Karin Herzog Choco2 Face Cream Review

I've always considered myself lucky when it comes to my skin.  Sure I've had the occasional pimple or was inconvenienced by random dry skin or oily skin a times, but it was never out of control or got to the point where it was a stressor for me. I wish I would Read more

La Fresh hello Eco-Beauty Lip Treat Review

In the summer, the last thing I want to do is to apply any sort of sticky or gooey product to my lips.  I am a lip gloss fanatic, but even the lightest gloss is too much product for me when it's sweltering.  I will usually just opt for Read more

Sabon Loofah Soap

// // Exfoliating my body is one of those acts of beauty that I try to perform about twice a week. I love how soft, smooth and radiant my skin feels and look after exfoliating.However, as much as I love freshly exfoliated skin, sometimes I am just too lazy Read more

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Natural Bath and Body Products on Amazon

A Girl's Gotta Spa! natural bath and body products can now be found on Amazon.com via etailz. I'm beyond thrilled at the exponential growth we're having with our retail partnerships! Amazon.com strives to be Earth's most customer-centric company where people can find and discover virtually anything they want to buy Read more

DIY Cooling Cucumber Mask

During my two month stay in Bali, a significant amount of time was spent at Amo Spa in Seminyak.  I enjoyed the most amazing spa treatments that I've every experienced and though I have only been back in the US for a week, I am going through serious Amo Read more

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Why Should You Remove Your Makeup at Night? #SleepNaked #ad

Disclosure: Swisspers provided me with complimentary Swisspers products and compensation for this post. The opinions I have shared about removing your makeup, using the products as well as the pictures, are my own.

If you sleep in your makeup, you should read this post. #SleepNaked #ad #beauty #beautytips

Are you guilty of sleeping with your makeup on? Make it the one beauty tip you never forget.

I’ve been there myself, late night and you’re super tired. It’s not that big of a deal if I forget this one time to wash off my makeup, right? As we all know, that one time becomes many more times than we care to admit. Before you know it, you’re battling clogged pores, dry patches of skin and wrinkles rearing their ugly head. Your face is no longer a pretty sight. Just watch this video of Nikki Phillippi and you’ll know what I mean.

Swisspers, which is part of U.S. Cotton, is on a mission to get you to Sleep Naked by removing your makeup daily. Here’s why: Read more

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Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes Review

Simple Skincare is a brand that has been popular in the UK for quite some time and has recently come here to the states.  The Simple Skincare philosophy is to make skincare products to be just that, simple for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.

“Simple has no dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh irritants that can upset your skin. Instead, just our purest possible skin loving ingredients with added vitamins, for natural healthy-looking skin. Offering a skincare range suitable for all skin types – especially sensitive skin – Simple has helped generations of women look and feel beautiful.

The range of products is quite large and includes the  following products that range in price from $4.99 – $9.99

Cleansers  Read more

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Renee Rouleau Soothing Eye Makeup Remover Review



If you’ve been looking for a makeup remover that isn’t greasy, doesn’t sting your eyes and leaves no residue behind, then you’ll want to read this review!

Renée Rouleau Soothing Eye Makeup Remover ($19.50) was created by celebrity esthetician and skin care expert, Renée Rouleau based out of Dallas and Plano, Texas. As an esthetician for 25 years, Renée is well-versed in skin care, especially in regards to listening to what her clients are looking to get from their skin products. I know that for myself, I always look for a product to live up to and deliver on its claims. If it does, price is never a sticking point for me.  Read more

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Two Josie Maran Must Haves for Holiday Travel

I will do anything that I can to lessen the negative effects of traveling during the holidays on my skin and nails.  During this time of the year I go from a hot humid climate, to one that is frigid, icy cold  and dry and everything in between.  It’s no wonder I can often be seen sporting  dry, jagged cuticles and clogged pores during this time of year. Well I’ve found two  from Josie Maran Cosmetics that are sure to lessen…and hopefully eradicate my skin and nail woes.

The Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes contain a blend of aloe vera, chamomile, argan oil, cucumber and Vitamin E and are fragrance free, paraben free and petrochemicals free.  These amazing makeup removing wipes are even gentle enough to use on your eyes.  They did a great job of removing my makeup…even my mascara and I love how refreshing they feel and smell.  Read more

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ybf Dual Action Makeup Remover for Eyes and Lips

YBF is the brainchild of Stacey Schieffelin, Ford model and makeup guru, successful entrepreneur and true believer in empowering women to live the life they dream. Down to earth and brimming over with knowledge about how to look and feel your best every day, she has a very specific vision when it comes to the power of beauty. Stacey believes putting your best face forward is a mark of self-respect, not vanity. She believes every woman deserves to know the secret beauty tricks of the models and movie stars… every woman deserves to have her own customized makeup blueprint that maps out her personal path to beauty and self-confidence.

If  you are like me and wear waterproof makeup in the summer, you know what a challenge taking it off can be.  I’m probably even more of a challenge because I like me some eyeliner and LOTS of mascara!  I need a heavy duty eye makeup remover but I don’t want it feel heavy or be a heavy burden on my wallet.

ybf Dual Action Makeup Remover for Eyes and Lips gently cleanses & removes makeup, including waterproof mascara,  leaving your eye area feeling clean, fresh and moisturized.  Although ybf does not make this claim, my lashes feel soft and conditioned after using it.  I use a cotton pad and let it sit on my eyes for a few seconds then I whisk all that yucky makeup away forever–er… I mean until the next day. I even tested it on my most pigmented lipstick, The Lipstick from SENSAI and it worked beautifully.  Read more

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Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover

I have been using Inglot’s Makeup remover almost exclusively for over a year now.  It is very reasonably priced and does an excellent job of removing liner and mascara which is my #1 issue with most removers.  I am fortunate to have Inglot reasonably local to me.

Eye makeup remover is a product where I would prefer to NOT blow my budget.  I’ll save that for foundation and lipsticks!  I purchased this remover half out of necessity, half out of “I want to buy something NOW”.  I knew I was running low on my Inglot remover and buried somewhere in my brain was a reminder to pick up a bottle or two the next time I was at the mall.  But each time I hit up the mall, I forgot about it.  So I was shopping Sephora at the mall closest to me recently and really wanted to buy SOMETHING!  There was nothing I felt I had to have, nothing really caught my attention, but then I spotted Urban Decay’s Melt Down Makeup Remover and remembered I never did pick up the Inglot remover.  This looked interesting as it was a creamy remover, whereas the Inglot is more of an oil-based, silicone-y liquid remover.  I felt it was reasonably priced at $24 for 2.5 ounces so I decided I needed it.   Read more

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Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads

Anything that saves me time and is convenient– I’m down with it–like totally down. That why I like these new AVEENO Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads. Sometimes I’m just too tired to take off my makeup at night. I do really try to be good about it, but there are times I just don’t have the energy to go through my nightly routine. I’ve tried several brands of makeup wipes, but most of them leave my skin feeling dry or sticky especially if I use them for more than a few days in a row.  Plus, I have never found a makeup wipe that gets ALL my makeup off-there is always some residual left–at least these foaming pads get the job done the first time!   Read more

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Hydrating Makeup Removers That Strip Your Makeup, Not Your Skin!

As someone who’s tried plenty of makeup removers and experienced her share of nights when I’m just too lazy to remove my makeup at all (ugh, naughty me!), I know all about the importance of finding a great makeup remover that does the job without drying out my skin and lashes. After all, you shouldn’t dread taking off your makeup; a quality remover should do the job without any extreme scrubbing on your part, and certainly shouldn’t leave skin violated or stripped. However, too much moisture can be a bummer too – if there’s anything worse than waking up and realizing that you went to bed with a full face of makeup, it’s waking up with oily, mascara-smudged residue left around your eyes and face.  Read more

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Must-Have: NARS Makeup Removing Water

If you’re in searching for an oil-free makeup alternative, I’m currently loving NARS Makeup Removing Water. Used backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, this makeup remover doesn’t contain soap or fragrance. What it does have is chamomile, cucumber and hyaluronic acid. It left no greasy residue behind (a definite plus) and worked well on my waterproof mascara. It did require a small bit of pressure to remove it…but definitely not to the same degree of tugging and scrubbing like with other brands I’ve tried before.   Read more

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Specific Beauty Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths vs CVS Exfoliating Cleansing Towelettes

As soon as people learn that I write a beauty blog, I’m typically asked a lot of questions about which beauty products work best, if there is one brand that is better than another and so on. On occasion readers have pointed out that Brand A and Brand B have exactly the same product…which is better? Typically I don’t have two identical products made by different brands to make a comparison…until recently.

In my makeup bag I have CVS Exfoliating Towelettes, which I recently picked up at my local CVS for around $2 for a pack of 30. Then I was gifted Specific Beauty Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths at an event, which also comes in a 30-pack for about $7. Both are textured on one side, both exfoliate and both promote the cucumber, aloe and green tea in the cloths. Both cloths look exactly the same, feel exactly the same on my skin, remove my makeup exactly the same and when I looked at the ingredients on the packaging…those were exactly the same too. So if both brands’ cloths are exactly the same, then why the $5 price difference?

The only thing I can think of is that you are paying for branding with Specific Beauty, which is targeted to multi-hued skin tones. So if you buy into this line from Specific Beauty already, chances are you are just about one-stop shopping. (I’ve been known to do it myself.) There is a very slight difference in the cloth itself, which you can see in the photo…although the CVS one only looks grey because of the shadowing in my bathroom.

Besides CVS’ being $5 cheaper, their packaging is actually better as well. CVS’ has a snap top cover while Specific Beauty’s just re-seals its peel back sticker. Have you used either of these products? Let us know in the comments.

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