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I love learning about skin care companies that I hadn't heard of before. I was recently browsing online for lash enhancing serums, and I discovered Luma By Laura. I was given the chance to review a few of their products, which are perfect for re-vamping your summertime beauty routine.
First, there is LumaLash – Rapid Eyelash Growth Serum with Red Grape Peptide for Longer Looking Lashes & Brows. I am always on the lookout for a lash growth serum that isn't too expensive, and really works!
POWERFUL PEPTIDE GROWTH SERUM - Stem cell complex that acts as a growth serum, making your eyelashes appear longer and thicker.
- STRENGTHENS YOUR LASHES - This Innovative Formula nourishes skin at the base while moisturizing and conditioning each strand, which helps reduce breakage and encourages a look of longer and plumper lashes.
- ANTIOXIDANT SUPPORT FOR WEAK AND SPARSE LASHES - this formula harnesses the power of stem cells derived from the skin of red grapes, which provide strong antioxidant benefits.
- WORKS AS A MOISTURIZER - Just as hair needs a conditioner, so do lashes. Glycerin, a humectant, ensures that the delicate lash area is deeply hydrated, and also works to prevent any valuable moisture from escaping.
I have been using my Rapid Eyelash Growth Serum for about six weeks now, and have noticed that my lashes are fuller. I can't wait to see them grow! For now, they are definitely more lush.
With the weather getting warmer, my skin has been getting quite greasy! I had been getting rather large zits on my chin, and I hate that! I needed something to help reduce the oiliness and to keep my pores clear. LumaMask – Therapeutic Zinc & Sulfur Mask With Salicylic Acid to Deep Clean Pores for Blackhead Removal does the following:
- BEST BLACKHEAD REMOVER - Contains a combination of therapeutic bentonite clay (acts as a dirt magnet), salicylic acid and sulfur which remove dirt, toxins and impurities from your facial pores.
- FIGHTS AWAY BLEMISHES - LumaMask's effective clay based formula targets blemishes so that you enjoy fresh, soft and glowing skin after just a single use!
- REDUCES SWELLING & REDNESS - Uses the natural healing properties of zinc oxide to help calm, soothe and reduce the appearance of redness on sensitive skin types.
- EXFOLIATES DEAD SKIN - Our formula uses salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid) to help dissolve impactions. It reduces the appearance of impactions and large pores by exfoliating and releasing impurites.
- REMOVES OIL & IMPURITIES FROM YOUR SKIN - Uses zinc oxide to absorb excess oil and reduces sebum buildup within the follicles.
I use this amazing mask once each week. I simply smooth a thin layer over my clean skin, avoiding my eye area. I leave on my face for 10-15 minutes and remove it with a damp wash cloth. My skin is left feeling fresh, clean and oil free. I haven't seen any zits since I have started using this product.
Another really fun, and perfect for summer beauty staple that I have been enjoying is TempiTats Temporary Tattoos. they are just a fun and non-committed way to express yourself!
The idea for TempiTats started in the spring of 2015 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Co-Founder, Erica Meyer, noticed the lack of design selections of metallic temporary tattoos her fellow music festival-goers were wearing.
After searching online, she was unhappy with how expensive and limiting the selections of these jewelry-inspired metallic tattoos were and decided to create her own designs that were not only unique and beautiful but also affordable. From this, TempiTats was born.
Erica, the creative mind behind TempiTats, is hard at work coming up with unique designs that continue to appeal to anyone and for any occasion. TempiTats now has hundreds of designs in gold, silver, black, turquoise, and so many other colors! She's enlisted the help of her fiancé Dave who is the marketing guru and responsible for running the business.
I received samples of TempiTats to review, and tried out several gorgeous designs on different parts of my body, and asked my husband what he thought. Part of him thought it was sexy, the other part of him thought it was funny. I guess I am just a little old for these types of things. I could see wearing one to a fun-outdoor festival, to add a touch of uniqueness to your summer style.
I gave a few of them to my twenty-one year old daughter, and she plans to sport her favorite designs when the weather gets a little warmer where she lives in Utah.
To learn more about TempiTats, go to: https://tempitats.com
The Korean skin care regimen is one of the most talked about contributions that have influenced countless of beauty trends across the world. The daily skin care includes both a morning and evening routine that cleanses, rebalances, and hydrates the skin from the inside-out. Most people use products like Benton skincare for their healthy and beautiful skin.
As one of the country's most famous contributions, this routine continues to be popular because it follows the following principles:
1. Korean skin care is all about prevention
The Korean skincare routine starts early to ensure that people practice proper hygiene at a relatively early age. Additionally, this skin care routine also includes SPF protection which prevents the skin from ageing faster than it usually does. This ensures that users can continue to enjoy their youthful appearance for a longer time.
2. High-quality products is the key
High-quality products doesn't always mean expensive. In fact, various Korean skin care products are made with organic ingredients that offer gentle yet effective results on your skin. When selecting products for your skin care routine, it helps to narrow your choices by first determining your skin type which could either be normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive.
Each skin type requires a specific skin care routine that target key problems that could affect its overall health.
3. Hydration is essential
What makes the Korean skin care routine so different is that it mainly focuses on hydration which helps keep skin stay soft and supple. Regardless of what skin type you have keeping your skin properly hydration prevents it from becoming prone to signs of ageing and symptoms.
All of which plays a role in making sure it stands out from the rest. With these key principles in mind, it's safe to say that the Korean skin care routine is vastly different from the western method of taking care of their skin.
The key products in the Korean skin care routine
While western skin care focuses heavily on treatments that may include harsh ingredients, the Korean skin care routine emphasizes on using gentle products with small doses of potent ingredients. To start your K-beauty skin care routine, here are the important products to invest in:
Oil cleansers - these products are the first-step in starting a K-beauty skin care routine. Their purpose is to remove makeup residue, dirt, and other forms of pollution that your skin accumulated throughout the day by loosening their bonds from your skin’s surface.
Water-based cleansers - these cleansers require being lathered with water which is the second step in removing dirt and pollution from the skin. Water-based cleansers are different because they help wash away deep-seated dirt while also providing nutrients to your skin.
Exfoliators - this is a product that one should use weekly to help slough off dead skin cells. They also help improve blood circulation on your face which results in radiant looking skin.
Toners - toners are considered the first line of hydration because it serves as a base in making the following products become more effective.
Essences - are concentrated ingredients that have a light and feathery consistency that offer special effects on the skin. Some of which include anti-acne, anti-ageing, and anti-pigmentation, all of which can be readily absorbed through the skin.
Treatments - these are also concentrated ingredients that are best applied in small doses. The reason for this is because it can affect the skin’s overall structure when applied too much.
Sheet masks - are essential weekly treatments that help add vitamins and nutrients to the skin. Many of which come in individual packs at affordable prices.
Eye creams - are light creams that target the specific skin around your eyes, protecting them from dark circles and puffiness.
Moisturizer - is considered the last hydrating step that helps lock in your skin’s moisture throughout the day.
Sun Protection - includes SPF products that protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Each product plays an important role in ensuring your skin is properly nourished from the inside out. Compared to expensive treatments like Botox, harmful acids, and laser surgery, the Korean skin care regimen is a recommended daily habit because it is relatively safe, easy to maintain, and can be applied to any skin type. That means regardless of whatever problems you may have, you can always fit and customize your products to better suit your needs.
However, while the Korean skin care regimen is still safe, people who have sensitive skin may require additional care from experts. If you are on the fence on whether or not it is time to switch up your skin care routine, consider scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist first. That way you can rest well knowing that you can benefit from their professional advice.
It is such an honor to be noticed by those who I admire! I was recently given the chance to be interviewed by one of the best online beauty resources on the internet! Beauty Essential is your online corner for all things beauty related. They are definitely right up my alley!
Beauty Essential definitely has everything that beauty obsessed ladies like myself could possibly ask for, all in one place. You will find makeup tips and tricks, fashion advice, health and diet information, facts about skin care, plus- you can learn how-to achieve the perfect hairstyle!
Beauty Essential is quite the addictive website. It is so much fun to explore and learn things that I didn't even know about. In fact, I may need to brush up on a few makeup skills that I thought I had mastered! I guess I am a little behind in some areas, and could probably benefit from reading up on a few Beauty Essential beauty tutorials to get myself up-to-speed! It is never too late to learn something new!
I thought that was so nice that Tiffany from Beauty Essential took the time to contact me and ask me if I would like to be interviewed and to be featured on this amazing website. I usually shy away from interviews, because I am actually pretty shy when it comes to answering questions, but Tiffany made it easy. She emailed me the questions, so I was able to think about my answers and not stutter over my words. (Which I often do!) It was a lot of fun! Thank you Tiffany, and thank you, Beauty Essential.
You can read my interview here.
Learn more at: https://beautyessential.net
Have you ever heard of RivalGlam? Neither had I, until just recently. Redefining the standards, RivalGlam brings you a portfolio of top influencers who are setting trends in beauty, fashion, and style. This online marketplace and product ecosystem is where the world's top social influencers cross-sell their unique beauty and fashion lines that are co-developed under Twila True Collaborations-from accessories to makeup, skincare and beyond. Having established herself in the fast-paced world of beauty and fashion e-commerce with the successful release of Twila True Beauty and Twila True Fine Jewelry, the serial entrepreneur and president/CEO, Twila True, behind True Family Enterprises develops an entirely new business model aimed at helping creative influencers build their unique brands while reaching a wide audience.
I am already very impressed with my first RivalGlam purchase! I ordered this beautiful beauty product set which includes products from top influencers including Katelynn Ansari, Cristal Garcia and Evelyn Lazado. How fun!
I love how elegantly packaged these beauty products arrived
Look at all of these beautiful nail shades. You have everything here for a gorgeous manicure, plus a rich and creamy hand cream for silky, youthful hands. I use the Tru Renewal Oil as a cuticle softener. I sometimes rub it into my cuticles. I have noticed that my cuticles really absorb the oil and my nails grow stronger, and thicker because of the nutrients in the oil. It is also perfect for taming flyways, or to smooth out last minute frizz in my hair.
The nail polish shades are perfect for all seasons. I love the top coats that really seal in the color for a long lasting finish.
I also received a pair of these gorgeous Evelyn White Gold Hoop Earrings, which I can't really wear just yet since I have a sweet baby grand daughter who would love to rip them from my lobes. They are very pretty, though.
With summer heat quickly approaching, you’ll want to make sure you have these essentials in your bag at all times.
NEW Ban Purely Gentle Roll-On Deodorant ($10, Amazon.com)
With a new, gentler formula, Purely Gentle provides24 hour protection against underarm perspiration even for those with sensitive skin. The roll-on glides on smoothly providing instant freshness, transforming hot, overworked skin to smooth and refreshed.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo($6.99, ULTA and food, drug and mass retailers nationwide)
Give your hair an uplifting boost and touchable body that lasts while you’re on the go with just a spritz of this dry shampoo. The revitalizing formula instantly refreshes, revives and restores limp locks while getting rid of dirt and oil for hair that feels clean, healthy and light.
Erborian CC Crème (Sephora.com, $44)
With a color correcting formula, this crème instantly transforms your skin to a flawlessly smooth, even and radiant finish. It utilizes unique color-changing technology, which allows the crème to adjust to your skin tone and enhance your skin’s true radiance.
Just because Valentine’s Day is over doesn’t mean you can’t have date night! Check out these essentials from Smashbox, Sun Bum and Rita Hazan for everything you need for your next night out. I love getting ready and looking extra glamorous for date nights with my hubby!
Kiss-proof lips : Smashbox Cosmetics Always On Liquid Lipstick
This matte liquid lipstick will make you say – Yep! It’s still on! – due to its Advanced Polymer Technology that makes color last up to 8 hours on set. In NEW Metallic shades
Keep your hair smelling like summer : Sun Bum Deep Conditioning Masque
Our most decadent treatment is infused with Amla and Bamboo Extract that helps strengthen your hair, making it resilient and more manageable.
Look like you just stepped out of the salon : Rita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss
Step 2 in Rita's True Color Revolution, glossing is the salon secret to keep color vibrant and hair as shiny as the day you got it colored. With 5 shades developed by Rita, this in-shower color-saver enhances shine and brilliance with mess-free application.
I am excited to announce that Kneipp has launched the #KneippLife sweepstakes! Here are the details:
Be Beautiful. Be Loved. Be Harmonious. Be Natural.
Enter your chance to win the Kneipp Life Sweepstakes, featuring:
- A trip to the Woodstock Inn in Vermont for you & 3 friends
- Kneipp gift baskets
- all entrants will receive 20% off their next purchase
Link to sign up: http://bit.ly/TheKneippLife
With the long holiday weekend fast approaching, have fun in the sun while protecting your skin with the IMAGE Skincare Prevention+ Collection.
The sun care line will shield you from the sun’s harmful rays as well as pollution and smoke (bonus). Prevention+ is an evolution of daily skin moisturizers with built-in broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun and infrared protection, so you’re always protecting your IMAGE. The line (priced from $33-$38) provides a range of products for all skin types, long term sun exposure, sports actives, and post treatment skin, including:
- Pure Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 35+ is an anti-pollution, anti-aging pure mineral sunscreen spray that offers superior UVA/UVB and infrared protection. The spray is ultra-lightweight for a non-greasy, weightless finish and is formulated for advanced protection against the aging effects of the sun.
- Sport Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 is formulated for superior UVA/UVB and infrared protection during sport and outdoor activities. Infused with organic ingredients including agave leaf extract, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil, this antioxidant rich spray provides advanced protection against sun damage.
- Daily Hydrating Moisturizer is a long-lasting, deep moisturizer for dry/dehydrated and sensitive/rosacea prone skin combined with a broad-spectrum high UVA/UVB sun protection. The formula is enriched with a blend of anti-oxidants, vitamins and green tea as an anti-inflammatory agent with high sun protection.
- Daily Matte Moisturizer features broad-spectrum protection with microsponge technology to absorb surface oils and leaves skin with a matte, shine-free finish. Great for everyday use, it contains a next generation blend of anti-oxidants to decrease harmful effects of the sun and environmental exposures.
- Daily Tinted Moisturizer features a built in broad spectrum UVA/UVB high sun protection and provides an even skin tone and healthy glow. The formula is lightweight and sheer to absorb quickly without any residue.
- Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer provides an ultra-sheer, lightweight finish with a built in broad-spectrum high UVA/UVB sunscreen. It contains zinc oxide, a key ingredient to prevent free-radical damage and protect against environmental exposures. It’s formulated to delay the aging effects of the sun on skin cells and is safe for post-procedure skin.
- Ultra Sheer Spray SPF 45 features ultimate protection with its water resistant, lightweight formula that dries clear. Next generation technology combines physical sunscreen ingredient transparent zinc oxide with powerful anti-oxidants to prevent free-radical damage and protect against environmental exposures.
IMAGE Skincare is available in spas and salons nationwide. To find a location near you, visit: https://www.imageskincare.com/pages/store-locator/
Labor Day Sales You Don’t Want to Miss!
Kneipp and MineTan make it easy for you to stock up on your favorite beauty and skincare essentials this LDW!
Starting FRIDAY, September 1st, MineTan is offering 20% off sitewide all weekend long.
Go wild and get your favorite tanning foams that will let you hold onto your summer glow year-long, while also moisturizing and hydrating the skin.
Head over to Kneipp.com and check out their Summer BLOWOUT sale.
Make room in your cabinet because all Body Washes and Hand Creams are only $6 AND buy one get one free with Body Scrubs and Body Oils. We all know how important it is to moisturize, exfoliate and stay clean as your heading into a new season.
The summer months are all about quick weekend getaways, so it’s best to stock up on the perfect travel essentials! Make sure you pack your bags full of Sun Bum and John Frieda and listen to experts like Umbreen Sheikh and Sophia Gushee on how to make the most of you short vacation!
Sun Bum Original Sunscreen
Bigger isn’t always better, so breeze through security with serious sun protection stowed away in your carry on. Just like the full-sized versions, these cute little sunscreens deliver the same premium, ultra-lightweight formula and irresistible beachy smell.
John Frieda Hot Air Brush
Dry and style your hair in just one step with this multi-tasking hot air brush, newly redesigned with a sleeker, 1” ceramic titanium-coated barrel .
Ask the Experts:
Umbreen Sheikh, Founder of Wink Brow Bar
When grooming at home, it’s alright to tweeze a couple of hairs from the middle of the brow but do not touch any hairs that are in line with the nose. If you take a pen or a stick and put it vertically up against the side of your nose you can see where the brow should start on both sides.
Sophia Gushee , detox and wellness expert and author of A to Z of D-Toxing
- Broad-spectrum, which will guard against both UVA and UVB rays
- Safer key ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, preferably without nanoparticles. If they are not available, then select avobenzone at 3 percent.