Tuesday, February 19, 2019

DRY ITCHY WINTER SKIN GOT YOU DOWN? CUREL HYDRA THERAPY ITCH DEFENSE MOISTURIZER MIGHT BE THE ANSWER


Dry itchy skin in winter is almost a universal phenomenon.  As the temperatures drop, the warm dry air from the heaters rises and zaps the moisture from our skin.  Cold blowing winter winds certainly don't help, do they?  The air is drier and our bodies have a really tough time keeping our skin soft and comfortable.  Luckily, Curel just might have the solution with the Hydra Therapy Itch Defense Wet Skin Moisturizer, ($10.99 / 12 fl oz).


The moisturizer uses brilliant ingredients like ceramides, vitamin E and oatmeal extract to provide relief from dry itchy skin and help to repair the moisture barrier.   Hydra Therapy is a water-activated moisturizer that works deep into the skin's surface to provide itch defense and moisture.    I keep this in my shower and use as directed:  After showering, apply it to your wet skin.  It glides on smoothly and absorbs pretty quickly.   Don't rinse it off; just towel dry like usual.  Use daily for best results.

This product is dermatologist recommended and I recommend it as well.  It seems unusual to apply a moisturizer to wet skin, doesn't it?  But it truly does lock in moisture and absorb well into the skin.

Living in Phoenix, I can get dry itchy skin in summer, too, from the chlorinated swimming pool, so I intend to continue to use this product.  My skin thanks me.

You can find Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer at drugstores nationwide.  How are you soothing your skin this dry itchy winter?

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Gazette

Blushing Noir stepped out of her comfort zone this week and proved that people over 35 can wear pink eyeshadow & shimmer! Check out her tutorial on the Lime Crime Venus III Eyeshadow Palette & see how wearable this look can be!

If you're looking for some skincare to promote a glowing healthy look, maybe Polarbelle can help.These products work for anyone, even the over 40's like Shelley.

The NEW Aftelier Perfumes Lavender Face Elixir is, without question, a peerless and otherworldly luxury lavender face oil. Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has never found a more exquisite lavender oil, and its creamy, warm and delectable aroma is smooth, hypnotic and intoxicatingly beautiful. It is unlike any lavender that you have smelled, and it truly must be experienced to be believed. #AftelierPerfumes #AftelierPerfumesLavenderFaceElixir

Erika from Notes from My Dressing Table is celebrating her love of all things coral by sharing the Butter London X Pantone Color of the Year 2019 Living Coral Nail Lacquer Collection. Come by and check out this beautiful three piece collection. Which one do you want?

Explore the Wander Beauty No Days Off Discovery Kit with Shipra of Taneja's Bride and view her thoughts on each skincare/haircare item.

From a small sample packet, Never Say Die Beauty found a must-have, multitasking, perfect for winter facial oil and retinol serum from StriVectin that she loves!

Have you heard of dermaplaning skin treatments? See the full explanation of why you might want to try one over on The Makeup Obsessed Mom blog.

What counts more to you - cuteness or efficiency? Beauty Info Zone says you can have both with these new Vintage Cosmetic Company items. You'll be rushing to buy these.

Christa from Realizing Beauty has been trying to transition to more natural skincare but doesn't want to trade efficacy for natural ingredients. With Vital Facecare she doesn't have to!

Beautyjudy tested out the new Wet n Wild Makeup Locker 3-in-1 BB Cream, highlighter and peach concealer product - check out how it performed!

Learn about Philip Kingsley Hair Care on Prime Beauty. He's someone our hair needs to be grateful for.


Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Mid-Winter blahs got you down? Me too! Take a few minutes to relax and read The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Roundup! From giveaways to pillow talk to positive affirmations, the team has the best of the internet to share with you!


Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is thoroughly obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury Beauty, and the Pillow Talk Luxury Eyeshadow Palette and Cheek to Chic Blush are absolutely covet-worthy. Check our swatches to see why this beautiful collection has already achieved cult-status! #charlottetilbury #pillowtalkcollection


Need some ideas for a Spa Night at home? Pammy Blogs Beauty tries out the new Miss Spa Masks at Target!

This week, Polarbelle has a double giveaway on her channel. To enter, all you have to do is give your input for what you'd like to see throughout this new year.

After shoveling snow for over two hours and a four degree day, Never Say Die Beauty soothed her sore muscles and warmed up with a therapeutic and relaxing tropical-scented hot bath. Find out which delightful bath and body products she used.

If you like seeing positive affirmations to inspire you throughout the day, you'll want to check out the makeup line called Real Her over on The Makeup Obsessed Mom.

They say good things come in small packages and the stunning Natasha Denona Nude Mini Palette proves it! Prime Beauty thinks there is a whole lot of goodness in this little gem!


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

THE NEW PIXI BEAUTY RETINOL TONIC IN REVIEW

There's a new beauty tonic in the Pixi Beauty family!!  I know many of us are long-time devotees of their top selling Glow Tonic.  Glow Tonic uses glycolic acid for gentle help in removing dead skin cells, ginseng to envigorate and aloe vera to sooth and hydrate the skin.  The tonic reduces the appearance of pores, accelerates cell renewal while balancing and revealing a brighter complexion.  It is one of my holy grail skin items.  If I skip it, my skin needs extra manual exfoliation and just peels from dryness, while looking far less bright.  My skin won't be smooth in the morning with out it; it'll be a little bumpy and peeling.  This product has a cult like following for good reason.  I know so many Glow Tonic lovers have anxiously been awaiting reviews of the new Pixi Retinol Tonic, (3.4 fl oz / $15).



The tonicis housed in a lavender bottle with the familiar Pixi spring green lid and label.  It's pretty.  Pixi Retinol Tonic is a time release retinol that also reduces fine lines and smooths skin.  There are peptides that firm skin and work to boost collagen.  The Jasmine Flower heals and balances.

Let's look at the ingredient list:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-8, Panthenol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-27, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Retinol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Sodium Citrate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin.

The Retinol Tonic has a faint pleasant scent of jasmine and lavender.  I love how it smells.  I use it after I use Glow Tonic and in the same way, on a cotton round and patted on my face.   I have really been enjoying it's benefits.

I've been a retinol user for 20 years.  In the past year, my neck has become sensitive to my usual retinol.  This tonic is mild enough that I can use it where I'm sensitive which thrills me to be able to have the benefit of retinol on my neck and eye area again.  I think this is safe for those sensitive to retinol, (always patch test first), as well as a GREAT place for someone to start with their first retinol.

I also did a test, as a long time retinol user, to see how it works for someone who is used to a high level of retinol.  I put my usual retinol aside and tested the Retinol Tonic for two weeks with no other retinol.  I was so excited to see that it continued the good results I'm used to getting.  If I normally go without retinol for a few days because I'm ill or lazy, my face peels like tissue paper until I get it back in proper condition.  It never peeled and when I restarted my higher level of retinol, my skin was still used to it.  (Generally if you stop a higher level of retinol, you have to build back up to it).

So now, I'm using this as part of my regular day and nighttime routines.  It doesn't interfere with my other AHAs or retinols and is an adjunct to them.  I really enjoy this.  I think it's a perfect compliment to anyone's skincare routine and especially is a great way to start using retinol without any of the risk.

You can purchase Pixi Beauty items on their website or boutiques and also at Target.   Learn more about the brand by following their blog and across social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and youtube.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly for 1/6/10

Polarbelle has a new video featuring the Urban Decay Bailout On The Run palette.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in the Rock Chick, while described as a combination of grey shadows, is actually the perfect taupe palette about which Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is thoroughly obsessed. Check out our swatches to see why it is truly covet-worthy. #charlottetilbury

Never Say Die Beauty is starting off 2019 with a giveaway of 3 jars of RoC Retinol Correxion MAX Daily Hydration Creme with the maximum amount of retinol in the rich formula. Perfect for winter dry skin!

It may be a new year, but Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour has turned back the clock with products by The Vintage Cosmetics Company. Not only has she reviewed some of their products, she also has a giveaway running so you can win some of your own!

Marcia of Beauty Info Zone got very excited about her December Ipsy Glam Bag. See the fun she received in this $25 subscription.

Start off the New Year with some fresh makeup from Neutrogena! Pammy Blogs Beauty tries out Neutrogena's NEW Limited Edition Kerry Washington palettes.

Prime Beauty gives her top picks for the Best in Beauty of 2018!








Sunday, December 30, 2018

THINGS I DO DIFFERENTLY & LEARNED BECAUSE OF YOUTUBE - UD DETOUR GRWM




When I begin to film for youtube, I often think about the things I do differently now that I've spent a couple of years on camera.  Why not talk about them for my channel while doing a Get Ready With Me with the new Urban Decay On The Run Detour palette, ($25) ?   Urban Decay came out with three snack sized palettes that are so cute, so wearable and so creamy smooth!!!  The first one I filmed is Detour and oh do the hubs and I love it!

swatches

Switchback is a really cool transformer shade that is iridescent to green and doesn't show it's brilliance in a flat picture as most iridescent shades don't.  Off The Grid is the best light creamy brow bone accent I've ever used.   It will probably be the first shade I go through in the palette.

swatches

A couple other new and cool products I used are the Pixi Beauty GlowCakes, ($28).  They each bear a gradient of color from highlight to bronzer in nude and pink formats.  The nude is GildedBare and the pink is PinkChampagne.

GildedBare, PinkChampagne swatches

GildedBare, PinkChampagne swatches

GildedBare, PinkChampagne swatches

I also used the new Smith Cosmetics Sculpting Series brushes that I'd won in a giveaway!!  Bliss!!!  I'll be covering these in a dedicated video in the future.  Just know some of these became fast favorites.

Smith Squad

Here's the video to see my thoughts and the product in use.  Have you ever wondered if you'd change because of being on youtube?  Check it out!

Last 2018 Beauty Spotlight Weekly Roundup

Prime Beauty is introducing you to OGEE Sculpted Lip Oils. These luxury lipsticks are highly moisturizing, comfortable to wear and come in 8 beautiful shades. Plus, they are actually good for your lips!

Urban Decay has released three snack sized palettes and Polarbelle is creating a look with the Detour palette while discussing the things she does differently now because of youtube and the things she's learned....mostly about herself.

Never Say Die Beauty shares her pre-holiday hauls at Ulta and Sephora. Now she's on a no-buy till spring!

Marcia from Beauty Info Zone has new bounce to her hair now that she's using OHC, Organic Hair Care. Not only is she thrilled with her hair but she's thrilled to have a giveaway for her favorite product from OHC.

Charlotte Tilbury Rock ’N’ Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencils in Barbarella Brown, Bedroom Black and Elizabeth Violet are absolute must-haves in the land of Lola's Secret Beauty Blog! They are ultra-luxe and creamy, but once they set they don’t budge. The colors are gorgeous, classic and perfect for daily wear. #charlottetilbury

Have you ever been curious about the ancestry kits that are now available? Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom was and has part one of her results from 23 DNA Health and Genealogy. It's the beginning of a journey for her and us.

Need a luxury treat to add to your bath routine for the New Year? Pammy Blogs Beauty tries FarmHouse Fresh's Vanilla Bourbon Body Oil!

DRY ITCHY WINTER SKIN GOT YOU DOWN? CUREL HYDRA THERAPY ITCH DEFENSE MOISTURIZER MIGHT BE THE ANSWER

Press Sample Dry itchy skin in winter is almost a universal phenomenon.  As the temperatures drop, the warm dry air from the heaters ris...