Lately I’ve been oding on pumpkin! I mean it’s been pumpkin coffee, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin this and pumpkin that! If it comes in pumpkin flavor, I’m ordering it! So naturally, after seeing this news report about all the different pumpkin facials spas are offering, I decided I wanted to try a pumpkin facial right now!
Then I thought, how could I make a homemade version? And that’s when I went to my pantry and started mixing up a recipe! Pumpkin spa day here I come!
I mixed some Libby’s pumpkin puree (about 1/8 cup) with 1 tablespoon of sugar and a pinch of cinnamon. You could also go the super old fashioned way and boil down pumpkin and water to create your own puree. The pumpkin alone has tons of benefits for your skin. It’s loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, which have been proven to improve the appearance of skin. Pumpkins also have carotenoids that help fight free radicals and wrinkles. Cinnamon helps plump your skin and gets rid of acne by bringing blood and oxygen to the surface of your skin. Sugar, of course, is a great natural exfoliator.
After exfoliating my skin, I applied a pumpkin face mask. I used equal parts pumpkin puree and facial moisturizer. I worked it in and soaked up all the vitamins for about 20 minutes. I rinsed and re applied moisturizer. My skin felt great afterwards and it gave me a nice glow! Now I’m off to go get me a pumpkin latte, I just can’t get enough!
Happy Thanksgiving Beauties! Gobble Gobble!
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This is the ultimate gentle cleanser. It’s pH balanced, so it doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. It’s clear and fragrance free, and also has anti-aging properties , because it’s formulated with Green Tea and Cucumber which are both anti-inflammatory. It also contains Resveratrol to help fight off free-radicals. It easily removes makeup and impurities, leaving your skin in the perfect condition to apply the anti aging cream.
I love the applicator cooling tip. It glides on smoothly while cooling and applying the eye cream evenly. This white fragrance free cream targets under eye wrinkles and bags. The cooling tip helps ward off puffiness and reduces tugging around the under eye area. It’s formulated with Vitamin C Ester, DMAE, and Retinol to aid in its anti-aging properties.
This treatment is lightweight, fragrance free and hypoallergenic. It has a yellowish tint to it with a powdery finish. It leaves your skin like a perfect blank canvas for your makeup application. It can be used all over – under eye, lips, neck and even your décolleté. Ingredients include, Clinical-strength DMAE, Retinol and Vitamin C Ester, CoQ10, and Shea Butter. These ingredients work together to hydrate, build collagen to firm and sculpt your skin. Click here to learn more about these ingredients.
I enjoyed using this trio to combat the signs of aging. Since I’m still in my twenties, I have minimal signs of aging and I contribute that to starting a skin routine early on in life; however, I really enjoyed the quality of these products – especially the cleanser! I like to use it with my Clarisonic from time to time. All three products contain ingredients proven to improve the look and feel of your skin.
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)
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 14th – October 20th and only pay $50! Choose from a wide selection of massages, facials, and even wellness treatments.
*Photo courtesy of spaweek.com
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.
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
6. Truffle by Fuente Blowout
Exclusive to Urban Retreat at Harrods in London: The World’s most expensive blowout experience. It starts out with their signature Truffle shampoo and conditioner. Key ingredients include the skin of white truffle, pure diamond dust and meteorite dust from space. According to Fuente, the luxurious ingredients work together to intelligently restore every type of hair to top condition. The treatment also includes a hot stone head massage and is finished off by a glossy blowout. Indulge for £320/ $499 USD.
5. ReVive Intensite Volumizing Serum
The World’s most expensive anti aging moisturizer will set you back $600 an ounce! RéVive Intensité Volumizing Serum is designed to erase wrinkles by plumping skin cells. During clinical studies; the key ingredient keratinocyte growth factor, when applied topically has shown to heal second-degree burns faster. The reason RéVive Intensité Volumizing Serum is so expensive is because it’s extremely difficult to produce. One pure gram of it is worth around $4 million, making it one of the most expensive substances on earth!
4. La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Facial
Weighing in at $1,000 is the La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Facial offered at The Beverley Hills Hotel. This facial illuminates and rejuvenates your complexion. Along with your luxe facial, you get a Cellular 3-Minute Peel, hand and foot treatment, and Caviar Intensive Eye Lift Treatment. You also get three full sized system products to use at home.
3. Hotel Victor’s Evian Bath
Is it your dream to soak in expensive French mineral water? Yeah – I didn’t think so! But if you have an extra $5,000 lying around, after you booked a $6k per night penthouse at Hotel Victor in SOBE, then I have just the thing for you! The team at Spa V will fill a 350 gallon infinity tub with fresh Evian water to help “revitalize your skin and purify your senses”. The bath also includes champagne, dessert, and an addition treatment of choice for two.
2. Winks London Massage
Winks offers out-call massage services. Their most expensive massage will cost you £725 /$1222 USD. Their masseuses are trained in tantric massages and other types of massage styles. Massages are typically 60 to 120 minutes long. Winks is perceived as a gentlemen’s massage service, but women can also enjoy the benefits!
1. Azature’s Black Diamond Manicure
With a mind-blowing price tag of $250,00, Azature’s Black Diamond Manicure breaks the record of world’s most expensive beauty treatment. During the 2012 Emmy’s, Kelly Osbourne adorned her fingertips with the black diamond laced polish. There was a lot of backlash about the absurdly priced mani – most people in America don’t make nearly that much in one year!
So there you have it folks – some of the world’s most expensive beauty treats. All insanely priced and unattainable for most. If I were to ever splurge on one super expensive beauty treatment; it would have to be The Grand Luxe Facial. It starts off with a diamond peel, followed by a caviar mask, and finished off with LED light therapy. Three hours and $750 later you’re left with glowing blackhead and fine-line free skin! Ah one day, one day! What would you indulge in?
Enter daily for a chance to win a BeeAlive Spa Essentials Balance Petite Collection.
This collection will help you get your skin glowing again. This set comes in a custom vanity jute bag and features four of BeeAlive’s Spa Essentials products to help achieve perfect balanced skin. Set valued at $88.
Foaming Honey Cleanser – 1.8 fl oz
Enriching Royal Jelly Crème – 0.5 oz
Honey Masque – 0.6 oz
Royal Jelly Serum – 0.5 oz
100% free of synthetic preservatives.
Good Luck Beauties!
This giveaway will end Sunday September 15th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. It is only open to U.S. residents of the contiguous states who are at least 13 years old. All entries will be verified. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. The winner will be announced on Monday September 16th, 2013 on this post and will be immediately contacted via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.
I’m thrilled to share with you the Acne ebook from Courthouse Clinics. Remember when I asked you guys to give me all your juicy acne questions? Thank you so much for sharing your questions with myself and the writers of ACNE: a comprehensive guide to identifying, treating, and generally showing spots who the boss is. It’s filled with lots of great advice on how to keep your skin blemish free.
Here’s the link for your free download - ACNE: a comprehensive guide to identifying, treating, and generally showing spots who the boss is
It’s a fun and easy read – share it with all your bffs and check out the awesome infographic below!
P.S. Look for my shout-out on page 26!
(Photo courtesy of © Krasphoto | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos and Courthouse Clinics)
It was hard to choose a favorite, but I really enjoyed the Rose Body Scrub the most. It smells like sweet roses and is the prettiest shade of blush. Simple Sugar products contain natural sugar and oils that help smooth rough skin. This scrub left my skin baby soft after my shower.
The Green Tea Facial scrub was also very nice. It smells so fresh – just like a shot of wheatgrass juice! Since it’s oil based, I would only recommend it for those with dry skin. It was too oily for my face so I used it as a body scrub and it worked perfectly.
I’m so happy I got to try Simple Sugars; the company’s creator and founder, Lani Lazzari was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and since then Simple Sugars has increased it’s retail presence and will (hopefully) soon be offered in more stores across the country.
*Photo Courtesy of Simple Sugars
With its retro inspired packaging and clever one liners – Soap & Glory is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. I am in love with their body products; they smell and feel so delightful!
The Righteous Butter – my new bff this winter! This thick, luscious body butter will leave your skin feeling super soft. Your skin will thank you for the extra dose of much needed moisture. It’s enriched with shea butter and aloe vera, two of my fav ingredients, because they actually work to rid your skin of dryness. Did I mention this stuff smells amazing? It’s scented with Soap & Glory’s original pink fragrance – a blend of citrusy orange leaf and lemon, fruity strawberries and peaches, and fresh jasmine, gardenia, and summer rose. A modern scent your nose will approve of.
The Righteous Butter Body Lotion – also a favorite of mine, lives on my desk next to my OPI snow globe! It’s basically the “thinner twin sister” of the body butter. It features all the goodness of the body butter but in the form of a lotion. I use it on my hands almost on a daily basis and on days that I’m running late, I always know that it will be there to save the day! Nothing is worse than wearing a skirt with dry ashy legs! Once the weather warms up a bit, I like to swap the body butter for the lotion.
(Photo courtesy of Soap & Glory)
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