Eczema Suffers Unite! Eucerin Eczema Relief Instant Therapy is here to save us!

“Oh snap.”

That’s what I said when I found out that Eucerin was going to launch an eczema skincare line. I first learned about it while at their headquarters in Connecticut some months ago and I have finally gotten the chance to play with the products. I am so so excited about them.

Eucerin Eczema Relief Instant Therapy

As a Eucerin ambassador, I received these products to review and the timing was perfect because Elle’s skin was starting to break out. Yes, again. My poor chocolate dumpling of a baby can’t seem to run away from the eczema monster but that’s okay, I’ve got high hopes for Eucerin’s Eczema Relief products. She’s not alone in the fight either because apparently over 35 million Americans suffer from eczema. That’s a whooooole ‘lotta people and chances are you know someone that suffers from the itchy (and sometimes painful) condition. Or maybe it’s YOU that’s suffering from it. My Eucerin lovers will be happy to see these 2 new additions to the Eucerin line-up.

Eucerin Eczema Relief Instant Therapy

Eucerin Eczema Relief Instant Therapy creme

Of course my favorite thing about both products is that they are fragrance-free, free from dyes and don’t contain any steroids. The Instant Therapy Creme not only promises to calm eczematic skin, but it also helps to improve the appearance of irritated skin. This is huge for me because nothing says Mommy Guilt like your baby’s rough eczema plagued elbows. We haven’t used this on Elle yet but I’ve used it on my skin and I love the cooling effect that it provides. It rubs in easily and my skin feels moisturized. But it’s really the Eczema Relief Body Crème that has my heart.

Eucerin Eczema Instant Therapy

Clinically proven to improve hydration, improve the appearance of red, irritated skin and relieve itchiness of eczema, Eucerin Eczema Relief Body Crème is freaking amazing. I mean, seriously. I’ve been slathering this on Elle at night and have seen such improvement in her skin.

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Her elbows are the roughest parts, mainly due to her scratching them but after quick warm baths, slathering her in this crème and covering her skin at night, she wakes up with elbows that are still moisturized and softer than they were the day before.

We’ll be buying this by the gallon in the next few months. Eucerin does it again! These products are available nationwide at drugstores and I’ve spotted the Body Crème at Target.com for $10.49. Pricey? Maybe but itchy eczema suffers know $10 isn’t TOO much when you’re in need of some relief.

* Disclosure: I am a Eucerin ambassador and while I do not get paid to write these posts I did receive these products and a gift card as gifts.

Zoya Zenith nail polish collection

I can’t believe that I am already talking about Winter 2013 nail polish collections. How is this even possible? Sounds crazy cliché but dang…time flies. I’ve actually got a ton of Zoya nail polish collections that I’ll be cranking out in the next few weeks and Zenith sparked my interest the most. I got this collection for a review and really it was that stunning blue holographic nail polish that had me swooning at first glance…

Zoya Zenith nail polish collection

You see it, don’t you?

Zoya Seraphina

Seraphina is a full-coverage, polaris silver metallic and as much as I want to love it, it’s pretty blah for Zoya. I know every color can’t be spectacular but I don’t know, Seraphina, you don’t seem to be as fabulous as your siblings here.

Zoya Payton

Payton is a galactic cranberry with holographic glitter and yassss, now we’re getting somewhere. This is what I’m talking about. Zoya does holographic nail polishes beautifully. Payton is just stunning and I love how dynamic it looks without a top coat.

Zoya Mosheen

Mosheen is an astro ice blue topper that works well on top of other nail polishes, of course. So I’m not madly in love with super sheer polishes but I kinda dig how this icy bar glitter looks on its own.

Zoya Belinda

Belinda is a gorgeous cosmic purple/blue metallic that beautifully changes shades when the light hits it. This is an interesting shade from Zoya. I don’t think I’ve seen them do a shade like this so this was a nice surprise to see in their line-up.

Zoya Cassedy

Cassedy is a celestial pewter metallic and man, isn’t that quite the description? Pretty dead on, if you ask me. At first glance Cassedy looks like a darkened grey but if you look closer, it comes off as a deep grey with just a hint of shimmery army green.

Zoya Dream

Dream is my favorite shade of the bunch because well, look at it! This deep space blue with holographic glitter can’t get any better. It applies like a dream (hehe, see what I did there?) and I just love how bright and bold this polish is with only 2 coats. It’s gorgeous!

Application of these polishes was ridiculously easy. I found it so refreshing to see a winter collection that didn’t have any traditional shades in it. Way to go, Zoya! Of course Dream and Payton are my favorites but I love that the collection has a little somethin’ for everyone.

The Zenith collection is available for purchase at Zoya.com for $8 a bottle or you can get the entire collection for $48.

Mascara Monday: Ck One Color mascara

CK One mascara

I received a sample of this mascara in a bag of goodies from ULTA’s 21 Days of Beauty. There was a mean sale of this mascara and I was so glad to see it for so cheap because I’ve heard amazing things about it. It’s one of those mascaras that so many people told me to try but I just never got around to trying. Until this week. I was rummaging through mascaras to see which one I needed to show love to and this baby popped up. And here’s the coolest thing about it…it’s blue!

Yeah, I know. Most of you are like…”Blue mascara? That’s like so 80’s.” I know. But I still get excited about them!

Price: $18 from ULTA stores and ULTA.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Mascara by ck one Color has an adjustable mascara brush that creates customized looks and simplifies application with a quick twist of the cap. Precision curved brush and patented lycra technology amplifies, shapes, and lifts every lash for maximum volume.” (source)

The Truth: I think I like it!

What I Loved About It: I don’t know if I buy the whole “adjustable wand” thing but it’s still a fantastic mascara.

What I Didn’t Like: Adjusting the wand is hard!

Overall: Now and days mascara brands have to jump through all kinds of hoops to be appealing to us beauty guys and girls. Simply being a mascara that promises volume and length ain’t enough anymore. Mascaras have to not only bring volume, length and curl but they must pay our bills and rock our babies to sleep too. I’m just sayin’. So yes, this mascara is like all of the others in that it makes a lot of claims but its claim to fame is the adjustable wand. The concept isn’t innovative but I’ve never seen one like this before. With a turn at the top of the mascara your wand goes from this…

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To this…

CK One mascara wand

I don’t know if my wand was messed up or not but I found it hard to turn it…

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The shorter and plumper wand is supposed to help with volume and by making the wand longer, it’s supposed to help with added length. Does it work? Meh. I suppose everyone’s experiences will be different but I found that I got decent volume and length with both versions of the wand.  I love the plastic bristles. They are fantastic at combing through the lashes.

I found the mascara to last around all day and I love the stunning blue. Of course, blue mascara on dark brown skin and dark eyes doesn’t look as blue on me as it would on gals of other complexions but whatever. I still like it. The formula is spot on too. It’s a really nice mascara and I’m not sure if the adjustable wand is necessary but it’s a nice little treat to have.

Especially if you’re going to spend $18 on a mascara.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 3 coats

 

Blue mascara

Blue mascara on eyes

 

Do I recommend it?: Yep! There’s a purple mascara in this line too. I think I gotta try that one!

What do you think? Does the adjustable wand seem like a gimmick or have you found it to be effective?

AVEENO Baby collection giveaway!

Yo. It’s gettin’ cooler ’round these parts. By the way, I was never one to say “Yo”. I clearly watch way too much Breaking Bad. Best show everrrr! And when it comes to Elle’s skincare, AVEENO Baby has been rocking our world. The brand sent me some of their products and we’ve loved them so much that we’ve already gone and re-purchased some things.

Aveeno Baby skincare

Remember how bummed out I was about Elle and her eczema-ridden skin? I was breaking my neck trying to find a product that could not only alleviate her flare ups but prevent them from happening. Since she still drinks breast milk I decided to go gluten-free for 2 weeks and lo and behold, her skin cleared up. I’ve been on a gluten-free (and dairy-free diet) for almost 3 months and so far so good. Elle’s skin is flourishing. Every now and then she’ll appear with some dry patches and that’s when I like to use these AVEENO Baby products.

I used to be all “natural skincare ONLY!” but when your baby is clawing at her itchy skin to the point that she begins bleeding, you’ll try anything. Coconut oil and shea butter just wasn’t cutting it. I find that the AVEENO Baby products are mild enough to be used daily and Elle’s skin seems to feel better when I used them. Like the Baby Cleansing Therapy Moisturizing Wash…

Aveeno Baby Calming Wash

Baby girl doesn’t get baths daily (they’re too drying for her) but when she suds up, this creamy wash rocks. I love massaging it on her drier areas. The Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream is my favorite though…

Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy

We use this daily and it’s the only product that not only makes her skin FEEL better but it lasts throughout the day. We ran out of this stuff and ended up buying more.

Are you a mama that has a baby with dry skin? Or are you a mama to be? Or do you know a mama who could get some use out of these? I’m giving away the full AVEENO & AVEENO Baby Eczema Therapy collection.

Good luuuuck!

 

(congrats to our lucky winner – Patricia in Connecticut!)

Visiting Orlando? Experience the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa!

It was a dreary day when I pulled up to Reflections Spa-Salon at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa. I was ready for a serious morning of pampering and I wasn’t let down. I was offered the opportunity to visit this spa and the timing could not have been more perfect. Yours truly has officially started working out again (yay but ouch!) and my body was torn to shreds. I was in desperate need of some help and I was beyond elated with what awaited me at Refections.

Reflections bath

First of all, location, location, location! The spa is nestled nicely in the touristy part of Orlando so if you think you’ll be visiting the area soon, you’ll be happy to know that chances are you won’t be too far from this spa.

Every spa that I visit has a theme and Reflections is no different. This spa’s treatments are “inspired by the powers of the ocean and healing elements of the sea”. You totally get that the second you walk into the lobby.

Reflections Lobby

A gorgeous aquarium of bright colored fish are in the center of the room and the lounging sofas somehow curve into your body. Sweet beverages are at your service you have the opportunity of really relaxing before your treatments start.

I had a tropical hot stone massage and a manicure and pedicure and both services were wonderful. Service is everything at a spa and I don’t care how fantastic a spa claims to be; if the staff isn’t accommodating, the whole experience can be a downer. From the moment I walked in until the moment I left, I felt like the staff genuinely cared. Before each service began, questions were asked to make sure that I was comfortable.

Reflections manicure

And of course the answer was always yes, because who isn’t comfortable when they have warm rocks being massaged into their skin? A girl can certainly get used to this. Seriously. If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, I hear their sugar scrub is absolutely divine.

For more information about Reflections Spa-Salon, visit their website. And if you’re thinking about coming to the Orlando area (which you totally should since the weather is divine!), staySky.com hotels and resorts are absolutely fabulous. Each resort has gorgeous amenities for the entire family.

 

Disclosure: I was treated to these spa services at no charge. I was not obligated to write this review, but why wouldn’t I? I mean, honestlyyyy…..

Cult Nails All Access collection

I’m a loser for not doing a post on The Makeup Show Orlando yet. I know, I know. I’m on a serious budget these days so this collection of nail polishes was the only thing I purchased from the Show. Crazy, right? Usually I empty my pockets like mad. Look at that… I’m growing up. Ha!

I helped Maria of Cult Nails set up the day before the show and I had the chance to play around with the collection All Access. I fell in love. And for a good reason. I mean look…

Cult Nails All Access

*squeals*

Cult Nails Grunge

I knew I would love Grunge before I even swatched it. Maria was wearing this color on her nails and I couldn’t stop eyeing it. It’s described as a perfect military green creme and I couldn’t agree more. It has enough gray in it to where it doesn’t look like a Spring-y shade. It’s just perfect.

Cult Nails Feedback

Feedback contains soft gold, pink, and orange mylar flakes and I found it to be more sparkle-y than most topcoats with flakes. I love how it looks over Grunge. It looks pretty awesome over Lamestain too.

And speaking of Lamestain…

Cult Nails Lamestain

This is by far my favorite polish out of the entire collection. I mean, honestly… This rich, deep, ox blood creme is beyond anything that I’ve ever seen and I love that it doesn’t look black. I’ve been rocking it for a good week now and have no intentions of removing it.

Cult Nails Wack Slacks

‘elloooo Wack Slacks. There ain’t nothin’ like a gorgeous purple/blue nail polish (especially a creme) and Wack Slacks just makes me happy. It’s more blue than purple and applies like a dream.

Cult Nails Disillusion

Disillusion caught me by surprise! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a polish like this. Hot pink mylar shreds are sunken in a black jelly polish? Wow! It is opaque at 2 coats but really shines with 3 coats. I can’t wait to see how this looks over Cult Nails’ black nail polish.

Impressive, right? The pre-order for the collection has already passed but you can buy the polishes individually for $12 at CultNails.com.

Mascara Monday: NYX Le Chick Flick Boudoir mascara

NYX Le Chick Flick mascara

Last year NYX Cosmetics released an entire collection of mascaras and I am finally getting around to reviewing the last one. Le Chick Flick is all about giving waterproof lashes and like all waterproof mascaras that I try out, I had high hopes it. I am way harsh on waterproof mascaras because I’m not looking for a ton of length and volume, I just want longevity and waterproofness. Waterproofness IS a word, isn’t it?

Price: $5.99 from ULTA stores and ULTA.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “NYX Le Chick Flick Boudoir Mascara features a smudge-free formulation that thickens lashes as it delivers deep, dark drama. Dense dome brush reaches each and every lash.” (source)

The Truth: Oh wow…very nice longevity!

What I Loved About It: The wand is pretty awesome.

What I Didn’t Like: Meh, it’s just on the mediocre side in terms of volume and length.

Overall: It is sooooo hard to find a good waterproof mascara. Which is crazy because you would think by now, brands would have developed a decent enough formula. But nope, I am usually let down by most of the waterproof mascaras that I try. For one thing, they HAVE to have decent wands. There’s no need to have wands with a whole ‘lotta frills. Something simple will do. Which is why I love this wand…

NYX Le Chick Flick mascara wand

Wham, bam and done. It isn’t anything fancy and it does a great job at sweeping through the lashes while generously coating each lash with ease. The formula was very nice to deal with and almost had a bit of a gel-feel to it when applied to the lashes. Like many waterproof mascaras, I found that it did a great job at really adhering to the lashes without clumping them up too much. Two  coats was good enough for me and while I didn’t have those long and voluminous drag queen lashes that I always love, the mascara plumped my lashes up enough.

What really impressed me was how long it stayed around. I worked out in this mascara and it lasted through the blood, sweat and tears that are involved in my strenuous workouts. I’m kidding about the blood part. I think. But yeah, I would wipe sweaty hands across my face plenty of times and this mascara didn’t budge. Score!! This is all I ask, NYX. If you’re going to give me a waterproof mascara, make sure that baby is actually…waterproof. I’m a happy woman.

So so happy.

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats

 

NYX Chick Flick

Do I recommend it?: I do! It’s an affordable waterproof mascara that actually works.

Anyone else out there struggle with finding decent waterproof mascaras?

Makeup Wars: Fall Manicure

Hey girl hey! Fall is in full swing (even in humid Florida) and I am all kinds of excited about it. The changing of seasons means I get to expose Elle to random happenings like pumpkin patches and it also means I can pull out my favorite Fall-inspired nail polishes. This Makeup Wars, the girls and I decided to showcase our favorite Fall manicures. I am far from a nail artist so I kept it simple and used one of my favorite polishes out this season.

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Say hello to the gorgeous Lamestain from Cult Nails’ All Access collection. I purchased all of the polishes from this collection but I adooooore this one the most.

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It’s a stunning polish, right? It’s a gorgeous and rich burgundy jelly that DOESN’T look black on the nails. It is everything I could have ever wanted in Fall nail polish. To add a bit of sparkle, I added Essie’s As Gold As It Gets on top.

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And since I’m as untraditional as they come, I am also loving butter LONDON’s Royal Navy as a Fall mani.

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I did a horrible silver glitter nail design on top but Royal Navy is the best navy nail polish everrrrr.

Check out the polishes the Makeup Wars girls picked as their favorite Fall manicures…