Glamglow Flashmud Brightening Treatment

It seems like GlamGlow came out of NOWHERE and took over the beauty scene! Between high praises from YouTubers for their Supermud mask and my love of the SuperCleanse daily cleanser, GlamGlow is defintiely a skincare brand making the ranks and into my medicine cabinet.

Their latest release, Flashmud™ Brightening Treatment ($69), promisee get rid of dark patches and uneven skin tone caused when your body produces too much melanin and provide quick results for even skin tone and color correcting.
glamglow flashmud brightening treatment
In this treatment is the brand’s TEAOXI technology, a patent pending White Birch Leaf steeping process, in which real pieces of leaves in the formula steep real natural Betulin, Betulinic Acid, and Ellagic Acid directly into the mud treatment to help provide a potent formula that improves color balanced skin tone.
glamglow flashmud
To see results, it’s recommend to use the mud treatment three days in a row, then use a 2-3 times per week after for maintained results. If you are going to use this, you must use high-SPF sunscreen daily to protect & maintain results when using FLASHMUD. Results will be lost during extended and/or direct/unprotected sun/sunbed exposure. Always follow directions. I’m currently using the Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++ and still loving it!

The Flashmud™ Brightening Treatment is available now at Sephora locations and online. Sample was provided for editorial consideration.

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Nordstrom 2015 Anniversary Sale: Must Have Beauty

The highly anticipated Nordstrom 2015 Anniversary Sale is here! I rarely write about sales on this blog but this sale is my favorite simply because there are so many beauty offerings.

There are unbeatable values on exclusive and limited-edition items. If you’ve had your eye on something, now may be the time to pick it up. Below are a few of my personal favorite items, some that I’ve purchased and highly recommend and what’s on my wish list.
Nordstrom Sale Beauty
Charlotte Tilbury ‘On the Go Essentials’ Set $155.00 An exclusive kit by Charlotte Tilbury contains a travel-size Magic Cream, full-size Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash, full-size Beach Stick in Ibiza, Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara, full-size Rock ‘n’ Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black, and a pencil Sharpener. Lastly it includes a first-edition Makeup Bag featuring Lips and a Charlotte Tilbury quote. I love her makeup bags!!

True NARS’ Lip Pencil Set ($49) I LOVE NARS’ lip pencils and Yu (the shocking pink hue) is a personal favorite. Pick this up just for that color alone. You won’t be disappointed.

LORAC ‘The Skinny Palette – Black’ Eyeshadow Palette $15.00 When I saw this at the press preview, I knew I had to have it. I literally rolled out of bed this morning, grabbed my phone and ordered two. LORAC’s shadows are unbelievably buttery and pigmented, so having a travle friendly option that cost me 15 bucks is a no brainer. The Skinny Palette contains seven gorgeous eyeshadows with beautiful matte and shimmer finishes, allowing you to easily create looks ranging from soft and natural to sultry and sexy. With a $133 value, be sure to snag backups! (Unrelated note: I’m giving away a LORAC Contour Palette up until 7/22)

M·A·C Look in a Box – Style Maven’ Face Kit ($49.50) When there’s a M·A·C kit available, always pick up that M·A·C kit, haha! They usually cons is of everything you’ll need so if you’re on a budget, it’s a great way to have the necessities without breaking the bank.

Moroccanoil ‘Moisture Repair’ Hair Set ($85.00) and Body Set ($92.00): Full disclosure I work for Moroccanoil but they aren’t paying me to write this. Since I do work for the brand, I love the products and think everyone should own something from them. My personal favorite is the Body Set since the Body Souffle is my JAM!

Clarisonic ‘Mia 2 – Mod Floral’ Sonic Skin Cleansing System ($119.20) so it’s no secret I love the Clarisonic since I’ve prattled on about it before but the Mia 2 is a life saver. I owe my clear skin to this little gadget and the floral on the packaging is pretty cute.

Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum Set ($165.00) I smelled this leathery floral chypre fragrance once and fell in love. I haven’t picked it up until now but definitely added it to my cart. If you love leathery scents, try this today!

Jo Malone LondonNectarine Blossom & Honey‘ Collection ($99.00) Jo Malone fragrances are one of my favorites. I’m obsessed with Peony & Blush Suede but sniffed this lovely treat at the preview. The fragrance starts off with a cassis note then goes into an acacia honey. The bottom note consists of peach. If that sounds up your alley, give it a go.

Trish McEvoy ‘Naturally Gorgeous’ Power of Makeup Planner® Collection ($168.00) Trish McEvoy always creates a great exclusive for Nordstrom with the makeup planner. It has every single thing you could ever need for traveling while allowing you to take our look from day to night easily. The best part is this has a $546 value but is under $200.

The sale goes from July 17th through August 2nd (while supplies last), on Nordstrom.com and in Nordstrom stores nationwide.

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Disclosure: I attended a press event for the sale and received samples of some products mentioned above. I was not compensated to create this post. Affiliate links listed above.

review: fresh rose face mask

fresh_rose face mask

I love a good face mask so when a sample of Fresh’s Rose Face Mask landed on my desk I wasted no time in trying it out. Fresh promises that this mask will hydrate and tone the complexion to restore radiance and suppleness to all skin types.
fresh rose face mask
Meant to be applied after cleansing your face, the first thing I noticed was how cooling the formula was. Infused with real rose petals, they practically melt onto your skin as you massage it in. I love using this in the morning, after a shower, while getting ready for work. It really does hydrate the skin and I wish I had this during the winter when my skin was just suffering. It smells like roses but isn’t overwhelming or “mature” like some rose scented products. Overall, I’m impressed and loving this mask.

Fresh Rose Face Mask is available at Fresh locations, online, and at Sephora.

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review: tatcha cleansing oil

A last minute lunchtime beauty shopping spree led a coworker and me to Barneys where we browsed the beauty floor and trouble began. I, the kind and gentle beauty soul willing to help a friend in need, offered my assistance when she asked for guidance for a new cleanser. Little did I know that I’d leave the store $48 poorer. Oops.
Tatcha cleansing oil
The Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil is a blend of camellia and rice bran oils designed to melt away your makeup, leaving skin clean and fresh. Unlike other cleansing oils it doesn’t contain mineral oil- which some believe clogs pores although others suggest otherwise.

I’ve been using it now for the better part of two months (maybe more?) and I do like it. Quite simply, I apply this on dry skin at night to remove my makeup. It’s gentle yet effective enough to remove my makeup, even pesky waterproof mascara (okay, not pesky but dang, Benefit Rollerlash!). It starts off as an oil but once you add water, it becomes a silky milk-like texture and easily rinses off. The scent makes it feel like a mini at home spa ritual, which doesn’t hurt.

Although the brand states no double cleansing is required, I still find that I have to go in with something that lathers afterwards (currently I’m using Nubian Heritage Black Soap) to remove stubborn foundation. The best way for me to use this? In the morning when I’m looking for something gentle but don’t want anything harsh like a soap. At night, since I do tend to cake it up (#cakeface) I much prefer going in with my Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water to remove makeup and then the black soap.

Verdict: A-. If you’re looking for a luxury beauty skincare product and don’t wear full coverage foundation, go for it! This product is truly good at its job. If you’re like me and tend to go for a full beat, you may end up using more than one product which sorta defeats the purpose.

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make every day #earthday with neutrogena naturals (+ a giveaway!!)

neutrogena naturals cleanserWhen my eye allergy sent me to the doctor a few months back, I became weary of everything in my beauty closet so off I went in search of new products. I picked up the Neutrogena® Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser because it was made of naturally derived ingredients (coconut, corn, willow bark, guar bean) and I saw the words “allergy tested.” Bingo! It was gentle and didn’t leave my skin dry or irritated. The products in the Naturals range do not  contain any harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, dyes and phthalates. It’s one of the few cleansers that I’ve completely finished in my medicine cabinet.

Well, things have come full circle since I’ve now partnered with the brand for 2014 and first up — a giveaway featuring select products from the Neutrogena Naturals product lineup! Read on for more about the line and how to win.

The line features bionutrients, which are highly concentrated chemical compounds found in nature and are are proven to support healthy skin, and to promote replenishment & detoxification. One tidbit I learned from the brand is that the Neutrogena® Naturals’ website is powered by 100 percent clean energy that includes 12 solar panels and a 50-foot windmill in an effort to reduce its footprint and sustainability #commitment.

Luckily for you guys, I’m giving away THREE sets of Neutrogena® Naturals products! Simply leave a comment (bonus points/entries if you follow me on Twitter or Like my FB page!)

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Neutrogena as I’m a beauty ambassador for the brand. Giveaway open to US residents age 18 or older. Not open internationally (sorry!). Giveaway ends 4/29. Giveaway closed and winners have been notified. Thanks to all who entered!