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They say the grass is always greener on the other side. Newsflash: No it isn't!!
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This will all make sense in just a second. I’ve been using Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser for over 20 years. Periodically I stopped using it because I wanted to try a “new” cleanser or something with the latest, greatest ingredients.  What I ended up with is a closet full of cleansers that I never use and a whole bunch of empty Philosophy Purity Made Simple bottles.

That being said, today, I am officially declaring Philosophy Purity Made Simple my Holy Grail Cleanser and I will not be straying again!

Let me tell you a bit about why I love this cleanser so much.

According to Philosophy, “Purity Made Simple one-step facial cleanser is an award-winning cleanser that melts away dirt, oil and makeup. It also tones and lightly hydrates in one simple step for skin that feels perfectly clean and comfortably balanced.  Purity Made Simple is formulated for all skin types and is gentle enough for the sensitive eye area.”

I can honestly tell you that all of this is true.

The Formula

This cleanser is a lightweight, creamy formula that melts away makeup, dirt and oil. It leaves your skin feeling super clean and fresh but never dry or tight.
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It has little to no scent. Some have said it has a very slight citrus scent although honestly, I don’t think it does.  The formula lathers well and a dime sized amount of the cleanser is all you need for your entire face.  I have sensitive skin and this cleanser never irritates it.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Is lightweight with a creamy, milky texture and leaves your face feeling clean and refreshed! Usage/Results 

Philosophy Purity Made Simple is truly a multitasker!  

Perhaps my favorite thing about this cleanser is the fact that I can use it to wash both my face AND my eyes! Most cleansers require a separate product for your eyes.
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In fact if you read the bottle on many cleansers it states to avoid the eye area.  This is a pet peeve of mine.  We lead busy lives, right?  And we already have to apply multiple products every night.   Who wants to purchase two separate products just to wash your face?  Purity Made Simple also tones the skin, replacing the need for a toner!  And if that isn’t enough, it provides light hydration as well.

This cleanser is a multitasker! It cleans, tones and hydrates! Can’t ask for much more than that!

Thankfully, my mother taught me from a very early age to never go to bed without washing my face. It really is the most important step of your skincare routine. I hope you are a member of the clean face club!
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If you’re still searching for your Holy Grail Cleanser, I would definitely recommend giving Purity Made Simple a try.  It removes makeup, cleanses, tones, lightly hydrates and you can use it on your eyes!  What more could you ask for?

Philosophy Purity Made Simple is available in 5 sizes and ranges in price from $11-$55 USD.

Have you tried Purity Made Simple?  What is your favorite cleanser?  Please leave your comments below.  I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time…

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This multipurpose stick from Nars has been around for many years, has a cult following and is surrounded by a lot of hype. Although I'm really picky when it comes to cream blushes, I decided it was time to take the plunge.
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On Black Friday, I purchased my FIRST stick of Nars The Multiple and I’ve been using it every day since.

Nars The Multiple is billed as cream to powder formula and is marketed as a multi stick that can be used on the face, eyes, lips and body.  I have been using Nars Powder Blushes for years and always loved them.  Until now, I hadn’t tried the cult favorite, Nars The Multiple.  I’ve read mixed reviews of the Multiple stick, women either seem to love it or not like it at all.

Let’s jump right in to my thoughts on this multi-tasking stick. On Black Friday, I purchased my first stick of Nars The Multiple!

Nars The Multiple comes in 11 shades.  I purchased it in the shade Orgasm (a peachy, pink shimmer) which is loved worldwide by millions of women. In the powder formula, the shade Orgasm gives that celebrity glow to the cheeks.  The cream to powder formula of this stick is very easy to apply and the texture is fantastic.  It melts right into the skin and blends effortlessly.

How & Where to Use it…

On the cheeks, The Multiple provides a sheer wash of color and a nice glow.  The color is very light and although buildable, I’ve found the stick alone does not provide enough color on my fair skin.  Layered on top or under another blush, it’s perfect.  Other shades may be different, but for Orgasm, I would describe this as more of a highlighter than a blush.  I like to apply the Multiple first and then apply a mineral powder blush on top.  I use Bare Minerals Radiance in Rose and the combination is perfect!  If you’re looking for that red carpet glow, this is one formula that works!

On the Eyes, I love the Multiple!  For a natural or everyday eye look, this is perfect.  One swipe of this across the eyelids is all you need.  It blends perfectly.  I’ve read reviews from others who said they needed a primer on the eyes before applying this.  I don’t use a primer and have had no issues.  I also use it under the brow bone as a highlighter.

On the Lips, this was a NO go for me.  Too much shimmer, not enough color.  Perhaps in another shade I would try again on the lips but for now, I’ll stick to cheeks and eyes.

Did you Know? Nars The Multiple can also be used on the body to highlight collarbones and shoulders or anywhere that want to add a glow to the skin.
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Nars the Multiple in the shade Orgasm, a peachy pink shimmer.  This is step 1 in my formula for a “red carpet” glow!

I am excited to try Nars the Multiple in other shades.  However, I won’t be buying it too often because the price for this multi stick is a whopping $39.00 USD.  Now granted, I think the stick will last a long time but the price tag is still a bit high.  Overall, I am pleased with Nars the Multiple and will purchase again when I’m in the mood to splurge!

Nars the Multiple Pros:

Portable & great for on the go touchups throughout the day!

Cream to Powder formula applies & blends flawlessly

Can be used on the face, eyes, lips & body

Great Shade Selection with 11 shade choices!

Nars the Multiple Cons:

The Price  – $39.00 USD is a bit high.

Have you tried Nars The Multiple?  What is your favorite shade?  How do you use it?  As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Please leave your comments below!

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First, let me send out a big thank you to BuddyupFitness for nominating me!  You can check out and follow his amazing Fitness Blog Here.

As a fairly new Blogger, I had seen other Bloggers on Twitter mentioning The Liebster Award but I didn’t really know what it was.  After a quick google search, I discovered that this Award is given to Bloggers by other Bloggers.  It is basically a way to get to know other Bloggers and provide a bit of exposure to new Blogs.  When nominated for The Liebster Award, you are given a set of questions to answer by the Blogger who nominated you.  Then you nominate a few Bloggers and pass a set of questions along to them.  It’s really a lot of fun!   So let’s get to it with the set of questions I’ve been asked about myself…

1.  Who inspires you/look up to the most?

The person I look up to the most is my Mother.  She was an amazing mother, wife, grandmother and person.  When she was in her fifties, she was diagnosed with lymphoma and told she had around 5 years to live.  She lived another 17 years with lymphoma that required treatment off and on throughout that time.  I never once heard her complain and she faced every day with a positive outlook and attitude.  She taught me so many lessons about life and continues to inspire me today.

2.  If you could sit next to anyone and just chat with for one hour who would it be (dead or alive)?

Gosh that’s a tough question, I can think of several people!  I’m a big sports fan and my favorite team is the New York Yankees.  I’ve always been a huge fan of Derek Jeter.  I’d love to sit down and chat with him for an hour.  I bet he’s got some great locker room stories to tell!

3.  What got you started with blogging?

I’ve had a passion for all things Beauty since I was a teenager.  When I reached my 40’s, I realized that so many things change for women after they reach the age of 40 when it comes to beauty, makeup & skincare.  I wanted a space where I could share beauty tips, makeup & skincare reviews with other women over 40.  That’s when I created 40andholding.com!  Of course, under 40’s are welcome too

4.  Do you blog just for fun or do you have specific goals?

I really love blogging so it doesn’t seem like work to me.  You know what the saying is, “Do what you Love & you’ll never work a day in your Life”!  I do set specific goals relative to my Blog traffic & growth and what I want to achieve by a certain date.  The ultimate goal is to be able to earn a full-time living with my Blog

5.  What is your favorite way to spend your free time?

Spending time with my Husband and my little Shih Tzu, Jeter!  We love anything outdoors & watch a lot of sports!

6.  If you could be any animal in the world what would you be?

I would be Doug the Pug! This week alone, Doug the Pug had a zombie frappucino, bought 75% off Halloween candy and went hiking! LOL  And he has 1.5 million followers on Twitter and over 2.5 million on Instagram!

7.  What are your life goals/dreams (no matter how far-fetched they may seem)?

At this point in life, my goals are to grow my Blog & be able to do this full-time.  On the personal side, I’d like to travel to Europe and other places like Hawaii and Alaska that I haven’t had the opportunity to visit yet!

8.  What is your perfect night out?

Dinner at my favorite restaurant, Calhouns on the River & a Movie!

9.  What is your perfect night in?

Steak on the grill, a long, hot bubble bath with candles, white chocolate raspberry cheesecake & watch a movie!

10.  If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

On a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean somewhere in Northern California!

11.  What is your favorite city?

San Francisco.  I fell in love with the beauty of the city and I am a big fan of mountains that overlook the ocean so the coastline in that area captured my heart & soul.

Here are a few random facts about me

  • I could eat Pizza and anything chocolate 7 days a week!
  • I’m obsessed with a clean house, can’t stand dust or dirty floors!
  • My little Shih Tzu was named after Derek Jeter, former captain of the New York Yankees
  • I know more about sports than most men do!
  • My dad was one of the engineers of the first Nuclear powered Submarine!
  • My motto:  Money can’t buy Happiness, but it CAN buy Makeup!
Now on to the people I’d like to nominate for The Liebster Award, they are…

@BookishOwelette

@SandSBlogger

@GlossnGlitter

@BlonderiaBlog

@FayeKymberlee

@myrth1229

@FangirlBree

I hope you have as much fun with this as I did.  Of course, you are not obligated to accept.  If your schedule doesn’t allow the time for it or for whatever reason you aren’t able to participate, no worries.  If you do accept, I certainly look forward to reading your blog posts!  Here are the questions I’d like to pass on to you.

  1. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced since starting your Blog?
  2. If you were going to a desert island and could only take two things with you, what would you take?
  3. Where do you find inspiration for your Blog content?
  4. Do you have Pets & if so, what are their names?
  5. Coffee or Tea?
  6. What is your favorite movie?
  7. What is the last book you read?
  8. If someone offered you an all expense paid trip to anywhere in the world, where you would you choose to go?
  9. What goals do you have for your Blog for 2018?
  10. Name your favorite Dessert or Sweet Treat.
  11. How much time do you spend a day on Social Media activities related to your Blog (Instagram, Twitter, etc.)

Here are the rules from the Liebster Award Website.

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to them on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
    (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

  3. Answer the questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

  4. Provide random facts about yourself.

  5. Nominate blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.

  6. Create a new list of questions for the nominees to answer.

  7. List these rules in your post.

  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

There are alternative rules you can have a look at Here.

Thank you for reading.  I’d love to hear from you, please leave your comments below!

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Under $10 Drugstore Beauty Favorites!

I love a good beauty find! Don't you? Of COURSE you do!! There's nothing better than grabbing something at the drugstore for less than $10, getting it home and finding out that you love it..
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that it actually performs as well if not better than much more expensive beauty products. Here are five drugstore finds that fit the bill.  Burt Bees Blush & 4 More Drugstore Beauty Favorites and they’re all under $10!

#1 Burt Bees Blush 100% Natural Mineral Blush with Vitamin E, Burt Bees Blush provides a beautiful glow! Shown here in Shy Pink (for fair to medium skin tones).

I was excited when I saw Burt Bees had a new line of makeup but I really had no idea what to expect or how it would actually perform. I picked up Burt Bees Blush in the shade Shy PInk & all I can say is - GO GET THIS!!
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This mineral blush is 100% Natural and features Bamboo, Honey and Vitamin E to nourish the skin and enhance its natural glow.  And it is formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum or synthetic fragrances and as with all Burt Bees products, it is never tested on animals!

Results?  Amazing.  This blush is so pretty, it really DOES make your cheeks glow with and leaves a healthy looking, sheer radiance.  It’s blends perfectly and feels nice on the skin.  The pigment is good and the color lasts for around 6 hours.  Burt Bees Blush is available in three shades and my only complaint would be they need to have MORE shades.  Hopefully that’s in the works.  If your skin tone is fair to medium, Shy Pink is a good choice.  The blush is also available in Bare Peach, a warm peach for fair to tan skin tones and in Toasted Cinnamon, a tawny brown ideal for tan or dark skin tones.

I’m on my way to get the other two shades!

Price:  $9.00 – $10.00 USD

#2 Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor This is NOT your grandma’s Matte! Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor shown in Flirtation.

This gem from Revlon has been around for a while now. It is, in my opinion one of the best drugstore lipstick/lipcolor options available. This gel formula lipcolor is a lightweight, high-definition, matte color
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with a moisturizing velvety feel.  This is NOT your grandma’s Matte!  While it dries to a matte look, it does not FEEL matte and that’s what makes it special.  You can get the look without the dry, flaky feeling.  Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor comes in Sixteen Shades and there is a NEW Ultra HD Matte Metallic formula available in Eight shades.

Price:  $7.50 – $10.00 USD

#3 Jason Vitamin E Skin Oil 5,000 IU This Skin Oil is a multi-tasker & you can’t beat it for the price!

This Skin oil is a mixture of Pure Vitamin E Oil plus five Natural Essential Oils of Almond, Apricot, Avocado, Sunflower and Wheat Germ.  Jason Vitamin E Skin Oil provides healthy, anti-oxidant rich moisture and renews the skin’s softness.  It contains NO Parabens, artificial colors or synthetic fragrances. As with all Jason products, they do not test on animals which I always appreciate!  The company recommends using this Skin Oil alone wherever needed on the face, hands and body or adding a few drops to lotion and moisturizer.

Results?  I love this Skin Oil and I use it everywhere!  It is a rich oil so you only need a couple of drops.  Here are a few of the many ways I’ve used this oil…

  • On cuticles & hands
  • On dry, winter days as a face moisturizer
  • Under the eyes (just a couple of dots under each eye, then tap)
  • All over the body immediately following a shower or bath (Heaven!)
  • Mixed into body moisturizer
  • For chapped lips
  • On stretch marks
  • For Cellulite

I could go on and on… This is just an excellent multi-tasking skin oil.  For the price, you can’t beat it!

Price:  $6.00 – $8.00 USD 4 oz. bottle

#4 Zum Body Lotion Zum Body Lotion is all natural with ingredients you can pronounce!

From a company called Indigo Wild, this Body Lotion is part of a line of All Natural products for the Body & Home called ZumZum Body Lotion is all natural and contains no parabens or mineral oil.  As with all of the Zum Products, they are made in the USA and cruelty free.  Zum Body Lotion is available in 14 different formulas & scents and they ALL sound amazing.  I picked this up in the Almond formula.  One of the company’s slogan is “Ingredients you can Pronounce” and the ingredient list in this body lotion is impressive.  With sweet almond oil, shea butter, meadowfoam seed oil, aloe vera, extracts of angelica, avocado, coltsfoot, dandelion and red clover, this Body Lotion is simply… Heavenly!

I love the texture and consistency of Zum Body Lotion.  It is lightweight and applies easily.  It goes on like a lotion but moisturizes like a rich cream.  Slather this lotion on after a shower and you’ll be left with soft, silky, healthy looking skin.  The almond scent is light, sweet scent that smells amazing. I can’t wait to try more of these Zum Lotions!

Price $6.00 – $7.00 USD 2 oz. Tube (there is a larger 14 oz bottle for around $14.00 USD)

#5 Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Coconut Oil Swivel Stick The magic words, Coconut Oil, & I’m all in on this new Swivel Stick from Palmer’s!

For years I’ve been using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Sticks.  They are multi-tasking little wonder sticks.  I was super excited when I saw the newest version from Palmer’s Coconut Oil FormulaPalmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Coconut Oil Swivel Stick contains Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoi, infused with Tiare flower petals!  These raw, natural ingredients deliver luxuriously rich moisturization.  As with the original cocoa butter swivel stick, you can use this on virtually everything.  Here are just a few of the ways to use the Coconut Oil Swivel Stick..

  • On your cuticles
  • As a lip balm
  • All over the Hands
  • On dry elbows and knees
  • Highlight Your Cheeks with this for a sheer radiant glow!
  • On scars

I’m always on the lookout for new Drugstore Beauty Finds so stay tuned for more coming soon!

Have you tried any of these Under $10 Drugstore Beauty Finds?  What are your favorite Drugstore Beauty Products?  As always, I’d love to hear from you.  Please leave your comments below!

Until next time…

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Makeup Bag Must Haves! 10 Cute Makeup Bags You’ll Love!

My definition of a great makeup bag is one that is large enough to carry all of your daily makeup essentials and pretty enough to carry as a clutch or a purse!  And a girl can never have too many makeup bags, right???

Here are 10 Cute Makeup Bags that fit the bill and make it on to my Must Haves List!

Lolo Bags Medium Avery Cosmetics Bag, Brushed Rose Gold Lipstick Lolo Bags Medium Avery Cosmetics Bag, Brushed Rose Gold Lipstick

This durable zip top cosmetics case is big enough to hold all of your beauty essentials.  Lolo Bags Medium Avery Cosmetics Bag is a Brushed rose gold vinyl cosmetics bag with lipstick print.  Zipper Top.  Measures approximately 5″H x 8″W x 3″D.

MZ Wallace Star-Print Quilted Pouch MZ Wallace Star-Print Quilted Pouch

How cute is this??  This Zippered travel bag for cosmetics has a zipper closure.  This adorable star print quilted pouch is a hip, travel-friendly nylon makeup case that offers spacious storage for all your favorite products.  Measures 9.75″W x 6.75″H.

Catseye London Caramel Pug & Cat Cosmetics Case
Catseye London Caramel Pug Cosmetics Case Catseye London Cat Cosmetics Case

One word – ADORABLE!  Although I’m a Dog person, for some reason I Love the cat case!  An adorable Pug or Cat adds a playful touch to the Catseye London Cosmetics Case. Perfect for travel or everyday use.  Glossy finish, lined with Top Zip Closure.

Lolo Bags Avery Medium Cosmetics Bag, Cacti Lolo Bags Avery Medium Cacti Cosmetics Bag

This is so pretty! A glossy, surprisingly spacious cosmetics case.  The Lolo Bags Avery Medium Cosmetics Case features a bright green cacti with pink and yellow stripes! It has a zippered top and measures 5″H x 8″W x 3″D.

Ted Baker London Peach Blossom Cosmetic Bag Ted Baker London Peach Cosmetic Bag

How adorable is this peach blossom floral print?  This pretty polished design zips at the top to keep essentials secure and comes lined to soak up any pesky spills. Ted Baker London’s Peach Blossom Cosmetics Bag is lined with a zip closure.

JADEtribe Valerie Makeup Bag JADEtribe Valerie Makeup Bag

Although this makeup bag is one of the priciest on the list, isn’t it absolutely gorgeous??  The JADEtribe Valerie Makeup Bag is a taupe & white striped print with pom-pom appliqués and metallic edges. Top zip & Lined.

Lilly Pulitzer Navy Palms Up Cosmetics Case Lilly Pulitzer Navy Palms Up Cosmetics Case

The Lilly Pulitzer Navy Palms Up Cosmetics Case is the perfect bag for travel. It is a large organization powerhouse that is perfect for home or travel and storing all of your makeup.  Measures 9″W x 6 1/2″H x 2 1/2″D

Charlotte Tilbury Printed Cosmetics Case Charlotte Tilbury Printed Cosmetics Case

Give a woman the right makeup and she can conquer the world, is the motto stamped on the back of the Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics case.  Crafted from white cotton-canvas and printed with coral kisses from some of the most iconic women in fashion. It is fully lined and machine washable, too. Zip fastens across the top.

Alice + Olivia Nikki Bazooka Cosmetic Bag Alice + Olivia Nikki Bazooka Cosmetic Bag

How cute is THIS?  Not to mention unique.  Alice + Olivia Nikki Bazooka Cosmetic Bag won’t be available until May 2018 but you can pre-order it now!  This quirky cosmetics bag has a zip around closure with goldtone hardware.  Also has an interior slot for credit cards.

Ted Baker London Lezlie Bow Detail Cosmetic Bag Ted Baker London Lezlie Bow Detail Cosmetic Bag

Perfectly proportioned to sit on your dressing table or pop into your purse, this pretty bow-embellished accessory will lend a stylish touch to your beauty..

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I’ve been seeing a lot on Instagram about this brand!  I thought the highlighters from Cover FX looked really pretty so I put Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette on my Christmas list.  Imagine my surprise when Santa left one for me!

I was excited to start using the palette, but a little apprehensive as well.  

If you're a member of the over 40 club like myself, I'm sure you know that not ALL highlighters are the same and many of them just flat-out don't perform well on over 40 skin.
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Nevertheless,  I forged ahead!

Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette is available in two shades:  Light/Medium and Medium/Dark.  Each Palette contains 2 illuminating shades with each shade in a cream formula AND a powder formula.

Light/Medium contains the shades Celestial and Moonlight (Cream & Powder)

Medium/Deep contains the shades Sunlight and Candlelight (Cream & Powder)

I’ve been using the Light/Medium Palette. (pictured below)

Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette in Light/Medium. 1 and 2 are cream formulas in the shades Celestial and Moonlight, 3 and 4 are powder formulas of the same shades.

Cover FX describes the cream formula as a dewy, radiant glow and the powder formula as a silky luminous finish.  You can wear each formula on its own or layer them for a “striking strobe”.  Let’s get on to my thoughts on this palette!

Texture/Application

First, let me say that this is a vegan product free of gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens or talc, which I really appreciate!

The cream formulas in this palette are a dream! They have a very light & creamy texture that spreads easily and evenly.
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Using my fingers, I apply the cream formulas along the cheekbones, under the brow bone and on the cupid’s bow of the lips.  On its own, the cream formula delivers a light dewy glow that lasts several hours.

Celestial Cream (1) in the photo above is Light Gold with a pearl sheen.  Although it appears pink in the pan, when applied to the skin, it’s golden.

Moonlight Cream (2) in the above photo is a Medium Gold with warm undertones with a light sheen.  It has slightly more shimmer than Celestial but still not overwhelming.

The powder formulas in the palette apply and blend well using a highlighter brush.  They are not dry or chalky which is good for mature skin!  The powder is very subtle with a touch of sheen that lasts several hours.

Celestial Powder (3) in the photo above is a light rose beige with warm undertones and a pearl sheen.

Moonlight Powder (4) in the photo is a light peach gold with warm undertones and a pearl sheen.

Results

Applying the cream formula first and then setting it with the powder, the result is a radiant, dewy lit from within glow.  With not too much shimmer and no glitter, this is a safe bet for anyone concerned about it settling into fine lines & wrinkles.

Price

$39.00 USD

Overall, I love this palette. It provides a beautiful, subtle, glow and I don't have to worry about it settling into lines or actually making me look older!
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If you like a natural, radiant glow, this is one palette you may want to try.  If you’re going for a dramatic, in your face highlight, this may not be for you!

Have you tried the Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette?  What products from Cover FX have you tried?  What’s your favorite highlighter?  As always, I’d love to hear from you.  Please leave your comments below!

Until next time…

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According to the folks at Google, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna was #8 on the Top 10 list of the most searched Beauty Brands in 2017!  Fenty Beauty made quite a splash when it debuted in the Fall of 2017. 

When I first heard about this brand, I admit I was a little bit hesitant about trying it. Fenty Beauty was created by Superstar, Rihanna. Now don't get me wrong, I love Rihanna. She is super talented, absolutely drop dead gorgeous...
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and seems to have a beautiful spirit about her.  But she is young.  She will be 30 years old in February, 2018.  So I wondered how the beauty products in Fenty Beauty’s line would perform for those of us in the over 40 & over 50 years young club!

On a whim, I picked up Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Invisimatte Blotting Powder and…. all I can say is.. WOW, was I pleasantly surprised!

According to Rihanna, “Fenty Beauty was created for everyone: For women of all shades, personalities, attitudes, cultures, and races. I wanted everyone to feel included. That’s the real reason I made this line.”

Invisimatte Blotting Powder is described by Fenty Beauty as a universal blotting powder that absorbs shine and diffuses the look of pores for an instant filtered look on the fly.  Invisimatte’s translucent powder is completely traceless against all skin tones and won’t cake, clog pores, creep into fine lines, or disturb makeup.

Here’s my take…

I recently said on Instagram that this may be my favorite product of 2018! Now granted that was on January 3rd, but... honestly, I have fallen in love with Invisimatte Blotting Powder and I don't want to be without it.
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I plan on purchasing a couple more, one for my purse and one for the car!

Did I mention I don’t want to be without this?   Here’s why… Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Invisimatte Blotting Powder reduces shine, diffuses the appearance of pores and blurs imperfections!  And it doesn’t settle into fine lines which members of the Over 40 club will truly appreciate! Texture & Application

The texture of Invisimatte Blotting Powder is absolutely gorgeous.  It’s a soft, finely milled pressed powder and it applies like a dream.  It is a white translucent powder with a very subtle lilac/lavender tint to it.  I have fair, normal to combination skin.  When applied to my skin, it is completely colorless.  True to its name, this powder has an immediate blurring and mattifying effect.  When applied as a setting powder, it reduces shine, diffuses the appearance of pores and blurs imperfections.  It does NOT settle into fine lines which I truly appreciate!  There is no chalkiness to this powder at all!  The result is a flawless finish with an airbrushed look to the skin.

TIP:  As a setting powder, I apply this as the last step in my makeup routine if I am NOT wearing any highlighter.  If I’m wearing highlighter, I apply this right before the highlighter with the highlighter being the last step.

Other ways to Apply Invisimatte Blotting Powder include.

  • As a blotting powder for touch ups throughout the day.
  • Apply before foundation to mattify if you have oily skin or to even out skin tone before foundation
  • As a refresher, you can apply this anytime over your makeup to freshen.  I doesn’t change the color of your makeup at all!
Fenty Beauty Portable Touch Up Brush is made to pair with Invisimatte Blotting Powder (sold separately).  It magnetically attaches to the bottom of the powder compact.
Packaging

The pressed powder comes in a mirrored compact.  It comes with a sponge that is fine for on the go touch ups.  There is a portable touch up brush from Fenty Beauty (sold separately) that is meant for use with Invisimatte Blotting Powder.  Custom-made to pair with Invisimatte Blotting Powder, the Portable Touch Up Brush has a retractable design and magnetic panel, so it snaps right in to the bottom of the powder compact, always there when you need it.  I did not purchase this brush, although it is on my wish list! It would be nice to have for the purse. I’ve been using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply the powder and it works fine!

Price

Invisimatte Blotting Powder $32 USD

Portable Touch Up Brush $24 USD

Final Thoughts

Rihanna is always red carpet ready and looks flawless. And I'm pretty sure Invisimatte Blotting Powder is her secret weapon! Now it's on my list of Favorites for 2018!
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I absolutely love this powder and I will definitely be purchasing it again.

Have you tried Invisimatte Blotting Powder?  Have you tried any other products from Fenty Beauty?  If so, what are your favorites?  Let me know in the comments below!  As always, I’d love to hear from you!

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I am not the typical Black Friday shopper.  I don’t get up at 4:00 AM or stand in long lines looking for that $199 television or unbelievable deals on the latest iPad.  My Black Friday shopping is much more fun!  My husband & I have a long-standing tradition of buying a new Christmas ornament every year on Black Friday.  Once we get that taken care of, the rest of my day is spent on guess what??  Beauty!!  This year, I picked up a few new Beauty products I’ve been wanting to try.

My Black Friday Beauty Haul finds in 2017 were Weleda Skin Food, Pixi Glow Tonic, Bliss Feeling Bright Under Eye Concealer and No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream.  I also picked up NARS The Multiple (see my review of this in the color Orgasm here) and Living Proof Amp2 Instant Texture Volumizer. Keep an eye out for my upcoming review of this product!

Let’s get right to my thoughts on the products from my 2017 Black Friday Beauty Haul! Weleda Skin Food You can even use Weleda Skin Food on your face! In fact, it has been said to be a dupe for the very expensive La Mer Moisturizing Cream!

I remember reading in a magazine that this is Victoria Beckham's favorite body cream. So... I quickly added Weleda Skin Food to my list of products that I want to try. As you can imagine, I have a LONG list!
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In fact, the former Spice Girl is not the only celebrity that adores this skin cream!  The amazingly beautiful and talented Adele and Julia Roberts are both obsessed with it.  You an find Weleda Skin Food in the makeup bags of all three celebrities at all times!

Anyway, about this cream…

Weleda Skin Food is 100% Natural which I really appreciate!  The ingredient list includes rosemary leaf extract, Calendula and chamomile, in a rich, thick base of oils and beeswax.  Skin Food hydrates skin to give you a healthy-looking glow.  I started using this on dry areas like my hands, knees and elbows and quickly fell in love with it.  This cream is very dense and you only need a little bit of it.  It is somewhat difficult to spread but I’ve found that warming it in your hands a bit first helps a lot with the application. That being said, this little green tube works wonders on dry skin.  It is extremely hydrating and lasts for hours.  You can also use this cream on your face!  In fact it has been said to be a dupe for the very expensive La Mer Moisturizing Cream which sells for $305.00 USD! IF you find Skin Food too dense for use on the face, you can mix it with Weleda’s Calendula Face Cream for Baby which absorbs faster and dries lighter.

I’m not crazy about the smell, it has an earthy scent that I’m not fond of.  The good news is the scent goes away, it doesn’t linger very long.  Overall, I really love this cream and will buy it again!

Price:  $12 – $19

Would I purchase again?  Yes!

Pixi Glow Tonic PIxi Glow Tonic exfoliates the skin & leaves you with a subtle, rosy glow!

PIxi Glow Tonic is a highly concentrated, invigorating facial toner that deeply cleans pores by sweeping away excess oil and impurities. According to Pixi Beauty, it helps to firm and tighten normal to dry, dull and aging skin. The oxygenating tonic removes dead skin cells, leaving skin healthy and radiant. With 5% Glycolic, the fluid hydrates the skin, and Aloe Vera and Ginseng help to soothe during application.  I’ve been using this toner daily for about a month and I am very pleased with it.

Pixi recommends using this either in the AM or PM.  I’ve been using Pixi Glow Tonic at night as the second step in my routine, immediately following my cleanser.  For those concerned with irritation from the Glycolic Acid, I can tell you that I have very sensitive skin and I haven’t had any problems with redness or irritation.  

I've seen improvements to my overall complexion and skin tone and this toner leaves your skin with a subtle glow. It provides the perfect amount of exfoliation and leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed.
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My only complaint with this is the price.  At $17 – $22 USD for 3.4 fluid ounces, it’s a bit pricy.  Overall, I love the results and will probably purchase again.

Price: $17.00 – $22.00 USD

Would I purchase again?  Yes!

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream has brightened my under eye area and smoothed my lids!

I am still searching for my Holy Grail eye cream. Having tried the No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum which I love, I thought I'd give the eye cream a try. I've been using No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream..
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now for over a month and it has become a favorite.  This eye cream is said to visibly improve the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles for younger looking skin. It contains a blend of peptides to accomplish these results.

Initially I didn’t see any difference in the appearance under my eyes.  However, that changed after about 2 weeks.  I am not sure about fine lines and wrinkles yet as you need to give it a good 60 days for that.  However, this eye cream definitely brightens the under eye area.  I use this cream on my eyelids as well and it helps with the smoothness of they eyelid and has brightened the area under my brows.  No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream absorbs quickly and is easy to apply.  I have VERY sensitive eyes and this cream has not bothered them at all.  The packaging of this eye cream is a tube shape which I love.  I’m excited to see if the results continue to improve over time.  We’ll see.  As it stands right now, I would definitely repurchase this eye cream as it is producing some real results.

Price: $21.99

Would I purchase again?  Yes!

Bliss Feeling Bright Under Eye Concealer Bliss Feeling Bright Under Eye Concealer brightens the under eye area and makes your skin glow!

According to Bliss, Bliss Feeling Bright Under Eye Concealer is a 3-in-1, triple core formula that conceals, illuminates and hydrates.  It is said to instantly creates a well-rested appearance.  Bliss Feeling Bright Under Eye Concealer is oil-free and is formulated with specialized pigments and a blend of Ash Tree Bark Extract, Sesame Seed Extract and Vitamin B3.

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it gives a nice, radiant glow to the skin.  It comes in a small tube and is perfect to carry in your purse or makeup bag for on the go touch ups.

Price: $23.00

Would I purchase again?  Yes!

Have you tried any of these beauty products?  Which ones?  What are your favorites?  As always, I’d love to hear from you.  Please leave your comments below!

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In the Spotlight… Ahava Review

My first experience with Ahava came about 25 years ago when my a friend of mine's sister returned from a missionary trip to Israel and brought gifts! She gave us both tubes of Ahava's Mineral Hand Cream and I fell in love with it!
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I’ve been using it ever since.  The scent of this hand cream, Omg …more about that later.  But first, for those of you not familiar with Ahava, here’s a little bit of history on the Brand.

Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories is an Israeli cosmetics company that manufactures skin care products made of mud and mineral-based compounds from the Dead SeaAhava product lines include a basic product for all skin types,  products for dry, sensitive skin and for men’s skin, and anti-aging products for the face and body.  Product lines include hand cream, foot cream, facial cleansers, body milk, facial nourishing cream, facial moisturizer, moisturizing shower cream and body creams.

Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories is an Israeli cosmetics company that manufactures skin care products made of mud and mineral-based compounds from the Dead Sea.

Dead Sea mud, alone or in combination with other ingredients, is believed to have benefits for deep cleansing and stimulation of the skin. Minerals extracted from Dead Sea water such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, are said to improve the metabolism, stimulate circulation and aid in the natural repair of cells.  In 2009, Ahava Dermud’s range of skincare products has been shown to have protective, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can improve the effects of UVB radiation on the skin including reducing skin photodamage and photoaging, and reducing oxidative stress and skin inflammation.

Let’s get started with some of my personal favorites from Ahava… 3 of my Favorites from Ahava!  From left to right, Ahava Mineral Hand Cream, Lavender Hand Cream & Fig Mineral Body Lotion FAVORITES FROM AHAVA Ahava Mineral Hand Cream A favorite of Celebrities, this cult classic is packed with good for your skin ingredients! And it smells amazing!

A favorite of celebrities, Ahava's Mineral Hand Cream is a cult classic. As for me, I have really dry hands, especially in the winter months. Just any old wimpy hand cream is not going to do the job for me!
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Ahava’s Mineral hand cream with Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel & Allantoin restores moisture for soft, smooth hands.

  • Aloe Vera extract soothes and provide natural moisture
  • Witch Hazel extracts smooths skin, providing refreshing, revitalizing effect
  • Allantoin heals dry cracked skin and blemishes

It leaves your hands soft & moisturized with no greasy residue and the Smell, Omg…. Amazing!  In fact this stuff smells SO good, I wish they would make a body spray or perfume with this scent.  It is a clean, fresh scent that reminds me of the ocean and the beach.

Ahava Dead Sea Essentials Lavender Hand Cream This lavender hand cream is soothing, relaxing and smells great!

Another one of my favorites, Ahava Dead Sea Essentials Lavender Hand Cream is very hydrating and instantly soothes dry, irritated skin. It goes on smoothly, is fast absorbing and never greasy.  With lavender essential oil, the scent of fresh lavender is soothing and calming.

Mineral Botanic Hibiscus and Fig Body Lotion Ahava Mineral Botanic Hibiscus and Fig Body Lotion is a light, fresh gel lotion perfect for sensitive skin!

Ahava Mineral Botanic Hibiscus and Fig Body Lotion is perfect for sensitive skin.  This lightweight gel-lotion containing Ahava’s exclusive Osmoter concentrate is paraben free and all allergist tested.  I love the consistency of this lotion.  A mixture between a gel and a cream, it goes on so smoothly and leaves your skin feeling moisturized and smooth.  And, the light, fresh scent is lovely.

Ahava ‘Time To Revitalize’ Extreme Night Treatment Ahava ‘Time To Revitalize’ Extreme Night Treatment promises an improvement in firmness and wrinkle depth.

Harnessing the power from the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, and the highest point on earth, the Himalayan mountains, Ahava Time to Revitalize Extreme Night Treatment promises a visible improvement in firmness and wrinkle depth.  Extracts of Tibetan Goji Berries, Himalayan Raspberry Root and Cetraria Islandica Lichen, survive the harsh, extreme conditions of the Himalayas due to their hearty, nutrient-rich composition. The synergistic combination of AHAVA’s patented blend of Dead Sea minerals, Osmoter, and these Himalayan extracts delivering an antioxidant effect that defends against environmental aging, reducing wrinkles and restoring firmness. This restorative nighttime treatment also contains Alpha-hxdroxy acids to help maximize skin’s overnight repair process, promoting a healthy cell renewal for clearer, more even toned skin.

This serum is a bit pricey at around $80.00 USD for a 1 oz bottle but a little goes a long way.  And if firmness and fine lines and wrinkles are a concern of yours, this serum really does the job!

Ahava’s Dead Sea salt crystals If long, hot baths are your thing, this is a must have!

Ahava’s Dead Sea salt crystals are 100% natural.  Rich in health-enabling minerals, these natural crystals relieve tension and promote a feeling of well-being.  I love this is the scent, Natural but it also comes in Eucalyptus and Lavender scents.  

If long, hot baths are your thing, this is a must have! When you emerge from a bath with these Dead Sea Salts, your muscles and joints will be relaxed! Your skin will feel soft, smooth and refreshingly hydrated.
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Just don’t stay in too long as you can actually get dehydrated! 20-30 minutes MAX.

In addition to these personal favorites of mine, there are hundreds of other products in Ahava’s line for both the face and body.  Ahava’s Purifying Mud Mask, Dead Sea Osmoter Face Concentrate and Essential Day Moisturizer top the list of bestsellers for the Face.  And the Smoothing Body Exfoliator and Firming Body Cream top the bestseller list for the Body. Purifying Mud Mask Visibly clearer complexion in 2 minutes? I’m in!!!

Dead Sea mud, the most mineral-rich mud on earth, detoxifies and hydrates the skin.  Ahava’s deep cleansing Dead Sea Purifying mud mask detoxifies and hydrates for a visibly clearer complexion in just 2-minutes!

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Target Beauty Box Review, November 2017

Beauty Boxes are all the rage.  They are popping up everywhere!  You can find them for virtually everything beauty related!  There are beauty boxes for makeup, skincare, hair, nails and more!  It’s really a genius idea.  For a set price, normally ranging from $10-$50, you get a box containing a sampling of several beauty products.   It is a good way to try many of the mid to higher end beauty products on the market without having to spend a fortune.  Try them and if you like them, you can buy the full-sized product.   How exciting to get a box full of beauty goodies every month!!

Wait.. it gets even better…

I was super excited to learn that companies like Target, Walmart & Amazon are now offering Beauty Boxes containing Drugstore Beauty Products!  The Target Beauty Boxes are awesome and this month, November, 2017 they are just $7.00!

Target Beauty Boxes are available each month and range in price from $7-$10.  They are normally “themed” depending upon the time of year and they include 5-10 Beauty Products.  Included in each Box is an information card that provides details on each product included in the Box and 1 $3.00 Off coupon that you can use for future beauty purchases at Target.

The November 2017 theme for November 2017 is “Hello Pause Button”.  Inside this box you’ll find a few faves to help you find a moment of zen and to remember to slow down, breathe, and relax during this often chaotic time.

November, 2017 Target Beauty Box contains seven products outlined below. I’m super excited to try the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Facial Cleanser and the Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream!

PLEASE NOTE:  Target Beauty Boxes sell Out FAST, seriously!  If this is something you want, order it now.  Last month they sold out in just a few days!  If you want me to notify you each month when the boxes are available, please fill out the form at the bottom of this post!

November 2017 Target Beauty Box Includes Six Beauty Products for just $7.00! November 2017 Target Beauty Box:

Target Beauty Boxes are NOT available in stores.  They are only available online.  Unlike most Beauty Box offers, Target does NOT offer a monthly subscription.  It’s first come, first served and they sell out FAST!  This month, they are limiting the Beauty Boxes to one per customer.

I’ve included a subscription box below this post.  If you want to be notified as soon as a new Target Beauty Box comes out, please fill it out and I will let you know the minute a new one is available each month!

As always, I’d love to hear from you.  If you’ve tried the Target Monthly Beauty Box or other Beauty Boxes that you love, feel free to leave your comments below!

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