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Goodbye, Beautyfix. Hello, blush Mystery Beauty Box!

Friday, July 19th, 2013

It’s kind of like that old saying goes: out with the old, in with the new! It’s been an amazing run, but Beautyfix is coming to an end. Rest assured, we’ve now got something even better to offer!

The new program—brought to you by blush.com— is called blush Mystery Beauty Box, and starting August 1, it will be replacing Beautyfix entirely. Believe me when I say: it’s something to get excited about for so many reasons!

For one, blush Mystery Beauty Box is a monthly thing. That’s 12 times a year versus 4 times a year that you have to look forward to an amazing box of beauty goods being delivered right to your door. Any questions?

Second, blush Mystery Beauty Box  is only $34.95 per month. BUT, if you sign up for auto-refill to receive it every month, you’ll get it for just $24.95. Considering that there is always over $100 worth of full and deluxe sample-size products inside the box—curated by our panel of beauty experts, of course—that is a pretty sweet deal!

But there’s more: if you sign up for July’s blush Mystery Beauty Box and opt to receive it on a monthly basis (locking in the price of $24.95!) you’ll get another $5 off.  (In other words, your July box will be just $19.95!) Just use code BFBLBX when you check out.

Did I mention you’ll get a free gift with your box plus free shipping all the time?

Seriously, what are you waiting for?

The Best Kept Secret Is Out! How To Achieve A Less Oily Complexion

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Summer is the time of year when my oily skin goes into overdrive!  I find myself patting my oily complexion throughout the day with tons of oil-blotting papers to get rid of the shine. Hot and humid weather conditions actually accelerate the oil-producing process, especially in the T-Zone area. Having oily skin has its benefits such as a youthful appearance and softer skin, but I don’t want to look like my skin is melting with my makeup running down my face. Enter Santalia Daily Cleanser, a gentle foaming cleanser formulated especially for oily and blemish-prone skin.

 

Here are a few reasons why Santalia Daily Cleanser is my new favorite cleanser:

  • Salicylic acid gets rid of dead skin cells and balances excess shine

 

  • Kakadu plum, rich in vitamin C, brightens and revitalizes

 

  • Sandalwood oil soothes acne and softens skin

 

  • Grapefruit oil tightens pores

 

I’ve been using the cleanser morning and night for a week now and have noticed my skin is a lot less oily. Also, the blemishes on my chin are completely gone!

The Perfect Post-Holiday Nail Lacquer

Friday, July 5th, 2013

These days, prepping your nails for the 4th of July is more of an ordeal than prepping them for your own wedding – thanks to Pinterest posts, glitter stars and the oh-so-trendy firework nail wraps. However, the brutal pain I endured from scrubbing off my festive red, white and blue sparkles left me wanting a simple, summer shade to kick off the post-holiday weekend! SpaRitual has a gorgeous lacquer called I Am The Light which is just what I was looking for… and luckily I found it in this season of BeautyFix!

The bottle looked like a soft baby pink shade with a hint of blue undertones, but when it dried on my nails (in no time at all, might I add) the shade actually deepened to more of a lilac and lavender hue. It painted smooth in each controlled sweep as the patented Plum Cap™ has a non-slip grip to allow for the best mani/pedi possible. One coat wasn’t too transparent; however, I used two since I like my lacquer to be a little more obvious. I almost forgot to finish with a clear top coat due to the polish’s own shine and luster!

I always find myself doing some homework on a brand after deciding how much I really like one of its products, in hopes of falling in love with its mantra and more products from its collection. To my surprise, I learned that SpaRitual is actually a vegan-based brand with nail lacquer bottles made from Italian-crafted and recycled glass. Healthy and green? My attention had been caught! Free of synthetic dyes, parabens, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor and DBP, (and probably other nasty ingredients I can’t pronounce) the entire SpaRitual line is the epitome of a top-grade beauty brand.

I’m sure I’ll be adding some more SpaRitual items to my cart sometime soon! Did you add SpaRitual’s Nail Lacquer to your summer BeautyFix bag?!

Keeping Fresh and Fabulous in the Summer Sun

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Have I told you enough about how much I love summer? No? Well I do! Vacations, pools, the heat, everything is just sunshine and rainbows.  With temps this weekend reaching up to 118 degrees in the Southwest (OMG), I’m trying and succeeding at beating the heat. I don’t mean just staying cool, what I mean is at every summer soiree; I’ll have a bright lip and lashes on to match my golden glow. There are tricks to keeping your skin fabulous and your makeup fresh and I’m generous enough to share it with you.

First thing’s first: Sunscreen duh! Instead of using just any old drugstore sunscreen, the only ones that touch my face need to not only block those rays, but actually do something for my skin. Enter La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Fluid Sunscreen. Check it, it’s like a primer, moisturizer and sunscreen all in 1. I slather this on as a base, dust my face with a little Jane Iredale powder (with spf in it of course) and my skin is primed and protected. Everyone should do this, you’ll look fabulous and it feels like you’re wearing nothing!

Hats are key. Hear me out. The last thing you want is your face to be in direct sunlight. A big, fun floppy hat is trendy and takes care of any shade issues. It’s like you have your own personal Fonzworth Bentley on your head. One important thing about your hat is to keep it simple and don’t go into anywhere with misters or water if your hat has possible bleeding color. I’m not kidding, I’ve seen it happen. My girlfriend looked amazing with a multi-colored floppy hat, before she went into the pool. A few splash-a-thon’s later, the color was literally dripping onto her skin. MAJOR FAIL. Don’t do it.

The coup de grace: Vichy’s Thermal Spring Water. It’ll get that summer heat in a choke hold before ever reaching your skin. This product is magical and of course, it’s in this season’s kit. Now that you have it, stock up on it and take it with you EVERYWHERE. It’s a 100% pure mineral-rich water that helps improve your skin’s overall look and feel. It’s so refreshing and perfect for summer I can’t even deal. The fine mist is soothing and really regenerates my complexion whenever I need a pick me up. If there’s one product for summer, it’s this one. I personally try to keep it cold and spritz it on whenever I can throughout the day.

I only speak the truth people. Enjoy your summer!

The ‘Magic’ Trick To Fix A Dehydrated Complexion

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

 

Attention everyone whose skin freaks out during the summer: meet your new best friend, ARCONA Magic White Ice!

I know it’s not just me who finds it difficult to get the right kind of hydration during the summer. When it’s cold outside, my skin tends to feel super dry and I slather on a heavy moisturizer  morning and night—so much that it’s honestly a wonder my makeup even stays on. And I NEVER get blemishes! This time of year, it’s a different story. I’ve noticed my favorite heavy moisturizers  break me out and, generally speaking, just don’t do it for me. Thank goodness I discovered this product!

If you’re a gym person, you will LOVE the way it feels on your skin post-workout and face cleanse. It’s sort of like the cooling sensation you get from a product containing menthol, but without any kind of tingling or burning. (Key for skin like mine that’s red and flushed after a run.) If you’re not a gym person, you’ll still love it—if for no other reason than its profound ability to plump up your complexion and make it dewy soft without any greasiness. If ever there were a product for use underneath your sunscreen in the mornings, this is it, ladies!

Did you receive ARCONA Magic White Ice this season of Beautyfix? Tell us what you think about!

Nailed It!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

I am a big Nailtiques fan and have been for years. I have a very distinct memory of my mom constantly applying the clear Nailtiques polish to her nails on long family car trips when I was younger. My mom, being a very natural beauty, hardly wore makeup, so this was my version of her applying lipstick before a date out with my father. It was the beauty tip I inherited from my youth (that and to drink a lot of water, but I digress).

When I learned that Nailtiques launched a new line of nail polish colors that feature on trend shades and still provided all the amazing benefits of their original formula, I was beyond excited! My mom, and subsequently I, originally fell in love with this amazing brand because their polish is specifically designed for nails that are soft, peeling, split or have trouble growing. The formula consists of a unique blend of protein and conditioners to help fortify the nails. The salon-tested formulations offer special combinations of ingredients, including keratin and protein to build a healthy nail foundation. The transformation in my nail health when I consistently wear the polish is so impressive it is hard to believe. Now that Nailtiques is available in awesome colors, I am even more in love! There are several colors available in Beautyfix this season and I was randomly given the deep red nail polish color- a shade that always makes me feel put together.

A Season of New Beauty Finds

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Summer is only a few weeks away and what better way to get ready with the upcoming season of Beautyfix that starts tomorrow June 12.  I’m super excited about the new beauty product picks in every category that I know you’ll love too! From dazzling nail colors to top notch anti-aging skin care and hair care, Beautyfix has all the essentials you’ll need to be the perfect beauty all summer long!

I thought I was going to have a tough time picking my must-have product this season but surprisingly my favorite by far was Jane Iredale  POMMISST Hydration Spray. And you ask why I’m obsessed with this spray-on formula?  Well it’s simple, everything Jane Iredale formulates has fantastic benefits for your skin! This one is my favorite for a few reasons:

  1. It’s a lightweight spray that instantly refreshes and cools the skin.
  2. Sea minerals and pomegranate extract help hydrate and protect against free-radical damage to maintain a youthful complexion.
  3. It’s the perfect hydrating moisturizer for oily skin types.

I’ve been using this spray every day it’s almost all gone! I know I will definitely be stocking up with more. Here’s a complete list of the new beauty product picks that will be featured on Beautyfix.

EMANI Cosmetics Made My Catalina Trip Amazing

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

It’s almost summer which means it’s time to plan mini getaways, warm trips, and long vacations! Personally, I spent my weekend on the gorgeous island of Catalina; Avalon to be exact. Of course, I did my homework ahead of time to determine what I needed to bring per weather restrictions, the verdict you ask? Sunny in the mid-70’s! Sounded like perfect sun bathing weather, however I remembered that Catalina weather is always iffy. A beautiful sunshine-filled afternoon can have a wind chill leaving me freezing cold!

I decided to bring my new eco-friendly EMANI cosmetics with me, not only because the colors are brilliantly tropical (and healthy – 100% vegan!), but also because they have breathable products which are designed to perform in all kinds of elements; extreme heat, humidity or cold temperatures. They seemed like a perfect fit for my Catalina getaway!

EMANI is a rare breed: 100% vegan, 100% gluten free, 100% American made, cruelty free, PETA certified and award winning, paraben/talc/mineral oil/etc. etc. FREE! These stats made me think the company must create great green products, however I questioned if they would provide good enough coverage or rich enough shades. They actually wear very light but provide deep coverage just like our favorite, expensive, luxury brands. I was shocked.

A few of my favorite products I used this weekend were the Crushed Blush in Cancun Heat, the Flawless Matte Foundation in Nude Beige, and the Mosaic Eye Shadow in Feeling Mischievous. I was really glad I brought my EMANI round-up because Saturday was gorgeous and hot (mid-80’s), but Sunday was sunny and freezing (the wind made it feel like low 60’s!). Regardless, my makeup looked flawless throughout. Aside from the high-performing pigmented shadows like the gorgeous Crushed Mineral Color Dust in Bamboo, the best item I brought was the Vegan Travel Brush Set. This set should actually be incorporated into my daily beauty regimen, not just for travel. Unbelievably soft, the brushes allow for an even and easy application for all kinds of product. They even have a top secret way of affixing each individual bristle to the wand to ensure they never leave stray hairs on your face!

Thanks EMANI for making my Catalina trip full of luminous color, coverage, and all around excitement!

The Great Cover Up

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Last weekend I had friends over for my first pool party of the summer season. (Well, June 21st is the actual first day of summer, but I live in sunny California, so it’s close enough.) I had planned this party for weeks—and I am not just talking about what food or drink I would serve. I am talking about my TAN! Now I do know overexposure to the sun is bad for your skin—I have not really laid out in the sun without sunscreen for years—but perfecting your tan without getting a sunburn is like walking by a mirror and not looking at yourself (oh, come on, we all do it). Of course you can always try self-tanners, and I do sometimes, but for some reason I could not achieve that seamless, streak-free tan I wanted around my hands and feet.

This is why I love sunbathing just like everyone else, which is a problem since I work in an industry where we preach the importance of taking care of your skin and of NEVER staying too long in the sun. So what is the safest way to get color without harming your skin?  The answer: Sunscreen!

Sunscreen sales have reached 1 BILLION dollars in 2013, and yet melanoma is on the rise by 2 percent each year since 2000. The main reason is that we’re NOT APPLYING ENOUGH SUNSCREEN! The new FDA labeling rules have helped. For one, it has mandated that sunscreen products replace their “waterproof” claim to just “water-resistant,” and that labels must note that the product should be reapplied every 2 hours. Also, the actual amount of sunscreen that needs to be applied is more than what you would think. For the body, it must be enough to fill a shot glass and applied more often if swimming. For the face and hairline, you need to apply at least one teaspoon.

It is no wonder we get sunburned. How many times have you gone to the pool or beach and then remembered to apply sunscreen one more time? Was it enough to fill a shot glass? Every time I think I am doing such a good job of protecting my skin, I come back from the pool with sunburn!

This is why I had to plan accordingly. THIS YEAR, I told myself that I am not going to get burned. I have used many sunscreens in the past and they all have been good, but with Elta MD, I could say I have found the best sunscreen I’ve ever used and I will tell you why.

UV Aero Broad Spectrum SPF 45 – This sunscreen is broad spectrum so it blocks out both UVA and UVB rays, which are both bad. It’s also non-greasy and water-resistant. The reason it is broad spectrum is that it contains zinc oxide which is a physical barrier. It does spray on white, BUT it dries clear and stays that way! You could spray this sunscreen every hour and you would not see it or feel it. I have never put on a sunscreen that did not have some type of shine, smell or feel to it, but with this one I couldn’t even tell I had it on! It protected every part of my exposed skin—NO BURN at all!

UV Facial Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Plus - I use this facial sunscreen every day over my moisturizer as it is gentle enough for my sensitive skin. Plus, the vitamin E shields my skin from free radicals that cause premature aging, or from anything harmful the environment might throw at it.

By the time my pool party happened, I had a perfect tan without the nasty sunburn—thanks to Elta MD! This brand is really a MUST-HAVE for the summer season!

 

The Does-It-All Serum That Will Get Rid of Your Spots

Friday, May 24th, 2013

It’s (almost!) memorial weekend, which marks the unofficial start of summer here in the good ol’ US of A. With summer comes good times in the sun … and all too often, with good times in the sun comes visible skin damage. The good news: if you practice diligence with your daily SPF usage and incorporate a serum like B. Kamins Nia-Stem Serum KX into your routine, you can thwart sun damage before it pops up.

This product owes its superpowers in large part to niacinamide—it’s one of the lesser-sung heroes of the skin care world, but that’s not to say it’s not one of the most efficacious ingredients out there. It works in a super gentle (yet totally effective) manner to help erase and suppress the signs of sun damage. If you’re currently suffering with any kind of pigmentation issues (save for melasma, that’s its own beast) I do believe you’ll be pleased with its effects.

This product also contains plant stem cells, which stimulate cell turnover, working in tandem with the niacinamide to ease the look of  dark spots, soften wrinkles and fine lines and improve upon that dreaded rough texture we all experience to some degree as we get older.

The bottom line? If you incorporate a serum like this one into your beauty routine (and refuse to slack on the SPF) you’ll come out of summer with the best complexion of your adult life!

Did you receive this product in your recent Beautyfix kit? If you did, you know what to do: leave a comment and tell us how much you’re loving it!