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Scar Away Silicone Scar Sheets Review

Scar Away Silicone Scar Sheets

Scar Away Silicone Scar Sheets

Press SampleIt’s been a year since my youngest had his “accident”.  We had literally just moved to another state, and after a two week period where it seemed to be all work and no play, our family visited a water spray park that my youngest son adored.  He needed a boost so badly that day, and then it happened.  While my son was running toward me through the water spray, another kid crashed into him from the side with full force.  My son flew through the air and landed on his side with nothing to break the fall.  I didn’t see his head hit the ground, but clearly it did, because as he ran toward me I saw a HUGE gash in his cheek that was deep, and white, and oh my GOD… we need to get to an ER!

After that horrible experience, he was left with a giant scar on his cheek about two inches long.  As a beauty blogger, I naturally had an abundance of recommendations from my friends, but nothing topical seemed very effective.  Finally, I read about ScarAway.  The Silicone Scar Sheets are apparently now popular with surgeons, so I decided to give them a go.

ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets couldn’t be simpler to use.  They apply much like a band-aid, only the entire underside of the bandage adheres to the skin.  They are easily (and painlessly) removed in the morning, and don’t leave any sticky residue behind like a Band-Aid would.  My son wore them to sleep each night, removing them in the morning.  After only a few weeks of use, I noticed big changes in the appearance of his scar, so we kept up the routine. [Read more…]

Aveeno Positively Radiant #Ad

Aveeno Positively Radiant

Aveeno Positively Radiant

Press Sample, AmbassadorI’ve been having fun playing with some of the products Aveeno passed along! If you haven’t already read my Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes review, be sure to surf over!

Aveeno Positively Radiant

Aveeno Positively Radiant

There are more items in the Aveeno Positively Radiant Family, however.  I’ve been using the Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub regularly for weeks now.  I’m almost done with my 5 oz tube!  This physical scrub is a great way to turn over those dead skin cells to reveal the more youthful, hydrated skin beneath.  The texture of this scrub is extremely refined, so it’s gentle for a physical scrub.  Best of all–for the sensitive skinned like me–the formula is noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic.

Aveeno Positively Radiant

Aveeno Positively Radiant

Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector is a spot treatment.  I’m jealous of anyone who doesn’t know what that means!  This treatment contains the Aveeno Active Naturals Total Soy Complex to correct uneven skin tone, and also contains Vitamin A.  This brightening cream is great to use as a first step in an evening moisturizing regimen, topped with your favorite moisturizer.

MSRP is $6.99 for the Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, and $14.99 for the Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector.

Retailers include Amazon.com, Target.com, and Drugstore.com.  Click HERE to read more about it at Aveeno!

The products featured in this post were press samples. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Exuviance Skincare Review

Exuviance Skincare Regimen, Review #bblogger #exuviance #skincare

Exuviance Skincare Regimen

Exuviance Skincare Review

Exuviance Skincare Review

Press SampleI’m a long-time fan of Exuviance, and lately have been gun-shy on skincare trials, so naturally it seemed like a great idea to reach out to a brand I know and love to see if I could give an entire skincare regimen a thorough test-drive for your reading pleasure!

In response to my interest, the team at Exuviance passed along the skincare trio photographed above:  Exuviance Multi-Protection Day Crème, Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex, and Exuviance Vitamin C+ Anti-Aging Booster. Click through the jump to read about each product and my Exuviance skincare review!  Retailers of Exuviance include NeoStrata.com and Ulta! [Read more…]

NEW Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum Review

Vaseline Intensive Care Package, With Magnolia Bakery Sweets!

NEW Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serum Package, With Magnolia Bakery Sweets!

Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serum, Nestled In With Magnolia Bakery Goodies

NEW Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serum, Nestled In With Magnolia Bakery Goodies


NEW Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serum Lineup!

Press Sample, SponsoredIt’s that time of year readers!  After a long, tough Winter, I’m sure your skin is looking dry.  Remember, we’re only weeks away from warmer weather, shorter sleeves and hem lengths, and (gasp) Spring Break!  If you’re looking for a weapon to wield in your war against dry skin, Vaseline has just launched the NEW Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serum in three different “flavors” to help you win the battle!  The claim to fame of this new product is it will deliver 10x the healing power to your skin over time using three ingredients:  PPAR Activators, Elastomers, and Vaseline® Jelly.

Straight-up Vaseline® Jelly has been a long time favorite of mine for Spring-season prep, so when I recently had the opportunity to test drive all three of these new formulas I jumped at the chance.  I was delighted when my samples arrived nestled in a bed of goodies from Magnolia Bakery treats!

Let’s go through the pros/cons:

1)  The Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum formula absorbs quickly after application.  This is a huge deal.  No one likes to wait around after application for their lotion to absorb.  All three absorb quickly, but of the three Radiance Restore seems the slowest to absorb, so if this is your hang-up, pick Advanced Relief or Deep Repair.

2)  Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum delivers instant gratification.  Immediately after applying, skin looks smoother, younger, and more healthy.

3)  The product is long lasting!  If you’re like me, you wash your hands regularly throughout the day.  The new Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum won’t wash off!  This formula lingers even after a long, warm, hand washing.

4)  The Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum has a fantastic price!  MSRP is only $7.99 and the tube is on the large side.  This moisturizer will last for quite a while, so it’s budget friendly if you plan to apply it to your entire body on a daily basis.

5)  The Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serums are scented.  This can be a pro or a con, depending on your personal needs.  Each scent is soft and feminine, and does indeed linger after application.  My personal opinion is an unscented version would make this product lineup truly complete.

NEW Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum Review

Vaseline Advanced Relief Healing Serum

Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serum, Advanced Relief

Advanced Relief Healing Serum is the potion you should select if your dry skin is also itchy or irritated.  This formula is also the gentlest of the three in my opinion, so it is an obvious choice for sensitive skin.  The formula has the feminine scent of rose and amber (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  Men LOVE amber)!

Vaseline Deep Repair Healing Serum

Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serum, Deep Repair

Deep Repair Healing Serum felt the richest and thickest of the three to me.  This formula has a sweeter scent of amber and jasmine.  This is the formula to pick if your skin is dry and cracking, and is the most intense moisture of the three.

Vaseline Radiance Restore Healing Serum

Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serum, Radiance Restore

Radiance Restore Healing Serum has the dreamy scent of Cocoa Butter (combined with black currant, but my nose detects only Cocoa Butter).  It’s a great pick if your skin is looking dull, as this formula is intended to restore the radiance of the skin while providing moisture.  This is the best formula to pick if you’re not a fan of scent, as the fragrance is more subtle.


Pretty Little Treats From Magnolia Bakery

Close-up of Magnolia Bakery sweets!  I couldn’t help but think of these little “x” confections as kisses from the brand!


Vaseline Sweets For The Skin, Nestled In Magnolia Bakery Treats

Here’s the Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum product lineup once again.  Which formula do you think is right for you?

Suggested retail price is a mere $7.99 for a 6.8 fl. oz. bottle.

Click HERE to visit the Vaseline Intensive Care WebsiteBe sure to “like” the Vaseline Facebook page, to keep up to date on new launches and news!

Vaseline sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Aveeno Ambassador

Aveeno Ambassador Announcement

Aveeno Ambassador Announcement

Press Sample, AmbassadorThis sensitive-skinned gal decided to take the plunge and become an Aveeno Ambassador! The team at Aveeno passed along these goodies for me to try out, so you’ll be reading more about them in the coming weeks, as I sample them adequately for review.  Included in my Aveeno care package were the following items:  Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes,  Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector, Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen, and Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment.  SO SO much homework to do for you all!  While you’re waiting for my reviews, you can CLICK HERE to shop the Aveeno selection online.

Aveeno Ambassador Announcement

Aveeno Ambassador Announcement

A huge surprise was how my Aveeno goodies arrived. They were housed in a gorgeous Angela & Roi handbag, filled with other goodies for travel.  Here are the deets:

The products featured in this post were press samples. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Beauty Bloggers Go-To Products

Press Sample, Affiliate LinkAs I mentioned in my Beauty Blogger Essentials post yesterday, I really couldn’t fit all of my Beauty Bloggers Go-To Products choices into only one post.  Here’s part two, a post filled with my tried and true skincare and beauty items.  All of these items are available at Nordstrom.com (and to give credit where credit is due, the images used in my collage are also from Nordstrom). Enjoy! Don’t forget that right now there are some incredible deals at the Nordstrom Clearance Sale.

Beauty Bloggers Go-To Products

Beauty Bloggers Go-To Products, #makeup #beauty #musthave

Beauty Blogger Go-To Products

  • NARS The Multiple: This product is the holy grail of cream cheek color, so much so that many consumers forget why it’s named The Multiple in the first place. This NARS product can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks. It’s a tube of makeup versatility that’s perfect for any beauty-lover in a hurry or needing to travel light. Retail price is $39.
  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple: This cleanser is the perfect balance of price and effectiveness, and I’ve been using it for so long I tend to hoard it when I can get a discount (like the XL sizes offered at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale). Retail price is $11-36, depending on size you select.  Shopping tip for Philosophy lovers: the larger the bottle, the less you pay per ounce!
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural are my all-time favorite MAC products.  I love instant gratification, and applying this all-over face powder instantly delivers a look of youthful radiance.  Retail price is $32.
  • Laura Mercier Smudge Brush:  In just about every makeup brush category, I can rattle off a few brands that offer great choices.  In the smudge brush category, the Laura Mercier Smudge Brush always clearly rises to the top in my mind, and I reach for it routinely.  This small domed brush features dense bristles that smudge an eye pencil application to perfection.  Retail price is $24.
  • Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil:  That soft, sultry eye makeup look you’ve been seeking out?  Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil delivers.  It also comes in almost-black color choices for beauty lovers who want to add a slight touch of color to their makeup routine.  Retail price is $24.
  • MAC Lipstick: I hate to just say “MAC Lipstick” without being specific.  If I was forced to name a favorite at gunpoint, I would probably scream out “Cremesheen” but the truth is I simply love my MAC Lipstick, in every and any finish!  Retail price is generally $16, but varies if an item is a limited-edition shade.
  • Algenist Genius Anti-Aging Cream:  The team at Algenist once passed along their Genius Anti-Aging Cream, and it’s been quite the remedy for my dry, aging skin.  It feels great when I apply it at night, and also really brings the skin back to life making it look more youthful and healthy.  Retail price is $110.
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick:  Bobbi’s Shimmer Brick is the gold standard if you really want to glow.  Pink Quartz is my all time favorite, but I’d happily grab any Shimmer Brick shade I can get my hands on!  Retail price is $44.
  • Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Foundation: I’m going to be honest and tell you I was torn on which Estee Lauder foundation to include in this list.  Last year the brand simply won me over with their new Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup, but since I haven’t replenished that bottle yet using my own $, I’ll write about Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme, a product the brand sent me to sample many years ago and I’ve purchased many times since.  Resilience Lift Extreme contains a cocktail of ingredients that boost collagen production and instantly make skin appear firmer (and therefore younger).  Retail price is $42.

Click HERE to grab these goodies at Nordstrom.com. The makeup featured in this product review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Beauty Blogger Essentials


Beauty Blogger Essentials

Press Sample, Affiliate LinkThis week’s Makeup Wars topic posed a bit of a problem for me.  The Makeup Wars team is writing about our tried and true go-to products, the items we reach for again and again and replenish over and over. I had a blast pulling together this Beauty Blogger Essentials List, but have to admit that I couldn’t fit all of my “go to” beauty items in one post!

As a result, today’s post is part one of a two-part series and you can see the remainder of my Beauty Blogger Essentials List tomorrow.  Love what you see?  All of these products can be purchased at Nordstrom.com.  While you’re there, don’t miss the Nordstrom Clearance Sale!  It’s definitely worth a peek.

Beauty Blogger Essentials, #beauty #makeup #blogger

Makeup Wars, Beauty Blogger Essentials, Image Credit Nordstrom.com

  • NARS Nail Polish: If I had to pick only one nail polish to use, I’d splurge on a bottle of NARS Nail Polish over and over again. This highly opaque color-rich formula can truly be applied with only one coat. It’s big 3 free, and has a gorgeous wide brush for applying. It’s a seriously luxe experience from end to end, with professional results. Retail is $20.
  • Lancôme Color Design Shadow and Liner Palette:  There are a gazillion eyeshadow palettes I love, but the Lancôme 5-Pan Color Design Palette is currently the first I reach for.  These palettes provide room for creativity, but don’t overwhelm with choices.  They are sized for travel, unlike a mega-palette, and also include tips for application.  I’m currently using Beige Brulee, but have my eye on Taupe Craze (in photo).  Retail is $50.
  • Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour:  I love WAY too many lipsticks to mention them all, but Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Color is definitely one of the first tubes I seek out when I’m applying my morning face.  The formula delivers a color-rich, satin finish and is available in a wide array of colors.  Palm Beach, shown above, is a fabulous vivid coral for Spring!  Retail is $27.
  • Lancôme Definicils Waterproof Mascara:  Here in the desert, temperatures are already starting to reach levels the rest of the world would consider summer.  To stay cool, we participate in a TON of water activity, so my makeup has to always be ready for some splashing.  I testing Lancôme Definicils Waterproof Mascara last summer, and when I say “tested” I mean I wore it for a day of watersliding action with my kids.  This formula didn’t run or budge AT ALL.  Retail is $27.50.
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil:  This reformulated version of an old favorite is still a mainstay in my makeup collection.  This water-resistant formula is the one you need to pick if you truly need color to last from day to night.  It applies in a gorgeous, smudgy texture that’s easily blended to perfection using the provided smudge-tip.  Once the product sets, it will stay put for hours!  Retail price is $23.
  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body:  Dry, flaky skin be gone!  Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body is perched in my shower, and has been for some time.  This physical/chemical peel first acts as a scrub.  Then it should be left on for up to 5 minutes while it works it’s magic, eliminating dry skin and revealing the healthy skin beneath!  Retail is $65.
  • Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm: After a fellow beauty blogger raved about Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm, I splurged on one for myself, and have been using it regularly ever since. This undereye cream is rich, delivers the moisture I so desparately need, and also tingles after you apply (so you can tell it’s working to reveal healthier skin). This product is paraben free, and Algenist is also made right here in the USA! Retail price is $65.
  • Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion:  When Shiseido launched their suncare line, I immediately grabbed a bottle of this SPF 50+ broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen.  Since that first trial run, I’ve purchased it over and over again.  As you’d expect, this product is superb sun protection, especially if you’ll be pool side.  What you might not know it is wears beautifully under makeup, as it has an almost matte finish when you apply.    Retail is $39.
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector: This little compact has been my “go-to” undereye concealer for quite some time now.  Once again, while my first was a press sample, I’ve since purchased this product over and over again (and usually keep a backup for travel, or to ensure I don’t run out).  Bobbi Brown corrector is a heavier concealer, and has an orange undertone that cancels darkness under the eyes. Retail is $25.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette:  I don’t know one beauty lover who doesn’t think the Hourlgass Ambient Lighting Palette is fabulous.  This palette contains an all-over face powder, a highlighting shade, and a bronzing shade.  It’s perfect for some subtle contouring, or to use each shade stand-alone.  Retail is $58.
  • NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer: NARS instantly won me over when they launched their Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. I generally avoided tinted moisturizers before NARS launched their version, as I required more coverage to even out my skin tone. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is slightly more opaque than the standard tinted moisturizer, but delivers a natural look. Since receiving my first sample I’ve purchased this product over and over again! Retail price is $43.

All of these items can be found at Nordstrom.com. Be sure to click through the links below to see and read other Beauty Blogger’s “go-to products”! I’ll also be posting another round of Beauty Essentials for your reading pleasure tomorrow!

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

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Dermalogica PowerBright TR Review

Dermalogica PowerBright TR Review

Dermalogica PowerBright TR Review

Dermalogica PowerBright TR Review

Dermalogica PowerBright TR Review

Press SampleI have a preferred skincare regimen–after years of trial and error with my skin–and finally feel I’ve found a winning balance.  I was initially hesitant to sample the Dermalogica PowerBright TR system, scared I might break my winning streak!  I’m so glad I decided to take the plunge, because in doing so I discovered a truly top notch skincare system. [Read more…]

Venox Reviews

Venox Serum Review, Beverly Hills MD

Venox Serum Review, Beverly Hills MD

Press SampleI recently had the opportunity to sample Venox Anti-Aging Serum from Beverly Hills MD Cosmeceuticals.  I am such a skin care snob, and haven’t sampled much these days for you, my dear readers.  It’s just that I’ve had some really bad experiences in my eight years of beauty blogging with skin care testing. For the past year my skin has been so happy and clear, I’ve been afraid to mess with it! [Read more…]

Aerin Beauty Rose Balm

Aerin Rose Balm.  A dainty little container that screams #luxe!  via @ragingrouge

Aerin Rose Balm

Press SampleFirst of all, before you panic, I want you to know that Aerin Beauty Rose Balm doesn’t smell like a blooming garden of roses.  It does, however, harness the moisturizing power of ingredients extracted from roses.

Aerin Rose Balm is designed for moisturizing VERY dry skin anywhere on the body, so it’s great to have on hand this time of year.  Lips, hands, elbows, knees… this product is the ultimate multi-tasker.  It’s easy to apply, but keep in mind that it’s pressed firmly like a balm into the jar, and only a very little amount is needed for each application.

Aerin Rose Balm comes housed in a substantial glass jar with a gleaming golden lid.  It’s perfect for perching on a vanity of dresser, as the look of the packaging almost works as a household accessory, it’s so gorgeous.  This product is great for sensitive skin, and delivers an overall luxe experienece.

Retail price is $58.

Click HERE to check out AERIN. AERIN Beauty is also available at fine retailers: Nordstrom.com, NeimanMarcus.com, Selfridges.com and BergdorfGoodman.com.

The makeup featured in this post was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

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