Makeup Wars: My Top 3 Favorite Oils

This week my Makeup Wars sisters and I are talking about oils. Weeeee!!

Cosmetic oils

Oils are totally a fad and er’thing now but honey, when I was growing up, oils were staples. Just like the butters. Brands think they are being all innovative by dumping naturally extracted oils in their products  but I’ve been using these oils in their original origins for yearsssss. I hoard many because they all have their uses but my favorite are these three…

Coconut oil

Coconut oil

Yes, girl. Yes. Coconut oil is the TRUTH! I use it daily and on every part of my body. Coconut oil gets slathered all over after a shower. I use it in my hair. I use it to remove makeup. I put it on my baheh, I use it to lubricate the nips after pumping (TMI nothin’…if you’ve ever put your nip in a baby’s mouth or in a flange, you know how badly the nippies need to be soothed afterwards) and I use it to moisturize cuticles. And if I’m craving an omelette or green smoothie, I’m using a teaspoon of coocnut oil. We don’t use PAM cooking spray. We use coconut oil. And don’t even get me started on coconut milk. Basically, El Coconut needs to run for President so that I can be its Campaign Manager.

Maracuja Oil

I hadn’t heard of maracuja oil until Tarte released it. And then I fell in love. It’s far from cheap if you get it from them but it’s worth the investment because this is one oil that doesn’t feel…oily. It’s amazing! I can slather this stuff all over and don’t feel like I can slip and slide down the tile floors. Elle’s super dry skin loves maracuja oil. Her skin sucks it up and while it won’t leave an oily film, it still feels nice and moisturized. Tarte also sells a version of this in a roller ball dispenser.

Best idea ever because now I can oil up on the go!

Argan oil

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I first learned of argan oil when I was aimlessly scrolling on TV and got trapped by QVC. Josie Maran was talking about her argan-infused products and I made my first purchase and then fell in love. To be such a light oil, argan oil is powerful! A little goes a long way and like maracuja oil, it doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. I also really adore argan oil because it plays nicely when placed in other products. I’ve even mixed my BB cream with this stuff and it didn’t cause any problems.

 

Honorable Mentions:
-Jamaican black castor oil
-grapeseed oil
-olive oil
-sweet almond oil
-jojoba oil

Check out some of my Makeup Wars girls’ favorite oils.

Do you have a fave?

No one gets acne in their 60’s…right?

It’s been many many mannnnny years since I’ve tried any Clearsil products but apparently it’s still super popular. My sister is in love with this stuff…

Clearasil Refreshing Superfruit Wash

I didn’t even know Clearasil was doin’ big thangs. My baby cousin (who isn’t so much a baby anymore. She’s almost 20 and a freshman in college. *tear*) is still fighting acne so I think I’m going to scoop this up for her. She’s big on having a no-nonsense skincare routine. And an affordable one too.

Clearasil

Have you tried Clearasil lately? I always thought it was targeted to younger folx but I don’t know…it looks like their line-up can fit those of us who still deal with acne in our 30’s,40’s and 50’s.

Because acne DOES clear up after that. I think. There aren’t any 60-year old’s with acne still, right?

Rx for Brown Skin’s Purifying Moroccan Mineral Mask

I’m not gonna lie – I thought Rx for Brown Skin wasn’t around anymore. When I received this glorious mineral mask to review I was in all kinds of shock. But apparently, they are still around and kicking. I think I confused their not being in Sephora anymore with them just not existing.

Rx for brown skin

But naw…they are here and I am soooo here for them.

My skin is on the highest level of trips right now so I haven’t used this yet but I still wanted to feature this glorious mask. Ready Freddy?

Rx for brown skin Skin Purifying Moroccan Mineral Mask

I’ve done several reviews on this brand before and I just love the idea of having a skincare brand that caters to the needs of those with brown skin.

Rx for brown skin mask packaging

Rx for brown skin mask ingredients

Rx for brown skin packaging

And of course I love that it’s fragrance-free.

It’s not cheap though. This tiny jar retails for $40. But you know how I feel…I never put a cost on skincare. Yes, girl. I will invest a ton to keep my skin looking clear, healthy and radiant.

Rx for brown skin Skin Purifying Moroccan Mask

Rx for brown skin mask

Have you tried anything from Rx for Brown Skin lately? Or am I the only loser that didn’t know they were still around?

My husband wants to marry Vaseline’s Spray & Go Moisturizer

Awkward, huh? Esposo is still so in love with this stuff. I received a box of CVS goodies a few months ago and he never cares about the beauty boxes that come up in this house. Until he noticed me pulling this out of a box…

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer  aloe

“Can I have this?” he asked. “Please babe. I ran out of the last bottle. C’mon…”

He was pleading. Over lotion. How freaking hilarious. I mean, I get why he loves it, but dang, man…

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer

I guess I shouldn’t complain because at least he actually wants to put lotion on. My dear ole’ Esposo has come a long way.

Yah. Anywho, if you still haven’t jumped on the Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer train, hop on, my loves. Snag it from CVS and rack up those ExtraCare Beauty points.

 

Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is like…more dramatic

I remember when I first got into skincare. I was in 5th or 6th grade. My face was gettin’ all teenage acne-ish on me and I wanted to be  cool like my Mom and have like a REAL skin care routine. Mama Clumps trekked me on down to Governor Square Mall in Tallahassee, Florida and we made our way into Dillard’s and I got my first skin care consultation at a Clinique counter. And I left away with this baby…

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

I had the entire 3-step skincare system but the golden lotion was my truest love. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion holds a special place in heart because it was my first big girl moisturizer. How this stuff could get any better is beyond me. But the magicians at Clinique had some tricks up their sleeve and they have made this popular moisturizer even awesomer. Yah. Let’s pretend that awesomer is a word, mkay?

Clinique moisturizing lotion

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is now going to give us…

-All day hydration.
-Improvement in skin’s barrier strength in 8 weeks.

Clinique

Not HUGE improvements as I’ve always thought this lotion gave my skin a nice dose of hydration but hey, I trust ‘em. I’ll be honest though. It feels and looks the same to me. Which, I guess, is a good thing. There’s a reason why this lotion is a staple in many households.

Look for it at your nearest Clinique counter or at Clinique.com for $26 for a 4 oz bottle. Rock on, Clinique. Rock on. And keep making more of your amazing nail polishes. I looooove them.

Giveaway! Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar BB Cream!

Hey girls hey! This giveaway is brought to you by BeautyStat.com and if you’ve been trying to get your hands on a new BB cream, now is your chance. Imagine a BB cream that goes above and beyond — covering all of your skincare needs from A to Z! Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar A-Z Complexion Perfecting BB Cream with SPF 20 ($38.00) does just that!

Hope in a Jar BB Cream

With the same anti-aging benefits of Philosophy’s iconic Hope in a Jar moisturizer, this new multitasking Hope in a Jar A-Z BB Cream is a one-step complexion perfecter that acts as your…

-Primer
-Moisturizer
-Foundation
-Treatment
-Sunscreen

It’s oil-free and fragrance-free formula allows for natural-looking, build-able coverage that instantly blurs and camouflages imperfections. Like all Philosophy products, it also packs a bunch of skin-loving minerals and vitamins to ensure that your skin looks its best from day to night.

Lactic acids helps refine skin for a healthy, rosy glow; beta-glucan supports skin’s natural defense system to nurture skin health from the inside out and a SPF 20 helps protect skin against environmental attacks and harmful UVA/UVB rays.

Can your BB cream do all of that? If not, now is your chance to win a full-sized sample of the Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar A-Z Complexion Perfecting BB Cream.

I’m giving away 3 to 3 lucky winners (one each)!

To enter this giveaway is like and share it on Facebook, pin on Pinterest or re-tweet on Twitter using hashtag #HopeInAJar. Don’t forget to tell us which shade you want: Light, Medium, Tan to Deep.

Also, make sure to tell us which A-to-Z benefit you are most looking forward to addressing with this product:

Antioxidants, Beta-glucan, Complexion perfector, Day to night, Easy, Foundation alternative, Glow, Hydration, Innovation, Jump-start, Keeps skin soft, Lactic Acid, Makeup-friendly, No fuss, Oil-free, Primer, Quick, Refiner, Skin-loving, Touchable, UVA/UVB SPF 20, Vitamins A, C and E, Weightless, X off your wish list, Youthful, Zero extra steps

Let your natural beauty shine through with a little help from Philosophy. Good luuuuck! And remmeber to give the Rafflecopter a few seconds to load.

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Celebrate National Honeybee Day with these LUSH goodies

Hey honayyyyyyy. National Honeybee Day is this Saturday, August 17th and I am all over it. I’ve always had an affinity for bees. I think they just so wonderful for our ecosystem and the health benefits of honey just doesn’t end. I keep our home stocked with local honey and local raw honey. The second I feel like I’m coming down with a cold, I run to my beloved honey. LUSH is lovin’ on honey too. I was sent these products to review in honor of National Honeybee Day.

National Honeybee Day

They have a ton of goodies in their line that are honey-based. Like the Honey Bee Bath Bomb and the Fair Trade Honey Shampoo. Both are available online and at LUSH stores nationwide.

I’ve been taking more baths lately and now that my skin isn’t as wonky (thanks to giving up gluten), I can’t wait to give this Honey Bee bath bomb ($6.95) a whirl.

LUSH Honey Bee bath bomb

Aside from a few of ‘em being overly fragrant, I adore bath bombs. This one is toffee-scented and packed with Moroccan Rhassoul mud, aloe vera gel and soothing honey. Basically it’s heaven on Earth. Can’t wait to try!

And then there’s the Fair Trade Honey Shampoo ($9.95 – $29.95)

LUSH Fair Trade Honey shampoo

This preservative-free shampoo is moisturizing and is supposed to give hair a nice sheen. I can’t wait to try this either. I’ve been washing my hair daily these days (one of the many perks of shaving off my hair) and I could use the extra moisture. Plus this shampoo smells so so nice and doesn’t have an obviously strong smell.

Thanks for celebrating bees, LUSH! Of course you’ll be able to find these and more honey-inspired products at LUSH.com and LUSH stores nationwide.

GLOSSYBOX review – July 2013

It’s been a hot lil’ minute since we’ve tangoed with good ole’ GLOSSYBOX. And yeah, I know I’m like a month behind reviewing it but hey, maybe this review will motivate you enough to finally get that GB subscription that you’ve been lusting over for so long. I got this box for review and I think it’s oh so fitting for a summer beauty subscription box.

Glossybox of July 2013

Like all GLOSSYBOX boxes, this one came with a leaflet of what you’ll uncover after ripping the top off of your box.

Glossybox July 2013

I like to review these beauty subscription boxes by the diversity of their products and if their products reach a value of at least $21. That, to me, is very important. Yeah. I’m kinda nutty about it. Let’s get started…

Nail Inc. Baker Street nail polish

Glossybox Nails Inc

This itty bitty bottle of blue polish is fantastic. Nails Inc. is a pretty high-end brand and so even though this isn’t a full size bottle, seeing the baby version of one appear in a GLOSSYBOX is crazy exciting. Plus, this striking cobalt blue is stunning. I mean, dang…

Dr. Brandt BB Matte with Signature Shinerase

Glossybox

I’ve heard of this brand before but I didn’t know that they had a BB cream. Then again, who doesn’t have one? It’s a moderate sample size but they get a fail because the Light to Medium is far too light for me.

Nicka K New York ABSOLUTE Make-up Cleansing Tissues

Glossybox USA

These babies are a bonus item in this month’s GLOSSYBOX. Pretty rad bonus. 10 towelettes is enough to really test the product. They are heavily fragranced so you know they aren’t exactly up my alley.

Figs & Rogue Cherry Blossom Tinted Lip Balm Tube

Glossybox lip balm

Glossybox lips

This gorgeous tube of lip balm was the first thing eyes landed on when I opened up the box. My, what gorgeous packaging! The lip applicator (or lack of one) isn’t all that comfortable when it comes to applying. But this petroleum-free lip balm isn’t strong on the scents and the subtle pink shade will look flattering on everyone. I dig it!

BVLGARI Eau Pafumeé au thé Blanc Shampoo & Shower Gel

Glossybox Bvlgari

It’s a generous sample size but I don’t do perfumes and so even sniffing this gave me a slight headache.

Brazilian Blowout Açai Deep Conditioning Masque

Glossybox hair

For the gals who love keepin’ their do’s in check, this hair masque has enough product to give you a few tests of how the masque may work on your hair. That is, if you don’t have Rupunzel-length hair. I doubt I’ll give it a whirl. I’m just not really into hair products these days.

OVERALL:  This box was definitely worth at least $21. This is the norm for GLOSSYBOX as I’ve come to discover that they are pretty good with giving you products that at least meet what you’ve spent. And like all subscription boxes, you aren’t going to love everythiiiiing but with this one, there is something for everyone. They cover hair, skincare, nails, cosmetics and fragrances and that’s just no easy task. Another win for GLOSSYBOX .

If you haven’t signed up for  a box yet – head on over here  and do so.