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Happy Aloha Friday.  I figured that I would stop in today and share with you some info on a product I’ve been using over the last month.  I don’t use heat on my hair often, well – honestly, it’s a rare occasion.  But, I have been showering late at night lately since my schedule has me out later in the day and to keep from going to bed with wet hair, I have been using a dryer to help a sistah out a bit.  Today, I’m going to be sharing with you the Conair Infiniti Pro 584NP-6 Hair Dryer, so let’s get started, shall we?

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The Infinity PRO by Conair comes with Conair’s lightest weight professional AC motor.  Retailing for just $59.99, it is a 1875 Watt hair dryer that offers you 3 heat settings and 2 speed settings for the perfect control over styling  your hair.  Ceramic technology provides infrared heat to protect your hair from heat damage and a true cold shot button to provide you with a burst of cold when you  need it.  With concentrator and diffuser attachments and a removable filter so you have all the tools on hand for your favorite hair styles and to dry your hair.

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The hair dryer is quite lightweight and has been comfortable for me to hold in my hands, even with my carpal tunnel syndrome.  I also have very long hair and love that my hands, arms and wrists don’t feel like they just had a workout after using the dryer.  With it’s Ionic Technology – you will get up to 75% less frizz (compared to hair dryers with  natural ion generation) and I love that it dryers my hair quickly, without causing my hair to feel dry or brittle.

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The Infinity PRO by Conair is definitely powerful considering the weight of the dryer.  My hair is long (as I mentioned previously), but below my waist, so drying my curly hair can be a pain in my behind.  With this dryer I find that I am able to dry my hair quickly which is wonderful.  Besides the Ionic Technology, the Infinity PRO also has Ceramic Technology to provide infrared heat to help protect your hair from heat damage.  Since I have curls, I want to be able to dry my hair without the added frizz and without the damage, especially since my hair is so long.  This dryer has definitely been a great addition to my hair game.

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So – now that I gave you a bunch of the details on what it does to my hair and how it works, let’s talk about the gorgeous look of this hair dryer.  The beautiful champagne color with rose gold accents makes a great addition to any beauty lovers vanity.  I am loving how this looks and I was beyond impressed with the packaging overall.  It’s also very durable considering how lightweight the dryer is.  I have dropped this on my tile flooring at least 5 different times and it’s held up extremely well without breaking.  Of course, I don’t suggest you doing that.

“Lightweight yet powerful, perfect for precision styling.”

While I’m not big on using heat on my hair often, when I do, I always want to make sure I’m using something that will not add any additional stress to my hair.  Living in Hawaii in general already takes a toll on my hair because of the humidity and warmth, not to mention the fact that my hair is curly and long – all things that contribute to my hair being so finicky.  A good styling tool is always a great thing to have in my beauty arsenal.  Considering the cost of this dryer and how it easy it is to use and how it works, I definitely would recommend it to anyone.   This dryer is definitely a spring and summer beauty hack – leaving you with dry and styled hair in shorter drying time.  I definitely suggest anyone checking it out.

You can purchase this product and learn more about here.

So what about you?  Can you see adding this hair dryer to your hair routine?

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I know, I know… we are already in the second month of the new year, but it really is the perfect time to get started on a great skin care regimen (if you haven’t already started).  By this time, your skin is probably over the dry and cold winter weather and looking for a way to escape – I know mine is.  I find that this time of the year is the perfect time to get my skin in check and get it clear, healthy and ready to welcome Spring.  I also find that since I’ve been using minimal makeup lately, I really need to make sure that the products I choose will help bring my fresh and bright face forward.  I try a lot of skin care products and over the last month or so, I also included Derma E into that mix.  Let’s check it out, shall we?

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The first thing I wanted to touch base on is the Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50 – Net. wt. 1.7 oz / 48g).  Now a similar mask from Derma E has been one of my favorites over the last year or so, but I love the new packaging design and overall look of their products and the new additives that this mask has.  This mask helps to deeply detoxify the skin of harmful micropollutants in two ways:  1)  The natural clays infused with Kimarine Wakame, Bladerwrack and Activated Charcoal lift out dirt, oil and bacteria to congest pores as the mask dries; and 2) Apricot Seed Powder exfoliates away dead skin cells and captured debris upon removal while the Kaolin and Bentonite Clay absorb excess oils and impurities, relieving skin congestion.

Now – let’s talk a bit technical for a moment and discuss how this all works – shall we?  The Kimarine Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect the skin against environmental pollutants like exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke and heavy metals.  Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment.  The Activated Charcoal is known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, to purge the pores of deeply rooted toxins and the Apricot Seed Powder gently exfoliates away the micropollutants.  All of these things working together create a mask that is ideal for oil, active or urban skin types, and is safe for reactive skin since it has minimal ingredients and is allergy tested.  Derma E suggests using this formula once or twice a week to see skin that looks dramatically fresher, healthier and purely glowing.

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Now – I talked about how I have used the other mask in the past but there is a bit of a difference in this mask versus the other Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask I’ve used.  I can only use that mask once every 2 weeks or so to avoid and Eczema flare up, but this one I could use once a week.  This mask has small little Apricot Seeds inside to really help with exfoliating.  After using this mask my skin looks so bright, fresh and clean and it’s one of my favorites to use about 3-4 days before a big event or date night because my skin is literally glowing.  Using this mask in combination with my other skin care products (from different brands) has been great and I’m loving that I can get these products at my local stores, making it easy for me to consistently keep up with the regimen.

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Next on my list is the Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($15.50 – Net. wt. 4 oz. / 113g).  This scrub is one of my favorites for my sensitive skin.  It’s gentle enough for daily use to help lift away micropollutants and impurities while still promoting oxgenation for a fresh, healthy radiant look.  This mask is Doctor developed and clinically tested.  It is a revitalizing formula that contains some of the most powerful minerals and natural toxin fighters from the earth and from the sea.  With Kimarine Wakame (which I mentioned above and stated what it’s great benefits are) to Bladderwrack, Activated Charcoal, Apricot Seed Powder and Green Tea which delivers potent antioxidant defense.  This product is also ideal for oily skin and is safe for reactive skin since it also has minimal ingredients and is allergy-tested.  If you are looking for a formula that boosts skin purity for a refreshed, glowing complexion, you’ll really enjoy this one.

While you can use this scrub daily, I only use it every other day since again, my skin is quite sensitive.  I love how fresh and clean my skin feels after I’ve used this scrub and I think it will be one of those products that I enjoy from Derma E.  I love that this scrub is non-irritating and soothes my skin leaving it really soft after just one use.  I will a notation however, that this is not the traditional type of scrub you would expect to use, it’s thicker than usual (because of the clay) and the bits of Apricot Seed Powder is larger than I had expected.  It makes a great scrub for the body too – though I’ve been enjoying it on my face.

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This particular scrub is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil free, lanolin-free, gluten free and GMO-free.

Like I said before, while I do have a certain regimen I like to keep to and love trying new skin care products, it’s kind of cool to add new ones to my mix and I’ve been enjoying these from Derma E.  Have you tried anything from Derma E and if you have, what are your favorites or the ones you enjoy?  Have you tried these?  If so, what do you think about them.

You can purchase, get a full ingredient list and check out Derma E products at: http://dermae.com/

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I’ll be honest, I didn’t think that I would write about these, but since I already filmed the video review and it’s been sitting in my Que for release for a few weeks now, I figured that I would write one anyway.  My opinions haven’t changed since first trying these lippies and I doubt that they will.  Let’s get on with it – shall we?  Today I’m talking to you about the Wet n Wild Color Icon Metallic Liquid Lipsticks from the Limited Edition Lost in the Wild Flowers collection.

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The Wet n Wild Color Icon Metallic Liquid Lipsticks from the Lost in the Wild Flowers collection showed up in my local Walgreens about a month (or more) ago and I found four shades available.  The display was quite picked through so I’m not quite sure if there are more colors available, but I picked up what my Walgreens had and I was really excited to get my hands on them.  Retailing for just $3.99 these metallic liquid lipsticks were a part of a limited edition collection that included nail polishes and some blush and highlighters (or that is what I seen in the display) and I decided I would only pick up the lipsticks.

Now this new craze of metallic liquid lipsticks seem to be hitting quite a few companies and brands as they are being released all over the internet and you may have already seen different brands like Kylie Jenner and Milani – even ColourPop recently released a set of them.  I was quite excited to try one that was affordable.  After bringing the four shades home with me, I immediately began to swatch each one.

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The packaging is adorable and I love how small it is while still packing in a good amount of product.  The doe foot applicator is also quite nice.  It has a slight dip in the applicator allowing you to apply the product to your lips easily and ensuring the product hugs your lips to create shape.  It reminds me of the Jordana Sweet Cream liquid lipstick applicator which I talk about in this post here.  The only difference is that the one from Wet n Wild, the applicator is a little more on the fluffier side, but it still makes applying the product a breeze.

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If you are looking for a lip product that is much like a gloss, you may like this particular lippy.  This reminds me of a glittery gloss with a similar texture.  It’s kind of odd to me to be honest and applying it on my lips – while the colors are pigmented, it looked weird and felt uncomfortable.  This is not a liquid lipstick texture I would prefer.  It reminds me of a gel like lip gloss formula with shimmer and metallic flecks.

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Longevity… I couldn’t say that these lasted AT ALL.  They kiss off very easily and drinking or eating anything really left a mess behind.  While they do have nice pigment and color, I hate that when I wipe it off my lips, it leaves that metallic shimmer behind which settles into the fine lines and cracks in my lips.  It’s unattractive and really emphasizes all those lines on my lips whether at it’s full pigmentation or faded.  I also haven’t seen any other colors available in this line and while I’m not a fan, maybe a different color selection would make for a different opinion.  All of the shades have a blue base to them, which is not my favorite to wear – especially if they have a shimmer or metallic look to them.

 

Since they are so affordable, I think they would definitely be a great topper for a matte lipstick or something fun to wear.  They oddly remind me of my childhood – which by the way, I am a child of the 80s and a teen of the 90s, so that says a lot about the shade range and finish.  While I was able to apply the lip products and get color from them, there is a lot of streaky color application and sometimes I felt like I was applying more and more but rubbing off color at the same time.  While these are cheap, unless you have something fun planned for them – I don’t think they would be used well for every day or even special occasions.  I have had MANY Wet n Wild lippies over the years and these definitely made the “eh” list because I have them so I’ll try to make use of them, but I’m not a fan and don’t think I will be.  If I had to absolutely choose one out of the whole bunch, I think “Coming Up Roses” – the darkest shade in the bunch, would probably be my favorite – though, I wouldn’t exactly use the word “favorite”.  One I know I would be able to make use of is the purple shade – Indigo Your Own Way.  When it comes to the metallic part in that particular lipstick, it lends for the glitter to be more wearable then the rest.

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In the packaging, these look like absolutely beautiful colors and I think they are… but for me personally, I think they just were not the right fit.  At under $4.00 each – the price point is nice and I’m sure I’ll figure out a way to make use of them.  Have you tried these yet and if so, what are your thoughts?  If you haven’t, do you think you’ll be checking any of these out.

Click here to watch my video as I walk you through my thoughts and swatches: https://youtu.be/v1E7hCMtpQs

I have always been a fan of Wet n Wild and I’m really enjoying their new releases I’ve seen hitting the stores lately, but this particular set I think could use some improvements.  Texture, longevity and overall formulation could use some changes and are certainly to be desired.  While this is my opinion of these liquid lipsticks from Wet n Wild, that doesn’t change my general opinion of the brand, and I do still enjoy what WnW offers.

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I’m so excited for the Spring season that has been gracing our islands here in Hawaii.  It is not only a perfect time for soft April showers and beautiful flora and fauna, but I’m also stoked that the weather will not be as dry as it is in the winter and therefore, my hair will not be so dry and brittle as well.  With the weather changing I try to incorporate new products into my hair care routine to help protect against the warmth of the sun as well as the stress that my body and hair can go through.  I love to find new products on the market, especially when given the option to try something new in a travel size.  Today I share with you the Jet Set Hair Trio from Pacifica Beauty which is a set of three hair products from the new Hair Healing Collection.

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The Pacifica Beauty Jet Set Hair Trio Kale Collection ($19.00 – Shampoo & Conditioner 2.0 fl.oz. / 59 mL and Leave-On Conditioner 0.5 fl.oz. / 14mL) is available along with the entire Hair Healing Collection exclusively at Ulta Beauty.  This fantastic collection of goodies includes three products from the Kale Collection to help with the stress and pollution protection of your hair as well as the detoxifying extracts for that goodness our hair needs.

This awesome collection is perfect for the “jet setter” and includes products that are 100% Vegan and Cruelty-free.  Since everyday pollutants can ruin and/or damage your hair’s color, health and style, these products are formulated to help with those issues.  You can “say goodbye to bad hair days forever”.  No parabens, SLS, phthalates or animal ingredients are used in these products so they are perfect solutions for people like myself who have curly hair and want to not only protect their hair but keep their curls looking great too.

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The Super Kale Juiced-Up Shampoo helps with the volume you crave while deeply purifying your hair for a clean, super healthy look.  Kale and super fruits come together in this innovative formula designed to help protect your hair from damage and pollution.

Ingredients: aqua, sodium c14-16 olefin sulfonate (coconut), vegetable glycerin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, moringa pterygosperma seed extract, euterpe oleracea (açaí) fruit oil, passiflora edulis (passionfruit) seed oil, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, hydrolyzed rice protein, polyquaternium-44, soyamidopropalkonium chloride, panthenol (vitamin b), guar hydroxypropyl trimonium chloride, caprylic/capric triglyceride, brassica oleracea (kale) extract, phospholipids, oriza sativa rice bran oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) water, arginine (amino acid), citric acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethyl hexyl glycerin, parfum (all natural),ginkgo biloba extract,white willow bark extract, horsetail extract.

The Super Kale Juiced-Up Conditioner gives your hair weightless hydration, volume and leaves your hair looking super healthy.  Kale and super fruits come together in this innovative formula to help strengthen your hair and leaving your hair soft and silky.

Ingredients: aqua, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice, helianthus annus (sunflower) seed oil, hydrolyzed rice protein, sorbitan sesquicaprylate, moringa pterygosperma seed extract, euterpe oleracea (açaí) fruit oil, passiflora edulis (passionfruit) seed oil* oriza sativa rice bran oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, caprylic/ capric triglyceride, amodimethicone, panthenol (vitamin b), citric acid, brassica oleracea (kale) extract, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, arginine (amino acid), tocopherols (vitamin e), ethyl hexyl glycerin, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, parfum (all natural), arnica montana extract, thymus vulgaris (thyme) extract, gardenia tahitensis flower extract (monoi)

The Hairvana Leave-On Detangling Conditioner feels so wonderful in the hair (and smells great too).  It’s an innovative detangling cream that helps to support flexibility, balance, strength and a healthy shine.  This product works well to help with flyaways and frizz and leaves your hair looking smoother without that funky build-up that some products can leave behind.

Ingredients: aqua, cetyl alcohol, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cetrimonium chloride, hydrolyzed rice protein, amodimethicone, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, behentrimonium methosulfate, panthenol (vitamin b), kale extract, agave equilana leaf extract/agave tequilana, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, oriza sativa rice bran oil, arginine (amino acid), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, lecithin, tocopherols (vitamin e), citric acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethyl hexyl glycerin, gardenia tahitensis flower extract (monoi), rubus idaeus (raspberry) fruit extract, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) extract, chamomilla recutita matricaria extract, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, parfum (all natural), ginkgo biloba extract. 

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If you are looking to try out some new hair care products to prepare your locks for the Spring and Summer months, I think this little set will be perfect for you to try some of the new hair care from Pacifica Beauty.  I’m quite impressed with the line up of products that they have in the New Hair Healing Collection and these three in the set are a great selection to try.  Since I’m a Kale juice for breakfast every morning kind of gal, I love that these offer a super food that’s perfect for my hair.  With all the damage from heat and color or just all around stress, you can’t go wrong with a little help.

You can get this collection or other hair healing products from Pacifica exclusively at Ulta.  The collection includes a variety of awesome hair loving products and I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on the Coconut Super Power line (since we all know I’m a coconut oil addict and coconut lover).  I’m always impressed with what Pacifica has to offer and while most products work, some may not… I can honestly say that it is a brand I continue to enjoy and look forward to trying out new goodies from the line.

Have you tried any of these products from Pacifica before?  What about you, do you have hair that could use a little Super Fruits and Veggies to help combat stress and damage?  Comment below and let me know what you are looking forward to trying out from Pacifica Beauty.

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When it comes to hair care – I try a lot of different products.  I have hair that tends to be a bit finicky and definitely needs extra care.  While I do have my favorites, I’m always interested in trying out new things and I especially love a good hair product that includes some of my favorite ingredients like Argan and Coconut oils.  With curls for days and long tresses, I do what I can to keep my crazy hair at bay.  Recently I was sent some goodies for my hair – the L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Collection and today I’m going to share my thoughts with all of you.

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The L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Collection includes products that are perfect for dry hair – which just happens to be the type of hair I have.  Since my hair is so long and because I live in a tropical climate, my locks tend to be drier than I would like – which means I need to compensate with hair products that will add extra moisture.  The Extraordinary Oil line not only helps to rehydrate and restore my hair, but some of the products like the Extraordinary Oil Curls Re-nourish mask also help with my curly hair.  I received 4 out of the 7 different products I seen on their website and I’ll break it down for you and share my thoughts on each I had the opportunity to try.

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First, you have the L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Shampoo ($4.99 / 25.4 fl.oz. – 750mL).  This shampoo is perfect for daily care to help dry and lifeless hair.  It’s a lightweight shampoo that is non-greasy and when applied to the hair – it left my hair feeling really clean, but not dry.  I don’t have very many lathering products since I try to use sulfate-free hair care, so I really worried that this shampoo would leave my hair stripped of its natural oils.  It actually did really well with my hair and I literally noticed after the first wash that my hair was pretty shiny and soft.

The advanced formula of the Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Shampoo includes an oil complex that has oils + botanical extracts in oil to rapidly propel hydration to the fiber and seal the cuticle.  With the Arginine-K Complex, this system penetrates the hair fiber from the root, to the core, to the tip for healthier feeling and looking hair.  Once you use this product, your hair is just about instantly transformed to silkier, softer – more lustrous hair.  I was not only amazed, but very impressed.  I only wash my hair about one to two times a week so I worried that this product would leave my curls dry and my hair (and my scalp) seemed to like the product overall.  Oh – did I mention it has a soft fragrance?  I actually really enjoy the scent, it’s light – but smells really good… almost floral, though I do not think that is it.  I believe it is a mix of the argan and coconut oil, but I haven’t been able to pinpoint it yet.  I like that the fragrance is light because it doesn’t affect my allergies.

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The L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Conditioner ($4.99 / 25.4 fl.oz. – 750mL) can be used for daily care to help with dry, lifeless hair.  It’s lightweight and non-greasy just like the shampoo and includes the same oil complex as well.  After just one wash, I noticed my hair definitely softer and smoother.  I love the thickness of this conditioner.  It is not too thick, but thick enough to coat my hair nicely but still offering a good amount of slip.  This conditioner really is the perfect one for detangling my hair while in the shower, which I like to do.

Just like the shampoo – the conditioner claims to help rejuvenate the hair with weightless nutrition.  The Extraordinary Oil system instantly transforms dry, lifeless strands into silkier, softer, more lustrous hair.  With the Advanced Formula Oil Complex of oils and botanical extracts in the oil – this conditioner helps to rapidly propel hydration to the fiber and seals the cuticle.  It also includes the Arginine K complex to help penetrate hair fiber from root, to core, to tip for healthier hair.  After the first use of using this product, I was amazed at how much I enjoy it.  It did well in moisturizing and hydrating my hair and left my hair very very soft.

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I’m all about a great mask, especially one that is formulated to help my curls so I was intrigued and excited to try this one from L’Oreal.  The L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Curls Re-Nourish Mask ($6.99 / 8.5 fl.oz. – 250 mL) is formulated to rehydrate, restore and reinfuse bounce into naturally curly hair.  It’s a rinse-out treatment best suited for very dry and curly hair.  This mask instantly penetrates the hair to quench and calm even very dry, curly hair with hydration and nutrition.  The Re-Nourish mask is made with the Extraordinary Oil system to help defrizz the hair, and infuse curls with bounce.

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The mask itself has a very light scent to it – like the other products in this line and is quite thick, though still manageable.  It includes the Advanced Treatment Oil Complex (AMLA Extract) system with oils + botanical extracts in oil to penetrate the fiber to instantly replenish curls with nourishment and elasticity.  After one use I noticed my hair was shinier, rehydrated and soft but also – my curls had a lot of bounce.

When it comes to masks, I can use a lot of it (just like conditioners) because my hair is nearly past my rear.  I found that this product was thick enough to coat my strands, but also thin enough to be worked into my hair without using a lot of product as I normally would.  It’s easy to use – simply apply this mask to your wet hair after shampooing.  Massage through to the ends of your hair and leave in for 3-5 minutes before rinsing.  This product has to be rinsed out.  It is too thick and has too much oils in it to leave over night in my opinion… I tried it the first time I used it just to see and it left my scalp feeling kind of oily.  I did like it when used as directed and at the price point, I think I may continue to purchase this product to keep on hand.  It really helped to soften my dry ends leaving them looking healthy and smooth.

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Lastly, the L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Lustrous Oil Serum ($6.99 / 3.4 fl.oz. – 100mL), is quite a great little product.  As many of you know if you’ve been here reading my posts for a while, I really am a huge oil fan and use coconut and argan oil (to name a few) in my hair consistently and usually daily.  I was so happy to try a hair serum with the oil complex the same as in the other products from this line that I have tried.  This product claims to instantly add shine and a silky-touch to your hair and is lightweight and non-greasy.  It’s a leave-in treatment that is perfect for dry and lifeless hair.

The Extraordinary Oil system instantly absorbs, transforming dry hair strand by strand for weightless silky shine.  It includes the same system of oils + botanical extracts in oil to help rapidly propel hydration to the fiber and seals the cuticle.  With oils like Chamomile, Coconut, Sunflower, Soja, Gardenia and Rose – this oil serum helps to add instant shine and a gorgeous, soft and silky touch.  I apply this product as directed, after using the shampoo and conditioner I apply the serum throughout the lengths of my hair concentrating it on the ends.  I love that this product can be used before a shampoo to help nourish and protect the hair and before styling to help control and discipline hair.  But, most importantly for me it also works well as a finishing touch to any style or hair look for exquisite softness and lustrous shine.

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The L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil line has been such a great asset in my hair care needs.  I have used products from the L’Oreal Feria line (for hair coloring) and that is basically it – so I was not only impressed by my first use of the hair products from this line, but also with the quality considering the price point.  Each of the products offered a light scent – almost floral, that made use quite pleasing and didn’t leave me nauseous as other hair products can do and I liked that it worked so well with my curly hair.  Since I tend to have drier hair than usual, I love a product line that really replenishes my hair and keeps it looking great for longer periods of time, especially since I usually only wash 1-2 times a week.  Since these products have oils that help to seal the cuticle and hydrate your natural hair fibers, I think they would make great products for those who color their hair consistently.  I noticed that after using these products, my red didn’t fade as quickly and I didn’t have as much bleeding of color in my shower after a wash.  These products have helped to keep my hair color lasting longer as well as keeping my hair looking great.  Since all four products are infused with vitamins and antioxidants, my hair feels so soft and shiny and has felt this way after just one use.

Overall, I’m really liking them – loving the price, and after a month of using these, I look forward to repurchasing some of my favorites.

You can purchase these products and more at: http://www.lorealparisusa.com/ as well as your local drugstore, Target, Walmart or other stores where L’Oreal is sold.

Have you tried any of these products from L’Oreal Paris before?  If so – what are your thoughts?  If you are more of a makeup lover, then hair… be sure to check out my thoughts and review on the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, which includes my thoughts as well as swatches.

Have a wonderful day! Smooches!

Signature Honey

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When it comes to skin care, I have tried so many different brands including drugstore, highend, mainstream and indie.  While I enjoy them all, I find that it can be rare that I can use a whole line of products from one brand and not have an issue with at least one of the products.  I thought it would be so with OZ Naturals, seeing as I have been enjoying some of the products I have been using.  I thought to myself, Hmm… I’m not sure the Ocean Mineral Cleanser will work for me and I’m glad I had the chance to try it out.  Today – I share with you my thoughts and review on this product and let you know if the OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser was a hit or miss.  Read on for more info.

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The OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser (4 fl.oz / 118mL) retails for about $23.00 and can be found via the Oz Naturals website or via their Amazon Store.  I haven’t heard much about this brand prior to being introduced and trying their Eye Gel (which I’m loving and you can read about here) but after looking into the brand I found that they have quite a line up of different products which I’m looking forward to testing out. This Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser is free from alcohol, parabens and sulfates and is said to be safe for all skin types.  This effective facial cleanser is made in the USA and is said to be one of the most effective anti-aging skin care products on the market, made with the highest quality ingredients.

Some of the key ingredients in this product include:  Rose hip oil, rich ocean minerals and Vitamin E.  It was specifically developed to be gentle on sensitive skin, yet highly potent and effective in dissolving nasty particles that clog your pores as it cleanses your skin and clears your clogged pores naturally and effectively.

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The OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser is a clear liquid cleanser that feels really soothing when applied to the skin.  I like the fact that when I’m cleansing my face it feels like it’s adding moisture into my skin while still cleaning it well – if that makes any sense.  What is so neat about this cleanser is you really need just a tad bit… I usually try to squeeze out two pea sizes worth of product and that is more than enough to cover my whole face.  Once I have the cleanser in my hand, I add a little water to it and mix the product in my hand until it foams up.  Once it foams, I apply to my face in a circular motion while cleaning my face of it’s dirt and impurities.  Once I rinse the product off my face, my skin feels clean, but not dry like a cleanser that foams can normally leave my skin feeling.  Even with my sensitive skin and eczema issues, I found that this product worked well and cleaned well.  I didn’t have any breakouts, flare ups or any issues with using this product the last month.  After a month or so of using this product, it seems like my skin is brighter and some what smoother in places that tend to be drier during the winter months.

I think if you are looking for a facial cleanser that will clean your face – leaving it feeling great, but not drying your face out, you will enjoy this.  Since my skin is naturally dry, I like to use cleansers that will not strip my face of moisture and this really did the job in my opinion.  It’s not a thick formulation at all but it foams and bubbles up so quickly when using.  If you have sensitive skin like I do and you’re looking for cleanser that will do the job – I think you may enjoy this one.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this particular one and when it comes to cleansers, those are the types of products I don’t tend to stray away from my norm.  I would repurchase this and continue to use it.  I definitely look forward to using this during the summer when my skin needs that super clean greatness.  One note however… once you apply this product to your face, rinse and do not leave it sitting (like you would a wash off mask) as it can dry your skin out.  I noticed one day when I did that – not on purpose, the phone rang and I went to pick it up, that after a couple of minutes – when I washed it off my skin felt dry – not like it normally would feel.

What are your favorite cleansers to use for your skin?  Have you tried anything from OZ Naturals before?  Do you have any other recommendations for me?  Comment below and let me know.

Signature Honey

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While brows are an important part of your face, I always like them to look full and natural.  I have my favorite products that I do love and enjoy to use, but one that I have continued to use over the last two years is the Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit.  Of course, I do use these products in combination with other brands I love, but I find that this little kit is simple and easy to use while still offering me stellar brows in a heartbeat.

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I wrote about the Billion Dollar Brows Best Seller’s Kit ($42.00) before and it still continues to a set of brow products I reach for consistently (on the daily if only in part).  You can read about my original review of these products here, as my thoughts haven’t much changed.  I can say that I love love that it includes four universal products that can be used to not only conceal and highlight but set your brows and fill them in.  The Best Seller’s Kit includes four products:

Universal Brow Pencil which is formulated to work with most skin tones and hair colors.  It applies smoothly and natural and is so easy to use.   I also like that this brow pencil is automatic, so there is no need for sharpening and it comes with a spoolie brush on the opposite end for blending the pencil color with your natural brows.

Duo Brow Pencil has two sides, one for highlighting your brow bone and one side to help conceal those strays or for touch-ups.  I love the highlighter end because it works well with my skin tone and offers the perfect highlight that lifts my brows adding a subtle warmth and the look like I’m completely awake when I probably had no sleep. lol

The Brow Gel is one of my favorites.  It’s clear and helps to lock my brows in place, keeping them there without a crunchy or hard feeling.  It feels comfortable but still offers that “bulletproof” protection that I need on those days I want my brows to look nicely manicured.

A Smudge Brush is also included.  It is a flat, synthetic brush that works so well in applying the creamy duo brow pencil or for blending out the highlight under the brow bone.  I also love using it to apply any creamy cosmetics that I use.

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This is the perfect little kit if you are just getting started with grooming your brows or if you want a kit that includes everything you need.  I highly suggest it and considering the cost and what you are getting, I think it’s well worth it.

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The next set I will be chit chatting about is a new one to me.  I have tried many different brow powders, but not one from Billion Dollar Brows before.  I’ll be honest, I had wondered if it would even match my brow colors or would work for me since I’m not a fan of Taupe shades.  Taupe browns tend to make my brows look a bit ashy – so I try to go for a brunette match or something of a true brown.  The 60 Seconds to Beautiful Brow Kit ($24.00) is also reasonably priced and comes with a brow powder and a brow brush – two of the most popular brow products from BDB.  This kit really boasts that “if you have 60 seconds, then you can have a brilliant pop of color to your brows in only a minute.”

The set comes with a dual ended brush – a angled brow brush and a spoolie and the brow powder.  Again, I was impressed at how nicely the brow powder not only applied but how well it blended in with my natural brows.  I used this set whenever I’m on the go and in a hurry and literally apply the brow powder for a fuller brow look and I’m out the door.  If I want to really keep my brows in place, I’ll pull for the brow gel that will help to set them, but the powder works well and stays on all day.

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There are so many different brow products available on the market today – from drugstore to highend, cream and liquid to powder types.  I have tried many and so many on the market can cause my brows to get dry.  I’m always impressed with Billion Dollar Brows and their products and look forward to trying out more from the brand in the future.  Overall, I think I have found a new favorite in the 60 Seconds to Beautiful Brows Kit and definitely still enjoy the Best Seller’s Kit now, as much as I did over a year ago.  Considering the price point you get a variety of products that you can taper to use according to your needs and you’ll get gorgeous statement brows easily and quickly.

Have you heard of Billion Dollar Brows and their products before?  Head on over to their site and get the information on the brand here.

xo

Signature Honey

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Finding the perfect holiday gift for someone who is on the go constantly can be a challenge.  When I worked in Corporate America and traveled often, I rarely seen family, friends or my bed for weeks on end so the last thing you want to do is get a gift for someone that they will not utilize.  However, traveling does not mean that you need to skimp on the cleansing and that’s where the Michael Todd Soniclear Petite comes into play.  Recently I posted my thoughts on the Soniclear Elite which you can read about here and today I am sharing with you a great little gift idea for the skin care lover in your life that is not only on the go but that may travel.  Not a traveler?  Don’t worry – this fun little gadget will satisfy the beauty lover in you or someone you love.

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The Michael Todd Soniclear Petite Offers all the great sonic powered cleansing you can expect from the full sized version, in a travel friendly one.  This cute little system retails for $99 and the color Tutti Fruitti can be found at Ulta and Ulta.com.  The Soniclear Petite is great for all skin types and includes your Soniclear Petite unit, 1 Facial Brush head with cover, 1 Charging/Storage Cradle and 1 USB Universal Voltage Charger.  What makes the Soniclear Petite so unique is that it not only cleanses the same as the full sized, but it’s smaller size makes for packing and travel easy and the Universal USB Enabled Charger allows you to charge your unit on the go – in the car, etc.

Cleaner skin begins with a cleaner brush and the Soniclear is the World’s First Antimicrobial Sonic Cleansing System.  The Soniclear brush heads are treating during the manufacturing process with LIFE antimicrobial product protection to inhibit up to 99.9% of stain and odor causing bacteria.  The Soniclear antimicrobial brushes stay cleaner and fresher for 6 months before needed to be replaced.  That is not only convenient, but it also means you save some money since replacing your brush heads are not as often as other brands.

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The Soniclear Petite comes with 3 customizable speeds which allows you to adjust the unit to what works for you and your skin.  You literally can strip away all the dead skin cells, makeup, dirt and oil 6x better than your hands alone leaving you with great skin.  The brushes move at up to 18,000 times a minute to thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate your skin, but still offering a gentle clean.

Cleaning this unit is easy as pie and simple as simple as cleaning the full sized.  I simply apply a little more of my cleanser and clean the brush head before storing to dry.  It’s waterproof and has an automatic timer that helps to standardize cleansing for consistent results each time you use it.  I enjoy using my Soniclear Petite as a part of my skin care regimen and rave about this product as much as I do the original – it really is that good.  Since I have sensitive skin – I am unable to use my Soniclear daily, but that is not the fault of the unit – just my skin.  I love it regardless.

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If I had to make one suggestion, it would be that I wish it had a little bag or carrying case to make for easy travel and transport.  Otherwise, I love how “petite” and compact the Soniclear Petite is and the cute watermelon shade is awesome.  The Soniclear Petite does come in a few other colors as well but Tutti Frutti is exclusive to Ulta.  This makes the perfect Holiday Gift for the beauty lover in your life – whether they travel or not and a great addition to any skin care lovers arsenal.

Have you tried the Michael Todd Soniclear Petite or any of the Soniclear products?  If so – what do you think of them?  Is this on your wish list this holiday season?

Signature Honey

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It’s no secret that I am a huge skin care lover and will covet anything that will offer my skin much needed hydration and anti-aging capabilities.  Since I have very sensitive, Eczema prone skin, it is important for me to find skin care products that are not only effective in what I need them for but also gentle to my skin or else it will freak out.  Recently I was sent the Shiseido Ibuki Multi Solution Gel to give a go and try out and while it’s been years since I have used anything from the Shiseido line, I was excited to give this a run because it was a skin care line I did enjoy when I used it.

Greatness For Skin In a Little Jar - Shiseido Ibuki Multi Solution Gel

The Shiseido Ibuki Multi Solution Gel (Net wt. 30 ml / 1oz.) retails for $38.00 and comes in a really cool looking pot (jar) that matches the overall feel and look of the Ibuki line from Shiseido.  I’m not a huge fan of moisturizers or face products that come in a jar because they can get a bit messy, but since this is a gel – I can understand the cause behind it.  The gel can clog the pump from a traditional dispenser, so I can see the reasoning there.  To keep from germies and contamination, I use a makeup / beauty spatula to take out product and it is either disposable or sanitized after use.   Overall – the packaging is gorgeous however and offers such a chic and sophisticated look as does the products from Shiseido offer.

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The gel is an interesting one.  It looks like a sea foam green  reminds me of something that I would expect to have a cucumber scent, but I couldn’t detect much of a scent from the gel.  The consistency of it feels firmer than I had expected and reminds me of the slime/ooze that I would buy for my sons.  While it feels like that, it still has a light texture and feel and smooths onto my skin very easily.  The gel absorbs pretty quickly onto my skin, leaving my face feeling quenched some and I didn’t notice any sticky residue – which is a huge plus.  Once the product was applied, I noticed it not only went on easily but I didn’t even realize it was there once it dried.

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Since I have dry skin and my skin is Eczema prone, I’m always very careful with how products are and test them in small areas prior to using them all over my face.  I was very amazed with how well this moisturized my skin while using it on its own and then with my favorite skin care products.  Since this product is for all skin types, I was a bit worried that it would be too drying for me since my face especially needs lots of moisture.  This light weight gel includes an exclusive PhytoTarget Complex that enhances the skin’s natural moisture factors to help build the skin’s resistance to external stressors.  I don’t often use products that include salicylic acid because I don’t have very many breakouts and with my sensitive skin, it can cause my face to feel dry.  My skin was not only left hydrated and moisturized, but my skin felt so smooth and soft and I didn’t didn’t even notice it had salicylic acid in it.

“Formulated with PhytoTarget Complex and botanical extract Glycyrrhizin and Clycylglycine.  

Gentle yet effective formula for all skin times including sensitive.”

This gel is light weight (as stated above) and non-greasy, which is a huge plus.  I did have a small breakout while testing this product due to my monthly friend and I noticed that it cleared up very quickly, so I think it definitely helps to heal blemishes.  I didn’t notice any dry patches or spots and overall I really enjoy this product.  The cost is reasonable considering the amount you get in the product because I found that due to the texture of the gel, it smooths on well and a little of the product goes a long way.  I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good moisturizing product and love that it worked for my sensitive skin.  I know I’ll be repurchasing this product when I run out of mine.

So what about you?  Have you tried anything from the Shiseido Ibuki line or the Multi Solution Gel in particular?  If so – what are your thoughts?

Signature Honey

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I am sad to say that I’ve had these products in my possession now for several months and while I have used them many times, I have forgotten to share them with all of you.  I am still relatively new to Pixi Beauty products (Pixi by Petra) as I have only used a small handful of them.  I’m quite excited that my island now has a Target so that I may purchase more of the products available from the brand, and get to know about the goods a little more.   These Crayon Combo pencils are a part of the select products I have tried and today I want to share them with you.

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The Crayon Combos from Pixi Beauty come in four different combinations.  They retail for $18.00 a piece and you can purchase them at your local Target (where available) or online at Pixibeauty.com.  The Crayon Combos are eye pen duos that are designed to either brighten and lighten the area around the eyes or line and define your eyes for show stopping peepers.  Each pencil is multi-use, double-ended and ready to go right out of the box to create a gorgeous look in a matter of moments.  They are formulated to awaken, enhance or smoke up your eyes, are long wearing and offer gorgeous color payoff.  They have been created to be super-smooth with a high-performance formula that is waterproof and can be used on the inner rim.  Each shade is also said to be easily blend-able for a soft-focus effect.

The duo pencils include beneficial ingredients like Caffeine which gives an energizing effect, Chamomile which soothes and Pearl powder which brightens the eyes.  They are hypoallergenic and preservative and mineral oil free.

Pixi by Petra - Crayon Combo Pencils in Wide Awake, Super Natural and Softly Smoky

The first Crayon Combo we are going to talk about is the Softly Smoky.  This double-ended combo has an eye-define pen that is used to contour the eyes.  It enhances with high performance treatment and soft focus colour.  You use this particualr one by applying to the lash line and smooth or smoke the liner out by softening it or wear it as is.  You can also use it to define the lash line and work the pencil up to your crease as well as aply under the eye on the lower lash line for a soft smoky look.  The line side is a deep dark brown that I love to use in place of a black liner and the define side is a gorgeous metallic mocha brown which works wonderfully on those days that you want a smoky look or when you want a little definition to the eyes but still have something wearable.

Next is the Super Natural Crayon Combo.  This is one of my favorites out of the three that I own.  Just like the Softly Smoky combo, this particular duo ended pencil is used to line and create a smoky but natural look.  You can use this by taking the define side to contour and enhance the eyes and using the line side to line the upper and lower lash line to create a wearable look or a smoky glam one.  The define side on this pencil is a gorgeous metallic bronze which I love to wear all over my eye lid for an every day look while taking the line side and smudging it on my lower and upper lash line or in my waterline to define and enhance my lashes.

Last is the Wide Awake Crayon Combo.  This double-ended pencil is a rescue pen that awakens the eyes with high performance and treatment and soft focus cover.  Apply the Brighten end under the eye and on the lower waterline and use the lighten end on the brow bones, inner corner of the eye, eye lids and cupid’s bow to highlight for a wake look.  The Brighten side is one of my absolute favorites to apply to the waterline because it lasts most of the day – even with my watery eyes and looks so natural, it’s perfect for a soft makeup look that makes me look refreshed.  The Lighten side which makes a great inner corner highlight has a metallic sheen to it and offers a soft shimmer for a great look.

Pixi by Petra - Crayon Combo Pencils in Wide Awake, Super Natural and Softly Smoky

I’m impressed with each pencil and I’ll be honest, I really like the metallic side of each one.  But, overall I think they are nice.  They are perfect for those days that I really want a soft and easy look without pulling out eye shadows and great on the go or for travel.  The metallic side of each pencil applies easily and the matte sides work well for liner which I enjoy.  The matte sides of each pencil are a little more stiff (not as creamy as the metallic) but they work nonetheless.  These pencils are claimed to be waterproof and while used on the lid and lash line it can last all day though on the waterline it will fade after a few hours.  I’m still quite impressed with how long they do last though – but from my personal use, I wouldn’t consider them waterproof but long lasting.

They are quite costly – almost $20 is a hefty price point to pay for something like this, but you should get a lot of use out of the products and they are pretty good quality.  I’m not sure that I would repurchase these, but- my mind may change once I actually run out of them since I’ve become quite fond of a few of them.  Overall – I like them, but I think for a product like this – I would like to see them cheaper in cost.

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Have you tried these duo crayon combos from Pixi Beauty?  If you have, what are your thoughts on them?  If not, have you tried anything from Pixi before and what should I look at trying out next?

Signature Honey

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If you have been following me a while, then you know I have a girl crush on Jaclyn Hill.  Come on now, let’s face it… she’s adorable and has some great makeup skills.  So when I heard that she collaborated with BECCA to create a Shimmering Skin Perfector Champagne Pop, I knew I had to have it.  I’ve actually been sitting on this product now for over a month and I find that I have been pulling for it daily.  Originally, I wasn’t going to talk about it here, but I figured since I love it so and it is still available – I would share it with all of you.

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Sold exclusively at Sephora – this limited edition luminizing powder is absolutely gorgeous.  I own Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector by Becca and Champagne Pop is definitely different.  BECCA collaborated with YouTube beauty creator and makeup artist Jaclyn Hill to create this gorgeous shade of their number one bestselling luminizer powder.  Champagne Pop is a soft white, gold shade that has pinky peach undertones.  It has a creamy texture and leaves your skin with a gorgeous glow.  Infused with light-reflecting pearls that catch the light beautifully, this skin perfector will make your favorite blush and skin just pop leaving you with that “highlight on fleek” look that is so on trend today.

Let’s face it – if anyone knows me, they know that I’m all about a peach or golden highlight and I can literally bathe in it if allowed to go to town.  The fact that this is a peachy golden highlight basically satisfies all craving for the shades that I know looks best on my skin.  I love it and have been using it each time I grab for a highlighter.

Highlight on Fleek - Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector - Champagne Pop

This skin perfector is perfect to apply to your targeted areas.  I take a fan brush or my ELF Small Tapered Face brush and sweep the color on my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and if I want a little more sparkle, I also apply some on my cupid’s bow and above my brows for a gorgeous highlighted look.  This product feels wonderful to the touch, which makes it awesome on the skin but it is very bold and very pigmented, so a little goes a long way unless you want to look like a disco ball.  Formulated without Parabens, this product has become one of my favorites.  Also – if you are a bit a brutal with your makeup, you may want to take some care of this one because they are known to crack if dropped.  The packaging is the same as that of the other BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfectors Pressed, that UFO kind of look, but still compact enough for travel and it does come with a mirror built into the compact.

Highlight on Fleek - Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector - Champagne Pop

“I am so excited to present to you my dream shade of the very best highlighter on the market—Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop…Be sure to let me know what you think and hashtag #Champagnepop #defineyourlight.”—Jaclyn Hill

Highlight on Fleek - Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector - Champagne Pop

I am a huge fan of BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfectors and absolutely love this one.  Of course, the collaboration with Jaclyn Hill already had me swooning, but the product itself is gorgeous and if you can get your hands on it – I say, get it!

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Disclaimer:  This post is Sponsored by Paula’s Choice via Pretty In My Pocket.  All opinions are my own.

Over the last couple of years, I have been reading heavily about Paula’s Choice via trusted blogger friends and have had my eye on the brand since.  About two months ago, I took advantage of a sale that the site was having and purchased my first product – Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer, which I have been enjoying.  Recently, I was given the opportunity to try more from the brand and to say I’m impressed would be an understatement.

Customizable Skincare With Paula's Choice

It’s taken me several years to get my skin in check over the years.  With many changes to my cosmetic routine and a huge overhaul in my skin care I learned over the last two years what works for my sensitive, Eczema prone skin and what doesn’t.  While I have found many products that work wonders, I am beyond ecstatic to have found a brand that is my “ideal”.  As I mentioned previously, I had already fell in love with the Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer, so when I had the opportunity to have a skin care consultation with someone from Paula’s Choice and I got to try out more products from the line, I was not only amazed, but found a favorite.  The consultation lasted just a few short minutes, but in that time I learned that the original moisturizer I had from Paula’s Choice was a great selection for me it was nice to know that this service is available to me at anytime or available to anyone.  Since Paula’s Choice is committed to customer advocacy, education and helping people find the best products for their skin you can receive a FREE personal skincare consultation by calling 1-800-831-4088.

Customizable Skincare With Paula's Choice

I don’t really have breakouts, but being in my mid 30s, I feel like I tend to get hormonal breakouts especially during that dreaded time of the month.  Since I don’t use a specific acne treatment for these breakouts, it was definitely interesting to try something made for mild to moderate breakouts from Paula’s Choice.   The Clear Acne Kit includes:  Cleanser (177 mL/6 fl.oz.), Exfoliant (11 mL/4 fl.oz.) and Treatment (67 mL/2.25 fl.oz.).  The products in this kit are non-irritating and fragrance free.  But, since I have sensitive skin, I was advised to use start off using the products gradually, starting with the cleanser daily and the exfoliating solution and treatment about 2 times a week.  If my skin tolerated it well, I could increase the use of the other products four times a week.

Here’s what I did:

1.  I cleanse with CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser and started off using this product once a day.  This cleanser refreshes the skin without causing any dryness which is a plus for me with my Eczema prone skin.  It reduces red marks and prevents redness and also dissolves pore-clogging dirt which helps to leave your skin perfectly clean.

2.  Then I used the CLEAR Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution two times a week.  I applied this product like I would a toner to exfoliate the dead skin cells and to really clean out the pores.  I found after the first week, that I could not use this product more than once a week.

3.  Last is the CLEAR Daily Skin Clearing Treatment which I used to spot treat areas that were an issue or breakouts here and there.  A thin layer of the product takes you a long way and just a little is needed.  It dried out my little breakouts quickly and I love that I can pull this out during that time of the month when I may need it the most.

Since beginning the CLEAR Acne Kit Treatment, I have had to decrease how often I use the Exfoliating Solution and Skin Clearing Treatment due to my skin sensitivities.  Since I do not often have breakouts, I have been saving those for times when I do have a breakout or issue, but otherwise I have been using Pore Normalizing Cleanser as a part of my skincare regimen a few times a week.  In combination with the CLEAR system, I have been using the Skin Recovery line.

Customizable Skincare With Paula's Choice

The Skin Recovery products are perfect for normal, dry and very dry skin.  They are clinically proven to be non-irritating and are 100% fragrance free with no added dyes which makes them perfect to use on my very sensitive Eczema prone dry skin.  I have been loving these in combination with the CLEAR line and since the Replenishing Moisturizer has already been a favorite, it works well with the Acne line to keep my skin moisturized.

1.  I use the CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser as my daily cleanser or incorporate the cleanser I was already using from my personal skincare stash.

2.  For daily use I then incorporate the Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner which helps to hydrate my dry skin and calms my skin sensitivities.

3.  After cleansing and toning, I apply the Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum (which I LOVE).  I can use this product daily and it feels wonderful on my skin.  It helps to fight multiple signs of aging and has Retinol in it but has been a great additive to my skin care.

4.  I finish my skin care regimen with a moisturizer.  If part of my night routine, I use the Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer and if my day routine, I will use the Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 30.

5.  As I mentioned above, if for any reason I have a breakout or a pimple, I will incorporate the CLEAR line Exfoliation Solution and Skin Clearing Treatment.

Customizable Skincare With Paula's Choice

With sensitive skin, it can be a struggle to find products that not only work, but will not cost you a pretty penny to use them.  I love that Paula’s Choice products are pretty affordable and easy on the pocket book.  You are getting luxury skincare products for a reasonable cost and these products work.  Paula’s Choice offers a 100% money back guarantee (within 60 days) and you can find products for everyone including those experiencing acne, rosacea, aging and pores.  There is a product available for anyone and I think it’s wonderful that Paula’s Choice does not do any animal testing.  My sensitive skin has been loving their products – with no dyes or fragrances, this brand has become the ideal skincare brand for me.

Customizable Skincare With Paula's Choice

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Thank you to Mary Kay® and SheKnows/BlogHer for sponsoring this post.

I have been a long time Project Runway and Mary Kay® addict, so I was beyond ecstatic to have the opportunity to share with all of you two stunning looks featured on Project Runway using Mary Kay® Cosmetics. When creating Runway looks, it is key to be able to complete the look in a timely manner but also to create a look that is show stopping and fashion ready. Today I will share with you two gorgeous looks and the products used to create each. These looks were created by Mary Kay® Global Makeup Artist, Luis Casco and were featured on Project Runway. They are easy and simple, but most important, they are classic and can be used at anytime or season. With Mary Kay® being the official beauty sponsor for Project Runway, I feel privileged to be able to share my take on these looks for all of you. Here are my takes on each look and the steps I took to create them.

Runway Ready With Mary Kay - Official Beauty Sponsor of Project Runway!

The first is the Sculpted Look that focuses on the lips and brows. I wanted my lips to be the focus on this look since burgundy lip shades really give my lips a gorgeous plump look. Creating this look was so easy and the products included make it quick and perfect for any time of the day. Runway Ready With Mary Kay - Official Beauty Sponsor of Project Runway!

I started the look by using the Mechanical Brow Liner in Blond ($11) to fill in my brows. I followed the natural growth of my hair and swept the liner in short strokes to provide a natural looking brow that looked defined. I then took Hazelnut Mineral Eye Color ($8) and with the Eye Smudger Brush ($10), I applied that to the highest points of my brows to add a little more color and depth for emphasis on the arch. To keep my brows in place all day I used the Brow Gel ($10) to set them for long wear. Runway Ready With Mary Kay - Official Beauty Sponsor of Project Runway!

To keep with the theme of this look, I went with the soft eyes so that the lips would be the statement. Taking Rosegold Mineral Eye Color ($8) with my finger, I applied the color on my eye-lid and then used the Eye Color Brush ($10) to blend. Using the same brush, I then add Crystalline Mineral Eye Color ($8) as the highlighter under the brow to create a little contrast. To finish off the eye look, I used the Black Pencil Liner ($12) to apply liner to the base of my upper lashes and lightly on my lower lash line to shape my eyes. Then, I completed the eye look with two coats of one of my all time favorite mascaras: Lash Love Mascara in Black ($15) from Mary Kay®. Runway Ready With Mary Kay - Official Beauty Sponsor of Project Runway!

To finish the look and bring it all together was easy. I applied the Mineral Cheek Color Duo ($18) in Juicy Guava (which is a gorgeous summer shade) to the cheeks with the Cheek Brush ($14) and blended perfectly to create a soft cheek kissed look. Then applied the highlighter shade to the high points of my cheekbones to brighten the face and a light dusting all over to add a little depth. Once that was done, I applied True Dimensions Lipstick in Spice ‘N’ Nice ($18) to the lips and to add a little definition and sculpting, I lightly lined my lips with Dark Chocolate Lip Liner ($12) and blended with the lipstick. Using the Beauty Blotter tissue ($6), I blotted my lips to create a long lasting semi-matte look that helped to make my lips look plump and juicy.

Runway Ready With Mary Kay - Official Beauty Sponsor of Project Runway!

The next look is perfect for summer but can be used year round to add a Bronze Glow to your face. The focus on this look is the eyes and cheeks, creating a very subtle but bronzed look that gives you that sun-kissed glow. Like the first look, this one is very easy to achieve and Mary Kay® has all the products to create a look that is stunning and flawless. Runway Ready With Mary Kay - Official Beauty Sponsor of Project Runway!

To create this look, I first started off with the Powder Brush ($16) and applied the light shimmery Bronzing Powder ($18) in Light-Medium to the high points of the face that the sun would naturally hit to create that sun-kissed look. Since this bronzer is lighter than what I would normally use for contouring, it is perfect to add a subtle but show-stopping bronzed glow all over my face. To create a little depth and drama to my cheeks, I then added the Mineral Cheek Duo ($18) in Spiced Poppy over the bronzer with the Cheek Brush. Finishing with the highlighter shade on top of the cheek to give a little shine.

Runway Ready With Mary Kay - Official Beauty Sponsor of Project Runway!

To create the eyes, I used the Eye Color Brush ($10) and swept Amber Blaze ($8) and Gold Coast Mineral Eye Colors ($8) to the eyelid. I applied Amber Blaze to the inner corner of my eyes sweeping in and blending with Gold Coast which I applied all over the lid. I then took Precious Pink Mineral Eye Color ($8) to the crease to add a bit of definition, but also to add a little more warmth to the look. Finishing off the eyes by adding the Mary Kay® Gel Eyeliner (which I am loving) in Jet Black ($18) to the base and upper lashes and with the product that is left on the brush, lightly sweeping the last of the product onto my lower lash line to create more drama. Finishing the eye look with a few coats of one of my favorite mascaras Lash Love Lengthening Mascara ($15) from Mary Kay® and the eyes are complete.

To finish the entire look, I added a hint of metallic shimmer to the lips with NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss ($15) in Beach Bronze. This gloss gave my lips a plump look but also offered a little shine. It is comfortable to wear on the lips and perfect for those Summer Beach Bronze looks or year round. As I mentioned previously, each look is simple to create and takes little to no effort. These are perfect looks for the runway and for anyone looking for a little drama in their lives to make a statement. Since I have a warm skin tone, any of these looks are definitely easy for me to use, and I especially enjoy both of them for how easy they are to create, but also how little time it took me to get it done. As a mother, getting ready and doing a full face of makeup in 10 minutes is ideal and any of these looks can easily be accomplished in that time. Runway Ready With Mary Kay - Official Beauty Sponsor of Project Runway!

I have been a long time lover of Mary Kay® cosmetics and over the years I have watched their cosmetic line grow tremendously to include products that are not only made with quality but products that also keep up with the trends and color profiles we see on the market today. As I mentioned, some of the products I used to create these looks like the Mary Kay® Lash Love and Lash Love Lengthening Mascaras are some of my holy grail products I have used for years and the Gel Eye liner has recently become a favorite of mine. While these looks are easy to create, use your love for makeup and experiment to create your own takes on each look. Make it your own and love it.

For more beauty looks and information on Mary Kay® products, you can visit their website, visit the Mary Kay® Project Runway page, follow them on Facebook, and watch their videos on YouTube!

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I am thankful that I don’t have puffy under eyes… though I’m constantly cautious and on my game because puffy under eyes or eye bags run in the family on my dad’s side.  Let’s face it, with everything on the market today – there has got to be a product that I know will help combat this issue and prevent it from happening.  Because of this issue that may be in my future, I use eye creams and gels and love to wear under eye patches to help keep my under eyes moisturized, tighter, brighter and smoother.  Over the last few weeks I have been using under eye patches from Beneleaf Anti-Aging Skin Care.  I have never heard of this brand prior to trying their products, but I think this will definitely be a household name in my home.  When it comes to a Collagen Eye Mask – under eye patches, it is important that you find one that works and feel comfortable on.  Here are my thoughts on this product.

Beneleaf Anti-Aging Skin Care Collagen Eye Masks - Under Eye Patches

Beneleaf’s Collagen Under Eye Masks retail for $24.99 (on sale now for $19.99) and come in a pack of five masks.  These patches are made from a proprietary material called Hydrogel which is identical in structure to our skin cells.  Once they come in contact with skin, the cells immediately begin to pull in all the nutrients from masks into the deepest layers of the dermis.  Immediately after applying the masks, I felt like my under eyes were quenched and hydrated and I loved it!

The collagen masks include a unique blend of proven ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid (a favorite skin care product of mine), power antioxidants and peptides which result in tighter, brighter and smoother skin around the eyes.  After the first use, I felt like my skin under my area definitely became brighter and didn’t feel as dry as it can be.  What I love is that these are just so easy to use and leave absolutely no mess behind.  The results last for days and I usually will use one once a week.

Beneleaf Anti-Aging Skin Care Collagen Eye Masks - Under Eye Patches

These masks do not stick and stay in place and do eventually start to slide if you are not laying down.  So I normally apply them and then lay in bed with a magazine or get caught up on my favorite shows.  As you can see from the photo above, they will start to slide down your face if you are not laying flat.  It doesn’t bother me though, I like to take the time to really just enjoy 10-15 minutes of relaxation time and will lay down after applying.

How to apply:

  • After thoroughly cleansing your skin, apply each mask under the eye area. (see photo)  The largest part will go nearest to your nose.
  • Allow the mask to sit and work for 10-15 minutes.  Go ahead and lay down and relax.
  • Once the time is up – carefully remove the mask.  You do not need to wash the serum off as it will work as a great treatment and will soak into the skin quickly.
  • Repeat the treatment as needed.  I usually will use one every week or so depending on how my under eyes are feeling.
  • Toss the mask away and you’re good to go till your next treatment.

These masks are suitable for all/most skin types:  Dry, Oily, Normal and Combination skin.  With my sensitive skin I didn’t notice any issues at all and it didn’t cause any flare ups or skin sensitivities.  You will notice that any puffiness and dark circles you may have will be reduced quickly.  I love that my skin feels tight and plump after one use and it’s great that these products do not contain Parabens or Alcohol.

Beneleaf Anti-Aging Skin Care Collagen Eye Masks - Under Eye Patches

If you use this product as I do, a pack of these will last you about a month – I use them once a week as needed.  The product is priced pretty well and I love how soothing it feels under my eyes.  On days where I feel like I had a crazy run around kind of time, I’ll put these on to help me relax and just enjoy the pampering.  There is a light fragrance in these products, one I haven’t quite figured out yet, but it is not overpowering and did not bother my sensitivities to smell.  I love the light cooling sensation these have on my skin and I find that putting the masks in the fridge prior to applying them (for about 30 minutes to an hour prior) makes for a great cool-off session during this hot summer heat.  I definitely recommend these and can’t wait to use more products from this line.

So – what brands do you use for under eye patches?  Have you used something like this before?

Get more info or purchase these masks at: Beneleaf.com or their Amazon store.  Check them out on Facebook and Pinterest.

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Disclaimer:  This product was send to me for review and consideration.  All opinions are my own and 100% honest and unbiased.  I was not compensated to provide this review.