DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub

Give yourself a sensory experience while softening up your feet in preparation for an at-home pedi. Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created a DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub that is the perfect mix of delicious fragrance and skin-softening ingredients! Just follow these simple simple Read more

IT Cosmetics Cushion Compact Review

Last spring and summer while in Southeast Asia, I became intrigued by cushion compacts. Cushion compacts, like the BB cream, are the beauty brainchild of Korea...I really would like to go on a beauty passage through Korea. They seemed to be everywhere and I made mental note to myself to grab a couple before Read more

Foods That Stain and Whiten Your Teeth

If coffee, cigarettes, red wine and food have left their mark on your teeth, you’re not alone. "The rule of thumb is anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth too," says Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal in New York-based Smiles Park Avenue, a practice that Read more

The Perfect Pink Lipsticks and Lip Glosses for Dark Skin

Sometimes with my dark skin tone, it can be a bit hard to find the right lip color, especially when it comes to pink. So I was super excited when I received several different shades of pink lip glosses and lipsticks from NARS, Mehron and Uslu Airlines. I'm pretty sure a lot of Read more

DIY Coffee Grounds, Baking Soda, Lemon Body Scrub

This past Saturday night all I wanted to do was stay in and have an at-home spa night. Spa as in facial, hair masks, mani and pedi as well as total body exfoliation. Luckily, I had most of the ingredients for my perfect at home spa night with the exception of 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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Reviva Labs Seaweed Soap Review

You might be wondering what the heck is a seaweed soap and what does it have to do with my beauty routine? I know I was. Turns out seaweed makes an excellent natural exfoliant. This seaweed soap is made by Reviva Labs which means it’s cruelty-free, all natural, effective and inexpensive.

This is what Reviva Labs has to say about their seaweed soap:

Instead of animal tallow (sodium tallowate), common to most soaps, we feature a pure vegetable base of palm and coconut oils. Our Seaweed grains’ scrub action, which helps remove hidden impurities, has been a family favorite in shower or bath for many years. In Spain, Seaweed Soap is even used as part of one’s slimming or anti-cellulite routine. It stimulates circulation and helps discharge toxins. It’s a soap both men and women will love. Benefits: 100% vegetable base; added scrub action – great for use in an anti-cellulite program; no animal fats!  Outstanding news for those who prefer all natural beauty products. I’m not completely there yet, but am trying to move toward as many natural beauty products as I can these days.  Read more

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Quince Body Butter Review

I love a good body butter, but so many are too greasy or just don’t get the job done. Then I was sent Quince Body Butter, and the excitement over a hydrating moisturizer began. I tried both the Repairing Body Butter, with coffee and pumpkin; and the Antioxidant Body Butter with blueberry, pomegranate and almond.

Repairing Body Butter: What a way to intro Fall! The pumpkin fragrance is delicious! Makes me want to break out the Cool Whip and pumpkin pie! This body butter is enriched with the oils of roasted coffee beans and pumpkin seeds.  The texture is thick and creamy, but leaves no greasy residue behind.  Read more

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Metropolis Honeysuckle and Violet Vegan Soap and Sugar Scrub Review

Metropolis Soap Co.’s Honeysuckle and Violet Collection is a 100% vegan skin care line that features organic honeysuckle and organic violet leaf, both which are incredibly antioxidant-rich. The collection is scented with a citrus vanilla blend of Balsam of Peru and Bergamot essential oils. The collection includes an artisan soap, herbal spa soak, exfoliating scrub, and mini gift set of the three. I had the opportunity to review both the soap and sugar scrub.  Read more

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LUSH Dirty Springwash Shower Gel Review

“Out all night up to no good? Good on you. When it’s time to clean up your act and jolt yourself back to reality, have a wash with our tingly spearmint shower gel. Like a refreshing dip in a mountain spring, Springwash was invented for Dirty guys (and girls) everywhere. Spearmint and menthol crystals make your skin feel cool in a hot shower – you’ll feel fresher and ready to go in no time! As well as cleaning you up, there’s added glycerin and sea salt to soften your hair and skin while you’re washing up from last nights activities.  Read more

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Champneys Spa Indulgence Review

Give yourself the royal treatment!  Champneys, the world-class U.K. spa favored by Princess Diana, has launched their luxurious products in the US!  You’ll be pampered like a princess and pay like a pauper because the super-affordable products range from $7.99 to $12.99 and are available at Target, Target.com and ShopBootsUSA.com.

Champneys Spa Indulgence bath and body line, delivers the holistic benefits of visiting a Champneys spa in the comfort of your own home!  The line includes body lotions, hand and nail creams, shower gels and various moisturizers in four scents:

  • Mediterranean Bliss – white heart floral, coconut and olive leaf
  • Oriental Opulence -exotic patchouli, honey and coconut
  • Exotic Retreat – olive leaf, mango and coconut
  • Citrus Blush – an uplifting aroma of  lemon, orange peel and cardamom

As you probably know by now, I’m addicted to body scrubs in an effort to rid myself of my “chicken” skin, so I chose the Mediterranean Bliss Body Glow to try. Here is how Champneys describes the fragrance:   Read more

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CVS Essence of Beauty Lilies and Freesia Review

Let me be honest with you, I can’t say that it has ever crossed my mind to try a CVS branded beauty product. Sure, I’ve bought generic CVS products, like their Exfoliating Cleansing Towelettes (which are awesome), but never a brand of products created by CVS, like Essence of Beauty. Boy was I missing out. When I was approached to try out their new Lilies and Freesia scented products, I accepted without expectations. And yet, I was SO impressed.

I tried out both their Lilies & Freesia Hand and Body Cream, and Eau de Toilette. Both smell amazing. It is a mix of floral and sandalwood, and smells like an expensive perfume…yet it is only $5.99! The Hand & Body Cream is so hydrating and contains avocado oil and goji berry.  The Eau de Toilette fragrance is long lasting, but not overpowering.  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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Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish

Soap & Glory has quickly become one of the UK’s most well-known (and most-liked) lines of beauty products. Supporting the “Clean of England” since 2006, the cheeky brand started when suds-loving founder Marcia Kilgore used her cosmetic chemistry savvy to create fun, fearless, and fantastically formulated bath, beauty, and body products.  After a brief departure, the Soap and Glory brand is back in the U.S. and I am ecstatic!  Retro girly, tongue-in-cheek packaging make Soap and Glory products just plain ‘ol fun!!  Read more

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Barefoot Venus Save Our Skin Cream Coconut Kiss

Canadian company Barefoot Venus, won me over with the their soft and feminine scent Lilly Pilly and the warm, fresh and buttery Lemon Freckle. “Feel angelic, smell heavenly, and be adventurous and adoring, stylish or seductive, capricious but perfectly you! Feel good about yourself and your place in the world. Let you confidence and beauty radiate and inspire!”  Barefoot Venus products are natural and formulated without Parabens, Propylene glycol, Mineral oil, Synthetic colors and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

And here’s another reason to love Barefoot Venus–S.O.S.- Save Our Skin Extra Rich Body Cream. I tried the small travel sized version and was truly amazed and will be purchasing a full size ASAP. I hesitated trying Coconut Kiss because I thought it was an oil and because coconut scents tend to be synthetic and just downright yucky. I’m veeery picky when it comes to coconut scents.

My mom was a stay-at-home (most moms were in the ‘old days’) and she was an excellent cook and baker. She loved coconut and made this really fabulous cookie she kinda invented. It never had a name to my knowledge–a shortbread cookie on the bottom, with an indent in the middle with your thumb and fill with a concoction of cream cheese, powdered sugar (?), coconut and walnuts, then drizzle melted chocolate on top of that.  It was sort of my mom’s ‘signature’ cookie and it won some awards. The only problem mom had with her signature cookie was when she reached for the bag of Baker’s sweetened coconut, her youngest child (that would be me) had more often than not had eaten the entire bag.  Read more

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