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Allison has beauty ideas for women over 40 based on her 20 years traveling around the U.S. as a focus group moderator and market researcher talking to women about what´s important to them when it comes to beauty and beauty products.
It was the way to make bath time not only tolerable but fun when we were kids and beyond.
But like us, Mr. Bubble has grown up. Though you can still buy the box or the big plastic jug of Mr. Bubble liquid bubble bath for kids, we adults can get the benefits of Mr. Bubble, including the original yummy scent, in new vintage-inspired bath and body products from Luxe by Mr. Bubble.
The Luxe product line looks quite extensive. I was sent four products to try out:
Unfortunately, I discovered that the overflow pipe in my bathtub isn’t connected to anything, so I have to be careful not to fill my tub too high. Otherwise, it spills down onto my living room ceiling. Ugh. So I can’t take quite the deep, luxurious baths that I’d like to. Nevertheless, I have been enjoying indulging in baths with Luxe by Mr. Bubble.
Luxe Meltaways Bath Candies
The Meltaways are very cool. In fact, they look just like candy meltaways, and they smell divine. They come in Original Bubble and in new scent, Sweet and Clean, that is just that, similar to Original Bubble in sweetness but with a fresh note that makes it distinctive and contemporary. It’s tempting (almost) to pop one in my mouth
The directions say to use 3-6 meltaways in the tub. I’ve settled on using about 4. They melt slowly in the tub releasing not only a wonderful fragrance, but skin conditioning ingredients: cocoa and shea butters as well as skin-loving vitamins E and C. My skin is dry all year round now, but after bathing with Luxe Meltaways, my skin feels so soft and smooth that I don’t need to put on lotion or body butter. In fact, even the next morning, it still feels soft. Impressive.
Each candy-like pouch contains 20 meltaways, so for me, there’s enough for 5 baths. Priced around $8.99-$10
First, I love the packaging of Luxe Milk & Cookies Gift Set and the other collections. They remind me of gifts that I used to receive as a child in the colors and designs of the 1950s and 60s. The attention to vintage detail is fabulous!
The Milk & Cookies box contains Splish Splash Moisturizing Milk Bubble Bath in an adorable plastic milk bottle. This collection is in the Original Bubble scent. The bubble bath makes oodles of fragrant, long lasting bubbles. And it too has skin softening benefits from shea butter, coconut oil and milk protein. It is so much fun to relax in a bubble bath and let my cares go up in bubbles for a little while at least.
The box also comes with two pink Dunk & Fizz Cookie Bath Bombs, larger than the Meltaways and smaller than a traditional Bath Bomb. As they fizz in the water, they slowly release color and scent. They hydrate with shea butter.
I also received two individually wrapped Bath Bombs, one in each of the two scents: Original Bubble and Sweet & Clean. <3
The Luxe by Mr. Bubble bath and body line includes about 20 different bath additives, body sprays, body butter, body soak, body scrub, bubble bath, and even lip balm, all in charming, retro packaging. The products range in price from about $4-20 with most priced at $10. They’re sold at Ulta Beauty where right now there’s a buy one, get one at 50% off promotion going on. A somewhat smaller selection of the range is sold at Target, where the regular prices are a little less expensive, and there’s currently a “spend $20 and get a $5 gift card” promotion. BTW, there’s also a third scent called Sparkling Sorbet that I found when I looked at the complete product line on the Luxe by Mr. Bubble website.
I think these bath additives and bath and body products from our childhood staple Mr. Bubble, now grown up as Luxe by Mr. Bubble, make adorable gifts (think end of year teacher’s gift, hostess gifts etc.) as well as affordable treats for yourself to help you relax, unwind and moisturize. There are a whole bunch more products including the adorable lip balm tins that I’m dying to try next.
Did you use Mr. Bubble when you were a kid? Did you buy it for your kids? Have you seen these cuties yet?
Last call: The Zenmed Skincare giveaway on my blog ends tomorrow night. If you haven’t entered, please do!
The theme is Flying Colors, and the heavy plastic makeup bag in three stripes of pink, salmon and coral is right up my alley – my favorite shades!
So what did I get?
The first thing that I noticed was a travel size jar of my current favorite eye gel-cream from Belif: Moisturizing Eye Bomb. In fact, I just wrote about it a couple of weeks ago. I think I got a travel size jar in my now cancelled Sephora Play bag a couple of months ago, and it was love at first use. I am making my way through the full size jar I bought in April, so I’m very happy to get this little jar.
The next thing that jumped out at me was Peripera Tint Water Lip Tint in shade #1, Cherry Juice. I have loved watery, long-wearing tints for lips or cheeks for decades. Clinique had one back in the 80s that I adored. Benefit has one that’s great. So I was happy to get this one from Peripera, a brand I am unfamiliar with. The sample came in the cutest little cardboard “pocketbook” style box. The sample itself looks like a mini milk bottle (so cute!), and it has a slant doe-foot applicator inside.
The Cherry Juice tint is a pretty warm red shade that’s good for me. It’s non-drying and long wearing. Because it’s a liquid and can bleed till it dries down, I wear it with a lipliner. I love it!
Ipsy must have finally listened to people screaming, “no more black eyeliners” because this month I received a brown eyeliner pencil from Beauty For Real I-Line Eyeliner Pencil in the shade Whiskey. It’s very pretty, easy and smooth to apply. So far, so good. Actually, this is the second brown eyeliner I’ve gotten from Ipsy in the past few months. Hopefully, they’ll send navy blue or purple next time. $14 for 0.01 oz. full size
I have about a million exfoliator samples in my stash, but now I have one more: Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis & Mineral Facial Scrub. Just as a reminder, “Propolis is commonly used for its healing, antiseptic and restorative capabilities. Propolis will assist in balancing, healing and soothing problematic skin. It also accelerates the rate of cell growth and decongests pores. Propolis protects against bacteria and functions as a great anti-inflammatory agent.” So propolis isn’t vegan, but it has beneficial skincare benefits for those of us who aren’t. I used Hey Honey Facial Scrub, and it is a good exfoliator and highly hydrating. It’s a good once a week scrub for those of us with dry skin. It’s sold at Walgreens, Ulta, QVC, and Dermstore among others. $24 full size
Last, I received a little tube of MAC Prep+Prime Skin Base Visage. I’m one of the few people on earth who has never used Prep+Prime. I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet because I have been wearing my resurrected IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation SPF 50 since I discovered that I really like it when I don’t wear it with primer.
I am very happy with this month’s Ipsy bag. I love the bag itself. I couldn’t be happier to receive the Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb, and I love the Lip Tint. I will definitely use the Beauty For Real brown eyeliner. And both the Hey Honey Scrub and Prep+Prime will get used too. Still worth the $10 for me since the Beauty For Real I-Line Eyeliner Pencil is worth $14 on its own.
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On another topic, I mentioned that I got a mascara sample from MAC when I purchased my new Layin’ Low Paint Pot cream eyeshadow. I tried out the mascara with high hopes because I love the MAC Upward Lash mascara that I got a sample of and have purchased several times since. This time, I don’t know if I got a bad sample of MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash, but the formula is so dry that it doesn’t deposit any color. It just leaves some clumps on my lashes. I’m tossing it. Boo.
Happy Saturday! We’re heading to the Arts Festival in the next town, then to a party, and on Sunday, to the beach – finally! I’m excited about hot weather (though I’m sure by Monday when it’s supposed to be approaching 100, I’ll change my tune). Hope you have plans or relaxation time that you’re looking forward to xoxo
Do you have a shiny t-zone in the summer? 15 Minute Beauty hates mid-day shine on her nose and has tried just about every product out there to keep her skin looking matte. Here are her favorite products to mattify her skin.
Laugh, Love, Contour takes us on a trip to California this summer with the new KBShimmer Wanderlust Collection. The 8 piece collection will transport your nails to the lush West coast shore, even if the rest of you is stuck a little closer to home!
Beauty Info Zone loves meeting new brands and loves to host giveaways. Put those together and you’ll be able to learn and hopefully win a Body Be Silk Lip Fix Kit. It’s scrumptious and efficient. Read and enter.
If you have a penchant for luxury face oils, then Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog highly recommends Herbivore Orchid Facial Oil and Herbivore Phoenix Facial Oil. The former is a delectable youth preserving oil for normal skin, while the latter is an ultra-luxe regenerating oil for mature and sensitive skins. Both are absolutely amazing! #Herbivore
This is a place holder for a sunscreen product that I want to buy but don’t yet own: Hint Pineapple Sunscreen Spray SPF 30. I’ve heard such great things about it, and it is supposed to smell absolutely luscious! I need it to re-apply sunscreen while at the beach because a spray is so much easier for reapplying at the beach than a lotion. The price is between $14.99 at Target and Amazon to $17.99 on the Hint website. Right now, the pineapple scent is sold out on Amazon, boo hoo. It also comes in Red Grapefruit and Pear.
photo credit: Hint
Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn SPF 40: I wish I had thought to wear sunscreen on my hands over the past few decades. I probably could have avoided a lot of the brown spots on the backs of my hands. I never realized there were hand creams with SPF (I don’t think there were, years ago), and it didn’t occur to me to put sunscreen on my hands. Now I know better. Supergoop Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn SPF 40 makes it so easy and so pleasant to protect my hands and also make them feel and look better at the same time. The white cream goes on completely colorless and it is completely greaseless. It also hydrates my hands and makes them look plumper. This product is a must for the summer!
Hydrochic 3/4 Sleeve Top: I got this top last year (original Hydrochic review here), and I find myself wearing it when I’m outdoors biking or doing other outdoor activities. For the beach, it’s great to put on when there’s a chilly sea breeze.
I often wear a foundation-type product to the beach. Because I like to cover the dark spots that I already have and try to prevent more sun damage, I often reach for foundation from IT Cosmetics because they have SPF 50. I own both the CC Cream and Bye Bye Foundation, and I will probably wear one or the other. I was rather critical of Bye Bye Foundation when I first purchased and reviewed it (here) a few months ago (though the new Fair Light shade is a perfect match for me). But since then I have been playing around with it, and I have found ways to wear it that have made me change my mind about it. I complained that I found Bye Bye Foundation to be too greasy, but I think I was wrong. It was/is too greasy when I wear it on top of my favorite primer, IT Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Primer. If I don’t wear that primer or other primers that can be heavy-ish like Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum or even Veil Mineral Primer, or if I wear no primer at all, Bye Bye Foundation is amazingly lightweight. Same thing with IT CC Cream. So I will be wearing either of these two foundations but without primer.
On days when I don’t feel like wearing foundation, I have two lightweight sunscreens that I like a lot. I recently reviewed MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50here. I have the non-tinted version, but they have tinted ones too. It comes out of the pump as a white cream, but this titanium-dioxide sunscreen doesn’t leave behind a white cast. I also like Korean skincare brand, Country & Stream Honey UV Water Gel SPF 50 that I discovered last summer (reviewed here). It too is a white lotion that disappears into my skin. Both are great choices IMO.
Because I have sensitive eyes, I don’t like to apply regular sunscreen to my eye area. I’ve got Supergoop Advanced Anti-aging Eye Cream SPF 37. It has a cooling metal applicator, though sometimes I apply it with my finger for more control. I also apply it lightly on my eyelid and above the crease because I have a couple of dark spots above my crease from sun exposure. Like the Supergoop Hand Cream, the white cream completely disappears into my skin, and it isn’t greasy.
Revlon Kiss Balm, Sweet Cherry, Lip Balm SPF 20: Because the Revlon is a sheer wash of color, Sweet Cherry looks like an MLBB color. It gives my lips enough natural-looking color that’s fine for the beach or any casual activity. And it feels good on my lips.
I also wear my signature Ray-Ban red and faux tortoise shell Wayfarer sunnies and a hat to try to protect my hair color from fading (impossible). Sometimes I’ll wear my Bass Rocks Beach Club baseball style hat or a beach hat (straw or fabric) with a brim to keep sun off of my face and more of my hair. Check out my new huge beach hat that I got at the sale at the Peabody Essex Museum store. It’s gigantic!
What are your favorites for sun protection for outdoor activities or the beach?
MAC had a 20% off sale after Memorial Day for their Select members (all you have to do is sign up, no purchase requirements), and when they added in free shipping, bingo. Time for me to add to my collection of Paint Pots. The Paint Pots are creamy, highly pigmented, long wearing, easy to apply and blend cream shadows that are perfect for my dry lids.
Originally, I bought Painterly, the pale pink nude cream shadow reviewed here, that makes a wonderful base or a nice everyday shade to wear on its own. I wear it all the time. I also bought Antique Diamond, a sparkly silver grey shade. It’s a nice topper or nighttime shadow.
Recently I noticed that MAC decreased the number of Paint Pots shades rather substantially, boo. In fact, I wish I had known they were on sale for $13 on Nordstrom Rack where they’re now just about sold out except for black and brown. Maybe I’m one of the few who loves cream shadows. So I better keep buying them if I want them to remain around.
I had planned to go to Macy’s to look at the actual shades of Paint Pots, but I called first to see if they had them in stock. The sales associate told me that they weren’t allowed to offer the discount. Oh boo. So when MAC decided to throw in free shipping, I ordered online and took a chance on the shade I chose.
Now, MAC offers 7 shades, a mix of mattes, pearls and shimmers. I chose Layin’ Low, described as “creamy beige”. When it arrived, it looked less like “creamy beige” and more like browned peach like the swatch I saw online. Yay. Definitely a shade that will suit me with my red hair.
When I first opened Layin’ Low, I wondered if it was different enough from Painterly. And when I compared the two shades, they are definitely different enough. Take a look.
Here are the swatches:
Right now, I’m still not feeling that great, and I’m Layin’ Low. So I haven’t worn it yet, but as soon as I feel better, I will be dying to try this new for me shade as well as the sample mascara that I got: MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash. It has a long wand with more teeth concentrated at the top, and it looks promising. I’ll let you know.
MAC Paint Pots don’t dry out, at least mine that are a year old are still super creamy. The Pots contain 5 g/0.17 oz. and for me, they last a very long time. So far, I haven’t finished one. The regular price is $22.
My friend Sybille came over to get some plants from my garden. A lot of my perennials have grown so much they’ve taken over. My goal is always to palm some of them off on someone else, lol. I knew that Sybille wanted to add lilies of the valley to her garden, so I offered her some even though they have finished blooming for this year.
I also asked her to come for lunch since I thought it would be a nice afternoon to eat on the deck. And it certainly was. I made shrimp and pasta salad, Brazilian cheese balls, and strawberry rhubarb crisp (made from the rhubarb that Jeff grows). Yum. Except that my stomach wasn’t feeling so well. After lunch and after I dug up some pink and white lilies of the valley as well as some oregano, Sybille went on her way to do some errands. I proceeded to head for the bathroom where I threw up my lunch. My friend Sue told me her daughter and grandson in Charleston had an intestinal virus, so I hope that’s what this is, and I hope it takes off soon. I feel terrible.
But because it’s so gorgeous outside, I am forcing myself to hang out on the deck and write this post.
Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm
Sybille is always a wonderful guest in so many ways. She arrived with a box of dark chocolate-covered ginger from Tuck’s Candies in Rockport MA – they’re my favorite. And a pot of Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm. How lovely!
Caudalie is a French natural skincare brand I like a lot, and I don’t own nearly enough from them. The lip balm was the perfect gift for me because my often dry lips are in even worse shape after my 90 minute dental debacle on Monday. My lips are drier than usual, and either I bit the inside during the procedure (I had so much anesthesia that I didn’t know what I was doing and my jaw and lips felt HUGE) or the drill mangled them. Whichever it was, they are sore, swollen and damaged. Yesterday, my lips were completely drained of color. I looked like a ghost. So I was eager to dig right in to the good sized pot with an attractive faux wood top. The shade I received is Innocence, a light pink that gives lips a natural flush that my color-drained lips certainly needed.
The lip balm, pressed into the lips with a finger, goes on smoothly. Innocence has a light citrus-scent (Caudalie describes it as “vanilla infused orange peels”) but no actual flavor. The balm feels like it sinks right in, but it also coats my lips for hours. It hydrates and protects with antioxidant polyphenols from grapes, while giving my lips a bit of a shine.
In addition to Innocence, there are two other tinted lip balms, both in the pink family:
Addiction: deep raspberry red with a raspberry scent
Each pot contains 7.5 g/0.26 oz.. There’s a handy expiration date on the bottom label.
Caudalie French Kiss Lip Balm is priced at $18. The brand is sold at Sephora, on the Caudalie website, Dermstore, and other online retailers. For me, Caudalie First Kiss Lip Balm was a much appreciated gift! Thank you, Sybille, for your generosity <3
Are you a Caudalie fan?
Since I spent part of the day in the garden and I have flowers in bloom inside the house, let me show some of them to you. First, the amaryllis bulb that Jeff bought me in Amsterdam is just opening, and it is the beauty we hoped it would be. There are more blooms yet to open, but they’re on their way! I am so happy with this special amaryllis!
Next, I picked an assortment of flowers from my garden to have on our lunch table on the deck: pink peonies, yellow and purple irises, raspberry weigelia, and white flowers from a shrub whose name I can never remember. Pretty!
I have a number of rather unusual columbines this year, in new colors and shapes:
Next are old-fashioned brown, purple and yellow bearded irises.
Here’s a new plant in my garden that I have never owned in this color: a pink campanula or bellflower. Prior to this, I have only had deep purple bells, and there were never this many bells. This plant is a wow!
Finally, here are my other peonies besides the pink ones in the vase: a deep raspberry red (that looks a bit deeper in person) and a white single “sunnyside up”. I love them all.
Yesterday, I had a long arduous dentist appointment, and when I got home, my mouth was too sore for me to concentrate on writing a post for today. So we’ll have Fashion Flash instead.
Our hostess with the mostess this week is the elegant, incredibly witty and supremely talented Erika from Notes from my Dressing Table. She’s in the midst of cleaning house and computer big time of all the things that have accumulated. Boy, am I jealous! I sent a bag of clothing to Big Brothers Big Sisters, but it was a drop in the bucket. I need to get inspired by Erika and get going on my house. But I digress, let’s see what we’ve got this week from Fashion Flash:
beauty foods that may be in your own kitchen
truffle hunting in Tuscany
all the details on a terrific facial skincare mask
fab beauty products under $5
an affordable, colorful and cruelty-free eye and lip set from a brand that’s new to Target
delicious, healthy summer soup recipe
how to amp up the power of your eye cream
a beautiful palette for women of a certain age
So click here, and check out the posts that interest you. And have a great week!
But spring has finally sprung in the formerly frozen north, and it’s been sandals weather on and off for the past few weeks.
When I got my birthday coupon from DSW Shoe Warehouse in April, I used it to buy a couple of new pairs of everyday sandals, a pair of flat sandals to replace a pair I had to throw away at the end of last summer because they were completely worn out and ripped, and a pair of taupe kitten heel sandals. Both have straps made of elastic for a snug fit.
Though I haven’t been able to wear those sandals or any others I own till recently because of the chilly weather, I noticed my feet needed some TLC before I went out in sandals. Enter Farmhouse Fresh Instant Pedicure Sampler. I love FHF’s sampler kits coz they are such a great way to try out a few of their fab products to determine which are must-haves.
FHF Instant Pedicure Sampler consists of three products:
Sometimes doing the first phase of a pedicure can seem like a big, labor-intensive deal, but not with these three delightful products. In fact, it took between 5-10 minutes (not counting painting my nails).
I sat down on the edge of my tub, ran some warm water, and scrubbed the crusty skin on my feet with Honey Lavender Sea Salt Scrub. I opened the jar and smelled the fabulous Honey Lavender scent that is very similar to the relaxing Buttermilk Lavender Hand Cream from the Steeped Milk collection. For those of you who aren’t fans of lavender scent, this doesn’t smell like lavender. It’s sweetly herbal and soothing. The oils and salt in the scrub began to transform my dry skin immediately. I helped things along, because it had been ages since I had a pedicure, with my handy Mont Bleu foot file.
I shut off the water and lightly towel dried my feet, and then I opened the next product in the trio: Honey Heel Glaze. I have never heard of a product like this. It’s a moisturizing serum that can be used on dry skin anywhere, especially effective for ashy heels or knuckles. In fact, it is on Oprah’s O-List! FHF Honey Heel Glaze hydrates and seals in the moisture. The scent is like autumn in a jar: a mixture of real wildflower honey, cinnamon and cloves. Yum. Honey is a natural humectant. It also contains aloe vera juice for added moisture, vitamins and pineapple and papaya extracts for smooth skin. It’s non-greasy, super smooth, and it dries quickly.
The last step is Honey Chai Steeped Milk Lotion. This calming, divine scent was well-known to me also from the FHF Steeped Milk collection. I had a tube of Honey Chai Steeped Milk Hand Lotion that I adored and used up this past winter. It’s a spiced-milk infusion of organic coconut milk and deeply satisfying cardamom. Plus it contains sodium hyaluronate for hydration. It was wonderful to wrap my feet in moisture with this fragrant, hydrating, non-greasy cream.
Then I trimmed my nails, and because I was in a rush, I put on a couple of quick coats of clear polish.
The entire process took 15 minutes. And what a difference it made in the look and feel of my feet. Finally, I’m sandal ready!
If you and your feet need an affordable treat to get ready for summer or a lovely small gift to give to a child’s teacher or to bring to a hostess who you’re visiting for a summer weekend, I strongly recommend the Farmhouse Fresh Instant Pedicure Sampler. The 3 one ounce jars are priced at only $19, and they’re each available in full size too. The sampler used once a week will take me through most of the summer because I’ve found a little goes a long way.
As always, Farmhouse Fresh products are natural, made with organic ingredients, and have no parabens, phthalates or sulfates. They are cruelty-free. Check them out on the Farmhouse Fresh website, Dermstore.com or find them in fine hotels and spas. I think this brand is unparalleled. Which Farmhouse Fresh products do you love?
Happy weekend! It looks like an outdoor weekend here along the coast of Massachusetts. I’m psyched. Maybe I’ll get to do some bike riding.
Yesterday, I planted two rhododendrons and a bunch of ferns in an unloved part of my yard that is more visible now that a tree was removed. I need to add a bunch more ferns to this hillside garden, but I think it will look cool once it’s finished. My clematis is in bloom, and one of the peonies has just started to open. I love spring! Are you a gardener?
What are you up to this weekend?
If you have some time to kick back and relax, take a look at this week’s blogposts from the Beauty Spotlight Team. Enjoy!
Have you ever heard of a Game of Thrones Facial? Remember Shirleen and greyscale? Yeah, it’s kinda like that. Prime Beauty takes you through her experience step-by-step. You’ve GOT to see the pictures and the afterglow!
Wedding season is in full swing, and there are so many final details to get sorted out! Jen from The Jedi Wife has your manicure covered with her look into the Zoya Nail Polish Bridal Bliss Collection. Colour comparisons and notes on formula will help you choose your perfect shade to accompany your sparkling new ring!
Why did Marcia from Beauty Info Zone have to call the Facial Mask Hotline? We’ll give you a hint that it’s about a FarmHouse Fresh Mask that you’ll really love.
If natural cruelty beauty products are your preference then you’ll want to see what Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom has been using from Good Earth Beauty.
If you’re serious about anti-aging skincare you’re likely using a retinoid, but not all retinols are created equal, and they are not one size fits all. 15 Minute Beauty talked to a dermatologist and a celeb esthetician and they’re spilling the beans on over the counter retinoids and when they’re the best choice for you.
Polarbelle is honored to be featured on Voyage Phoenix Magazine as an Influencer to know. Learn a little more about your girl here.
Looking for a new skincare line to suit your skin type? Never Say Die Beauty has been using a set of products from cruelty-free skincare expert, Zenmed, with great results. Enter to win a set of skincare products customized for you!
The new MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Color Liners can be used on eyes, lips, and brows! Check out Christa from Realizing Beauty‘s review and swatches of all 39 matte and blendable shades.