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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

Beauty Treatments

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?

Bee Alive Balanced Petite Collection
 

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.

Set contains:

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!

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This past weekend, I enjoyed a mini summer getaway at the Jersey Shore.  Beach, boardwalk, and beauty were all on the menu and I just couldn’t wait to dive-in! Here’s how I brought my weekend beauty routine to the beach.

Soak up some moisture

After you take your dip in the ocean; saturate your strands with a deep conditioner. Just make sure you rinse out the salt water first. Apply a good amount of product and clip your hair up. Now sit back and relax under your umbrella with a copy of your favorite magazine! Rinse hair out after 20 minutes or when you get home. I like to use Alterna Caviar Replenishing Moisture Masque ($42, alternahaircare.com)

Buff away the day

Make the sand work for you. Next time you hit the beach, exfoliate your legs and heels with wet sand. Just mix salt water with sand and boom – you have an all natural body scrub! Make sure you’re not too rough when using it and as a precaution; don’t exfoliate freshly shaved skin.

P.S. Always make sure to reapply SPF though out the day.

(Photo via Tumblr)

beauty woman portrait

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!

acting-like-a-superstar-infographic

(Photo courtesy of © Krasphoto | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos and Courthouse Clinics)

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Two chemicals found in commonly used beauty products are being blamed for an epidemic of skin allergies. MI, which is short for methylisothiazolinone, and MCI, which is short for methylchloroisothiazolinone; are both preservatives added to products to prevent unwanted growth of bacteria, yeast, and fungi.

Over recent years, dermatologists have seen a rise in the number of cases of allergic reactions. Exposures to these preservatives cause facial swelling, itching, redness, and hives. There has also been a rise in the amount of people diagnosed with eczema and other types of contact dermatitis. These reactions can be painful and unsightly.

These chemicals are widely found in shampoos, moisturizers, shaving creams, shower gels, and even baby wipes.

Products that contain the ingredients include Nivea body lotion and facial cleaning wipes, Wet Ones, Piz Buin 1 Day Long Lotion and L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew moisturizer.

Reps for both L’Oréal and Wet Ones say their products are safe.

(Sources: The Telegraph and Daily Mail)

Spa Week

Spa Week is coming back this spring – Yay! Spas and salons nationwide are offering full-service treatments for a fraction of the normal price. Book your appointment between April 15th – April 21st and only pay $50! Choose from a wide selection of massages, facials, and even wellness treatments.  Here are my top picks from around the country!

Where: Luminique MedSpa by Dr. Fiorillo
350 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
212.647.0007
What: 50 Min Deep Tissue or Swedish Massage

Where: Skincare by Pevonia
6475 Southwest 40th Street
Miami, FL 33155
305.662.2083
What: Microdermabrasion Treatment including Facial and Organic Masque

Where: The Facial Center for Plastic Surgery
7700 San Felipe Street, Suite 420
Houston, TX 77063
866.920.FACE (3223)
What: Be Hair Free! Laser Hair Removal for Lip, Underarm or Bikini

Where: Clarins Spa at Nordstrom
55 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
312.464.1515(x1427)
What: 50 Min Brightening Performer with Choice of Total Eye Lift OR Lip Contouring Treatment Add-on

Where: LifeSpa – Beachwood
3850 Richmond Road
Beachwood, OH 44122
216.292.6844
What: 60 Min Nail Pampering Package: Signature Manicure and Pedicure with Deep Hydration Therapy

Where: Body Massage Wellness Spa
1616 Welton Street
Denver, CO 80202
303.893.2543
What: 60 Min Detoxifying Body Contour Wrap with Reflexology Session

Where: Verabella Skin Therapy
301 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310.278.4733
What: 50 Min The Instant Lift: A Non-Surgical FaceLift

This year I think I might indulge in an oxygen facial  or maybe even a lymphatic massage. Oxygen facials are supposed to do wonders for your skin – just the wake up call my face needs after this long and cold winter season. A lymphatic massage is a technique used to drain your lymph nodes. This helps the body get rid of unwanted toxins and excess fluid.

For a list of participating locations please visit spaweek.com – and remember always tip accordingly! Happy Spa Week!

What better way to show your sweetheart how much you love them than with a gift of beauty. This year a whole bunch of brands launched Valentine’s love inspired gifts ranging from eye shadow palettes to fragrance sets. Here are my top picks:

 Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Set $110

Currently one of the most popular fragrances, this is sure to put a smile on her face! Features notes of bergamot, tea, freesia, jasmine, orange blossom, orchid, rose and patchouli. Set includes: Flowerbomb Bomblicious Body Crème (1.3 oz.), Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Spray (1.7 oz.), Flowerbomb Bomblicious Shower Gel (1.7 oz.).

 

Smashbox Love Me

Smashbox Love Me Eye Shadow Palette – Admire Me $34

Smashbox got it right with this palette. First of all – it’s just so pretty to look at! The neutral colors blend together so effortlessly and these eyeshadow glide on so smoothly and evenly.

Lancome Blush in Love

Lancome Blush in Love – Pommettes d’Amour $49

This dual sculpting blush add the perfect touch of color for the ultimate romantic makeup look. It’s designed to work well with all skin colors – Coral Effect adds a pop of bright color and Urban Ballet helps soften it so it looks radiant and natural.

Lipstick Queen Look of Love

Lipstick Queen Look of Love $39.75

This set offer a sheer tint of color for lips and cheeks. Use them separately or blend them together for a customize look.  Set includes: Saint Pinky Nude Lipstick, a romantic natural pink shade (.12 oz.), Oxymoron Honest Politician Lip Gloss, a natural shade (.28 oz.), Butterfly Ball Lipstick in Smitten, a sheer shade with a hint of turquoise – that make teeth appear whiter (.134 oz.).

Philosophy X and O

Philosophy X’s and O’s Valentine’s Day Gift Set $24

The perfect gift box filled with Valentine’s Day inspired goodies. The set includes: Vanilla Cream Topping Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath (4 oz.), Vanilla Cream Topping Body Lotion (2 oz.), Cherry On Top High Gloss High Flavor Lip Shine (.5 oz.)

A little something for him:

Gucci Guilty

Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Gift Set $88

The man in you life deserves some V-Day gift giving love too – it’s not all about the ladies you know! But in all honesty, this gift pleases both. Top notes of invigorating Italian lemon and mandarin orange alongside crushed green leaves, fresh lavender and a defiant punch of pink pepper. The set includes: Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette (3 oz.), Gucci GuiltyDeodorant Stick (2.5 oz.),  Gucci Guilty On The Go Spray (.25 oz.).

(Photos courtesy of Viktor & Rolf, Smashbox, Lancome, Lipstick Queen, Gucci, Philosophy)

Lip Scrub Recipe

If you’re not exfoliating your lips – you should be!  Exfoliating helps smooth out chapped and bumpy lips. It also helps increase circulation, which makes your lips look  plump and fuller. Follow these steps for sexier lips!

Easy Lip Scrub Recipe

  • 1 tsp petroleum jelly
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 drop of argan oil
  • 1 drop of peppermint oil (optional for fresh breath!)

Mix the sugar into the petroleum jelly then add in the drops of argan oil and peppermint oil. This can all be done in your hand. Apply it to your lips in a circular motion using your index finger. Rinse or let the ingredients soak in.

Sugar Lips

(photo courtesy of stock free images)

Winter Skincare

Pump Up Your Moisturizer

Once the temps start falling, you should choose moisturizers that are thicker than your daily body lotion or face cream. Swap your lotion for a body butter and swap your moisturizer for a creamier one. Look for added ingredients like alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and urea – both are humectants that pull moisture from the air into your skin.

Don’t stop your summertime habits

Water intake and sunscreen use decreases during the winter for most. Drinking plenty of water helps your skin stay hydrated and wearing sunscreen year round helps protect you from the sun. The UV rays that bounce off of snow are just as damaging as summer rays.

Go easy on the hand sanitizer

Using hand sanitizers too often can strip the moisture from your hands. Instead of using the communal hand sanitizer at the office, you should bring your own.  Look for one that doesn’t contain alcohol and always apply hand cream afterwards.

Get a humidifier

Home heating systems can really dry out your skin. Humidifiers are great because they add moisture to the air. They’re fairly inexpensive and since humidifiers help decongest your sinuses; it can also help reduce under eye puffiness.

Always carry a lip balm

The cold wind is one of lip’s biggest enemies. It dries out lips and habits like licking your lips only makes matters worse. Use a lip balm made with beeswax to create a barrier to protect your lips from the harsh weather. You can also apply some on dry cuticles and chapped noses.

(Photo courtesy of Niderlander | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos)

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