Lips MD by Jess Introduces me to LipSense
April 16, 2017

I've tried a million long wearing lipsticks. This is not an understatement. My lips have gone through the wringer. I've sold the most luxurious of makeup with promises of smoothing wrinkles and plumping lips. But when I tried the over the counter long wearing lipsticks, it didn't matter how expensive, or what the brand was, they dried out my lips. So "surprised" is an understatement of how I felt when I was given LipSense by Lips MD by Jess.  I had no faith.  I'd given up wearing long lasting lipstick for good.  I thought it was just another gimmick.  But I was shocked when it fulfilled all its claims of staying on and lasting for hours.  More importantly, it did not dry out my lips!  In …

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Wake Up to Makeup and Check Out The Balm Cosmetics!
April 13, 2017

I've tried a lot of make up in my cosmetic retail days, but I've never tried The Balm.  It is the bomb!  Priced reasonable and packaged using a vintage inspired theme, it really blew me away.  Oh yes, big bonus; it's talc free, paraben free, and cruelty free! I got some products from Wakeup To Makeup's Melissa Freed. She is a makeup artist and aesthetician.  She picked out the colors for me based upon my needs and shipped them right to me.  I didn't have to walk into a department store and get bombarded or overwhelmed.  How many of us go into the cosmetics department looking for an eyeliner and leaving with a whole skincare regimen?  We are all guilty of it mainly because of our …

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Red Apple Lipstick Comes Out With Blush and Bronzer!
February 12, 2017

I've been waiting for this day... I have enjoyed wearing Red Apple Lipstick products for two years now.  I thought I'd lose it when they came out with their mascara.  But now they have added blush and bronzer!  Woohoo! Blush and bronzer are so important.  They create balance and illusion.  They give you a fresh, contoured glow.  I used to be able to get that at the beach, lol.  Not now.  That sun kissed look can only be achieved by makeup and I don't suggest getting it from the sun.  As you age, the damage will show up.  Trust me! I now know that I deserve better for my skin.  I love using toxin free makeup products.  That's why I love Red Apple Lipstick products.  This blush has …

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Swissvita Skincare With AC-11®
January 22, 2017

  Lately, I have been more selective with reviewing skincare products.  It seems like everyone out there claims to have "the one."  I'm not looking for drastic results, especially at forty six-years-old.  But now is the time more than ever to take care of my skin.  Gone are the days when I could get by with just a face lotion. Now I have other concerns like wrinkles around my eyes, sun spots, and all around a less youthful appearance.  I even have new concerns such as dark circles under my eyes.  This happened after kids of course.  But some people struggle with dark circles because it's hereditary. This is why I chose to try Swissvita.  Europe has some amazing, high quality products that the States does not offer.  …

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5 Reasons Why Every Woman Should Wear Red for the Holidays
November 20, 2016

I received products from Giorgio Armani Beauty to facilitate this article.  All opinions are mine. Why are so many women afraid to wear red?  What is it about the color that scares them or makes them think it's not for them? "It's just not my color," they say. "I can't do red." "It doesn't look good on me." "I've tried every shade but it never looks good on me." This is what I heard when I was working in cosmetics, especially around the Holidays. Or I got the opposite reaction. They would come up to my beauty counter, with all the determination in the world, declaring that they wanted to find the "perfect red."   So this shows that there is more depth to a red lipstick than first meets the …

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Randell O'Neill Organics
November 5, 2016

  I write a lot about organic beauty products.  I love trying new things, especially if they are organic.  But that doesn't mean I only use organic.  There are two reasons for this: I am the typical woman that wants results yesterday and some products promise to do this.  However, they don't.  I am just a sucker.  But a woman can still dream, can't she? Or she can just get plastic surgery. So, I bounce back and forth, expecting miracles, getting immediate results from products that have fillers but are full of chemicals and preservatives. It's like a battle inside my head!  Deep down I know what's good for me and how healing and restoring botanicals are.  I know how powerful antioxidants are and what they can do for the …

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Why I'm in Love With Caribbean Coconut Body Butter by Bella Organics
October 25, 2016

  I received these products for free in exchange for my honest opinion.  However, all opinions are mine and I freakin love these products. When I found out I was going to Cuba, it was all about the Caribbean!  All I could think of was tropical drinks and sandy beaches. I could just about taste the fresh smell of salty Caribbean air.  I love everything Caribbean and Caribbean inspired.  For this Pisces, it is reminiscent of all things beach and beachy. When I packed for my Fathom Cruise to Cuba you bet I threw in a jar of Caribbean Coconut Body Butter by Bella Organics in my suitcase!     Like all their other products, it is 100% organic.  It's main ingredient is Shea butter which is great for moisturizing …

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Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask
October 19, 2016

  I am a mask addict!  I love masks, especially clay and mud masks.  There's something really cleansing about applying a mask.  For me, the physical act of applying a mask is healing and therapeutic.  Taking some time for myself is important in my busy life.  After I do it, I feel refreshed and revived. I decided to try the Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask.     Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask is a soothing peat vegetative mask.   Packed with vital nutrients, this mud mask also has Kaolin clay which helps  balance oils and pull impurities away, making pores look smaller. Panthenol pulls in and locks in hydration and Allantoin cools skin and has fatty acids from safflower oil to help protect skin's barrier function making it gentle enough to …

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Farmhouse Fresh Skin Saviors Shea Butter Sampler
September 27, 2016

  Have you ever wondered what a rainbow smells like? Farmhouse Fresh has figured it out!  It's in the Shea Butter Sampler called Skin Saviors  and it's called Rainbow Road.  It is delicious and uplifting. Uplifting cream, You say? Yes, Rainbow Road is meant to inspire or uplift those going through a difficult time.  If you breathe in the delicious scent of coconut and Bartlett pear fragrance, you'll see why.  It's yummy! Just like all FarmHouse Fresh products, this Shea butter sampler kit is Paraben and Sulfate Free.         The other two sets are Whoopie! Cream and Fluffy Bunny. If you've ever had a delicious Southern cake, you'll love Whoopie! Cream.  If you haven't, after you smell this you will.  It's delicious. The Fluffy Bunny is like a Southern mint julep.  It has …

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The Re-Launch of The Lash Project by Red Apple Lipstick
August 29, 2016

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own,  I have also included an affiliate link on this post, which means if you click on the product link and purchase the item I will receive a commission. My favorite mascara is back!  The Lash Project is the BOMB! Read my review HERE! The sale will start August 27th at 10 AM HERE! "Well I am here to tell you that The Lash Project Mascara by Red Apple Lipstick blew me away.  It is one of the best mascaras I have ever tried!  I fell in love with this mascara and would recommend it to EVERYONE.  The next day after using it, my lashes seemed different.  They weren't brittle.  The looked healthy.  …

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MoMoUP Beauty
August 24, 2016

This post is sponsored by Momoupbeauty, however, all opinions are my own.  I’ve also included an affiliate link on this post, which means if you click on the product link and purchase the item I will receive a commission from Amazon. It is so inconvenient to travel with bottles of makeup remover.  Have you ever had to deal with it spilling in your suitcase?  Ugh!  It's not fun! Now when I travel, I take this into consideration.  If I have to take anything that is liquid, I put it in a plastic bag and that plastic bag goes into yet another plastic bag... So I was excited to try Momoup Facial Makeup Remover Pads.  The packaging is adorable and I love that you can slip them on your fingers for easier …

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Era Organics for the Body and Hair
August 18, 2016

This is a sponsored post. This post may contain affiliate links and if you click on them, I will receive commission.  It's so good to know that I am putting something healthy and natural on my skin and my hair when using Era Organics.  Chemicals might seem to work short term and faster but ultimately they strip the hair and skin of their natural oils.  Era Organics is superfood for your skin and hair, nourishing, protecting, and soothing.. I have tried Era Organics in the past, specifically the Healing Balm and my son and I love it.  It really soothes those irritated areas.  I also tried the Microdermabrasion Manuka Honey Face Scrub & Facial Mask. It exfoliates naturally without damaging the skin in the process. I …

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Coconut Lips by ToGoSpa-The Kisser Fixer
August 17, 2016

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive commission. I love anything that has to do with lips! Plumpers, treatments, lips balms, etc.  If it's about the lips, just sign me up.  That's why I had to try Coconut Lips by ToGoSpa Coconut Lips.  A mask for lips?  Interesting...but seriously, it really is a mask for the lips! It came in the July Benefit Box. What is the Benefit Box?  It's really simple.  If you want to become a member of an exclusive, elite group of people who want to be replenished and refreshed monthly with an added benefit (surprise) and a hint for the next month's benefit join the ToGoSpa Society. Along with my Eye Masks, I …

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Skin Medica
August 15, 2016

This is a sponsored post, however, all opinions are mine. At forty-five-years old, I am definitely worried about my skin.  Living in an area where plastic surgery is prominent, and Botox and Restylane are just a party away, the pressure is on! My years working in cosmetics have taught me that a skincare regimen is important, and that's exactly what I got when I received the Skin Medica kit. The Skin Medica kit comes with Vitamin C+E, Dermal Repair, AHA/BHA Cleanser, TNS Eye Repair and Lip Plump System.  These are all anti-aging products perfect for someone like me. The products I was most excited to try, believe it or not, was the lip plumper and lip renewal.  I have a bit of a plumper addiction! The TNS Lip Plump …

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Farmhouse Fresh Citrus Cilantro Body Oil
August 10, 2016

I love Cilantro...in my food.  I love anything that smells like Citrus.  But would I put this mixture on my body?  Well, I had such a good experience with the Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Tea Scrub that I was pretty certain I would like it. If you like a fresh, citrusy, grassy scent, you will love Farmhouse Fresh Citrus Cilantro Body Oil.  It's vitamin packed and nourishes dry and sensitive skin with Olive Fruit and Grapeseed oils combined with Orange Peel, Jojoba, Sunflower Seed and Apricot Kernel oils.  Your skin will thank you. Farmhouse Fresh is also a philanthropic company and provides Team hours and funding to help local rescue groups save forgotten and abused animals. Every purchase you make from FarmHouse Fresh helps them. FarmHouse Fresh also sells …

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Save Money on Beauty Services with Groupon
August 9, 2016

This is a Sponsored Post, however, all opinions are my own. Let's face it, pampering ourselves is not always our first priority as mothers.  We have kids to shuttle around, grocery shopping to do, dinner to cook, and if there is time, we might get to take a shower. So when it is time to get our nails done or brows waxed, it is exciting.  It's like earth-shattering exciting!  It's like, get in the car, turn the music up, stop at Starbucks and put on your favorite red lipstick exciting! Imagine when I get a gift certificate for a mani/pedi, or any kind of beauty treatment, I am thrilled!  I am thrilled because it is a special occasion, and not one that is particularly cheap! That's why I am always …

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Vibriance Super C Serum
August 8, 2016

This is a sponsored post, however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I have tried numerous Vitamin C Serums over the years.  Vitamin C is great for hydration, sun damage and wrinkles.  How do you really know which serum to use?  From my experience, I have learned that Vitamin C can break down if not packaged properly and therefore might not be as effective.  So I always look at packaging.  Second, I look at how my skin reacts right away.  Although, most serums don't show results right away because it does take at least 28 days for cell turnover, I have still come across serums that have immediate, visible effects on my skin. I was given the opportunity to review Vibriance Super C and …

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MONAT Hair Care Systems
July 21, 2016

I love oils for my hair and anything that adds sheen and manageability. But since having children and being more aware of toxins, I have been wanting stuff that’s less toxic, even for myself. Just because it’s an oil, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have toxins in it. I tried the REJUVENIQUE by MONAT and really liked it. It has no sulfates, paraben, or phthalates and has no harmful fragrances. It is 100% natural, non-GMO, ecofriendly and fully biodegradable. This oil is different though. It is Abyssinian Oil, not Argan Oil and is has superior results when compared to Argan Oil. “Nourish and energize your scalp with an invigorating blend of 11+ unique molecular ingredients –including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids – that replace the …

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Clairol Hair Food
July 18, 2016

Is your hair hungry?  Mine is!  Especially since I cut five inches off.  My hair needs nourishment more than ever during the hot, humid summers here in Florida.  Hair Food is naturally inspired, made without parabens, gluten, mineral oil and dyes.  Your hair deserves to be nourished! Target launched Clairol's new line of Hair Food in May and I was excited to try it.  My hair is fine and frazzled.  I have been coloring it for at least twenty-five years!  I got to try two, both which I really liked.  They both made my hair soft and feel healthy. I tried Hair Food Gluten Free Hair Milk with Jasmine & Vanilla Shampoo - 17.9floz and Hair Food Gluten Free Hair Milk with Jasmine & Vanilla Conditioner - …

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Why Every Woman Over 40 Should Wear Giorgio Armani Beauty
July 14, 2016

It is interesting that after all my years of working in cosmetics and now blogging about cosmetics that I have circled back to Giorgio Armani Beauty.  Whenever I venture out to try something else, somehow, I come back to it.  I worked for them in 2004 for about five years and although I went on to work for other high end cosmetic companies, I always longed for my Luminous Silk Foundation.  I would discover something great but then realize that it never lived up to the expectations that Giorgio Armani Beauty set for me.  I could never achieve "that glow".  As a 45-year-old woman I am faced with the fact that I need makeup to achieve that youthful look.  Luminous Silk Foundation is like gold …

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Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Tea Scrub
July 11, 2016

I love exfoliants.  They make the skin feel so soft and ready for any treatment to be absorbed better into the skin.  But one of the most important parts of exfoliating the skin is making sure it doesn't get stripped of natural oils.  So while sloughing away dead skin, it is important to protect dry, delicate skin. That's why I wanted to try Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Tea Body Polish.  It's gently exfoliates with sugar grains and peach stone powder.  But it hydrates with Shea Butter giving the skin a healthy glow.  It's 90% natural, and like all FarmHouse Fresh products, is Paraben & Sulfate free and all fragrances are all natural or phthalate free. My favorite and most important part of the body polish is the scent.  …

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COVERGIRL Katy Kat Collection
June 25, 2016

I had so much fun playing with this collection!  Who doesn't like a matte lipstick?  Katy Kat Matte, that is... Katy Kat Matte Lipstick  is a demi-matte lipstick with a demi-matte finish.   The color featured above is Magenta Minx.  It is pink! Pink! Pink!  Did I say it's pink?  lol.  It's creamy and lightweight without drying out the lips.  However, I don't recommend it for someone my age (forty-five)  because after wearing matte on a regular basis, your lips tend to dry out, no matter how creamy the lipstick is.   When I was in my twenties and even thirties I could get a way with wearing matte everyday.  But not now. I do like a red matte though which I wear maybe once a month …

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Faking It With New AGEbeautiful
June 22, 2016

This is a sponsored post by Zotos Professionals.   I have been faking it for years.   I think I started faking it in my late 20's.  At first it felt natural to fake it, but as the years went by it became more work.  But it really works for me now.   Age is just a number, right? So at forty-five years old I now know whether I will be using gold, ash, or red bases for my hair color.  I have experience in faking it.  With all that experience, I’ve gotten to know the over the counter brands, the salon brands, and the ones at Sally's.  Now more than ever, the term "aging" is used in my vocabulary.  The forties are the new thirties, right?  But let's …

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Vita-C-Whip
May 18, 2016

It's no secret that Vitamin C does wonders for the skin.  It has antioxidants that help protect the skin from free radical damage and so much more.  I have used Vitamin C serums for years.  But I have yet to come across a 3-in-1 serum + moisturizer + exfoliant.  Until I came across Essa Vita-C-Whip.™ Essa Vita-C-Whip™ is serum with so much more.  In addition to having all the benefits of potent antioxidants (Vitamins A & C & E), it has Hyaloronic Acid which gives your tired and dehydrated skin the hydration is so desperately needs.  And nothing makes your skin look more radiant that exfoliating it so this added benefit is the icing on the cake. This lotion is a whipped, non oily consistency in a …

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Juice Beauty
April 14, 2016

I've worked for some amazing skincare and makeup lines.  I never had any issues with allergies or reactions until I turned forty.  Was it the hormones?  Was it the chemicals in the cosmetics?  The synthetic fragrance in the skincare?  Who knows. All I know is that after research and testing, organic makeup suits me much better.  Just as I don't want chemicals on my fruits and vegetables, I prefer not to add chemicals in my skin, which is the largest organ in the body.  I try to do as much organic as I can. So I wanted to try something from Juice Beauty.  After all, Gwyneth Paltrow is the creative director and her skin is flawless and always glowing.  I'd try anything from them but I love …

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