Becca Mineral Blush in Wild Honey. It’s purty!

It’s been forever and a day since I’ve done a review on a blush. Which is madness because I really do wear them. Like once or twice a week. I’ve become such a minimalist in my makeup routine that even blushes get bushed to side. Buuut, I had the opportunity to try a new mineral blush and got re-excited over blushes all over again.

I am a HUGE proponent of blushes and bronzers. I love them so so much. And sometimes a blush isn’t always about POW and BAM. Sometimes it’s about a nice subtle highlight. Such is the case with the paraben-free Becca mineral blush in Wild Honey.

My girls and guys sensitive to talc will rejoice because this blush comes without that too.

According to BeccaCosmetics.com, “BECCA Mineral Blush is a luxury powder for cheeks, imparting natural, luminous colour that is ultra-kind to skin. This longwearing mineral contains a hint of highlight to lift the complexion, with a delicate formula that never appears cakey or chalky.” (source)

The blush feels silky to touch and applies like a dream to the ol’ cheekies.

My favorite brush to apply it with?

My darling ecoTools skunk brush. This brush does a great job at applying blushes effortlessly without applying TOO much. It is great at slowing building up intensity. Of course you can use any brush to apply this blush, but still…skunk brushes rock. It didn’t show up as well in pictures but here’s where I applied the blush…

Just a dab on the apples of each cheek and bam…


Not bad, uh? This is the perfect blush for those who are taking baby steps into blush wearin’ or for folx who want a bit of highlighting without a face that screams, “Look at me! I’m wearing blush.” I can also see this as being a gorgeous wedding blush for women of all skin complexions.

Because it’s paraben-free and infused with Vitamin A, C and E, I’ll ignore the high price tag of $32. You can grab this shade and 4 other mineral polishes from BeccaCosmetics.com.

Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask: Perfect for all skin types.

It’s been forever and a day since I’ve worn a face mask. In a sense that’s a good and bad thing. Good because I haven’t felt like I’ve needed one but bad because my skin isn’t getting any pampering. I think that regular use of a face mask can be beneficial to any and everyone. From us kids with acne prone skin to those of us wanting to keep our eczema at bay and my wrinkle bustin’ guys and girls….face masks can give our faces that extra bit of moisturization and smoothness. Not to mention they just feel hella good! Nothing spells “I don’t really have the funds for a facial but I still want to treat my skin” like an at-home face mask.

I am normally a make-my-own face mask kind of gal but this Clarifying Detox Mask from Boscia has me ob-sessed.

Have you heard of Boscia before? If you’re a lover of skin care products without parabens, synthetic ingredients, fragrances and dyes, you’ve got to get Boscia on your radar.

What Sephora has to say about the Clarifying Detox Mask:

“This  deep-cleansing clay mask contains pure botanicals, herbs, & select ingredients like kaolin clay and phellodendron bark to absorb impurities, control excess oil, detoxify/renew your skin from deep within.

A unique combination of anti-irritants and purifying agents soothe and refine the appearance of pores as powerful antioxidants along with other therapeutic elements revitalize skin and help protect against the appearance of aging. Ideal for all skin types, including sensitive skin.” (source)

 

It’s a simple face mask. It promises no tricks and doesn’t have any extra frills. I appreciate that. Simple is best when it comes to my skin and I’m glad that Boscia’s philosophy falls in line with that. The face mask feels clay-like; nice and thick and doesn’t have any prominent smells.

Right up my alley! Since testing it, I’ve been using it weekly. I looooove how it makes my skin feel. So much that I had to show y’all.

My skin before:

Mask on:

 

FACT: Voguing while wearing a mask makes the results 10x better. It’s true.

 

5 minutes later:

 

Super clean skin that isn’t doesn’t feel dry and tight. This is VERY important as dry skin can irritate my eczema and that introduces a whole ‘nother leap of problems.

PROs
-This mask is ideal for sensitive skin. It’s super gentle!
-Nice consistency
-Fragrance-free. This means A LOT to me
-It doesn’t tingle
-It is easy to apply and rinses thoroughly
-It’s only $25. Epic price for an all-natural face mask

Cons
-Like all masks, you want to moisturize immediately afterwards! Not necessarily a “con” but definitely something to think about.

Yup…only one Con. This mask is that fantastic and if you’re in the market for one, snag this kid from Sephora.

LUSH’s AvoBath Bath Bomb

Yep, I’m back with another one. This bath bomb smells like avocados. No, I’m kidding. How loco would it be if it did though? But it does contain fresh avocados and lemongrass essential oil. Lemongrass is by far one of my top favorite essential oils. This bomb is also infused with olive oil; a plus for ladies with super dry skin. AKA moi.

But it isn’t my favorite bath bomb. It smells just okay but I didn’t leave the tub feeling all silky smooth like I’ve felt after using other bath bombs. It wasn’t a total waste because I absolutely loved how green it made the water.

Yes, the little things amuse me. It was a good $6.95 but I wanted more from this bomb. It definitely can’t beat my favorite bath bomb. Oh well, off I go to try another one. Have you tried this bath bomb from LUSH? What say you?

Get additional deets about it here.

Too lazy to wash your face at night? Me too.

One of a travelin’ beauty’s best friends is makeup wipes. Words can not express how much I love these things, y’all. They are just SO practical. They take up very little space and are an all-in-one when it comes to makeup removing and cleansing the skin. Take Lumene’s Sensitive Touch Cleansing Wipes.

I have been in LOVE with these and they’ve been coming in handy on my road trips.

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As if the Clarisonic couldn’t get any better…

How much do I love my Clarisonic? A ridiculous amount, that’s for sure. I credit that face cleaning device for bringing my skin back to normal. While my skin likes to play tricks with me (one day clear skin, next day pimples galore), the Clarisonic’s love stays consistent. Clari always loves me. She is a total staple in the bathroom and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Wellllll, the very cool b-glowing.com is now the first online retailer to feature the New Deep Pore Cleansing Clarisonic. I know, right? Didn’t think ole’ Clari could get better, did you? Using the same sonic oscillation technology as the original Clarisonic, the new kid on the block comes with a Deep Pore Cleansing brush head that was designed with a unique gradation of bristle firmness and dual-action movement. What does that mean? It means whether you’ve got oily skin, acne prone skin or suffer from large pores, the Clarisonic Blue Plus will work hard to gently smooth out your skin; leaving it softer and refreshed.

I am hands down loving this brush head over the brush head from my original Clarisonic. It cleanses so much better and even more thorough than I thought it would. I’ve done a video and written review of the Clarisonic and can’t imagine not using it at least 3 times a week.

I know, I know…it’s not cheap. It took a few months of saving for me to be able to afford my Mia, but come on, darling. Healthy skin is worth the investment, isn’t it?  Grabbing the Clarisonic from b-glowing.com will set you back a good $225 but you and your gorgeous skin are worth it. The Clarisonic Blue Plus also comes with a body brush head.

That’s riiiight, you can take it in the shower to for a spa-like treatment all over. If the Clarisonic Blue Plus isn’t in your budget, b-glowing.com has a Tangerine Clarisonic Mia and a Garnet Mia that are perfectly priced at $119. Woot!

How much do you love Clarisonic? Have you purchased one yet?

The Sweaty Betty Diaries: How a natural deodorant saved my pits.

I’ve had a love hate relationship with deodorant for as long as I’ve been allowed to wear it. Love because the stuff keeps me from smelling like a goat and hate because although it keeps the funk at bay, it wrecks havoc on my sensitive underarms. And then I got to thinkin’…the skin under the arms happens to be super sensitive. Why then are we using deodorants and antiperspirants with super harsh ingredients in them? Especially after shaving? A light bulb went off and to my beauty bin I went to retrieve a natural deodorant I’ve had for some time but stop using.

I received the Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal to review almost a year ago. I tested it for a good week but found absolutely no results. Fast forward to a few months ago and now you couldn’t pay me to go back to a traditional deodorant.

Here’s the thing about natural deodorants…you have to prep your pits for using them. No matter how hard you scrub, it is often pretty hard to remove deodorant from under your arms. I gave my pits a good scrubbing using baking soda. It took a good 5 minutes per pit, but I was ready! While a traditional deodorant have waaaay too many ingredients listed, this deodorant crystal has two. Dos. 2. That’s it.

My pits were already breathing a sigh of relief. The crystal looks just like, well…a crystal.

Cool, uh? To “activate” it, you wet the top and apply a generous amount under your arms. My issue was always that I’d be left with wet underarms but they dry pretty quickly. Ohmigoodness y’all…when I tell you this stuff works, I mean it WORKS. Aside from it keeping me from stinking, I found that it has kept my pits in so much better condition. My underarms are smoother and not as dark.

Pro’s

-It’s affordable. Retailed at $5.99, this crystal will last for months and months and months.
-It doesn’t have a fragrance.
-It is gentle enough for even the most sensitive of underarms.

Con’s

-It loses its power after 10+ hours
-It may be hard to find.

“Yo B, what do you mean it looses its power after 10+ hours?”

Good things don’t always last forever. The same can be said for this natural deodorant. I’ve been in situations where I went from smelling fresh to smelling less than pleasant in 3.2 seconds. What happened? The deodorant simply wore off. I have no shame in tellin’ y’all that me without deodorant is stinky. Funky. I mean, it’s bad… I have since learned and keep the Spray Mist version of this deodorant in my purse at all times. The Spray Mist is super small and tote-able so it makes transferring it to different purses a breeze. If I feel like I’m going to be away from home more than 8 hours, I head to the ladies room and attack the underarms. And bam…the stinkies stay away. I’ve also learned that I have to continue to thoroughly scrub my pits every time I shower. I scrub with a combination of my body wash and baking soda. A good cleansing creates a nice clean base for another fresh application.

I’m a believer and as much as I’ve loved my traditional deodorants, me and my pits are just happy rolling with Naturally Fresh’s Crystal Deodorant. I’ve heard many guys and gals say they’ve given up on the natural deodorant because they simply…don’t work. I say give ’em another go ’round. If you’re interested in using gentler products under your arms, it may take some time and diligence on your part. Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal comes in crystal, Spray Mist and Roll-On. You can grab it at Whole Foods and other natural food stores as well as online.

Any natural deodorant lovers in the house? If you aren’t one, would you give one a try?

Specific Beauty: A skincare brand I’ve fallen in love with

Oh snap. There’s a fairly new skincare brand on the market. Weeee! But what makes this brand more unique than others? This line is specifically designed for multi-hued skin tones. Hollers!!

Designed by dermatologist Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, Specific Beauty promises to alleviate some of the issues that those with multi-hued skin tones deal with. Be it more even skin tone, improved skin texture or more moisturized skin, when used together, the Specific Beauty products result in better all around skin. Do I think it works?

I used 5 of these products together for 6 weeks and I was shocked at how well each product was. One of the things that draws me to this brand is that all of the products are paraben and fragrance-free. As someone who suffers from adult acne, hyperpigmentation and eczema, I always require and desire gentle products. I didn’t detect any bit of fragrance from the cleansers, moisturizers and wipes. Yay!!

Daily Gentle Cleanser ($8.99)

I love how reasonably priced this cleanser is. A cleanser for under $10 ain’t bad, uh? I found this one to thoroughly cleanse without drying. It’s a thick cleanser so a little goes a long way.

It is non-foaming and it always takes me some time to get used to cleansers that don’t foam. While it may not be a big deal for some, I love that there’s a pump to dispense the cleanser. Specific Beauty gets 10 cool points for that!

Skin Brightening Serum ($24.99)

The color of this serum threw me off. I was expecting it to me white. Ha!

According to the Specific Beauty website, this serum uses a special multi-benefit complex of licorice, anti-oxidants, retinol and niacinamide – to provide the skin with the ultimate brightening benefits. (source) I didn’t experience any brightening or the lightening of dark spots after my 6 weeks of use but I always feels it takes months and months to see the results of these kind of products. The good news is, the serum feels light and non-pore clogging making it easy to use daily. This product is a little more on the expensive side but still less than most skin brightening serums I’ve seen on the market.

Daily Hydrating Lotion, SPF 30 ($17.00)

The consistency of this lotion, I found, to be nice and thick.

It was perfect for my combination skin. It has SPF in it which is GREAT. Not so great is that SPF-smell. I know it’s hard getting rid of that scent and SPF is an absolute must have but the SPF fragrance was stronger than I would have liked.

 Night Treatment Complex ($18.99) 

The Night Treatment Complex has more of a gel-like consistency that always felt so absolutely divine on my skin during the evening beautifying regimen.

This moisturizer comes without SPF making the fragrance a lot more pleasant for me.

 Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths ($6.99)


I am an enormous fan of these cloths. On one side they’e got little scrubby pads that are perfect at deep cleansing. They aren’t so good at removing waterproof makeup but if you’ve got another remover on hand, your best bet is to use that and leave these cleansing cloths to get rid of foundation and the daily grime.

Overall, I’m a fan of Specific Beauty. The products are gentle enough for us sensitive skin guys and gals. While the line is designed for multi-hued skin tones, don’t let that discourage you from using it. Because of how gentle the products are, I think it can benefit anyone. Not only can you get the brand online but you can also get them at at select Target and Walmart stores. The store locator makes it easy to find which stores in your area may carry Specific Beauty.

What do you think? Have you heard of this brand? Think you’ll give it a whirl?

A night cream for a beauty queen

So remember when I told y’all Palmer’s Cocoa Butter was making facial care products too? Yep yep! In addition to a great Daily Facial Lotion, they also have a Night Renewal Cream.

But wait…that’s not the best part. The best part is that the jar comes in one of those cupcake papers. Eeeee!!

I know. But the smallest things bring so much joy to my face. Literally. But I digress…

The packaging of this cream is quite thorough. It covers everythiiiiing.


This cream goes for $8.47 at Wal-Mart. Not bad at ‘tal. Because it’s a night cream, it’s a bit thicker than a moisturizer you would wear throughout the day. In fact, I found it to be so thick that it did well as a hand cream.

According to Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, the Night Cream has anti-aging properties. I don’t look for skincare products to have such but it’s always good to good to get an early start. I love how decadent that cream feels.

It practically sank right into my skin. I think I’ll hold on to this for when the winter months hit. Then again, I live in Florida. The winter months consist of December and January. 8) Either way, if you’re looking to add a night cream to your beauty routine, this isn’t a bad one.