Herbacin Make-up Remover Review

For a long time now, I've been using make-up remover wipes to take off my make-up at night. It's been easy and convenient, but it's not always the best choice for my skin type. I wanted to get back to using a make-up remover that wouldn't cause me to tug Read more

IT Cosmetics Blurred Lines Lipstick Review

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4557609382815411"; google_ad_slot = "7558438019"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 15; Is this new lip product from IT Cosmetics a gimmick or does it really work? The product is called Blurred Lines Smooth Fill Gel-Crème Lipstick. This Read more

How To: Cherry Blossom Nail Art

// // I'm loving all the rich Fall colors in the new Butter London x Allure collection!  I'm not yet ready for Fall, but I'm okay with winding down this hot, hot Summer.  So, let's do a mani of a typical Spring flower - the cherry blossom! What you'll need: 4 Read more

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Partners with Lock and Mane

"Lock & Mane was started with two goals: bringing you the best hair and beauty products and giving you a luxurious, easy and fun shopping experience." What drew me to Lock & Mane is that their selection is not overwhelming. You won't find hundreds of brands, 20-30 pages to search through Read more

Back to College with Schick® #Sponsored

As I'm about to have a baby in a week, I can't help but think about how, two years from now, we'll be making another transition with our family - my oldest will be going to college. It's hard to believe that while I'll still be changing diapers with Read more


RoC Multi Correxion Stress Repair Night Cream Review

To say that being self employed and a mom to 4 boys is stressful at times is an understatement. And many times, OK most times, that stress shows on my face.

Do you use a night cream?  This is something I have gotten myself into the habit of, especially since learning that your skin loses the most moisture at night.

I’ve been using RoC Multi Correxion Stress Repair Night Cream faithfully for a few months now. The first thing I noticed about it was the soothing lavender scent. I wouldn’t typically wear a facial moisturizer that is scented, but this one is nice and light, yet delivers the relaxing fragrance right when I need it most–just before bed.  Read more

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Bye Bye Blackheads by Joey New York Review

Bye Bye Blackheads #Review #skincare

Bye Bye Blackheads works.

I’ll be honest, I have tried every blackhead removal product I can imagine, all promising to rid me of that oil buildup, but none really delivering. I have had combination skin my whole life and due to past skin care mistakes in my teens (i.e. not washing my face before bed), the pores on my nose have become so large with blackheads. Can you relate?

When I have a chance to get a facial, that deep cleansing will usually do the trick. But I can’t afford a monthly facial and have to rely on beauty products to maintain those results in between facials. I’ve tried pore strips…and I am kind of addicted to them…but the strip doesn’t get every blackhead. I also have blackheads on my chin too, so those are often neglected.  Read more

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How to Look Expensive Q & A with Andrea Pomerantz Lustig

I’ve known Andrea Pomerantz Lustig for a few years now. I forget how we got in contact, but once I met her, that was it. There was an instant connection — maybe it was the common ground of being both career-oriented moms who love beauty, or maybe because Andrea is just so down to earth that I enjoyed her company. Chances are, it was both.

Andrea’s been pretty busy lately; when she’s not being a beauty editor, she’s promoting her new book, How to Look Expensive.  I love this book for so many reasons, not just because there is an intelligent woman behind it, but because so many of us don’t have bottomless wallets to buy $300 lotions or make trips to high end salons. Yet, Andrea tells you how to look expensive without cashing in your 401K.

Q: What inspired you to write How to Look Expensive?  Read more

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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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