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Monday, November 30, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Kiehl's Limited Edition Creme de Corps

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015:
Why not start out your Holiday 2015 Christmas Shopping with a gift that gives back? Kiehl's has some great options!

This holiday season, Kiehl’s Since 1851 continues its philanthropic tradition. The brand is proud to collaborate with New York-based designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra and launch their 7th Annual Limited Edition Crème de Corps Holiday Collection, featuring custom art designed by the award-winning duo. 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from this limited edition collection, up to $100,000 will help provide 1,000,000 meals to families this holiday season through Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Amazing!!!
Creme de Corps (classic formula):
Considered the most hydrating body moisturizer in the Kiehl's line, this super-enriched, nuturing body treatment is formulated with Beta-Carotene, Squalane and nurturing oils; ideal for even extremely dry skin. Leaves skin soft, smooth, and elegantly hydrated. The original, classic formulation and customer favorite for decades. $29.50-$48.00. Plus, the Holiday label design is super cute and festive! A great gift for anyone on your list!

OMG! This smells sooooo good! Plus, the texture? Divinely whipped. This is a beautifully scented and decadently moisturizing cream for your skin. My skin has literally just been drinking this stuff up! What a great gift! Luxuriously scented cream – light on skin, yet rich in 24-hour hydration. Decadently air-whipped for instant penetration to restore, protect, and soften skin. Quickly absorbed to deliver deep moisturization and leave a light, addictive scent on skin. No parabens, glycols or silicones. 8 oz.: $38.00

Kiehl's is also excited to announce that Chris Salgardo, President of Kiehl’s USA is launching his first book from Random House, MANMADE: The Essential Skincare and Grooming Reference for Every Man. This is the first book to offer men advice tailored to their lifestyle and interest level by devoting chapters to the specific grooming needs of 5 different archetypes of men. MANMADE provides straightforward guidance to help men of all types becomes the best version of themselves. 

So what are the different archetypes of men? I want to know!
·      The Modern Gentleman: What It Takes to Be Polished and On Point Today
·      The Hands-On Man: How-To’s and Hacks for the Guy Who Gets Things Done
·      The Extreme Dude: Practical Advice for the Man Who Pushes the Limits
·      The Rebel Artist: A Few Rules for Thriving Against the Grain
·      The Renaissance Man: A Thoughtful Approach to Maintaining Body and Soul

This book offers straightforward tips that offer men practical advice about grooming. From life hacks, to travel tips, to interviews, this book is a nice read! MANMADE will be available for purchase in participating Kiehl’s stores and on on November 20th and nationwide on December 1, 2015. This is a great gift for the men in your life! I know that I always struggle a bit more with finding gifts for my husband, Dad, Father-in-Law, and Brother. This book would make a really nice gift!

How far along are you with your Christmas shopping this year? Me? I still have so much more to do! I hope this post gave you a few good ideas from Kiehl's!

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Links!

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Blushing Noir shares a fabulous foundation pick for those of us with oily skin! Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation is a serious contender for her favorite foundation of the year!

Need a gift for someone who has everything? If so, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog highly recommends L'Occitane The Secret to Beautiful Hands Gift Set, and it also makes an amazing hostess gift! Plus, L'Occitane is having amazing Cyber Monday deals that you won't want to miss!

It's time to get your organization skills back in working order and Beauty Info Zone has just the right product for you from Melody Susie. This organizer will be just the thing for the new year.  

Prime Beauty has put together a list of great gift ideas for the beauty obsessed that won't make your wallet cry! Check out Beauty Gifts under $30!  

15 Minute Beauty is sharing her favorite products to get party ready, just in time for all of your holiday parties!

Kristina from The Feminine Files thinks that the Ulta Exclusive Tarte Timeless Treasures set is the perfect Holiday gift for any Tarte enthusiast or newbie!

Looking for ideas to perfect your holiday look? Check out Phyrra's Easy Holiday Party Beauty Ideas & Tutorials!  

Pammy Blogs Beauty kicks off her Holiday Gift Guide 2015 with some awesome gift ideas from L'Occitane.

Allison from Never Say Die Beauty shares the beauty products that she’s been thankful for in 2015!

Is the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette worth all the hype? Check out Perilously Pale's review for all the details and swatches to find out!

Check out the perfect gifts for her under $50! Hairspray and Highheels has the scoop!

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Spa Night with TruSelf Organics: Detoxifying Mask (review plus Black Friday deal!)

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Spa Night at Home with TruSelf Organics:
During the busy Holiday Season, it is nice to treat yourself to some home pampering. As much as I love the Holidays (after all, they are my favorite time of the year!), it can be stressful. There is just so much to do: errands, Holiday shopping, Christmas parties, school calendar is booked! The hustle and bustle of the season is fun; but also, it is exhausting! When I am feeling overwhelmed by my schedule or over-tired, I retreat and unwind with spa-treatments at home.

My Ideal Spa Night:
Nothing beats a warm bath, soothing music, a facial mask, and candles to get me relaxed and feeling more like myself! I wait until the kids are down for the evening so that I can take my time and really enjoy the full spa experience. 

I like switching up my facial masks and body products depending on what my skin needs. Recently, I have been using the TruSelf Organics Detoxifying Mask and I am really loving it! 

The TruSelf Organics Detoxifying Mask instantly clears, tones and detoxifies your skin... Naturally! Powerful detoxifying action works instantly to restore blemish-prone skin. Toning action helps to reduce discolorations, fine lines, wrinkles and scars and creates a glowing, even skin complexion. 

This mask is so powerful and so effective! Not to mention that I am so impressed with how pure it is. There are simply no bad ingredients: No Preservatives, No Parabens, No Petroleum, No Phthalates, No Artificial Dyes, or Synthetic Fragrances. 
The mask was formulated with pure ingredients: a blend of natural clays that work to draw out impurities from your skin. 
  • Proprietary Clay Blend: Pure Calcium Bentonite Clay (Volcanic Clay-takes out the bad stuff and replaces it with minerals. Also a cure-all for skin issues like acne and rashes), White Kaolin Clay (aids in cleansing and exfoliation), Rose Kaolin Clay (improves circulation), Moroccan Red Clay (contains iron oxides, highly absorbent, has tightening effect), Dead Sea Clay (very mineral rich, accelerates exfoliation while balancing pH), Moroccan Rhassoul Clay (Mineral rich and removes impurities. Also, helps skin's clarity)
  • Epsom Salt: Epsom salt is actually a magnesium and sulfate compound. It is so healing to the skin. It aids in exfoliation and helps remove blackheads.
  • Pure Collagen Hydrolysate: Helps to plump the ski
My Skin:
I have classic combination skin that is also somewhat sensitive (occasional redness or irritation bumps). My skin is more oily-normal in the warmer months. However, once it turns cold, I am normal-dry. I am in my early 40's. Luckily I do not have any major signs of aging yet. However, I am really trying to use the best possible skincare to keep signs of aging at bay. I do occasionally experience mild breakouts and clogged pores.

The mask itself is in a powder form. So, you mix it up with warm water right before use. I use approximately 50% water to 50% powdered mask. I recommend to add less water first and then slowly add more as needed. That way, you don't end up mixing more mask than you need (which would waste it). When mixed with water, the mask turns into a super creamy paste-like consistency. The texture actually surprised me! I thought that it would feel gritty...but, no! It is super soft and smooth and creamy. It feels really good going on the skin.

TruSelf Organics recommends starting out with using this mask once or twice weekly for up to 10 minutes. As your skin gets acclimated to the mask, you can increase your usage and allow the mask to fully dry (which takes about 30 mins). I find that for my skin, I do best when I do not let the mask fully dry. 

How I Use my TruSelf Organics Detoxifying Mask:
First I gently cleanse my skin. Then I apply the mixed mask to my face with my hands. I leave the mask on for almost 10 minutes.

This mask is so powerful. It is probably one of the most powerful masks that I have ever used. It really sucks everything out of your pores. It is quite impressive! The mask becomes tight feeling on your skin as it starts to dry. You can really feel the lifting and tightening effect on your skin. Sometimes I like to apply the mask before getting into the bathtub. I can let it sit while the steam helps it to penetrate. However, I also use this mask on non-bath nights, too! After about 10 minutes, I rinse the mask with water. Sometimes I like to rinse it and then use a warm wet washcloth to help remove the mask. Then I let the warm washcloth just lie on my face for a few minutes. I love the feeling! Very spa-like!

After rinsing off the mask, my skin is incredibly soft and smooth. This mask provides a high level of exfoliation which I really do enjoy. My skin responds so well to this mask! I really love it. I think that it is one of the most effective masks that I own. This is a great mask to use whenever you feel like you have clogged pores or breakouts that you need to banish. Plus, I feel that my skincare products absorb better and apply better after the deep cleansing and exfoliation that this mask provides. Even the next morning after an evening mask application, I notice how ultra soft my skin is. Also, I must say that I am impressed with how gentle the mask is. I have somewhat sensitive skin and this mask does not irritate my skin nor leave me looking red or irritated. It is nice to find a balance: a mask that is strong enough to do great things for your skin without risking irritation.

If you are looking for a highly effective mask with ultra pure and natural ingredients, look no further than TruSelf Organics! I am really inspired not only by this mask, but also the whole philosophy of this brand and the brand's founder Amanda. TruSelf Organics wants you to join their Love Yourself Movement! A good skincare routine is part of taking care of yourself and loving yourself. Our bodies need a happy balance! I know that I personally enjoy my "love myself" spa moments with my TruSelf Organics product!

What are your treat yourself moments? Are you a spa-products lover like me? If you are looking for a fabulous mask that leaves your skin super soft and clarified, please check out this TruSelf Organics Detoxifying Mask! :)
Black Friday Deal at TruSelf Organics:
30% off sale starting 11/27 - 11/30: Use code: LOVE30

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

His & Hers Beauty Besties CVS Haul!

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CVS Beauty Besties:
It is time for a CVS Beauty Haul! This time, there is a twist...this is a His & Hers haul! CVS is one of our go-to drugstores for beauty products, medicines, toiletries, and other daily staples. When CVS suggested that I grab a Bestie and head out to CVS for a haul, I decided to grab my husband and have some fun with some CVS shopping! Hey-we are parents for 2 kids under 4. A CVS haul feels like a mini-vacation, lol! Plus, my husband has grown to be a bit of a product-lover like me.

CVS Deals: November is the Month to Shop:
Before diving into our His & Hers Beauty Besties Haul, lets talk a bit about some of the deals that are going on at CVS this month:

CVS/pharmacy is celebrating the festive month of November with special deals storewide and online! From 11/1-11/21, shoppers can earn more than $50 ExtraBucks™ Rewards in stores and save over $35 online throughout the month by purchasing select beauty products from brands like Makeup Academy, Maybelline, L’Oréal, Nuance by Salma Hayek, and CoverGirl! Whether you’re getting an early start on your holiday shopping or restocking your beauty closet, CVS has got you covered for the best beauty deals in skincare, haircare and/or makeup!  

Deals Include:
  • Makeup Academy – Spend $12, get $4 ExtraBucks Rewards in stores/$4 off online
  • Maybelline (eye, face, lips)  – Buy 2, get $5 ExtraBucks Rewards in stores/$5 off online
  • L’Oréal (eye, face, lips, nails) – Spend $12, get $4 ExtraBucks Rewards in stores/$4 off online
  • Nuance by Salma Hayek – Spend $15, get $3 ExtraBucks Rewards in stores/$3 off online
  • Sally Hansen (nails) – Spend $15, get $5 ExtraBucks Rewards in stores/$5 off online
As you know, Beauty Club membership has numerous perks (free sign-up, 10% off beauty shopping pass at enrollment, $5 ExtraBucks® Rewards for every $50 spent on qualifying beauty purchases).

How I got my Great Deals: 
Shopping tips for using CVS Extra Care card, Extra Bucks, and Coupons:

There is no question, I got some amazing deals during my CVS haul! One thing I have really noticed in my years of CVS shopping, the more you spend, the better the deals. For this haul, I got over $160 worth of products for just over $110! Amazing! So, how did I save so much money??? Here is how I got such a great deal: First, I downloaded a 25% off coupon digitally to my CVS extracare (discount card I carry on my key chain). I got the coupon in my email which is linked to my CVS extracare card number. It was as easy as reading my email on my phone and clicking "download to card". Whenever I get to CVS, I scan my card at one of their kiosks. The kiosk prints out coupon and a summary of the discounts on my card. So, when I got to CVS to shop, the kiosk print out confirmed my 25% was loaded and printed me out about 5 coupons (3 of which I used in my haul for $2 off over $10 in vitamins, $3.00 off Revlon, and $1.50 off of Batteries). Plus, my purchase earned me $7.00 in Extra Bucks (a coupon you get after purchase attached to your recipt. Extra Bucks work just like cash at CVS!). Tip: I have found that I do best when I use my Extra Bucks right away (otherwise, I risk losing them in my purse or forgetting about them). So, just when I thought I was "done" shopping, I used my $7.00 Extra Bucks coupon to buy a Revlon lipstick with my $3.00 off coupon. This saved me $10.00! So, my Revlon lipstick ended up being only $2.29 with tax! These are just some of the deals I got! I will detail more below. :) Keep reading!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Gift Sets and More from L'Occitane!

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I am so excited to be able to share information and my first impressions of L'Occitane's Holiday 2015 Gift Sets! L'Occitane is one of my very favorite luxury lines. The Holidays really is the best time to explore this line as the Gift Sets that they offer are a tremendous value. Plus, they really are beautiful gifts! 

I got a couple Gift Sets to try out, the Pamplemousse Rhubarbe Eau de Toilette, and the Advent Calendar (my favorite!!!) to try out. Keep reading to find out more info on all of these items and to hear my first impressions! :)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Guilty Pleasures with Phyrra!

Courtney is sharing her biggest guilty pleasure today. Head over to Phyrra to see her ever growing collection of books!

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Friday, November 20, 2015 "Thanksgiveaway" Giveaway Info plus First Impressions of Some Giveaway Items!

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To get you guys excited about the Giveaway, I had a chance to try out a couple of the items that are being featured on the Giveaway at! Now, this is not a full product review as I only had the chance to try these items out briefly (and for a full review, I like to use products for an extended period of time). Either way, I wanted to get the information to you ASAP so that you could head over to the site to participate in the Giveaway yourself and you could also scope these amazing brands out on the site!

I had the opportunity to try out the EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 and La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Eyes, and the EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser.

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