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June 2013 Archives

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When I learned that the newly launched Karora Cosmetics collection with products focusing on a faux glow for your skin by way of self tanner, bronzing gel, and CC cream came from Dublin, Ireland, I was a bit surprised. While you don’t generally associate Ireland with a tan, it makes perfect sense that a country more known for drizzly nights than tropical beaches would become experts in faking a tan. Karora Cosmetics adds another dimension to their self tanning products by including botanical ingredients to help skin’s appearance even after your self tan has worn off. 

One of the highlights of their U.S. launch in my personal opinion is the full body CC Cream. Providing instant tanning results for a wide variety of shades with color correction technology, the cream dries to a matte finish which conceals uneven skin tone while adding color. Though it is labeled for “all skin tones”, it tends to work best on light to olive skin shades. The key botanical ingredients in the CC cream include green tea leaf extract, jojoba seed oil, argan oil, and acai berry, providing skin care benefits on top of an instant tan. Karora Cosmetics can currently be purchased in store at Henri Bendel and online through Organic Skincare U.S.
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Fragrance is such a personal thing. When I received a sample of Folle de Joie, the clothing lines first foray into the fragrance realm, I wasn’t expecting much. But shortly after trying out the scent, my senses were intrigued. This was not your average too sweet, floral scent. The fragrance was inspired by Southern California beaches and Parisian charm, the overarching themes for Joie’s clothing line streamlined into the spritz of a fragrance. Opening with scents of Italian mandarin, South American petitgrain, and hints of cognac, the fragrance gives way to middle notes of orange blossom, jasmine, white lilly, and Damascus rose. Musk, amber, and sandalwood make up the final notes, creating an irresistible fragrance that will lead you to uncontrollable self-sniffing.  
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Beth Behrs attended the ‘Monsters University’ movie premiere with milkmaid braids and a classic, girl-next-door, dewy look. mark Celebrity Makeup Artist Jamie Greenberg shared exactly how she created Beth’s dewy complexion, “We wanted to go for clean, dewy skin with a touch of pink for this event. I gave Beth’s skin a perfect base by using mark Get a Tint Tinted Moisturizer Lotion SPF 15. Next, I applied mark Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes All Over Face Palette to create a healthy, subtle glow and layered mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Cheeky for some extra warmth. Finally, I applied mark Save the Day Anti-Acne Concealer Stick and mark Matte-Nificent Oil-Absorbing Powder to Beth’s T-zone, treating any imperfections and reducing shine.” Keeping with the natural theme, Jamie went for a shiny and light gloss coating for Beth’s lips. “Adding the final touch to Beth’s gorgeous look, I applied mark Juice Gems Squeeze On Lip Gloss in Snow Peach for a nude, glossy finish.”

In contrast to her lighter, more natural, cheeks and lips Jamie gave Beth a bold eye look, “I started on Beth’s eyes by applying mark Please Hold Eye Primer to create a strong base. Next, I used mark I-Mark Wet/Dry Eye Shadow in Luvstruck in the creases of her eyes and mark On the Dot Bold Eye Color Compact (burgundy shade) on the outsides of her eyes and under her lash lines. I added mark Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow in Industria (purple shade) as eyeliner, and mark Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow in Entourage (black shade) to line her upper lash lines. I finished the look with one layer of mark Lash All You Want High-Volume Mascara in Black and one layer of YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Mascara in Burgundy.” 

While your face can’t miss what its never had, you certainly will have no excuse not to at least try out a face mist by the end of this post. Why am I such a face mist advocate? Before I knew that a face mist is similar in nature to a toner, infuses nutrients into the skin, and can even help set makeup, I was not a mist-believer. Surely it was another hyped up product that would provide minimal results, I thought. 

After testing out the featured five face mists, I slowly began changing my opinion of face mists. I began using the Skyn Iceland Artic Face Mist and fell hard for the refreshing feel of the spray on my face at the end of a hot day. I took Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist with me when I was traveling to help combat dry and dull skin, the scent providing a little aromatherapy for me. I even started keeping the Mario Badescu Facial Spray in my refrigerator in the summer months. 

I started to notice the actual skin care benefits, like the extra glow that L’occitane Immortelle Brightening Face Mist created for my skin at the end of a long, stressful day. By the time I confirmed those makeup setting rumors, my collection expanded to five face mists, including my most recent antioxidant-packed discovery, the Spadet Nutrient Rich Facial Spray. What started as what I believed to be a skin care product fad trial turned into a refreshing, skin enhancing experience, leaving me to conclude that you all need at least one face mist in your skin care routine this summer.     

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I am pretty partial to Yes To’s beauty product line, I’ve been a regular user of various Yes to Blueberries and Yes to Cucumbers products for years. But I was really excited when I saw the Yes to Grapefruit Even Skin Tone Moisturizer with SPF 15 at my local target. I’m still hooked on my mark See Things Clearly Brightening Moisturizer, however it doesn’t have SPF in it, so I needed something with a protection factor for the spring and summer months. Yes to Grapefruit’s lineup of products claims to “correct and repair uneven skin tone for a brighter, more glowing complexion,” and with my fairly limited test period I have to say my skin looks great and feels adequately protected when I’m out and about in the sun. As a heads up, I checked out the Yes to Grapefruit facial scrub, with pleasant results, as well — Needless to say I am definitely saying “yes” to grapefruit!

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