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Latest Lip Loves

June 12, 2019

I'm addicted to lip products. I have more than one girl can possibly use before the best before date, but I can't kick the habit! My latest lip loves smell amazing and are perfect for summer. The unique tube designs are just as fabulous as the innovative products. 

I'm a HUGE fan of Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm. I have been using this balm for years. The original 001-Pink Glow is a pale pink balm that enhances your natural lip color. When Dior launched this product, it was impossible to get them, so I purchased five Lip Glow balms at time. I gave them to everyone I knew!

The Lip Glow lineup has expanded and I'm obsessed with the new Lip Glow To The Max balm. It is the first balm from Dior's Backstage Collection to feature the original glow and color. The color reviver enhances your natural lips and the pearlescent pigments bring your glow to a new level. 

I'm a fan of coral shades - it goes best with my sun-kissed skin and black hair. I purchased the Dior Lip Glow To The Max in 204-Coral. I love everything about this balm. The scent is delicious, like a sweet candy cane. The two-color swirl is brilliant and the color is vibrant. This shade is a light coral/pink and has a slight shimmer. Perfect for no-makeup (but I'm wearing makeup) days.

This balm smells great, looks good and nourishes your lips. Lip Glow To The Max is the perfect summer lip balm and enhancer in one. 

Another cute lip product is Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Plump-in-Color Plumping Lip Balm. I've been a fan of Yves Saint Laurent's Volupté collection for a while and love the new heart embellished lip plumper. I'm a self-proclaimed lip pluming addict! The only thing I won't do for a full-pout look is use one those strange suction lip plumping contraptions - looks dangerous! Back to plumping balms..

Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Plump-in-Color Plumping Lip Balm nourishes your lips - the silky texture glides on like oil, giving you high-shine look. I purchased 4-Exposing Coral. It's the perfect subtle (high-shine) shade of coral.

This balm contains peppermint oil and tingles a little when you apply it. As far as plumbers go, it's on the subtle side, but the pretty shade and shine make your lips appear hydrated and fuller.

The scent is amazing - like minty watermelon. This balm has landed a permanent spot in my handbag. 

Another must-have Yves Saint Laurent Volupté lip product is the Heart & Arrow Collector Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick. This gorgeous bright cajun coral lipstick is limited edition. It has the same silky (oily) texture as the other Volupté lip products - High-shine with more color.

I love the packaging. YSL Volupté lip products all don the same decorative lipstick tube, but this one has a heart & arrow print. YSL Volupté lip products are super nourishing, leave your lips feeling soft and give you the perfect high-shine pout.  

Another one of my favorite brands is Too Faced. This cosmetic brand is fun, high-quality and always launching innovative products. The Peaches and Cream Collection is delicious! I purchased the Peach Mega Moisture Lip Balm and then had to have the Peach Lip Scrub. This exfoliating lip scrub is gentle and effective. Your lips will feel soft and rejuvenated. The peaches and cream scent is sweet and yummy! 

If you want a pouty look, buff your lips first, get the circulation flowing, apply a lip balm and then color. If you want super-plumped lips, purchase the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme. This stuff reigns supreme!

These four products are at the top of my summer 2019 lip products must-have list. Coral is always going to be the perfect shade for summer lips and this season is more natural and light than the others, so opt for light lip products that enhance your natural lips. Buff, hydrate and add a little color..

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Latest Lip Loves

June 12, 2019
I'm addicted to lip products. I have more than one girl can possibly use before the best before date, but I can't kick the habit! My latest lip loves smell amazing and are perfect for summer. The...

Sun Essentials

June 10, 2019

Sol De Janeiro is one of my favorite beauty brands. The pistachio-caramel scent of Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (not pictured here) is AMAZING! This deliciously scented product line is addictive. You're gonna want to surround yourself with these scents.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter is one of my favorite lip balms. The light, creamy texture is nourishing and the tube is BIG, so it will last a long time. This lip balm is infused with super nourishing ingredients Cupaçu butter, Açai and coconut oil. A MUST-HAVE!

Of course I purchased the new Sol De Janeiro sunscreen products the second they hit the shelf! The Sol De Janeiro My Sol Stick is an 80 min water resistant moisturizing protection balm. This on-the-go balm stick is great for extra protection in sensitive ares - Apply to your face, lips, bikini line and tattoos. 

My Sol Stick has a wax-like texture and you can feel there is a layer of protection on your skin. The balm is SPF 50 and has a delightful, sweet, nutty scent. I hope Sol De Janeiro launches a new body mist in this scent. AND, it's slightly larger than the lip balm, so it fits in your handbag for touch-and-go application. 

The Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Sol Oil has the same addictive pistachio-caramel scent of Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. Everyone who comes close to me asks what perfume I'm wearing and it's Sol De Janeiro body products. 

The Bum Bum Sol Oil is a sun protection oil infused with skin smoothers an luminizers. The oil is SPF 30, non-greasy and gives your skin a subtle glow. The product goes on nicely and has a slight oily texture that dissipates quickly. It's a two-in-one perfume and sunscreen. 

You can see the micro sparkles in the oil and there is a little leaf floating in there - I think it's a faux-leaf for appeal. The bottle is small and great for on-the-go spritzes and travel. 

The luscious scent of Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum cream and Sol Oil is referred to as Cheirosa '62 Brazilian Bum Bum Scent. It is comprised of pistachio, almond, heliotrope, jasmine petals, vanilla, salted caramel and sandalwood. It's sweet, delicious and intriguing. This combination is brilliant!

The scent of Sol De Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream is delicious and enticing, with notes of toasted coconut, creamy caramel and buttery praline. This Cheirosa '39 fragrance pairs nicely with the original Cheirosa '62 Brazilian Bum Bum Scent. I like this new scent more than the Bum Bum cream, but the texture is strange. It's light and feels more like liquid soap than a body cream. It's also very sticky. I love the scent, but the cream doesn't feel nice on the skin. This new addition to the Sol De Janeiro lineup needs some modifications..

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Sun Essentials

June 10, 2019
Sol De Janeiro is one of my favorite beauty brands. The pistachio-caramel scent of Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (not pictured here) is AMAZING! This deliciously scented...

Mother's Haul-i-day!

May 14, 2019

I LOVE PINK - AND, have been coveting the T3 rose collection for months. I'm a lucky girl! I received three T3 styling tools for Mother's Day. Thanks family! I LOVE my new hair styling tools and this shade of pink is perfect!

I've been a fan of T3 for, well, longer than I can remember. I've tried other styling tools, but always go back to this brand. I already have the T3 Featherweight Compact hair dryer and SinglePass Compact straightener in white, BUT had to have the limited edition pink version. 

The Singlepass Compact straightening and styling iron is small, but with no less power. There is an internal microchip that maintains an even temperature in the plates. The ceramic plates exude potent heat for quick on-the-go or on-vacation styling. 

I love this styling tool. It's small and easy to handle. You can straighten your hair or create loose waves AND your hair will never get caught in the iron. I have no idea how to create a soft curl/wave with a straightener, so I stick to my straight, sleek bob. My hair is really soft to begin with, but this straightener takes it to a new level of silkiness. 

If you have a short hair style, I highly suggest you opt for a compact straightener to avoid mishaps! I've burnt my face, neck and ears too many times with full-sized hair tools - not anymore! 

I use to curl my hair everyday (many years ago), but have no idea how to create the trendy, wavy hairstyle EVERYONE is donning these days. SO, I'm experimenting with the T3 Singlepass Curl 1 1/4" curling iron.

The iron is HUGE! It's al little scary attempting to curl my short hair, but thankfully the tip remains cool, so you can control the styler with ease. There are five heat settings. I like the smart dial - just twist the end to adjust the heat according to your needs. I use heat setting four and am getting a little smoke, so I suggest you move fast - that's why it's called Singlepass! 

I'm still struggling to get a nice wave, but I'm sure it's my method and not the styling tool. I need practice! This T3 curling iron is high-quality and your hair doesn't get tangled in the iron. The barrel is large and I assume suitable for big curls and a "natural" wavy look. 

The T3 Singlepass Curl 1 1/4" iron has a swivel cord and auto world voltage, so you can take this styling tool anywhere - just pack the appropriate plug extension. 

I have purchased the full-size T3 hair dryer in the past, but prefer the travel size - it's lighter, easier to handle and fits in my travel cosmetic bag nicely. The T3 Featherweight Compact hair dryer has two speeds/heat settings, is dual voltage and has a folding handle for easy storage. The T3 Tourmaline SoftAire technology promotes high-speed drying AND reduces frizz. I've done the research - this hairdryer reigns supreme. 

T3 claims the body is scratch resistant - I will say that after years of using my white Featherweight Compact hair dryer, the surface on the diffuser was peeling off - hence my desire to get a new one. You can however purchase a replacement T3 diffuser online for $3. 

This T3 Featherweight Compact design has been on the top of my go-to hair care list for years, but just got a pink upgrade. 

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Mother's Haul-i-day!

May 14, 2019
I LOVE PINK - AND, have been coveting the T3 rose collection for months. I'm a lucky girl! I received three T3 styling tools for Mother's Day. Thanks family! I LOVE my new hair styling tools and...

Hair Detoxing

April 05, 2019

I'm a detox anything and everything fan - Detox tea, juicing, herbal supplements and more recently, my scalp and hair. Admittedly, I've been lazy in the self-care department, but as of late have been implementing changes to better myself inside and out.

I finally mustered up the strength and dedicated myself to a daily exercise routine. I HATE IT! People who say exercising feels good confuse me. Albeit, I'm loosing weight and I love that my clothes are ill-fitting. Other than the intense workout at 8:00 am (I feel like I'm being punished), my hair routine is also suffering. I used to scrub my scalp and strands every third day, but I'm sweating and my hair requires a wash every other day - dry shampoo and a sweaty scalp is a cocktail for gross!

My hair is supper oily to begin with, but after 10 minutes on the squat machine and 3 rounds of "9 Exercises to get a flatter stomach", all I wanna do is shower and wash my hair. BUT, I'm lazy! Every other day, I give my head a intense scrub and once a week, I detox my scalp - It's the best feeling. I've tried scalp exfoliators and oils, but they often smell strong, like Tea Tree Oil (eew). In fact, most detox haircare products have an overpowering scent.

If I walk my Toy Poodle before I shower day two, I'll sprite a little product on the back of my scalp to give my limp pony tail and loose strands a little texture. Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray is not a detox product, but rather a dry texturizing spray. The scent is fresh and the light product leaves your hair feeling a little aired-out. This stuff is great for volumizing clean hair too. LOVE!

For dry shampoo, my go-to brand is IGK. First Class, Direct Flight, Jet Lag and Fresh AF reign supreme in the kingdom of dry shampoo.

IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo is my favorite on the IGK shelf. The scent is strong, but nice and I like that it contains charcoal. Activated Charcoal absorbs - you can drink it, brush your teeth with it and apply to your hair and scalp to absorb the excess oil.

IGK First Class Dry Shampoo cleanses your hair, absorbs oil and eliminates odor. Spray the product on to your roots (oily areas) and leave for 10 min (to get the cooling, cleansing affect). THEN, turn your head upside down, massage and shake to distribute and remove access product.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Triple Detox Shampoo has a super-strong scent, but it dissipates throughout the day. The Activated Charcoal infused shampoo smells like lemons and leaves your hair feeling fresh. This shampoo also has a patented healthy hair molecule (OFPMA) that fights off dirt and and oil, leaving your hair cleaner for a longer period of time.

This shampoo stinks, but it works and has landed a permanent spot in my weekly haircare routine. Triple Detox Shampoo is available in 160 ml and a travel-size 60 ml (love that). I suggest you purchase the smaller tube and give it a try..

I'm a HUGE fan of Bumble and Bumble hair products. I've tried almost everything on the roster. This one however fell short of my expectations and gave me a headache! The potent scent of Bb. Scalp Detox is unbearable! You could use this stuff in warfare! And of course, I got the product all over my hands and clothes while trying to capture a pic of the foam. I had to take a shower and quarantine my photo studio until the smell dissipated.

Whether or not it works - I can't say from experience. BUT, Bb. Scalp Detox is a 2018 Best of Beauty Allure Award winner. AND, I gave this fizzing, detoxifying foam to my girlfriend and she loved it!? If you can handle the scent or maybe even like it, this may be the perfect scalp detox solution for you.

Bumble and Bumble is a premiere haircare brand and I'm confident that everything in the lineup is amazing. Fingers crossed Bumble and Bumble will launch scent-free haircare..

I LOVE this Invisibobble Sprunchie. I have very fine, short hair and I prefer to wear my hair off my face, but my pony tail is pathetic! This black, velvet- like sprunchie (love the name) stays put and makes my up-do appear fuller. I wrap it once and then tuck my hair in and wrap again to create a messy, mini-bun. My hair is black, so the sprunchie blends well.

I can't believe this innovative Invisibobble has been sitting in my studio for months (unused). I need to work faster on these reviews. This sprunchie is a must-have!

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Hair Detoxing

April 05, 2019
I'm a detox anything and everything fan - Detox tea, juicing, herbal supplements and more recently, my scalp and hair. Admittedly, I've been lazy in the self-care department, but as of late have...

Sugarbear SLEEP Vitamins

April 03, 2019

Another Instagram sensation - Sugarbear SLEEP Vitamins. These little bear-shaped vegan gummies are formulated to help you sleep. The little purple bears smell delicious, taste like berries and are SUPER-SWEET! I'm not a sweets person, but I prefer a flavorful gummy over giant capsules - there's nothing relaxing about swallowing huge pills and vitamins.

Comprised of Melatonin, Magnesium, Theanine and Vitamin B6 - These ingredients tell your body when to go to sleep, enhance natural Melatonin and promote relaxation. This list is typical for natural sleep aids.

These gummies also contain the Sugarbear proprietary Rest Well Blend - botanicals that promote relaxation and optimize sleep. Lemon Balm Leaf, Passion Flower, Valerian Root and 5-HTP promote a calm, positive mood.

Seems like these gummies are packed with everything you need to improve your mood, promote relaxation and get a good night sleep. Albeit, most of us require something a little stronger! I suffer from insomnia and have tried too many homeopathic remedies. Yes, they "help", but if I'm stressed it will take a horse tranquilizer to keep me under for the suggested eight hours. 

I do find Sugarbear SLEEP gummies beneficial for relaxation. Rather than chewing two at bedtime, I opt for two with my evening tea (a blend of chill-the-f**k-out herbs and detox tea). I find slipping in to the sheets, feeling relaxed and stress-free is most beneficial to a good night sleep. Reducing stress in your life (or coping with it better) also plays a huge role in a positive, calm mind and solid eight hours rest.

Sugarbear vitamins are fun, delicious and gorgeous shades of blue, pink and purple. Color is super important on Social Media and if a product photographs well, it will swiftly gain fans (whether or not the product is worthy).

So many people claim that Sugarbear HAIR Vitamins have changed their life. Claims that these little blue bears miraculously transformed your straw hat to a gorgeous mane are ridiculous. Gummies that contain Biotin, Folic Acid and Vitamin D will promote healthy hair, but proper haircare is necessary in the recovery process. 

While perusing the Sugarbear site for sleep vitamins, I noticed there is also a women's multi-vitamin. The bears are the perfect shade of pink - Of course, I'm going to buy them.. Sugarbear vitamins are cute, contain all the right stuff and aside from being 15 calories each, will only benefit you.

Oh and my Sugarbear SLEEP vitamins order included a mini bottle of gummies (perfect for travel) and a cute keychain. I love promo products! 

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Sugarbear SLEEP Vitamins

April 03, 2019
Another Instagram sensation - Sugarbear SLEEP Vitamins. These little bear-shaped vegan gummies are formulated to help you sleep. The little purple bears smell delicious, taste like berries and are...

Charming Cosmetics

March 29, 2019

I'm addicted to cosmetics! Even though my Cosmocube is overflowing and my beauty studio stash (products awaiting photos and reviews) is abundant, I can't control the need to peruse the online Sephora store OFTEN. The Just Arrived section is the latest and greatest lineup at the cosmetic Mecca of the world.

With transparent bags trending this Spring/Summer, attractive products and accessories are a must. Here's a few fun items that will brighten up your summer.. Of course, everything is pink - I'm obsessed!

I'm a HUGE fan of the Sephora Collection. The cosmetics typically cost less then most brands, but maintain a high-quality standard. There's always new products in the just arrived section online and currently 500+ items to peruse.

This Sephora Collection Love You Beary Much Retractable Brush is super cute. It's the perfect gift for a budding amateur and their little girl makeup kit AND for an expert with a free-spirited, cute sense of style. 

This charming bear has a a retractable swivel brush that allows you to control the amount of bristles used and thus create a number of brush styles. The rounded bristles are dense and super soft.

Just remove the bears head, push down on the plastic column and apply blush, bronzer and powder foundation. I suppose you could use this brush to apply liquid foundation, but it's gonna leave a mess inside the bears head. 

This delightful design also includes two tiny brushes in the bears stomach - so cute! The small angled brush and spoolie are great for shaping and enhancing your eyebrows. This plastic bear case isn't gonna fit in my everyday cosmetic bag, but the two little brushes are the perfect mini-size.

The Love You Beary Much retractable brush is made from plastic and is lightweight. It's a little challenging to get the white door open the first few times, but the cute bear head removes easily and pops back on nicely. LOVE!

YES! This ionic technology blowdryer has a vanilla-scented infuser that exudes a sweet scent while you blow-dry your hair. It's BRILLIANT! The Sephora Collection Sweet Scents Perfume Infusing Blowdryer contains a removable "Sweet Bunny" infuser that looks like a cartoon bunny and smells delicious. LOVE! 

The vanilla scent reminds me of Strawberry Shortcake (the doll). It's pleasant, BUT super-strong. I'm popping Advils while I type this review! If you are sensitive, you can remove the vanilla scent "Sweet Bunny", but that would kinda defeat the purpose?! 

I hope this innovative tool is a success and Sephora Collection releases new "Sweet Bunny" scents. Coconut and chocolate are at the top of my list - HINT HINT..

The lightweight dryer is foldable and has an ultra-quiet 110V DC motor. The handle is ergonomically correct and comfortable to hold. AND, there is a multi-step switch for drying options. This gentle ionic dryer comes with a pouch and is great for travel.

The plastic design feels a little cheap, but what it lacks in quality, it makes up for cute, innovative design. This pink and white, vanilla infused hairdryer is PERFECT for a little girl or an immature big girl! Ladies and gents obsessed with pink and child-like products - don't be offended, keep doing you and enjoy your vanilla scented hair..

In addition to the velvet-like travel bag, there is also a cute scrunchie in the box. The black hair tie has pink polka dots and two structured bunny ears. Super cute! My Toy Poodle, Teddy, loves hair ties - this one will keep him busy for hours!

I was shopping for facial rollers (rose quartz, jade..) and came across this Kaja Roller Glow Roll-on Highlighting Balm. The fun, unique design includes a rectangular pot of pearlescent pink highlighter and two mini, hygienic paint rollers. It's super cute and an effective way to apply highlighter to your body. 

The case is plastic and a pretty magenta shade. Enclosed is a mirror and and one roller applicator that snaps on to a plastic door that separates the sponge from the highlighting balm. There is also an extra mini paint roller in the box. 

The kit is little pricy, but there is a lot going on inside the box and the design is super-fun! This product is the perfect gift for a little girl experimenting with makeup - Or anyone addicted to cosmetics, pink and has a light sense of humor. 

The cream-to-powder highlighter consists of ultra-reflective pigments of pearlescent pink with a golden undertone. The roll-on result is subtle and perfect against pale or slightly sun-kissed skin. This little paint roller is great for applying an even layer of highlighter to your arms and décolletage.

The sample photo on sephora.com are misleading - the product is super-subtle and you'd have to apply a ridiculous amount to get the result in the photo. 

The brush is small enough to roll along your cheekbones, but I prefer a tool that allows for more concise application. If you like the sparkle in this highlighter, I suggest using your finger to apply the duo-chrome product.

The Cosmic Laundry color is super-reflective - There is a lot of sparkle in this cream-to-powder balm. The product blends nicely. The Kaja Roller Glow isn't gonna replace my go-to highlighters, but the concept is cute and I had fun sharing my product review with you..

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Charming Cosmetics

March 29, 2019
I'm addicted to cosmetics! Even though my Cosmocube is overflowing and my beauty studio stash (products awaiting photos and reviews) is abundant, I can't control the need to peruse the online...

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...

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 from 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...

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)....
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