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Back to Glossier

March 10, 2020

I purchased this Glossier haul online, but recently visited the store on Lafayette St., NY AND it's a must see. If you love cosmetics, you will love perusing the pink and white themed Glossier store. This was the first time I stood in line to enter a cosmetic store and apparently, there's always a lineup?! Once you're inside, you understand that the store is fairly small and jam packed with Glossier fans.

The products are on display and you gotta snag a salesperson to put in your order. The sample products are displayed on large white columns and if there wasn't so many people, it would make for a great Instagram photo. 

There is a huge stairway leading up to the thoughtfully designed store. The decor is brilliant and there is a small elevator "of sorts" at the cash, where Glossier shopping bags with the buyers name printed on it come from above. It's a fun shopping gimmick. 

I don't know if they sell these Glossier Slide Sandals at the store (they were not on display), but you can get them online. They're perfect for lounging and super cute. There are reviews saying the sizing chart is incorrect, but mine fit perfectly. 

Glossier packaging is thoughtful and unique to the brand. You also receive a pink bubble pouch with a zip closure containing your products. These pouches are perfect for travel. There also a cute way to package cosmetic gifts. Who doesn't want a pink, bubblewrap pouch?!

I purchased the Glossier Solution Exfoliating Skin Protector under the impression that it was an exfoliator that perfects your skin. Upon receipt, I read Glossier reviews and it seems like this solution is for acne? 

The description online does say this exfoliating solution will improve the appearance of redness, blemishes and large pores. Due to the list of acids, I'm hesitant to use it all over my face and am just applying a little around my jawline daily. I have rosacea and super-sensitive skin, so I wanna make sure this solution isn't gonna burn my face off. 

The bottle has a push-pump that distributes small amounts of solution onto a cotton round - I like that. AND, I haven't had a serious reaction so far. BUT, this stuff smells like acid and leaves your skin feeling sticky?!

Unless I see an immediate result, I like to give facial products a few months before forming an opinion. I haven't given this product enough time to tell, but will update this post in the near future..

The Glossier G embossed natural cotton rounds are high-quality cotton pads. Unlike most cotton rounds, these don't have flyaways, so you won't get fibers stuck in your lashes. They're chemical free, fragrance free and lint free. Oh and they're super soft. There's 60 cotton rounds per pack and the cost is worth it. 

I LOVE the super duo Glossier serums. I've used these in the past, but ventured off to try other brands. As of late, I'm back on the Glossier bandwagon.

The Super Bounce Serum contains the famed Hyaluronic Acid and vitamin B5 for mega hydration. Hence the name Bounce - your skin will feel nourished and supple. 

The Super Glow Serum contains vitamin C and Magnesium to promote brighter skin. The combination of these two serums has made my complexion more radiant and less dry during this cold season. This serum duo is a must have.

Both serums are lightweight, non-sticky and have a subtle scent that dissipates quickly. They do take a minute to absorb, but sit nicely under your daily moisturizer. 

Seems like I always and only have a breakout when I'm on vacation. The Glossier Zit Stick is perfect for on-the-go and travel. I typically use sulfur to combat breakouts, but this 5% Benzoyl Peroxide acne treatment gel gets the job done much faster. On that note, this breakout eraser is strong and will burn through a pimple in no time, so apply precisely. 

Twist the bottom of the pen and translucent formula appears on the stainless-steel rollerball tip. Apply on clean skin or over makeup and off ya go.. The Capryloyl Salicylic Acid will shrink blemishes while the Tea Tree Oil reduces swelling.

This zit erasing formula does diminish my pimples quickly, but leaves the area red and a little irritated. I recommend you test the product on less-visible skin before putting it on your face. I will continue to use a gentle sulfur treatment at home, but will throw this zit stick in my travel cosmetic case for a quick solution. 

I am obsessed with the Glossier Bubblewrap Eye and Lip Plumping Cream. This wondrous product has secured a permanent spot in my cosmetic routine AND landed a spot on my best of 2020 list. 

The lightweight moisturizer glides on nicely and absorbs quickly. I typically use this cream around the delicate eye area in the AM and sometimes add a little over my night eye cream for extra hydration. This Bubblewrap cream leaves my under eye area looking fresh and nourished. Trust me - It's a miracle!

You can use this cream on your lips. It doesn't have a cream taste and will moisturize your lips, but I don't think it will make your pout appear plump - just nourished. I suppose applying it won't hurt, but I prefer a heavy-duty lip balm.

While this water-in-oil emulsion is meant for delicate areas, you can apply this cream anywhere for intense hydration. The packaging is compact and great for on-the-go and travel. 

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Back to Glossier

March 10, 2020
I purchased this Glossier haul online, but recently visited the store on Lafayette St., NY AND it's a must see. If you love cosmetics, you will love perusing the pink and white themed Glossier...

A Lip Scrub & Facial Massage

February 26, 2020

I'm always on the prowl for a new lip treatment, especially one that boasts plumping qualities. The Nurse Jamie NuLips RX duo isn't a lip plumping regiment, but does promote healthy, nourished lips; which will make your pout appear fuller.

Oh and the all natural lip balm contains the famed Hyaluronic Acid - don't get caught up in the Hyaluronic hype. Everything contains this "magical" ingredient. The balm does however contain beneficial oils - this is essential in a nourishing lip balm. 

I really like the Nurse Jamie Anti-Microbial Silicone Lip Brush. It's soft and induces circulation in your lips. It's not brittle enough to remove dry skin - you're gonna need a proper exfoliator for that. Albeit, the soft bristles will give you a gentle lip massage.

The lip-shaped, silicone lip brush has a handle for easy use, that also has a suction cup - In case you wanna stick it to the lip balm pot, your mirror or fridge?! 

This lip balm and lip brush duo is relatively small and great for travel. My entire body dries out on planes and in hotels, so I tend to overdose on lip balm. 

The Nurse Jamie NuLips RX Balm is all natural, petroleum free and contains beneficial oils to promote healthy, soft lips - Beeswax, Shea Butter and Almond Oil - to name a few. 

The balm has a thick, wax-like appearance and feel. The NuLips balm reacts to the heat from your lips and swiftly melts into an oily texture. The scent is sweet and light. My only complaint is the pot. I prefer lip products in a tube, so I don't have to dip my fingers in the product. 

Is this a must-have duo? Umm.. No. There are better exfoliating lip treatments and this one is too gentle for me. I highly suggest using your toothbrush to exfoliate your lips. That being said, this NuLips balm will not go to waste and the gentle anti-microbial silicone lip brush has earned a spot in my travel cosmetic bag.

While perusing the Nurse Jamie line-up, I decided to give the NuVibe RX Amethyst Massaging Beauty Tool a try. I'm seeing a lot of facial massage devices on Instagram and being a beginner, I went with the first tool to pop up on my screen. I should know better!

This facial massaging tool utilizes gentle (emphasis on the gentle) sonic vibration to promote good circulation. Essentially, this is what most facial massage tools promote - circulation, anti-bloat and an overall youthful appearance. The tool heads are usually a stone or metal. This Nurse Jamie beauty tool has a slim design and an Amethyst stone - my birth stone.

At first, I loved this tool. I used it morning and night for a week and although I didn't see a major change in my skin, I enjoyed the gentle massage. I would have given this beauty tool a good grade, but then I found a better facial massager. 

I was pursuing the Goop site and purchased the Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar..

This 24kt gold sculpting bar is a game changer! I use this beauty tool twice a day for about 8 minutes. I start with my cheeks, massage my nose, between the brows, upwards along my chin and then my neck. Always massage upwards and outwards.

It's super relaxing and I've noticed a HUGE change in my skin. Especially when my face is a little bloated (too much wine and salt). This facial massager de-bloats and really does give you a more youthful appearance.

Aside from Rosacea, I have clear skin and as long as my Rosacea doesn't flare-up, I don't even need foundation. BUT, this 24kt gold beauty tool has taken my skin to a new level of looking refreshed. This tool has a permanent spot in my beauty routine.

To compare the two - The design of the Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar is more suitable for massaging the face and neck. The bar glides along your skin with ease and allows you to cover a larger area when you massage upwards and outwards. The Nurse Jamie NuVibe Rx Amethyst stone is clearly a different shape and roughly the same size in diameter, but doesn't have the same effect as the gold bar. Contrary to what people say - shape and size do matter! 

Vibration strength is super important and the Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar wins this category by a landslide. The gold sculpting bar gives you an intense vibrating facial massage, while the NuVibe pales in comparison. 

The Jillian Dempsey tool is slightly heavier and has a sleek design. The bar remains cold longer then the Amethyst stone and is more comfortable when massaging your neck and chin. It is however more expensive, BUT appears to be of better quality. The Nurse Jamie NuVibe Rx retails for $95 and the Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar retails for $195. Trust me, the extra $100 is worth it!

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A Lip Scrub & Facial Massage

February 26, 2020
I'm always on the prowl for a new lip treatment, especially one that boasts plumping qualities. The Nurse Jamie NuLips RX duo isn't a lip plumping regiment, but does promote healthy, nourished...

Brazilian Nude Cream

November 21, 2019

Sol de Janeiro, the brand behind my signature scent, is one of my top ten favorite beauty brands. The pistachio-caramel scent of the body products is addictive. I get so many compliments on my 'perfume', but it's Sol de Janeiro body products. The unique scent is delicious and enticing.

The lingering, pistachio-caramel scent is strong and there are days I'd prefer a non-scented body cream. I'm not a big fan of scents and wish more brands would create fragrance-free products for the sensitive type. FINALLY! Sol de Janeiro added a new, fragrance-free body cream to the lineup - Brazilian Nude Cream.

Brazilian Nude Cream is amazing! It is the same texture and weight as the BUM BUM cream, but is colorless and essentially scent-free - it does have a subtle cream scent. This body cream is super nourishing and a must-have.

Brazilian Nude Cream is infused with Passionflower and Colloidal Oatmeal to soothe sensitive skin. There is no fragrance, shimmer or color in this cream, just hydrating ingredients that will leave your skin feeling moisturized and soft. LOVE!

I also appreciate the pump dispenser. Two pumps dispenses the perfect amount to cover your entire body. Hopefully, Sol de Janeiro will create similar packaging for the Brazilian BUM BUM cream.

I've tried the entire Sol de Janeiro lineup and most of the products have a permanent spot in my beauty routine. The Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter is my go-to lip balm. The light, creamy texture is nourishing and the tube is BIG, so it will last a long time.

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

The sun screen products have the same addictive pistachio-caramel scent.  The Sol De Janeiro My Sol Stick is a moisturizing protection balm. This on-the-go balm stick is great for extra protection in sensitive areas. AND, the Bum Bum Sol Oil is a two-in-one perfume and sunscreen oil. The sun protection oil is infused with skin smoothers an luminizers. 

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Brazilian Nude Cream

November 21, 2019
Sol de Janeiro, the brand behind my signature scent, is one of my top ten favorite beauty brands. The pistachio-caramel scent of the body products is addictive. I get so many compliments on my...

Sephora Collection X OLLY

October 09, 2019

Sephora Collection X OLLY gummies are chewable supplements comprised of all the right stuff to promote healthy skin, lustrous hair and relaxation. The expert blend of antioxidants, minerals, superfoods and vitamins aid your body and contribute to your healthy lifestyle.  

Sounds positive, but the calorie intake?! If you take two of each - Lustrious Hair, Skin Detox, Glowing Skin and Radiant Sleep, you will consume 150 calories per day. As someone who's "currently" counting calories, sugar intake and carbs, these little gummies are packing too much weight for me.

Albeit, the Sephora Collection X OLLY gummies appear to have a good dose of the necessary supplements to aid in whatever you're trying to achieve - hair growth, radiant skin or to sleep better at night.

I should mention that I have a vexing case of insomnia and I score high on the stressed RTFO scale. SO, I have zero expectations for the Radiant Sleep gummies. It would take a mild sedative to calm me down and put me to sleep. I'm gonna give the Radiant Sleep gummies to someone with less issues!

I'm no expert, but after a few minutes researching online, I'm concluding that these gummies are comprised of the same antioxidants, minerals, superfoods and vitamins that you would find in similar supplements. The Lustrous Hair does however have 8333% of the suggested daily Biotin intake. Hmm.. I'm sure it's safe - It's Sephora.

The Lustrous Hair tastes like sweet grapefruit, the Radiant Sleep like blackberry and mint, the Skin Detox has a similar flavor of berries and mint and the Glowing Skin tastes like blueberry and pomegranate (essentially, it also tastes like berries). These gummies are TOO SWEET. I'm a salty kinda girl, so two of each supplement is asking a lot of me. 

I realize making tasty chewable gummies or candy supplements is a great way to get people to take vitamins, but does it have to be sweet? I vote for vitamin-enriched chips. Not dehydrated fruit and veggie chips - I want salty, ruffle chips.

I'll slowly get through these gummies and probably share, but the Sephora Collection X OLLY supplements are too sweet and the calorie intake is too high. I'd prefer to swallow a giant flavorless vitamin.

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Sephora Collection X OLLY

October 09, 2019
Sephora Collection X OLLY gummies are chewable supplements comprised of all the right stuff to promote healthy skin, lustrous hair and relaxation. The expert blend of antioxidants, minerals,...

RE-DEW

September 25, 2019

I'm a beautyblender fan and am first in line when a new product drops. My favorites are the beautyblender pure cosmetic sponge applicator (the white one), liquid blendercleanser, blendercleanser solid and the Blender Defender beautyblender Protective Case.

These beautyblender products are a must have in my makeup drawer and travel cosmetic case. I'm assuming anyone who reads my blog, is familiar with beautyblender, so details about the brand's original lineup are unnecessary.

My not so recent beutyblender purchase was the beautyblender Re-Dew Set & Refresh Spray and the Power Pocket Puff. Of course I stocked up on blendercleanser and threw a new beautyblender pure in my cart too. I've had these products a while, but have been cheating on beauty for decor and neglecting my cosmetic reviews. 

beautyblender Re-Dew Set & Refresh spray is a refreshing spray that illuminates your skin and sets your makeup. The Hydrolyzed Silk conditions your skin, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid moisturizes and the Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate helps balance your skin. Eva Longoria would approve (that commercial irritates me). 

What I didn't realize is this spray requires a little shake before applying it to your skin or cosmetic sponge. The first part of the two-phase solution is supercharged water and the second a milky oil. Initially, I neglected to read the directions, didn't mix the two and only dispensed the water. Of course, the results were disappointing. 

My second go was more successful and gave great results. I mixed the product, sprayed directly on my cosmetic sponge and gently dabbed my skin in areas I wanted to highlight or needed a little extra hydration.

If you apply Re-Dew to the back of your hand, you can see that the oil is sitting on top of your skin and slow to absorb, so I recommend using a sponge to press the solution in to your skin. You can also use your fingers to massage the product for better absorption. 

The next-generation beautyblender Power Pocket Puff is intended for powder formulas. But, the versatile, two-sided puff can be used for so much more. The teardrop shape and built-in finger pocket allow for precise application. 

The soft pink side has a gel-like insert and special fibers to collect powder and apply a controlled amount to set and bake your makeup. The tan buff side resembles a thin cosmetic sponge allows you to blend. I like to use the buff side to blend and re-blend my liquid formulas. The interchangeable finger band stretches to either side easily, as a secondary means of holding the puff. 

I'm not a big fan of applying spray to set makeup, or refreshing throughout the day, but Re-Dew has convinced me to jump on the bandwagon.

beautyblender's Power Pocket Puff is a double-duty makeup tool that is versatile and has earned a spot on my must-have list.

beautyblender is an innovative cosmetic brand with a growing lineup. These products are worth the high cost and add value to your makeup routine, while allowing you to get the most out of your makeup. 

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RE-DEW

September 25, 2019
I'm a beautyblender fan and am first in line when a new product drops. My favorites are the beautyblender pure cosmetic sponge applicator (the white one), liquid blendercleanser, blendercleanser...

The Benefits of Benefit

September 04, 2019

Benefit Cosmetics is fun, quirky and a premiere cosmetic brand. I'm a HUGE fan. The brow enhancing product lineup is impressive and I'm obsessed with the It's Potent! Eye Cream. 

I've tried other brands, but always go back to Benefit Cosmetics It's Potent! Eye Cream  It's light-weight and glides on nicely. This scent-free (love that) moisturizer absorbs quickly, leaving just enough on the surface of your skin to blend with your concealer.

I usually apply It's Potent! eye cream, then my topical medications, tinted moisturizer and anti-redness warpaint - then another layer of eye cream and concealer. Oh and I keep my eye cream in the refrigerator - it helps to minimize the "I had too much wine last night" look. This potent eye cream reigns supreme.

A few months ago I received a few Benefit products, including the It's Potent! Eye Cream, Instant Comeback facial Serum, Triple Performing Facial Emulsion and Total Moisture Facial Cream. Being that the eye cream is my go-to under-eye savior, I had high hopes..

The Total Moisture Facial Cream is thick and super nourishing, BUT the scent is unpleasant - like an old lady doused in floral-scented perfume. I hate the smell of flowers! The Instant Comeback Facial Serum and Triple Performing Facial Emulsion don the same scent. Benefit should have named the full moisturizing line It's Potent!

I applied little moisturizer on my hand to remind me of the scent while I write this review AND I'm getting a headache. This scent takes me back to old lady restrooms - where not even the thick layer of dust on the potpourri can mask the unpleasant scent. Apologies Benefit Cosmetics - I love your brand, but you should consider launching a scent-free lineup. 

I recently posted a review about the Benefit's brow enhancing products and kinda feel bad about the "old lady doused in floral-scented perfume" comment, so I'm gonna remind you that the Benefit Cosmetics brow lineup is amazing.  

For a more youthful, full-brow look, eyebrow makeup is your hero! These three brow products will enhance your brows dramatically..

The Benefit Brow Contour Pro 4-in-one Defining and Highlighting Brow Pencil is all you need to create defined, fuller brows -  Although, it may take little practice. 

Benefit Browvo! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer nourishes and smooths your brows. Wear alone to condition or use as a primer to extend the wear of brow products. 

Benefit Gimme Brow + Volumizing Brow Gel is a must-have and the only product I absolutely need. Even on those no makeup days, I still apply Gimme Brow.

The tapered brush allows for precise application. The tinted gel has microfibers that adhere to the hairs and skin for a natural, full look. The formula is buildable (I recommend layering).  

Gimme Brow gel is water proof and lasts all day (unless you take a nap on your face). It is available in two sizes - the mini is perfect for on-the-go touchups and travel. 

Oh and the Benefit Cosmetic vending machine kiosks in airports take a lay-over to the next level. The pink, bus shaped vending machine is cute and packed with amazing products, some of which are perfect for travel. Keep an eye out for this fun shopping experience while your wandering the airport. 

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The Benefits of Benefit

September 04, 2019
Benefit Cosmetics is fun, quirky and a premiere cosmetic brand. I'm a HUGE fan. The brow enhancing product lineup is impressive and I'm obsessed with the It's Potent! Eye Cream.  I've tried...

Benefit Brows

August 05, 2019

I'm not talking to the youngins with beautiful, bushy brows. This one is for the mature women with unwanted, thin brows. Way back whenever, thin brows were in. Now we're stuck with over-plucked pencil brows AND thinning hairs that come with age. It's an impossible brow battle! There are many products that may induce thicker brows, but for some of us, the hairs are too long gone. 

For a more youthful, full-brow look, eyebrow makeup is your hero! These three brow products will enhance your brows dramatically..

Benefit is one of my favorite brands. The Benefit brow enhancing product lineup is lengthy and impressive, but these three combined, will give you that Instagram worthy pic. I reference Instagram often when referring to an enhanced or fabricated look!

Benefit Gimme Brow + Volumizing Brow Gel is a must-have and the only product I absolutely need. Even on those no makeup days, I still apply Gimme Brow.

The tapered brush allows for precise application. The tinted gel has microfibers that adhere to the hairs and skin for a natural, full look. The formula is buildable (I recommend layering). Apply from the arch to the end first (these hairs should appear darker) and then use the leftover gel on the brush (before double-dipping) on the inner brow hairs. Always pull the arch to end hairs down and the entry hairs upwards. 

Gimme Brow gel is water proof and lasts all day (unless you take a nap on your face). It is available in two sizes - the mini is perfect for on-the-go touchups and travel. 

The Benefit Brow Contour Pro 4-in-one Defining and Highlighting Brow Pencil is all you need to create defined, fuller brows. The small pencils allow you to shape your brows with ease - Although, it may take little practice. 

The multi-tasking pencil has four shades to define and highlight. This 4-in-1 pencil will eliminate a few products in your makeup bag and is perfect for on-the-go touchups and travel. 

Click the intended tab and the non-sharpen pencil appears. Twist the end to push the pencil out of the slim plastic tube. Use the lighter shade to fill in your brows from start to end and then the darker shade for a more intense brow look. Apply the definer below the brow from start to end and the highlighter from arch to end. Perfectly contoured brows!

The Brow Contour Pro 4-in-one Defining and Highlighting Brow Pencil is available in five shades. VERY IMPORTANT - these shades are based on your skin tone AND your eyebrow hair color. 

Benefit Browvo! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer nourishes and smooths your brows. Wear alone to condition or use as a primer to extend the wear of brow products. I apply Browvo! at night, so my eyebrows are super nourished in the AM. 

You may have to continuously click the pen the first go, but only once thereafter for the perfect amount of conditioning primer. This double duty eyebrow primer is essential to healthy, fuller brows. 

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Benefit Brows

August 05, 2019
I'm not talking to the youngins with beautiful, bushy brows. This one is for the mature women with unwanted, thin brows. Way back whenever, thin brows were in. Now we're stuck with over-plucked...

Bye Bye Redness

July 26, 2019

This one goes out to all of you suffering from angry red face! Whatever the cause, Rosacea is hard to manage and flare-ups can be unpredictable. I use three topical medications and a variety of facial serums, but my irritable skin flares up on the daily.

Yeah, you're should avoid food, beverages, products snd environments that trigger a flushed face, BUT that would leave you miserable. Spicy food, cheese and wine are three of my favorite things to eat and drink AND I refuse to give them up in an effort to combat my flushed skin. Stress is also a huge factor, but that one's unavoidable.

I do however have a lineup of anti-redness products to mask the "I've had too much wine" look. These redness correctors will change your life..

Many dermatologist stock Colorescience products - that's sayin' something about this better skin brand. All of the products have SPF to combat skincare battles as a result of sun exposure, before they start. Colorescience All Calm provides SPF 50 sun protection. LOVE that! 

Colorescience All Calm Clinical Redness Corrector is a new product in my skincare lineup. The primer-like product calms your skin while combatting redness. It has a similar texture to Colorescience Perfectors - a silky, thick facial product that glides on nicely and neutralizes your skin tone. It is however only available in one shade that may be light on tanned skin or darker skin tones. 

I have been using Colorescience products since 2014 and while I've updated my go-to product list many times over the years, Colorescience Perfectors are still at the top.

These primers give you a natural, even tone, leaving no trace of caked on makeup (like foundation often appears). These perfectors blend perfectly (hence the name I suppose), minimize the look of your pores, blur wrinkles, and enhances your complexion. The natural result is far better than using foundation. People often compliment my skin and asked what foundation I wear - I don't!

The texture is soft and silky. It is a bit thick, but when applied over a nourished face, neck and décolletage, it absorbs quickly and enhances your skin dramatically.

I use the Calming Perfector during cold seasons and blend it with Bronzing Perfector during the summer for a sun kissed look. The Brightening Perfector is great for combatting redness and illuminating your skin. Don't be afraid of the pale yellow tone - it will transform your skin and brighten your complexion. I promise.

I have 'officially' (nothing I declare is really official) branded It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Color-Correcting cream the 'anti-redness warpaint'. If you have Rosacea or hyper pigmentation, you need this. 

Bye Bye Redness is the ultimate anti-redness product. It's kinda like a foundation, primer and cream in one. It 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), has a green tint (to mask redness) and gives you a matte finish.

Apply to your cheeks, nose and forehead and blend outwards. A little goes a long way. Beware - this stuff will stain your clothes, so be careful when applying.

Bye Bye Redness Color-Correcting cream is available in three shades - Transforming Porcelain Beige, Transforming Neutral Beige and Transforming Light Beige. If you can't decide what shade to purchase, go with the neutral. 

The mint green tint of Laura Mercier Shine Control Pressed Setting Powder tones down redness. The 'Shine Control Complex' gives you a shine-free, fresh, matte finish - a much-needed addition to my cosmetic bag for on-the-go touchups. 

I wouldn't recommend this translucent powder for tanned or darker skin tones. Apply this powder to combat redness and reduce shine - it's not an all-over powder. 

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Bye Bye Redness

July 26, 2019
This one goes out to all of you suffering from angry red face! Whatever the cause, Rosacea is hard to manage and flare-ups can be unpredictable. I use three topical medications and a variety of...

Are You Too Faced?

June 24, 2019

Too Faced is one of my favorite cosmetic brands. The vast lineup includes skin prep and setting products, along with high-quality and innovative makeup. Oh and the scents are amazing! 

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme (not pictured here), is the ultimate lip plumper and probably my most-valued makeup product. Your lips become significantly fuller and flushed with color in minutes. Since purchasing my first Too Faced lip balm in 2014, this brand has taken over my CosmoCube.

The new Too Faced Dew You lineup is part of the Tutti Fruity Collection and is comprised of four products - Dew You primer, foundation, setting powder and setting spray. 

The watermelon and cumber scent of Dew You products is delicious. I'm not a big fan of scented facial products (especially floral scents), but LOVE this one. It's sweet and refreshing. 

Dew You Fresh Glow Luminous Face Primer can be worn alone for a dewy look, under makeup for a boost in luminosity and over makeup for a highlighted look. I prefer the strobing effect over the full-face dewy look. The all-over glow is a bit too shinny for me.

The gel-cream texture is non-sticky, applies nicely and soaks into your skin seamlessly. This face primer creates the perfect canvas for soft-focus luminosity. It is high-shine, so apply sparingly. I purchased the Radiant Pearl. The micro sparkles have a pink-tone and transfer easily (be careful putting on white tops). 

 

The Too Faced Dew You Fresh Glow Translucent Setting Powder is a brightening setting powder. Apply to areas you want a little extra glow - I like to sweep the powder over my under eye concealer and across my nose and cheeks. The micro illuminating pearls reflect the light and blur imperfections. 

Dew You Fresh Glow Translucent Setting Powder is available in three versatile shades - Radiant Pearl (pale skin), Radiant Nude (sun-kissed skin) and Radiant Caramel (darker skin tones). I purchased the Radiant Pearl and Radiant Nude. The Radiant Pearl is transparent, while the Radiant Nude has a slight bronzing quality. 

The packaging is brilliant. Under the pink and gold, watermelon printed twist cover is a flip-top with a mesh layer to control the amount of powder you shake through. This mesh also allows you to rub your brush along it and remove access powder. This innovative design ensures you won't waste powder.

This setting powder is light-weight, brightens your complexion and smells amazing! It is is infused with soothing cucumber extract and has the Dew You signature watermelon and cucumber scent. Delicious!

Another deliciously scented Too Faced product - It's Bananas Setting Powder from the Tutti Fruity Collection. This matte yellow powder blurs imperfection and brightens your complexion.

The yellow-tone neutralizes redness and combats under eye circles. The light-weight powder is perfect for setting concealer. This pressed, setting powder can also be applied to high points on the face for a matte highlighter. The It's Bananas Setting Powder is cute and smells yummy.  

The Too Faced Peaches and Cream Collection is one of my favorites. 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!

Too Faced has a Hangover Collection - LOVE that! The collection consisted of a primer and setting spray, but is expanding and will include an AM and PM facial moisturizer - Can't wait. 

Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer and Setting Spray hydrates and brightens. The weightless formula is coconut water-infused  and has a subtle coconut scent. You can apply this spray as a primer, setting spray and a mid-day refresher. It soaks into the skin nicely and give you a smooth canvas. LOVE!

The Too Faced Dew You lineup and Hangover Collection are a must-have this summer. All of these Too Faced products combined will leave your skin feeling hydrated, boost luminosity, prime and set your makeup and  treat your lips for the perfect pouty look. 

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Are You Too Faced?

June 24, 2019
Too Faced is one of my favorite cosmetic brands. The vast lineup includes skin prep and setting products, along with high-quality and innovative makeup. Oh and the scents are amazing!  Too...

Peppermint Salt Scrub

June 21, 2019

I've been super stressed lately and scratching my head. It's a terrible, unruly habit - A scalp scrub and detox is necessary. I usually do a scrub on my scalp once a month, but as of late, have been using a scalp scrub once a week.

The Sephora Collection Peppermint Hair Cleansing Salt Scrub is my new favorite scalp treatment. The peppermint scent is refreshing and the deep cleanse restores your hair and scalp balance. 

This inexpensive, detoxifying shampoo gets to the root of damaged hair and restores your scalp. The peppermint scent is natural and subtle. Natural peppermint is known for it's purifying properties and refreshing qualities. 

This is a scalp scrub and has a salty texture, but lathers and replaces your regular shampoo. First apply to your scalp and work your way through your hair to eliminate product build-up and environmental aggressors.

When paired with water, this scrub does feel a little oily. I know - why use oil to combat an oily issue. It works! Oil-pulling is commonly used to combat oily skin and even whiten your teeth. 

After using this product, my itching subsides for a few days. Albeit, it's a stress-related habit, so no haircare product is going to completely solve my issue. This Sephora Collection Peppermint Hair Cleansing Salt Scrub has landed a permanent spot in my haircare routine.

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Peppermint Salt Scrub

June 21, 2019
I've been super stressed lately and scratching my head. It's a terrible, unruly habit - A scalp scrub and detox is necessary. I usually do a scrub on my scalp once a month, but as of late, have...
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