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Glossy Pops - Lollipop Shaped Balm and Gloss Duo

February 14, 2019

The yummy, sweet scent of Glossy Pops is irresistible and mouthwatering. The lollipop shaped balm and gloss duo are the cutest accessory in your makeup pouch. The limited edition packaging embody the delicious flavor of the balm and gloss. The Sweet Yo Self and TGI-FRUITY collections have a gemstone handle and don a cute charm. LOVE! 

I'm a lip balm addict and am obsessed with these lollipop two-in-one lip treatments. My first were the turquoise I Believe in Unicorns Glossy Pop from the Sweet Yo Self lineup and the purple Playa Pomegranate from the Cosmic Waves collection. Now I'm addicted and have three more - the bright pink Donut Kill My Vibe, purple Hey Cupcake and another I Believe in Unicorns (it's my favorite). These names are brilliant!


The balm is amazing. Reminds me of my long-time favorite Sephora Kiss Me Balm - I'm still bitter about the discontinued Sephora balm, BUT I finally found a worthy contender to replace it. The texture of the I Believe in Unicorns balm is nicer than the others - I don't know why. BUT, there all lovely and leave your lips feeling luscious.  


Flip the sphere open and apply the nourishing, light-weight lip balm. Unscrew the handle to apply the must-have lip gloss. The sweet scent of the balms are a little stronger than the gloss and will make you wanna lick your lips, BUT they don't taste like cupcakes and donuts, they just taste like lip balm.


The Cosmic Waves collection has holographic shimmer lip balm and gloss. The look is subtle, but you can feel the micro sparkles on your lips. I'm not sure I like the grainy texture. The fruity scent of the Playa Pomegranate balm is much stronger than the Sweet Yo Self balms. The pomegranate scent is delicious and appetizing. 


I mismatched two of the gemstone handles with other spheres AND the charms are easily removed, so if you have a few, you can personalize your Glossy Pops. I highly recommend you purchase more than one, so you can take advantage of the welcome discount. Trust me - you're gonna want more than one Glossy Pop.

Glossy Pops lip balm and gloss are the perfect, unique gift for the balm and gloss product junkie in your crew. The lollipop shaped duo is fun and the gemstone handle and charms are super cute. There are three collections to chose from - Cosmic Waves, TGI-FRUITY and Sweet Yo Self. AND there's a new Cheers! collection launching soon. The new lineup will include Champagne, Margarita and Rosé Glossy Pops. I can't wait - I'm addicted!
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Glossy Pops - Lollipop Shaped Balm and Gloss Duo

February 14, 2019
The yummy, sweet scent of Glossy Pops is irresistible and mouthwatering. The lollipop shaped balm and gloss duo are the cutest accessory in your makeup pouch. The limited edition packaging embody the...

Sephora Perks & Rewards

January 28, 2019
Sephora perks and rewards just got better. If you are a Sephora VIB or VIB Rouge, you are now welcome to choose between five birthday gifts, rather than two. One of those gifts is a VIB + Rouge 250 rewards bonus points credit. These reward points can be applied to future Rewards Bazaar gifts.. I'll take it!

Beauty Insider's Rouge and VIB Rouge also receive an annual rewards credit - Choose Your Tier Celebration Gift. You can choose four makeovers to share, 750 bonus points or free flash shipping. I'm a VIB Rouge member (and already have free flash shipping). I chose 750 bonus points. January was a good month for me at Sephora - I gained 1000 points aside form the points I gained purchasing products!

Here's the BIG one - you can add TWO beauty offer codes to your cart. There are restrictions (many restrictions), but if you plan accordingly, you can add a deluxe size sample AND a discount code. Who doesn't love a discount and gift with purchase. Albeit, the restrictions are fierce, so be patient and get the most out of this new Sephora perk.
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Sephora Perks & Rewards

January 28, 2019
Sephora perks and rewards just got better. If you are a Sephora VIB or VIB Rouge, you are now welcome to choose between five birthday gifts, rather than two. One of those gifts is a VIB + Rouge 250...

The Valentine's Day Gift List

January 14, 2019

I received a lot of fabulous gifts this holiday season AND gave a few great gifts to the ladies in my life as well. Some of which inspired me to post this Valentine's Day gift ideas list. 

I'm a lip balm addict and am always searching for a new "it" balm. These Glossy Pops have a lip balm in the sphere and lip gloss in the tube. AMAZING! The scent is delicious and the balm is super nourishing, non-sticky and seriously addictive. I received two for Christmas and then purchased two more. These balms are cute and the perfect Valentine's Day gift. 


Keep it simply thoughtful and gift a unique pen and notepad. I KNOW! Everyone keeps notes on their phone, but Imma a paper-note kinda girl. This gift is inexpensive, can be personalized and plain or outrageous. I love my pink fluffy pen and oversized notepad - I love anything pink. 


Victoria's Secret reigns supreme in every aspect. Anything from this store is appreciated and loved. I gifted these fluffy slippers and flannel shorts and kinda wanted to keep them for myself (almost did). The best gift is one you you'd buy for yourself. If you wanna keep it and buy them something different, that's ok too - just don't buy something else you wanna keep, otherwise you'll have a ridiculous pile of stuff and no gifts. 


YUP! I'm still promoting Beautyblender (this is not an ad). I love this brand - anything from this brand. Almost everyone I know has a Beautyblender makeup sponge, so now I'm gifting accessories. The MALLOOM Power Puff Display Stand is perfect for drying your makeup sponge. These stands are inexpensive and available at Amazon. 


I purchased this Beautyblender Defender for myself. It is the perfect capsule for drying your makeup sponge on-the-go. The flexible, shatterproof silicone case allows airflow and protects it from dirt. The black piece slides into the pink part to create a pill-shaped case that can hold up to two Beautyblender makeup sponges. LOVE. 


Personalized gifts can be a hassle and take time, but they are oh so thoughtful. YETI gives you many options and processes orders quickly. You can chose text and simply have a name or message engraved or submit a logo. Every year, I get something new with the b.a.gorgie logo on it and I absolutely love my personalized YETI tumbler and wine glass. The tumbler keeps my tea warm for hours and the stemless glass keeps my wine cold (I don't know if it keeps it cold for hours, cause I drink my wine quickly). 


Chocolate hearts for Valentine's Day is boring. If you wanna go sweet, opt for fun candy or healthy snacks. These "green Juice" Gummy Bears by Sugarfina are the perfect not-so-healthy candy. The name "kinda" makes you feel like you're snacking on healthy gummies and they they're delicious. Sugarfina has a variety of unique candies to suite every personality. 


Feel like being a little more extravagant - sunglasses are necessary and if your someone is into designer brands, sunnies are a great way to purchase the name without spending too much. Yeah, designer sunglasses can be expensive, but they're essential (I'm justifying my addiction)! I love these MIU MIU star embossed sunglasses and Swarovski crystal embellished sunglasses and chain. I snagged these at Holt Renfrew - a little pre-Christmas gift to myself. 


I received this personalized b.a.gorgie Pinot Grigio for Christmas. A week later, I created a new label and purchased a case. I love wine and I love seeing my logo printed on anything - it's become a Christmas tradition in my b.a.gorgie world. This Pinot Grigio was purchased at www.personalwine.com. Ordering wine with personalized labels takes time, so get on it.. 
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The Valentine's Day Gift List

January 14, 2019
I received a lot of fabulous gifts this holiday season AND gave a few great gifts to the ladies in my life as well. Some of which inspired me to post this Valentine's Day gift ideas list. I'm a lip...

Baking Over 40?

January 10, 2019

It's the product junkie in me! I'm not a fan of the "franchise", but can't help but peruse and purchase the latest and "greatest" on KKW Beauty (and every other cosmetic site I can think of). There's something about the KKW Beauty brand AND it's not the makeup! Admittedly, I have fallen victim to the Kardashian world domination effort. 

I love the KKW Beauty packaging. It's good quality and attractive. The brushes are great. They're dense, soft and a pretty shade of pink (me and pink is like a bull headed for a red flag). I haven't washed any of my brushes yet, so I might retract that statement..


I lost the instruction card that came with this light concealer kit, so I watched the KKW Beauty tutorial a few times to be sure I'm getting the application right. The tutorial shows Mario Dedivanovic applying Kim's makeup and explaining his process. Kim Kardashian starts off by saying that Mario doesn't want her to speak during the tutorial, but she continues to chime in.. No surprise there - she is royalty after all!


The concealer is nice. The color in the light kit is No. 4 and suits my pale, olive-toned skin nicely. The texture is medium and blends well. I would compare this concealer to the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer (LOVE this one). The KKW Beauty concealer does have a strange chemical scent - Hmm.. This liquid concealer comes in a small 0.162 oz container and has a doe-foot applicator. It's not gonna last long. 


As per the Mario Dedivanovic KKW Beauty tutorial, let the baking begin.. But first, lets put things into perspective here. Kim Kardashian has a near perfect base (no-makeup base) and doesn't have the same struggles as most of us. I'm pushing 40 and masking dark circles is the least of my worries.

I think women of a certain age should stop wearing eye liner and mascara under the eye - makeup is meant to accentuate and why would you want to call attention to your tired, puffy, wrinkled eyes? You don't! Thats is why I avoid powder in this area. It seeps into your wrinkles and creates a dried-up prune"ish" look. 

KKW Beauty Baking Powder is no exception and not suitable for anyone with even one wrinkle. This stuff made me look dry AF and only accentuated my wrinkles. I let the baking powder sit for a about 10 minutes and tried to smooth out the result with my beautyblender, but the powder was relentless and caused serious streaks under my eyes. 


Step 3 - I applied the Brightening Powder No. 1. I hoped this would finalize the application process and possibly make it look better, but NO! It's too light and I looked like an alien! It definitely covers dark circles, but unless you plan to pile on a ton of makeup, this look is too much. This is not a no-makeup-makeup kinda look.

I have NEVER experienced makeup "boogers" before and was checking may eyes all day to make sure none had returned. I had these pale clumps of goo in the corners of my eyes and am assuming it was the excessive powder under my eyes. GROSS!

Should women approaching or over 40 "bake" their under eyes? NO, keep the baking in the kitchen and I don't mean do your makeup in the kitchen. Women of a certain age should opt for minimal makeup. Eat healthy, drink water and get lots of sleep - leave the faux, too much makeup look to the youngins. Under eye makeup baking is a dangerous zone for most of us. 


Albeit, I love the KKW Beauty brushes. The Dual Ended Sponge and Brush Applicator in the concealer kit is perfect for travel. The sponge is great for blending under the eyes and around the nose. This dual-ended brush has landed a permanent spot in my Cosmocube. 

I'm sure the KKW brand was created and is backed by expert makeup artists and specialists and suitable for the younger generation, but this kit fell short of my "old" expectations. I was hoping for a perfect look, but ended up with prune face - I get botox three times a year and take good care of my skin, so if this kit accentuated my minimal wrinkles, I'd be cautious if I had a few.

JANUARY 19th - It's been a few days since my initial experience with this kit and my opinion has slightly changed. I'm still not a fan of the the baking powder, BUT I revisited the Brightening Powder No. 1 over my go-to concealers and LOVE the result. I apply Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown concealers, let it sit and after 15-20 min, I gently swept the Brightening Powder No. 1 along the dark areas. This powder made my eyes look brighter and gave me a fresh look. I'm a fan!
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Baking Over 40?

January 10, 2019
It's the product junkie in me! I'm not a fan of the "franchise", but can't help but peruse and purchase the latest and "greatest" on KKW Beauty (and every other cosmetic site I can think of). There's...

The Best of 2018

December 06, 2018

I'm a huge BEAUTYBLENDER fan. I've purchased all but one product in the lineup and have yet to be disappointed. The beautyblender cosmetic sponge is available in two sizes - original and micro.mini. The smaller beautyblender is one-quarter the size of the original and perfect for blending makeup in small areas. The beautyblender is also available in a variety of colors - green, black, blue, nude, white, gray and shades of pink. 

The lineup also includes innovative tools and cleansers. Liquid Blendercleanser, Blendercleanser Solid and Instaclean Sponge and Brush Cleansing Spray all do a great job cleaning your cosmetic sponge. I use the solid while traveling - it comes in a plastic case and has a custom grid for drying. The liquid is my favorite. A little goes a long way and the scent is refreshing. The Instaclean Sponge and Brush Cleansing Spray is for quick removal of surface stains, so you get true-to-color application. It's like dry shampoo for your beautyblender. 

BEAUTYBLENDER also has Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear Foundation (haven't tried this one yet), Blender Defender Beautyblender Protective Case (LOVE this - great for travel), Liner.Designer Pro (for perfect eye liner application) and the Power Pocket Puff (a double-sided puff used for powder formulas). I'm awarding BEAUTYBLENDER Outstanding Makeup Tools of 2018.


The Best Eye-Care Award goes to Lumify Redness Relief Eye Drops. These eye drops selectively target redness for whiter, brighter eyes. The unique formulation targets redness, while still allowing oxygen and nutrition to the eye, eliminating the risk of re-bound redness. 

This stuff is AMAZING! It starts working within one minute and last for hours. Bausch + Lomb claims it lasts up to 8 hours. It doesn't last that long for me, but I'm sure each person is unique. Albeit, the bottle is small, so you can take it everywhere and apply the drops on an as needed basis. The downside to the small bottle is that it doesn’t last long. Here's where my product hoarding, cosmetic junkie quirk benefits me - after the first application and miraculous transformation, I purchased five bottles (just in case it sells out).


Another amazing anti- redness solution - It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting cream. I have 'officially' (nothing I declare is really official) branded this product the 'anti-redness warpaint'. If you have Rosacea or hyper pigmentation, this stuff is going to change your life. 

Bye Bye Redness by IT Cosmetics deserves the Bye Bye Redness Award. It's kind of a foundation, primer and cream in one. Bye Bye Redness is thick, has a silky texture and gives you super full-coverage. This product is smooth, goes on like a primer (similar to Colorscience primers), and has a tinge of green (to combat redness). Apply to your cheeks, nose and forehead, and blend outwards. AND little goes a long way. 


I know I've exhausted the Sol de Janeiro lineup and posted too many reviews, BUT I'm addicted and had to award the BUM BUM Body Cream and Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter Best Nourishing Products of 2018

The pistachio-caramel scent of Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is delicious! The scent is strong, but sweet and intriguing. The cream is super-nourishing and has a slight shimmer that gives your skin a subtle glow. 


Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter is one of my favorite lip balms - I have one in my bathroom, one at my computer and one in my handbag! The light, creamy texture is nourishing and the tube is BIG, so it will last a long time. This super-hydrating lip balm is a must have.


I'm a Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil super-fan and have tried a ridiculous number of other shampoos and conditioners, but always go back to Bb. Not this time - Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner have landed a permanent spot in my haircare routine. 


The No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner have a subtle, delicious coconut citrus scent. The combination of these two haircare products will leave your hair feeling soft and super-nourished. Olaplex, please accept my Superior Haircare Award


This twist-up, crayon-like Bb. color stick is the perfect root touch-up product and worthy of the Quick Fix Award. I hate when my roots show, and admittedly, I have three grays (that I can see)! I dye my hair every three weeks, so my roots are maintained. I do however have very fine hair, and this color stick is great for filling in sparse areas. Just glide the twist-up pencil along your hair for perfect coverage. 


The Beauty From Within Award goes to SkinnyMint Tea. The two-step detox program is comprised of 28 day teas and 14 night teas (for every second night). The creators of SkinnyMint Tea have carefully curated all-natural ingredients that compliment each other. The 'food synergy' is potent. 

The Morning Boost contains green tea (the list of green tea benefits goes on and on..), Yurba Mate to curb your appetite and boost your metabolism, Nettle Leaves are a natural diuretic, Dandelion for digestions and Guarana fruit for cleaning. The fruity flavor is light and delicious. I'm addicted! 

The Night Cleanse Tea has anti-bloating Ginger Root, Orange Leaves to aid with sleep, Senna Leaves are a natural laxative, Peppermint for digestive and colic relief, Licorice Root as an antacid, Hawthorn Berries for anti-anxiety and the natural laxative Psyllium Husk. Each of these all-natural ingredients have additional benefits. This ingredient combination is super-cleansing. 
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The Best of 2018

December 06, 2018
I'm a huge BEAUTYBLENDER fan. I've purchased all but one product in the lineup and have yet to be disappointed. The beautyblender cosmetic sponge is available in two sizes - original and...

Milk, Suds and Foam

November 27, 2018

A few months ago, I squeezed out the last of my Clarisonic face wash. AND, I was devastated to learn that it was no longer available - ANYWHERE! So, the search for a new facial cleanser began..

Of course, I searched cleansers on Sephora and started with the best-sellers. Sephora reviewers can be tough and I trust the star-rating. Indie Lee was my first purchase. I like the name, the color scheme and the face wash had good reviews. 

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser is super thick and jelly-like. The heavy glass bottle has a pump dispenser that pushes out just enough cleanser and there is a wee bit of foam as you massage the cleanser onto your skin. The scent is amazing - like fresh strawberries. I'm not big on scented facial products, so for me to say it's pleasant, IT IS!

The Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser doubles as an exfoliator - LOVE that! Just leave on for five minutes before rinsing. Imma say it again - the scent is delicious, you will feel so refreshed after using this brightening cleanser. I suggest pairing your five minute, mini exfoliating mask with prosecco and strawberries. 

While I did like the scent, after applying the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser and rising after five minutes, my skin was on fire! I have rosacea and some products bring out the worst in my problem skin. I looked like I had just been from the Dermatologist and had laser treatments. My skin is RED, super dry and burning like a.. My rosacea symptoms have been at an all-time high lately - probably due to the drastic change in temperature outside. Maybe after the initial cold-shock, I'll give the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser another go..


I'm a long-time fan of Bliss. The product line is high-quality and there is a wide range of cleansers to choose from. New to the shelf are Bliss cleansing sticks. This inexpensive trio includes Bliss Oh My Gommage! Gentle Polishing Cleanser, Bliss No Dull Days Oakwood Charcoal Purifying Cleanser and Bliss Cold Pressed Olive Oil Foaming Cleanser. 

These little sticks resemble travel-sized deodorants. The packaging has a twist-up feature and the stick is easy to apply. I like that the product is small and not a liquid - perfect for travel. 

The Oh My Gommage! Gentle Polishing Cleanser has the strongest scent - fresh, but floral (not my favorite). I wanna like this one, but cant get passed the overwhelming scent of old lady! Strong, floral scents remind me of "older" women!? This one didn't even make it to my face.

The No Dull Days Oakwood Charcoal Purifying Cleanser smells much better - a little floral-like, but fresh and kinda soapy. The product claims to absorb toxins, oil and makeup, while exfoliating and brightening your skin. OK, charcoal is one of those superior product terms (kinda like hyaluronic acid). I think we all equate charcoal with super-absorbing powers. This face wash is nice, but it ain't powerful enough to erase my makeup, let alone reach deep into my skin and detoxify. Albeit, I would still throw this in my bag for a quick-cleanse. 


My favorite of the trio is the Cold Pressed Olive Oil Foaming Cleanser. I'm obsessed with olive oil, hate olives, but love a super-strong oil. This cleansing stick smells like olives and is comprised of more than 40% olive oil. If you rub your finger along the stick, you can see the oil. I'm a big fan of oil cleansing and if I find myself without eye-makeup remover, I will use a little olive oil on a cotton pad- it works! 

The of scent of Bliss Cold Pressed Olive Oil Foaming Cleanser is light and the texture is nice. This light-lathering cleanser has earned a permanent place in my travel bag. 


Over the many years of product experimenting, I always find myself coming back to this one. Bliss Fab Foaming Cleanser is is an oldie, but goodie! The scent is DELICIOUS! - like blueberries. The jelly-like product is lightweight and foams nicely. There's something about suds that attract me. I cant do non-foaming washes for my face and especially my hair - no suds equate to not-clean in my mind. I know this is ridiculous and that you can cleanse without foam (cleansing oil), but suds are a necessary feature in my nightly cleaning wash and shampoo.

This 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliator with bamboo buffers meets all my needs - a delicious scent, suds and a super-clean sensation after cleansing. Wet your face, apply a little cleanser, massage your skin in circular motions and rinse. You're gonna love this one.


I'm sure many of you have a different opinion, but La Mer products aren't my favorite - I know (insert gasp). This super-expensive product line is overpriced and smells like the eighties. I tried the eye cream and it was ok, but the facial creams stink! I'm not sure if any of these products would make a drastic change in my appearance, because upon application my rosacea flares up (probably due to the perfume) and the smell is giving me a headache.

Albeit, people (many celebrities) love La Mer AND it costs a fortune, so there must be something to it!? The texture of La Mer The Cleansing Foam is nice, BUT it smells like men's Irish Spring bar of soap. NOT NICE! Remember back when bar of soap was the go-to body wash - I'm so happy we've progressed and moisturizing body washes were created! La Mer The Faoming Cleanser will leave your skin feeling like you just washed your face with a bar of soap - tight and dry. Maybe this is what some people want, but I'm not getting the appeal. The silver lining is - I only purchased a travel-size tube and don't feel bad about giving this one away..


Here's the punch line - after purchasing all of these facial cleansers, Clarisonic Radiance Foaming Milk Cleanser makes a comeback! Are you f**king kidding me? I wasted so much money in search of my new go-to cleanser, only to end up back where I started. 

Clarisonic Radiance Foaming Milk Cleanser is amazing. The creamy texture goes well with the Clarisonic device. Just pour a little dollop onto your Clarisonic brush, move the brush along your damp skin in circular motions and watch the subtle suds melt away makeup, oil and dirt. This stuff is amazing! The fresh scent is strong (unusual for me to like something so stinky), but dissipates quickly. After cleaning, your face will feel soft, moisturized and clean. Best of all, a little goes a long way, so one tube will last you six months. 

After all that, all I got was an elaborate blog post on facial cleansers. I'm giving away all the newbies and going back to my favorite foaming milk cleanser. 
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Milk, Suds and Foam

November 27, 2018
A few months ago, I squeezed out the last of my Clarisonic face wash. AND, I was devastated to learn that it was no longer available - ANYWHERE! So, the search for a new facial cleanser began..Of...

Sculpt & Rejuvenate

November 15, 2018

I've spent too much money on products and procedures to keep my face fresh and young, all the while, neglecting my neck & décolleté. Mind you, I'm still in my thirties and my skin looks great, but it's never to soon to implement an all-over, anti-aging routine. My décolleté looks fine (no wrinkles yet), but I do have two deep lines across my neck - I'm sure these lines are due to staring down at the phone and keyboard. Posture is not my strong suit!

I initially considered cosmetic procedures, BUT due to my last two duds, I am reluctant. Both Kybella and Cool Sculpting failed to diminish unwanted fat on my chin and abdomen respectively. Maybe that's my super power - invincible fat cells! In the end, it's a lot of money wasted and minimal results. So the search to find supreme anti-aging products for the neck and décolleté begins.. Oh and I'm realizing exercise is a must for the body - there's no easy solution to reducing body fat!

I've been applying Neocutis anti-aging products for years. So, of course I turned to my favorite anti-aging brand in search of an anti-wrinkle product for my neck. While perusing the internet, I also came across the "miracle" treatment - Spencer Barnes LA Neck, Chin & Jawline Instant Sculpting Wand. Sounds promising! I'm thinking these two products are gonna do wonders for my necklines.. 


The Spencer Barnes LA Neck, Chin & Jawline Instant Sculpting Wand claims to take 10 years off your neck, chin and jawline! That's a BIG statement. There are before and after pics on the Spencer Barnes LA site that show dramatic results, but there's no indication of how long these individuals have been using the wand? It says you will see initial results and further affects thereafter. This "no needle, no filter, no surgeon" product seems too good to be true!


The sculpting wand is easy to use and the application feels nice. Just pump out the product by pressing the button on the bottom of the wand (one pump is enough) and glide the stainless silver ball along our neck, chin and jawline. Horizontal and vertical movements along your skin will ensure an even product application and the mini neck massage is kinda nice. 

The product has a cooling sensation and dries fairly quickly. If you need an extra boost, you can apply again five minutes later. The scent is light and swiftly diminishes - good, cause it's not so great!

I did not see a dramatic transformation after the first application, or the second, third.. After many weeks, my neck lines do appear slightly less intense (maybe 20% less visible). Along with daily use of the Neocutis Micro Firm Neck & Décolleté Rejuvenating Complex, these two products are making a big difference, BUT which one is driving the anti-wrinkle bus?


I really like the Neocutis Micro Firm Neck & Décolleté Rejuvenating Complex. The jar is innovative and dispenses just enough product to cover my neck & décolleté - simply remove the cover, push down on the white surface and a perfectly portioned dollop appears. Massage the rejuvenating cream along your neck & décolleté morning and night.  


YES, I have noticed a change in my neck wrinkles over the past month. My wrinkles appear softer and my neck more youthful. Admittedly, I use the Neocutis Micro Firm Neck & Décolleté Rejuvenating Complex everyday and the Spencer Barnes LA Neck, Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand a few times a week - SO, I'm gonna brand the Neocutis product as the anti-aging culprit here. 


I've been applying Neocutis Bio Essential Lumiére Eye Cream for years. My dermatologist highly recommends this anti-aging brand. I love it and was super excited to learn that Neocutis launched a new line called Micro Essentials. I haven't swayed from my long-time serum and eye cream until now. 

The Neocutis Micro Eyes Rejuvenating Cream has the same consistency, barely-there scent and feel of the Bio Essentials Eye Cream. It kinda feels like the exact eye cream. Albeit, sometimes we just need a change. Whether or not it's making a difference is irrelevant, cause physiologically, it's new and supposedly making a difference. I do however like this product and have permanently swapped my Neocutis Bio Essential Lumiére Eye Cream for the Neocutis Micro Eyes Rejuvenating Cream. 

This product is lightweight, dries swiftly and doesn't irritate. I highly recommend applying the Micro Serum to your under eyes prior to applying the Micro Eyes rejuvenating Cream. It's the perfect anti-aging combination for the skin around your eyes. 


Since I was already shopping the Neocutis Micro Essentials lineup, why not get a new facial cream too!? I use Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream daily - this stuff is great under makeup and smells super fresh. But, I'm aging and realize it may be time to introduce an anti-aging facial cream. 


The Neocutis Micro Day Rejuvenating Cream with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 is AMAZING! The product is lightweight and tinted. It blends nicely and gives you an immediate softer appearance. Oh, and it contains that magical Hyaluronic Acid that everyones talkin' about (insert sarcasm)! Yeah, I'm sure Hyaluronic Acid is a key ingredient in anti-aging products, but the mention of this ingredient is getting old (pun intended). 

I love this facial cream. I still apply Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream under makeup (I rarely wear makeup), but every other day, the Neocutis Micro Day Rejuvenating Cream with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 is enough to brighten my complexion and nourish my skin.
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Sculpt & Rejuvenate

November 15, 2018
I've spent too much money on products and procedures to keep my face fresh and young, all the while, neglecting my neck & décolleté. Mind you, I'm still in my thirties and my skin looks great,...

beautyblender®

November 10, 2018

I'm a huge BEAUTYBLENDER fan. I've purchased every product in the lineup and have yet to be disappointed. I'm partial to the white beautyblender, referred to as pure. I'm a clean freak and wanna see that my makeup sponge is perfectly clean after each makeup application. The beautyblender is available in a variety of colors, but after a cleansing the colored sponges, it's hard to tell if you got all the makeup off the sponge. A darker shade might be beneficial for "I don't wash my sponge daily" people - GROSS! 

Beutyblender 101 - don't waste your money on a beautyblender makeup application sponge if you're not going to use it properly. It is meant to be drenched in water, then squeeze out the access and use to apply your makeup. You can even apply facial oil (I like Farsali) to the wet sponge for smoother application. If you are using the sponge dry, you are wasting your money! Get yourself a less expensive makeup sponge and you'll get the same affect. 


Cleaning your makeup tools is of the utmost importance (in your makeup routine). I know it's annoying and time consuming, but you don't want to apply yesterdays (or last weeks) oil and dirt to your face. Eww.. 

The blendercleanser solid is great for travel. It includes a cleansing soap and custom grid to dry your beautyblender makeup sponge. Both products come in a compact, plastic disk for easy storage. The scent is fresh and the bar of soap lasts a long time.


BEAUTYBLENDER INSTACLEAN is fairly new in the BEAUTYBLENDER lineup. The waterless cleansing spray is great for on-the-go removal of surface stains. It's like dry shampoo for your hair. While this sponge and brush cleansing spray doesn't necessarily "clean" your makeup tools, it will remove surface residue - including color, so you're not mixing shades and always getting true-color application. 

Spray the solution onto your application tool, saturate and wipe with a tissue or towel. It's INSTACLEAN!

BEAUTYBLENDER has a variety of sponge cleansers. My favorite is the liquid blendercleanser. Apply a little cleanser to your sponge, run it under water and give it a good wash. Make sure to squeeze out the excess water and remove all the soap. This cleanser has a light scent and a little goes a long way. It's available in 3 oz, 5 oz and 10 oz. 


The MALLOOM Chicken Feet Power Puff Display Stands are not a BEAUTYBLENDER product, but are the perfect drying device. It's important to allow your beautyblender makeup application sponge to dry completely and this cute stand allows for an all-around dry sponge. These all-around drying racks are available at amazon.com. This is kinda strange, but the colors are randomly chosen, so you get what you get?! The footed stands are available in mint green, purple and pink. 
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beautyblender®

November 10, 2018
I'm a huge BEAUTYBLENDER fan. I've purchased every product in the lineup and have yet to be disappointed. I'm partial to the white beautyblender, referred to as pure. I'm a clean freak and wanna see...

SPHYNX

November 08, 2018

The SPHYNX Portable Razor is great for on-the-go touchups. I'm not sure this innovative shaving device would work for an all-over shave, but the moisturizing shave bar and single blade allow you to shave missed spots with ease. 

This portable razor is really unique. The SPHYNX contains a tiny refillable water spray bottle, a moisturizing pre-shave bar and two single blade cartridges. Simply pop the cap off, turn the dial to your desired tool and shave away unwanted hair. 


The SPHYNX 3 in 1 Portable Razor Refill Pack contains four single blade cartridges and one pre-shave bar. The portable razor retails for $15 and the refill pack for $8 - not bad! You can purchase both at revolve.com.


I like the little spray bottle. It's super tiny - about 1" X 1" and slides in and out of the portable shaving device easily. I'm sure I can find other uses for this little bottle. It doesn't hold very much water, but the SPHYNX is meant for touch-ups, so you don't need much. 


The moisturizing shave bar is infused with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter. The scent is super-strong! Kinda reminds me of mens bar of soap - maybe Irish Spring? The masculine scented pre-shave bar and single blade cartridge are the perfect facial touch-up razor for men. Why is it that men always miss one spot? 

Spray a little water, smooth the shave bar along your skin and remove unwanted hair. You do not need to rinse after shaving. Surprisingly, the pre-shave bar doesn't irritate my skin AND everything irritates me (body and mind). 


The single blade can manage touch-ups with ease, but I wouldn't use this blade all over. I use Venus Embrace cartridges daily. They have five blades and a ribbon of moisture. Once you've used this razor style, anything else pales in comparison. BUT, the SPHNYX is a great on-the-go, missed a spot solution. 


The innovative device is made of plastic and can be easily cleaned. The SPHYNX portable razor doesn't weigh much and is small enough to throw in your tote or gym bag. The dial is easy to turn and while you can watch the different tools turning, there is also embossed pics on the dial.  The device has small holes along the sides, so the pre-shave bar and razor dry quickly and remain fresh. I like that! 

This portable razor would make a great gift. It's also available in turquoise, pink and purple. 
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SPHYNX

November 08, 2018
The SPHYNX Portable Razor is great for on-the-go touchups. I'm not sure this innovative shaving device would work for an all-over shave, but the moisturizing shave bar and single blade allow you to...

Hangover & Sleep Patches

October 28, 2018

I have chronic insomnia - it's nuts! Some nights, I toss and turn till the sun comes up. It's definitely stress related - my brain sorts out all of life's problems while I'm trying to sleep! I do not recommend over the counter drugs or prescriptions (I'm not a doctor), but Benadryl does help and sleeping pills work wonders. 

Albeit, I'd prefer to take a natural path to a good nights sleep. Vitamins are outta the question - beyond Advil, I just cant swallow the giant capsules and pills. When I saw the Klova Sleep Patch on Instagram, I was intrigued. Maybe it was the color scheme? If you wanna attract customers and followers on social media - color is everything. Klova - great job with the pale blue and purple patches - the pretty shades are soothing, inviting and Instagram friendly (everyone's obsessed with a color scheme). I truly feel that some products are more successful (than they should be), because of their color scheme. 


I've read mixed reviews about these patches, AND, mine is leaning towards - they don't work! These patches are infused with Melatonin and naturally occurring ingredients and claim to promote a better sleep. There's is nothing natural about me, so this was bound to fail. 

These patches attach to your skin nicely and don't irritate. They do however smell awful! The scent is potent, but after application to hairless skin, it dissipates. Other than that, they have a cute print, but did not meet my expectations. 


The Hangover Patch is just what I need. I'm getting older and recovery is a long process these days. Last time I was in Vegas, I found myself at a club, in the 'mosh pit' (I'm old and don't know what you youngin's call this danger zone) and felt like I was under attack - while jumping up and down to DJ Marshmallow. Who knew there was a marshmallow head wearing DJ? 

Needless to say, I could barely walk the next day, YES, I was sick (in the worse sense of the word) AND my Fendi boots were destroyed! Why do I submit myself to this madness - cause in the moment, after way too many glasses of wine, it seems like a good idea to keep going. Vegas has this effect on me. 

I've considered the hangover drip many times! The thought of a swift recovery is intriguing, but a little scary. In comes The Hangover Patch. This 100% organic formula has 12 vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients. Apply before you start drinking and let this little patch replenish your body WHILE YOU DRINK! Alcohol has a terrible effect on the body - good for the mind and I'm sure dancing all night is great for the figure, but the dehydration and loss of essential nutrients can have a terrible effect shortly there after the party and for days..

I'm not sure if this patch is replenishing my body and don't feel any different the following day (then I typically would), but continue to use them - it's psychological! The Bytox Patch claims to aid in a rapid recovery, while replenishing essential vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients to the body. My thoughts - why not?!
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Hangover & Sleep Patches

October 28, 2018
I have chronic insomnia - it's nuts! Some nights, I toss and turn till the sun comes up. It's definitely stress related - my brain sorts out all of life's problems while I'm trying to sleep! I do not...
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