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Whish Soda Fountain Collection, STEAL!

Whish Soda Fountain Collection, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale STEAL!

Whish Soda Fountain Collection, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale STEAL!

Press SampleEffective and TO. DIE. FOR. The Whish Soda Fountain bath and body collection is now available, and is a part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (which ends on 8/2/15, BTW). The creamy, dreamy super-hydrating body butter is a mere $12 and available in Black Cherry, Ginger Melon, Key Lime, and–my personal favorite–Orange Cream.

These products are sold out online, so be sure to hit your local Nordstrom ASAP!

Click HERE to check out more from Whish. The soda fountain collection will be available on their website soon!

Whish Soda Fountain Collection, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale STEAL!

Whish Soda Fountain Collection, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale STEAL!

The product in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Essence Waterproof Makeup

Essence Waterproof Makeup For Summer!

Essence Waterproof Makeup For Summer!

Press SampleI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This girl loves waterproof makeup. I live in a warm climate, and can never tell when my day will include swimming, sliding, or–let’s face it–sweating. Waterproof makeup helps prevent the dreaded slide that goes hand in hand with all of these possibilities. I’ve been reviewing various high-end waterproof products so far this summer, and now it’s time to introduce you to a fabulous budget option. Essence Cosmetics offers some very effective waterproof makeup, at a fraction of the price.

Essence Waterproof Gel Liner

Essence Waterproof Gel Eye Pencils

Essence Waterproof Gel Eye Pencils

Essence Waterproof Gel Liner Swatches

Essence Waterproof Gel Liner Swatches

My favorite item from the Essence Waterproof makeup lineup is the Waterproof Gel Liner available in 6 colors and retailing for a mere $2.99. Don’t trust my opinion? This product was an Allure magazine best of beauty winner last year!  Swatches above from left to right, Gunmetal, Blue Lagoon, Black Blaze, Cocoa Bean, and Urban Jungle.  As you can see the color delivered is intense.  The formula is controllable but easy to blend.  I’m obsessed.

Essence Lash Mania Mascara

Essence Lash Mania Mascara Applicator

Essence Lash Mania Mascara Applicator

Essence Lash Mania Mascara Applicator

Essence Lash Mania Mascara Applicator

Essence Lash Mania Mascara

Essence Lash Mania Mascara

The Essence Lash Mania mascara applicator features a spiky cone-shaped applicator and is SO big and covers each lash with clump-free waterproof product. I’m still undecided on waterproof performance for this formula, and will update this post after further testing.  As a mascara for daytime wear though?  It’s a wonderful choice, and wallet-friendly.

Retail price is $2.99 per gel liner, and $4.99 per mascara.  You can buy ALL of the products featured in these review for under $20.  Crazy, right?

Grab yours at Ulta (where they frequently offer a GWP as well) and read more about the products at Essence-Cosmetics.com.

The product in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer

Press SampleI was immediately drawn to Lipstick Queen Endless Summer for the name alone.  I live in a place where summer is truly endless, so would this be the dream lip color for a desert dweller like me?  Lipstick Queen Endless Summer Lipstick isn’t just about color, the product contains moisturizer and sun protection.  Truly a dream for any sun-worshipper!

Endless Summer In Aloha

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer Lipstick in Aloha

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer Lipstick in Aloha

Aloha is a cheery shade of red. You knew I’d want to try the rouge shade, right? Other colors offered in the Endless Summer formula include Hang Ten- a warm nude, Endless Summer- pink, and Stoked- coral.

Aloha Swatch, Lipstick Queen Endless Summer

Aloha Swatch, Lipstick Queen Endless Summer

Aloha Swatch, Lipstick Queen Endless Summer

As you can see, the formula is super sheer. If you’re looking for a forgivable red, this is it! I experienced zero bleeding or cracking with this product. No primer or liner is required to keep color in place. In addition, it has such a heavenly feel on the lips. It feels more like a soothing lip treatment than a lipstick, and as a result has become a fast favorite in my makeup collection!

Retail price is $22. Endless Summer lipsticks can be purchased directly at LipstickQueen.com, Ulta, Nordstrom.com, and Barneys.

The product in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Aveeno Skin Relief Healing Ointment

Aveeno Skin Relief Healing Ointment

Aveeno Skin Relief Healing Ointment

Press SampleWhen my skin is truly dry. I mean dry to the point it needs some really effective soothing treatment, Aveeno Skin Relief Healing Ointment is worth its weight in gold. The ointment has a petroleum jelly kind of feel to it, but don’t think it’s the same! Aveeno’s product contains the Active Naturals Triple Oat Complex, known to soothe irritated skin, and protect it. In fact, this product is so soothing, it doubles as a treatment for burns and boo boos. Moms rejoice!

Aveeno Skin Relief Healing Ointment is free of lanolin, fragrance and dyes.  Retail price is $9.99 for a large 3 oz. tube. A little goes a long way with this product!

Sold at local drugstores, or online at Amazon.com, Target, and Drugstore.com.

The product in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Paula’s Choice Rosacea Skincare Kit Review

Paula's Choice STEAL:  $9  2% BHA

Paula’s Choice STEAL: $9 2% BHA

One Paula’s Choice Item 20% Off!

Press Sample, SponsoredBefore I even get into my Paula’s Choice Rosacea Skincare Kit Review, I have two serious STEALS to present to my beloved readers.  I’m now a Power Primper with the Pretty In My Pocket team, and as a result I get to share some PERKS with my readers!

Firstly, a trial size of this Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid is available for $9–with free shipping! If your pores are looking congested, this gentle best-selling liquid helps keep pores clear.  This is marked down from the usual $14 per trial size (and includes shipping), so it’s a great way to give this chemical exfoliant a try.  This product is good for all skin types.  Why?  It’s strictly a chemical exfoliant.  No harsh scrubbing or buffing is involved! CLICK HERE TO GRAB THIS TRIAL NOW! Secondly, my readers can get 20% Off any one Paula’s Choice item (plus FREE shipping) CLICK HERE to activate your promotional code, PRIMP20 !  It expires on 7/31/15 at midnight, so do not hesitate!

Paula’s Choice Rosacea Skincare Kit Review

Paula's Choice Rosacea Kit, Evening Regimen

Paula’s Choice Rosacea Kit, Evening Regimen

I can’t put my finger on the age my porcelain skin started to betray me. In my mid-20’s my skin was a special sort of alabaster, and oh how I loved it. Now I rely heavily on product to even out my skin tone, and some skincare makes my skin really FREAK OUT. You may have noticed I don’t do many skincare reviews anymore, and this is why. Unless of course, there’s a trusted brand involved.

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a strong chance you own Paula Begoun’s book, “Don’t Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me“.  This voluminous tome contains comprehensive liss of the pros and cons of just about every beauty product in creation, but much of this advice can now be found online. Paula’s very particular, and as a result I knew I could trust my skin to a trial of her skincare.  My experience kicked off with a skincare consultation on the phone.  I thought this special treatment was because I am a blogger, but nope.  EVERYONE can get a consultation all you need to do is call 800-831-4088, and a consultant will ask you questions that will lead to the purchase of skincare appropriate for you. CLICK HERE to take a peek at the different skincare kits available!

Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Rosacea Kit Review, Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Rosacea Kit Sale

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Rosacea Kit

For me?  Well, I can use anti-aging ingredients as much as the next gal, but my primary skin concerns are dryness and Rosacea.  Luckily for me, Paula’s Choice has an entire skincare regimen for those with dry, irritable skin like mine.  The “Rosacea Kit” also known as the “Skin Recovery Kit” can be purchased in a bundle of full-sized product for $99 right now (marked down from $119).  The products included in this kit are shown above.  ALL of these are full sized products, making this a crazy steal of a deal!  They aren’t just a deal, they are incredibly soothing and effective.  My skin feels wonderful after using these products for a few weeks, and the pores on my nose (normally quite congested) haven’t looked this clear in years!  I’m very pleased.

Paula's Choice Resist Products

Paula’s Choice Resist Products

Paula’s Choice Resist products amp up your skincare experience.  Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum adds some additional anti-aging muscle to your evening skincare routine.  Resist Youth-Extending Daily Mattifying Fluid is an anti-aging daytime lotion that boasts an SPF 50 and doesn’t leave the skin looking slick.

There’s more to love about Paula’s Choice Skincare!  If you try the skincare lineup and aren’t satisfied, there’s a 100% money back guarantee within 60 days of your purchase.  Paula’s Choice Skincare items are dye-free, fragrance-free, and cruelty-free.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Swatches

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Swatches

If you’re trying to figure out how to use that promo code I provided, but don’t want to take the skincare plunge, don’t forget Paula’s Choice also has a terrific lineup of color cosmetics! The Blush It On Contour Palette is brand new, retails for $36, and contains shades for blushing, bronzing, and highlighting. What fun you can have, playing with this palette!

CLICK HERE to shop Paula’s Choice products online!  It expires on 7/31/15 at midnight, so do not hesitate!

Power Primper Pride!

Power Primper Pride!

Also, if you love beauty–and shop for it frequently–download the PRIMP app for your iPhone or your Android device!  You can rate items you’ve tried, see what others are saying about the latest products, and read the advice of beauty gurus including me!

The product in this review was a press sample, and this post has been sponsored by Pretty In My Pocket (aka PRIMP). Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.