What’s New: Essence of Beauty Limited Edition Holiday Body/Hand Cream

essence of beauty hand body cream sugar frosted mint vanilla wishes snowy apple

Easily one of my favorite things I’ve come across this holiday season, CVS/pharmacy’s house label, Essence of Beauty has released three delicious limited edition scents from their fine fragrances collection that I just love! They’re available in hand/body creams that are perfect for stuffing into stockings, pockets, or handbags for yummy, soft hands and skin 24/7!

Sugar Frosted Mint – Sparkling scent features top notes of iced peppermint
and spearmint, mid notes of warm milk, jasmine and a touch of spice, and
base notes of creamy coconut, vanilla bean and warm milk.
Vanilla Wishes – Comforting fragrance features top notes of red plum, spun
sugar and pomegranate, mid notes of vanilla bean and sweet toffee, and
base notes of sultry amber and coconut milk.
Snowy Apple – Enchanting scent features top notes of apple, orange
and pineapple, mid notes of apple, florals and pear, and base notes of
osmanthus, peach and sweet vanilla. [Read more…]

Beauty Quickies: Sole Goddess Blister Protection Foot Balm

sole goddess balm

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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BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector Review, Photos

becca ever matte poreless priming perfector

I have no idea what I did before foundation primer came about. Once I found out that they stopped my foundation from sliding around all day after my skin’s oil production kicked up, I haven’t looked back since. I don’t even think about applying foundation without primer first now. But no matter what primer I’ve used, I haven’t been able to find one that allows me to completely eliminate those mid-afternoon touch ups with a blotting paper or two—until now. BECCA’s new Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector totally acts like liquid blotting paper! This stuff is like magic in a tube.

becca ever matte

This multi-tasker is an all-in-one solution to oily skin, enlarged pores, and makeup that just doesn’t want to stay on. Sweat-proof and humidity-resistant, Ever Matte is a silicone and oil-free balm that you can apply both before foundation, and after (yes, after!) to smooth the skin’s appearance. This hides the emphasis of pores and fine lines to ensure a perfect foundation application. [Read more…]

5 Facial Sunscreens You Won’t Want To Miss This Season

Protecting your skin against sun damage is essential, but sometimes sunscreen can make it so hard to want to use! We know it’s a MUST—but with goopy textures, messy lotions, and unflattering fragrances—it’s no wonder why you’d be tempted to skip this important step in your skincare routine. Here are five facial sunscreens worthy of wearing on your face!

bareMinerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen

The most portable and leak-proof on the list—this mineral powder sunscreen allows the skin to breathe. Available in three complexion-flattering shades, all you have to do is twist up the brush and dust it on.

$28—Sephora, sephora.com, bareescentuals.com, Bare Escentuals Boutiques


COOLA Mineral Face Tint Rose Essence Natural Mineral Sunblock SPF 20

We fell in love with the rose essence in this SPF 20—but appreciated its slightly tinted, lightweight, paraben-free formula even more. Loaded with anti-aging antioxidants, it absorbs quickly but still leaves the skin feeling hydrated.

$36—coolasuncare.com, drugstore.com


StriVectin-SH Age Protect SPF 30

Get sun and age protection at the same time with StriVectin—this very lightweight sunscreen was formulated for year-round use. It contains a proprietary ingredient (NIA-114™) that helps repair existing sun damage, while protecting the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. A must for those who have worshipped the sun in the past.

$49—strivectin.com, sephora.com  [Read more…]

Hang tight little chicas, I haven’t deserted you ;)

Hey dolls!

I’m so sorry if it seems like I’ve been MIA in the past week.  I know posts and reviews have not been as frequent as usual but I haven’t been feeling really well and I’ve also been insanely busy, so hang in there with me!  Nothing like trying to run a marathon when your feet are trapped in Jello.  I’m working on some reviews of killer new products and have some super giveaways planned for you.


Review: CLEAN Outdoor Shower Fresh

Right now, I’m in heaven.  I’ve been searching for a fragrance that would make me feel as if I were standing in the middle of a rain forest.  Found it!  CLEAN Outdoor Shower Fresh is what I imagine it would be like–simple, crisp, and sparkling.  It’s not your average eau de parfum, it’s slightly herb-y but very feminine at the same time which I think is a difficult blend to achieve.  Right off the top I get a sense of the violet leaves and water lily notes which dries down to a slightly effervescent water base, it’s a little sweet with the faintest hint of sandalwood.  I thought it was a gorgeous spring fragrance and it’s actually a favorite of my husband right now who loves the way it smells on me which is definitely a feat!

I wanted to give attention to a point of difference with CLEAN–they’ve recently reformulated their line by making a few earth-friendly adjustments like using corn-derived alcohol which means they’ve kissed the synthetic stuff goodbye!  You’ll find that they’re infused with botanicals too, how many fragrance houses do you know that use aloe leaf juice in the base for moisturizing benefits?  I honestly can’t think of any!  If you’re already a CLEAN fan, you’ll want to give this one a whiff at ULTA or Sephora–or if you’re lured by leafy or watery scents, try not to miss this!

An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine my opinion of the product in this post.  Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding my policies for using editorial samples.

10 Top-Rated Lipsticks

10 Top-Rated Lipsticks

Check out the products real woman love

Total Beauty’s readers have tested boat loads of lipsticks and these 10 came out on top. Read on to hear them gush about why these tubes are their faves.

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No. 10: Revlon Renewist LipColor, $9.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.2

“My experiences with drugstore makeup brands have been pretty hit-or-miss, but…

No. 9: Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Color, $30

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.3

“It goes on soft, but at the same time …”

No. 8: Neutrogena MoistureShine Soothing LipSheers, $8.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.3

“Subtle cooling sensation, which is great on!”

Want to see what other products made the list? Click here!

HyperLuxe Weekend Roundup 10/11/09

The Beauty Chick takes a look a Go Girl’s practical line of products.

Beauty Junkies Unite swatches of one of the hottest new nail polish shades, Jade from Chanel!

It’s “Armani Everything” at Best Things in Beauty, where you can read all about the new Rouge d’Armani lipsticks and Crema Nera OMC3 and enter a giveaway contest for OMC3 ($185).

Denim Debutante talks about why she didn’t go to Fashion Week.

“Match you nails to your emails!” Dell and O.P.I. at FeroHHHsh.

Kelly of Gouldylox Reviews sits down with Leslie Blodgett of Bare Escentuals.

Hot Beauty Health is giving you the latest jacket trends for fall!

The Informed Makeup Maven gives away her must have Napoleon Perdis essentials.

Krasey Beauty explores glamour’s Gothic side with Illamasqua Dystopia.

Lipgloss Break is giving away Pure Silk shaving cream.

Check out review and swatches of Chanel Glossimers at Makeup4all.

theNotice tries on Fall’s dark lip trend — and throws some blue and violet into the mix!

Obsession Confessions of Glamour and Love has tips for dry hair and skin in colder weather.

Prime Beauty learns that thin is not always in, with hair at least.

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Sicka Than Average wants you to dip into a sea of pink with these BCA-themed fashions and cosmetics

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HyperLuxe Weekend Roundup 10/3/09

The Beauty Chick reviews Chella Enzyme Exfoliating Crema Mask.

A La Mer “addict,” Best Things in Beauty tried out the new The Hydrating Facial.

Beauty Junkies Unite highlights some of the best beauty products for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Brown Suga has details on a new mascara that eliminates mascara waste.

Denim Debutante has the latest on one of the newest sample sale sites: Row Nine.

Fabulous Over Forty interviews famous makeup artist Sandy Linter and she offers wonderful advice.

Ferohhhsh Beauty 411: Tackling Tired Eyes.

A Few Goody Gumdrops has the perfect Fall find.

The Gloss Menagerie is thinking of trying a CVS beauty knockoff.

Gouldylox Reviews round up of the best in cosmetics whose sales benefit Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Hot Beauty Health shows you her love for fashion and technology with Microsoft’s stylish phone themes.

The Informed Makeup Maven shares here Best Complexion Beauty Buys for 2009.

Krasey Beauty reviews and swatches all of the amazing fall MAC collections.

Marina from Makeup4all tells you everything you wanted to know about London Fashion Week.

The Makeup Snob wants you to check out the neutral side of Style Black!

theNotice celebrated its 2nd blogiversary, and you’re all invited to do an audio tag!

Prime Beauty is loving L’oreal Colour Riche Anti-Aging Serum Lipstick.

Sicka Than Average’s Fall Fragrance Extravaganza!

Go Ahead, Honey: Take a Chance. Break out of a basic wardrobe with tips from The Style and Beauty Doctor.

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