Yes, March through June are wrapped up into one ginormous post. It's been that busy of a spring. Go ahead and grab some bubbly or tea (depending on when you sit down to digest this) and enjoy learning about these fantastic products!
LUSH: The Olive Branch Shower Gel, Sexy Peel Soap, Smiley Face Massage Bar
Can I tell you how excited I am that LUSH is moving in, just down the street! Charlotte jumps for joy. And in the case of these three products, I have a feeling I will be visiting monthly, if not weekly. The shower gel is a refreshing citrus-scented (mandarin, lemon, orange) gel that lightens the mood while freshening up dull skin. It is yummy! My daughter immediately snagged it. So you'll want to buy at least two off the bat. The soap is even more delicious smelling, with exfoliating power to boot, with organic oranges, limes and lemons. It also happens to be rich in Vitamin C. And the massage bar happens to be my favorite. Again, citrus-scented goodness meant for after cleansing to hydrate the skin like no other. All these glorious products from LUSH are A-worthy!
Beautycounter: Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30 All Over Sunscreen
I am really enjoying getting to know this line. Based on decades of studies uncovering many health issues being attributed to ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals, Beautycounter has dedicated itself to providing a complete line of safe skin care. One of the first products I had to try was the sunscreen, with 19% non-nano zinc oxide. I love how lightweight it is. Plus, it smells nice, it's hydrating and it lasts. Oh, and most importantly, it truly protects! My whole family is hooked. I don't go anywhere (lacrosse tournaments, beach, etc.) without it.
Beautycounter: Vibrant Eye Perfector
The texture and weight of this eye cream are wonderful. Ascophyllum Nodosum and Asparagopsis Armata Marine Extracts target dark circles while Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract promotes firmer-looking skin. And it truly depuffs the undereye area (with no use caffeine). Though, I find it a bit too drying for my skin. This formula may be nice for summer, but I will switch to a heavier formula come fall.
Sseko Designs: Ribbon Sandal
Seriously, these are the most comfortable sandals my feet have ever lived in. I cannot get over the versatility, too. They seem to be appropriate for almost any occasion, being paired with jeans, print pants, shorts, skirts and dresses. I have 4 various colored ribbons. But not that leather ties have come out (featured left), I will add to my collection. I also have a few accessories, too.
BabyDoll Lashes: MinkCoat Fiber Mascara Duo
I happen to love my BabyDoll lashes (lift and tint process). The perming lasts more than 7 weeks! I never have to use an eyelash curler and my lashes stand at attention. Seriously good. So I had to give the mascara duo a try. It's really just okay — with a little disappointment wrapped in it. In fact, my favorite Chantecaille mascara makes this mascara look whimpy. This is a 3-step process: mascara first, fiber application second and another coat of mascara to seal the deal. What's nice, it doesn't smudge, smear or flake. And it's easy to remove. But fibers can get in your eyes (and under your contacts, in my case) when you wash it off. I tried the fiber application tube with my regular mascara and it was a much better effect.
Omorovicza: Gold Shimmer Oil, Gold Hydralifting Mask, Thermal Cleansing Balm
There isn't much I don't love about this line. The deeper I dive into it, the better my skin looks. Starting with this shimmering body oil. I now have all three Omorovicza oils (yes, addicted). This oil leaves the skin soft, smooth and glowing with subtle gold particles. It smells delicious and can be used in hair, as well. The mask is used in the morning. And let me tell you, it is something special. You apply it and let it soak in for 10 minutes. Then, apply your moisturizer or tinted moisturizer. Skin plumps, lifts and has a velvety glow. It's skintabulous! The cleanser is another special product from Omorovicza. Dubbed 'an instant facial,' this evening treatment does more than cleanse the skin. The black balm glides on clear to remove all makeup and impurities without stripping the skin. You are left with a radiant, soft and silky-smooth face. I use this every other night.
LAUREN by Ralph Lauren: Mortimer Satchel in black
This studded beauty is as practical as it is stylish. The textured leather handbag, with dual rolled top handles and a protective metal footbase, is such a perfect size to handle your daily affairs. The height provides the perfect amount of utilized space so everything is handy at your fingertips. Plus, I just have a thing for duffels. It would be even better if it came with a detachable strap.
Wallett Cosmetics: Lip Scrub in Blood Orange*
This tops the list of lip scrubs. It's gentle, yet so effective. It's food grade, yes you apply then lick the sugar off. Yum! And it hydrates so nicely. A wonderful treat to condition lips at least twice a week. It comes in stick form, too. Best of the best!
Dr. Dennis Gross: Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask*
While I may not have acne, I do use a sulfur-based facial cleanser, so I am well aware of its benefits. Besides, my skin loves anything Dr. Dennis Gross! This dermatologist-formulated mask works hard to pull out impurities, while helping to reduce redness. It clarifies the skin by absorbing excess oil and acne-causing bacteria, in addition to reducing pore size. You can even wear this mask overnight (enter: son — perfect for his teenage skin).
The team of testers were not paid to review these products. However, most of the products listed above were supplied as samples for review purposes.
*Available at Jeffre Scott in Charlotte and Turner and Scott in Asheville.