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.

Busting Beauty Myths + Giveaway!

Water

So girls (and the handful of guys that read this blog)…let’s talk about beauty myths, shall we? I could probably write a book on ’em because there are just THAT many. The sad thing is, when it comes to skincare and my obsession with trying to have and KEEP clear skin, I’ll probably try anything. Except dab pee on my pimples.

Naw. I can’t get down with that. I don’t know if it’s a rumor within the family or not but my girl cousins have this running joke that Grandma has always had clear skin and her “liquid output” is the reason why. Everyone is too afraid to ask her. And to try it. I mean come on, dude. I’m comfortable with my body but I’ve gotta draw a line somewhere.

Check out my list of beauty myths…

Black don’t crack.
Yeah no. Everyone gets wrinkles.

Good skin is all genetic.
Not always. Good skin is also determined by lifestyle and diet.

Water is important for hydration but it won’t necessarily lead to healthier skin.
So not true. Our skin contains a good amount of water and hydrated skin is healthier skin.

Black girls don’t need sunscreen.
Yeah no. The sun don’t discriminate, mamacita. EVERYONE needs protection from the sun.

Going a day without washing your face never hurt anyone.
Pfft! Lies! I can’t be the only who has gone to sleep without washing their face only to have pimples greeting me the next morning. It’s good to get in the habit of always washing the face before bed.

Eucerin skincare

My favorite Eucerin skincare products for when my skin needs that extra hydration.

 

I could list a dozen more but I’d love to hear some of yours. Are you forever running into crazy beauty myths? How ’bout this…you tell me what they are and you could be entered to win the following:

· $125 Visa Gift Card
· Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 15 Moisturizing Body Lotion
· Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30 Moisturizing Face Lotion

You could use that gift card to treat yourself to a massage, or take yourself out to eat or if you’re practical like me, you could use it to put some gas in your car. Ha! Press your luck by entering the Rafflecopter below. Remember, it takes a minute or two to get goin’ so be patient.

Good luuuuuck!

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* 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.

Wrapping Up Summer With Eucerin

So we really know there is no “end of summer” when it comes to living in Florida. Like seriously. It’s so hot that even alligators are sneaking in peoples’ houses to stay cool. Ha ha. I’m kidding about that last part. My Eucerin ambassadorship is still truckin’ along and this time the cool kids at Eucerin have asked me to talk a little bit about hydration and how insanely important it is. Especially during these hot months.

CamelBak and Eucerin

In this month’s pack I got an awesome CamelBak bottle.

Purple CamelBak water bottle

Have y’all ever used these? I’m in love with them. I’ve purchased 2 of my own but I love everything about this one because it’s larger than my standard 22 oz bottle. Woot! I carry around a water bottle daily and the CamelBak rocks because it’s virtually indestructible and the straw makes for easy gulping.

CamelBak water bottle

It’s some kind of cool. And as always, I’m slathering my faithful Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizer all over.

Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 15 Moisturizing Body Lotion

It’s my favorite daily moisturizer because it not only keeps the ash at bay but it also keeps me all protected with the SPF 15 dumped inside. This, y’all, is a necessity for everyone. And of course I especially love it because my eczema doesn’t go all crazy on me. This tend to happens when I’m wearing body moisturizers that have a ton of fragrances in them. Thank you, Eucerin. Thank you so much.

I hope you gals and guys are staying cool. Later this month I am going to be hosting a Eucerin giveaway so stay tuned to those details. In the meantime, stay hydrated and keep that gorgeous bod of yours protected with SPF!

* 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.

Can The Wonder Cloth Replace Makeup Remover?

Imagine a world without makeup remover. In this world, you wouldn’t have to deal with buying and re-buying your makeup remover. You wouldn’t have to worry about it accidentally spilling in your luggage during trips. You wouldn’t have to spend countless dollars on cotton swabs, balls and rounds. In this world, a simple piece of cloth would remove every ounce of your makeup saving you time and money. I was graciously sent a sample of this  cloth to test drive.

Say hello to The Wonder Cloth, y’all.

The Wonder Cloth

Probably designed by a makeup junkie like me, The Wonder Cloth claims to be an all natural makeup remover. Not only does it promise to thoroughly remove makeup with water alone, it says it also cleanses and exfoliates the skin. Um, yeah. Okay. Just call me Skeptical Sally.

TWC

Wonder Cloth

The cloth contains 60% Rayon and 40% Cotton and it’s a pretty decent size…

The Wonder Cloth Clumps of Mascara

Clean The Wonder Cloth

It feels incredibly soft too.

I would gladly trade my lint-y pals for this baby here. I figured the best way to test this was to put on a full face of makeup and see if The Wonder Cloth could remove everything. I used the most pigmented lippy that I could find. That’s OCC’s Pretty Boy

The Wonder Cloth before

The Wonder Cloth after removing makeup.

Dirty Wonder Cloth

My findings:
-While it feels soft on the face, I couldn’t use this for exfoliation. It isn’t tough enough.
-It removed foundation and blush easily. But then against, do would a regular washcloth.
-Mascara was tough to remove as was eyeliner. I got a good chunk of it of but still needed to follow up with my regular makeup remover.
-The OCC Lip Tar stained the cloth. Womp.
-This is a one time use product. I would only feel comfortable using this once before tossing it in the washer.

Does it work? I guess. But I found it to be most comparable to an average wash cloth – just a lot smoother. It definitely feels great on the face and it removed some traces of makeup but I wouldn’t trade it for my makeup remover.

Ah well. You can grab this baby at Amazon and even Bed, Bath & Beyond. Mama Clumps said she’s seen it at her local Walgreens as well.

Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

Cracked heels

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Oh summer time: sunshine and breezy summer dresses, suntans and cool drinks, flip flops and …cracked heels? Wait a minute, that doesn’t really fit the ideal image of those long summer days and late summer nights we love and look forward to. Unfortunately, cracked and dried heels happen to us all and especially during the summer months. From those lovely sandals we adore to wear when the weather is just right, to the harsh sun and brutal beating our feet endure during our beach and hike adventures; our poor feet go through quite an ordeal to keep us walking on.

After everything our feet go through for us it is our duty to return the favor with proper care and a little “feet R&R” from time to time. If you aren’t too keen on getting massages and pedicures or you honestly just don’t have the time or the funds to frequent a beauty shop, here are some nifty little home remedies for cracked heels:

· One of the most common things you hear, even more so when the weather gets warm, is to drink plenty of water.

· Exercising is always a great method to relieve cracked heel side effects and pain; exercising increases circulation which can help the blood flow and healing process for your feet.

· Another effective remedy includes a little indulgence that you can do in the comfort of your own home; soak your feet for roughly 20-30 minutes in the evening, then sooth and soak your feet in a natural moisturizer, slip on cotton socks and sleep the night away while your feet relax and soak up the moisture.

· Also, try to use a pumice stone to carefully reduce the thickness you’ll notice on your heel; this will help limit the amount and frequency of the cracking and splitting that can become rather painful and unsightly.

Our feet deserve a little TLC (tender loving care) from time to time and it is our job to give it to them. Our bodies let us know when something is wrong or when we need to start taking things a little easier, our feet do so when they become painful and start to crack. Pay attention to the signs our bodies give us and the long-term benefits will be more than worth it.

The glorious liquid gold from M.Steves

M.Steve's Boost

It’s been a lil’ minute since I’ve shown y’all what skincare products I am currently using. Of course I’m always testing something but every now and then a product makes its way into my medicine cabinet and just doesn’t leave. I got this wonderful bottle of M.Steve’s Ultra-Nourishing Boost with Rose Hip Seed Oil to review and I’m really wondering where this liquid gold has been all of my life

Random Fact: In the lactating world, breast milk is also called liquid gold. So much so that any woman who has accidentally spilled a bottle of the stuff has been known to have a full out breakdown. Fo reals. But back to the ‘facial’ liquid gold. I really really dig this stuff. And I can’t believe this is my gateway product into the M.Steves brand. Are you familiar with them?

M.Steve's Ultra-Nourishing Boost

The brand was founded by Mally Steves Chakola and each product focuses on tackling aging concerns. I typically don’t review anti-aging products but sometimes  when I find one to be so freaking awesome, I can’t help but ring the alarm about it. What’s so fab about this oil? I mean, it’s an oil. How is it different from the other thousands of oils out there? I’m so glad you asked.

-It’s lightweight (perfect for those hot summer days and nights).
-It can be combined with other beauty stuffs (like your foundation).
-A little goes a long way.
-It’s fragrance-free. Perfect for fragrance haters like yours truly.
-It’s hydrating without being greasy.
-It’s vegan!

M.Steve's Ultra-Nourishing Boost back

This glorious oil has made its way to the M.Steves line simply because it has been known to firm and smooth fine lines. Okay, I don’t have those yet but honey, I’m all about preventative care. I will be keeping this bottle of lusciousness nearby. It’s not cheap though. It’ll run you a good $64 but hey, you know how I feel about investing in skincare. Some things you can’t put a price on. Ya dig?

M.Steve's Ultra-Nourishing Boost in hand

Check out M.Steves for some of their awesome anti-aging products. I kinda want everything because the packaging is just adorbs!