tachalipbalmI may have just fallen in love.

I am no stranger to lip balm. In fact, based on how many coat pockets lip balm is tucked away in, you'd probably think lip care was my number one priority. It's funny, such a little thing that means so much to me. My family reminded me the other day that I clearly show how much I love lip balm by giving my favorites as gifts every year in their stockings (and they are still stocked up).

Well, meet Gold Spun Camellia Lip Balm by Tatcha, an ultra-hydrating lip balm made of nourishing Camellia oil. This balm is the bomb! It leaves your lips super soft with a golden shimmer. Enriched with Camellia oil and Squalene, it absorbs quickly and smoothly. Camellia oil is rich in oleic acid and vitamins A, B, D and E as well as Omegas 3, 6 and 9. I love that it's formulated without mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, parabens, PEGs, PPGs, DEA, TEA, urea or phthalates. 

Glossy finish, 23-karat gold flakes and a touch of sensual shimmer. Bam!

When you can sniff your pits in the midst of a sweatfest and say, 'wow, my armpits smell delicious,' you know you've landed on a great deodorant.

Yes, I said that — and out loud! Which led to folks inching closer to me at a lacrosse game. It was hilarious. Honest to goodness, this is the best deodorant I have come to test. And it's all natural, to boot!

For the past several years, I have been using natural deodorants. It hasn't been difficult making the swap from toxic to natural beauty products, really (well, except for hair care — natural doesn't really work on an unnatural redhead). The Agent Nateur line happens to carry my top two picks for natural deodorants, my second favorite being Agent Nateur N3 Deodorant that boasts a trace of honey, lavender and eucalyptus.

Agent Nateur & Shiva Rose h o l i ( R o s e ) N4 deodorant is a sensual and exotic blend of sacred sandalwood and heart opening rose. The scent truly is intoxicating. The ingredients are simple: organic coconut oil, sodium bicarbonate, beeswax, sunflower butter, avocado butter, castor oil, rose essential oil, sandalwood essential oil and love. Brilliantly formulated.

Expensive? Yes. And absolutely worth it.



I had the privilege of hanging out with Marianne Gottas, National Trainer and Makeup Artist of 10 years for Kevyn Aucoin, on Friday while she was in town for an event at Jeffre Scott. She has been in the business for 18 years. However, there is no other beauty line she'd rather work for. She says,

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty incites my passion like no other line. It is an absolute honor for me to represent and carry on Kevyn's legacy.

I cannot begin to express my excitement over the tips and tricks I learned from Marianne. And I have to share them with you!

For those of you who own Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Enhancer, wait until you find out all the ways this product can be used! This particular product is one of KA's best sellers. However, I thought of it only as a concealer. One of which I had a hard time using due to the weight of it. Marianne shared with me that this product can be used all over your face. Starting with your eyes — apply as an eye base to help eye shadow adhere to your lids for all day wear. Mix a fingertip amount of the Sensual Skin Enhancer with KA's Primed Skin Developer for a beautiful tinted moisturizer look and feel. If you want more coverage, apply a heavier amount mixed with the primer and use as a foundation. Then smear just a titch of the product on your hand and use a brush to apply to the corners of your eyes as concealer.

I bought the Cream Foundation this past summer and I never used it. I wasn't sure how to get the best application. Marianne, again, recommended mixing it with the primer to add moisture, sheer coverage and a beautiful velvety finish. Brilliant!

Kevyn Aucoin also has a remarkable lip balm — Sensual Lip Balm. Its uses go beyond your typical lip balm, though. It's a primer, moisturizer and in a pinch, a great under eye or face hydrator. It's infused with Japanese Rice Bran which stimulates blood flow. With continued use for a week, moisture will be increased by 90%.

Thank you, Marianne, for your expertise. You breathed new life into my already awesome (and now more awesome) Kevyn Aucoin products!!

camphopheniqueWho knew this little bottle could work miracles?

While this antiseptic liquid first aid treatment helps heal minor injuries — from scrapes and bug bites to rashes and burns — it does so much more.

In fact, it's my number one treatment for blemishes. That's right. For almost overnight success, simply dab a little Campho-phenique on the affected area, as much as you like (works best with those blemishes you've performed minor surgery on ;). Cold sores heal twice as fast with this stuff, as compared to Zovirax and Abreva.

Since my discovery in February, thanks to a tip my sister received, I tell everyone who seeks rapid treatment about it. Truly, it's remarkable. 

This little green bottle, I cannot live without. Look for it in the first aid isle.

Glam it up for the holidays with three easy steps, thanks to beauty expert Charlton Alicea of Varji & Varji and Jeffre Scott. Easy pulled back hair, soft smoky eyes and red lips! Who said looking fabulous required hours of preparation?