Showing posts with label Beauty Faves. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beauty Faves. Show all posts

Saturday, October 1, 2016

September 2016: Beauty Favorites

The TYME Iron, one of my favorite
beauty products for the month
of September.
September was a month to remind us that Fall is here and before you know it Winter will soon be here. As we say goodbye to Summer and fly into Fall, where we can appreciate the colorful leaves that fall from the trees and the strong scents of pumpkin, cinnamon and cedar manifesting through the air, October is a month to look forward to for many reasons. But the question remains - what about September? During the ninth month of the year, I have discovered quite a few beauty essentials that I truly love. So, what are they? What are my beauty favorites for the month?

My first favorite for the month is definitely the Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Multi-Repair Oil. The moment put this oil on my face, I just knew it was magic. Made with precious botanicals such as peony and rare orchid, this is the perfect multi-use product. Not only is it amazing for your face, it is great for your entire body and your hair too. Plus, it works amazingly to protect, correct and even prevent your skin from getting exposed to various DNA and environmental stressors. I have tried an array of face oils and this one is my favorite right now.

If you know me, you know how much I love and appreciate Giorgio Armani Beauty's Armani Prima line. One of my beauty favorites right now is definitely the Armani Prima Glow-On Moisturizing Balm. Not only does this product provide your skin with instantaneous hydration, but the hydration it provides is long-lasting. I suffer from combination skin which tends to lean towards dry in the Fall and Winter months. This is the perfect essential for anyone with dry skin or has the same skin type as me where it leans towards dry during the colder climates. Also, after using this product for two weeks I noticed a lot of natural changes.

I love trying an array of face washes. With my combination skin, I believe trying different types wakes up my skin and keeps it looking and feeling its best. And even though I have quite a few favorite cleansers, right now I am relatively obsessed with the Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser. This warming gel really works to remove impurities such as dirt and oil without drying out the skin. It also works to refine the texture of your skin without destroying your skin's natural acid mantle and pH balance. I have oily skin in the Spring and Summer months and dry skin in the Fall and Winter months and this face cleanser works all year round.

Face masks are definitely important and one of my favorite things to incorporate into my skincare regimen. Recently, I have been fascinated with the VBeaute Deep Sheet Purifying Charcoal Mask. I love this mask because it makes my face feel and look amazing. Not only does it hydrate, it purifies your skin and tightens it. Great for every skin type, this mask is one to really value because it delivers true results. I have tried so many masks including sheet masks and right now this one of my favorite.

As much as I love and appreciate the entire L'ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Collection, I must say that I am obsessed with the L'ANZA Healing Hair Treatment most of all. As we fly into Fall, our hair changes naturally due to the climate and the environment in which we live. This product works incredibly to protect your hair, treat it effectively and efficient and prevent it from caving into any type of problematic hair issue which will affect it later. There is so much that needs to be said about a product that can take on your hair and prevent it from being exposed to harsh pollution and other forms DNA damage.

I have learned to love and value an array of styling tools including flat irons, curling irons, etc. Recently, I discovered the TYME Iron. Featuring 400 degree gold-plated titanium plates and a rotating swivel cord, this is one of the only few high-tech hair devices that will both straighten and curl your hair. Plus, it is gorgeous and offers a 1-year warranty. As much as I love certain hair straighteners and irons, right now I am truly loving this one most of all.

Motives Cosmetics by Loren Ridinger is one of the most underrated beauty brands in the world today. And just recently, I discovered the Motives Lip Candies. Not only do this deliciously daring lip glosses provide your lips with haute hydration and cute color, but they smell and taste amazing. With everything from Cotton Candy and Rock Candy to Milk Chocolate and Butterscotch they are fun for every age and favorite for the month.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

August 2016: Beauty Favorites

Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist,
one of my favorites for the month of August.
It is hard to believe that Summer is almost over. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that the year is flying by so fast. Only a few weeks ago, August started and yet we are already starting September. From August 1st to August 31st 2016, I have discovered quite a few favorites that I enjoy; however, only a few stood out this month. So, what are they? What are my beauty favorites for the month of August?

First and foremost, I am very obsessed with the Annick Goutal Rose Pompon eau de toilette spray. Never have I ever wore a fragrance with such a silage of which a little goes a long way. This fruity floral embodies magic to the senses. The notes consist of blackcurrant, rose, raspberry mingle, pink pepper, musk, cedar and patchouli with a hint of pink peony. Very similar to Baby Doll by Yves Saint Laurent, I think I prefer this fragrance over that one.

As of recently, I have to admit that I am modestly obsessed with the Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist. Not only is this product amazing to wear alone, but it is great to spray after you shampoo. This product has combated my hair oil without stripping it. Plus, it smells quite good too. I have tried so many dry shampoos and this is definitely my favorite right now.

I absolutely love Gavee Gold! Everything from the pristine packaging to the overall gold concept. The products are not a gimmick as they truly do work and deliver quite an experience. An experience that is very much needed in virtually every woman's skincare regimen. I know I have mentioned this brand multiple times in the past; however, recently I have developed an even greater love and appreciation for the Gavee Gold Diamond Cell Salt Polish. And like all of Tiffany Andersen's products from her world renowned line, everything is infused with gold.

The PIXI Beauty Multi-Balm is one of my favorite beauty products right now and quite possibly my favorite makeup product at the moment. This stay-on cream formula works as both a cheek and lip color. It goes on light and dries immediately. I love to use these products as a transitional shade for my eye shadow too and it works amazing as contour, especially the Sheer Sculpt which is a rich cocoa shade primarily made for contouring. If you are searching for that special multi-use makeup essential, this is it.

I have tried so many different protein powders; however, recently I have garnered a huge love and appreciation for the USANA MySmartShake Plant Shake Base. Made up of healthy and unique blend of both pea and potato protein, there is about 18 grams of protein in just one serving. Although this product is gluten-free, GMO-free and vegan, the taste is exceptionally good for a plant-based protein powder. This is definitely one of my favorite beauty/health products for this month.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 2016: Beauty Favorites

The 12-in-1 by Bellami is
one of my favorites this month.
July has allowed us to celebrate everything from Independence Day (July 4th) to Statehood Day (July 10th) and more. As a busy time for conservatives and democrats, this month also revealed two candidates who have the potential to become the next president of the United States. As a beauty enthusiast, I can appreciate a true holy grail; however, I really enjoy trying new essentials including the latest and greatest that the world of beauty has to offer. From late June into early July, I discovered quite a few beauty favorites for the month. So, what are they? What are my favorite beauty products for July 2016?


Starting off my beauty favorites for this month is the Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder by Dior Beauty. Possessing a highly concentrated pearlescent shimmer that isn't too pigmented or chalky let alone invisible or non-existent, this highlighter is perfect for those looking to achieve a luminous glow. Available this August at Dior counters nationwide and on the official Dior website for $56, this is one of my favorite beauty essentials for the month of July. (Update: It is available right now at Nordstrom)


Early this month, I discovered an outstanding face mask. Brought to you by ReVive, this mask works generously to purify yourself without destroying your skin's natural acid mantle. As it works to purify your skin, it restores it by removing impurities naturally. I have tried so many masks this month and although I love many, there is something so incredible about the ReVive Masque De Glaise that I just had to share it with you. You can find this amazing gem at ReVive for $125. 


I have tried quite a few bath and body products this month, including new essentials that I've never heard of. Some of them I loved, others I hated and some I contemplated and debated whether or not I wanted to put them on my skin. In my quest for the best, I discovered the LAFCO New York Nourishing Body Cream. Not only does this cream provide your skin with instantaneous hydration and moisture, but it leaves your skin feeling incredible. The scents leave a lot to appreciate. Fortified with Argan, jojoba, and shea oil as well as a plethora of other healthy ingredients, this GMO-free body cream does not contain any silicones, parabens, sulfates, or dyes. The LAFCO Nourishing Body Cream is available now at Shoptiques for $35.


When it comes to hair tools, never have I ever discovered a set with so many until the Bellami 12-in-1. This by far the largest styling kit yet. The set itself includes a 10-in-1 curler set which features 5 tourmaline wands and 5 titanium wands. The curling iron heats up in 10 seconds and features a digital temperature display, a salon swivel cord, and universal voltage. This set also includes a state-of-the-art Baci hairdryer which features two unique attachments and heat settings. Also included is the Runway Flat Styler Iron, Baci styling comb, a thermal glove and two Baci styling clips. The Bellami 12-in-1 is available at Bellami for $649.99; however, you can get over 60% off this price right now just by using the code: 12in1 which brings your total to $239.99.


I have tried so many unique and amazing nail products this month; however, if I were to choose a favorite from the bunch for this month, I would definitely say the Pro 45 Light by Red Carpet Manicure. Not only does it dry your polish in less than a minute, it makes your polish last for two weeks. Seeing is believing, so I will definitely be doing a review on this very soon, as I will with all of these favorites I mention today. Although this amazing Red Carpet Manicure addition is works best when you use their (Red Carpet Manicure) products, it will work with just about any nail polish. You can grab the Pro 45 Light at Nordstrom for $50.


When it comes to fragrance, I love one that possesses an unique scent that stands out, but isn't too powerful. I also enjoy one that has a balance of notes that work together and a powerful sillage, as I enjoy embracing "the little goes a long way" concept. Late last month, I had the privilege of discovering Rose Pompon by Annick Goutal. If you can imagine rose notes mixed with blackcurrant, pink pepper, and raspberry with a hint of peony, this is what this fragrance smells like. Plus, it's sillage is quite powerful so a little goes a long way. Available at Annick Goutal for $149, this is one of greatest fragrances I have ever smelled in my life.


One of the perks of being a beauty writer as well as enthusiast is having the opportunity to discover and try new products. One of my recent discoveries is the Iconic London EVO 001 brush. This brush is designed to adapt to the contour of your face. Made up of unique fibers, this brush ensures flawless application. I love this brush because it is so much like the Artis Oval brushes, but a little more round. You can snag the EVO 001 brush at Iconic London for $36.82.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

June 2016: Beauty Favorites

The Beverly Hills highlighter from
OFRA Cosmetics, one of my favorites for
this month.
Although last month Summer was officially near, now it is officially here. And what better way to spring into the hottest season of the year than with the hottest beauty products of the month. With everything from the latest and greatest in makeup to the most significant staples of skin care and much more, my favorites for the month of June feature some of the hottest holy grails in all of beauty. So, what are they? What are my favorite beauty products for the month of June?

Starting off my favorites this month with the Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy. This lip product plumps your lips in an unique way. Available in six unique shades, this lip product is infused with an array of botanical ingredients including avocado, castor and even jojoba oil. The hydration is intensified as the color and shine are fabulous. Go big and go bold or go home. Available at Too Faced Cosmetics for $22, this is one of the best lip plumping glosses you will ever get a hold of.

OFRA Cosmetics recently launched a new highlighter called the Beverly Hills Highlighter. I am truly loving this highlighter as it is made up of five luminous shimmer slices consisting of golden bronzer, cool pink, pearly white, neutral shimmer and pinky-peach. As every highlighter delivers a different radiance, you can use them individually or together. I enjoy this luminizer because it is pigmented to perfection, giving you a true color pay-off. Plus, it s convenient, as you get five shades in a round compact. You can find this highlighter at OFRA Cosmetics for under $40.

When it comes to brows, I am very obsessed with quite a few products right now. One product; however, stands out. What is it? It's the Benefit BROWVO! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer. Infused with an array of ingredients including hydrolyzed soy protein, olive and jojoba oil, this product features a soft-touch applicator and works as both a serum and a primer. As it works to extend the wear of your eyebrow product, it also works to promote thicker brows. Amazing right? You can snag this essential at Benefit Cosmetics for $28.

I have tried an array of foundations. Some I loved, others I hated and some I contemplated and debated whether or not I wanted to use them again. I have tried quite a few luxury foundations and although I enjoyed some, others not so much. Recently, I discovered La Prairie's Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation. This dynamic duo features SPF 15 and an unique emulsion blend that delivers natural looking coverage while enhancing the wear of your makeup. Available at Nordstrom for $220, if you are searching for a luxurious foundation that supports your skin's elasticity, you are going to love this one.

Did you ever have that one makeup brush that you always find yourself picking up every single morning? That one makeup applicator that has improved your makeup routine? About a year ago I discovered the Artis Fluenta Oval 8 Brush and have been addicted to it ever since. Made up of hundreds of thousands of fibers, this oval shaped gem is a true treasure to every makeup junkie and beauty lover. Available at Neiman Marcus for $80, this brush has been consistent through every single application, making me appreciate picking it up everyday. As much as I love my makeup brushes, right now I am really love this one.

When I first discovered the Liquid Gold Peptides serum from Gavee Gold, my obsession with this product started virtually instantaneously. The smell of apples was the first thing I noticed. As every Gavee Gold essential is infused with purified 24 karat liquid gold, my love for this product grew when I put it on my face. Not only does this product improve skin radiance and boost luminosity (as it did with mine), it hydrates and nourishes the skin. Everything in this product is natural and the best part is, this brightening serum fights oxidative stressors including DNA damage. Available at Gavee Gold for $155, no matter what skin type you have, this is one of the best serums you will ever use.

I have tried quite a few night creams this year that I find myself loving; however, since discovering the EMK Beverly Hills Supra Face Cream, I always find myself reaching for that one the most. Not only does this moisturizer hydrate the skin, it treats it too while you sleep. It works to brighten and restore your skin as well as firm and plump it. Infused with a distinctive time-release delivery system and triple action firming technology, this face cream is packed with a plethora of amino acids that work together to create real results. Available at EMK Beverly Hills for $142, this is one of my favorite beauty products right now.

Another favorite for this month is a beauty essential I discovered last year. It is the Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil. I always find myself reaching for this product every single day and evening. Infused with an array of organic ingredients such as vegetable squalane, argan oil, calendula extract, and more, this powerful essential oil blend hydrates your skin while restoring and renewing your skin's natural acid mantle. No matter what your skin type is and what skin issue you may have, this face oil works to treat it. Available for under $50 at Tata Harper, this fabulous filler-free literally made my skin clear up and improved my skin's texture by restoring my skin's natural acid mantle and promoting cell turnover and production. As June is acne awareness month, I wanted to share this with you.

Some of the greatest beauty essentials are those rare gems that work from the inside, out. One of those beauty essentials is definitely a true favorite of mine for the month of June, the NEOCELL Glow Matrix supplement. Fortified with ceramides and an unique blend of healthy ingredients including hyaluronic acid, lutein and coconut water powder, this incredible supplement delivers moisture and elasticity to your skin in just two weeks. Packed with vitamins A, B2, B6, C, D3, E, and K2 among others, this supplement works to prevent, correct and even repair free radicals and stressors revealing the ultimate glow. NEOCELL is available at your nearest mass nutrition retailer including, the Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods.

Like our skin, our hair is a product of our environment. Over the years, I have discovered that my hair needs some restoration and is in need of hair health. I have used products that helped my hair. One of my latest discoveries is the StriVectin Ultimate Restore line. This line includes both a shampoo and conditioner as well as a deep repair mask and the densifying foaming treatment. As my hair has been thinning, this system has improved my hair immensely. I feel as if my hair feels and looks thicker, as it looks shiny and feels smoother too. Who knew? You can find these basic hair essentials at StriVectin your nearest retailer.

I have been a vegetarian for many years and just recently, I've discovered quite a few protein supplements I enjoy. One of my favorites this month is more of a health and wellness sort of favorite rather than a beauty favorite. It is the Nature's Food Plant-Based Fit Protein. With 28 grams of protein, 160 calories, 6 grams of fiber and 2 grams of fat per serving, this brown rice-based protein is free of preservatives, artificial ingredients, and GMO's and includes an essential amino acid blend that supports every lifestyle. And because this protein is 100% plant-based, it is vegan and does not include any synthetic flavors or dyes as well as gluten, soy or dairy. Nature's Food is available exclusively at GNC and Lucky Vitamin.

And since we are on the subject of plant-based, I have to admit that I am really enjoying the Earth Balance Olive Oil Spread. Made up of extra virgin olive oil, this vegan butter is free of lactose, gluten, casein and GMO's. It also contains 0 trans fat and is only made up of expeller-pressed oils. On top of that, it does not contain soy and contains an unique blend of flax oils. Whether you are looking to spread, fry, saute, steam, bake, and mix this alternative makes life in the kitchen that much better. Available at your nearest mass grocer, this Earth Balance addition is one of my favorites for the month of June.

These are my favorites for the month of June. What are your's? #BeautyFavorites

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

March 2016: Beauty Favorites

NAKED Juice in Green Machine
is one of my favorite products for
the month of March.
As we said goodbye to the second month of 2016, we Spring into the third month of 2016 - March. March was the month of St. Patrick's Day which was celebrated on the 17th, as March was the day of Norooz, the Persian New Year. March is also the beginning of Spring which was celebrated on the 22nd. Each and every day I have had the opportunity to discover some of the greatest beauty products along with a couple of non-beauty favorites too. So, what are my favorite beauty products for the month of March?

When it comes to makeup products, I am truly loving the Maestro Glow. Not only does it nourish your skin, but covers, protects and repairs it too. Infused with a plethora of oils, it this product literally sinks into your skin like a second skin. It does not irritate the skin and feels absolutely natural, with flawless coverage. Available at Giorgio Armani Beauty in an array of shades for $64, this is truly my favorite makeup product this month.

One of favorite beauty products right now is definitely the AHAVA Dead Sea Crystal Osmoter X6 Facial Serum. This amazing AHAVA addition possesses an array of supercharged dead sea minerals that work together to create magic to the skin. Not only does my skin feel amazing after using this serum, it looks amazing too. And after a week, I noticed dramatic results. You can find the Dead Sea Crystal Osmoter X6 Facial Serum at AHAVA for $74.

Whether you are looking to hydrate, moisturize and even protect your skin, the Cetaphil DailyAdvance Lotion is the perfect remedy to do so. The moment I applied this product to my skin, I was obsessed with it. Not only is this product fragrance free, it isn't greasy. Available in both an 8 oz. and a 16 oz., you can grab the Cetaphil DailyAdvance Lotion at virtually every mass retailer. The best part is, it is very inexpensive.

What do you get when you combine the essence of a white roses, sheer jasmine, sparkling lemon, sparkling grapefruit, clean amber and cedarwood? The Truly Sexy Flirt fragrance by Pure Romance. What makes this fragrance so divine is the fact that it is pheromone-infused and really captivates the senses in more ways than one. Whether you love fruity floral or even earthy floral, you are going to love this gem. You can find the Truly Sexy Flirt fragrance at Pure Romance or through your Pure Romance consultant for $59.

After trying so many hair products this month, I have decided that it is hard to choose a favorite simply because I discovered so many great products; however, after much contemplation I think it's safe to say that I am in love with the Matrix Volume Rose Collection. Everything from the shampoo and conditioner to the styling products is outstanding. If you suffer from dry hair that leans towards the fine side, this entire collection is made for you. Plus it smells incredible. You can find the Volume Rose Collection at Matrix or at your nearest salon.

I have tried so many sunscreens and this is by far the most effective one. If you are looking for a very powerful yet potent sunscreen that does not irritate the skin, this one is for you. This sunscreen is also waterproof and is free of everything from parabens, alcohol, PABA and fragrance. It is also suitable for everyone, including those of you with sensitive skin and even children. You can find this sunscreen at Shiseido for $42. I have yet to find a sunscreen as good as this one.

When I first discovered Walk of Fame from Red Carpet Manicure, I guess you could say that I ultimately fell in love. Everything from the gold shimmer shade to pigment to the color produced. Plus, the shade itself is very much in season and complements every shade for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. This is my favorite nail polish right now. You can find Walk of Fame at Red Carpet Manicure for $13.

The moment I discovered the Micro Mini Correct Four by BeautyBlender I was immediately sold. Ideal for concealing, these miniature beauty sponges are great for contouring, strobing and even baking. If you are like me and the millions of other beauty enthusiasts in the world who fell in love the BeautyBlender, you are going to love these. BeautyBlender Micro Mini Correct Four is available at BeautyBlender for $30.

Some of the greatest beauty products come in supplement form and the NEOCELL Derma Matrix Collagen Skin Complex is one of them. With 6 grams of Collagen 1&3 along with 30 mg of hyaluronic acid, this beauty supplement really does so much to the skin. Not only did this supplement increase the hydration in my skin, my skin felt softer and looked firmer. I also noticed that my acne cleared up with the help of this amazing NEOCELL addition too. You can find the NEOCELL Derma Matrix Collagen Skin Complex at your nearest GNC, Whole Foods, and wherever NEOCELL is sold.

One of the greatest toys I have ever used is definitely the Pure Romance Home Alone. Made with high-grade silicone, this curvaceous adult toy offers 30 different unique vibrations and pulsing patterns. You can grab Home Alone at Pure Romance or through your Pure Romance representative for $79. The time is now to enjoy an unforgettable 'Home Alone' experience.

One of my favorite drinks right now is the NAKED Green Machine juice. Fortified with an array of vitamins and antioxidants, this juice includes more just apples, bananas, kiwis, mango and pineapples. It also includes a series of boosts such as ginger, kale, spirulina, alfalfa, and more. This drink is also very high in vitamin A, vitamin C and Potassium. This is also free of genetically modified organisms (or GMOs). You can find the NAKED Green Machine juice at your nearest grocery store.

Friday, March 25, 2016

May 2016: Beauty Favorites

Colgate Optic White Platinum
High Impact toothpaste,
one of my favorites for the month
of May.
As a lover of all things beauty, I can honestly admit that I am quite the addict. And if you are anything like me, you will not only love an amazing beauty discovery, but appreciate it much more so. As we Spring into Summer, I have tried quite a few beauty essentials this month that I absolutely love. Rounding up the month of May, I have discovered quite a few favorites this month. So, what are my beauty favorites for the month of May?

I love mascara. It is one of my favorite makeup essentials. If I don't wear mascara, I feel as if my makeup is incomplete. And although I love mascara, I have never been a fan of waterproof mascara until I discovered the Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara. Not only does this work to define my lashes, it works to thicken, lengthen, volumize and even curl them. The best part is, it is waterproof so you can cry in it, workout in it, swim in it and you know, make love while wearing it and it will not smudge nor budge.

Located in the heart of New Zealand lies one of the world of beauty's best kept secrets, Mellow Cosmetics. Although they have created quite a few gems, their matte lipstick is a tried and true holy grail. Available in an array of shades, this amazing lipstick is not only pigmented to perfection, but moisturizing and long-lasting too. This matte lipstick is truly one of the best I have tried yet and a favorite for the month of May.

Speaking of lipstick, another one that I am really enjoying this month is the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing lipstick. Not only is this lipstick extremely pigmented, it is long-lasting and moisturizing. There is nothing worse than using a lipstick that will dry out your lips and make the color bleed. This lipstick does not do that yet lasts quite a while. Whether you are looking for a haute nude or a classic red, the color range is quite extensive. This lipstick is outstanding.

Moving onto skin care, as of late I truly loving the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser. I wasn't sure if I was going to love this particular cleanser or not, as I am a huge fan of the Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser (a 2015 Examiner Best in Beauty winner). I am shocked at how incredible this terrific skin treat is. Infused with a plethora of organic ingredients, this cleanser works to clarify, exfoliate, purify and moisturize your skin. What more can I say? This is definitely a winner for the month of May.

When it comes to moisturizers, I am always searching for the best; however, I have discovered some I love, some I hate, and some I contemplate and debate whether or not to use again. One of the best moisturizers I have discovered recently is the Armani PRIMA Glow-On Moisturizing Balm. This is one of the greatest skin care products I have ever used on my face. Not only does it make my skin feel smooth and dewy, but it makes it easy to apply my makeup. And on top of that, it leaves my skin looking luminous.

Lately I have been really appreciating cleansing towelettes. Most of the are relatively convenient as you can just put them into your purse and gym bag and go. There is something to be said about a textured cloth that works gently and effectively to cleanse your skin. My favorite cleansing towelettes right now are the Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes from Pond's. Not only do these clean my skin by removing impurities, oil and makeup, but they clean it without destroying your skin's natural acid mantle and barrier.

As I move onto bath & body, I must admit that I have been modestly obsessed with the Olay Fresh Outlast body washes. Available in five amazing scent combinations, not only do they cleanse the body generously, but provide your skin with instantaneous moisture. What I love about these fabulous body washes is the fact that they cling to your skin and are quite long-lasting. You can snag these at your nearest mass-retailer.

You know what else I am loving right now? The AHAVA Mineral Botanic Cream Wash. Located in the heart of Israel, I have garnered a huge love for these body washes. Infused with an array of natural botanicals and organic plant extracts, this outstanding cleansing medium delivers vitamins directly to the skin that work to soften, smooth, moisturize and most importantly, protect your skin. Free of harsh detergents, this great for every skin type.

Another bath & body favorite for this month is definitely the beauty 360 Cocoa Butter Gel Body Oil. Exclusively available at CVS, not only does this body oil work to moisturize your skin, but revitalize your skin too. It also works to lock in moisture, which I absolutely love. Plus, it is infused with a variety of antioxidants so it works generously and effectively to boost your skin's natural moisture barrier and balance your skin's natural pH levels. It also works to prevent your skin from being exposed to various environmental stressors. If you are searching for an amazing bath & body essential this is definitely the one.

So, what about hair? Well, this month I have discovered quite a few favorites including the Vibrastrait Flat Iron from Brocato. Not only does the Vibrastrait heat up in just 8 seconds, but it automatically shuts off in 50 minutes. With various temperature settings, it heats up to 450 degrees. Made from tourmaline ceramic, the ergonomic design is one to both love and appreciate. And the best part is, there is absolutely no pulling or tugging. Available in three unique sizes including a half inch, a one-inch and a one and three-fourth inch, this is one of my favorites for the month of May.

The NutraStim Pro Laser Hair Comb from NutraLuxe MD is one of my favorite beauty products right now. This amazing device uses laser light which works to stimulate hair follicles and promote hair growth. It's quite easy to use as it features a very lustrous design. Although results don't happen immediately after one use, you will start to see results within due time. I noticed a change in my hair density, as my hair looked and felt fuller. The way a plant uses the sun to grow is the way our hair and scalp uses this device to grow. And that is truly a wonderful thing.

Well since we are on the subject of hair, I have to admit that I am obsessed with the Phyto Huile Soyeuse Hydrating Oil. With a very serum-like texture (an oil-based cream) it works amazingly to protect your hair and works to tame frizz as well as static and flyaways. When using this fantastic Phyto addition I noticed that my hair looked and felt healthier. I also noticed that my hair was easier to manage too. Free of parabens, sulfates and other chemicals almost 100% of this product is made up of botanicals which makes it that much more appealing.

Although quite a few fragrances this month have sparked my interest immensely, I have to admit that I am in love with Ralph Lauren's newest fragrance Love. If you can imagine an unique blend of red apple, rose and cotton candy the result is this fragrance. It's quite fun and great for every girl who wears it, as anyone who does will love it. I love many fragrances, as I dislike quite a few, but for the month of May today I am loving Ralph Lauren Love. Available at Ralph Lauren, this is a perfume you are going to want to check out.

One of my other favorites for the month of May is the Colgate Optic White Platinum High Impact White toothpaste. This toothpaste is literally activated within a 3-day period and after the 3rd day I noticed my smile shined, as my teeth looked whiter and brighter. It is also convenient, as it can be found at your nearest mass-retailer and it is affordable for the at-home whitening it delivers.

Another favorite this month is the Lily Cup from Intimina. I am a huge fan of the compact cup, as it is collapsible and great for traveling; however, I am absolutely loving the regular Lily Cup. It is hypoallergenic and does not contain any dryness or irritation. And although you can forget you are wearing it due to it's comfort level, it protects intimate balance and lasts up to 12 hours. Granted there are quite a few brands of pads and tampons I enjoy, right now the Lily Cup is one of my favorites.

To end my monthly favorites list I just want to let you know that I am really loving the organic drink Telula. I discovered this drink when searching for coupons that I could use at Whole Foods. Luckily in my quest, I was able to try this beverage. This drink is not only certified organic, it is GMO-free and contains no additives as well as toxic pesticides or any synthetic ingredients. Packed with an array of antioxidants and nutrients, the taste is clean and makes you feel amazing.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February 2016: Beauty Favorites

The Contour, one of my beauty favorites
for the month of February.
As we said goodbye to January on the 31st, we said hello to February, the month of love. February is a month to embrace love in more ways than one, as it is a time to appreciate the month just before Spring. I have discovered a lot of great products this month; however, only few select gems stood out this month. Can you guess what they are? So, what are my beauty favorites for this month?

When it comes to lipsticks, they should be moisturizing, as they should be pigmented. The color payoff should also be visible, as it should be modestly long-lasting. The new True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick from Avon is that type of lipstick. It glides on smooth, dries effectively and lasts long without drying out your lips. This amazing Avon addition is available through your Avon representative as well as, on the official website for $9. I have tried so many amazing makeup essentials this month. Some I loved, some I hated and some I debated whether or not I wanted to wear again and this terrific True Color addition from Avon is definitely one that I will want to continue to wear.

As of late, I have been modestly obsessed with the Ossential Growth Factor Serum Plus from ZO Skin Health. When it comes to hydration, this serum works to restore and enforce your skin's natural acid mantle, as it works to stimulate collagen product and cell renewal. ZO Skin Health's Ossential Growth Factor Serum Plus is available at ZO Skin Health for under $150. If you are looking for a serum that works to correct, protect and repair the skin from various forms of oxidative stress and DNA damage, this is definitely the one for you.

Combining the essence of lemon with classic earthy notes, L'Occitane really stood their ground when they created the refreshing Verbena Voyage set. Featuring travel-sizes of this amazingly scented L'Occitane addition, this set includes the body lotion, shower gel, hand cream and soap. The refreshing Verbena Voyage set from L'Occitane is available now on the official website for $26. When life hands you lemons, accept them, but only use them if they smell as amazing as this set does.

Although I can appreciate every perfume under the sun, I am a huge fan of fruity fragrances. I also love and appreciate creamy florals, including those undiscovered rarities with gourmand notes. When I first smelled the Truly Sexy Flirt fragrance from Pure Romance, I was lured in. This pheromone-used fragrance really tells a story. With a plethora of notes including roses, jasmine, lemon, amber, grapefruit and cedarwood; this acquired gem really captivates all five senses. The Truly Sexy Flirt fragrance is available at through your Pure Romance distributor or on the official Pure Romance website for $59. If you are searching for an earthy fruity floral, this is definitely the fragrance for you.

For this month, the Tangle Teezer brand offered three individual dynamic duos that cater to every couple exclusively for Valentine's Day. The 'His+Hers' set contains the amazing compact styler in a silver and in a pink. The 'Hers+Hers' set offers two pink styles and the 'His+His' set offers two silver stylers. I love these stylers because they brush your hair generously without pulling at it and are great for carrying around. Available for only $20 at Sephora, this is one of the best brushes I have ever used.

NCLA Los Angeles is one of my favorite nail brands and for Valentine's Day this year, they introduced an incredible top coat that embraced love with pink and white glitter hearts. If you are looking to wear a haute red shade or even a classic white shade, this complements your polish in so many great ways. Originally $16, you can grab the NCLA Be Mine! top coat at NCLA for $8. Share all of the love you have on your nails, as this polish is one of the best ways you can do so.

Whether you are looking to prevent, correct or even repair the skin, the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning Device is the skin essential you are going to want to let into your life. Why? Because this device does just that by utilizing isometric compression with low frequency sonic vibrations. You can find this amazing skin device on the official website for under $250. If you are searching for a non-invasive, pain-free device that tones and firms your skin without the use of needles, drugs or risk the Conture is the one.

When it comes to discreet pleasure, the Cabana Boy from Pure Romance is a device you will appreciate. This dynamic duo-action vibrator features a very lustrous magenta shaft and clitorial which works to stimulate only A grade contentment. Made of premium silicone, this device is quite powerful and allow you to enjoy quality time between you and Cabana Boy. You can grab this vibrator through your nearest Pure Romance distributor or on the official website for $159.

Recently, I have garnered quite an obsession with Purely Inspired's 100% Plant-Based Protein. I have noticed a change in my body, as I have lost inches since incorporating this supplement into my diet and exercise health regimen. I have also noticed that my hair looks amazing since adding this into my diet too. Not only does this amazing protein powder give you 16 grams of plant-based protein, it is filled with an array of vitamins and minerals too. It is also free of artificial sweeteners and lactose. Every serving delivers real nutrients and the best part is, it tastes amazing. You can find Purely Inspired 100% Plant-Based Protein at your nearest mass retailer.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

January 2016: Beauty Favorites

Victoria's Secret Bombshell fragrance.
One of my favorites for this month.
As we kicked off the 2016 year on Friday, January 1st we finish the first month of the year this Sunday, the 31st. Let's face it, the year is off to a great start as this month went by very quick. In this time frame, I had the opportunity to discover quite a few beauty essentials that I absolutely love. So, what are they? What are my beauty favorites for January 2016?


Chocolate is one of the most delicious treats on the planet and what better way to celebrate it then with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette. Under $50, this palette is infused with cocoa powder and features 16 gorgeous matte and shimmer shades. Pigmented to perfection, this palette offers everything from neutral browns to those natural pink shades and more and smells like chocolate. Whether you are searching to create an array of looks or looking for that color payoff this chocolate scented gem is one you will not only love, but appreciate too.


The Shiseido ULTIMUNE Power Infusing Duo Set is my favorite skin care essential for January of 2016. This exquisite dynamic duo features the ULTIMUNE Power Infusing Concentrate and the ULTIMUNE EYE Power Infusing Concentrate. Perfect for the face and the eye area, these products work together to create smoother and softer skin that looks radiant and beautiful. For $120, you are receiving two full-size luxury skin care products that not only work to correct your skin, but prevent and repair it against DNA damage, environmental stressors and other external aggressors. What more is there to say? This set is truly a winner.


Coffee pairs amazingly well with mornings, as sunshine does with happiness, but who knew that coffee and beauty would go so well together. Pacifica Beauty is a 100% vegan and cruelty-free brand located in the heart of Portland. One of my favorite beauty products this month is definitely the Pacifica Kona Coffee & Sugar Detox Whole Body Scrub. For under $30, this scrub is infused with Kona Coffee, coconut oil, sugar and sea salt. This incredible essential not only gives you one of the best exfoliations a scrub can give, it works to soften and smooth the skin too.


Victoria's Secret offers more than just amazing bra and panty sets as well as, stunning lingerie. They offer some of the greatest beauty products and one of them happens to be their most popular fragrance, the Bombshell. As a fruity floral, the notes in this parfum really tell a story. The plethora of passionfruit followed by the grapefruit, peony, pineapple, tangerine and vanilla orchid really speak to those who wear this in more ways than one. For $52, you can get a 1.7 oz or for $68 a 3.4 oz and whoever receives this will love it. I have tried an array of fragrances and this is my favorite one this month.


When it comes to reducing breakage, promoting growth, adding body and giving the hair shine the MATRIX Biolage FullDensity collection knows all about it. The FullDensity collection offers an excellent shampoo along with a conditioner that work together to gently cleanse the hair while and effectively removing impurities without stripping the hair. The FullDensity collection within the Biolage brand also offers a Densifying Spray Treatment which works to add texture and prevent breakage. Although I cannot really decide on which three products I love the most, the shampoo is definitely one of my favorite beauty products right now and for the entire month of January, I found myself really grabbing for this one the most.


Ciate London offers some of the greatest nail products in the world today. Although the brand has recently dipped into other elements of beauty, they are primarily known for their nail products. A few months ago I discovered the Ciate London Geltox Detox kit which offers a great way to remove your polish effectively. I love to use this product to strengthen my nails and prepare them for any future polish application. I have tried an array of products like this one and I have yet to discover one that works like this one does. For $25 this kit is a winner this month.


When it comes to every skin type under the sun, Simple Skincare knows all about it. After all, they are the sensitive skin experts and offer a range of beauty essentials that cleanse and moisturize the face gently. Free of synthetic ingredients, Simple Skincare really emphasizes on using only skin loving ingredients. My latest obsession is the Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes. Not only are they infused with an array of vitamins, but they cleanse the skin effectively and as a result, your skin is left looking and feeling amazing. The best part is, you can find them at Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens and even Amazon. #TestTheWater


When it comes to health and beauty, the NEOCELL brand really embraces the concept. I have tried an array of NEOCELL products and although I love them all, I am obsessed with the Super Collagen +C 1&3. I have always had combination skin, but when it comes to the colder climates and Winter, my skin tends to become dry. I have tried everything from changing my moisturizer to even my diet, drinking more water and yet my skin remained dry and quite acne-prone, until I introduced this product into my life. Creating beauty from within, this product includes 6,000 mg of hydrolyzed super collagen. After a week I noticed results as my skin feels softer and looks radiant. Every acne breakout I endured is gone. This is one of the greatest supplements you will ever use and my favorite right now. You can find this supplement at GNC, Whole Foods and wherever NEOCELL is sold.


Since 1926 Godiva has been producing some of the greatest chocolate in the world. One of the best creations by this world-renowned chocolate brand are the chocolate truffles. My most recently discovery was last month when my boyfriend bought me the Godiva 24 pc. Ultimate Dessert Truffles gift set for $50 which features an assortment of dessert truffles that are inspired by some of the finest desserts in the world. With everything from Tiramisu, Creme Brulee, Red Velvet Cake, Butterscotch Walnut, Cheesecake, Strawberry Creme Tarte, Chocolate Eclair, Pineapple Hummingbird, Birthday Cake and more, this is one of my favorites for the month of January.

Monday, December 28, 2015

December 2015: Beauty Favorites

The red velvet roses at ProFlowers, one of my
favorites for December.
As December is one of the most exciting months of the year, it is also the final month of the year. With everything from Christmas to Boxing Day to NYE, a lot of amazing things always happen this month. As we say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016, there are an array of new discoveries including beauty favorites. So, what are my beauty favorites for the month of December?

One of the most popular makeup techniques in the world today is contouring and what better way to embrace the concept than with this amazingly new discovery, the AEsethica Cream Contour Kit. For only $59, this incredible contour palette is one of my beauty favorites for the month and features 6 silky creams that work together to sculpt and define your face, allowing you to put only your best face forward. As we head into 2016, I am definitely taking this AEsthetica addition with me.
Infused with everything from argan, borage, arnica and more, the Tata Harper Beautifying Oil works to hydrate the skin as well as, brighten the skin delivering only instantaneous moisture that corrects and protects your skin's natural acid mantle. For under $50, this product is 100% organic and is free of everything from synthetic chemicals and fragrances to even fillers, sulfates, parabens, GMOs and even gluten. As one of my beauty favorites this month, I am confident that once you discover this amazing face oil from Tata Harper it will become one of your favorites too.


Whether you are looking for the perfect pore purge or simply that divine detox, you can get all of that and more with the detoxing truffles. Made with real food-grade activated charcoal, these incredible additions to the CHEN brand will not only unclog pores, they will heal and nourish your skin too. Whether you have dry, oil, combination and even sensitive skin, this essential is great for every skin type. Available at CHEN Skin Health, the detoxing truffles start at $5 each when you buy 5 ($25) and go up from there. As they work amazing on the body, they also work on the face too. Definitely one of my personal favorites this month.


The discovered the Mix•o•logie, including it's Blendable Perfume Collecton set earlier this month. The entire set comes fully equipped a beautiful box with eight rollerball fragrance oils along with seven recipe cards. The fragrance oils include: Electric (citrus twist), Serene (light floral), Tenacious (crisp vanilla), Sultry (wild musk), Free (ocean mist), Assured (natural), Inspired (rose floral) and Tender (Fruity). You can create your own fragrance and the best part is, everything is free of alcohol so it is not harsh and smells quite natural. The Mixologie Blendable Perfume collection is available for just $69.


Ever since I discovered Style Edit's Root Concealer, I have been quite obsessed with it. It is a magnificient mask for every hair color and it is great for those of you who want to extend the life of your color and will give you the much needed boost you are looking to achieve from such a product, as well. The applicator literally targets the area (or areas) that need the color and applies it generously. The best part is, it isn't permanent and is free from parabens and peroxide too. Available in virtually every shade for $24.50, this spectacular Style Edit addition is a product you will benefit from.


One of my favorite nail products if not my favorite for the month of December is definitely the New Globe Walk Snow Globe nail polish from NAILS INC. For only $15, this nail polish really brings so much to this month. As the sparkles tend to lay on the bottom, you can shake the bottle and it transforms into a gorgeous gold glitter nail polish. The sparkle in this fabulous NAILS INC. is very light, but you can apply it generously for a more glam look which I love. This nail polish is limited-edition so once it is gone, it is gone for good. That is unless they bring it back of course.
When I first discovered the Beauty Rounds from the Q-tips brand I was quite baffled. Baffled in the best way possible, that is. Why? Because they are not only incredibly effective, but they are also affordable. They also work for almost everything. Whether you want to remove your makeup or even tone your skin, you can use them. Whether you want to apply and blend your makeup, the beauty rounds work. Are you looking to remove your nail polish? If so, you will love these even more. If you are looking to clean your makeup brushes, they are an amazing essential that can help. You can grab the Q-tips Beauty Rounds at your nearest Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid. You can also find them online at Amazon too.
My boyfriend Joe recently found himself on where he discovered an amazing bouquet of red velvet roses. For only $49.99 you can get 18 or for $69.98 you can get 36 plus the price of the vase, shipping and other additions. Also, if packages interest you that allow you to gift someone for 2 days, you can give 18 red velvet roses plus 6 of their swizzled berries or you can give 36 red velvet roses plus 12 of their swizzled berries. Prices vary and are subject to change on the packages. These are a beauty favorite simply because they look even more striking in person than they do in the photo. To complete this month's beauty favorites, if you are interested in beautiful roses, these are the one for you.