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Spa Week Fall 2014

Spa Week is coming back once again, so get ready to pamper yourself with these sweet deals! Spas and salons nationwide are offering full-service treatments for a fraction of the normal price. Book your appointment between October 20th – October 26th and only pay $50! Choose from a wide selection of massages, facials, and even wellness treatments.

*Photo courtesy of spaweek.com

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)

Macy's Clinique Bonus

For a limited time, Macy’s and Clinique are offering a free gift with a minimum purchase of $27. The free gift is valued at $70. Gift includes two spring forward makeup bags, a large one and smaller one to take on the go. Choose from the following items to customize your gift:

  • Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
  • Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
  • Repairwear Laser Focus
  • All About Shadow Quad in Greens or Berries
  • Dual-Ended Lash Doubling Mascara in Black and Different Lipstick in Tenderheart or Glazed Berry

Hurry! Offer valid while supplies last!

Clinique Bonus Time Inforgraphic

*Photo courtesy of Macys

Spa Week Spring 2014

Spa Week is coming back once again, so get ready to pamper yourself with these sweet deals! Spas and salons nationwide are offering full-service treatments for a fraction of the normal price. Book your appointment between April 21st – April 27th and only pay $50! Choose from a wide selection of massages, facials, and even wellness treatments.

*Photo courtesy of spaweek.com

Lancome J'aime Paris Macy Gift

For a limited time, get a free gift from Lancôme at Macy’s with any Lancôme purchase of $35. This free gift is valued at $86-$112 a includes a lively Paris themed cosmetic bag and a custom 6 piece gift set.

Choices include:

  • Définicils High Definition Mascara
  • Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate
  • Savon Fraîchelle Invigorating Body Cleansing Gel
  • Choice of Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer: Absolue Night Premium ßx Replenishing And Rejuvenating Night Cream, Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Night Lifting And Firming Night Cream OR Bienfait Multi-Vital Night High Potency Night Moisturizing Cream
  • Choice of Cleanser: Crème Radiance Cream-To-Foam Cleanser OR Crème Mousse Confort Creamy Foaming Cleanser
  • Makeup Favorite: Color Design Lipcolor (2 shade choices) OR Blush Subtil Powder Blush (2 shade choices)

(Photo courtesy of Macy’s)

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so I’ve searched high and low for the best beauty gifts! Here are my top picks! I’ll take one of each please!

VS Valentine

 Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Box $85

As always, Victoria’s Secret is your best bet when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts. This gift box includes; Bombshell 3.4 oz. fragrance, mini fragrance, body lotion, body mist, and body wash all wrapped up in this gorgeous box. This year Victoria’s Secret has over 40 plus beauty gifts to choose from starting at only $15.

Philosophy Hearts and Kisses

Philosophy My Heart to Yours Gift Set $24

This set is sure to make her heart sing! This V-Day git set features Philosophy’s Sweet Citrus Vanilla Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, Body Lotion and High-Gloss, High-Flavor Lip Shine. But how cute is this box though?

Too Faced Valentine

Too Faced Plump, Gloss, and Glow $42

Achieve the perfect Valentine’s Day look with this Kit from Too Faced. Set includes – Deluxe-size Better Than Sex Mascara, Lip Injection Color Bomb! Never Enough Nude, and Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow.

Tory Burch Valentine's Lipstick Case

Tory Burch Printed Heart Lipstick Case $55

This adorable Tory Burch lipstick case is from her new Printed Heart collection. It’s the perfect gift paired with a Tory Burch lipstick or with Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Valentine.

Prada Candy Valentine

Prada Candy Gift Set $88

Prada + Candy + Heart Shaped Box = V-Day Gift Gold! This gift set includes a 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum and 2.5 oz Body Lotion. She’s sure to love it!

Perlier Valentine Gift

Perlier Wild Flower Bath & Body Set $49.50

Prepare for a romantic night with this pamper-perfect gift set from Perlier. Set includes Wild Flower Foaming Cream Bath, Wild Flower Scented Body Water Spray, and pink shower pouf.

Juicy at heart cosmetic bag

Juicy At Heart Cosmetic Bag $48

Inspired by the Hippy Love generation, this lil’ bag from Juicy Couture is ready to get filled with beauty love. Pair it with a Juicy Couture mini fragrance set, or toss in some V-Day beauty treats she’ll love. Try YSL Love And Lacquer Reds Set or BareMinerals Beauty in Bloom Set.

*Photos courtesy of VS Beauty, Prada, Juicy Couture, Perlier, Philosophy, Tory Burch, and Too Faced.

Elizabeth Arden

For a limited time, get an Elizabeth Arden Spring Gift at Macy’s with any Elizabeth Arden purchase for $29.50.  This chic oversized tote includes:

◙ 6 Beautiful Color Eye Shadows in Romance, Tempting Taupe Highlighter, Sunset, Mystic Violet, Misty Teal Contour, Classic Khaki Contour, 1 Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Romantic Rose, .17 oz
◙ 1 Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Sunset, .13 fl. oz
◙ 1 Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks in Rosy Shimmer and Desert Rose, .12 oz
◙ 1 Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara in Black, .1 oz
◙ 1 Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Rosy Shimmer
◙ Ceramide Premiere Intense Moisture and Renewal Activation Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, .25 oz

Hurry! Offer valid while supplies last!

*Photo courtesy of Macys

ysl-gold

YSL will be debuting a new premium skincare line in February. It’s key ingredient is saffron, a rare spice found in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

Or Rouge, meaning “red gold” in French, also a nickname for saffron, promises to treat fine lines, wrinkles, lack of firmness and dullness, and other signs of aging.

Saffron contains a high amount of a glycan known as crocin. As we age, the amount of natural occurring glycans in our skin diminishes. This causes our skin to lose elasticity and age. Glycans help skin cells communicate, which keeps tissue structure firm and intact. Adding glycans to daily beauty routines may help aid in the fight against aging.

Or Rouge will launch exclusively at Harrods in the U.K. starting in early February, followed by a mid-March prelaunch in the U.S. on yslbeautyus.com. Or Rouge’s pricing is to be $420 for the 50-ml. cream, $240 for the 15-ml. eye cream and $150 for the 200-ml. lotion.

*Photo courtesy of wwd

Juicing Beauty

Juicing – some people do it for weight loss, others do it to help lower cholesterol, but what about juicing for your skin? I always like to start off the year with a juice cleanse. Last year I tried the Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse. The plan was doable, but there were only three recipes to choose from and I didn’t love them all.

This year, I decided to try the Reboot with Joe 3 Day Quick Start Plan. The plan has tons of different juice recipes that incorporate fruits and vegetables. You start your day off with a lemon water liver cleanse and drink five juices a day, as well as coconut water and herbal teas. By far this has been the plan with the best recipes. Since I loved them so much, I decided to share some of the best wrinkle fighting, skin brightening recipes from the plan and few I created on my own!

Green Juice

  • 2 Apples
  • 2 Cucumbers
  • 6-8 Kale leaves

Orange Juice

  • 4 Carrots
  • 2 Apples or 2 Oranges or 1 Mango

Red Juice

  • 1/2 of a small Watermelon
  • 2 Pears
  • 4 Strawberries

So how is this good for your skin? Well for starters all of these fresh fruits and veggies have tons of good-for-your-skin vitamins.

Let’s start with kale; dubbed the Queen of Greens by WebMD, it’s a mega house of goodness. Kale has a high concentration of vitamins A, C and K. Vitamin A has been shown to help fight wrinkles and acne. Vitamin C helps brighten the skin and fight free radicals. Vitamin K helps shrink capillaries which causes the appearance of under eye circles and varicose veins.

Cucumbers have been used in beauty treatments for ages. Like kale, cucumbers also contain vitamin C and K. It has magnesium too, magnesium and vitamin C both work together to promote the production of collagen.

Carrots are packed with vitamin A and beta-carotene. Our bodies actually convert beta-carotene into vitamin A, so carrots essentially pack a double dose of this stuff! Carotenoids also helps reduce skin’s sensitivity to UV rays.

Mangoes and watermelons both contain vitamins A, C, and E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals that can cause aging. It also helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

There you have it, juicing is rich in essential vitamins that are both good for your body, and good for your skin.

Juice on!

aveeno the beauty edge

Enter for a chance to win a FitBit Zip when you buy two Aveeno products at Walgreens! All you have to do is fill out this form and upload a copy of your receipt.

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

 

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