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!
In the continuing battle against large pores, there are a few key skincare ingredients that stand out above the rest, most notably Retinol. StriVectin battles pores head on with the new StriVectin Advanced Pore Refiner, which gently works to keep your pore size under control.
StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner is to be used as the last step in both your morning and evening skincare routine and absorbs effortlessly, giving a matte appearance to your skin and helping control oil production, which is definitely a plus. While Retinol can often irritate skin, I have not experienced any issues since using this lotion. It’s always a good idea to wear a broad spectrum SPF, but especially so when you’re using a Retinol skincare product.
After using StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner, I can’t say I notice a dramatic difference in the size of my pores, but there is an improvement and I expect that would increase the longer I use this product. At $99 it’s a bit on the pricey side, but worth a shot if your pores are in need of major refinement and TLC.
I’m thrilled to have an extra tube of StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner to give away to one lucky reader! Giveaway ends Thursday, October 10, 2015 at 11:59 PST and is open to residents of the USA and Canada. To enter, use the Gleam widget below. Good luck!
My Final Thoughts: StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner offers targeted skin care benefits for minimizing the appearance of your pores. It’s gentle and worth checking out if your pores are in need of attention.
Dear fellow Makeup Geek Cosmetics fans – this is just an FYI post to share my experiences with faulty packaging on the new Makeup Geek Duochrome Pigments that many others seem to be having, as well.
Count me among the many who excitedly placed an order for the brand new Makeup Geek Duochrome pigment and eyeshadows on their first day of release. Per usual, the shipping was quick and I received my order five days after placing my order. Unfortunately, the jar of my Hologram pigment arrived cracked upon arrival. What a bummer!
While this didn’t affect the pigment leaking from the container, I contacted customer service and received a reply within a day. I was offered a $1 credit per jar or a new empty jar, to be shipped from 1 – 3 weeks. I was fine with the empty jar and looked forward to receiving it.
Flash forward to yesterday when I opened the pigment while filming a Periscope only to have the sifter come loose and struggle with the lid. I didn’t think anything of it until I went to photograph the pigment for a future post only to struggle with the lid and loose sifter to the point the jar fumbled out of my hands and landed straight on the floor. Oh, my!
Not only did I lose a bit of product, the screw part of the jar is completely gone, which you can see in this photo.
My pigment jar is taped up and in a Ziploc bag until the empty replacement jar arrives. The pigment itself is beyond gorgeous, so I’m hoping the packaging situation is remedied soon because I want to buy more colors!
I took to Instagram to share my story only to find out I’m not alone – this exact problem is happening to many others and we’re losing pretty pigments all over the place! I’ve contacted Makeup Geek’s customer service again and will keep this post updated as to the outcome.
Are you experiencing a problem with the Makeup Geek Duochrome Pigment packaging?
My letter to Makeup Geek Customer Service:
Besides the crack, it seems as if there’s a flaw in the packaging. When I opened the jar the sifter was loose. I had a problem with the lid and it subsequently spilled all over the place. I am understandably bummed. Will this flaw in the packaging design be addressed and corrected in the future? I’m attaching a pic of what happened. As you can see the top part that screws into the lid is completely damaged.
Response from Makeup Geek Customer Service:
Yes, we have addressed the issue with our manufacturer and are making corrections to prevent another issue like this from happening. Thank you for providing the detailed information and feedback, we appreciate it.
All I could say upon the arrival of Laura Geller Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipstick at my house was the following: “Hello, gorgeous!”
And are these lipsticks gorgeous or what? From the sleek metallic packaging to the textured tube of smooth and creamy lip color within, all I see and feel is perfection.
The lipsticks are embossed with a quilted pattern throughout the tube.
What sets Laura Geller Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipstick apart from other lipsticks is a breakthrough formula. You’ve heard of baked powder beauty products before, but you may not have heard of a baked lipstick. I hadn’t and was fascinated to learn these pretty lippies begin their life as loose pigments that are baked with a complex of oils for 12 hours and then mixed with moisturizing ingredients including Mango Seed Oil, Almond Oil, Apricot Butter and Sunflower Oil.
What I can tell you is that these lipsticks feel pretty perfect and are soft, cushion-y, buttery, glossy, and long-wearing. I don’t experience any bleeding with these colors and though they won’t outlast oily foods, I’m impressed with the wear time. There are 12 lipsticks in this line and today I have six to show you.
Madison Ave Pink
Bleeker Street Peach
Five Ave Ruby
My Final Thoughts: Truth be told, these are something special in realm of lipsticks.I love a good luxe lipstick and Laura Geller Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipsticks fit the bill and then some! These vibrant and creamy colors are really impressive and I’m glad to give them my enthusiastic support.
Some of my friends are working to open the Restord ranch in Southern California, which is going to help victims of human trafficking. It’s a very worthy cause and they are in need of funds to open their door. Watch their video to learn more about Restord.