Bright, bliss-ful skin is then mine!

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The Perfect Summer Moisturizer: Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer


THE PERFECT

In the past 10 days or so, we’ve had the most strange, almost tropical-like weather system here in Southern California. We may be used to high temperatures — but what we’re not used to, is high humidity with warm rain. All of my friends and family are commenting that it “feels like Florida” outside. As much as I love Florida (and California needs the rain), sometimes it can feel pretty uncomfortable and sticky. Applying a thick body moisturizer this summer is almost unfathomable, it takes forever to absorb, and there has to be a better way!

Vaseline Asloe Soothe spray moisturizer

There is. I found the most perfect summer moisturizer — Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer is the solution to all of my summer body hydration woes! It contains micro-droplets of Vaseline jelly, which makes wearing tank tops and shorts more comfortable for me, knowing that I don’t have to use a thick, sticky moisturizer to make my skin look healthy and and smooth.  [Read more…]

I Switched to Paula’s Choice Skincare for 3 Weeks. Here’s What Happened.


paulas choice skincare

Like you, I believe that it’s better to invest in great skincare, than to spend a ton of money on cosmetics to cover things up. Over the years though, I’ve learned that you don’t necessarily have to spend a ton of money to have great skin. A few great basics, paired with some active treatment products will do the job, so I turned my skin over to Paula’s Choice for a few weeks and journaled about the changes that took place — here’s what happened!

I’ve known Paula Begoun to be a heralded industry expert for ages, but recently I realized she was the brains behind so many great products some of my friends are raving about. Paula is a cosmetics ingredient expert to the nth degree, and she’s a strong advocate for consumers burned by products in the past (often marketed with outrageous promises of extreme, seemingly overnight results). I’m sure you’ve seen her book, Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. She takes this stuff very seriously, meticulously breaking down products by the efficacy of their ingredients like no one else I’ve ever known. It’s serious business to Paula, so I had to try her products to see what would best treat one of my biggest skincare concerns.

Paulas choice earth sourced perfectly natural hydralight shine free daily mineral complex

A few days before my product test drive began, I had a brief telephone consultation with one of Paula’s skin experts to help find out which products would be best for me. (I highly recommend doing this! There’s no additional fee, and you can even ask product questions on via live chat on the Paula’s Choice website.) Since I wanted to see quick results for this trial, I narrowed it down to just one specific targeted skincare concern. I told her that my pores easily become congested, and I’d like to whip those blackheads into shape — STAT! I also told her that my skin doesn’t love Vitamin C, and tends to become irritated by it. Taking this into consideration, she came back to me with a regimen that was 100% ready to fight that battle!

Let’s start off with the daily basics…

Earth Sourced Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel — I used this both am/pm for gentle cleansing. It’s a gel cleanser, that lathers nicely without stripping my skin. Since I went pretty gentle on the cleanser, I was able to really amp up the active ingredients my treatment products without experiencing irritation. (You’ll see those in the second part below!)  [Read more…]

I Found Salon-Worthy Haircolor, and You Don’t Have to Be a Professional to Buy it!


age beauiful results

It’s been about 10 years since I stopped working behind the chair, but as a colorist at heart — I’m always trying to bring you affordable ways to help maintain your mane. One of those ways can be found in the color aisle at Sally Beauty, within the AGEbeautiful Anti-Aging Haircolor Collection.

age beaker

As we age, inevitably, our hair does too. It can become thin, coarse, wiry, dull, and eventually — grey. It’s the grey part that usually has us running for the hills for a box of haircolor the fastest. But what if I told you I found a salon results-driven brand that can address all five signs of aging hair, in a variety of colors and formulas that suit you?  [Read more…]

Staycation Ideas to De-Stress, and Recharge!


This post is sponsored by Jergens®

staycation time jergens

If you’re like me, sometimes you have to forego what I like to call a “real” vacation for a staycation. For me, a staycation means exploring what’s in my own backyard — whether it’s a scenic picnic spot, new walking trail, or reading a good book on my balcony, I can always find ways to keep myself busy for a few days. I can’t hop on a plane and go wherever I’d really like to be (Hawaii ALWAYS sounds good!), but we can save a lot of money and just chill out at home when we have to. Here’s a little bit of what I’m doing!

jergens instant sun trio

First, I have to prep! I’m extremely lucky to live in Southern California, and the sun shines here more often than not. That means I wear sunscreen consistently, and can stay tan safely, year-round with self-tanner. (You should opt for the sunless method too!) Jergens® recently introduced three products to easily make that happen; their Natural Glow® Color Primer In-Shower Scrub, Natural Glow® Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse, and Natural Glow® Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer. I’ve been able to use all three with great success!

tan before after

Left to right: With/Without

Since I’m so fair, I opted to go with the Light Bronze shade of Jergens® Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse (it’s also available in Dark Bronze). I did one application on two consecutive days to perfect my tone to something that was more believable and natural looking for me. But the product that really sealed the deal was the Natural Glow® Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer. It smells incredible, keeps my skin hydrated with the help of cocoa butter, and maintained my self-tan for the week (with just a touch of self-tanner included) — without letting my self-tanner look patchy as the days went by.

Having a relaxing staycation can be pretty easy in these parts, so I didn’t have to look far. I promise I’m not bragging! I hope you can incorporate some of these ideas into your own staycation adventures.

For my successful staycation…

  • Reading material! What’s a staycation without your favorite magazines and a good book? I even borrowed Gone Girl so that I could finally read it. (I saw the movie first.)
  • Bright nail polishes so I can give myself a mani when I need some quiet time. Painting my nails is seriously my favorite activity when I just want to be calm and content.
  • Fresh veggies for grilling, and fruits for snacks. The pineapple and strawberries at our Farmers Market right now are delicious! Don’t underestimate a morning at your local Farmers Market (and grab yourself some flowers while you’re there).
  • Iced tea — my favorite staycation drink! You can do a tropical cocktail or two, but I wanted something super refreshing. I’ve got a freezer full of ice and several lemons on-hand at all times.
  • Google areas of interest in the area you’re unfamiliar with, and go there! Walking trails? Check. Museums? Check. Walk around and act like a tourist? Check!
  • Have a few friends over for a barbeque.
  • Read poolside (with my realistic faux-tan), fave sunglasses, and a good amount of sunscreen.

staycation activities

Wish you were here! What are your favorite things to do on a staycation?

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Win It! Crest Sensi-Stop Strips w/ $75 CVS Gift Card GIVEAWAY


WIN IT!

I occasionally suffer from sensitive teeth, and this time of year makes them even more sensitive! My bottom teeth will inevitably go crazy as I sip spiced hot apple cider next week, when I bite into our delicious holiday pies, and while enjoying special dinners and chilly desserts. Even with my morning coffee, my teeth can send terrible twinges of pain to let me know just how unhappy the are with me. So to be able to use something over-the-counter that really helps and doesn’t create a mess or require several steps—is a blessing!

I’ve got a GREAT giveaway at the bottom of the post, where you can win all of the items pictured above—so keep reading!

crest sensi stop

With just 10 minutes, and one strip, Crest Sensi-Stop Strips™ can provide up to a month of sensitivity relief. I can barely feel them on my gum line, they don’t hurt, or leave a bad, chemical taste in my mouth. And—I’ve noticed less tooth sensitivity on the bottom row when I reach for my morning cup of hot coffee this week!

Sound good to you? CVS is your best bet for purchasing in your area, because…

When you purchase Crest Sensi-Stop™ strips at CVS ($21.99) from Oct. 10 through Dec. 14 you can earn $4 in CVS ExtraCare bucks!

Giveaway details & how to enter…

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You’re All Set for a Flawless Face with Laura Mercier’s Foundation Wardrobe!


Laura Mercier Flawless Face

I think we all have that little black dress that we feel good in, and maybe you even have a little section of your closet that’s designated for the clothes that make you look and feel your best. (I know I do, even though it’s a very small section!) What I also have, is a foundation “wardrobe”. I have a drawer in my makeup area that is designated to hold just the foundations and primers that make my skin look and feel its best, depending on the occasion. I feel like in that department, Laura Mercier is the foundation expert.

I have a favorite designer that makes jeans and dresses that fit my body the way I like, and Laura Mercier is one of my favorite “designers” that creates complexion and makeup pieces that suit my skin perfectly—depending on my mood, desired look, and occasion. Let’s take a closer look at those complexion faves of mine!

laura mercier tinted moisturizer foundation primers

For me, it all first starts with a foundation primer. I love…

  • Foundation Primer Radiance — This adds the most gorgeous, flattering pearl glow to the skin without going overboard. As I age, I think the key to keeping my skin looking youthful, is to keep it looking radiant. This primer does the trick! It adds a pretty soft-focus glow to my skin, and I prefer to wear it with foundations that give full coverage, so that my skin doesn’t look dry or “flat”. It’s a neat little trick, especially if contouring and highlighting isn’t your thing! ($33)
  • Foundation Primer — Laura Mercier’s original Foundation Primer is an easy, no frills, lightweight gel that you apply prior to any foundation to keep the color of your foundation true, and to promote beautiful, long wear. I love this under her Tinted Moisturizer, because it doesn’t add any weight to my skin—especially because I reach for the Tinted Moisturizer when I’m looking for protection and lighter coverage. It feels and looks invisible, but keeps everything in place. ($33)

In the foundation/coverage department, I choose…

  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer — When it comes to tinted moisturizer, I don’t think there are any better than Laura Mercier! I’ve been wearing it for decades! I prefer the original version—it has the perfect amount of hydration, SPF 20 protection, and color payoff on my skin. It offers light coverage, but is totally buildable. I love the natural, healthy dewy look it gives my skin, and makes my skin look polished in just seconds. My shade in the Tinted Moisturizer is Blush. ($43)

The key to a flawless face is applying foundation and coverage products only where you need them, to get the most natural look. Also, try working with your fingers since they often make the best tools! You don’t need any special applicators or brushes while applying these products.

wearing laura mercier tinted moisturizer

Wearing Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 in Blush, Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara, and Pink Pop Lip Glacé.

  • Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide — This is the newest innovation in the Laura Mercier complexion line, and it’s so beautiful! Naturally matte and oil-free, you’ll want to shake this dual-phase liquid for at least 10 seconds. Then, apply just a few drops on the back of your hand and apply with fingertips, blending from the middle of your face, out. A little of this product goes a LONG way to blur imperfections. It’s very pigmented and it doesn’t take a lot of it to get coverage. I love that nearly any skin type can wear this formula since it’s so forgiving. If I want full coverage, I apply it directly with my fingers. If I want to tone it down a little bit, I’ll moisten a sponge and softly blend it out to sheer it down just a touch. With 24 shades available, I just know you’ll find a match! My shade is Ivory. ($48)

wearing laura mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

Wearing Laura Mercier Foundation Primer/Radiance, Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Ivory, Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara, and Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Créme Coral.

A few other Laura Mercier goodies to complement your flawless face…

laura mercier lip glace orchid pink pop bare baby nectar

left to right: Bare Baby, Nectar, Pink Pop, Orchid

  • Laura Mercier Lip Glacé — These high-shine and nicely pigmented glosses aren’t sticky, and they feel great on my lips. They suit all skin tones and offer long-lasting color and shine. ($25)

laura mercier caviar eye stick amethyst rose gold tuxedo

left to right: Rosegold, Amethyst, and Tuxedo

  • Caviar Stick Eye Colour — Eyeshadow does not get any easier than this! These creamy color sticks are available in 23 beautiful hues and glide along the eyelid smoothly for long-wearing color. Try sheering them out with a fingertip for a sheer wash of color, or you can even wear them under powdered shadows to anchor them to the skin. I especially love Rosegold—what a beautiful everyday shade! ($28) 

laura mercier creme smooth lip colour red armour creme coral spiced rose

left to right: Spiced Rose, Créme Coral, Red Amour

  • Créme Smooth Lip Colour — The ultimate in comfortable lipstick, this luxe formula gives me full coverage in a single swipe, without the pigment drying my lips after several hours of wear. Very creamy, and long-wearing!  ($27)

The finishing touch…

laura mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara

  • Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara — I can really build up the volume and length with this, without any clumping! It also holds a curl to my otherwise flat lashes all day, sans flaking. Available in black, I think it looks shiny and voluminous on my puny lashes! I’m wearing it in both full-face photos above. ($25)

Want to start your own flawless face foundation wardrobe with Laura Mercier? You’ll find her products at Bloomingdale’s, Sephora, Nordstrom, and lauramercier.com.

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Show them your fresh face for a chance to win $1,000 of Laura Mercier products. Use the hashtag #LMFlawlessContest

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Laura Mercier through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Laura Mercier, all opinions are my own.