CIRCA Beauty

I absolutely love getting new makeup. Trying the different colors and products, choosing a favorite, bringing it home and opening that pretty new package. It's even better when I get something I haven't tried before. Like makeup from CIRCA Beauty, a cruelty free makeup line that's affordable, long wearing, trendy, Read more

Sunscreen Pills - Do They Really Work?

With increasing frequency, I'm finding that I'm getting pitched more often to review sunscreen pills and drinks. I am a true skeptic when it comes to replacing what I know already works (topical sunscreen), and has worked for YEARS, with something so new that claims the same benefits. So Read more

St. Ives Spray Lotion Review #LiveRadiantly

St. Ives recently sent me their continous spray lotion in Naturaly Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract and the new Smooth & Glow Apricot Hydration Lotion. This is the first time I've ever tried a spray lotion and wasn't sure what to expect. Will it be similar to spray Read more

Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner Giveaway

Tanned legs help to give the appearance of slim, flawless legs. There's nothing I love more, than to bare my legs in my favorite dress once they have a little bit of color to them. To kick off Summer, we've partnered with Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner to give away Read more

1907 Alkaline Water Review

By now, we all know...or should know the health and beauty benefits of drinking water. Approximately 50 to 70% of our body mass is made up of water so it is important to replenish our bodies with the water that we lose on a daily basis. Water is essential to our health because Read more

anti-aging

Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review – Give Your Skin a Moisture Boost!

Now that fall is upon us, the moisture has already begun to drain from my skin. I had a facial last week and the facialist told me my skin was “dehydrated!”

Good thing I knew exactly where to turn to give my skin the drink of water it desperately needs! Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a must-have for anyone with dry skin–from the most sensitive dry skin to the dry-as-the-Sahara-desert skin.

Reviva Labs is a no-frills skincare company with products that have scientifically proven formulas and are extremely effective. It’s a personal favorite of mine. They have now compounded a higher level of premium Hyaluronic Acid into a precious fluid that can help raise skin’s moisture level to fill-in furrows, plump up tissues and tone-down lines. Apply under creams in the evening or alone to hydrate skin. If also seeking firmness, alternate with our DMAE Firming Fluid. Benefits: Unlike products that depend on moisture in the air, HA can help hydrate skin even in dry climates or heated rooms that rob skin of moisture. 

*Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in body. Its function in the body is, amongst other things, to bind water and to lubricate movable parts of the body, such as joints and muscles. Its consistency and tissue-friendliness allows it to be beneficial in skin-care products as an excellent moisturizer. Because HA is one of the most hydrophilic (water-loving) molecules in nature with numerous benefits for the human body it can be described as “nature’s moisturizer”. Although Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can be found naturally in most every cell in the body, it is found in the greatest concentrations in the skin tissue. Almost 50% of the bodies HA is found here. It is found in both the deep underlying dermal areas as well as the visible epidermal top layers.  Read more

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Skintimate Lotionized Shave Creme and Schick Hydro Silk Razor

Skintimate shave cream just got better! Now it’s a non-aerosol, non-lathering lotion that creates a moisture locking barrier on skin to protect and seal in moisture for softer, smoother legs. Just wet legs, apply a thin layer and shave with no nasty nicks or cuts.

There are three varieties:

  • Revitalizing – a rich créme infused with exfoliating pearls, verbena, olive butter, soy, and antioxidant white tea to leave skin feeling revitalized and silky smooth.
  • Dry Skin – a luxurious créme made especially for dry skin to give maximum hydration. Enriched with moisturizing olive butter, soy, and antioxidant white tea to leave skin feeling noticeably softer and smoother.   Read more
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Aveeno Positively Ageless Resurfacing Scrub Review

If you’re not not using a face scrub, you need to be, especially if you are over 40.  At our age, exfoliation is key to keeping skin fresh and youthful. After much experimentation, I’ve discovered an idyllic scrub–Aveeno Positively Ageless Resurfacing Scrub.

Formulated with Active Naturals natural Shiitake complex, and fortified with vitamin C, this gentle exfoliating scrub removes dirt and oil while polishing away dead skin cells to reveal smoother younger looking skin.  Shiitake mushrooms are a natural antioxidant that work with the skin’s own natural renewal process and have been shown in scientific studies to have many anti-aging benefits.  Vitamin C helps to lessen sun damaged skin and  even skin tone.

The scrubbing beads are not too harsh and there is plenty of cleanser mixed in so it is gentle enough for every to every other day use. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dry but extremely soft and bright.  I’ve been using a retinol cream for the past few weeks and it really dries out my skin. I keep this scrub in my shower to rid me of the flakiness from the retinol cream. I love the fresh and soothing scent!  Read more

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Freeze 24-7 Instant Targeted Wrinkle Treatment Review



It’s true that I’ll never resort to Botox… but I never said I don’t mind aging gracefully with a little help!

I’ve been using several of Freeze 24/7’s anti-aging products as of late. The love affair began with Freeze & Go some time ago, then their ArcticLift Firming Neck Cream and now their Instant Targeted Wrinkle Cream ($65). I’m also using their Skin Glace and Eyecing with those reviews pending. Of course, I can preliminarily tell you that they indeed WORK.

Keywords: Instant gratification.

I speak from experience when I say that I’m among the majority who want to see results right away. Whether it’s weight loss, beauty products or even when I tell my kids to clean their rooms, I want to see change pretty quickly. While I’m still working on my kids cleaning their rooms as soon as I tell them too, I am definitely happy with the immediate effects I see from using Freeze 24/7 products.

Check out my before and after pics:  Read more

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Review: Yves Rocher Anti-Aging Skin Care and Plant-sonality Quiz

If you’re in the market to try a botanical beauty brand, Yves Rocher should be your starting point. I recently tested out a few products from them – my two absolute favorite products were the 24 Hour Rich Hydrating Cream and the 24 Hour Antioxidant Skin Serum.

The hydrating cream was a rich, replenishing facial lotion perfect for dry skin. I applied the smallest amount nightly – a little goes a long way – and followed up with the antioxidant skin serum.  Read more

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Review: Reviva Labs Light Skin Peel

Reviva Labs is one of my favorite skin care brands.  They have yet to disappoint me and I’m picky!  I’ve tried several products from the line and they use high quality anti-aging ingredients blended into the correct percentages to produce results. You won’t find heavy fragrances or fancy packaging with Reviva Labs; just effective, affordable skincare backed by 37 years of experience. I am truly devoted to this line and can honestly say that I have liked everything I’ve tried.

Today, I’d like to introduce you Reviva Labs Light Skin Peel. It is a natural, gentle exfoliating peel– there are no chemicals in it. It lifts off dried skin cells to reveal brighter, fresher skin. The consistency of this is strange; it reminds me of gloppy oatmeal or that really old fashioned wallpaper paste. It is very thick and doesn’t smell that great but the odor dissipates quickly.  Read more

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MOR Cosmetics Luxurious Body Care

I recently added MOR Cosmetics to my bath and body collection when Hautelook offered the collection for sale. I’ve been wanting to try this brand ever since I saw the elegant, feminine , old world packaging online.

MOR is proudly Australian and recognised globally for its range of innovative, luxurious pampering body care and lifestyle products.  The philosophy behind MOR is to provide a personalised sensory journey. We aim to awaken your senses, through creating a memorable pampering experience from the visual packaging to the product offerings. Welcome to the World of MOR.

MOR offers an astounding 19  fragrances! I prefer light floral or citrus scents so I chose  Neroli Clementine Body Butter ($16) and Hand Lotion ($14).  The fragrance is make up of fresh neroli and sweet clementine resting on a base of bright yuzu and candied orange. The scent immediately opens with the clementine note, (the body butter seriously makes me want to eat it) and the candied orange appears to add dimension to the fragrance.  If you like bright, refreshing citrus scents you’ll LOVE Neroli Clementine!  Read more

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Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser Review

I’ve found liquid gold…black gold to be exact. I was given a 1 oz sample of boscia’s newest face cleanser, Detoxifying Black Cleanser and I must say I’m glad I chose this cleanser over a lip gloss.

For those who haven’t heard or know anything about boscia, they are a preservative-free, botanically-based skincare line. “(boscia contains none of the 150 industry-recognized preservatives – not just parabens – that can irritate skin and cause blemishes, redness, eczema and more).” With the combination of cutting edge Japanese technology and active botanical ingredients, boscia’s philosophy is to achieve superior results without compromising skin health.   Read more

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Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster

Dull uneven skin tone? Rough skin? Large pores and prone to breakouts?? Well look no further ladies and you gents, because here comes Ole Henriksen to the rescue! No, this is not an infomercial; I’m just so excited to be sharing a product that actually works! I’ve been on pins and needles waiting for the two week trial period I gave myself before writing about Ole Henriksen’s truth serum™ collagen booster.

I’ve used this brand before, but never tried any of the serums. Glad I finally did. I’ve been a long time user of Philosophy’s When Hope Is Not Enough serum but wanted to try something at night that is a bit thicker and will help with cell turn over. After looking at reviews of other products, the main reason I tried this particular serum, besides the rave reviews I encountered, was the price. At Sephora for $22.50, you’ll get a 0.5 oz of truth serum™ collagen booster and a 0.25 oz truth crème™ advanced hydration. Not bad for a starter kit.  Read more

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DIY Tinted Moisturizer

I am not a huge fan of the feel of foundation.  No matter how lightweight a foundation claims to be, it always feels too heavy on my skin.  I definitely love how my skin looks on those rare occasions when I do choose to…or if it’s a booking…HAVE to wear foundation, but I can never wait until I can get home and thoroughly wash my face.  A few makeup artists have suggested that I try a tinted moisturizer instead, which I have done but never found one that won my loyalty so I decided to try creating my own very  tinted moisturizer.

For the moisturizer part of my tinted moisturizer, I decided to use Embroylisse Lait-Crème Concentrè, it seems to be in the kit of every makeup artist I’ve worked with and I love how moisturizing and soothing it is on my skin.  For the “tinted” portion of my tinted moisturizer I used Aveda Liquid Foundation, because it is one of the lightest feeling foundations I have found and I do not need to mix it with a different colored foundation to match my skin tone (which I tend to have to do with a lot of other brands), however I’m not sure that Aveda still carries this foundation.  Read more

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