Monday, April 24, 2017

Will This Be a New Skin Care Trend?

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Charcoal seems to be quite a common beauty ingredient in the last few years whereas a powder face exfoliator like this one is more uncommon. I've come across a powder ones like this and this a few times over the years, so is it safe to say that a powder exfoliators are going to be a new trend in skin care? Only time will tell!

DERMALOGICA Daily Superfoliant ($58/2oz @ dermalogica.com, ulta.com) is a powder exfoliant that’s activated when mixed with water. It contains alpha hydroxy acids and a new anti-pollution technology, which uses Binchotan Charcoal, to help purify the skin from daily toxins from the environment. And then it uses Niacinamide, red algae and Tara Fruit Extract to keep new exterior toxins at bay. The environment is a major anti-ager with all that the skin has to face! So to give your face a thorough cleansing with this one, they recommend mapping out the face and massaging the activated product in small circles around it. There is a brochure inside the box that goes into more detail. 

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What I like about this one is that it stays fresh until you activate it so no rush to use it up in a specific amount of time.

Just tap out half a teaspoon to wet hands and create a creamy paste. Then rub around the face for about 1 minute and rinse. And it’s formulated without fragrance, color or parabens.

Are you ready for a new trend in the beauty category?

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Perfect Gift for Mother's Day from Aprilis

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All words are my own.

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Quick! What are you getting your Mom for Mother’s Day? She has enough socks. She has enough pictures of you. So why not give her the gift of relaxation in the form of a bath bomb from Aprilis? Each 3.88oz bomb inside the Aprilis Bath Bomb Gift Set is made with 100% organic essential oils as well as dried flowers. The scents inside the box are: Green Tea, Milk, Rose, Lavender, Osmanthus Frangrans, and Pot Marigold.

Never experienced a bath bomb before? Just start the bath water, wait until you are about half way full and just drop one in. It fizzes away from the bicarb inside each and releases the oils and other nourishing ingredients into the bath water to help make your skin super soft.

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And I love that Aprilis individually wraps each of the bombs in ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­a very thin non-toxic paper. It’s nice not to have to guess which scent is which, right, because each is labelled on the outside? And these are really fragrant! Like so strong that you can smell them through the box and into the room!

And they are running a contest on their Facebook page just for Mother’s Day! They are giving away 30 of the Aprilis Bath Bomb Gift Sets. Click here to enter.

And they are also offering 30% discount on Amazon if you use this link to purchase and use the code UJ47F2XF at check out.

Monday, April 17, 2017

A New Beauty Category You Didn't Know You Needed

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Lot of buzz in this pretty new category of “lip toppers.” They are special effects you can put on top of your lipstick to give it a unique texture/color/effect. I’ve seen a few brands come out with these with most people dismissing it as just a fancy lip gloss, which I thought they might be too, but not in the case of these from URBAN DECAY. It’s their Vice Special Effects Topcoats ($18 @ urbandecay.com, ulta.com).

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What I like is that I can take a regular ol’ lipstick, apply a topper, and this makes the whole lip color dry down like a liquid lipstick. Speaking of, I tried some of these with liquid lipsticks and wow, my lips felt like they were suffocating, so I wouldn’t recommend using these with one.

The duos that I sported (tried with NARS, Maybelline, and MAC) and even though the formulas didn’t move, they seemed to still be a tad transferable.

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What I dislike immensely is the brush. The skinny brush looks cheap and makes the product hard to apply evenly. Come on, UD! We certainly expect more at this point in your life.

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Shown here:

Copycat (by itself), a bright pink with iridescent glitter - Copycat on top of Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red

White Lie (by itself), an iridescent white with blue-violet shift - White Lie on top of Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red

What I like: you can really get creative with these! Every single lipstick topper will give you a different color with a lipstick, so if you like to be unique, this could be something you’ll want to try out.

Choose from 12 shades total!

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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