Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Scentered Sleep Well Candle & Set

Have trouble sleeping ? Wildly waves hand in the air.

Trying to find things that are relaxing and help settle us for the night is always a good thing. Scentered , maker of lovely fragranced candles has something for that, called Sleep Well . You can experience the scent in both a candle and a balm that comes in an adorbale Insta ready set.

Both  are fragranced with palmarosa, lavender, chamomile and ylang ylang among others. The fragrance is very soothing, soft, gentle and worth a good deep inhale. Ahhhhhh.

The Sleep Well Essential Sleep Set makes a great gift ( and Mother's Day is around the corner). You get a Sleep Well therapy balm along with a 100% silk eye mask all in a serene shade of grey.  The balm has 14 essential oils in it's blend and can be applied to pulse points anytime, not just bedtime. I might need to carry this in my bag at all times, how about you ?

So tap on the balm, light the candle and slip on the mask. Breathe deep and work on a good night's rest.

Scentered Sleep Well Essential Sleep Set is $ 33.50
Scentered Sleep Well Candle is $ 24 for 3.0 oz or $ 39 for 7 oz.

The line is made in England and 100% natural. Find them online here 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Love Beauty and Planet Body Wash

I've finally gotten around to trying  some of the Love, beauty and planet line.  It's one that's interested me for awhile  and as it's a natural brand and it being Earth Day soon ( Apr. 22)  and all, it was the right time to test drive.

The brand is asking fans to  do #SmallActsofLove this Earth Day ,  knowing that even seemingly little things like turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth  and remembering to recycle bottles like the brand's own, make a difference without much effort from us.

Of course I also love a good body wash  , so I've got  their Tea Tree & Vetiver and Shea Butter & Sandalwood in the rotation.

Tea Tree & Vetiver Daily Detox is  herb-y smelling with a  good whiff of the  menthol tinged tea tree and green vetiver. It's very much unisex  and a refreshing  choice for a hot day with it's  overall feeling of coolness.

Shea Butter & Sandalwood Majestic Moisture smells cozy, warm and coconutty thanks to the shea butter and coconut oil .  This is creamier than the tea tree blend and helps skin feel soothed and hydrated. The one to wind down with.

 These lather well for a more natural formula, not heavy lather but enough that you feel like you've gotten enough  to feel clean.  The scents aren't strong either , more subtle and linger close to skin.

The bottles here 100% recycled  and 100% recyclable. they use plant based cleansers, no sulfates parabens, dyes . They are vegan and not tested on animals.

Love Beauty and Planet Body Wash can be found at  Amazon, Target, Walgreens and more.  There are six scent varieties in all , Retail is 6.99 - 8.99 depending on store/sale.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sally Hansen Insta Dri- New Shades

Sally Hansen's Insta Dri has been a fav for a long time due to it's fast drying. I seem to always think of doing my nails at  9 or 10PM on a Sunday , which leaves  not enough time for them to set well , usually, with regular polish.

New shades are ready for Spring into Summer and plenty have a pop of bright color we could use to kick start the season.  Also  the line has been improved with a one day longer wear per the brand and the bottle has gotten a desighn revamp.

I got complements when I wore the bright purple Va Va Violet.  I love a good purple and this fits the bill.

With Insta Dri you get full coverage in two coats. While Sally says you don't need a top coat, I think you do, or at least I do. I like max shine and a top coat provides that, along with longer wear generally.

This new formula wore well with  minor tip wear after 4 days ( and I am hard on my nails) .    One chip came in day 5.  Not bad . Faster dry polishes tend to not wear as long , and while that was still the case here, I got the  work week out of it.

Shown with Sally's new Big Polish Guards- these band aid like wraps go around your nail area before you paint  and keep your fingers free of polish. Especially handy if you're like me and a messy painter.  They aren't reusable though, the one drawback. Otherwise, they work really well.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Calvin Klein Eternity Air

The Eternity fragrance family gets a new version for Spring.

Light as a breeze, which you would expect from something named Air, it's perfect for the season and right into warmer temps.

Eternity Air is light, fresh and  floral. The scent uses what the perfumers call Sky of the sky accord , which they say is "airy, yet dense".

The fragrance start off with a burst of  grapefruit soon followed by black currant and the airy note. It's a soft citrus and  the fruits are not too sweet.  Dewy florals come along with the peony and muguet notes while the grapefruit hangs in the background. The drydown brings cedarwood , ambergris and musk, with all these playing pretty lightly, the cedar being most prominent to my nose.  The middle notes remain at the front of this scent long into the drydown .

This wears easily, with medium sillage and lasts long .  The bottle is the traditional Eternity shape and style but done in a wispy pale blue.

Calvin Klein Eternity Air is $50 (1.0oz), $71 (1.7oz) and $88 (3.4oz)  at Macy’s 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation Gel Stick

I looove a good foundation stick. They are not the easiest foundation to find but  sometimes a good one pope ups and that's just what happened with these new ones from Burberry.

Fresh Glow  Gel Stick is a  medium coverage , light feeling foundation.  It has a cooling feeling on skin when applied, blends like a dream. It perfects and  covers while still looking not too "done" with a satin , natural , luminous finish without any shine or shimmer.  I like that the finish isn't too dewy or too matte with it's Aloe Vera and water gel formula. It's really just right. It has light moisture to it, but not a lot. Again, it's in between, so a moisturizer or BB underneath works well  unless you're oily.  Wear time is great too. All day with just the midday T Zone touch up.

No 42, No 12, No 31

Of course I don't need to tell you about the ease of use of a stick foundation , do I ? That grab and go portability but also that with a few quick swipes you're done.  Mornings need that kind of  efficiency . It works as a concealer as well.

There is a nice shade range  here, 12 in all.  I use No. 12 which is  light. Also shown are No. 31 and No . 42 .

Burberry Fresh Glow Stick is $ 48  at Burberry , Saks , Nordstrom

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Nexxus Keraphix Severe Damage Healing Haircare

Nexxus makes some of the gold standard haircare for repairing damage. Their Emergencee has been a staple  here for over a decade.  The Mom has damaged, brittle, processed hair that needs a lot of TLC and she swears by it.  I've used it too, when my hair is having a moment .

New is Keraphix with a shampoo, conditioner , treatment masque and  reconstructing treatment for severely damaged hair . The formula uses a keratin blend proprietary to Nexxus that also has black rice .

The Shampoo cleans well and conditions a lot on it's own but it was a bit weighing on hair.   It's definitely best for those who have really fried their hair, along with the conditioner, which works well and is  fairly light.   My hair is in pretty decent shape right now, but I like how it helped the ends look and feel better.

The Reconstructing Treatment  are tubes that come packaged two to a box. These do a great job and are similar to Emergencee .  Shampoo first  then leave treatment on wet hair for 5  minutes,  rinse , shampoo again and condition.  Hair is softer and looks less dry, more healthy. Very much something you'll be glad you used.

The Treatment masque is the one product I haven't tested yet. It is a thick, butter like formula that you work all over hair  and leave on for 3-5 minutes then shampoo/condition.  Judging by how well the other products work, I 'll assume this is a winner too.

-Nexxus Keraphix Shampoo is $ 12.99
-Nexxus Keraphix Conditioner is $17.99
-Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Hair Reconstructive Treatment is $14.99 ( two treatments in box
-Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Masque is $ 4.99

Available at drugstores, Target and in my Amazon store 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

DCL Skincare

DCL Skincare (Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories), a recent discovery for me ,  has become my new best friend.

The line was created  using potent ingredient levels 30 years ago by scientists working with dermatologists and until recently was  mainly sold  in Dr's offices here in the US.  They don't do heavy marketing , just good skincare you should know about.

First up let's talk  the fabulous eye cream, Peptide Plus Eye Treatment.  I am always up for a great eye cream and recently my eyes/eye area have gotten extra dry especially on the upper lid area which had always been oily .

This is very moisturizing , glides over skin feeling like whipped butter, absorbs well and feels so good on . It also seems to fill lines a bit , soothes and perks up the area especially the browbone.  Ingredients include peptides , shea butter , sunflower and grape seed oils , vitamin E and rice bran protein. Can I say I love this ?

Next let's talk body care . Why doesn't body care have some of the same good for skin ingredients that our facial care does ? It should,  DCL's  C Scape High Potency Body Lotion  does just that. With  lactic acid and urea , I noticed my skin seemed smoother after just 2 uses.   Vitamin C also adds brightening , which will take longer to achieve but I'm all for it ,and shea butter adds the moisture.  The formula is thin but sinks in pretty quickly.  It does have a bit of the tacky feel that lactic acid creams often have , but it's minimal, less than the couple others I've used. I also didn't notice any sting from the Vitamin C but you may differ. The bottle is a long lasting 10.1 oz. The older you get, the older your skin gets, right ? I want my arms etc to look young(er) and nice too.

The company actually has Youtube videos  featuring  Joel Rubin  Sr VP of Research and Development with a peek into production and ingredients. Check them out here.    

DCL Skincare can now be found at Bloomingdales NYC , online at  as well as in dermatologists offices which are listed online.

DCL Skincare Peptide Plus Eye Treatment is $ 95
DCL  C Scape High Potency Body Lotion is $ 50

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Bottega Veneta The Knot Eau Absolue

Bottega Veneta's The Knot  Eau Florale has become a favorite of mine for every day wear . It's light, subtle but is interesting , it's not a basic floral or fresh scent. To a lesser degree I also liked the original The Knot with it's skinscent of lavender and cedar.

New is The Knot Eau Absolu, a richer, intense version , although version might be a misnomer, it is not very similar to The Knot or Eau Florale.   Absolue is big right off the first spritz, I described on Instagram as smoky and smouldering.

There's jasmine but it tends to be buried by the other notes; lavender like the original , myrrh , opopanax and woods. It's not sweet , not very floral but oriental, spicy and as mentioned smoky.

This a strong  fragrance and has a  bit of a unisex vibe going.  This is not my favorite type of scent , but that's my personal taste.  It is well crafted and I love the bold and bigness of it. Much better than another fresh, clean soapy scent (even if they do have their place). Grab fragrance by the horns, or, the atomizer.

And  I love that big metal knot on the bottle. It makes a great statement and look.

Bottega Veneta The Knot Eau Absolue is $ 125 ( 50 ml) and $ 160 ( 75ml) at Bottega VenetaNordstrom , Saks

Sunday, March 25, 2018

NARS Highlighting Powders

Leave it to NARS to make the perfect highlighter. After all that's where The Multiple and Orgasm blush came from.  I've had quite a fun time this weekend playing with them .

The new highlighting powders are very finely milled for a wash of color and shimmer. No large glitter pieces or metallic look. In other words, a highlighter for everyone including those of us who aren't 25 anymore. Or even 35.

These glide on skin adding just a sheen of  color, brightening and shimmer and can be built up some. My swatches  are three layers to get them to show up well in the pictures.  You'll still need well hydrated skin , these settle into lines slightly but far less than most I try. My skin also tends to absorb highlight products ( weird, I know) . I can apply a powder  or cream highlight and within an hour you can barely see it, even over foundation, so I appreciate the  lightness here. I can reapply at will without looking overdone or like a disco ball.

I use a  fluffy , dome shaped medium powder brush to dust all over as well as across cheekbones and brow. I've taken to putting some on under my foundation too, to look lit from within. Mornings really need that , right ? Who looks glowy at 7AM ?

The deeper shades could also be used as blush on fair skin. The darkest  I have is Maldives and it adds a nice bit of color but not quite enough on me for blush. There, I  use it and then layer a  satin/matte blush over it.

Shades shown are Ibiza, Maldives and Fort de France.

NARS Highlighting Powders are $ 38 and come in six shades at NARS , Ulta and department stores.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty 2018- My Picks

It's time for Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty and that means some great deals.

There is a special sale every day but I've got a few top picks.

March 26- Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Volume Mascara for $ 13.75  . How often does Lancome go on sale ? Not very. Time to stock up.

April 02 - Shiseido Urban Environment Oil Free UV Protector SPF 42  for $ 24. This is  one of my favorite every day lightweight facial SPFs. Great for oilier skins and anyone who wants barely there feel with plenty of protection.

 Apr. 03 Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten for $ 14. The lady knows her blushes and  now they're priced not that far above the top drugstore brands.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Chanel Blue Serum Eye

Chanel adds to their rather nice Blue Serum with a new version for eyes. I liked the face serum, it's refreshing and light while adding moisture.

Blue Serum Eye is a lightweight gel cream that feels very soft, gentle  and soothing on the eye area with a bit of a cooling feel.  It smoothes and  firms some and is a light to mid- weight moisturizer.

My eyes are very dry and this isn't quite enough for overnight when I really try to power hydrate them, but I love it for AM use as it's perfect under makeup and adds just enough moisture to start the day along and get the eye area looking more awake.

The serum uses the natural ingredients from the world's "blue zones" where people live longer like Costa Rica , Greece and Sardinia, just as the face serum does. Ingredients include shea butter, olive fruit and  green coffee seed oils, olive leaf  and aloe extracts and mastic gum. 

Chanel Blue Serum Eye is $ 70 for .5 oz at Chanel  and department stores.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Simple Skincare Water Boost Micellar Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Simple Skincare has new additions to their Water Boost line for  dry and dehydrated skin. There is a sleeping cream, cleanser and makeup removing pads .

I tried the new  Micellar Eye Makeup Remover Pads  and it was a good choice. These are super gentle on  my eyes, which has not always been the case with other wipes I've tried and they get all the makeup off easily and quickly. I use budge proof mascara and eyeliner  every day so I need plenty of  remover but I also have dry , easily irritated eyes.

Two passes over each eye and you're good to go and one pad easily does both eyes. They don't tug at eyes  or sting  and also aren't drying.   With Micellar Bubbles in them they have a cool , light feel on eyes

The little purse size  pack has 30 pads . Great to use every day or to keep handy for travel or extra busy days/nights when even removing makeup seems too much to bother with .

Right now at Simple's website you can sign up for a  coupon while supplies last.

Simple Water Boost Micellar Eye Makeup Remover Pads are approx. 5.99 depending on outlet.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Caress Botanicals Shower Foam

Time to Spring clean the shower routine and Caress has new nicely scented shower foams to lather up .

The shower foams are lightweight on skin , with light moisture that feels clean and fragrance that is pretty and present but not strong.

I have Mediterranean Neroli and Green Tea. I love the individual scents of  both hose notes, so this was a win. It reminds a little of the green tea fragrances from Arden and Bulgari that were so well loved years back.  I do get more green tea than neroli , but it's pretty either way. 

There are two other fragrances- White Orchid and Coconut Milk and Midnight Iris and Vanilla Bean.  

All are sulfate and paraben free, and  the lather here is not big and works in fast.  You will need a couple pumps each time . 

Caress Botanicals Shower Foam is sugg. retail of $ 5.47 at drugstores etc.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Amo Ferragamo EDP

Amo Ferragamo  bursts from Spring into Summer with it's bouncy cocktail of a scent.

Amo ( Love) has lots of  bitter citrus  , jasmine and blackberry in the beginning and those notes hold well into the middle.  It's  a  gourmand but floral as well.  Mate,  Tahitian Vanilla and Ambrox are in there, which is where the gourmand feel comes in. Sandalwood rounds out the drydown but this never feels too woodsy. The  citrus and creamy vanilla stand out the most ,  it's like a lemon italian pastry cream.

This is a youthful and fun fragrance and with Easter around the corner, a nice one to tuck into  holiday baskets alongside the choclate and jelly beans.

Amo Ferragamo is $ 95 for 1.7 oz and $ 120 for 3.4 oz at  Bloomingdales 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Chanel Verdarame Eyeshadow & Mare Chiaro Eyeliner

Get your Green on with  Chanel's new Spring color collection.

I have to admit, green is a color I love to wear and looks good on me, yet I hardly do. I am often resolving to change this and lately I have. Now Chanel's given me more reason to go for the green. 

The new Mare Chairo eyeliner is a beauty. A bright , lighter grass green that really pops on eyes. It's a bit bold but I like it  and while it can be worn with green shadow, I like it against a medium nude or golden beige. For Spring, this will really work. 

Verdarame eyeshadow is basic deep green, nothing new about the color really, but it's a lovely green with a slight shimmer and deep pigment. I love Chanel's long wearing cream formula , it's one I have many of and use most days, so that  makes this a winner for me.

Both are available now wherever Chanel is sold. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Dolce Garden by Dolce & Gabbana EDP

There's a new Dolce in town.  Dolce Garden comes in the familiar and oh so pretty flower petal topped bottle , this time in peachey pink.

Dolce Garden is mostly a gourmand touched with woods.  A sharp burst of mandarin is first and then there is lots of coconut dashed with magnolia and neroli.   Almond milk , vanilla and sandalwood are all prominent into the drydown.  Frangipani is listed as a main inspiration here but I only get the smallest  whiff of it.

The florals take a backseat to the other notes.  It's very creamy, somewhat sweet and reminds  a bit of an amaretto cake.

Dolce Garden is strong at first, but settles into medium sillage after the drydown. Still noticeable , you'll  not want to go heavy on the spritzes with this, but less so than at the beginning.

Dolce Garden is currently excl. to Macys and is $ 29 for .25 oz rollerball, $ 118 for 2.5 oz, $ 76 for 1oz  and $ 94 for  1.6 oz EDP