awesome spring tote!

Hello gorgeous readers! NEW! For Spring 2017, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, NEO LIGHTS Sahara Bronzer, NEO LIMELIGHT Ibiza Highlighter and NEO Brush. Neo light acts as a bronzer to add a sultry golden glow to skin while Neo limelight works as a highlighter to impart radiant, soft glow to skin. Both products lets you glam up your look with a luminous effect. Also, the NEO Brush was specifically designed to work with the the powder set. I am completely floored and wow'ed by all three pieces -- not to mention the awesome make-up box (with full mirror) and stylish (and sturdy!) spring tote that was part of the gift set sent to me. Thank you Kevyn Aucoin! Read more about powdery magic collection below. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

makeup box has a full length mirror

 each powder compact has a velvety travel case

This highly pigmented, three-in-one highlighter creates a radiant, multi-dimensional strobed effect that lasts all day. Best-selling Candlelight, Starlight and Sunlight shades are featured together for the ultimate illuminating glow. 

 Top Shade: Sahara. Bottom Shade: Ibiza (lilac) Product glistens in person
Highlight, bronze or set makeup in a single stroke with this innovative, dual-fiber brush. The soft top layer gently and evenly distributes powder for sheer coverage, while the dense bottom layer picks up more product and allows for more intense payoff. The slanted-bristle design was created to easily hug contours of the face for even, precise application. The rounded shape and longer bristles flex with the skin for a beautiful, airbrushed finish.  

 Neo brush has lucite handle with a burgundy shading underneath and is substantial in weight. The photo 
does not do the product justice since the glare from the lucite makes it hard to photograph.

 Thank you Kevyn Aucoin XOXO

Formula: The powders are micro-fine and lightweight with subtle luminosity and shimmer. Sahara has a soft golden glow with varying tonal colors (see above swatch) and Ibiza is compromised of varying tones of lilac. If you have been following my blog forever, then you know I am a complete 1. HIGHLIGHTER FREAKAZOID and 2. PURPLE IS LIFE. But I digress... Don't bother worrying yourself about the color's practicality factor because they are suitable for daytime wear as well as for in the evening. You can turn up the glam for the times you want to create dramatic looks or when you simply want a subtle daytime dusting -- and the shades should blend in seamlessly on all skin tones. I love the luminous sheen it imparts on my cheeks and even though the Sahara appeared to be too dark for my vampire skin, it was actually flattering. Also, it even works amazing as a decollete highlighter! I love the Ibiza shade the most because lilac powders help to counteract the yellow in my skin tone. The product can also be applied to the sides of the eye area and eye lids. NEO Brush: The brush is too gorgeous for words. The clear lucite handle has a rich inner burgundy base. It's not a thrifty type of plastic but rather hefty and well built. The bristles are super soft and synthetic so it's antibacterial and cruelty-free. The NEO Collection would make a fantastic addition to your spring/summer make-up arsenal. Shop Kevyn Aucoin Beauty today.

*product was sent to me as a gift*
#NeoLights #NeoHighlighter #NeoLimelight #KevynAucoin 
Availability: Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Highlighter Blush, $58 21 grams, Brush, $60


Skin Detox Alert! It's a brand new year so throw out those old skin products that are taking up space on your bathroom counter and swap them out with some awesome Eco-friendly goodies. Derma-e has recently launched seriously fresh new skincare items designed to help you detox skin -- whether from post holiday indulgences or associated stress factors. After all, a new year deserves a new glowing you! Bad skin is so yesterday so read to discover more about the items featured in this review. Derma-e Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask and Daily Detox Scrub are two secret weapons that will jump start your way into blemish free skin. And while you may notice that Derma-e has brand new packaging, be assured that the brand still remains cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, lanolin free and non-GMO! Stay Beautiful! XOXO

Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask: Utilizes natural clays and 
activated charcoal to lift away dirt and bacteria
 for a decongestant pore effect. Apricot seed powder 
exfoliates dead skin and Kaolin absorbs 
extra facial oil and impurities. Seaweed 
protects skin from harmful pollutants 
found in the environment. 

 Daily Detox Scrub: Wakame potassium rich seaweed from 
the sea naturally fights off skin toxins and 
protects against environmental pollutants. Charcoal 
removes dead skin and Apricot See Powder 
acts as a exfoliator. Green Tea offers
 antioxidants. Skin is refreshed and glowing,

Formula: Purifying Mask: This charcoal colored mask works in two way; by applying on the face and leaving it on for about five minutes, after which you gently circulate the product in order to activate the exfoliating process. I found this to be gentle on my sensitive skin, however, try not to scrub so hard because the little particles will cause some slight redness, otherwise it's not an issue. The scrub leaves my skin free of any oil or residue and imparts a nice, dewy glow. Also, it does not cause any irritations so that's always a plus for sensitive skin sufferers --- plus it's devoid of any noxious perfumes as it smells like a fresh clay in a pleasant way. It's loaded with so many beneficial skin ingredients, such as, rich seaweed from the ocean, kaolin and activated charcoal -- all of which keep your skin protected from environmental pollutants and  just squeaky clean fresh! Daily Detox Mask: This mask is also charcoal colored with a fresh and contains similar ingredients to the purifying mask. The delicate apricot grains are gentle enough to use daily without causing any breakouts. I loved the way my face felt after washing it with daily scrub detox -- so clean and purified. Also, I feel secure knowing that there are no added chemicals that I have to worry about and the products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free! If you're looking for a new skincare regime that will transform your skin, Derma-e Mask and Scrub is a must try. They are natural weapons that fight off pollutants, clear skin of blemishes and give your face a radiant healthy glow. Take a look on the brand's website -- linked below -- to purchase today and while you're at it have a look around to discover all the great new additions to the Derma-e line. #Dermae

* product was sent to me for my consideration, my review is genuine and my own opinion*
Availability: Derma-e,  Mask, $19.50, Scrub, $15.50


Hello gorgeous readers! I'm excited to bring you a review for Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon, courtesy of an Influenster campaign. The two shades sent to me were 41 (Earth)quake and 59 Pink of me. These new gel eyeliners are formulated to be matte with extreme pigmentation, precise application and a long 12-Hour wear. Read more about my thoughts and see a swatch for the featured shades below. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

 swatch for: left: 41 (earth)quake and 59 pink of me

A gel pot eyeliner in a crayon that delivers intense color and 12-hour waterproof wear and amazing glide in shimmer and matte finishes. Experience the luxury of gel eyeliner with the ease of a pencil. Make a bold statement with this extreme-wear, waterproof eyeliner that glides on effortlessly to deliver instant color payoff. Exclusive to Marc Jacobs Beauty, the super-malleable formula offers versatility of application. Apply Highliner for flawless, precise lines, or smudge immediately after lining for an instant smoky eye. 

Formula: I was skeptical about the gel liners claim on having long wear power since gel formulas tend to glide off real easy, however, to my surprise the formula did not budge and stayed put all day and all night. The product applied on smooth and the pencil glided silkily across the lid without any tugging on the water line. As for the gel being matte, while there is no shimmer in the gel, the pigmentation is rich and intense. I also liked the fact that I was able to control the pencil movements with absolute precision so it catered to the design I was going for. Creating subtle or intense cat eyes is super easy with MJ Highliners. Also, the formula is water proof so if you have eye allergies like me, runny eyes will not smudge your eye look. The pencil is dispensed by a little push up mechanism on the other side of the tube and it appears that you can use a pencil sharpener to trim it down. I have to mention that while the formula is a dream the gel wastes down rather quickly because it's creamy and soft, although it will not erase off of your lids. Bottom line, the product is easy to use, non-irritating and will last well into the night so I give it a thumbs up!

@Influenster @MarcBeauty #Highliner #contest
*product was sent to me as part of an Influenster campaign, my review is genuine and my own opinion*
Availability: Sephora, Marc Jacobs High liner, $25


Hello gorgeous readers! It's been awhile since I have reviewed an item from one of my favorite brands, OZ Naturals, so today I'm introducing to you their brand NEW! Vitamin C + AHA Facial Serum. This new serum combines powerful antioxidant rich Vitamin C with plant based AHA in the form of glycolic acid. The ingredients are created with an advanced proprietary formula that does not include chemicals or other harsh fillers found in your average skin care products. And as always, OZ Naturals is cruelty-free, vegan and 98% natural. You will not find a more potent form of Vitamin C in a serum for the quality and price offered by OZ Naturals. Also, the cold-process manufacturing allows the ingredients to remain at its optimum potent level. Discover more below. Happy Friday! Stay Beautiful! XOXO

Vitamin C Serum: 20% concentration, addresses aging skin issues of uneven skin tone, hyper pigmentation, and protects against harmful free radicals. AHA (glycolic acid form 10%) improves wrinkle appearance, smooths and brightens skin.

Formula: The serum has a liquid consistency, yet, it's rich and thick without being too runny. Also, it's not harsh on sensitive skin so it will not sting. After using it a few times I noticed that my skin felt softer, appeared smoother and brighter. Another benefit is that the dry flaky patches of skin started to slough off with use and I was able to apply my other skin care products on top without any interference, such as pilling. The bottle has an eye drop applicator that is mess free and hygienic. I love that this new serum offers me double protection of both potent and pure Vitamin C alongside of glycolic acid so that with continued use my skin will look and feel more youthful. It's definitely one of my new favorites serums and I highly recommend it. And you cannot ignore the fact that it's 98% natural and insanely affordable as we know that decent Vitamin C serums sell for around $45 plus on the high end spectrum so not only is OZ Naturals a better value but it's healthier for your skin. It's now available for purchase at Amazon, just click the link in text below and purchase yours today.

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*product was sent to me for my consideration, my review is genuine and my own opinion*
Availability: Amazon, Oz Naturals Vitamin C + AHA Serum, $19.95


Hello gorgeous readers! Today's review highlights an innovative product fix for women's decollete area. It is probably one of the least cared for area that we think about when purchasing skin care items. However, why not prevent today what will become harder to correct tomorrow? Experts at SiO Beauty have come up with a collection of serums, skin pads and cleansing discs to be used in conjunction with each other that contain potent and cutting edge skin care technology that treat the delicate chest area. The products featured in this review are; SiO Decollette Serum, Skinpad and Cleansing Discs. Each product is clinically tested, dermatologist approved, non-irritating, allergy tested and CRUELTY-FREE! Why pay the outrageous spa and esthetician office fee's when you can have comparable at home treatment for a lower cost -- and no doctor's needles! Read more below to learn more about the products and then visit Stay Beautiful! XOXO

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The SiO Décolleté Serum is an innovative Morning Wrinkle Smoothing Concentrate designed to rejuvenate and protect the décolleté. It is recommended for use after wearing the SiO SkinPad overnight but works effectively on its own.

The SiO SkinPad is our patent-pending “secret” to anti-wrinkle success. The secret is that we use the same science that was previously recommended by doctors and surgeons for the purpose of healing scars and burns.The SkinPad is custom designed to be worn on the chest décolletage and fits women of all ages and body types. It is worn overnight, during which time it restores the natural, youthful beauty of the décolleté, while also acting to prevent future wrinkles from forming.

Décolleté Cleansing Discs are highly recommended for use prior to the application of the SiO SkinPad. By lightly exfoliating and clearing pores, you are preparing the décolleté for the SkinPad to achieve its best possible reparative effects. And by cleansing and drying the skin correctly, putting the SkinPad itself on the body will be easier and more comfortable.

My opinion: Serum: The serum has an unscented creamy, lightweight texture. A couple of pumps from the tube was enough to cover my neck and decollete due to it's silky smoothness and rapid absorption. My skin felt hydrated and appeared more youthful as it helped to relax the skin's surface. The serum was designed to work with the pad, however, I would alternate with the pad and the serum on it's own. While I didn't need to see drastic results for myself, it was still effective in smoothing and moisturizing the skin so it's a nice preventive treatment. As for skin with deep wrinkle concerns, in all honesty I cannot say how it would work on more mature skin. Skinpad: The skin pad was actually fun to use. At first I thought it would not adhere well to skin but it did stick. I suggest relaxing on your couch or lying down while you have it on for three or fours hours or you can sleep in it as well for up to 8 hours. I preferred relaxing with it on for a few hours and not sleeping in it because my tossing and turning is disruptive. Also, the plastic is irritant free and made of high grade medical silicone. When used with the serum it maximizes the smoothing effect. The skin pad is reusable up to 15 times and easy to wash with water and mild soap. The adhesive will not come off the first time you use it. It's comfortable to wear because of it's contoured fit and when you remove it there is an instant appearance of smoother skin. The skin pad helps to restore skin's elasticity and collagen while you sleep and perfect for hydrating dry skin and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. Cleansing Discs: These are little pads that are used before applying the skin pad in order to exfoliate the area and clear pores so the pad adheres more quickly and effectively. The pads contain glycolic and lactic acid to smooth and prep the skin area. Overall, all three products were easy to use, non-irritating and they made my decollette area smoother and more hydrated. I have not emptied out the items yet but I am looking forward to seeing long term results. I have to mention that the cost is on the higher-end bracket of skincare, however, considering the cost to have spa or doctor office treatments, it's a more cost efficient alternative. Feel free to check out the embedded video and visit the website for more information. And if you sign up you will receive a 10% off discount.

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*product was sent to me for my consideration, my review is genuine and my own opinion*
Availability: SiO Beauty, Serum, $135, Pad, $99.95, Discs, $45


Hello gorgeous readers! The Body Shop just launched new products for Spring 2017! And everything is so fresh and green! Featured in the review are the Drops of Youth Liquid Skin Peel -- must have! --  and Oils of Life Revitalizing Eye Cream Gel. So say YES! to youthful skin made with plant cell technology, natural ingredients and is always vegan and cruelty-free! Read more below to discover my thoughts on these skincare items. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

 NEW! Drops of Youth Youth Liquid Peel
exfoliates and gently peels off impurities
 from your skin, lifting dead skin 
cells and residuals. This revolutionary 
gel-to-peel leaves skin  feeling clean and
 purified from the day’s pollutants. 
Continued use will leave a fresh, smoother
 and more luminous youthful-looking skin

Discover Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-Gel formulated with caffeine, 
oleic acid and blackcumin seed oil to help reduce signs of aging.

Formula: Youth Skin Peel: I am so in love with this peel! It's a must have for maintaining healthy skin. This product can be likened to the expensive Asian counterpart that I tested last year, however, without the $60 plus price tag. Plus, The Body Shop's version is natural and devoid of harmful chemicals. The consistency is gel-like but without any sticky residue. Made out of plant technology, it's applied onto clean dry skin in circular motions for about twenty seconds and then rinsed off. You will notice that the gel starts to pill into little balls on your skin while you are working it in. Don't be alarmed because that is simply the dead skin peeling off and it's quite gentle! That simple! It removes dead cells and exfoliated impurities to leave skin feeling super soft, smooth and youthful. I can't stop using this amazing exfoliator. Eye Gel Cream: Oils of Life eye cream has a creamy, gel-like consistency, also without any sticky residue. It's quite lightweight, however, the ingredients are potent with added caffeine, oleic acid and black cumin seed oil that allows the delicate skin area to look youthful while reducing fine lines. I used it all over my lids and around the eye area without experiencing any irritations or burning sensation. This was a plus for me since I suffer from eye sensitivity and allergies -- and it does not interfere with eye concealer if applied in a small dose. Also, the cream has a lovely luminescent sheen which leaves a radiant glow on the skin. Bottom line; a fabulous and practical skincare duo that is suitable for getting skin back to it's youthful radiance for the summer months ahead. I highly recommend both products that are affordable and show results.

*item was sent to me for my consideration, my review is genuine and my own opinion*
#The BodyShopProvidedProduct #TheBodyShop #SayYes #DropsofYouth #OilsofLife
Availability: The Body Shop, Skin Peel,$25 4.9 oz Eye Gel, $32
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