Hello! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I had a busy work schedule over the holidays but got away to Florida to see my mom this past weekend and it was glorious. Everyone was apologizing for how cold it was (50s and 60s) and I was like “this is glorious!”. Hahaha!! Tulsa has been literally freezing. I have a ton of health and beauty tips from mom to share – I am making the potassium broth she introduced to me right now. Sounds weird but it is delicious – just google it.
One little treasure mom shared her thoughts on with me was the PHYTO PHYTOJOBA Intense Hydrating Brilliance Mask. I can’t find this anywhere but Amazon so it might be discontinued, so if it sounds appealing, snap it up while you can. Mom’s hair is dry so she is always looking for something to infuse moisture and this does it big time. The mask is aromatic and contains jojoba oil. The formula melts into hair for nourishing hydration while angelica root and orange essential oil add shine. Right before a walk one morning, mom slathered some on and let it “marinate” while we sweat a little bit. Perfect way to use it in my book.
I know we are all a little shopped out after the holidays, but it just so happens that this is a perfect time of year to pick up some winter basics at Shopbop. The sale items are additional 25% off with JOY25 through December 28th.
I am kicking myself because I stumbled on this find during some late night surfing and cannot for the life of me figure out what beauty blogger buddy came across this gem. (If it was you, please let me know! – I really really want to give credit where due). I immediately hit purchase for myself and some friends. I am all about a beauty device, especially at budget friendly prices.
This jade roller is super smooth and used to massage your face, neck and forehead. The smaller roller on the other end works well on the nose and under eyes. This action promotes blood circulation, reducing puffiness and wrinkling. Not to mention, I love how pampering if feels. I use with any lotion for extra hydration.
Ah, the sweet joy of finding a fabulous beauty buy at budget prices. Because I wash my hair every other day, I rely on dry shampoo more than a couple times a week. Since this summer, Dry Shampoo by Batiste Original has been my go-to.
The spray works well even on my dark brown hair (but there is a dark formula – I just haven’t found the need to try it). The formula provides a giant dose of clean freshness while adding body and texture. It targets oil and grease without looking dull or lifeless. I also like using this in the evening (even on clean hair) for body and volume. The original scent is classic and fresh, but I also like tropical for a fun change.
My good friend, Tom, recommended a SPF his mom gave him last summer. I tried it out at a pool party in August and immediate went out to purchase. And on my trip to Mexico last week, I didn’t hesitate in stocking up on this now Belle Belle favorite.
The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen comes in multiple SPFs (30, 70, 100+) but I have stocked up on 30 and 70. The mist works well on my sensitive skin and protects without being heavy. The Neutrogena Helioplex Technology is a stabilized sunscreen that is non-greasy. And this spray works at all angles. There is little to no fragrance. And the protection is powerful and long-lasting. Win-win. Don’t forget to pack on your winter vacation.
Just this last week, I was talking to a co-worker about the wonder of Naked palettes by Urban Decay. The original arrived on shelves years ago, but it still is a best-seller. And Urban Decay continues to introduce variations of it that sell like crazy. So if you have a serious makeup aficionado on your holiday, shopping list, allow me to suggest the Naked Vault Volume IV.
You couldn’t ask for a more comprehensive and wearable collection of eye shadows and lipsticks. The three neutral palettes (Naked, Naked2 and Naked3) has rich and velvety shadows and a pro-quality brush. Each palette has three coordinating Vice Lipsticks. These are seriously long wearing, packed with pigment.