InTruBeauty: December 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year from InTruBeauty

Happy NY

Hope you all had a great 2013 and I hope your 2014 is even better! Have fun tonight, celebrate life and stay safe! In the meantime, check out some of my favorite posts of 2013! Thanks for your support this year. Stay tuned for even more to come in the new year! xo Jessica

My Top Five Favorite posts of 2013 
3. Top 50 Tips to De-Stress
4. Dinner for 5 in 5 minutes for under 5 dollars!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Bioelements Great Skin in a Box {Review}

Starter Kit for Sensitive Skin - get Great Skin in a Box

Winter can be tough on our skin. Finding the perfect skincare can be even tougher. First you have to know your skin type (combination, oily, normal, dry) and then address additional concerns (acne, anti-aging, redness), etc. There can be endless amounts of products including oils, cleansers, toners, serums, exfoliaters, and so on. Bioelements has some great skincare boxes which are already picked out for you and put together in a value set. This takes the guess work out of the process for you and makes finding that perfect combination of skincare products that much easier. 
Press Sample 

  • Retails for $95, total value of $144 - save $49 off the individual product price
  • Includes a FREE Instant Emollient - a $29 value!
  • The daily skin care essentials for Sensitive Skin all in one box
  • Gently cleanse without irritating side effects
  • Instantly relieve dehydration and reduce redness
  • Hydrate and smooth while strengthening the skin's protective barrier
  • Keep lips soft, hydrated and protected
  • Don't have sensitive skin? Get starter kits in a box for dry skin, oily skin
My thoughts:

This set contains all full size products and basically provides all you would need in a starter kit for a variety of skin concerns such as sensitive skin or dry skin. I do have some skin sensitivities due to my allergies and do have irritations or allergic reactions to certain products. I was excited to receive this for review to see how it compares to other skincare I've used. 

Probably the first thing I noticed was the sleek clean design and glass bottles. I love products that come in glass bottles, although I'm a little more careful with my face wash which I keep in the shower. The packaging just adds that extra special touch to make you feel really pampered. I really love the simplicity of this set in that it takes the guess work out of skincare. It can be seriously overwhelming with all the skincare options out there and picking the perfect one for yous kin can turn into a stressful undertaking. This really takes the guess work out of it for you. 

This set included everything I needed plus a bonus Instant Emollient ($29 value), which can be used on lips or under eyes. I'd suggest picking whether you want to use it under your eyes or on your lips unless you want to sanitize it after use. The other products included a full size Sensitive Skin Cleanser, full size Calmitude Hydrating Solution and Calmitude Sensitive Skin Moisturizer. 

The Sensitive Skin Cleanser is described as a water activated oil that converts to a gentle foam. I've been a fan of using face oils as cleansers for awhile now and so I really enjoyed this product. There wasn't really much of a scent to it besides the scent of an oil. It includes olive oil, safflower oil, hazelnut oil, jojoba oil, lavender oil, rosemary leaf extract and others. I was not able to get any gentle foam from this and that can just take a little bit of mental adjustment. Your skin will still get clean. After the shower, I definitely felt my skin looked clear and felt clean and refreshed. 

After I applied the Calmitude Sensitive Skin Moisturizer which is a medium weight white colored lotion. This did not have much of a scent to it. Since it is the middle of winter, my skin gets very dry. I found that although I liked the feel of this moisturizer that my face was still left feeling a little tight and I would have to top with a more moisturizing serum. This was probably my least favorite product of the four. I then applied the Calmitude Hydrating Solution which definitely helped to add some much needed moisture. I love the lightweight moisturizing feel from this clear product, which comes in a spray bottle form. It contains calming white tea and licorice extracted blended into a "wetter than water" solution to relieve dehydration, reduce redness and protect against environmental irritants.

Note: I like that spritz from a toner for that final finish, but for best results apply the toner first before the moisturize is applied, as directed. 

The free product inside is a full size Instant Emollient. You can use this on lips or on the under eye area. It looks like a white lipstick, but applies smoothly and evenly in a clear application. This includes Bulgarian rose oil, chamomile and vitamin E to instantly relieve dryness. I absolutely loved this product, especially in conjunction with the Hydrating Solution. You do have to be careful and press lightly or the product seems to tip/bend a little. 

Final thoughts:
Overall, I really enjoyed this set. The major benefit is the discount you receive off of the individual products plus a free emollient. Another thing that stuck out was the glass packaging and simple clean look of the products. I enjoy all the great oils and ingredients in these products and definitely appreciate they are dermatologist and clinically tested to be non-irritating. The downside for me was that in the winter, my skin still felt a little dry. If you have sensitive skin or are dealing with redness or rosacea, I think you will really enjoy this set. If you don't have sensitive skin, be sure to check out some of their other products for acne, dry, combination and any other skin type or issue.

Update: I've been using the Bioelements Recovery Serum in addition and it's really relieved any dryness I've had. It's been a great addition to my skincare routine. It is a clear serum with a lightweight feel when applied that doubles as a makeup primer. You only need a small bit to combat any dryness. It's been -30 windchill around here lately, so this is a definitely must have for me!

What is your favorite skincare product for winter? Comment and let me know! 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Crown Brush {Review}

Are you looking for some high quality yet very affordable makeup brushes? I think when it comes to makeup, women are always curious about makeup and cosmetics brushes. Figuring out which brushes work best for you and what brush does what can take some time to search and find and then test out. Crown Brush is a company that has many options out there for amazing makeup brushes and cosmetics. They are a makeup brush and cosmetic manufacturer that offers a large selection with great quality and prices.
Press Samples
HD Brush Set (comes in purple, orange and white) 

Set 523 Purple HD: 6 piece HD Cosmetic Brush Set w/ mirror, Tweezer and case.Made with high grade synthetic fiber. Vegan Friendly. Perfect for applying High Definition cosmetics, liquids, creams, and powders. On sale for $16.77! This is a really great set with a lot of the eye and face basics. The synthetic brushes are soft to the touch. Their handles easily identify which brush is for what purpose. When you first start out with makeup and makeup brushes, it can get really confusing having a lot of brush options and remembering what to use and how. This is a really great quality set where you not only get six brushes, you also get a tweezers and an adorable purple travel set for $16! I would say this would be best for those that are starting out with using makeup and getting familiar with makeup brushes. It really is a quality set for a great value.

No Flash, Sunlight

Blizzard eyeshadow palette 28 color collection. This contains a wide variety of pigmented colors. There are a few more neutral shades, but for the most part this consists of bright blues, purples and greens. This is perfect for the woman that loves to play and experiment with makeup but doesn't want to spend a ton of money. This provides 28 gorgeous shades for the sale price of $14.97 The color of the case is as mirrored silver. All shades have a shimmery finish, but do not contain glitter.

With Flash

What do you think of these two great sets? What struck me the most is the amount of product you get for a great quality and a hard to beat price. 

Contains press samples. All opinions are honest and they are my own.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays from InTruBeauty

Happy Holidays to all my readers out there! Thank you for your support this year. This has been a really busy holiday season at work and with the blog. I hope you've enjoyed my holiday posts and reviews. As I take some time away this holiday with my friends and family, please check out my top five favorite holiday themed posts. I will return with lots more to come in the new year!

My Top Five Holiday Themed Posts:

Happy Holidays! 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide for Beauty & Home

If you're like me, you've still got a few or possibly many gifts left to buy for the holidays. I always end up getting so busy w ith other things and I'm not a huge shopper anyways, that my Christmas gift buying always seems to fall to the last few days before Christmas. Hopefully this last minute holiday gift guide will help you to find that perfect gift for those people still on your list. Also hoping you're not snowed in like I am and you're able to get out there and pick up the perfect last minute gift! Happy Holidays!

Roland Pine

Soap & Paper Factory’s Roland Pine Collection will bring the smell of a dewy pine forest into your home, bringing a clean crisp scent to any room. Products in the collection include Oil Diffusers ($32), Votive Candles ($11), Soy Candles ($28), Shea Butter Soaps ($8), and Room Sprays ($18).

Burt's Bees
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm you’ll be sure to find this trusty balm in just about everyone’s pockets and purses. This favorite is best known for moisturizing with Vitamin E and peppermint oil. I know that I never leave home without it. ($3.00,

Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is the perfect way to freshen up last week’s manicure. Give your cuticles some extra care with this Sweet Almond Oil and Cocoa Seed Butter infused treat, your cuticles will look better in no time. ($6.00,

Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream moisturizes and shields the driest of hands with Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E. This glass container is pretty enough to leave out on your bathroom counter or on your desk at work – everyone will be dying to try it. ($9.00,

Thymes Frasier Fir fragrance collection captures the essential warmth and joy of the season by combining the aroma of Siberian Fir needles with warm Cedarwood essence and notes of relaxing Sandalwood for an invigorating and fresh, yet cozy and comforting blend. This year, this scent is available in five new forms to bring holiday cheer to your home – Scented Pomander ($36), Scented Botanical Ornament ($12), Seasonal Wood Wick Candle ($40), Pine Needle Design Poured Candle ($28), and Porcelain Wax Warmer and Scented Wax Melt ($25).

Kiss My Face Holiday Collection. This limited edition series of Moisture Hand Soaps and Pure Olive Oil Bar Soap makes it easy to nourish naturally. Kiss My Face Moisture Hand Soaps are available for $6.49 and the Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Bar Soap for $5.99 at Whole Foods and
LUSH Winter Garden gift set, $37.95. This bauble-shaped gift is an elegant addition to anyone’s Christmas tree, but is an especially decadent option for your favorite female. Along with softening Snowcake soap and solid hand serum, this gift also contains our most luxurious rose-scented shower gel and body conditioner.
L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Shimmering Oil ($36): Highlight your look with Pivoine Flora Shimmering oil. With light touches on the forehead, cheeks and hair for an immediate highlighting effect. The shimmering oil will leave behind the delicate floral and green fragrance of Pivoine Flora.

Smashbox Travel Size Photo Finish Foundation Primers
Take your favorite primer anywhere! Perfect size to pop in your purse, you can be sure to prime before putting on makeup anywhere. It creates a smooth canvas for makeup, will keep everything on your face in place, and last longer. So cute too!
Sensai’s Rouge Intense Lasting Color allows you to enjoy the festivities without worrying about losing your bold lip look. For the perfect party lips, no holiday look is complete with out Sensai’s Rouge Intense Lasting Color. Sensai Rouge Intense Lasting Color ($40): A timeless, luminous lipstick for enduring color that stays true for hours with a pleasurably smooth application.

C.O. Bigelow’s Mentha Supreme 2X Lip Shine Gift Box offers twice the breath fresheners and twice the moisturizers than their original Mentha Lip Shines and are made with 100% Natural Mint. Glide some on for holiday high shine and delicious, minty flavor. Purchase at C.O. Bigelow and
Radical Skincare Radical Start Kit, is the ideal way to spread holiday cheer for the skincare lover. These 4 great products were chosen for this set for how well they each work with one another. Try the pads to remove dead skin cells, followed by the serums and moisturizer to increase skin hydration. Radical Skincare products are free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates and enriched with antioxidants and moisture to leave skin looking youthful and soft. Your friend will be sure to thank you for leaving their skin looking radical.

Bergamot & Jasmine Candle ($50)- Inspiring scented candle with a citrus top note of Bergamot and floral bouquet of Jasmine. The flickering flame will infuse your surroundings with a wonderful citrus top note of Bergamot, a floral bouquet of sensual Jasmine and a hint of Cedarwood to suffuse your home with a sensual ambience to welcome you home every day. Available at and select spas worldwide.


Thymes Frasier Fir Collection weaves the time-honored tradition of perfumery into your home with the fragrance Frasier Fir. With original Frasier Fir products including a Hand Lotion ($16), Hand Wash ($14), Home Fragrance Mist ($18), Reed Diffuser ($60), and Candle ($28), a crisp just-cut forest fragrance fills your bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom!

Contains some press samples

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Pantene Want that Hair Part II


Pantene, the World's #1 Hair Care Brand, is dedicated to keeping every woman's hair healthy, shiny and beautiful. I received products from Pantene to create a holiday hair look for you. I had a lot of fun with this challenge and I talked about all the styles I was considering for a final look in Part I of this post. I think I was pretty successful in creating a great hairstyle that blended some retro curl elements with a classic pinned back look. Pair this with neutral eye look (with simple cat eye) and a classic red lip and you're ready for your holiday party!

I was so happy to be able to try products from Pantene. I do heat style my hair pretty frequently and with color treated hair, my hair can sometimes suffer. These products really were easy to use and helped me to create this fantastic look. I love products that are easy to use and affordable and do what they say they will do. My favorite product was the Argan Oil Shine Serum. It was really lightweight, smells great, smoothed down any frizz and helped make my ends look a little healthier. I also found the Triple Action Volume Mousse was really effective with shaping my natural curls.

How to get this look:

1. Spritz some Pantene Stylers Heat Protection Spray onto your locks
2. Curl hair with a curling wand or large barrel curling iron
3. I don't like curls to look too perfect, I like them to look a little more natural. In order to achieve that kind of look, grab the very ends of your strands and lightly shake to loosen up the curls. You can also take a larger curl and break it into 2-3 curls. I find a light touch with this step really helps. 
4. Apply Pantene's Argan Oil Shine Serum. I use 2-4 pumps of this product, depending on the amount of smoothing my hair needs. I rub this between my palms before applying and again with a light touch, work through your hair. I basically graze my hands over my hair. I then grab some of the ends and apply the remaining product to the ends. This product really is lightweight and didn't make my hair look oily at all.
5. Apply Pantene Root Lifter Spray Gel and massage scalp with finger tips to create some volume.
6. Part hair to one side.
7. Take 2 bobby pins and pin each side down low behind your ear, leaving the front section of the part loose
8. Secure with Pantene Stylers Extra Strong Shaping Hairspray

Before this, I really haven't used Pantene products all that extensively. I know my mother uses Pantene and I've happily used hers while home. I was really excited to get to test out these products more and I was really surprised and happy with the results. There really wasn't a product that I didn't like or that didn't live up to it's claims. These can easily be found at drugstores and are high quality yet very affordable. I had a blast creating this holiday hairstyle with these Pantene products!

What do you think of my finished look? Which Pantene product is your favorite? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gift Guide with L'Occitane

Press Sample
My favorite perfumes are Verveine, Jasmin & Bergamote and The Vert & Bigarade.

When it comes to the holidays, everyone knows there is a lot of preparation involved… decorating the house, cooking lavish meals and endlessly wrapping presents. Your hands are extra busy resulting in tired, dull nails. L’Occitane’s gift sets are the perfect treat for someone special making your holiday happy. L'Occitane has a wide variety of gift sets for both men and women, in all price ranges. I've said this so many times that this is one of my hands down favorite skincare and perfume brands and I really think you'll love their products too.

Here are just some of the amazing gift sets L'Occitane has this holiday season! 
Beautiful Hands ($60): Treat someone special to the calming and soothing benefits of L’OCCITANE’s all-time favorite hand-care treatments for the ultimate manicure prep. This set features Shea Hand Cream, L’OCCITANE’s Magic Key (a very clever accessory to fix on all our metallic tube creams allowing you to squeeze the tube without losing any content), Shea Nail & Cuticle Cream and Shea One Minute Hand Scrub.
L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse Traveler’s Set
Developed by L’OCCITANE’s private perfumer Karine Dubreuil, this exclusive fragrance collection unites the most precious essential oils from Grasse and rare ingredients from around the world to create scents as unique as the special women in your life. Set includes mini Eau de Toilette’s of Jasmin & Bergamote, Magnolia & Mure, Vanille & Narcisse and The Vert & Bigarade. Price: $35 at
Shea Butter Travel Treats
A nourishing set of Shea butter hand and foot cream – a nice surprise to hang on the tree. The duo includes L’Occitane’s best selling Shea Butter Hand Cream and Shea Butter Foot Cream. Price: $18 at

L’Occitane Shea Embrace ($68): Since the 1980’s L’OCCITANE has created sustainable, fair trade partnerships with the Shea-producing women of Burkina Faso . For a gift that gives back, choose this luxurious body care set, infused with protective and nourishing Shea. The kit includes Shea Hand Cream, Shea Foot Cream, Shea Body Cream, Shea Soap Milk, and Shea Ultra Rich Shower Cream.

L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet
Tis the season to give back. Return the love you get year round with the gift of nourishing hand creams in L’OCCITANE’s most beloved scents. This soothing set features hand cream in various mouth-watering scents: Cherry Blossom, Almond Delicious Hands, Rose 4 Reines, Shea, Pivoine and Lavender. Price: $54

L’Occitane Star Gift
Infused with the spicy and aromatic L'Occitane fragrance, this pampering men’s kit has everything he needs for a smooth, clean shave and refreshing shower. Gift set includes L’Occitane After Shave Balm, L’Occitane Eau de Toilette, L’Occitane Shaving Gel, L’Occitane Shower Gel, and L’Occitane Soap. Price: $78
L’Occitane Men’s Luxury Set
About: Prep him for every holiday occasion with this luxury men’s grooming set. The fine collection features Cade Rich Shaving Cream, Cade Shaving Brush Plisson, Cade Razor Plisson, and Cade After Shave Balm. This holiday season, L'OCCITANE has joined forces with the famous Plisson brand, which has been creating shaving accessories since 1808. In keeping with the tradition of master barbers, they promise an experience that will satisfy even the most demanding of men. Price: $155 at

Have you tried any products from L'Occitane? What is your favorite or which gift set would you most want to receive? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Les Cinq Amandes Almonds & Holiday Candy Gift Sets

About the brand:

The Five Almonds- Les Cinq Amandes is a place where artistry meets confectionary. We curate the finest candies from around the world, in an array of colors and flavors, including the Grand Cru Avola Almond, to create unique gift presentations. We also offer an interactive on line store, where customers can create their own custom gifts.
I received an assorted variety of candies and yummy treats. Their chocolates are hand painted and really one of a kind. You can tell a lot of attention, love and care goes into all of their products, making these a fantastic specialized gift.

These really were some delicious candies and I really enjoyed the covered almonds. These would be a fantastic special gift for a co-worker, family or friend for the holidays or really any special occasion in your future. I mean, who doesn't love receiving gorgeous and delicous chocolates and candies?

Get 10% off of your order with the code HOLIDAY10?

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Monday, December 16, 2013

SinfulColors Mirror Metallics for Holiday 2013

SinfulColors Mirror Metallics:  Review & Swatches
Press Sample

The Mirror Metallics collection from SinfulColors features seven sparkling shades guaranteed to steal the spotlight. Infused with sensuous shimmer, these luminous tints will light up your holiday celebration. The Mirror Metallics collection covers the color scheme from seductive purple to bold gold.
Colors pictured include:
Gold Medal (a golden, glimmery goddess)
Red Eye (sprinkle of crimson by candlelight)
Triple Platinum (light shade of lilac tinted with tinsel) 
Purple Heart (royal rush of rich purple) 

These are such gorgeous metallic polishes for the holiday season. I'm a huge fan of purples, but I'm really loving the holiday red and gold colors. The best part is that these high quality polishes only cost $1.99 each and you can easily find them at Walgreens. 

Which is your favorite color? Comment and let me know! 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

It's a Fab Christmas with LUSH {Review}

Fab Christmas Gift Set from LUSH Cosmetics 

Press Sample

This gorgeous pink, purple and gold gift has everything you’ll need to feel fabulous from head to toe this holiday season. Perfect for glamour girls, Fab Christmas has 14 indulgent treats for the hair, lips, body and feet to keep you feeling lovely and smelling luscious. With loads of sultry jasmine and fresh rose fragrances, this gift is beautifully feminine and sophisticated. We’ve included our fresh wheatgrass Eyes Right mascara, Sparkle spearmint toothy tabs, crimson Santa Baby lip tint to get you party-ready, and our alluring Sikkim Girls body lotion to leave skin sinfully smooth and seductively-scented. Retails $139.95.

Angels Delight soap, Snowcake soap, Godiva Solid Shampoo, Buffy Body Butter, Big Solid Conditioner

This really is an amazing gift set for any woman in your life or yourself! It has such a great array of hair, body and makeup products that any woman that likes to be pampered or that is into fashion, makeup and specialized gifts is going to love it. Some of the scents can be a little strong, so if someone has allergies that may be the only issue. I can still use all of the products with my allergies, but the entire box of products can be a little overwhelming. LUSH is also against animal testing and their products are cruelty free. We can't forget about our furry friends this Christmas! 

What are your thoughts on this set? Have you ever tried LUSH cosmetics before? Comment and let me know which products are your favorite! 


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