Something special happened in 2015, which is the fact that I fell in love. Yes, it’s true, I’m in a deeply committed relationship with several Paula’s Choice skincare products that I reviewed earlier this year. In fact, I’ve loved my products from the Paula’s Choice Resist Advanced line so much, I’m at the very last drop and on the verge of ordering replacements for some for the third time.
I’ve found that Paula’s Choice offers high quality and reasonably priced skincare that keeps my skin looking it’s best and the perfect canvas for makeup. The Resist Advanced line targets wrinkles and breakouts, two areas my skin most definitely needs help with! While I go back and forth and often incorporate other brands into my daily skincare routine, the following Paula’s Choice products are core items that are always in the mix.
This is the product I credit with keeping my skin looking clear. It’s wonderful and doesn’t make my skin sting at all. I’m so close to being done with this bottle it’s making me a bit nervous and I’ll be re-ordering ASAP.
This is what my tube of the serum looked like a few weeks ago!
It’s beloved! My 30-something skin does so well with Hyaluronic Acid, which is what this serum is chock full of. It’s the perfect serum that I use before my nighttime moisturizer.
I got started with Paula’s Choice products through Pretty In My Pocket, aka PRIMP, a beauty app you can download to your smartphone that allows your to share product reviews and makeup inspiration. It’s a lot of fun and I really enjoy seeing the creativity from my fellow beauty lovers.
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This is a sponsored post made possible by Pretty In My Pocket’s collaboration with Paula’s Choice. All opinions expressed are my own.
The Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book sure makes for a gorgeous smoky eye! Here’s a fun look I created using every single product in the palette. From blush to eyeshadow to lipcolor, it’s covered!
Well, lookie what I found when visiting the most perfect Walgreens ever, which just has to be located an hour away from home. It’s the Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book for Fall 2015.
Actually , there’s more to the collection than just the Maleficent Beauty Book, in fact, there’s a whole collection of makeup bags, nail colors, Beauty Books, makeup brushes, and individual makeup pieces with Disney Villains Maleficent, Ursula, and Snow White’s Evil Queen available in select Walgreens right now.
Produced by Disney exclusively for Walgreens, I had a hard time deciding which products to bring home. I have a couple of larger purchases I want to make, like the Urban Decay Vice 4 eyeshadow palette and a couple of Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, so I’ve put myself on a beauty budget.
Although I really wanted everything, I knew I had to keep things under control! I ended up with the Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book, which is priced at $9.99.
Disney has been doing it right with these makeup collections, and I’ve been fairly impressed with the quality of products from the Snow White, Belle and Ariel sets. While previous Disney-themed makeup launches were under the e.l.f. Cosmetics label, I’ve noticed that the more recent collections are under the Disney brand with the same look and feel as the e.l.f. products.
The Beauty Books definitely offer value and for $9.99 you not only get nine eyeshadows, but an eyeshadow brush, a liquid liner, a lipstick and an eyeshadow primer.
Are these the best quality makeup products I’ve ever used. No. Absolutely not. Are they the worst quality makeup products I’ve ever uses? No. Absolutely not. They’re somewhere on the lower end of the middle of the road, and you get what you pay for.
The eyeshadows are pretty, but do need a lot of manipulation and blending to get them to show up as vividly as I want them to. I find myself tapping the eyeshadow on my eyelids with the pads of my ring finger to get maximum color payoff.
The quality of the brush, liquid liner, lipstick and eyeshadow primer are actually pretty decent, and I’m actually more impressed than I anticipated with quality the liquid liner and primer.
This would be a good set if you’re going to a Halloween party and want to create something fun without going through the whole costume shebang. Fun smoky eyes are a guarantee!
My Final Thoughts: The packaging on the Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book is indeed adorable and collectible, but beware you’re pretty much getting what you pay for in terms of product quality.
It’s only appropriate that I am sitting at a coffee shop while writing this review about one of the most scrumptious body scrubs that’s ever passed my beauty desk, The Coffee Scrub.
Coffee lovers, this is the body scrub of your DREAMS!
Have I ever mentioned how much I adore coffee? It’s true, I do. And I happen to drink it black, no sweeteners involved. Extreme? Maybe. But I just love the flavor that much, which is why The Coffee Scrub is my current favorite skin smoother.
Simply add water, and proceed to transform your skin to buttery perfection, preferably in the shower! The main ingredient in The Coffee Scrub is actual ground coffee beans, so you know some big time exfoliation happens.
The Coffee Scrub comes in a handy resealable bag that you can take into the shower and is available in three scents: French Vanilla, Coconut, and Rose. Rose smells absolutely incredible and better than you think it would. The ingredients are organic, simple, and include ground coffee beans, Olive Oil, Almond Oil, and Macadamia Nut Oil.
I prefer to decant my scrubs into a smaller container, which makes it easier to access. If you’re on the clumsy side (as am I), I recommend looking for a small plastic container to decant The Coffee Scrub.
My Final Thoughts: As an avid exfoliater and coffee lover, I am in smooth skin heaven with The Coffee Scrub. It’s definitely worth trying and great potential Holiday gift for any coffee love in your life.
It was love at first scrub when my skin experienced the Michael Todd Soniclear Antimicrobial Sonic Cleansing Brush a while back. When I recently received the Michael Todd Soniclear Elite, I was curious to see how both brushes stacked up next to each other.
I use the Soniclear every other day and it keeps my skin smooth and clean. I credit the brush with helping clear som stubborn clogged pores on the sides of my face, so needless to say I’m a huge fan and really looked forward to trying the Soniclear Elite. Here’s a quick video I put together showing you both brushes in action.
As you can see, both brushes have a similar appearance.
The Soniclear Elite is a bit more sleek than the original Soniclear, with a shiny case and longer and thinner build.
As with the Soniclear, the Soniclear Elite comes with a charging base and two antimicrobial brush heads – one for your face and a larger one to use on your body, both of which can be used for up to six months. When using both the Soniclear and Soniclear Elite, you can vary the intensity for both face and body with the buttons on the control panel.
With both brushes, you’re given a beep that tells you to move on to a different section of your skin. With the face brush the beep sounds at 30 second intervals, and with the body brush at 1 minute intervals.
Both the Soniclear and Soniclear Elite have a plastic grip that makes the brushes easy and manageable to use.
As you can see, the Michael Todd Soniclear Elite brush is very similar to the Soniclear, with the main difference being the additional C-Boost feature.
You see the extra button right at the top? That activates the C-Boost function. The C-Boost button is where the party’s at with the Michael Todd Soniclear Elite.
So, what’s C Boost anyway? It’s a collagen boosting operating mode that stimulates the production of collagen and elastin with a puslating massage. I’ll be 37 next months, so I need all the collagen and elastin production I can get. You bet I’m really enjoying this additional feature to my favorite cleansing brush!
My Final Thoughts: As a tried and true fan of the original Michael Todd Soniclear brush, I’m really happy to have the enhanced C-Boost technology that’s available in the Michael Todd Soniclear Elite. Both brushes work so well to keep my skin clean, smoooth, and looking it’s best.
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My senses are in overdrive lately and it’s all because of some soothing body care items you need to know about, the new Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Shea Butter product line.
If you haven’t heard of the Farmhouse Fresh brand, their luxurious body care products are available in luxury retail boutiques and top spas and resorts that include Glen Ivy Resort & Spas, Four Seasons, Red Door Spas, Ritz-Carltonss, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, and many more locations. The Farmhouse Fresh brand is new to me, but I can tell you that my experiences with their Marshmallow Melt products has made me a fan for life.
Even though the temperatures in my neck of the woods are still Summer-like, it is October and I’m feeling the need to be all kinds of warm and cozy. The Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt Shea Butter products fit the bill and then some! The fragrance isn’t overly sweet and cloying, but it’s that ultimate comfort smell that is guaranteed to soothe both your skin and senses.
There are three products in this body care line that’s scented with Tonka bean and sandalwood: The Marshmallow Melt All Purpose Balm ($12.50), Hand Cream ($14), and Body Cream ($30). The Farmhouse Fresh Melt products are enriched with shea and cocoa butters, jojoba seed oil, soybean oil, aloe, and vitamins A and E.
If you experience dry patches of skin, the All Purpose Balm is the remedy.
Soothing skin with shea, mango seed, and cocoa seed butters, this balm melts into yours skin and gives dry skin intense hydration. As with all Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt products, it’s not overly sticky but absorbs easily.
The Hand Cream comes in a TSA-friendly aluminum tube and will be your ultimate hand care BFF.
This is definitely a keeper and will be in my purse pretty much every day!
The Body Cream comes in an elegant glass bottle with a pump and is entirely display worthy.
What a beautiful design!
The elegantly designed bottle contains a soft and soothing body cream that absorbs so easily and leaves your skin looking and feeling its best.
My Final Thoughts: The Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt Shea Butter product line is something that needs to be experienced. Reasonably priced, plushy and altogether comforting, these products will leave your skin soft and give you a long-lasting, comforting and sweet fragrance.
As it happens every year, the Holiday season is sneaking upon us, making the Mirabella Jewel Thief Collection for Holiday 2015 quite the appropriate name for a makeup collection.
It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? Beware, this makeup is stunning and will steal your heart!
I’m a big fan of Mirabella, so I was thrilled to try their offerings for Holiday 2015. The Mirabella Jewel Thief Collection consists of two Second Skin eyeshadow palettes (Diamond Deceit and Lavender Larceny, $48 each), two Velvet Lip Pencils (Wanted and Vice, $25 each), and Eye Crayon in Blackmail ($24). Today I have Diamond Deceit, Wanted, and Blackmail to show you.
Don’t you kind of wish you could wear these lovely diamond shaped eyeshadows as earrings? Or is it just me?
From the packaging to the products, everything about the Jewel Thief collection oozes luxury. The eyeshadow palettes use a new technology that combines 5 eyeshadows into one 3D palette. The colors are smooth, buttery, pigmented, and they layer beautifully. The light pink highlighter that is the background of the palette is fabulous when used as a highlighter on cheekbones.
To create this look, I covered my eyelid with the teal color in the Diamond Deceit palette, and used the Blackmail Eye Crayon as an eyeliner, topped with the shimmery black eyeshadow.
Now, the Mirabella Lip Pencil and Eye Crayon are something to write home about. They are both creamy, smooth, and won’t fly off of your lips or skin in a second.
The Velvet Lip Pencil in Wanted is a lovely light red that’s perfect for the Holiday season.
This collection has me excited for the next few months. I see lots of pretty makeup looks in the near future!
My Final Thoughts: It’s time to get excited about upcoming Holiday makeup collections! The Mirabella Jewel Thief Collection for Holiday 2015 offers the perfect combination of shimmery and velvet textures to create beautiful and luxe makeup looks. As usual, Mirabella does not disappoint!