What's not to love about a nearly perfect month of reviews! September rocked it out with all kinds of fabulous items. Like these:

gradeAlulurainlululemon: Right as Rain Jacket in Deep Coal
Loving this light weight wind- and water-resistant rain coat! Its DWR (durable water repellent) shell fabric is seam-sealed for technical water protection. It has a double-cinch hood and cinchable inner waist, so you can give yourself some shape! I absolutely love the fit of this rain coat. I can attest that it definitely does the job in rain and wind! It even has a hidden zipper pocket with cord exit for music —because, of course, lulu thinks of everything!

gradeAChantecaille: Faux Cils Longest Length Mascara
The regular version of this mascara is amazing. But this new formula is the bomb! It contains the newest lash-growth peptide technology, SymPeptide 17™, that encourages strength and length in natural lashes without irritation or discoloration. It claims to length and thicken lashes by 25% in two weeks. While it takes more like three weeks to see lash growth and it's quite pricey, I love it! Justification: it's two products in one. So if you alternate tubes between the regular version of this mascara and the lash growth version every three months, it's still cheaper than Latisse!

tsseptgradeATwisted Silver: LockIt necklace, Cameo bracelet, Gurl earrings
Vintage goodness wrapped up in three! The necklace, on the coolest antiqued brass chain, holds a skeleton key and brings on major attention. The raw metal bracelet shares many cameos and layers so beautifully with other bracelets. And the earrings are perfect everyday easy earrings to wear, with a fun blend of old and new — 1950's vintage clasp and chalk-white beads.

gradeB1SACHAJUAN: Ocean Mist*
This leave-in styling product produces beachy waves, as if you've spent the day at the beach — though much easier and faster to get the look! You can use this product on either wet or dry hair. And it smells so clean and fresh!

gradeAeyepaletteBecome: Beautiful Day Colour Palette
The best everyday palette ever! Become's new mistake-proof palette makes life so easy. It contains Super Concealer in light/medium, blush/lip color in Rose, cream eyelid primer in Twinkle, powder eyeshadow in Mink, wet/dry eyeliner and contour eyeshadow in Cocoa, and a double-ended brush! Everything you need in one perfect palette. I can't imagine going a day without it.

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

Sweet August! You brought just the right mix of products from mascara to hair care to jewelry. All the things a girl loves. Thank you!

gradeB1Senna Cosmetics: Voluptulash mascara
I get giddy when I find seriously good mascara that delivers what it promises. As with Senna's Voluptulash. Unique helix shaped brush to coat each last, rich black color and voluminous formula — and no clumps, no flaking, no smudges. The hi-tech polymers boost the strength, length and volume of lashes.

tieandflytankgradeB1lululemon: Run: Tie And Fly Tank in deep indigo
A little bit of sexy back and a whole lot of function in this one workout tank. I love running in this extra long tank and feeling the breeze against my back. Made with silverescent fabric (anti-stink), no matter how much I sweat, I can be confident that I won't offend others. The cinchable drawcords in the side seams let you adjust the fit. Though, I like it uncinched and long.

gradeASACHAJUAN: Volume Shampoo*, Hair Repair Conditioner*
Never have I received a sample of a hair products that in one day used and drove myself right back to buy. Seriously! This Swedish hair care line uses Ocean Silk Technology, extracting valuable proteins and minerals from sea algaes. The Volume shampoo is great for fine and sensitive hair. It rebuilds the hair fibre and promotes shine, stability and volume. The Hair Repair conditioner is an intensive hair treatment for damaged and stressed hair. It helps to promote cell regeneration and strengthen hair. This treatment is a miracle-worker for anyone who wants silky smooth hair with vitality and shine and no frizz.

tsaugustjewelsgradeATwisted Silver: Urban necklace, SnapShot necklace and SnapShot earrings
Antiqued silver sensations! All three of these pieces are incredible additions that can be worn all together or by themselves. The Urban necklace is easy to wear with just about any outfit. I love the oversized diamond shaped pendant and the long length of the ball chain. The SnapShot necklace creates visual interest with three different dog tag-ish pieces. Super fun! And the SnapShot earrings are the perfect little sweeties to compliment the look, yet don't take over.

gradeALaura Mercier: Caviar Stick Eye Color in Cocoa
This has fast become my very favorite eye liner. Swipe it on thin, draw it on thick. Either way, it stays put. All day long — without a smudge. The colors are rich and beautiful and they last forever! It's perfection.

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 & Scott in Asheville

July was hot. And not just in temperature! Check out what we discovered while reviewing a few fun finds last month.

gradeB3Daileys: White Grapefruit, Ginger Lime, Lavender and Lemongrass Natural Deodorants
I have been hearing a lot about aluminum-free natural deodorants lately, so I decided to give it a whirl. I did my research and landed on Daileys, which is located nearby in GA. The ingredients used in their deodorants — including pure essential oils, bicarbonate of soda and corn starch — neutralize and eliminate odor causing bacteria and help to absorb moisture. And the scents are amazing! So, does it work? Really great, actually. The deodorant goes on a bit tacky and takes a while to dry. However, when you sweat, you smell delicious! Honestly, this product deserves a higher grade, but the delivery drove the grade down. What should take a day or two in shipping takes over 3 weeks. Over 3 weeks! My boots from Italy arrived in 3 days. Come on, that's ridiculous. So, while the 4-pack is worth the wait, don't be in a rush when ordering.

gradeB1tsjulyTwisted Silver: Lake necklace, Cosmos earrings
Two super stylish items that make accessorizing fun! The Lake necklace is a simple statement maker — lariat style, on an antiqued brass and suede chain with a beautiful piece of tumbled glass. It can be worn several ways, too. Inspired by the planets and moon, the Cosmos earrings feature Baroque brass and vintage pearls in a unique shape that captures the attention of others. They go with just about any outfit, too.

gradeAWen: Six Thirteen Cleansing Treatment
Love. Love. And love some more! My new favorite, all-in-one, hair product. I heard about Wen years ago, but was never moved to try it. Then my sister introduced it to me last year. I kind of liked it then, but wasn't convinced. This summer, I started using the Lavender Cleansing Treatment and really enjoyed it. Then, I found Six Thirteen. First off, the scent — an intoxicating blend of Lemon, Rosemary and Vanilla Bean. It strengthens, yet softens hair, leaving it healthy and shiny with no chemicals. No need to add styling products. You'll get a great blowout every time. But the best part of all, this soy-based hair care product contains anti-aging products, such as amino acid, green tea leaf extract, goji berries, marine collagen, acai, and quinoa (protein). I'm totally hooked.

gradeAnbebNatura Bissé: Eye Recovery Balm*
Another fabulous NB product! The Eye Recovery Balm is a gel-like eye treatment that is super hydrating all day long. Its restorative nature keeps your eyes looking alive, while helping to diminish signs of aging. It layers beautifully under concealer, too.

gradeB3Fake Bake: Bronze on the Glow
Self tanning season is just about over. So, I love the idea of a bronzer with no long-term commitment. Something easy to apply, and easy to wash off. This foundation for legs lives up to the easy on application. However, the color is on the rusty side with very little bronze shimmer. If you wear light color clothing, it will rub off on your clothes (though it does come out in the wash). All in all, I think the concept is good. But the color formulation needs some work.

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 & Scott in Asheville

The heat is on, but these fabulous products didn't buckle under the pressure during the month of June. You'll even find a few men's products!

gradeAlululemon: Every Yogi Tank, Run: Tie and Fly Tank
Really, what's not to love with either of these workout tanks! I have the Every Yogi Tank in blue and white stripe. It's super soft with Vitasea fabric that retains its shape and has chafe-resistant flat seams. The long length is such a bonus, too. This tank is so great, I not only wear it to work out but also out and about, layered under a sheer tee. The Tie and Fly Tank contains the infamous Silverescent fabric (anti-stink). This tank has beautiful detail with a mesh panel in the back and cinchable sides. It can be worn long or cinched up. It's so easy and comfortable to wear, not to mention a little sexy with the see-through mesh in the back.

gradeAtsnecklacesTwister Silver: Woodstock necklace, Rock Opera necklace
I am seriously smitten with the Woodstock necklace. While I'm the first to admit I don't wear hearts, this is one heart I love showcasing. The long, super light antiqued brass chain with a beautiful hand-carved wooden heart carries such a cool vibe. I can't get enough. One piece and you're done. Though you can wear it three ways: long, doubled or tripled, I prefer it long. The Rock Rocker necklace is an updated version of one of the Twisted Silver charter designs, featuring stones, glass and beads with a vintage spoon handle. Truly unique and gorgeous, adding pizazz to any outfit.

gradeB1CHANEL: Glossimer lip gloss #287
I am a huge fan of CHANEL Glossimers. Beautiful color, beautiful shine. And lots of iridescence. This particular one is a subtle corally pink. A great natural look or a great pairing for a smoky evening eye.

gradeB1Blacksocks: Men's Calf Length Socks in black
This luxury line of men's socks can only be ordered by “sockscription.” Blacksocks are made in Milan, run by a second generation family of sock artisans, and geared toward execs who want the convenience of socks delivered right to their door. They are slick and stylish. The calf length was a bit too short for me, but there are other lengths to choose from (like over-the-calf). The color and sheen stay true from wash to wash.

gradeB2John Allan's: Ocean Shampoo*
This gentle cleansing shampoo for men is light and easy for everyday use. It contains marine plant extracts for healthy hair and scalp. The fresh scent is nice, too.

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 & Scott in Asheville
May was such a happy month! Truly great products that span all categories. And with the glorious spring weather, it was a joy to give these fantastic items a whirl!

gradeB1tsmayjewelsTwisted Silver: Aztec bracelet, Beach earrings, Mum earrings
Nothing says summer escape more than these three fabulous jewels from Twisted Silver! The bold raw brass of the Aztec bracelet channels the tribal trend of the season, in addition to making a statement with one easy piece. So fun! The Beach earrings bring the summer sand to you wherever you are. And the Mum earrings are not only loved by Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Karina Smirnoff, but also by our team! Many an occasion to wear these beauties.

gradeALiving Proof: No Frizz Straight Styling Spray
Best anti-frizz product to date. Seriously. Now, I've tried other LP No Frizz products in the past, to no avail. However, this one is worth its weight in gold. And good thing, because it's expensive. Most products leave me needing a flat iron to finish the job. This spray is so effective, nothing, I mean nothing, else is needed. Smooth, frizz-free hair lasts for days.

gradeAluluitemslululemon: Inner Peace Jacket in white, It's a Cinch Dress - Jacquard
Two items that I absolutely love for both functionality and comfort! The jacket in white is crisp, fresh, versatile (it's reversible, though I would never want to reverse it) and ever so soft. It feels so luxurious against your skin. The lightweight material makes it perfect for wearing to and from my workout, in addition to an over air conditioned home. The cinch dress is awesome, as it covers my rear. I wear it with my wunder unders to Pure Barre, as well as for running. What's great about this piece is if you have a hectic day of running around town, you can actually make this work into a cute ensemble. Trust me, I've done it.

gradeB2Natura Bissé: Sheer Touch*
This fabulous new addition to the Cure line of NB is true luxury. A gorgeous bronzing gel that provides instant luminosity and, at the same time, offers a gradual increase in skin tone, thanks to its self tanning effect. Hands down, the most amazing feature is the scent. No yucky self tanning smell. Not even remotely. Just a clean, fresh scent to accompany the beautiful glow. Which means you can layer your favorite fragrance over it without having a competition. The only two drawbacks are (1) it doesn't have enough slip, so you have to work fast and it requires a bit more product to go from head to toe; and (2) it will rub off on your clothes (though it washes out easily) if you don't give it time to dry. As in all NB products, it's high performing luxe!

gradeAVincent Longo: Lipstain SPF 15 in Scarlet Red*
Another fabulous sheer red! I cannot get enough. The best thing about this particular lipstain is that it's lightweight with the ability to add rich color. It's nourishing for lips, too, as it contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. And the fact that it is SPF 15 means I can sport it at the pool! Truly a must have sheer lip color.

chloewedgesgradeAChloé: Ankle-Wrap Platform Wedge
What's not to love about these, right? I've had my eye on these Chloé wedges since the first rendition last year. The spring version is even better! Hand-stitched detailing. Tuscon leather. Simple form, yet chic to the core. The incline is slight so they're easy to walk in ... and comfortable. A welcome addition to my wardrobe!

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 & Scott in Asheville