Tales of an Elizabeth Arden bronzer…

Oooh Elizabeth Arden. Can I be honest? You’re a brand that I never gave much thought to before. Of course, your products are legendary because they’ve been around for ever. Your longevity in the beauty arena shows that you have what it takes to help women feel beautiful and provide them with quality cosmetics, skincare and fragrances. But are you made for the younger generation? I’m not sure.

When I think of Elizabeth Arden, I always think of products that my Grandmother would wear. But clearly that’s sheer ignorance because this Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Bronzer Powder was SO made for me.

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This is why you can’t go around judging brands until you actually do your research and try some of the products. That’s okay, you don’t have to research anything. That’s my job. :cool:

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I got the opportunity to try this bronzer and I’ve been wearing it faithfully all fall long. The thing is, there’s nothing super innovative about it. It’s like most bronzers in that it contains subtle shimmer to give you that natural glow. It’s lightweight and according to ElizabethArden.com, it is infused with green tea, white tea and minerals. So it’s not only pretty on the skin but it has healing and moisturizing properties as well. Niiiiiiice. Packaging the wise, the palette is stunning, classy and attractive.

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But of course, darling. You wouldn’t expect anything less from Elizabeth Arden, now would you? The bronzers come in 3 shades: Soft Radiance, Deep Radiance and Warm Radiance. I was all set to be disappointed with Warm Radiance (because let’s face it…sometimes these higher-end brands don’t really cater to the darker skinned beauties of the world) but you know what? It worked very nicely with my skin.

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Granted bronzers don’t have to be DEAD ON when it comes to matching your complexion but I’ve found that bronzers that are too fair make me look washed out. This bronzer, however, it works beautifully on me. Impressed? Heck yeah, I am!

See how nice and subtle the shimmer is?

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Very nice. I will definitely be playing with more Elizabeth Arden products. This bronzer retails for $38 so it’s ideal for my higher-end brothers and sisters of the beauty world. You can scoop it up at ElizabethArden.com or at select Elizabeth Arden counters at department stores.

The Evolution of B: How I Went from Not Caring to Being Obsessed with Skincare

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Confession: I didn’t get all that serious about makeup and skincare until my early-mid 20’s. While some little girls grow up dabbling in beauty stuffs and begging their parents to let them wear red lipstick at the age of 14, I was that girl that…just didn’t care. Toss me a lipgloss and I was good to go. I’d buy whatever skincare product looked pretty in the stores, use it and buy something else when it ran out. I was the Queen of No Fuss Beautification.

Until I turned like 23 or so. I went crazy over makeup. And then I realized it didn’t matter how extensive your makeup collection is if you didn’t take care of the skin too. So yeah, a late lesson learned but better late than never. So here’s how my beauty routine has evolved over the years…

I used to:

-Say “Screw it! I’m not washing my face tonight.”

Now I:

-Wash my face nightly. Or at the very least I use a cleansing cloth to remove makeup and daily grime.

I used to:

-Think any kind of skincare product would work.

Now I:

-Analyze  my skin and see what products work best for my specific conditions and the season.

I used to:

-Assume that I wouldn’t need anti-aging products any time soon.

Now I:

-Get myself in the habit of using them. If I start a regimen using eye creams to combat wrinkles, by the time I’m in my 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, using them won’t seem too laborious.

See! I’m a big girl and my current skincare and makeup routines are a big proof of that. Has your skincare regimen evolved over the years or are you sticking to what has been working?

 

 

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Review of the Tis The Season’ GLOSSYBOX

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Yep! I’ve got another inside scoop of the GLOSSYBOX. It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed one but with the holidays rollin’ around, I figured it would be a good idea to remind you about one of the most popular beauty subscription boxes. These boxes are hit or miss (depending on your preferences, of course) but the average beauty lover will likely get giddy over receiving a subscription as a gift. You wouldn’t hear me complaining.

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Plus, GLOSSYBOX is one of the more higher-end boxes so if I were to gift a subscription to a friend, it would be this one. GLOSSYBOXes are always decked out beautifully and the GLOSSYBOX Mag provides pretty pics of trends and products.

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Sooo, let’s see what we’re working with this month:

Illamasqua Lip & Eye Medium Pencil

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The full size version of this pencil retails for $20 and with Illamasqua being a higher-end brand and all, we’ve already gotten our money’s worth with this pencil. Score! I’ve always been really impressed with Illa’s products and this pencil is no different. The color is called Honour and it’s a rich and chocolate-y brown. It’s definitely a product that I would use regularly.

Incoco Nail Polish Applique

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Shout out to nail strips and stickers. These are so popular these days so it’s good to see GLOSSYBOX staying on trend. I’ve actually used these strips before and they are one of the better ones because they are made of actual nail polish. They retail for $8 and the 16 double-ended strips can make for a nice holiday nail look. Especially in this shade. Sinderella is a rich burgundy and it’s nothing fancy but it’s rolling with the season.

Kryolan for GLOSSYBOX

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The brand Kryolan is likely more known among beauty professionals instead of everyday consumers. I’ve actually never tried any of their products but this blush in Glossy Rosewood looks like it can do some good. It seems pretty pigmented and it doubles as an eyeshadow.  Regular price of this is $9.

Nume Style Arganics by NuMe Argan Oil (full size: $59/4 oz – sample size is 10 ml)

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I’m just now getting back on the argan oil train and I can’t brag about it enough. Nume’s version of this contains Vitamin E and can be used on the body and hair. Most argan oils are scent-free and this one is heavily perfume-y and unappealing to me. I spot Fragrance in the Ingredients so boo to that. Otherwise, it’s a nice and non-greasy oil. Argan oil rules!

Skin & CO ROMA Truffle Serum: Hydro-Toning Day Face Serum

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This serum is supposed to help slow down the signs of aging. It has hyaluronic acid and I’m not sure if it’s pregnancy safe so I didn’t give it a whirl. However, it is fragrance-free and I think the 0.50 oz size is enough to give you users a good 3-5 uses.

Overall: Of course, you know reviewing beauty subscription boxes are tricky because everyone goes giddy over different things. You’ll never see me appreciate getting hair products whereas some love getting hair samples. I like to judge these boxes by their overall value and this month seemed to hit the mark. The samples were large enough for users to get a good amount and there’s a little something for everyone. Hate nail products? No problem…there are 2 samples of cosmetic products. Not a fan of skincare products but like nails? Bam. You got a sample. So yeah, not a bad way to end the year, GLOSSYBOX.

Consider gifting your favorite beauty guy or girl with a GLOSSYBOX subscription. Start here!

Eucerin giveaway – 5 winners!

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It’s about that time again! My Eucerin ambassadorship means another awesome giveaway. This is a super easy entry and 5 of you will snag the following:

-Eucerin Professional Repair Lotion
-Eucerin Smoothing Repair Lotion

With the cooler weather rollin’ around these parts, these fragrance-free and hydrating moisturizers are perfect for all skin types. And speaking of moisturization that skin of yours visit Science of Skin Repair to learn more about the next generation of moisturization technology.

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Shea Moisture for the Holidays

Man. My skin is getting worse and worse. Total TMI? I think not. Y’all know I love sharing the inside happenings of my unappealing skin issues. From my acne, eczema and hyperpigmentation, you gals (and guys) have been there for me. That’s why I love the Clumps family. You guys get it.

My real life friends…they’re all like, “Eww Brit, seriously? Eczema? Grosssss!” Which is so dramatic and unnecessary because SO many people suffer from this chronic disease. I’m just the weirdo that doesn’t mind talking about it publicly. *shrugs* Anywho, so recently I came across this Shea Moisture little gift set and I thought Whoooooa!

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Will you look at that? Words can’t even express how much I love this brand. I mean, their products have NEVER failed me. They aren’t loaded with synthetic ingredients and fragrances, they’re affordable, accessible and they work. This holiday seaason, Shea Moisture has released a few holiday gift sets and this precious Aromatherapy Lavender gift set is one of ‘em.

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Now here’s the thing about lavender, the essential oil – you either love it or you don’t. It took many years for lavender to grow on me (I’m more of a woods girl) but now I’ve found it to be one of my favorite oils, mostly because of its healing and aromatherapy properties. It just rocks, y’all. And this gift set is the perfect treat for you or someone in your life that values high quality body care products. And it’s only $14.99. For that you get…

Lavender & Wild Orchid Bubble Bath

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I take baths as much as I can but I’ve also been using this as a body wash. It works surprisingly well! Like all Shea Moisture products, the fragrance is very subtle and isn’t overpowering. The orchid mellows out the lavender a bit so even if you aren’t much of a floral scent lover, you may actually be able to tolerate this one.

Lavender & Wild Orchid Bath, Body  & Massage Oil

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I love a good oil and this one is wooooonderful. I had Esposo give me a much needed prenatal massage with this stuff. It also didn’t make my eczema flare up but yet it moisturized my skin beautifully. It’s the perfect oil to slather all over the skin after a rough day.

Lavender & Wild Orchid Relaxing Fragrance Oil

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This is the one product I couldn’t use because I don’t use fragrance oils. They’re either all essential or nothin’ when it comes to me. I’m not a fan of the synthetic smell of fragrance oils and so while this doesn’t work for me, it still smells pretty. I think the inclusion of the fragrance will help the product last longer (because essential oils generally don’t last long scent-wise) and I think that’s what most consumers are looking for when it comes to body care products.

Quite the steal for less than $15, uh? I plan on scooping up 2 of these for some beauty gal pals of mine. I can’t say who because someone may be readin’ my blog, ya know?

I’m so in love with this brand. I recently found out that they had baby products and I almost did a cartwheel when I got some of ‘em as a gift.

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Um. Let’s just hope I can refrain from using them until Bean gets here. Unlikely though. Hey! I’m bein’ honest. :cool:

Way to go, Shea Moisture. You win AGAIN! You can scoop this gift set up at Target stores or on Target.com.

More reasons to love the natural brand Dr. Woods…

Remember that time I reviewed an awesome facial cleanser that I impulsively purchased while shopping at a natural food store? Yep. It happens, ya know? You go in a store with a list and end up picking up stuff you didn’t intend to. Freaking Target does it to me every time. The good news is, that Dr. Woods cleanser was spectacular! And since using it, I’ve gotten my hands on some more of their other products. Their availability in stores is tricky but you can find most of ‘em online and for A LOT cheaper than what they’d be in stores.

And y’all knowwww how much I love bar soaps.

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My skin is doing all kinds of craziness due to this pregnancy. My normally dry skin has gotten all weird and oily. This Shea Vision Naturals Tea Tree oily/combination skin ain’t too shabby.

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And like all Dr. Woods products, it’s vegan. I’m in love with the fragrance as I was with the cleanser made for normal skin. It’s got a nice woods-y since but nothing over the top. This cleanser also has a clear consistency making it ideal for those with oiler skin. This baby can easily go for over $10 in stores but I found it for less than $6 at LuckyVitamin.com. And as far as those bar soaps…

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I like them a lot. I’ve been using bar soaps more for hand washin’ than body washing simply because my eczema-ridden skin can’t get too much moisture from bar soaps. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy ‘em anyway. I love shea butter soaps and considering how moisturizing shea butter is in its natural state, I wish it was AS moisturizing in a bar. But alas, it’s not. These soaps are still pretty fantastic. Mostly because they smell all earthy and woodsy.

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Ingredients-wise, they follow the same preservative-free philosophy of all Dr. Woods products.

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I’ve got one bar in my guest bathroom and another in my bathroom but I tend to like the raw black shea butter best. The red currant clove has a nice and spicy fragrance but it’s a bit on the strong side. Like most bar soaps, it dissipates after awhile but while lathering up, these are very nice soaps. And they’re decently priced at around $3 online.

Dr. Woods rocks and I really wish I could see more of this brand in stores.

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But I don’t mind stocking up online either. If you’re a lover of natural products and lookin’ to try something new, you’ll like Dr. Woods.

My favorite Asian beauty product comes to the States!

I adore cosmetics from other countries. Especially Asian cosmetics. I follow a ton of beauty bloggers who live in Japan, Korea, Thailand and Hong Kong and I am forever going gaga over the the cosmetics and tools that seem to only be in their neck of the woods. And for the longest, you just couldn’t find sheet masks in the U.S. Until now!

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I know. I look all creep-tastic like I’m Michael Myer’s OTHER sister but I am beyond excited that these are finally accessible. Not quite drugstore accessible but hey, I can settle with ordering them online. I’ve done beauty swaps with some of my Asian beauty bloggers and the gals aways included these awesome sheet masks. Trust me, y’all. If you haven’t tried ‘em yet, they are definitely worth a try.

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Say “hi” to the brand MaskerAide. MaskerAide has a nice line of sheet masks that not only cover a wide range of needs but they are also vegan! Aaaand fragrance-free! I know, I know! These were so made for me.

Packaging-wise, I find these to be adorable. I’m a little annoyed at how the blonde chick is on EVERY sheet though. Why couldn’t there have been a little more diversity on the various sheets? Y’all know how I get. Lack of diversity annoys me, even in beauty products.

But anyway – there are 6 different kinds of masks for various conditions…

Detoxing

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One that helps with aging skin

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A mask for skin that has been beaten up by the weather

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A mask for brightening and energizing

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A pre-nighttime mask

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One that helps with awakening and refreshing skin

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I think these descriptions are cutesy and just to see if they were really different, I took a peep at the ingredients from all of the packagings and they are all different. For example, the detoxing mask includes aloe vera gel whereas some of the others do not. Okay, fair enough.

While I like think these are nice, I woud have loved to see masks targeted to dry skin, oily skin and acne sufferers. Those make sense to me whereas do I really understand the use of a Beauty Restore mask? Meh. Not so much. But aside from that, the lack of preservatives and the performance of these masks are really impressive. Each masks comes with instructions…

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And added information about the ingredients.

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Very impressive, uh? Especially the fragrance free part. Y’all know I’m a fragrance hater but I think anyone would be if they’d have to wear a facial sheet on their face for a good 10-20 minutes, ya know?

I test drove 2 of these masks. My favorite between Detox Diva and Beauty Restore is definitely Detox Diva. This is one hydrating mask! Application is simple too. Simply rip ‘er up…

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…when removing the mask from the packaging, you’ll have to be careful as the mask is super moist and may drip all over.

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Which I guess is a good thing. At least you get enough product. You’ve got to be careful about peeling open the mask as if you do so too roughly, you may tear apart some pieces.

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And then you apply it on your face. It really is that simple and these sheet masks feel great! Unlike most masks, they feel cool the entire time you wear them. And it feels goooood. I can’t say for sure if the mask changed my skin’s condition greatly as I only used 2 in a span of 2 weeks but who knows? Maybe overtime and with regularly use they’d do some good. The relaxing nature of these sheet masks are reason enough for why I’d like to make an effort to wear one at least once a week.

You can get these from MaskerAide sheet masks from MaskerAide.com at $4.99. Here’s to hopin’ we’ll see these in stores soon. Woo hooo!

Any sheet masks lovers in the house?

Stretch Marks: Attempt to beat ‘em or ignore ‘em?

Stretch marks. For some, they are like the WORST thing that can happen to your body. And for me…they’re just a a part of life. They come around if you’ve lost some weight or gained some weight. Or you could be one of those lucky ladies who have amazing genetics and don’t get stretch marks at all. In which case, I don’t like you.

Hahaaaa! I’m kidding. I’ve got two different brands of oils here that have a ton of claims but they both claim to help fade stretch marks over time. And well uh, with my growing belly, I figured why not give these bad boys a whirl? Say hello to the ever so popular Bio and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil.

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This review won’t be comparing the two (because I’ve only got 1 body to test drive ‘em on. Ha!) but rather give a brief intro into their claims, if they rock and if they perform well enough to motivate a consumer to use time and time again.

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Let’s start with Bio Oil.

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Price: $19.99
Where To Purchase: Ulta stores and at Ulta.com
Size: 4.2 oz and 2 oz ($11.99)

I didn’t know it before, but pregnant women everywhere swear by this stuff. I’m not even kidding. Visit a pregnancy forums or store and chances are, you’ll see people bragging about this oil. In fact, just check out Ulta’s review section of this oil and you’ll see a ton of testimonies from users everywhere. This stuff is popular for a reason, uh?

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Like any kind of oil, it has a greasy consistency but I found it to sink into the skin nicely.

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It has a pretty prominent floral smell. If I had to guess I’d say roses? It’s a bit too much for me (y’all know how I feel about fragrances) but after a few days of wearing it daily, I actually got used to it. I used this oil on my belly but it can also be used as a makeup remover, hair oil and alllll over the body. I’ll likely only use it on the belly though.

Then there’s Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil.

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Price: $10.99
Where to Purchase: Most drugstores
Size: 5.1 oz

Everyone knows about good ole’ Palmer’s and their Cocoa Butter Formula products and in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they will donate 15 percent of the sales (with a minimum donation of $100,000) of specially-marked bottles of the following classic Cocoa Butter Formula products to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Cool stuff!

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Like Bio Oil, this is a, you guessed it, oil. Performance is similar in that it’s greasy going on but smooths out once you rub it in.

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Fragrance-wise, if you love the smell of cocoa butter, you’ll love the smell of this stuff. I also dig the pump dispenser.

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It makes distribution easier. It’s an oil that you could easily use all over if you wanted to. Like the Bio Oil, I’ve been using this just on my tummy

I’m going to keep going back and forth with both products to see if overtime my stretch marks will fade. Can I be honest though? I’m a bit skeptical and I don’t think anything can make ‘em disappear. And I’m okay with that. But I’m a beauty blogger who loves beauty stuffs so I’ll keep slathering to see if I get any results. I’m cray-zay like that. :cool:

Are you a stickler about trying to beat stretch marks?