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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Treat Dry Winter Skin and Eczema with Skinfix Hand Repair Cream

Oh, winter! You're here and no matter how much I want to be in denial, you won't let me! Winter is probably my least favorite season of them all (except for some snowflakes for Christmas). One of the things I like least about winter is dry skin! I live in Wisconsin and so there is really no escaping the brutal cold and inevitable dry skin that results. No matter how many hydrating baths I take or how much lotion I use, I always seem to end up with dry skin the next day. This is why I was so excited to get to test out Skinfix Hand Repair Cream. Keep reading for my thoughts and a special surprise (or ten) for you at the end!
Press sample

Product features:
• Dermatologist-tested and recommended
• Made with natural ingredients
• Free of steroids, fragrance, soy, parabens and phthalates
• Effectively treats hand eczema and extremely dry, cracked hands
• Immediately soothes irritation and redness, and softens skin
• Ultra-rich formula leaves lasting protection, even through hand washing

This not only works to treat dry skin but also eczema. Did you know that the majority of people who suffer from eczema experience it on their hands? This is a rich, medicinal cream that is clinically proven to increase skin moisture levels by 110% after one week of use. This is conveniently sold at Target stores and at skinfixinc.com.

skinfix hand cream 2
One thing I always think of when writing a review is what does this product claim to do and how well does it hold up to that claim? In this area, I definitely think skinfix has passed the test! I definitely noticed immediate hydration on my hands and my elbows (one of my most problem dry skin areas). Even better, I noticed when I woke up in the morning that my skin was still baby soft. One of the problems I've had with skin lotions in the past is that sure they do their job immediately but don't last for more than that moment. With skinfix that definitely was not the case as this lasted into the morning and throughout the day. This also means that I can use less product to achieve my desired results which really is just a win all around! 
skinfix hand cream 3

My friend, Justina from Justina's Gems and I decided to give ten tubes of this away! We know you will love it. Rather than giving away one full sized bottle, we are giving away ten mini 1 oz. creams. These are not the sale size, but they are perfect for your purse. In the first picture of this post- it's the cream in the back. Good luck, and don't forget you have to have a U.S. address to win and be over 18. The rest of the info is in the Rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Bite Beauty Mix N' Mingle Lip Minis

Bite Beauty is hands down one of my favorite lip product brands. I hadn't tried anything from them until the past year and quickly became obsessed with all of their product I've tried. It started out by trying one of their glosses and I was hooked after that. What I love about their products is that overall they seem to have really pigmented and long lasting saturated color. They also make a wide range of colors and have many bright and bold colors that I feel suit me so well. So I was super excited to see that they came out with some minis again for the holiday season. If you're like me and you missed out on their Remix set which had 4 deluxe size products, you're watching for the next deal to pounce on. 

They have three different types of minis available. One is a gloss, one is a doubled ended lipstick and one is a matte creme lip crayon.

I already have this product in Sucre and Peche. Although I love both colors, I will probably never end finishing an entire lip product . I wanted to try more of these type of the lip crayons from Bite because I love them so much so I was excited to pick up this mini for $12. I've really been wanting to buy Glace which is a dusty mauve and is the other lip crayon available in this size, however, my Sephora did not carry it in store. I ended up picking up the color Aubergine (described as an eggplant color) which is part of the permanent line. At first glance I was a little worried this may be a little too dark for me, but if I just apply one layer or dab it on, it works really well. Although this color is highly saturated it can still be built up a little so I just avoid a second layer with this. 

This is one of the more comfortable matte lip products I have tried. I find these to be slightly hydrating and not as uncomfortable to wear as some other matte lip products. These are just also worry free for me because the color is so long lasting that I don't have to be worried about it fading unevenly or needing constant touch ups. The full size is $24 for .05 oz and the mini size is $12 for .031 oz. 
What it is:
A limited-edition lip collection with Crème Lipstick Duos, Matte Crème Lip Crayons, and Lush Fruit lip glosses—all in head-turning hues and packaged in bright red ornaments for the holiday season.

What it does:
Featuring Bite Beauty’s deluxe lip minis, ranging from Crème Lipstick Duos to Matte Crème Lip Crayons to Lush Fruit lip glosses, they’re the perfect holiday gift for all skintones. The Lush Fruit Lip Gloss is a mini lip gloss with high pigments and fruit ingredients that are delicious enough to eat. The Matte Crème Lip Crayons offer timeless matte shades that give lips intense hydration. The Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo is a bite-sized lipstick with two contrasting shades.These festive shades come in an array of colors—from vibrant and bold to demure and subtle.

These are also perfect stocking stuffers for the makeup lover or makeup newbie! 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Best of the Best: Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Lover

There are a lot of great holiday sets out there this year. I'm a huge fan of holiday sets as you can find some really great deals and the packaging is usually really cute! If you're looking for some last minute gifts for the beauty lover on your list, it can get overwhelming though with so many selections. This is why I've narrowed it down in a convenient Best of the Best list. All of these sets come with my stamp of approval. From a self proclaimed beauty lover, I guarantee the beauty lover on your list would love any of these sets!

Holiday Best of the Best Beauty Lover



MAKE UP FOR EVER Studio Case, On sale for $39, $93 value
A set of 12 Artist Shadows, a step-by-step guide, and a full-size of the Artist Liner for creating four holiday eye looks. Includes: 12 x 0.024 oz Artist Shadows in Natural (M-530, S-516, I-544), Smoky (M-122, ME-108, M-100), Bold (D-236, D-926, I-218), Chic (I-524, D-826, ME-828), 0.01 oz Artist Liner in Matte Black (M-10)

tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set And Travel Bag, $59, $423 value
The sleek statement eye shadow palette is perfectly paired with tarte’s iconic bestsellers in limited-edition, trendy shades for every holiday occasion, and the LipSurgence™ lip gloss can be worn alone for medium coverage and shine, or pair it with the included LipSurgence™ lip tint for amped up lip color. The lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara coats and lengthens every last lash, and the cheek stain leaves you with a natural, healthy flush to keep you glowing. The maracuja oil can be used as a daily facial moisturizer, and to finish off your makeup looks, dust on smooth operator™ Amazonian clay finishing powder over skin as a treatment, or on top of foundation for stay-put makeup.

Josie Maran Winter Dreams Argan Skincare Collection, $39, $68 value.
This complete set includes Argan Cleasing Oil to gently melt away makeup and skin impurities, Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment to plump and preserve skin's youthful cushion, multitasking 100% Pure Argan Oil to nourish skin, hair, and nails, Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil to hydrate skin, calm inflammation, tame fly-aways, condition lips, and illuminate complexion, Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 to smooth, hydrate, and protect, and Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream to heal and soothe rough, dry hands.

This giftable, five-piece bronzing collection is filled with four deluxe-size, bestselling bronzers, ranging from shimmer to matte finishes, to create bronzing looks for any mood—plus the Cruelty-Free Teddy Bear Hair Flatbuki Brush.

Smashbox On the Rocks Holiday Brush Set, $42
Retails for $62. Use code HOLIDAY14 to get 25% off your order of $50 or more. A limited-edition set of our iconic brushes. Includes: Powder Brush, Angled Shadow Brush, Double-ended Shadow Brush , Double-ended Brow Brush, Lip Brush.

Best of Best Holiday 2

To pamper your curls and train them to spiral into long-lasting perfection, Carol’s Daughter has used the super-softening, rich Marula oil in this new Marula Curl Therapy Collection. Experiment with the nourishing benefits of Marula Oil with this three piece starter kit, featuring the Marula Gentle Cream Cleanser, Diffusing & Styling Lotion and Softening Hair Mask.

L'Occitane Gift Sets
Lavender Spa
Providing relaxation head to toe, this kit includes: Lavender Foaming Bath 16.9 fl.oz , Lavender Hand Cream 1 .oz, Bonne Mere Lavender Soap 3.5 .oz, Lavender Perfumed Sachet 1.2 .oz , Organic Lavender Body Lotion 8.4 fl.oz

Almond Enchantment
This Star Gift includes: Almond Hand Cream 1 .oz, Almond Shower Oil 16.9 fl.oz , Almond Milk Concentrate 3.5 .oz , Almond Supple Skin Oil 0.50 fl.oz , Almond Soap 1.7 .oz

This December, L'OCCITANE en Provence will give back by donating up to the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). Throughout the month of December, $5 for every designated ‘Eye’ gift set sold in-stores up to $100,000. AFB's award-winning programs like VisionAware, which provides help and hope to nearly one million adults new to vision loss, and FamilyConnect, a network that connects close to 200,000 families with vision loss resources each year nationwide.

A decadent fruit-infused mask collection that delivers an instant shot of beauty. Includes: 1.69 oz Nectarine Velvet Moisturising Mask, 1.69 oz Watermelon Cool Refreshing Mask, 1.69 oz Grapefruit Instant Brightening Mask , 1.69 oz Cranberry Instant Lifting Mask

A limited-edition, full-size collector’s set of bestselling blushes and lip tints. This set contains: 6 x 0.20 oz Full-Size Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed (nude pink), Blushing Bride (rosy pink), True Love (watermelon), Tipsy (coral), Natural Beauty (rosy red), Dollface (cool pink), 6 x 0.10 oz Full-Size Lipsurgence™ Lip Tint in Lust (red), Lovely (watermelon pink), Moody (berry), Elite (melon), Enchanted (rose), Charmed (light pink), Gift box
 
I hope this was helpful.Get out there and find that perfect gift for the beauty lover on your list! 


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide

Holiday Stocking Stuffers


tarte sweet dreams best sellers collection
A deluxe fantasy collection featuring tarte’s brightest in skincare and collector’s edition iconic cheek stain.This limited-edition set features deluxe maracuja C-brighter™ eye treatment, deluxe maracuja oil, deluxe cheek stain in dreamer (pinky nude) for $19.

Burt's Bees Kissable Color
Our Kissable Color gift set offers a trio of scintillating Lip Shimmer shades – in warm or cool collections – perfect for mixing, layering, and experimenting. Bring a radiant smile to the lips of your niece, best friend or second cousin once removed on your mother’s side. Retails $9.99.

Whether layered or worn separately, our Lip Shine and Tinted Lip Balm will give anyone on your shopping list that little extra bit of holiday polish. And it’s sure to score you some extra holiday thanks. Retails $9.99

So White Shower Gel, $9.99-$9.95
With fresh, gently cleansing apple infusion, soothing rose water and uplifting bergamot oil with a touch of nourishing rice bran oil and tincture of benzoin to soften and calm the skin through the chilly winter months.

Rose Jam is back for Christmas - and it's here for a limited time! A decadent, rosy shower gel made with vanilla pod infusion, goji berry juice and nourishing argan oil, Rose Jam leaves your skin soft, hydrated and sweetly-scented. Lovers of our Rose Jam Bubbleroon and Ro's Argan Body Conditioner will recognize its gorgeous rose absolute and lemon fragrance.


Molton Brown 3-Piece Luxury Hand Cream Gift Set, $38, $45 value
Includes 1.4fl oz Orange & Bergamot Hand Cream (Ful-size), 1.4fl oz Coco & Sandalwood Hand Cream (Ful-size), 1.4fl oz Pink Pepperpod Hand Cream (Ful-size)
Stocking Stuffers 2

nugg 4-Pack Winter Skincare Saver
This must-have collection of high-performance, 5-minute nügg face masks delivers spa quality results in the convenience of your own home. Each mask is formulated with a powerful blend of natural oils, featuring over 90% natural or naturally-derived ingredients. These single-serve cups protect the masks from oxidation, are easy to use, and perfect for on-the-go.

Olivia Garden Purse Brush is a pocket sized vent brush with smooth epoxy tip bristles, perfect for detangling. Each brush is individually gift-wrapped.

eos Rachel Roy Limited Edition Smooth Lip Balm Sphere Assorted, $9.99
includes Aloha Hawaii, Strawberry Kiwi Lip Balm (0.25 oz/7 g), Indian Summer, Orange Blossom Lip Balm (0.25 oz/7 g), St. Barth's Sunrise, Pink Grapefruit Lip Balm (0.25 oz/7 g)

Ditch your sharpener, but stay sharp! This waterproof kohl eyeliner glides on and self-sharpens ever
y time you twist the cap off. Inspired by Smashbox pros who sharpen before every use on set, this first-of-its-kind pencil has a sharpener built right into the cap for a perfect tip-so you'll always get a precise line.Can be used on inner rim. 
Precision of a liquid liner in a fool-proof pencil. Waterproof and non-flaking.

Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your lips, this hydrating, double-ended lip stain and gloss can be worn alone or together for a look that's uniquely you. Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain + Shine provides quenching coconut water-infused color. Lips are left soft, moisturized, and vibrant for hours. Packed with coconut water for color and hydration, the stain saturates lips in rich, long-wearing pigment, while the color-matched, Argan-infused gloss adds a pop of shine plus powerful, antioxidant-packed moisture.

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Sleek Finish Comb, $6
This thin sleek finish comb fits perfectly in your purse or clutch for an on the go de-tangle.

Happy Shopping! 


Monday, December 15, 2014

MAKE UP FOR EVER Studio Case

If you have any last minute holiday shopping for the beauty lover on your list, I highly recommend you pick this one up! This really is a set that you fall in love with once you start using it. I like that there is a nice mixture of shimmer and matte finishes and there is certainly a nice color range. This palette conveniently breaks it up for you with Natural, Smoky, Bold and Chic shadows laid out for you. The shade selection definitely allows you to create a wide variety of looks. 
Press sample
MAKE UP FOR EVER Studio case is a selection of 12 gorgeous artist shadows that comes packaged in a small train case along with a full size eyeliner. This retails for $59.50 but is a $93 value. Even better, this is on sale right now at Sephora for $39.


What it does:
Amp up your holiday look when you add drama with this Studio Case’s vivid color. This limited-edition palette features 12 Artists Shadows in the same great formula as the full size, infused with an innovative formula that provides both superior color pay-off and smooth blendability. The shadows are arranged in complementary trios as a guide for creating four specific eye looks: The everyday Natural, sultry Smoky, daring Bold, and sophisticated Chic. Top off your eye looks with the rich black Artist Liner, perfect for precisely lining and defining, and the step-by-step guide helps you to create each signature look—all housed in a reusable signature makeup kit.

This set contains:
- 12 x 0.024 oz Artist Shadows in Natural (M-530, S-516, I-544), Smoky (M-122, ME-108, M-100), Bold (D-236, D-926, I-218), Chic (I-524, D-826, ME-828)
- 0.01 oz Artist Liner in Matte Black (M-10)
- Step-by-step guide

My final thoughts:
I really love how easy this palette is to use. More recently I've been gravitating to neutrals and this palette definitely satisfies that while giving me some nice pops of color. I love creating a look using S-516 and I-533 or D-826 and ME-828 and then adding in some color in the outer crease with one of the bolder color selections. This also comes with a black eyeliner which is easy to use with it's fine point and creamy formulation.

I think the packaging and train case is either going to be a hit or miss for people depending on their individual preferences. This certainly is a nice travel sized option with room underneath the shadows to pack the rest of your makeup. People who travel less or have less storage space may prefer to have had just a traditional palette. The eyeshadows do come out of the train case, there just is no cover for them besides the actual case. So although they are portable, they wouldn't be travel or storage friendly without keeping them in the case unless you want to depot them.

I really think you need to use this set to fall in love with it. I love the formulation of these shadows. They are super easy to work with. I found all of them to be creamy, buildable and easy to blend. I have been wanting to try the new artist shadows and so this was the perfect introduction for me. If you've also been curious or just wanted to test out even more shades, I definitely recommend picking this up! Hurry though because it is limited edition!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lancome Holiday 2014


The chicest gifts for every woman on your list
 For the makeup-obsessed woman in your life gift a set of Lancôme’s favorites
o Lancôme’s Lip Lover Gift Set ($38), exclusive to Sephora, features a trio of beautiful shades of dewy-intense lip color. Lip Lover offers up to eight hours of hydration while softening lines to provide intense, long-lasting color. This set includes a light pink, electric pink and a gorgeous deep red shade.
o Allow a makeup lover’s dreams to come true by gifting them Lancôme’s Essential Brush Set ($70), allowing them to master the art of makeup. Each brush is precision-crafted for the highest quality of easy, flawless application.
o The All Over Face Palette ($55) takes your makeup look from day to night featuring nine new eye shadow shades plus two contouring essentials.

Let her know how much you care by gifting a classic fragrance and pick a scent that embodies her with just one spritz
o Lancôme’s most classic scent, Trésor ($87), is for a woman who understands that time is precious and moments in our fast-paced world are meant to be treasured. The elegance of rose and lilac evoke the feeling of everlasting love and will make her feel as radiant and precious as the fragrance she wears. 
o La Vie Est Belle ($55) is for a woman who lives in the present, who is filled with happiness, truth and gratitude and who is free of social constraints to emblazon her own unique path. The juice is made from the most precious natural ingredients, a modern interpretation of an oriental fragrance with a twist of gourmand with depth and complexity.

Receive a 4 piece Sample, Plus Free Shipping with your purchase of $49 or more. Bonus, spend $75 or more and receive a free Genifique Eye sample with code HOLIDAY, ends 12/30.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Paula Dorf 2 +1 for Brows {Review}

I've always been curious to try Paula Dorf Cosmetics as I've heard good things about her products. I've also recently gotten into the routine of lining my brows on a nearly daily basis. Filling in your brow area makes a huge difference to me and really gives me a lifted brightened appearance. Now if I don't have my brows lined in I feel like something look a little off whereas when I first started lining my brows, it took a little bit of adjustment and testing different products.
Sample from BrandBacker
Paula Dorf Cosmetics 2 +1 Brows provides you both a powder and a wax product. You dip your brush into the brow powder to pick up color and then dip the brush into the wax and apply to the brows. My shade was brunette. I did like that there were two different brunette shade options within the product, however, none was really that perfect match for me although they still worked fine. 


About:
Create perfect looking brows that last all day! 2 flattering colors + 1 light wax = natural-looking brows. This trio creates a perfect color match and fills in any missing hairs or imperfections for brows that last all day. Dip Paula Dorf Brush into brow powder to pick up color then dip brush into wax and apply to brows. Four color selections: Blonde, Brunette, Neutral, Red.  0.017oz / .5g (wax)
0.07oz / 2g (powder). Retails $26.
 

Final thoughts:
This product really did provide nice coverage for my brows and the product could be built up a bit for a more dramatic look. It really wore well throughout the day and I didn't have any overall issues with the product. 

Receive a code for a free brush with purchase! Use Code BROWBRUSH

Have you tried Paula Dorf Cosmetics? If so, what do you recommend I try next? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!


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