9 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Skincare Obsessed

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SkincareObsessedSkincare may not be on everyone’s mind in terms of a holiday gift, but for the


  1. Reviva Labs.  The first product line I found to fully get my hormonal acne under control and I’m forever grateful!  I send everyone here to begin their regime to clear skin.  The Skin Energizing Gel is perfect for these winter months where you need your moisturizer to perform double duty and it’ll also fit perfectly into a stocking!
  2. Murad. A wonderful and recent addition to Murad is the Pore Reform line.  Blackheads plague us all, help a sister (or brother!) out and banish them forever!  I’m also a huge fan of the Clarifying Cleanser, which I use twice a day on my Clarisonic!
  3. Kate Somerville.  My go to line for twice a week exfoliation (ExfoliKate) and moisturizing with the Anti-Bac Clearing Lotion and the Oil-Free Moisturizer.
  4. Kiehl’sCreme de Corps is an awesome body moisturizer and the Super Multi-Corrective Cream works to life, firm and smooth even sensitive skin.
  5. BioElixia.  Just because it’s not bathing suit weather doesn’t mean some people aren’t worried about cellulite.  The Cellulite Contour Cream is scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite.  Oh, and it’s on sale!
  6. L’Occitane.  The Divine Skincare Collection is getting rave reviews across several age groups as an excellent anti-aging line, even for sensitive skin.
  7. Skindinavia.  They have a wonderful Makeup Setting Spray and beginning in March you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for No Glow – a silicone-free makeup primer spray!
  8. Bioelements.  This professional skin care line created by an esthetician used by pros!  Easily shop the website by skin concerns or, if you’re unsure of what they might be, pay a visit to the best sellers area!
  9. From the Lab.  If all else fails this subscription service will have all of the bases covered.  This monthly service is called “the future of beauty” and is perfect for those looking to be the first to try the latest and greatest.

What types of skincare gifts do you like to receive?


Top 10 Beach Bag Must-Haves

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Any beauty maven knows that it’s important to carry everything you need to stay protected and beautiful while laying ocean (or pool) side.

In an effort to keep you from over-packing, here are my Top 10 Beach Bag Must-Haves… (sans flip-flops, sunglasses and a towel – which are givens) in no particular order!


  1. Water.  Duh.  Stay hydrated!
  2. Reading Material.  Revenge Wears Prada (currently)
  3. Reading Material I Don’t Mind Getting Wet.  Like a magazine if I want to float around on a raft or something.
  4. Comb.  Wide tooth, to get through those crazy swimmers knots!
  5. Sea Spray.  Keep the wild hair lookin’ sexay ;) Currently I’m loving the one from the Salma Hayek Nuance line.
  6. Hair Ties.  I like those ouchless type ones that won’t rip all of my hair out.  The ones shown are by Goody.
  7. A mini bag.  I’m loving the clear, hot pink one from the ipsy July bag, it keeps my smaller items organized and is perfect for throwing and ID or money into (or keeping your cell dry).
  8. Sunblock.  Currently in my bag is an assortment from Coppertone, different things for face and body, and a tattoo guard!  I didn’t know they made that so I was pretty excited to see it lol.
  9. Sunblock for Mouth.  I love to use Murad.  Anyone who knows me knows that the wrinkles I’m the most paranoid about getting are the ones around my lips.  I love to use Murad Sun Balm, which is good for your face too.
  10. Floppy Hat.  I just started with this one this Summer.  My grandma had this and I thought it was perfect to shield my face and wouldn’t get ruined in water.  If it gets dirty it’s easy to clean in the wash.

IMG_2599Also, the beach bag pictured above was one of those GWP totes you get during the Neiman Marcus Beauty Events =)

I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 Beach Bag Must-Haves!  Check out what the other bloggers love to use and tell us what your must-have beachy items are!


Top 10 Things That Live in My Shower

There is a lot of product in my shower.  But, not all of it has a permanent place there, making it easier than I thought to pick out the Top 10 Items That Live in My Shower.


  1. Shampoo/Conditioner. This is obviously a given.  Shampoos and Conditioners are constantly rotating through, but currently I’m trying to finish up the Christophe Hydrating Shampoo & Condtioner.  Why is the Shampoo so much lower?  My hubby has also been using it once or twice a week because he said it smells good and makes his hair soft.  Adorable.
  2. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate.  I’m pretty big on everything Kate Somerville has to offer and use the skincare as well.  I also rotate and use the Light Skin Peel from Reviva Labs but I forgot to grab it for the pic.
  3. LUSH Mint Julips.  This lip scrub is terrifyingly yummy and is gentle & amazing.
  4. LUSH Fair Trade Honey.  I randomly like to use this when I feel like my hair needs some extra sort of love.  This product is intended for moisture and luster.
  5. LUSH R & B.  This stands for Revive & Balance.  I use this on the ends of my hair when I do the Fair Trade Honey for some deep conditioning.  I leave it in for a few minutes than rinse it out, but if your hair needs major moisture you can also just leave the product in.
  6. Body Wash.  This is in two parts, because I have two and don’t want to exclude haha. Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint Stress Relief .  The name pretty much says it all.  I worked at Bath & Body Works about 7 or 8 years ago and have been using this ever since.  B – Olay Body Wash.  This smells amazing and is so moisturizing.  I love how it feels and always make sure that I have a bottle on hand.
  7. Eye Makeup Remover.  Usually I just keep a small sample size in there (right now it’s that little Chanel bottle).  I wash my makeup off at night but sometimes I like to make sure it’s completely off, or if I shower at night (rare, but it happens) I don’t want to have to worry about grabbing my big bottle of remover.
  8. Murad Clarifying Cleanser.  This I use morning and night with my Clarisonic, which I also forgot to picture here because it’s charging, but it also lives in my shower.
  9. Schick Hydro Silk Razor.  This has been my razor of choice for over a year.  I can’t say enough good things about this product!
  10. Wide Tooth Comb.  Everyone should have one of these in their shower to comb conditioner through your hair.  A must have so that my hair isn’t a mass of tangles when I get out.

I also have a Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint Soap, LUSH Porridge Soap and Safeguard Soap that I rotate around to whatever I’m feeling like, but I thought it might be gross to picture soaps that I used =P If you want to see it because you’re curious like that or have a fetish let me know and I can Instagram it.

Ah, crap, I forgot to grab my shaving cream too.  This post could really be never-ending….

I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 Products That Live in My Shower!  Check out what the other bloggers love to use and tell us what your faves are!

Makeup Wars – Our Favorite Sunscreen

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I need the lazy girls answer to sunscreen.  Not only am I sunscreening myself – but I’m also sunscreening up two extremely active, very small, very dramatic children.  The quicker the better.

banana boatFor body, I need a spray.  I generally purchase from Banana Boat Kids (which you can find at drugstores or drugstore.com) because of the high SPF and the fact that it’s water resistant (though I still apply again after an hour or so of constant swimming).  I also use this myself because it’s so fast and coats easily.  It’s everything I need and completely functional with my lifestyle.

copperFor face, I tend towards sunscreen from a stick.  I personally use Murad Sun Balm and for my kids I go with Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick so that it doesn’t run in their eyes but still protects.

kateNow, let’s get vain for a second.  Everyone has cellulite somewhere.  If someone tells you they don’t, they are lying.  A bit of glimmer can deflect those not-so-cute dimples and for that I go for Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen (Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus).  It’s way too expensive to use constantly for all over body, so I keep it on the parts of me that need the most assistance (read: butt, thighs, upper arms).

What are your favorite Sunscreens or products with SPF Be sure to check out what the other Makeup Wars bloggers have shared as their faves!  Out of all of us, you’re sure to find something that will suit you up for Summer (pun intended)!


Meet the New Additions to the Murad Environmental Shield Family!

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Murad introduces three new products to their Environmental Shield line up!  Advanced Active Radiance Serum, Instant Radiance Eye Cream and the Essential-C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35 | PA+++.

IMG_5239 IMG_5245The Advanced Active Radiance Serum ($89.00) renews the skin and works to improve brightness, clarity and radiance.  This is awesome if you’re dealing with those pesky sun spots, damage or markings as well as wrinkles!

The Instant Radiance Eye Cream ($68.00) is perfect for reducing dark circles, treating and preventing fine lines.  This cream is hydrating and not greasy.  A little goes a long way if you just use a small amount and dab lightly under the eye.

The Essential-C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35 | PA+++ ($25.00) is my new favorite portable skin protector.  The tip-top of my forehead always gets the most sun and gets sweaty, so I need a product that fits in my pocket or handbag to reapply.  The packaging is rounded, but flat and takes up little space.

Purchase Murad products at Sephora, Ulta as well as online at beauty.com and murad.com.


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