10 Year Blogiversary Giveaway: Three Custom Color Specialists

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4557609382815411"; google_ad_slot = "7558438019"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 15; Chad, Scott and formerly Trae at Three Custom Color Specialists were the very first brand I ever did social media consulting with back in 2007. Read more

Yuni: Yoga-Inspired Beauty

As someone who cannot survive without yoga, I was beyond excited when I heard about Yuni. Yuni is the first natural, sustainable, convenient, Yoga-inspired beauty brand. Yuni products are versatile, multi-tasking, time saving and enable yogis to potentially practice more often since having time to shower or the availability of shower facilities may be Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Travertine Spa

// // Terry Carter, CEO of Travertine Spa, is the ultimate dream chaser - he changed careers from corporate law to creating a luxury botanical brand. He's also a dear friend of mine who I adore. We’re giving away Travertine Spa's Eucalyptus & Cinnamon Steam Shower Spray and Herbaceous Alchemy Meditation Read more

My Top Five Beauty Products From Whole Foods

The only department in Whole Foods that I normally skip is the beauty department. It's true. I guess I've always just felt that the Whole Foods beauty department contained products that would be of little or no interest to me due to them smelling weird or my assumption that they were ineffective. Well we Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Mischo Beauty

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4557609382815411"; google_ad_slot = "7558438019"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 15; I am super excited to kick off our 10 year blogiversary month of giveaways with Mischo Beauty! I've known Kitiya since the beginning and I am 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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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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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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