Sephora Crystal Nail File (Image Credit: Sephora)

Quirky Item of the Week: Sephora Crystal Nail Files

Sephora Crystal Nail File (Image Credit: Sephora)

Sephora Crystal Nail File (Image Credit: Sephora)

In keeping with my New Years Resolution to be a more conscious consumer, I’ve been using this crystal nail file from Sephora. Not only is it washable, but also, it doesn’t wear down after one use like most disposable files, which are wasteful and ultimately wind up in a landfill somewhere. This handy dandy crystal nail file is durable enough to last you years. Not only that, but it’s adorable, and comes with a matching case that you can easily pop into your purse, should you need to do any emergency filing throughout the day. Continue reading

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Cosmetic Brands that Give Back

Cosmetic Brands that Give Back

Cosmetics can be a fun outlet of expression, a way to unwind and a part of your daily routine. But what if, with a stroke of a mascara brush or the indulgence of your brand new lipstick, you could make a difference? The following are cosmetic brands that do just that! The brands below are dedicated to making an impact on the world through donations and partnerships with different charitable organizations. Read on to find out more about cosmetic brands that give back. Continue reading

The easiest makeup routine starts with BB cream!

(Image Credit: http://www.smashbox.com)

(Image Credit: http://www.smashbox.com)

When you hear  the term BB cream, I think the two most common responses are, “Can’t live without it!” or “Never heard of it!” Now that I’ve discovered it, my response is most definitely “can’t live without it”! If your response is never heard of it, you’re missing out! I’m sure that when you hear about what it does, your response will quickly cycle from “I need to have that” to “I can’t live without it” too!

I first came upon this wonderful quick and easy 5 in 1 formula when perusing Smashbox cosmetics (I am a huge fan of the brand, especially their Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, a 2010 Beauty Award Winner! I’ll save that awesomeness for another time though.) on Sephora’s website. Once I find a product I like, I tend to sit for hours and look at all the products the brand sells and their reviews. Since my skin is so sensitive, as in I am even sensitive to the products that claim to be for “sensitive skin,” it is very hard for me to just try any product and not breakout or get a rash.

I happened to click on Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream without knowing exactly what a BB Cream is supposed to do for you. At a quick glance, I saw about 3 eye-catching pros that made me want to read more about it:

  • SPF 35 (ladies, you must wear it everyday no matter if you live in Seattle, Washington or Laguna Beach, California).
  • Oil Controlling
  • Reduces fine line and wrinkles after only four weeks ( I am not getting any younger, so why not start early)!

The next five words sealed the deal for me: Moisturizes, Primes, Perfects, Controls Oil, and Protects! A product that can do all of that combined, to me, equals about 20 more minutes of sleep in the morning and less clog filling products.

Smashbox first heard about BB creams when makeup artists in the photo studios on location in Asia found out it was the best tool to perfect the skin. It uses “progressive” coverage, meaning you can achieve different levels of coverage depending on on how you wear it. All I use is a little concealer under my eyes, then a few dabs of the BB cream, rub it in and I am set for the day. When I say set for the day, I mean it literally lasts me all day. On days where I need more coverage, I top it off with the Smashbox Powder, mentioned above.

There are plenty of Beauty Balm Creams out there ranging from about $9 – $126 USD. Smashbox’s BB is $39 USD and worth every penny. Unlike some other BB Creams, Smashbox’s version is appropriate for all skin types, free of fragrance (I dislike the smell of flowers on my face all day), dermatologist tested and non-acnegenic ( meaning not likely to cause or promote acne). I have been using it for a month, with no breakouts and my skin appears more radiant. BB creams that are sold at your local drugstore such as Loreal, Garnier, Aveeno, just to name a few may work just as good as the higher price ones, but read the fine print, some claim to be BB Cream’s but don’t have all the same benefits with others simply say they are “like” BB creams without actually being one. I would look for the main five words I mentioned about one label before making a decision and of course, purchase according to your budget or brand preference.

Product Rave – Urban Decay’s Vice Palette

Photo Credit: Sarah Attid

There are few cosmetics companies out there that have a cult following like Urban Decay. Each time they come out with a new eyeshadow palette, the beauty community goes crazy! And it’s no wonder really, with shadows as rich as theirs that they have rightfully gained their reputation. The latest to come out of the edgy brand’s factory? The Vice Palette. Continue reading