Summer Beauty Must Products

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Does the Sun dry your hair out? This one is a must! I absolutely love it and have been using it once a week!

Sun Bum Beach Formula Deep Conditioning Masque
Our Deep Conditioning Masque was specifically formulated to restore essential hydration and enhance overall softness and smoothness to dry, damaged or over-processed hair.

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DDF Protect and Correct Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF15
A moisturizer with Mirco-Radiance ComplexTM to help diminish the appearance of brown spots and helps protect from UVA/UVB damage and discoloration. I love that this one really works! 

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Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm
Back by popular demand this balm is soothing to the lips as its blended to protect, restore and replenish.

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Philip B. Oud Royal Thermal Protection Spray
Protect your hair against damage as this spray creates an invisible, weightless shield against the sun, chlorine and salt water.    This one is a beauty-must! It really helps from leaving my hair feeling dry and brittle after days in the sun!

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Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Mineral Sunscreen
The lightweight, fast-absorbing formula spreads on evenly, leaving behind water-resistant, broad spectrum SPF30 protection, without the thick or sticky white residue. I LOVE this Sunscreen!  My favorite thing is that it truly does absorb quickly!

 

Look for all of these products at a retailer near you!

Happy Summer! 

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YouCam Celebrates National Selfie Day!

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With National Selfie Day just around the corner, YouCam, the #1 downloaded beauty augmented reality app,  will let you instantly perfect the art of the “Selfie”. YouCam is the number one interactive platform offering users the complete beauty journey, from selfie expression to makeup experimentation, and empowerment through social sharing.   YouCam launched  in 2014, and in only three  years’ time, they have amassed over 400 million global downloads.

 

Did you know these “Selfie Stats?”

  • Since 2012, the word “Selfie” grew in popularity more than 17,000%
  • 93 Million Selfies are taken everyday
  • #Selfie has 304 million posts on Instagram 
  • 36% of people use filters and apps to edit their Selfies

 

In Addition to the above overall Selfie stats, the YOUCAM apps have their own astonishing numbers!

 

  • Over 400 million global downloads to date
  • More than 16 billion selfies have been taken on the YouCam app since their launch in 2014
  • 30 million Selfies taken daily
  • 800 Million minutes are spent on Selfie Cam every month
  • Over 140 Million users look to YouCam’s beauty circle social platform to discover beauty and fashion inspiration
  • Over 40% of users spend more than 5 minutes per session perfecting their selfie

 

On the YOUCAM app, the top selfie-taking locations around the world are: 

  • Disneyworld, Florida
  • Top of The Rock, New York
  • Empire State Building, New York
  • Big Ben, London
  • Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
  • Colosseum, Rome
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • Disney Land, Paris
  • Burj Khalifa, Dubai

 

Credit: YOUCAM.

Kiehl’s Unifies Men’s Routine with 6-piece grooming regimen Perfect gift for Father's Day! You can find it at Kiehl’s in South Coast Plaza!

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As male grooming trends have evolved in recent years, so has the need for efficacious products to groom and style beards and hair. Kiehl’s Since 1851 – a longtime leader in men’s skincare – is proud to offer men an essential toolkit to achieve their desired look, whether it’s perfectly polished or deliberately wild.

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Grooming Solutions, a line of expertly crafted men’s grooming products, provides the optimal grooming experience, all the way from the preparatory stages to the finishing touches. There is truly something for everyone: The complete six-piece range offers essential innovation to meet a man’s unique grooming needs.

 

·         multitasking Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner

·         matte finish Texturizing Clay

·         moldable no-shine Creative Cream Wax

·         firm holding but natural looking Clean Styling Gel

·         softening power of Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil

·         skin buffing efficacy of Exfoliating Body Soap

 

HARNESSING NATURE FOR GROOMED LOOK

 

True to Kiehl’s heritage of sourcing the most efficacious, natural ingredients from around the globe, the Grooming Solutions line incorporates two very special ingredients: Pracaxi oil from the Amazon rainforest and Moroccan Lava Clay, mined from the Atlas Mountains. While thePracaxi oil is found in each of the six products, the Moroccan Lava Clay is unique to the Texturizing Clay, where its mattifying properties truly shine.

 

Pracaxi oil is used in the products as a smoothing and conditioning agent, and is derived from the seeds of Pentaclethra Macroloba tree found in the Amazon rainforest of Northern Brazil. The oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids oleic acid and linoleic acid, but what makes it unique is the high concentration of very long chain saturated fatty acids (VLSFA) such as behenic acid,[1] which coats the hair, providing a nourishing effect.[2]

 

Moroccan Lava Clay is sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, where it formed during the Jurassic Period in the Mesozoic era, 208 to 144 million years ago. The clay was originally mined by North African civilizations who extracted the brown, chunky soap-like clay and poured it on the ground, where it was dried by the sun and the desert breeze blowing in from the Sahara.[3],[4] The clay’s purifying properties resulted in its long history of use in skincare in order to pull out oil and debris.  People from North African and Middle-Eastern countries have usedMoroccan Lava Clay has for more than 1,400 years as a soap, shampoo and skin conditioner for its ability to absorb excess oil and give a matte look.

 

The range also offers an aromatic experience, achieved through an infusion of sandalwood, cedarwood and eucalyptus essential oils, which provide a fresh feel upon application and dry down to reveal woodsy notes.

 

THE COLLECTION

 

Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner (cleanses and softens hair and beards): The two-in-one shampoo and conditioner generates a creamy lather to gently clean hair and remove build-up, and is suitable to all hair types. In the formula, Pracaxi oil smoothes and conditions the hair, leaving it with a soft, touchable feel and full, healthy look, while the plant-derived amino acid arginine nourishes the scalp, leaving it feeling hydrated and refreshed. The formula is paraben and sulfate free, with a natural blend of essential oils. SRP: $8 2.5oz; $20 8oz; $30 16.9oz; $50 1L

 

Texturizing Clay (medium hold with matte finish): The Texturizing Clay defines, shapes and texturizes hair, with a flexible long-lasting hold. This formula uses Moroccan Lava Clay sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco to absorb oil and add body without weighing down hair, leaving a clean, matte finish. SRP: $18

 

Creative Cream Wax (moldable hold with no-shine finish): This unique cream-wax creates diverse looks with moldable, long-lasting hold, so hair to be re-shaped throughout the day. The non-greasy formula adds definition to hair without buildup and allows for creative control for all hair types and moustaches. SRP: $18

 

Clean Styling Gel (firm hold with natural-looking shine): A non-greasy, flake-free styling gel that provides a lasting lightweight hold and natural-looking shine. Comb it up or slick it back. SRP: $18

 Exfoliating Body Soap (buffs and cleanses skin): This deep-cleansing body soap, made with jojoba seed powder,pumice, and Pracaxi oil, buffs away dead skin-cells and dirt while invigorating skin.

The rich lathering formula leaves skin smooth, soft and energized throughout the day. Infused with a woodsy blend of cedarwood, sandalwood and eucalyptus, the Exfoliating Body Soap offers a fresh aromatic experience. SRP: $15

I received a sample of the Exfoliating Body Soap and I love how it smells! My husband tried it out and he likes how well it lathers up and how clean he feels! This one would make a great Father’s Day gift this upcoming holiday! 

 

Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil (softens facial hair while exfoliating skin): From a new to a full-grown beard, Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil smoothes and tames facial hair. The 99.8% naturally derived grooming oil softens hair while soothing skin under the beard, making it more comfortable and touchable. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly and is designed to be applied in the morning and at night. The blend of essential oils infused in the formula also offers a fresh, woodsy, aromatic experience to the application of the oil. SRP: $27.

Look for the collection at Kiehl’s in South Coast Plaza!

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample of the Exfoliating Body Soap for review purposes. No other compensation was provided. Info and images were also provided.

Treat Dads, Grads, and Friends to a Day of Relaxation at Burke Williams

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Burke Williams Day Spa invites you to spoil dads, grads, and loved ones with the relaxing gift of a spa treatment. For each generous and luxurious spa gift purchased, receive a gift for yourself in return.

Guests that spend $150 – $249 on a gift card at Burke Williams Day Spa will receive a complimentary $25 gift card. Guests that spend $250 – $399 on a gift card for a loved one will receive a complimentary $50 gift card. Whether you choose to transform the day of your dad, hard-working grad, or a bride to be, give the gift of relaxation and renewal this summer.

Burke Williams offers a full menu of services including the new Ayurvedic Body Treatments and eco-friendly Steam Pedicure. Connect with a Burke Williams Day Spa near you to purchase gift cards for the ones you love and receive a little something special in return.

For over 30 years Burke Williams Day Spa has been committed to creating an environment of refinement that inspires and provides its guest with a luxurious sanctuary to unwind. Family owned and dedicated to rejuvenation and renewal, Burke Williams exists to transform each guest’s day. With ten locations across Northern and Southern California, relaxation awaits with each of our European-inspired treatments including massage therapy, body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures, baths, and an array of signature spa services.

 

Credit: Burke William Day Spa.

LUNE + ASTER will make your eyes stand out this Spring!

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Launched in 2015, Lune + Aster is Bluemercury’s exclusive proprietary cosmetics brand. It was designed by Bluemercury Co-Founder and CEO, Marla Beck, with the busy, career-driven female in mind. Marla spent 16 years personally testing each product carried in Bluemercury stores to help her perfect the collection. Products are made with good-for-you ingredients that help women get out the door in minutes, feeling both polished and powerful. All skus are paraben and phthalate free, dermatologist-tested and not tested on animals. The line’s Primers, BB Cream, Lip Gloss and Mascara are also gluten-free and vegan.

 

Lune + Aster Midnight Sun Eyeshadow Palette

An eye defining palette with three matte shades and three shimmer shades – appropriate for wear day or night.

Paraben, Phthalate, Gluten free and Vegan. Dermatologist tested, but not tested on animals.

I simply love this Palette! I just love the colors and that they can be worn day or night!

Price: $54, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and bluemercury.com

Lune + Aster RealGlow Under-Eye Brightener

A hybrid treatment and concealer, it helps to hide dark circles, diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and firm and protect delicate skin under the eye. Formulated with apple extract that contains essential fatty acids to hydrate skin, and vitamin E, which soothes and neutralizes free radical damage.

Paraben, Phthalate and Gluten free. Dermatologist tested, but not tested on animals.

Price: $28, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and bluemercury.com

 

Lune + Aster Eyelid Primer

This eyelid primer helps to even out eyelid discoloration and brighten the upper eye area prior to makeup application. With an ultra-smooth and hydrated finish, it prevents the appearance of creases, and maximizes the staying power of eyeshadows and liners. Its formula is powered by Vitamin C + E to stimulate collagen growth, reduce inflammation, and repair photo-damage while soothing and neutralizing free radical damage.

If you wear eyeshadow this one is a must! 

Paraben, Phthalate and Gluten free. Dermatologist tested, but not tested on animals.

Price: $22, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and bluemercury.com

 

Lune + Aster Eyeliner Palette

A palette with four essential fall colors – black, navy, plum and brown – appropriate for wear day or night.

Paraben, Phthalate, Gluten free and Vegan. Dermatologist tested, but not tested on animals.

Price: $48, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and bluemercury.com

 This one is another favorite of mine!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this beauty post. Images and Info were also provided.

Bluemercury’s New Beauty Products are a Must-Buy this Spring!

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My skin is a little less dry in the Spring than in the Winter and so I have to use different products. This great line-up is at the top of my list this Spring!

 

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m-61 is a technical skincare line from Bluemercury Co-Founder and CEO, Marla Beck, designed to provide maximum results in minimal time. The collection combines the best of technical skin science and power-packed natural ingredients, while stripping out harsh chemicals and preservatives. Marla created m-61 with knowledge gained from Bluemercury’s 13 years of performing nearly 100,000 spa treatments per-year, alongside input from over 300 brand makeup artists and estheticians.

m-61 Hydraboost Line Reducer

A super cocktail of seven powerful peptides, glycolic acid, and vitamin C that work to plump and reduce the appearance of lines on the neck, chin, and jaw line, around the lip area and on the forehead. Vitamin B5 and tamarind improve elasticity and replenish skin’s moisture levels. Paraben and synthetic fragrance-free, dermatologist & allergy tested.

Price: $78, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and bluemercury.com

m-61 PowerGlow Moisturizer

Introducing the latest addition to Bluemercury’s hero franchise inspired by the cult-favorite PowerGlow Peel Pads, of which the brand sells one every nine seconds. m-61 PowerGlow Moisturizer is a multi-purpose hydrator that works to exfoliate, resurface, clarify and firm the skin. Glycolic and salicylic acid reduce pore size and the appearance of fine lines while Vitamin K helps to reduce the appearance of spider veins and combat dry patches. Antioxidant-rich bilberry extract promotes an even skin tone while chamomile, lavender and aloe soothe irritation. Paraben and synthetic fragrance-free, dermatologist & allergy tested.

Price: $72, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and bluemercury.com

This one is a favorite of mine! I love how it feels on my skin and that it is fragrance-free! 

m-61 PowerSpot Pad

Created as a clarifying treatment to treat blemishes, these pads work with one quick step. The formula is powered by a unique blend of salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and witch hazel to reduce the appearance of blemishes by cleansing and unclogging pores. The pads also contain aloe, cucumber, camphor, tea tree, and chamomile to calm skim and reduce redness. Paraben and synthetic fragrance-free, dermatologist and allergy tested.

Price: $24 for a 10-pack, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and bluemercury.com


m-61 PowerSpot Clear

A translucent spot treatment, invisible on the skin, that targets blemishes during the day. Its formula is powered by an acne-fighting blend of salicylic acid, glycolic acid and witch hazel. Aloe, cucumber and chamomile soothe skin and reduce redness, while malachite and camphor have a cooling effect. Paraben and synthetic fragrance-free, dermatologist and allergy tested.

Price: $18, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and bluemercury.com

 

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this beauty post. Images and info were also provided.

 

Gift Mom Rosy Glowing Clean Skin… AllGlamR ROSE PETAL CLEANSER is a Beauty Must-Buy!

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I simply love the AllGlamR Rose Petal Cleanser! I love how it cleans my skin, leaves it feeling soft and I even like the way it smells! 

AllGlamR’s Rose Petal Cleanser is a new lightweight facial wash formulated with delicately fragrant Rosehip Seed Oil and Seaweed Extracts to gently remove and lift dirt, impurities, and dead skin while regenerating new cell growth, restoring skin’s natural PH levels and delivering much needed moisture. Harvested from the seeds of rose bushes, the oil is full of vitamins A, C, E and F, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars and fine lines. It also influences collagen growth helping to reduce wrinkles and restore a firmer, smoother, younger looking appearance to every skin type and age.

My skin was really feeling dried out from the Winter season and this is the perfect face cleanser for the Spring! I love that only a small amount is needed and my skin feels smoother!

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“Rosehip Seed Oil is the next coconut oil”, says Gina Caruso co-founder of the AllGlamR brand. “It’s full of antioxidants that work on a cellular level to rejuvenate the skin and promote a healthy glow. Rosehips were used by the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans for their healing properties and now provide a natural alternative to many ingredients that dry and irritate skin and unlike heavier oils, Rosehip Seed Oil is easily absorbed into the skin.”

 

This proprietary formula also contains Linoleic Acids, which are integral skin nutrients and Seaweed extract imparting additional skin nourishing, collagen-boosting vitamins and essential fatty acids that don’t just infuse the skin with moisture, but prevent skin from losing moisture. With all these natural skin reviving benefits Rose Petal Cleanser is the perfect everyday cleanser to clean and repair the skin’s surface, restore elasticity and protect against sun and pollution stressors that can lead to wrinkles.

You can find it here.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Photos were provided.

 

Belli Skincare this Spring is a Must! And Don't Miss Belli’s BIG Baby Shower (April 23 - May 8)!

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Are you a new Mom or are you pregnant? Looking for some amazing skin care products? Belli Skincare products are a must! And, you don’t have to be a new Mom or pregnant to use them! I received samples to try out and I was quite impressed!

I tried out the Healthy Glow Facila Hydrator and the Sheer Comfort Lip Balm and these work really well! I love how soft my face felt after using the Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator!  

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I also really like the All Day Moisture Body Lotion because it also is great for dry skin! I didn’t try the Stretchmark Minimizing Cream but a friend tried it and she says it works better than any other ones that she has tried!

Find out more about these and their other products at http://www.belliskincare.com/

And wait! I have some exciting news!

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Belli’s BIG Baby Shower (April 23 – May 8)

 

During this BIG Baby Shower, Belli will be showering you with gifts!!  Belli Skincare is proud to partner with like-minded mom and baby brands to celebrate the full pregnancy to motherhood experience with a sitewide sale and online giveaways.  
 
Visit the Belli website to enjoy 20% savings sitewide on Belli Skincare products with promo code (BABYSHOWER). 
 
Enter to win daily for a chance to win a Grand Prize Package, which features items from all of the Belli BIG Birthday Bash brand partners.  One lucky winner will take home the Grand Prize package valued at over $1,500 in mom and baby products.  
 
Participating brand partners include Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Posh Playmat, Gugu Guru, Guava Family, Tootsies, PsiBands, Evoz, Chewbeads, BabyBjorn, Bump Boxes and Belabumbum.
Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate the post. SoCal City Kids is not affiliated with the Belli’s BIG Baby Shower. Images were provided except for the middle group photo.