The things you do to my wallet in the name of filling my traincase with amazingly gorgeous makeup like these glosses and the rest of your line are probably illegal in 42 of the 50 states, but man. It’s oh so gooood.
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Glam. Rock. hot.
And damn sexy at that.
Can’t wait for this collection. Are you ready?
Many thanks to Erine1881!!
Sugar Babe, Sugar Scrub
I freely admit I’ve avoided ever so much as entering a LUSH store through the years, simply because I know I wouldn’t leave without a dazed expression, an armful of delicious bath and body yummies, and a mission intent of spending hours in the shower.
My fears were (are) well founded it seems, as I had the privilege of trying LUSH’s Sugar Scrub and Sugar Babe and oh my joy what a happy place they took me to. I have this thing I do with my boys where when I come home from work or walk into a room where they’re playing, I say ’1…2…3!!!’ and they’ll both jump on me and hang…giving me hugs and smooches. It’s awesome and it’s one of my favorite parts of the day. I only tell you about this because my 7 year old is the King of Candor and after I showered and scrubbed with the Sugar Babe scrub, he hugged me and stopped and said…”Mommy…you’re sooooffffttttt!!!”, so I KNOW this stuff is fantastic.
I have unbelievably dry skin, no matter how much water I drink, how much moisture I put on, it just never seems to be enough, so I can look kind of ashy or scaly (never flattering), and the LUSH really did seem to help with that.
Sugar Babe is a combination of Fair Trade sugar and extra virgin coconut oil, beeswax absolute, mimosa absolute, and ylang ylang. The exfoliating motions get the blood circulating, which will help with the elimination of toxins and encourage cellular turnover.
Sugar Scrub is another Fair Trade sugar concoction, filled with fresh fennel and fennel oil, lavender oil, and warming ginger. The ginger kicks up circulation while lavender oil heals and soothes.
Both are vegan friendly, both are delicious, and both are available at LUSH stores nationwide or online at Lushusa.com for $4.95!!!
Summer is, in my mind, the perfect time to take extra special care of our skin. This probably sounds a little weird but when I consider all the bad things I do during summer (Who doesn’t love laying in a (chlorinated) pool drinking frosty (alcoholic) beverages while eating (decadent) food and not doing much else?) the extra attention I pay to my skin makes me want to take better care overall.
Lancaster 365 Cellular Elixir Expert Institute at Home ($129 USD) is an amazing way to rejuvenate skin in the comfort of your own home. The intention behind the kit is to increase bloodflow to the skin using vibrations via the Double Action Beauty Accelerator Tool.
The first step (after cleansing your face) is to apply the Micro-Exfoliation Cream and massage your face using the sponge side of the tool, making circular motions. This takes about 2 minutes, during which time your skin is resurfaced, smoothed, and exfoliated.
Afterward, flip the Beauty Accelerator Tool over, and use the smooth side of the device to massage in the 365 Cellular Elixir all over your face, using circular motions, again for two minutes. 365 Cellular Elixir supports the DNA of the skin while helping repair cellular damage.
I’ve used the kit three times, and after each mini pampering session, I noticed an IMMEDIATE (really, read that in my best Billy Mays voice) improvement in my skintone, evenness, and appearance. My skin looked ~*lush*~ and healthy. Rarely do I use the word ‘radiant’ when describing my skin but for sure immediately afterward, that’s an apt description.
The kit comes with generous product, and lasts quite a few uses, so it’s not an investment that’s used up in the first go round, and the sponge is super easy to clean after each use. For anyone looking for an effective, easy to use anti-aging product this one is two thumbs way up, even if the price did make my eyes widen a little. I rationalized this by considering the cost of a facial a week for two months…yeah. The Lancaster Institute at Home kit is WAY more cost effective.
Get it online at Skinstore.com!!!
I spend loads of time doing stuff that stresses my skin and body. I climb, I dance, I swim (in chlorine water, no less), I ride in my Jeep with the top off (it’s summer in Texas…no freaking WAY am I putting the top UP!!), I sleep with fans and air conditioners blowing in my face, and…I have four kids. THAT’LL stress your whole body.
My skin’s reaction to stress is to tighten…particularly across my cheekbones and forehead, giving it a stretched, dry, kind of flaked look. SO not hot. Ultimate Calming Serum is geared to help with that, using a combination of plant-based ingredients from cardiospermum, echium and sunflower. SO nice as it goes on, and light weight, unscented, and nongreasy. Especially after a long road trip in the Jeep when the sun’s been beating down (SPF! SPF! I wear it! And a hat!) and the wind’s been blowing…smoothing the Calming Serum feels like a little delicious slice of heaven at the end of the day.
As with all BABOR products, the packaging is sleek and simple…the serum is dispensed via a pipette…and the product size is quite generous…30mL, so it will be a long lasting investment, for sure. For skin that’s like mine, on the dry side and under lots of different influences through the day (sun, heat, water, wind, and chlorine) Ultimate Calming Serum is a skincare MUST!
Summer for me always smells like citrus, storms, and salad. I’m so not kidding. Well, it also smells like brisket, beer, and small explosive devices, but that’s just really 4th of July at my family’s house…anyyyywayyy…there are just certain smells that hit me and really make me inhale deeply and say “God. THAT. That is what summer smells like to me.”
Marc Jacobs Summer Splash 2009 collection was designed with summer in mind…to capture the casually vibrant lazy hazy days that we all love so much. This year Marc Jacobs has introduced the Lemon Splash, and brought back the perennially popular Cucumber and Rain splashes.
Lemon Splash immediately captured my heart. Anything that smells like lemons with a touch of sweetness is going to give me pause…simply because that’s what I love so much. I like the initial tang and the sweet follow up…it makes me think of lemonade, but for my nose. Initially, I smell lemon and mint…which is perfectly fine because I love lemon and mint…but then once it’s dried down and ‘set’ I get the sweet smell of honeysuckle and cotton musk. My skin loves to make perfumes smell MUCH sweeter than they actually are, but this never becomes cloying.
Cucumber Splash is fresh…very fresh…with cucumber and cactus flower top notes. As soon as I spray this on, I want to run outside in the sprinklers and then eat a red rocket pop. The freesia really goes well with my chemistry and this splash, just like the Lemon, sweetens up on me. Of the three Splash scents, this is probably the most crisp and watery fresh.
Rain Splash reminds me of living in lowcountry Georgia. Every afternoon, we would get showers. They’d only last an hour or two, lots of times even less, but they left the air smelling sweet and wet. Rain’s mix of wet cut grass, strawberry, and clementine zest give way to a very warm tree musk and beech amber. Rain doesn’t sweeten on me quite the way Lemon and Cucumber do, but it’s still a very feminine scent upon drydown.
All three splashes come in huge square 10 oz bottles.
“Expression lines” are the number one reason botox is so popular. No one wants the 11′s between their eyes. I, unfortunately, am genetically predisposed to them anyway (thanks, Mom. Really. Mean it.) and I’m also a very animated speaker who frowns when concentrating…so yeah. I’ve totally got the 11′s. What I don’t have is the nerve to go get botox.
Ultimate Wrinkle Control Fluid is an alternative to the needle. An alternative that seems to be really effective. I’ve applied this serum twice daily for two weeks to between my eyes and at my crow’s feet…and I see a difference. The lines are fainter, and the skin looks healthier.
DERMA CELLULAR ULTIMATE WRINKLE CONTROL FLUID is ideal
for topical application, especially on mimic wrinkles. Collagen and protein complexes
immediately tighten the skin, replacing the Botox injection.
The fluid is really a serum. It’s not heavy, nor is it scented or dyed. It’s not greasy, and it absorbs quickly. I really like that because even though my skin is dry, I don’t like heavy greasy product on my face, particularly during summer. It feels stifling. Luckily, that’s not the case with Wrinkle Control Fluid. It’s hydrating, but not overbearingly lush.
If you’re familiar with Stila’s Cherry Crush applicator, then you’ve got a clear idea of how the applicator for the Wrinkle Control Fluid works…it’s a click pen. Two clicks, smooth it on, and rub it in. That easy.
The price point is actually less than what I’ve seen for comparable products…you can get it online for $80. Comparably effective products have run as much at $175 or more. I like $80 a whole lot better.