Join me for a Eucerin Twitter Party. Prizes included!

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Hey girl hey! Gonna be online sometime during tomorrow? Crazy question, right? I mean if you’re reading this chances are you are somewhat of a techie and love reading about beauty happenings. Tomorrow I’m going to be one of the co-hosts of Eucerin’s #NoFryFriday Twitter chat. It’s going to be a day long Twitter chat with hour-long chats with different hosts. Yours truly will be hosting the 1pm-2pm EST hour and I’d love for you to join in.

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So WHY is the brand doing this? According to Eucerin, “Memorial Day is widely considered to be the unofficial start to the summer. Many people flock to the beaches but may not practice safe sun exposure. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention declared that the Friday before Memorial Day be called ‘Don’t Fry Day’. Its goal: promote sun safety awareness and encourage people to practice safe sun while outdoors.”

Makes sense to me. Especially since I’m a beach babe! The party will be be funnnnn. Each hour Eucerin will be giving away one Sun-Safe grand prize pack each hour, filled with a wide brimmed hat, water bottle, Sunglass Hut gift card, Eucerin products and more. *squeals* Tweet me and let me know if you plan on making it. See you then!

 

Simple Skincare is just so…simple. And awesome!

Yay!! New skincare products. Okay, not really new. Simple has been out for awhile but this is my first time trying them. I got a few of the products to review and after giving them about a month to work some magic, I am finally ready to review ‘em.

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First things first…you can grab these products and more at practically all drugstores and at places like Target and Walmart. This brand is SO up my alley because for one thing, it’s practically fragrance-free. Aaaanad, all of their products omit parabens, sulfates and phthalates. This hypoallergenic line has products for those of all skin types – normal,oily, dry and combination. The line carries everything from cleaners, moisturizers (with and without SPF), facial scrubs, toners make-up removers and eye creams. I’m going to do mini reviews of the products that I used…

Foaming Facial Cleanser ($6.99)

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This cleanser promises to not only refresh and moisturize the skin, but it also promises to get rid of remaining traces of make-up. It has such a nice fresh scent and I think that’s due to the chamomile. The glycerin in it helps with hydration and I love how my skin didn’t feel streaky clean when I used it. It does a darn good job at thoroughly cleansing the skin and yep, I felt like it removed my excess traces of makeup. The price point is a great too and I love that even though it’s a foam, it will last well over a month. Maybe even two months.

Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF ($11.99)

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It’s been forever since I’ve tried a new moisturizer. I looooove this one. It’s just so…simple. No frills, no outrageous promises, it’s just a lightweight facial moisturizer. It’s perfect for this hot and humid areas and I appreciate not smelling the SPF that’s dumped in it. It isn’t greasy and is a great follow-u to the facial cleanser.

Radiance Cleansing Facial Wipes ($5.49 for 25 wipes)

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Too lazy to splash some water on your face each night? Um yeah…me too. Which is why I LOVE facial wipes. They aren’t exactly eco-friendly but they work beautifully in a pinch. I currently have these stashed in my travel bag because I’m finding it great for cleaning my face and neck while on the go. I think these are best suited for those with extremely dry skin because they left a bit of a film behind. It wasn’t unpleasant but it may drive those with oiler skin crazy. I didn’t try ‘em long enough to see if they brightened and evened my skin tone but with those claims, if I wasn’t a beauty blogger, I would definitely be into using this long term.

 Oil Balancing Cleansing Facial Wipes ($5.49 for 30 wipes)

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Similar to the Radiance wipes, these can be used in place of a traditional cleanser. It has promises to refresh skin and help control shine. It feels just as good as the Radiance wipes but I’d rather use those because of their promises to help even skin tone. Both wipes are alcohol-free. Yesssss!

Eye Make-Up Remover Pads ($5.49 for 30 wipes)

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Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads in hand

This are cute, uh? They promise to remove waterproof mascara but nope, my waterproof mascara was holding on tightly and wasn’t easily removed by the pad. *le sigh* I’d rather stick with my regular eye makeup remover and use the facial wipes for all over cleanup.

OVERALL: I’m a huge fan of this brand. There is a definite need for a line like this on the drugstore level. I have only worn preservative-free skincare products for years (due to my sensitive skin) so I am loving me some Simple.

Have you tried any of their products?

Got tired eyes? Yeah well, join the club. Let’s fix ‘em together!

“Relax.” they say. “Get some time to yourself.” they utter. Hmph. Whatever. My darling child is a special gift and I love her more than life itself but babies are some selfish creatures, man. They don’t give a darn about your beauty blogging schedule. Which is why it has taken me so long to review this amazing Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo from Le Metier de Beaute. I got a pair for review awhile back and I just got around to trying them out.

Le Metier de Beaute Hydrating Mask Duo

First of all, LMdB is a luxury brand. You know this, right? I’ve reviewed the brand several times before and their products are far from cheap. But if you’re ever in the mood to treat yourself to something cosmetically decadent, well then, I’m suggesting LMdB. This eye mask duo is wooooonderful.

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I mean, I knew they’d probably feel nice but no, they REALLY feel nice. According to LMdB these single-use translucent seaweed-based masks have several things they’ll do for the skin under the eyes. Aaaand, here’s a list…

-They instantly cool on contact.
-They re-energize the area under the eyes.
-They reduce under eye redness.
-They diminish puffiness and the look of dark circles.
-They automatically pay back your student loans.

…nah, I’m just kidding about that last part. Just making sure you were paying attention. Ha! But seriously, they are some kind of awesome. I like that you don’t have to lay down while wearing them. And they really do create a second skin.

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Yes, girl. They feel just marvelouuuus! I am a believer. And I wish these were waiting for me each and every night. Hey! A girl can dream, right?

Price: $150 for a pair of 8
Availability: You can get them from Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com.
Is it worth the money?: I’m not sure they sell these individually (bummer) and a box is so expensive each time you needed the under-eye pampering. They’re worth the price but I’m sure there are other ways you can pamper yourself.

Do you take care of the skin under your eyes? You can be honest… Okay, I’ll start. I don’t but will dedicate more time to doing so.

My Eucerin’s Skin Hydration Par-tay + A Crazy Awesome Giveaway!

So y’all know how much  I love Eucerin, right? Last year I did like a gajillion posts on their products. Including that body wash that helped get rid of eczema. As a Eucerin ambassador I’ll be doing a ton of features the cool stuffs they’ve got.

A few weekends ago, my gal pal D came over and we plunged into a box of Eucerin goodies that was sent to me.

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We acted like children. I mean, it was insane. We dug into the box and chit chatted over the products. Eucerin also sent us a wonderful face scrub and eye soothers but we both had our little babes with us and uh, yeah…there’s no relaxing with a 3-month old and 16-month old in the house. But we had a good time anyway.

D was in love with the Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. She didn’t even know Eucerin made cleansers. Say whaaaat! I had to school her on the awesomeness of Eucerin’s moisturizers AND cleansers. And then we both got schooled when we tried to figure out which moisturizers would best suit our needs.

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Eucerin has a darling little system that can assist with this. Have you ever noticed the little teardrop at the bottom of their bottles?

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These indicators are great at helping you decide what kind of moisturizer you need. I pretty much always need “Rich” and I’m okay with that. Yours truly was born with crazy dry skin.

Stay tuned for more of these Eucerin posts. I’ve got so much to share! You can also visit Eucerin on Facebook and check out their Eucerin Skin Solution Center. Especially if you need some product recommendations for keeping that skin of yours hydrated.

Eucerin Skin Hydration & In-Home Spa Giveaway

Thanks to Eucerin, I’ll be gifting one lucky guy or gal with a wonderful in-home skin hydration gift pack. What comes in this pack, you ask? It includes a ton of Eucerin products, cucumber eye pads to help soothe those eyes, a face mask, a $125 Visa gift card aaaaand a $15 iTunes gift card! Not too shabby, uh? Ready to enter?

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Disclosure: I am a member of the Eucerin Skin First Network. I received these products and a gift card but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Makeup Wars: Our Favorite Masks

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I’m not even gonna sit here and front, y’all. I haven’t used a mask in months. I simply don’t have the time for such pampering. *le sigh* Now it’s like “Hmm…should I put on a mask or try to bathe?” Ha! But back in the day when I was a child-free woman, I indulged in masks regularly. At least once a week! My Makeup Wars sisters and I are back to share with you some of our favorite masks. I’ll be highlighting 4 of my faves.

I mean, I could very well highlight 10 but I don’t want to overwhelm you. And these aren’t in any kind of order. First up is…

 

MaskerAide’s Sheet Masks

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Words can’t explain how much I love a good sheet masks. These babies feel cool the entire time you wear them and they are super hydrating for the skin. Plus, who doesn’t want to walk around looking like Michael Myers? Ha! Oh! And they’re vegan and fragrance-free too. Y’all know how much I LOVE fragrance-free skincare products.

 

Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask 

 

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I’m a child at heart so I love beauty products that look like dirt. And tar. It’s a pricey mask but migoodness, I love everything about this one. It takes awhile to dry once it does you are left with beautiful and glowing skin!

 

Bliss Rubberizing Mask

 

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Have a good  hour on your hands? Okay, I’m kidding. It doesn’t take that long to mix this mask up but it does take some time. And if you got it then you’ll really like this mask. It is definitely all science project-y and that’s what I like about it. Plus it’s a mask that feels like…rubber. I mean, come on! How fun is that? Is it effective though? It does clean the skin nicely but the real fun comes in mixing it up and applying it to the face.

 

Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask

 

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Aaaand, this, ladies and gentlemen, is one of my FAVORITE masks of all time. When my skin is in need of some serious repairing, this is the mask that I turn to. I’m all for getting facials regularly but since all of us aren’t able to do so, this is the mask that will leave you feeling like you truly pampered your skin.

Not pictured but a mask that I’m always usin’ is the always faithful brown sugar and jojoba mask that I whip up in my kitchen.

Check out my fellow Makeup Wars sisters to see what kind of masks they’re lovin’….



3 Reasons Why Using Natural Skin Care Products Can Transform Your Skin

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As a beauty blogger, I like to review allll kinds of products; from the indie brands to the huge well known brands and everyone in between. But can I be honest? I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to the products that I use daily. If you check my medicine cabinet, you’ll probably see me usin’ some natural brand or all natural product. It’s just how I roll and how I’ve been rollin’ for years. Of course, I’m not above resorting to non-natural products either. I am of the belief that you have to use what works for YOU. And honey, I’ve come to find out that natural just works. And here’s why.

Sometimes less is more. I’ve come across some amazing moisturizers that contain all kinds of ingredients that promise to transform my skin. But you know what I also find transforming? Coconut oil. It’s cheap, easy to find and doesn’t make all of these promises about what it’ll do to my skin. It’s simple and sometimes simplifying our skincare routines without a ton of added ingredients is what we need.

Natural ingredients have healing properties. Don’t believe me? Buy yourself a bottle of tea tree oil and dab a bit of it on a pimple. I’ve tried my fair share of pimple poppin’ creams, gels and masks and nothing works as well as tea tree oil. I can say the same thing about baking soda, lavender oil and jojoba oil. I’ve never come across a commercial product that not only feels good on my skin but treats it gently too.

Natural ingredients can be gentler to use on problematic skin. Of course this isn’t the case for everyone but as an acne sufferer and with me constantly battling ezcema, I’ve found more success with products that contain natural ingredients than anything else. Coincidence? I think not. Sometimes nature knows best.

Are you a fan of natural skincare products or are you open to using anything? Check out http://www.betterskintoday.com for a wide range of all natural skincare products.

 

*Disclosure: This sponsored post is brought to you by Better Skin Today. 

Win A Suave Naturals Prize Pack + $50 Walgreens gift card!

Guess what? I’m taking showers now! Laugh if you want but no one told me that mothering a newborn may mean that you don’t get the chance to bathe as often as you’d like. I’m not even kidding. The first month Elle was born, I probably took a shower like…once a week. Yep. I smelled live divine regurgitated breast milk 24/7. Sexy, uh? Showers have become luxuries so I take ‘em when I can get ‘em. Luckily I can get them more often these days. Meeting me in those porcelain walls these days is this kid…

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I was sent this body wash to review and I gladly obliged because I love me some Suave products. Especially their conditioners. But that’s a story for another day.

There’s a reason why Suave’s products have been on the shelves for so long. They are affordable and cheap! And they are always coming out with something new that you feel like you HAVE to have.  Like this Rainforest Fresh Body Wash ($2).

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It smells so so sooo…fresh! I’m serious. I’ve placed this in the guest bathroom and Sticky Fingers Esposo snagged it and put it in our bathroom. He’s that enamored with it. Which says a lot since he’s a no fuss kind of guy when it comes to beautification. I find the scent to be a bit on the strong side so I can only use a little bit at a time but I do like the burst of tropical freshness.

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If you’re all annoyed with your current body wash, I totally recommend giving this one a whirl. And you’re in sweet luck, darlin’. I’m giving away one Suave Naturals prize pack to one lucky winner, which will include three Suave Naturals Body Washes and one $50 Walgreens gift card!

To be eligible to enter, all you have to do is let me know in the comment section which body wash you are currently using, and if you think Suave Naturals New Rainforest Fresh Body Wash would be better for you! Also, to be able to qualify make sure to use hashtag #SuaveScents on Twitter, letting me know you commented below!

I will be picking a winner on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013, so get commenting! Good luck to all those who enter!

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The Man Repeller GLOSSYBOX

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I haven’t reviewed a GLOSSYBOX since last year and it’s already March. Time freaking flies. Cliche, I know but it’s always really apparent when I’m playing around with beauty stuff. This month GLOSSYBOX partnered with blogger The Man Repeller. I’m not familiar with this blog so I’m not sure how it all went down. It appears to be a fashion blog that focuses on a lot of International fashion. If you have some insight on The Man Repeller, please let me know. In the meantime, let’s check out this GLOSSYBOX…

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As in all of the boxes, we’ve got a magazine that features season trends and whatnot…

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And then the main event…

At first glance, I was excited because for the first time in a while, it looked like this GLOSSYBOX contained items in which I was interested in using them allllll.

Le Metier de Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution -full size $225

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I’ve featured LMdB products before but I haven’t tried any of their skincare products. Aaaand for obvious reasons. They are a bit the expensive side. I haven’t tried this yet but I don’t think I want to. Because then what if I like it? Then I’ll be stuck having to spend THAT much on a skincare product? Nah bro.

Narciso Rodriguez for Her Eau de Toilette Spray – full size $77

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Okay, so we all know I kicked wearing perfumes to the curb years ago due to the fact that they give me migraines but even if they didn’t, I wouldn’t re-open my love affair for ‘em with this one. It smells like old ladies. No bueno.

Living Proof Prime Style Extender (hair primer) – full size $20

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I’m not a fan of hair products in beauty boxes (mainly because they are almost never geared toward my hair type) but this is a decent sample size if I were interested in using a hair primer.

Vincent Longo Lipstain – full size $23

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Yay! I full size product. I love everything about this richly pigmented red lipstick. It is definitely the star of the box for me.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume mascara – full size $25

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a mini mascara in a beauty box so yaaaaay for that. I’m a mascara snob in that I’d much rather use a full size mascara than a mini one but for a sample box, it works. Plus, I can use this mascara in my cosmetic bag for travels.

OPI Can’t Let You Go Liquid Sand nail polish – full size $9

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Fantastic choice! It’s not only a full size nail polish but it is OPI’s newest formula.

Fresh  Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum – full size $35

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I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m excited to. It’s a good pick for a beauty box because it’s large enough to let you try out the mask the serum at least 2-4 times.

Overall:
I always judge the value of a GLOSSYBOX by the variety of products and if what is given has a value that reaches or exceeds the cost of the $21 box. Looks like this one did a darn good job. We got a hair, nail, skincare, cosmetic and perfume sample. Two of the samples were in full size and together they cost more than the cost of the box. Not a bad box for this month. The lipstick and nail polish are true winners in my book.

Are you a GLOSSYBOX subscriber? What did you think about this month’s? Oh! And if you aren’t a subscriber, head on over to the site and sign up.