Thursday, October 23, 2014

Essence of Beauty Launches a NEW Premium Bath & Body Line at CVS! Review and GIVEAWAY

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Hey Essence of Beauty Lovers! Essence of Beauty, CVS/pharmacy’s #1 best-selling fragrance and body care line, recently launched the NEW Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection this month, exclusive at CVS/pharmacy and online at www.CVS.com. Have you seen the new premium bath & body line at CVS? If not you need to run, not walk, over to your local CVS to scope out these fabulous products! As a bath product-loving beauty blogger who reviews a lot of higher end bath products, I must say that there is no question that this line is of premium quality. From the spa-like scents to the luxurious feel of the products, you are going to feel totally pampered when you use these items!

The Collection:
The exclusive line ($5.99-$9.99) is infused with nourishing, aromatic botanical ingredients and essential oils to bring the benefits of botanicals into your everyday bodycare regimen, with products to fulfill each part of the bath ritual, available in the following scents:
  • Lemon Verbena with Olive Oil – Energizing lemon verbena and soothing olive oil refresh and stimulate your senses 
  • Eucalyptus with Mint Oil – Soothing eucalyptus and spearmint oil cool and refresh your body 
  • Lavender with Rosemary Oil – Soft, calming lavender and rejuvenating rosemary oil relax your mind and body
Each scent includes seven naturally-inspired bath and body products: Hand Cream, Body Butter, Sugar Scrub, Botanical Body Wash, Foaming Bath Soak, Nourishing Body Oil and Shea Butter Bar Soap. The formulas contain plant extracts and essential oils, and the line is free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and gluten.

I had the opportunity to try out an assortment of products from the new Essence of Beauty Line. To hear my reviews for some of these items as well as to find out how you can enter to win the entire collection in the scent of your choosing (2 winners!), please click "read more" below!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2nd Annual National #ScrubOff Day with St. Ives!

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We all know that Halloween is October 31st. However, did you know that November 1st is the 2nd Annual "National Scrub Off Day" with St. Ives? lol, I betcha didn't! Well, what better time, or better excuse to try some new face scrubs...a good deep cleaning after that heavy Halloween makeup? St. Ives has a variety of scrubs with different levels of exfoliation depending on your skin type and how much scrubbing you need. I know that I am excited to try some of these out and participate in the #ScrubOff challenge! :)

 


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Holiday 2014 Preview: tarte's Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay Blush Palette!

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Can you believe it is time to talk about the Holidays already? Yes, it is that time! The Holiday Season is, hands-down, the best time to purchase makeup sets and palettes. Most of my favorite brands, like tarte, annually release limited edition Holiday sets and palettes. These sets are not only beautiful and available for a limited time, but also they are usually an amazing value, too!



Tarte has a fabulous lineup of Holiday Sets and Palettes this year! I got a chance to try out the amazing new Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay Blush Palette which is exclusive to Sephora.

I am a total blush fanatic. Not only do I love blushes, but I also collect palettes. So, yes...this Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay Blush Palette is pretty much my dream makeup item. What makes it even better? The gorgeous vintage-inspired packaging! This gorgeous slim clutch is perfect for travel and pretty enough to keep on top of your vanity! 

This set includes five exclusive brand new Amazonian clay blushes and two pretty hair pins.

The blush shades are:
  • Breathless (pinky beige)
  • Embraced (plummy rose)
  • Whimsy (light pink)
  • Bashful (rosy peach)
  • Irreplaceable (mauve rose) 
This gorgeous blush palette makes a great gift for a friend or for yourself! The blushes are so pretty and like all tarte Amazonian clay blushes, they are extremely pigmented, stay true to color, and are extremely long wearing. At $42.00, this is a really great deal for 5 blushes from tarte!

Have you seen tarte's Holiday collection? What are you eyeing from the collection?



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Monday, October 20, 2014

My Skin Loves: Kate Somerville's Gentle Daily Wash and Mega-C Dual Radiance Serum

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It is time for another update in the My Skin Loves series! This is where I highlight fabulous skincare products that I am currently using and loving. 

My Skin:
Before diving into talking about new products. Let me give ya'll a bit of background on my skin. I have classic combo skin (normal-oily in Spring/Summer and normal-dry in Fall/Winter). I get everything from dry patches to oily spots depending on the fluctuation of my skin. I just turned 40 a few months ago. So, I am *very* interested in anti-aging skincare. I have no major lines or wrinkles yet (whew!). I want to fend those off for as long as I can! So far, I just have fine lines that crop up around my eyes (especially when my skin is dry). I do occasionally break out. Not all the time, but I do get breakouts still. Typically, breakouts are on my chin and occasionally by my nose. I have a few dark spots that arrived with my pregnancy. Luckily, these are gradually fading (but still bothersome). My biggest skincare complaint? My very dark under eye circles. I have hereditary dark circles plus allergies and a general lack of sleep. So, my poor eye area looks haggard! Finding good eye creams and concealers is one of the main reasons I am into skincare and got into beauty blogging! ;)

There is no question, Kate Somerville is one of my Top 5 Skincare Brands. I am always excited to try out products from this line! Recently, I have been testing out Kate Somerville's Gentle Daily Wash and Mega-C Dual Radiance Serum. To find out more about these amazing products and how they worked for my skin, please click "read more" below!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Links!

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Prime Beauty checks out a few Holiday Collections and finds The Marc Jacobs Beauty Sky-Liner 7 Pc. Petite Highliner Collection--the perfect gift for the beauty enthusiast but she won't give it up!

With all of the gorgeous and luxurious beauty oils on the market, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has found four more to love from : African Botanics, Sisley, Aesop and evanhealy!!

The holidays can be a stressful time, but you still want your nails to look good! Nail polish strips (like Sally Hansen Salon Effects) are a great way to get a fabulous mani in minutes. Check out Jessika's Tips & Tricks for Applying Nail Polish Strips (and Making Them Last!) over on polish insomniac!

1. Smell good. 2. Get gorgeous lips. 3. Support Breast Cancer Awareness. How can you do all three? Check out Beauty Info Zone's review of Coach, Origins, and Smashbox BCA limited edition goodies!  

15 Minute Beauty is in the mood for pink! Is it October, is it the baby girl she's expecting any day, or maybe just a really pretty pink lippie? She created an easy every day look tutorial, inspired by the pink lip crayon.

Check out Carrie from eyeliner on a cat's review of aroma M Camellia Perfume and an interview with its creator, Maria McElroy. This is one GORGEOUS floral fragrance you'll not want to miss!

Contour and highlight might not be the most "exciting" part about makeup, but it adds so much to the face without seeming obvious! Sunny from Mostly Sunny gave Burberry Trench Sheer Eye Shadow and Earthy Blush Light Glow a go to see if they are the perfect candidates for the job!  

Phyrra shares one of the prettiest palettes for Fall, the Anastasia Tamanna Palette. See her review, comparison and tutorial!

The Painted Rogue NEEDS YOU! :-D She's trying to put together the best ever Ultimate Pocket Guide to Pink Lipsticks and, while she has a lot of lipsticks, it's your suggestions that will make this guide as complete as possible. Come on over and share your favourite MLBB lipstick!  

Perilously Pale shares a review of her favourite pieces from the NARS Laced With Edge Holiday 2014 Collection. The Lip Glosses!



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Introducing Scentbird: A Monthly Perfume Subscription (discount code)

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Introducting Scentbird: A Monthly Beauty Subscription for Perfume!!! 

Beauty Sample Subscriptions are everywhere! I will fully admit to being a complete beauty sample subscription addict. However, how many does one really need? Plus, I am really satisfied with my current rotation of beauty sample boxes. With that said, Scentbird really does offer something unique and different...a monthly service for perfume! A fragrance-lover's dream!

I do adore perfume and love trying new ones. However, perfume really is expensive! As much as I enjoy little sample vials. They are really too little to use more than a handful of times. My other beauty boxes offer these little glass vials but those only offer a few uses. 

Well, Scentbird has found a genius way for fragrance-lovers to really try a scent: 8 ml. purse-size vials filled with 100% authentic designer perfume that fit into a travel-friendly case. These vials are sent out monthly and provide enough perfume to keep you scented all month long!

The Scoop:
  • Just $14.95 a month gets you a 30-day supply of a designer perfume of your choice right to your door. Choose from 300+ top brands. The selection really is amazing! They have many scents that I have had my eye on for quite some time!
  • The perfume you select comes in a sleek purse-size spray that is super portable. Each month you just swap out the old scent and pop the new one into your Scentbird purse spray container.  
  • The purse spray of offers 8ml of the scent of your choice, enough to apply daily for a whole month. Its modern, compact design makes it easy to take along for touch-ups or travel.


     
Scentbird was born out of the frustration with the “perfume graveyard”- all those scents you once loved but got tired of wearing, all those scents you got as presents and never really loved, all gathering dust on your dresser. 60% of women who wear perfume switch between multiple fragrances. In fact, the #1 reason women buy perfume is to get something new or different,” says Mariya Nurislamova, Scentbird’s CEO

  • Go to www.scentbird.com and answer a few quick questions. Scentbird gets to know your scent preferences in minutes. You can search for something in particular that you have been wanting to try...or you can go with their monthly featured selection.
  • Set up a "Perfume Calender". Think of this like your trusty "Netflix queue. You can add favorites here if you like to be consistant or switch it up by adding new fragrances each month (Scentbird is always adding new scents!).  
  • $14.95 gets you a monthly purse spray. You get a complimentary perfume case with your first order. Drop purse spray into the case, twist and it’s ready to go.  
  • Shipping is free and you can cancel anytime!
 
Curious to find out what scent I got from Scentbird this month? To hear that info and get my discount code, please click "read more" below! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Desperately Seeking SPF: Radical Skincare's NEW Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30

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It is time for another update in my Desperately Seeking SPF series! This series is all about finding fabulous SPFs for the face as well as the body. SPF is an absolute daily "must have" for me. Not only does skin cancer run in my family, but also I have lost a dear friend to Melanoma. I don't mess around when it comes to wearing SPF! I apply it every single day. To top that, my skin is somewhat sensitive and temperamental. Like many with Combo skin, my skins needs seem to change seasonally: I am dryer in the winter and more oily in the warmer months. I want good SPF not only for Cancer prevention, but also for the anti-aging benefits as well. I recently turned 40, gasp, and I attribute everyone not believing that I am 40 to my years of wearing great SPFs!


For today's post, I am going to highlight the fabulous new SPF from Radical Skincare: Radical's Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30. I am a HUGE fan of this line. If you missed my previous reviews, be sure to check them out here: Radical Skincare's Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum and  Radical Skincare's Age Defying Exfoliating Pads (these are still my favorite things ever!). This skincare line just *works* for my skin! 
To find out more details about Radical Skincare's Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 and to hear about how I liked it, please click "read more" below!
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