May 31, 2016

evian® Facial Spray for Thirsty Summer Skin + Giveaway

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Summer skin can get so thirsty - especially during a day at the beach! Sun and salt water suck moisture from skin. Keep your skin hydrated throughout the day using cooling and refreshing evian® Facial Spray.


When you are feeling dry and dehydrated, simply spray on some of evian Facial Spray’s unique, balanced, mineral content and exquisitely fine micro-droplet mist. The mist is so fine and so cooling, it will allow skin to better absorb its hydration. It will cool you off and have you feeling refreshed in a matter of a few sprays. Don’t forget sunscreen!


The travel size is perfect for a day at the beach and a must-have for your summer travels. In fact, I named it one of my beauty travel essentials and have been using it for years! Don't let the many unexpected elements of summer leave you parched and sunburned. Tuck some evian Facial Spray into your favorite bag to beat the summer heat!


Win It :: 5 lucky winners will receive a $75 Summer Prize Package which includes:
  • $25 Sephora Gift Card
  • 10 oz evian® Facial Spray
  • 5 oz evian® Facial Spray
  • Three 1.7 oz. travel size evian® Facial Sprays
Connect :: You can find out more about the many uses for evian Facial Spray at evianspray.com. Connect with evian Facial Spray on Facebook and Instagram.

Find It :: You can purchase a 1.7 oz travel size evian Facial Spray for $7.50.

Exuviance Glycolic Expert Moisturizer

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If you follow the latest innovations in skin care, I am sure you have heard of Glycolic Acid. Glycolic Acid is frequently found on editor must-have lists for anti-aging beauty routines, and for good reason! If your complexion suffers from rough texture, you should opt for a product with Glycolic Acid. Derived from sugar cane, Glycolic Acid is one of the most popular Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) in skin care products. 

Because of its small molecular size, it absorbs easily into the skin and exfoliates by enhancing cell turnover, evens skin tone, refines the appearance of pores and helps smooth the look of lines and wrinkles.

Due to Glycolic Acid's quick absorbency into the skin, stinging and burning sensations may be experienced by those individuals who are sensitive. So starting with something like Exuviance Glycolic Expert Moisturizer is wise. This exfoliating cream expertly captures the power of 10% Glycolic Acid, delivering anti-aging benefits with minimum irritation.


At skin's surface, the formula exfoliates and lightly hydrates every day to dramatically improve the overall appearance of skin, revealing a smooth, fresh radiance. Glycolic Acid + Collagen Building Block form a highly effective weapon against signs of aging, helping to stimulate collagen for a skin-firming boost, and smoothing the appearance of fine crepe-lines and wrinkles. It is recommended for normal or combination skin. 

The benefits of Exuviance Glycolic Expert Moisturizer include:
  • smoothing of skin texture and helping to firm lines and wrinkles 
  • exfoliating and lightly hydrating to dramatically improve the overall appearance of skin
  • revealing a smooth, fresh radiance
To use: Gently smooth over cleansed face and neck. Daily use of sunscreen or sun avoidance is recommended with use of this Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) product and for one week after, to minimize the risk of sun sensitivity or sunburn. Use it daily in the morning under sunscreen, or at night.


My experience with Exuviance Glycolic Expert Moisturizer has been great. It rejuvenated my skin through the gentle exfoliation. I did have a slight irritation when I began using this product. But I just used a smaller amount and I was fine. It has boosted the appearance of my skin to help it look its best!

Buy It :: You can purchase Exuviance Glycolic Expert Moisturizer for $45.

Biz Stain Fighter 101: Boost Your Detergent's Cleaning Power + Eliminate Tough Stains


Do you remember your own mother using BIZ? I do. It was the first enzyme based pre-soak and color-safe bleach that my mom trusted to remove stains. These days, Biz Stain Fighter will boost your detergent's cleaning power AND eliminate tough stains. As a Biz brand ambassador, I had the chance to put Biz Liquid to the test. Here's how it works.


You can use Biz Liquid in several ways. First, it can be used as a stain eliminator. For tough stains, pre-treat them directly with BIZ liquid by wetting the area with warm water and applying Biz. Rub gently and wait 5-10 minutes then wash as usual. Biz contains a unique blend of enzymes which quickly dissolves stains and odors. No need to seek out a different treatment from stain to stain. BIZ is fully-formulated to work on more stains than most other brands.


The second way to use Biz liquid is as a detergent booster. You can add Biz to every load to boost the power of your detergent. I have a HE washer and I was happy to learn that it works in both HE and standard machines! For HE machines using Biz liquid, fill the cap just below line 1 which is equivalent to approximately 1/4 cup. In a standard machine, fill the liquid to line 3. Add it to your detergent and you are good to go. It cleans up to 80% better than detergent alone. 


I used Biz as a laundry booster with all of my laundry loads this past weekend and I am impressed. My whites were whiter and the stains were gone. I haven't yet tried it on a tough stain, but stay tuned! I will continue to use Biz and bring you more information in the coming months!


Connect :: Visit bizstainfighter.com to learn more about how you can boost your detergent's cleaning power and eliminate tough stains. You can connect with Biz on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

May 22, 2016

15 Picks to Renew + Refresh Your Face, Skin, + Hair


Now that the weather is getting warmer (finally), I think it is the perfect time to renew and refresh. You face, your skin, and you hair all need that extra boost to get ready for the summer sunshine. These picks will polish, cleanse, exfoliate, balance, and awaken your routine.


Let's start with an herbal toner that awakens and revitalizes the skin! This nutrient rich formula helps to rehydrate and prepare the skin for moisturization. Used after your cleanser, it can also minimize open pores. 18 organic herbs work together to keep the skin in perfect condition. How to use: after cleansing, close your eyes and spritz Herbal Toner all over the face and allow it to sink into the skin. This acts like a pre-moisturizer and it hydrates and plumps the skin. It feels and smells so good. The main scent comes from Sicilian lemon, which lifts and tones the skin. You will love this!


One cleanser option to use before the Herbal Toner is the Carrot Butter Cleanser. I know what you are saying, carrots? Yes. Not just good for your eyes, this carrot butter cleanser is a balm that melts on contact with the skin. It effortlessly removes grime, dirt, dead skin, and makeup (including pesky hard-to-remove eye makeup). Infused with Rosemary, Carrot and Shea Butter, the skin is left comfortable, incredibly soft and radiant. It even contains Chamomile and Lavender, which soothe and calm both skin and mind. This cleanser is excellent for all skin types. To use: apply a small amount of Carrot Butter Cleanser on to dry skin with your fingertips allowing the cleanser to fully dissolve grime and makeup. Remove with a cloth soaked in hot water. This will boost circulation and fully remove the cleanser leaving the skin radiant. I am so impressed with how radiant my skin feels after cleansing with the carrot butter cleanser. It will make your skin glow! Oh and a tip, since it is a balm, a little goes a long way!


Your hair needs some renewing TLC too! I love using hair masks and this is quickly becoming one of my faves. This deep conditioning hair mask with mer-rouge can be used on all hair types. The decadent deep conditioning mask is blended with seaweed and amino acids for strength and shine. So what is mer-rouge? It is an Atlantic Ocean seaweed that works to deeply condition the hair. It is also made with vegetable proteins which help to enrich and smooth. Intensive conditioners help soften, detangle and reduce risk of breakage. I have dry, color treated hair, so for me, this conditioning hair mask is an essential. I use it once a week to make my hair softer, stronger, and more healthy-looking. You will love it. To use: Apply to clean hair and comb through. Leave for at least 15 minutes, then rinse. I use the 15 minutes to shave my legs, exfoliate, etc. Then when I am finished, it is time to rinse my revitalized hair!


One of the products that I love to use in those 15 minutes waiting for my hair mask to work is the Heavenly Gingerlily Caressing Body Polisher. This body scrub not only smells great with its enticing island aromas, it also contains micro-exfoliating Tahitian sand to gently massage your skin! Like the hair mask, I use it once a week to exfoliate and polish, especially now that it is getting time for shorts, tanks, and swimsuits! It comes in a gel consistency that transforms into silky milk for flawless, blissfully soft skin. It is like escaping to your own private paradise while you caress your way to blissfully soft skin. To use: gently massage your skin using circular upward motions in the bath or shower and rinse thoroughly with warm water.


Another scrub I have been loving is the Brazilian Nut Shea Sugar Scrub. Made of sugar, this one is more intense for those really dry patches. It also contains more oils to hydrate and repair those really dry areas. You will experience intense exfoliation with this sugar body scrub. Using vitamins A, C and E, as well as natural Brazil Nut Oil, it hydrates and repairs damaged skin. It is infused with an array of natural oils including Evening Primrose, sweet Almond, Avocado, Safflower Seed, Macadamia Seed and Orange Oil. The real sugar grains and ground Walnut shells will buff away dry and damaged skin, leaving your skin smooth and refreshed. The whole sugar grains provide a gentle yet deep exfoliation. I like using this one on my feet and elbows, which tend to be quite dry. To use: apply to needed areas in a circular motion in a shower or bath. Then rinse to reveal smooth and hydrated skin.


Speaking of the shower, this next pick will renew your senses while it naturally cleanses your skin. Experience the aromatherapy of an invigorating shower by using a soap-infused sponge from Pura Naturals. The Pura Naturals sponge is an absolute treat for your skin. The sponges are already infused with 100% natural cleansers that create an incredible lather to make cleansing a luxurious delight. The sponges dry quickly to stay fresh for your next wash. I plan to use these while traveling as well. You don't need anything else - just the soap-infused sponge! It delivers all in one cleansing by using all-natural botanical cleansers, plus gentle exfoliation. I have never really seen a product quite like this one! To use: just activate with water for an ultra-rich lather. After you add water, just squeeze the sponge multiple times to activate. Then wash, rinse and reuse. They smell fantastic, so they turn your shower into an aromatherapy experience. But I like how they also work to remove dead skin cells, and extract oils and impurities from my skin. Give one a try and you will be pleasantly surprised!


This next balm is a real multi-tasker. It is made with CupuaƧu and Mango Butters blended with Coconut Oil and just a touch of Rose Otto. Kensington Apothecary's rose butter facial balm works as a skin cleanser, moisturizer, makeup remover, massage balm, moisture masque, cuticle cream, lip balm, hair defrizzer ... what doesn't it do? On your face, it dissolves stubborn make-up, softens fine lines and locks in precious moisture. You can also it on your chest, legs and elbows to keep those areas smooth and soft. Use a touch in dry hair to combat the frizzies and give your locks a smooth shine. Massage into your cuticles for a quick home manicure. On your lips, it's a balm. The possibilities are endless! I have been loving experimenting with the multiple uses. My favorites so far are on my cuticles and as a makeup remover. To use: warm the balm between the tips of clean fingers and massage into desired area. Allow it to soak in or blot excess. Keep some of this stuff nearby all summer long to renew and refresh just about anything!


As we age, our eyes need to be renewed as well. This lightweight moisturizing eye wrinkle formula from StriVectin is proven to visibly reduce the look of all types of lines around the eyes, including crow’s feet, squint lines and deep-set wrinkles. It uses ocular skin technology to powerfully address the appearance of under-eye dark circles and puffiness to illuminate and awaken. The patented NIA-114 technology helps strengthen delicate eye area skin and diminish dehydration. Optical diffusers reflect light to immediately brighten dark shadows and help alleviate visible signs of screen fatigue. To use: apply in the morning and at night on clean skin. Gently pat around orbital bone. I have noticed that my under eye area look less dark and smoother.


This next pick has renew right in the name! Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster works holistically to restore a healthy appearance to your skin’s surface layer. But that’s not all it does. This skin care superhero helps skin renew itself, retain hydration, and boosts the efficacy of your overall skin care regimen. When I read that I thought to myself, yes, now that is something I want to try! Available at Beauty Brands, it is proven to make skin look and feel smoother, more radiant, hydrated and resilient, and to boost natural collagen and elastin. I like using it to enhance the results of all of my other skincare products. This skin renewal booster gives your complexion a SUPERSTART by helping to repair, hydrate, and renew skin. Formulated with a probiotic complex and extracts of botanical glasswort, sea fennel and flaxseed, the age-defying booster improves skin hydration and supports skin's natural moisturization. It increases skin's natural ability to renew itself, reinforces the integrity of its barrier and enhances skin's natural defenses. To use: apply 1 pump onto a cleansed face. Avoid eye area. Use morning and night as the first step in your regimen. Follow with your serum and/or moisturizer to boost the effectiveness of your skin care products. It makes my skin feel refreshed and silky smooth.


One thing that would work great after using SUPERSTART is this pomegranate cream gel moisturizer. It is a pore-minimizing and natural moisturizer for oily skin, that delivers immediate and lasting hydration. This unique cream-gel moisturizer is formulated with a blend of 15% pomegranate water, pomegranate extract, alpine willowherb, tannins and polyphenols. Research has shown that after 4 weeks, 88% saw an improvement in skin texture and 84% saw a reduction in surface oil and said skin appeared more matte! As the weather gets warmer, my skin is as oily as it will be. I like to use this to help reduce the appearance of pores and rejuvenate the look of skin while providing a matte finish. Hyaluronic and salicylic acids combine to offer an immediate moisture boost while conditioning skin for an overall smooth appearance. To use: after cleansing, apply to the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. May be used morning and night.


Made with Amazonian Organic ingredients and 100% natural exfoliants from coconut bark and organic Buriti, this organic facial scrub removes dead cells and impurities. It leaves skin silky, smooth, soft and hydrated. I love the fresh coconut and mango scent. If you like an organic option that uses no GMO's ever, this is it. Extracted from the fruit of a palm tree in the Brazilian Amazon, Buriti oil has the highest natural occurrence of pro-vitamin A available. The oil is also extremely rich in vitamin E. Combine that with antioxidants, and it gives it an incredible ability to moisturize and re-hydrate. The oil restores moisture lacking in sun-exposed skin and because of its color, it possesses a naturally occurring SPF factor. The rich unsaturated fatty acids in buriti oil help rebuild and hydrate new skin cells. This facial scrub is perfect to use now and into the remainder of the summer!


Le Mieux Cosmetics brings us our next two picks. The hyaluronic shea mask is a conditioning cream mask that binds moisture to reduce water loss, dryness, and roughness. The unique blend of soothing oils, hyaluronic acid, and shea butter provides intensive hydration for dry, mildly irritated, or mature skin. To use: after cleansing, evenly apply the mask onto the face with an applicator. I like using a brush. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Gently massage the skin with warm water and remove with a wet sponge or a cloth. Follow with toner and/or moisturizer. Your skin will feel so renewed and hydrated!


Also a mask, this serum-saturated marine collagen mask incorporates peptide technology in an advanced microencapsulation delivery system for unparalleled results. It features two potent peptides, freeze-dried marine collagen, powerful antioxidants, Vitamin C, and 8 botanical extracts to hydrate, brighten, and improve the appearance of sagging facial contours. To use: after your cleansing and toning routine, remove the first outer layer of the shiny white paper-like material from the mask. Apply the mask with the silky Freeze Dried Collagen side on to the face and the linen-like layer on the outside. Carefully remove the outer layer of linen-like material from mask. Remove after 15-20 minutes. Do not rinse. A tip is to massage the remaining serum from the mask gently into the skin until absorbed. This mask has hydrated, brightened and improved the appearance of my skin.


Finally, if you find that your skin is just not as smooth and hydrated as you would like, try using these picks from FOREO. Tailored to match the skin’s natural rhythms throughout the day, the day and night cleansers will elevate the simple act of facial cleansing into a sensorial skincare ritual. FOREO Cleansers have been specifically designed to be the perfect complement to the LUNA skincare devices. T-Sonic Activation brings their transformative textures to life and stimulates the active ingredients so they penetrate and infuse deeper into the skin, maximizing absorption and efficacy without compromising on gentleness. See my review of the LUNA skincare device to learn more.


The FOREO day cleanser has an astonishing texture that comes to life when used in tandem with the LUNA. The ingredients are activated and stimulated at a molecular level by T-Sonic pulsations, transforming its creamy yogurt consistency into a lush foam. This sensual and experiential cleansing process allows for deeper penetration into the skin, maximizing absorption. Bursting with the essence of bergamot, mandarin and apricot fruit extracts, day cleanser instantly refreshes and awakens with its invigorating fragrance as it cleanses the skin of impurities from the night. It releases the nutrients of probiotic yogurt to moisturize and protect the skin against the external aggressions of daily life leaving skin soft and healthy. It really gives your skin a burst of what it needs to prepare for the day ahead.


Beginning as a silken gel, the night cleanser melts into velvety milk fused with the power of meteorite for gentle deep cleansing that removes impurities, makeup and pollutants with precision. Offering a divine nighttime ritual, it leaves the skin supple, smooth and luminous. Infused with the power of meteorite and ultra-fine particles for gentle deep cleansing, FOREO’s night cleanser removes impurities, makeup and pollutants with precision leaving skin bright and restored with radiance. Moringa Extract also serves as an anti-pollutant while Almond Oil softens and nourishes skin. The cleanser’s subtle, powdery, floral fragrance gets skin ready for a blissful night’s rest. I like how the scents really play into the day and night routine. The day cleanser is peppy and the night cleanser is soothing.


Find It :: Click below to find the products mentioned in this post!
  1. The Organic Pharmacy Herbal Toner ($65)
  2. The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser ($74)
  3. Molton Brown Mer-rouge Deep Conditioning Mask ($40)
  4. Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Caressing Body Polisher ($50)
  5. Tree Hut Brazilian Nut Shea Sugar Scrub ($7)
  6. Pura Naturals Body Bar ($6)
  7. Kensington Apothecary Rose Butter Facial Balm ($25)
  8. StriVectin Intensive Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles ($69)
  9. Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster ($65)
  10. KORRES Pomegranate Moisturizing Cream Gel ($34)
  11. Sapien Women Facial Scrub ($17)
  12. Le Mieux Cosmetics Hyaluronic Shea Mask ($15)
  13. Le Mieux Cosmetics Bio Cell+ Mask ($30)
  14. FOREO Day Cleanser ($30)
  15. FOREO Night Cleanser ($36)

    May 19, 2016

    Sonic Powered Cleansing



    Have you ever considered using sonic powered cleansing to clean your face? Did you know that beauty tools like Soniclear has been clinically proven to clean your skin ten times more than hand washing alone? I know. It is pretty incredible. This particular skin cleansing systems will actually guard against the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria. By using antimicrobial protection, Soniclear's brushes will stay cleaner, fresher longer and will not require replacement as often as unprotected brushes.


    The inventors of the Soniclear Petite from #michaeltoddbeauty recognized that skin cells and moisture remaining on the brush heads between uses can create conditions for bacteria to grow. So all Soniclear brush bristles, the base to which the bristles are attached and the protective cap are treated during the manufacturing process with proprietary LIFE antimicrobial product protection - a Soniclear exclusive - to guard against the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria. Traditional skin cleansing systems do not provide this protection.


    I received a Soniclear Petite Antimicrobial Facial Skin Cleansing Brush System to try! Cordless, rechargeable and waterproof, Soniclear Petite's advanced cleansing system provides high-frequency sonic cleansing up to 300 movements per second. I could really feel a different kind of clean after use. It is easy to see why this is so much more effective than traditional face cleansing. 

    The face brush head features polished bristle tips for comfort and sonic outer bristles for easier cleansing of hard to reach places. The Soniclear Petite is easy to hold and maneuver around all areas of the face. The brushes were firm, but not stiff. They did the job of a thorough cleaning without harming the face's delicate skin.


    This skin cleansing brush system is actually waterproof! I love having the convenience of being able to use it in the shower when I am in a hurry. There are also three speed options. Three cleansing speeds enable you to customize your sonic cleansing experience to your specific skin type and skin concerns.

    For even and thorough cleansing, the Soniclear Petite features a built in automatic timer that beeps every 20 seconds to indicate it is time to move to another cleansing area. The charger is included! The Soniclear Petite is rechargeable with the included USB Induction Charger and can provide up to 35 minutes of continuous use on a single charge. If you are looking for a more effective way to clean your skin, try Soniclear Petite!


    Connect :: Visit michaeltoddbeauty.com to find out more about the Soniclear Petite Deluxe. You can also find Michael Todd Beauty on Facebook and Twitter.

    Buy It :: You can purchase the Soniclear Petite Deluxe for $88.95.

    May 18, 2016

    Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask

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    I love a good mask and the Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask did not disappoint. This natural kaolin clay and botanical based mask gently removes excess dirt and oil while deeply cleansing and exfoliating to reveal smooth skin.


    You can use this antioxidant rich clay mask to draw out impurities, improve skin tone, and even reduce pore size. After applying, you can feel the mask go to work. It tightens up and you can practically feel all of the yucky stuff leaving your skin. After 15 minutes, use a damp cloth and warm water to remove. Tip: this mask has natural fibers, so you can use circular motions while removing to maximize exfoliation! My skin feels soft and rejuvenated after use. I love this mask.


    How does it work so well? Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results. Kaolin Clay minerals draw impurities, improve skin tone, and tighten pores for smoother firmer skin. Plant Stem Cells naturally decreases the level of pro-aging toxins and works to soother the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness. Spirulina is a stimulant full of vitamins that hydrates the skins surface and contributes to tissue regeneration of the skin. CoQ10 lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating health collagen production.A finally, Hibiscus and Cranberry Fibers lend their anti-aging properties to firm and reinforce the skin, helping to reduce the creation of new wrinkles. Give it a try!


    Connect :: To learn more about Valentia's scientifically advanced products, visit valentia.com. Connect with Valentia on Facebook and Instagram.

    Buy It :: You can purchase the Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask for $25.

    May 17, 2016

    TRUE. Whipped Stain Gloss from Studio Gear Cosmetics

    This post is powered by BrandBacker, but all opinions are 100% my own.

    Lip lipsticks and related lip products seem to be all the rage right now in the beauty world. So where do these Whipped Stain Glosses from Studio Gear Cosmetics fit in? They are not lipsticks, not lip glosses, not lip stains, they are kind of all of those in one.


    I was sent all five shades to try! TRUE. Whipped Stain Gloss is a deliciously whipped, lightweight and supple, lip pigment. In just one coat, you will get a soft texture that is packed with pigment which slowly melts into your lips. I appreciated how moisturizing they are. This did not dry out my lips at all.


    What impressed me the most was how long it left color on my lips! I went the whole morning teaching and I still looked like I just applied it when it was time for lunch. I have never came across a gloss-like product that had so much staying power.


    All five stand-out shades are formulated to be perfectly balanced and suited for all skin tones while keeping lips soft and moisturized. The five shades are all stunning. From left to right above: True Pebble, True Wine, True Fuchsia, True Burgundy, and True Red. Although I really like them all, True Pebble is my favorite. It is the perfect neutral.


    Connect :: To learn more about True Lip Products, visit studiogearcosmetics.com. Connect with Studio Gear Cosmetics on Facebook and Twitter.

    Buy It :: You can purchase TRUE. Whipped Stain Gloss for $17 each.



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