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Murad AHA BHA Cleanser

Murad’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser has significantly improved my skin. I have always loved and used Dr Murad’s products, but this was my first time trying this particular cleanser. I’ve been using it for a month now, about 2 to 3 times a week; and my skin is glowing!

I had engagement photos taken last week and I really wanted to prep my skin beforehand. For the most part, we had a mild summer, but my skin was stuck in the “my summer color is fading” phase. I always wear SPF and I don’t purposely tan in the sun, but you still get some color during the summer (which looks great, I won’t lie!). With my summer skin tone dulling out, I really needed a pick me up.

What I liked most about this cleanser was its impressive ingredients list. It’s formulated with three exfoliating acids –  Salicylic, Lactic and Glycolic acids. All have been proven to help shed the top layer of skin to reveal youthful looking skin. It also has jojoba oil in it to help smooth and polish the skin. It’s effective, yet gentle enough not to cause irritation.

I’ve been following up with Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum and Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30.

Murad’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser $36

(Photo courtesy of Murad)

Essie Fall 2014 Collection Dress to Kilt

This fall Essie wants you to live dangerously and dress flawlessly. This collection is inspired by espionage and the thrill of the chase. Check out my swatches of the best shades of the collection below!

Essie Dress to Kilt Swatch

Essie dressed to kilt is a juicy red polish with a high gloss shine. It’s very similar to Essie a-list, but just a shade darker. It’s a great red polish for fall and to add to your collection.

Essie Style Cartel swatch

Essie style cartel is a shiny inky cobalt blue. It’s my favorite shade in the collection. It’s very similar to OPI’s keeping Suzy at bay and Avon’s Nailwear Pro in Inky blue. It goes on smoothly and has a super high shine gloss finish.

Essie Partner in Crime Swatch

Essie partner in crime is a creamy rich dark chocolate shade. It’s simply perfect for fall. I’d like to pair this shade with an animal print (think leopard) nail art. It would match perfectly with your cup of hot cocoa on a cold fall night.

Essie take it outside swatch

Essie take it outside is a traditional taupe shade. I like this one because it’s not too light and it’s not too dark. Sometimes taupe polish either looks too white or too tan, Essie got this shade just right. This polish is grayer than Essie yogaga and cooler than Essie Miss fancy pants.

Essie Fall 2014 Swatches

Essie Fall 2014 Collection Swatches

Essie Fall 2014 Collection $8

(Photo courtesy of Essie)

Alterna Caviar Repairx

My hair has been in amazing condition since using these three products. Alterna Caviar Repairx Collection deeply restores your hair to its natural healthy state. Alterna’s products help rebuild protein in each strand of hair, leaving it fuller and healthier.  

Alterna Caviar Repairx Instant Recovery Shampoo It’s a creamy pearlescent shampoo that gets the job done. It smells really good and has a thicker consistency for shampoo. It foams up pretty well and rinses off easily.

Alterna Caviar Repairx Instant Recovery Conditioner So rich and so creamy! I loved how my hair felt after using this conditioner. It left my hair silky soft and it was easier to comb out afterwards.

Alterna Caviar Repairx Fill & Fix Treatment Masque This has to be my favorite product from the line. I love a good hair masque, and this one delivers! It repair damage and helps prevent future breakage. I like to leave it in for 20 minutes. I saturate my hair with the mask and leave it under a plastic cap. After my time is up, I rinse it out.

Alterna Caviar Repairx Collection $32-$42

*Photo courtesy of Alterna

Smile Brilliant Kit

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I love how this kit comes complete with a LED light that helps the whitening action. With in a few uses I started to see results and I experienced minimal teeth sensitivity. Using this kit is really easy, just use the pen (looks/works like a twist top lip-gloss pen) to apply the whitening product onto your teeth and mouth piece. Then place the LED light over the mouth piece and leave it for about 20-30 minutes. The LED light does not give off heat of any kind and stays put without having to hold it in place with your hand.

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OPI Brazil Collection

The latest OPI collection comes straight from the tropical shorelines of Brazil! It’s a mix of bright fun colors and sexy deep shades. Inspired by the natural beauty of the country’s culture and its famous cities; this collection will have you sizzling this spring or at least for now, longing for hot summer nights!

Brazil OPI Sand Collection

Brazil Collection Beach Sandies by OPI – a collection of matte and sparkly liquid sand lacquers. From left to right: You’re So Flippy Floppy, What’s a Little Rain Forest?, I’m Brazil Nuts Over You, Samba-dy Loves Purple.

OPI Copaca Babies

Brazil Collection Copaca Babies – Gloss and metallic, from left to right: Next Stop… The Bikini Zone, Kiss Me I’m Brazilian, AmazON… AmazOFF, Where did Suzi’s Man-go?

OPI You're So Flippy Floppy

OPI You’re So Flippy Floppy – Bright textured yellow liquid sand

OPI Next Stop... Bikini Zone

OPI Next Stop… Bikini Zone – Metallic Amethyst Pewter

Brazil Collection by OPI

*Photo courtesy of OPI

aveeno the beauty edge

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I decided to give Aveeno’s Positively Ageless line a try, so I picked up the Youth Perfecting Moisturizer SPF 30 and Resurfacing Scrub. I love them both. The moisturizer is thick, but it didn’t feel heavy on my skin. It melted right in. The scrub was nice too – very gentle with a nice fragrance. The moisturizer has a light fragrance too, but the scent doesn’t linger on your skin. Thanks Aveeno!

*Photo courtesy of Aveeno

 

Avveno Active Naturals

Aveeno Positively Nourishing Calming Body Wash is great for dry skin. It’s gentle on your skin and not harsh like some body washes that are soapy and overly scented. It has a white creamy consistency and lathers up well. It’s lightly scented with lavender and chamomile extracts help sooth and calm you as you wash the day away. It was nice to switch it up a bit – since I have dry skin I always stick to one kind of body wash, but this one did the trick!

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is a best seller because it’s good stuff! I don’t even have to say much about this lotion because it’s been tried and true. It feels light, but moisturizes like a heavy weight. It contains oatmeal to help nourish your skin and keep it supple.

Using both products together has greatly improved my skin. Sometimes we need to shake up our beauty routine to see better results.

Samples of both products will be available in this month’s Beauty Box!

Beauty Box 5 is a monthly beauty sample subscription box. Each box contains 4 – 5 samples of beauty products. Click here to check out my Beauty Box 5 review.

(Photo courtesy of Aveeno)

essie winter 2013

I love Essie’s Winter 2013 collection! Opposites attract this winter with rich shades of wine and pretty pastels. This collection will please any color craving your having!

Just like the Fall 2013 collection, Essie decided to use fashion inspired names in this collection as well.

Essie Shearling Darling

My favorite color of the collection by far is Shearling Darling; a deep ebony red. It’s the perfect deep wine color. This is the color most of us get excited about wearing in the winter. It’s a go-to – a winter collection wouldn’t be complete without the quintessential burgundy shade.

essie Parka Perfect

I have mixed feelings about this one! Essie Perfect Parka is a shimmering cashmere gray. It looks and feels more like a dusty blue color to me. I would prefer in as an accent color as opposed to a full manicure look as pictured above.

Both colors have excellent formulas; with minimal streaking and good coverage.

Can’t wait to try Mind Your Mittens – a black teal shade!

essie $8

*Photo courtesy of Essie

Every Beauty Makeup Remover Pads

Every Beauty Makeup Remover Pads is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Typically when you think of makeup remover pads or wipes, you think of pre-moistened wipes or cotton pads that you soak with a solution; but these are different. They are dry cotton pads that you simply add a few drops of water to, and poof – you’ve got yourself a handy-dandy makeup remover pad! These are perfect for travel, because it eliminates the need to carry liquids and they don’t dry out like regular makeup remover wipes. Each pad also contains aloe and vitamin E to keep your skin feeling silky soft.

When I tested these out, I ended up needing two pads to completely remove my makeup. To be fair, my makeup was rather fresh. That morning I applied; primer, concealer, Nars tinited moisturizer, blush, bronzer, and mascara. It was a minimal look, but only two hours had passed since then. There is a big difference between removing fresh makeup and 8 hours old makeup! The pad glided nicely against my skin and felt extra luxurious compared to my usual makeup remover wipes. The extra cushy cotton pad was very nice. I did have a harder time removing my mascara, but then again it was really fresh!

Every Beauty has partnered with Beauty Box 5 this month and is offering 30% of the entire site. Just enter promo code BB5 – offer ends October 15th 2013. Beauty Box Five is a monthly beauty sample subscription box. Each box contains 4 – 5 samples of makeup, skincare and anything else beauty related. Click here to check out my Beauty Box 5 review.

Every Beauty Makeup Remover Pads $6.99 50ct.

*Photo courtesy of Every Beauty

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream

I love my IT Cosmetics Power Brow Pencil, so I was trilled to try their latest CC Cream! CC cream is the next best thing after BB Cream. The double C stands for color correcting, it helps reduce the appearance of redness in your skin. It’s also a beauty product multi-tasker, similar to it’s predecessor the BB cream, but with more refined ingredients.

Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream will leave you with beautifully smooth, even-toned skin. It’s innovative formula contains vitamins A, B, C, and E, Hylauronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Peptides, Algae, and Aloe just to name a few. (Click here for an in-depth explanation of these ingredients and their benefits.) It’s basically a suped-up Anti-Aging Hydrating foundation topped off with SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Sunscreen. You couldn’t ask for more in a CC cream. It’s also clinically proven to increase hydration in your skin by over 79% – I don’t know about you, but winter is coming and my skin is going to need this extra hydration.

It comes packaged in a pump tube, so you could pump out small amounts as you go. It’s a thick cream that’s highly pigmented and offers full coverage. You could wear it alone or under another foundation. I recommend using it alone and with your favorite powder. It’s easy to blend and glides smoothly across your skin. It has a very faint light refreshing scent, but it’s not noticeable at all.  It comes in 5 shades; Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, Rich. I have swatched Light and Tan for you below. This is quickly becoming my go to favorite, I like to use the lighter shade as a last minute lazy day concealer and I apply the tan shade all over.

Currently available at ITCosmetics.com, QVC.com, and Ulta.com $38

IT Cosmetics has expanded tremendously since it’s first appearance on QVC back in September 2010. This month the brand  is slated to enter 306 Ulta stores across the nation and has plans to roll out chain wide in 2014.

*Photo courtesy of IT Cosmetics

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream Swatches

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