L’Occitane, one of my favorite skin and body care lines is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the debut of their best-selling Shea Butter Hand Cream. If you’re a fan of L’Occitane on Facebook, you’ve seen their latest Facebook offer giving L’Occitane Facebook Fans the opportunity to pick up 3 of the Shea Butter Hand Creams for $3 through an exclusive collector’s offer. The three hand creams come in a cute pouch, as pictured above. If you haven’t seen the Facebook post, just check out the post here.
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The other day, my husband surprised me with a bag full of LUSH goodies! Some things were old favorites like the Sultana of Soap (read about it here) and Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner (review). But, there were also three newbies to try: LUSH Neon Love Soap, LUSH Ayesha Fresh Face Mask ($6.95), and LUSH BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask ($6.95). With the goodies, he also brought some bad news – LUSH got rid of one of my other favorites, Alkmaar soap! I’m sure I’ll find something else to replace.
When my husband handed me my bag of LUSH goodies, he said “There’s soap in there to help moisturize your skin. It has yogurt in it.” The LUSH Neon Love Soap was created especially for Valentine’s Day. It includes fresh passion fruit to cleanse, and soya yogurt to nourish.
It smells really nice; it’s a combination of fruity and citrus if that makes sense. Neon Love soap lathers well, too. The lather feels creamy and smooth. My skin, after using it did not feel dry. If you look closely enough you’re able to see the fig seeds, which softly exfoliate your skin.
Ingredients: Water , Propylene Glycol , Rapeseed Oil , Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera) , Soya Yoghurt ,Fresh Passion Fruit (Passiflora edulis) , Cornflour (Zea mays) , Sodium Stearate , Fresh Figs (Ficus carica) ,Fragrance , Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) , Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora) ,Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) , Titanium Dioxide , Glycerine , Sodium Chloride , EDTA ,Tetrasodium Editronate , Sodium Hydroxide , *Citral ,*Coumarin , *Eugenol , Geraniol , *Linalool ,*Limonene , FD&C Yellow No. 8 , D&C Green No. 8 ,D&C Red No. 27
I have no clue why my husband picked this up for me because it’s clearly for mature skin, and people with wrinkles. I am not even thirty yet! Maybe the LUSH salesperson didn’t explain that to him. I definitely do not have wrinkles, but, maybe this mask can be used as a preventive measure? We’ll see. Since it has ingredients to brighten dull spots and help hydrate skin, it wouldn’t hurt me to use it.
“Ayesha is a blend of tightening and toning ingredients to refresh tired-looking skin.” Ayesha Fresh Face Mask contains Vitamin C-rich kiwi, which helps brighten dull spots, asparagus to aid in nourishing and to absorb excess oils, and honey to hydrate the skin. “This fresh mask is named after the fictional priestess who discovered the secret to immortality – ten minutes with it on and you’ll see why! Dull, tired and mature skin transforms for a bright, youthful glow.” – LUSH
Ingredients: Fullers Earth , Honey (Mel) , Elderflower (Sambucus nigra) , Lime Tree Flowers (Tilia europaea) , Glycerine ,Fresh Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) , Fresh Organic Kiwi Fruit (Actinidia chinensis) , Kaolin , Witch Hazel Extract (Hamamelis virginiana) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) , Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin) ,Elderflower Vinegar , Bentonite Gel , *Geraniol ,*Limonene , *Linalool , Perfume
The LUSH BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask is a mask created for people with sensitive skin. Lately, any and everything has been breaking me out. My husband pays attention! Since receiving this mask, I’ve used it once. After using it, my skin felt smooth for a few days, moisturized, and not tight. It rinsed clean, too, and I had no irritation afterward.
The BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask contains locally-harvested, nutrient-rich seaweed to help nourish the skin. Finely ground almonds help to gently exfoliate the skin leaving it nice and smooth. There’s also aloe vera gel and rose absolute which aid in calming and soothing sensitive spots, as well as honey and olive oil to moisturize.
Ingredients: Lime Tree Flowers (Tilia europaea) , Sweet Violet Leaf Infusion (Viola Odorata) , Kaolin , Honey (Mel) , Glycerine , Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis) , Bladderwrack Seaweed (Fucus gardneri) , Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis) , Millet Flakes (Panicum miliaceum) , Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea) , Bentonite Gel , Fresh Rose Petal (Rosa centifolia) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin) , Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) , Seaweed Absolute (Fucus vesiculosus) , *Citral , *Geraniol , *Benzyl Benzoate , *Limonene , *Linalool , Perfume
I’m happy with all of the LUSH items that I received, especially the LUSH Fresh Face Masks because I’ve wanted to try a few of them for some time now. After I use these up, I will trade in my canisters and try another mask.
First, before I get into why I chose Ben Nye Powders for my personal use and for my professional makeup kit, I think you should know that Ben Nye was one of the first to design natural foundation colors for African-American, Hispanic and Asian performers. Needless to say, the Ben Nye brand has been around for years, and the products have been a staple in many Hollywood makeup artists’ kits for T.V. and theatrical makeup – and let us not forget the drag queens.
While looking for affordable items to build my professional makeup kit, I came across Ben Nye Powders, more specifically the Ben Nye Banana Visage Poudre Luxury Powder. My first Ben Nye Powder Purchase was the Banana Powder. For one, through my research I’ve found that it has many uses and it works well on most skintones. Listen, I said most, that doesn’t mean I will use it on the darkest shade of brown because I know better. Secondly, I knew I was onto something when I had a lunch date one summer with Sam Fine (this was while he still lived in Brooklyn) who asked me what products I had in my kit. After listing the items I had, including the Ben Nye Banana Powder, he stopped me and asked “How did you find out about it? That’s a great choice.” Whoop Whoop!
After using the Banana Powder in my kit, I longed to try the other Ben Nye Powders, especially the shades for darker skintones, so I picked up the following Ben Nye Powders: Classic Translucent Face Powder ($7) in Sienna and Topaz; Mojave Luxury Powder ($12-$14) in Dark Cocoa and Cocoa Tan; Bella Luxury Powder ($12-$28) in Cameo and Beige Suede.
I’ve swatched the three most used Ben Nye Powders I use personally. Even though I left it out, I do use Topaz, too. I will swatch that one for you later. To set my makeup, Sienna works best. As a highlight I switch between the Banana Powder or Topaz; Topaz is a great highlight shade for deeper brown skintones. Dark Cocoa I use as my contour.
Bella Luxury Powders are a silky-fine, mattifying translucent setting powder with just a hint of color, you won’t miss the white cast in your photos that often comes with other finishing powders. The versatile Banana shade suits just about any skin tone as it softly and subtly color corrects surface redness and pink undertones, as well as neutralizes bluish undereye circles. The powder is specially formulated to absorb excess oil and soften the appearance of pores and texture. Enhance your fair-skinned, youthful glow with Cameo, balance out light to medium skin tones with Buff, and warm up tan to deeper skin tones with Beige Suede. With more product for the price, it’s as beautiful on your wallet as it is on your skin! This Ben Nye Powder is available in 4 shades: Banana, Beige Suede, Buff, and Cameo. Source: CRC Makeup
Ben Nye’s Classic Translucent Face powder sets creme makeup for a durable, soft matte finish. Neutral Set Translucent Powder is a colorless powder that blends with all skin tones without diminishing the natural glow of your complexion. The special formula also controls perspiration. This Ben Nye Powder is available in 9 shades ranging from fair to cool, to the rich, deep brown: Neutral Set (TP-5); Super White (TP-7); Fair (TP-1); Pretty Pink (TP-89); Topaz (TP-3); Sienna (TP-47); Chestnut (TP-42); Ebony (TP-52); Coco Tan (TP-44). Super White Powder is Ben Nye’s only non-translucent powder that contains a bright white pigment good for White, Geisha, Porcelain, and other very fair shades. Source: CRC Makeup
This set of Ben Nye Powders was formulated for those with rich and warm skintones (olive and brown). Ben Nye’s Mojave Luxury Powders are gently tinted to enhance your natural glow, not wash it out. This Ben Nye Powder is velvety to the touch, is lightweight, blends easily, thus softening the look of fine lines and pores as well as absorbs excess oil to keep your skin looking fresh and flawless all day long. This powder comes in six shades: Camel (true golden olive), Dolce (softer golden), Olive Sand (tan golden), Clay (muted terracotta), Nutmeg (ruddy spice) and Dark Cocoa (rich chocolate). Source: CRC Makeup
The best part about these Ben Nye Powders is that you get a lot of bang for your buck. You receive a lot of product for an affordable price. It’s hard for one person to use it all up, too! It’s a great idea to buy one bottle and split it with some friends. Sharing is caring.
I purchased my Ben Nye Powders from Camera Ready Cosmetics, but you can also find them on Amazon, Alcone Co, Naimies and even Ricky’s NYC.
Disclosure: Product was provided for review consideration. All opinions are my own and are honest.
One of my favorite cosmetics brands, IT Cosmetics has an exciting 4-piece collection debuting March 10, 2014 on QVC – CC Your Way to Beautiful Skin ($58.98 – QVC Item #: A253534). This collection features four of IT Cosmetics must-have beauty products that allow you to put your best [fresh] face forward this spring. Included in the IT Cosmetics CC Your Way to Beautiful Skin collection are: CC+™ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss, Tightline™ Waterproof Mascara Primer, a super size (2.53 fl oz) Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+, and a Heavenly Luxe™ Plush Paddle Foundation Brush.
The IT Cosmetics CC Your Way to Beautiful Skin 4-piece collection is the perfect collection for women who don’t like the look and feel of heavy makeup, and want the added bonus of applying makeup that leads to healthier and better skin.
The Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum is a full-coverage color correcting cream, anti-aging serum, and broad spectrum SPF 50 + all-in-one, which means you no longer have to apply product after product to achieve healthy-looking, glowing skin. The Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ isn’t heavy, and doesn’t look cakey, and as you can see from the swatches, it has great coverage, and does a good job of color correcting the blue-green area on my wrists. I know with darker skintones the concern with wearing products that contain Titanium and Zinc Oxide is flashback – I didn’t experience that.
The Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ comes in five shades: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, and Rich.
The Heavenly Luxe™ Plush Paddle Foundation Brush is a synthetic, but soft dense foundation brush that enables you to apply a smooth, even layer of the Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream to clean skin or over your favorite moisturizer.
The Tightline™ Waterproof Mascara Primer is a waterproof eyelash primer that lasts up to 12 hours. Using the Tightline™ Waterproof Mascara Primer isn’t that hard – you lightly and gentle press the Tightline™ Waterproof Mascara Primer wand along the root of your lash line to fill-in the gaps between the lashes for the look of added volume and definition.
Finish your fresh faced spring look by applying the “ultra-conditioning” CC+™ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss in shade “Love” for instant color correction , and a flush of color. The CC+™ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss can be worn both day and night for improved hydration. The CC+™ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss is a good match for my brown skin; it looks natural, and smells wonderful.
The IT Cosmetics CC Your Way to Beautiful Skin 4-piece Collection will be a t Today’s Special Value (TSV) on QVC. It will be offered at an impressive affordable price of $58.98, while supplies last, for oNE DA ONLY on QVC. , the QVC apps and QVC.com on Monday, March 10, 2014 from 12: 00 a.m. EST to 2:25 a.m. the following day.
Disclosure: Product was provided for review consideration. All opinions are my own and are honest.