The team of testers loved August. Well, except for the heat! The products rocked, as we can attest here.

gradeB1Jemma Kidd Make-up School: Hi-Shine Hydrating Glosstick SPF 15 in Hibiscus
First off, the packaging is absolutely beautiful! This is one lip gloss you will want to carry with you everywhere you go. It clicks to open and close, so you know it's secure. It looks like a lipstick but goes on smooth and shiny ... more like a lip balm. It contains light reflective particles so lips appear fuller. It hydrates nicely throughout the day. The color is more intense than I anticipated. You get deep color with a nice, satiny finish.

gradeAMizani: True Texture For Natural Curls hair care line
This hair care line for women of color truly embodies the "Chemistry In Balance" which means, the product has the ability to moisturize and strengthen your hair in order to promote a healthy mane. Mizani products are much more than conditioners and shampoos but an in-home treatment system to ensure each use brings you closure to reaching your hair care goals. My hair is very thick, naturally curly and chemical-free. Therefore, I start with the Moisturizing Shampoo to gently cleanse my hair without stripping it of its natural moisture. The cleanser is low-lather and sulfate-free, which protects the hair follicles from becoming dry and causing breakage. The product leaves my hair feeling refreshed, soft and clean. I use the Mizani shampoo for deep cleansing once a week and supplement with the Cleansing Cream Conditioning Curl Wash between shampoos. The Curl Wash is gentle enough to use daily without causing dryness and actually enhances the natural shine and softness of my curls. It also prevents hair from tangling while providing extra conditioning to promote a healthy head of hair. The Curl Replenish Intense Moisturizing Mask infuses each strand of hair with shine, moisture and elasticity to keep my curly coils light, bouncy and soft. I applied the Curl Replenisher in the morning while styling my hair to give it a salon finished look. I also found it soothing to apply the cream directly to my scalp to prevent dryness. The cream is not heavy and should be used sparingly. The cream is rich enough that only a small amount daily will get the job done. Lastly, in order to define my curls I finish off with True Textures Perfect Curl Defining Cream Gel which is a dream come true. The product protected the natural curl pattern of my hair with a lightweight firmness without the stiffness like mousse and the build-up styling products tend to leave on your hair. My spiral curl pattern held up against the humidity and did not fail me, while providing a very nice natural supple finish (unusual to have both at the same time with naturally curly hair). I did not experience any skin irritation and loved the fragrance of the products (think whipped custard pudding). Mizani products tend to be a bit more pricey than the average shampoo and conditioner. However, it is worth the cost to maintain a healthy head of hair while looking fabulous.

gradeB2Dior: Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner in Intense Brown
Finding a great eyeliner is important. One that will stay put all day. A deep brown eyeliner is a staple for me. And while I took a slight detour from my typical eyeliner, it was a pleasant surprise. I chose the waterproof to ensure no smudging on my upper eyelid. I love how soft the pencil is and how easy it is to apply. The sponge on the opposite end allows you to smooth out the line. I wish it stayed put a bit longer, but overall, a fantastic eyeliner!

gradeASunday Riley Modern Skincare: Juno Transformative Lipid Serum
While the scent reminds me more of an oil that I should be cooking with as opposed to applying to my face, there is absolutely no denying the power of this potent dry oil absolute. It claims to give skin an obsession-worthy glow. It definitely holds true to that. The ingredients in this serum are unbelievable. The instructions call for several pumps, but honestly, a half to a full pump covers my décolleté, neck and face perfectly. I recommend pressing it into your skin. It penetrates nicely to leave a velvety finish. This patent-pending blend of fast absorbing oils is extremely high in natural retinol, Vitamin C, Essential Amino Acids, Omega-3, 6, & 9, UV shields and natural anti-inflammatory agents. I not only use this every evening, but also a half of a pump in the morning. I am in love!!

gradeB1JONATHAN: Green Rootine Dry Shampoo in dark
Not a shampoo in the traditional sense, this dry powder treatment comes packaged in a slim bottle with an attached brush applicator and is easy to apply along your roots. Just a little goes a long way, and the size means you can definitely carry this with you in your purse or gym bag. Or, stash it in a drawer at the office. The powder looked light in the bottle but disappeared in my dark brown hair (there's a lighter one for fair hair) and didn't have a strong scent (like many Jonathan products). It won't replace washing your hair the old fashioned way, but it will soak up a day (or two) of oil and extend the life of that expensive blow out. And with its vegan, all natural ingredients, you can't go wrong on those days you don't have time to wash/dry/style your hair. And who doesn't have mornings like that?

gradeB2peonyflutterblousePeony Apparel: Flutter Sleeve Bohemian Silk Blouse
I love anything sheer and delicate. The pattern is soft and muted with lace on the neckline. The blouse is great paired with shorts, a fitted skirt or jeans. I love changing the color of my cami underneath ... ivory, black, navy, gold ... it provides a slightly different spin every time!

gradeAFrederic Fekkai: Salon Technician Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner
Not only does this shampoo and conditioner smell great, it truly protects while hydrating hair at the same time. Rarely do I find a shampoo that lathers well without stripping my hair of precious oils. This shampoo is fantastic! It cleans and moisturizes perfectly. The conditioner smooths, hydrates and protects from the sun's harmful UV rays. So it's made for color treated hair ... or not ... you'll love it either way.

gradeADr. Brandt: Pore Effect
Pore Effect is formulated with salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and botanicals to refine and tighten pores. I saw a difference in my pores in just a few weeks. It helps to unclog pores while controlling oil production and provides great hydration. It has a fresh smell with the tea tree oil, is a tad bit thick but goes on smooth. It’s very soothing and cool when it hits the skin. I think this would be a great moisturizer in the winter.

gradeB2Spirulina: Hair Spray for strong hold
For a good hair spray to be a good hair spray in my book, it has to be flexible and hold for at least 4 hours. Spirulina is a blue green algae and said to be rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. It definitely held my hair, but did add some weight. The scent reminded me of a little of AquaNet.

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.

It's August 1st! You know what that means, don't you? First off, it means the team of testers gets to share their reviews on some phenomenal products in fashion, beauty and skin care. Hello, check out all of the As! Secondly, it means I can, officially, start talking about fall! Yippee!

Votre Vu: ON HOLIDAY Moisturizing Body Spray
gradeAI love anything that saves me a little time in the mornings, yet provides me with a little pampering. This moisturizing body spray fits the bill! Made with essential oils including Jojoba, grape seed and almond, I spray it on immediately after showering, take a deep breath and float away to my happy place (I totally stole that from the packaging, but it was too good not to steal!). It left my skin silky smooth and lightly fragranced all day long. I absolutely loved it!

gradeATwisted Silver: Lily Necklace
Cool, whimsical charm. That's what you feel when you wear the Lily necklace. The nature of it is a collection of vintage pieces ... that just work so well together. Anything vintage is special and transforms any outfit into something new. Who doesn't love that? Everyone seems to want to touch this necklace every time I wear it. Totally ups the unique factor of Twisted Silver.

gradeB1Avene: Extremely Gentle Cleanser for Intolerant Skin, Redness Relief Soothing Cream SPF 25
This is a great gel cleanser for sensitive skin or for those who suffer from rosacea. You actually don’t need to rinse the cleanser off, thought I prefer to. My skin feels hydrated after cleansing, versus feeling stripped of essential oils. The soothing cream is light green in color to minimize the appearance of redness. It also helps to reduce the appearance of swelling. Both products are extremely soothing, as they are aptly named.

gradeCJONATHAN: Green Rootine Dry Shampoo Brush On Hair Powder in Black
I have tried foaming and spray shampoos, but never dry shampoo. The JONATHAN dry shampoo offers a unique way to cleanse the hair and scalp without the use of water (talk about going green). It's recommended for all shades of hair including dark, browns, red heads and even blonde or gray. The product comes in different tones based on the shade of your hair (black, in my case) but what it does not differentiate between is textures. My hair is soft, curly and black with little hues of brown in the sunlight. Therefore, I used the color black. I applied the dry shampoo by using the applicator brush which comes inside a tube. You tap the applicator with the cap to apply the powder. However, I found the instructions (and just how much to use at once) to be very confusing. It was not clear as to whether or not I should use a little or a lot depending on hair volume. The product is suppose to be applied exactly where you need it, which was a bit odd to me. Not sure about you ladies, but when my hair and scalp requires shampooing it is not in specific spots, but all over. The objective is to then blend the product into the hair using the brush, tissue or your fingertips. Well, I tried all three of the recommendations to blend the product into my hair and each time resulted in a dark stain in the section I chose to shampoo. The powder was difficult to blend. I also used the product on my front hairline to test it out to get a feel of how it would work. Bad idea...I could not blend it and after all that, ended up washing it the old fashion way.

gradeAoclipseprimerZO Skin Health: O'clipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30
This is a breakthrough product, in my opinion. Containing 3.7% zinc oxide and 10.2% titanium dioxide, this primer not only leaves a smooth-as-glass effect, but also protects against the sun's harmful rays. The tinted color is perfect for me ... nothing else is needed. It's a 3-in-1 product that is absolutely fantastic!

gradeB1COPPOLA: Keratin Complex Infusion
This is the closest I have come to managing 'summer poof' with a hair product. I am seriously loving Keratin Complex Infusion. It works to open up the cuticle and infuse keratin proteins and emollients into the hair. I can definitely tell a difference with the texture of my hair when I don't use this product. I tend to get puffy and frizzy in the summer humidity. And while you don't have to use a lot of this product, the results are even better when I add just a tad more into my hair. I also noticed that when I use a highly moisturizing shampoo and conditioner (not COPPOLA, though) in conjunction with the Infusion product, the results are better. We are talking serious shine. My hair is smooth and looks + feels healthy. Just wish it would hold up longer ... stepping into humidity makes it difficult for this product (and others) to hold onto the smoothness.

gradeAHanes: Smooth Illusions Shaping Pantyhose with Energizing Leg
These pantyhose definitely held everything in place and provided a nice curvy silhouette. I found the pantyhose to be comfortable and gave me a sense of security in my form-fitting knit dresses. The waist band did not cut across my abdomen like most control top pantyhose. I did not find myself tugging and pulling throughout the day to keep them in place. The black tone of the pantyhose was jet and did not have that ashy look of off black. I loved the silky feel and hint of shimmer which really dressed up the look of the legs. The hose provided support from my waist to my feet. At the end of the day my legs and feet actually felt a bit energized and not tired. I found the fit to be true to size on the packaging and they did not fall short between the legs like some hose can. The best part of all was the durability. I have hand washed them in warm sudsy soap 3 times now and they still look at good as new. I believe that the hose are nicely priced due to the number of wears you will get out of them.

gradeAMBT: Panda Anthracite sandal
I am a HUGE fan of MBTs. You can feel the difference the second you take a step. The first of its kind in conditioning footwear, MBT continues to offer new styles with the same incredible technology to give you a workout simply from walking (or standing). I love how I feel after walking in my MBTs. And this new sandal is perfect for summer (make sure the straps are tight for a good fit to avoid blisters at your heel). While it's tough to keep up a fast pace due to the heaviness of the shoe, the rounded sole keeps your posture upright and in alignment while working to tone the muscles in your legs and rear, no matter how slow or fast you are moving. Essentially, the shoe simulates walking and standing on uneven ground, which creates natural instability, forcing the body to respond by using its muscles — constantly. That is why it's such a phenomenal exercise shoe.

gradeAPeony Apparel: Pinstripe Twist Wrap in gray, Jeweled Rib Tank in navy
January marked Peony Apparel's grand entrance into the world of affordable fashion. Thank goodness for that! I am so digging the twist wrap. It's so versatile, comfy and practical for a multitude of occasions. Best off, it's a year round garment that easily works with my wardrobe. A true staple. The jeweled tank is one of the best fitting tanks I've ever worn. It comes up high enough at the neckline so that you're covered, it hugs your body (though not too tightly) and has fantastic rhinestone detail to give it oomph! This particular color navy is gorgeous! One side note: you have to get used to the rhinestones around the armholes. Overall, great quality garments at great prices!

gradeANatura Bissé: Stabilizing Cleansing Mask, SPF 30 Daily Defense Oil-Free Fluid
I love this cleanser for many reasons. First, it cleans deep and purifies the skin. Second, it has a calming effect and works wonders for sensitive skin. And finally, you can leave it on longer and use it as a mask. It even minimizes the appearance of pores. Brilliant, I say! The SPF is also fantastic! Many sunscreens can dry out your skin but this NB one has water-binding properties for increased hydration that you can feel deep within your skin. It also contains titanium dioxide (physical blocker against UVA and UVB rays), antioxidants (Vitamin E and F) and components that improve and strengthen the skin’s natural self defense mechanism.

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.


What a great month! Have you ever seen so many As from the team before? Fab, fab products spanning fashion, beauty and skin care.

gradeAMichael Kors: White Pants in Gramercy Fit
Finding pants that fit is a tough thing for me. Like anybody, getting a good fit through the hips, thighs and waist is a challenge, despite my small size. I wanted a classic pair of white pants for date nights this summer. And I wanted a pair that had a slight flair in the leg (not capris or ankle length), would sit just below my waist and, of course, had a great fit through my hips and bootie. After trying on more than 20 pairs, I found these. They’re cotton with a small bit of stretch, flat front and long in the legs. A classic pair of pants I will have for years to come!

gradeB2SAMPAR: Lift Me Up Cream
I need a lift (after two children—oh yeah!) so I was excited to try this cream. It utilizes a combination of natural active ingredients that are carefully selected to restore density to the skin and reinforce elasticity. This product ensures that the bust is beautifully shaped, moisture reserves are replenished and the appearance of stretch marks are diminished. While it’s a great moisturizer and has a bit of a shimmer to it and nice fragrance, I didn’t see much of a lift.

gradeACoolibar: Water Jacket in Lilac
I have a lot of cute cover ups for the pool. But now that I’m a mother, they don’t stay on long because I get in the water with the kids. Then what? I’m a blue-eyed, blond-hair, pale-skin girl — I need protection! Enter the Coolibar Water Jacket. It’s easy on and off zipper jacket is a new summer essential for me. Its UPF rated at 50+, meaning it will block 98% of the sun’s UVA and UVB radiation while in the water. The Coolibar fabrics are tested in an independent lab using AATCC test methods to ensure they receive the highest level of UV protection for the life of the garment. As it may seem like overkill, it has a stylish cut and keeps you cool (even though you could zip it up to your chin!) when wet. I love it!

gradeALa Prairie: Anti-Aging Concealer SPF 20 Face, Eyes
Finding a concealer that doesn’t get into the tiny wrinkles under my eyes can be a challenge. While I was skeptical of this one at first, I quickly became a fan! The active ingredients of Octinoxate, Octisalate and Oxybenzone, conceals, firms, hydrates and protects. It glides onto skin for natural-looking coverage, covering dark circles, without settling into lines on my face while providing SPF 20 UVA and UVB protection. Small enough to toss into your purse for small touch ups not just for your eyes but for blemishes and red spots.

gradeATalika: Lipocils Expert
Wow! My lashes grew longer with Lipocils Expert than with any other lash lengthening serum. I noticed a difference before the 28 day mark! I like the double applicator, making it easy to go from root to tip. The product claims to not only lengthen your lashes, but also darken them and give them more curl. While I didn’t notice my lashes getting any darker, they definitely lengthened, thickened and curled. Fantastic product!

gradeANATURA BISSÉ: The Cure Hydro-Gel Toner
This is the best smelling toner on the planet ... and it’s packed with the good stuff. Seriously, I could lick it off my face! The scent alone takes me to a better place no matter where I am. Essential oils deliver antioxidants while detoxifying skin. I love the gel formula. It's so easy to apply and there's no reason to wipe this toner off. I can't imagine my skin care routine without it!

gradeB1Aveeno: Nourish + Moisturize Shampoo, Nourish + Shine Conditioner
Hello, my new favorite drugstore brand shampoo and conditioner! I initially purchased these for my daughter. Then I, kind of, took them over ... so I had to buy her another pair of products. Recently on vacation, I converted the entire family over to Aveeno. Even my husband, who tends to go for volumizing shampoo (and the good stuff, he’s spoiled), loves it. I didn't like having to share, so now everyone in the family has their own.

gradeC2Living Proof: No Frizz Intro Kit
Unfortunately, I am living proof that these particular products don't work for everyone. They certainly helped to soften and smooth my hair. However, I was hoping to see the frizz disappear and it did not. By the end of the day, I still had ‘hair poof’ from the humidity. I called LP Customer Service to see if I was using it incorrectly, since so many others have seemed to have success. They were so very nice and helpful. But as it turns out, this formula doesn’t work for my hair, which makes me ever so sad. On the hunt again for frizz-free hair care products.

gradeB2MOR Cosmetics: Lip Delight in Blood Orange
Delicious! This stuff smells ridiculously good! And it moisturizes so nicely. The tin is lovely. Sometimes it can be difficult to open ... but totally worth it to get inside.

gradeAHunter: The Regent in Black
“I can’t believe I am wearing these,” was the first thing out of my mouth. However, they make total sense for my lifestyle. How many times have I been on the streets of New York or Charleston shopping in the pouring down rain, wishing I had a better rain shoe? A gazillion, I tell you! This slim fit version has my name written all over it. They are styled like a riding boot, so they can easily be disguised if you’re not into rain boots (like me). The sleek shape is perfect for narrow feet, too. The Regent says classic and timeless. A happy addition to my closet.

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.


Tomorrow is the first day of June and I'm in such denial! What happened to the first half of the year? Well, the testers can tell you ... they've been quite busy ensuring that you have all the information you need in order to make wise decisions in your fashion, beauty and skin care purchases. Enjoy!

gradeAHanes: Smooth Illusions Mid-Thigh Smoother in moderate control
Incredibly comfortable and feels like silk. I wore this smoother for ten hours under a dress, through two tango parties and heavy French pastries, with no discomfort or roll down. I tested a medium, though a small was recommended for my height. Perhaps with a smaller size, it yields firmer control. I thought it did a good job of smoothing things out but isn’t a miracle worker. My measuring tape showed an inch lost around my waist. But every inch counts!

gradeB2MIRABELLA: Perfecting Lip Definer
Mirabella's Lip Definer looks white but goes on clear. It's job is to create a protective barrier at the lip line to ensure no feathering or bleeding of your lip color throughout the day. I tested this with multiple colors in Mirabella's Lip Lustre line as well as a number of other lipsticks and pencils in my make-up bag. The definer definitely kept the lipstick where it supposed to be, on your lips and not around them. Regardless of the shade, from the darkest to the most nude, they stayed put all day. The product is moisturizing as it contains shea butter, and goes on smooth. The one drawback is that the definer is a bit waxy upon application. So, it delivers, but could feel better going on. The product sharpens well, so you can get that lip line super exact.

gradeB2MIRABELLA: Lip Lustre Liner in Charming
This pinky coral liner is bright and beautiful as we transition from spring into summer. When you want a color with a little pop, but not so much that you look made up, this is the one. Goes on smooth, allows you to both line and fill in the lip, depending on how much you want to turn up the color, and lasts a long time. Two applications for all day and all night. The Charming hue is especially complimentary for those of us who are fair skinned. With an aloe vera base, it is moisturizing as well as easy to apply. Free of lead and parabens too. Use it as a liner to make your color last all day, and fill it in for a sheer smack of luscious color on your lips.

gradeAMIRABELLA: Lip Definer in Nude
Did you ever find the perfect bit of lip coverage, just the right tint of color to look completely natural, yet refined? For me, it is Mirabella's Lip Definer in Nude. Love love love this color. Goes on creamy and smooth and lasts + lasts. A combination of Carnauba and Beeswax guarantees a glide on application and the color, subtle as it is, adheres. Mirabella scores a home run with this one!

gradeB2become: Age Resistant Line Corrector
Touted as the no tox Botox, Age Resistant Line Corrector ingredients are said to "swell like cooked grains of rice to fill, smooth and treat those smile lines." I did see a change in the fine lines and wrinkles upon continued use, but how do you compare a topical product to Botox, as Botox works within the muscle. That being said, this corrector does a nice job with hydration, smoothing fine lines, and making the delicate eye area skin more supple. Containing an impressive array of ingredients including Hyaluronic Bio-Filling Spheres (wrinkle filling), Argireline® (reduce expression lines), Matrixyl 3000® - Strong ‘Pro-collagen’ + ‘Proelastin’ peptide extract (smooths and firms), and Kigelia Africana Extract (hydrating and firming), the product is creamy, absorbs quickly and smells good. The glam red tube with an applicator tip is attractive and functional.

gradeCL’eggs: Profiles Waist Smoother Mid-Thigh firm control
I barely lasted through dinner one evening with this smoother. So, I tried a second time. However, I ended up taking them off after several minutes, gasping. These manage to feel incredibly restricting, leave a giant unsightly line down your middle after you take them off (so I hope you’re alone when you do), and still don’t reduce your waist by more than an inch. Agonizing! They run small. The package recommended I wear a small but the medium felt as tight as a sausage casing, though it was too long to wear with a skirt. However, they don't roll down, and for ladies of average height, the length might not be a problem.

gradeATOMMYGUNS: Clever Curls & Waves Texture Spray
Curly haired people take notice! TOMMYGUNS has created a styling spray that is lightweight, yet packs a punch. I do not have ringlets (though sometimes I wish I did), nor is mine a super tight curl, but somewhere in between. I am forever looking for everyday hair care products that help me to accentuate the hair I was born with versus trying to change it into something else. Don't get me wrong, I love to glam it up with an updo or straightening from time to time. However, for the most part I want simple but good. Where would I be without my TOMMYGUNS? Introduced to this line by Catherine of [my] style files, I fell in love with the first product (Styling Creme) and on my last visit to NY, went on a quest to replenish my supply. Lucky for me, I scored this Curls and Waves Texture Spray. Made with seaweed extract, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, you spritz it on and work it through with your fingertips. Your curls are bouncy, defined and flirty. Couldn't be simpler!

gradeATOMMYGUNS: Fig and Plum Shampoo
OK, it's official. I cannot be trusted to be impartial where TOMMYGUNS products are concerned. I am in love with this line! Every product I have tested seems as if it is formulated just for me. Fig and Plum shampoo is no exception. Again, this was a score upon a recent visit to the NY salon to get my fix. One look at my curly locks, and proprietor Russell suggested this shampoo. It has a humidity barrier, which all of us long for on those rainy or muggy days, and it's an outright necessity for those of us with curls. Straight haired souls, don't despair, I have used this when I straightened my hair as well, and it came out shiny, sleek and even then, fought off the slow upward kink that comes with humidity. The best way to describe the shampoo is calming. It smells dreamy and comes in this deep purple brown hue. It feels rich in your palm and lathers magnificently. The one thing I would ask from TOMMYGUNS is improvement on the ability to get their products in the US. Challenging to get online and impossible to get in person anywhere outside of NYC, we need to be able to get our hands on these marvelous products more easily. Please help! I'm a TOMMYGUNS junkie and I'll soon need another fix!

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.


Welcome to the April reviews from the msf team of testers. What a stellar month in fashion, beauty and skin care! The format has changed slightly for easier viewing. Enjoy!

gradeASAMPAR: Velvet Cleansing Milk
This is simply a fabulous gentle facial cleanser. With mint leaf extract, rosewater and lime blossom water, your skin gets clean while feeling invigorated, soft and fresh! It's lightweight and does not strip your skin ... leaves the moisture in!

gradeB1Huge Lips Skinny Hips: Lip gloss in Red Sole
Love the name, the phenomenal color and the sheen. Fabulous lip gloss! Now, does it give me skinny hips? You'll have to find out in this video. You'll definitely make a statement with this little number in your cosmetics bag. What a magnificent red gloss that is light in weight and texture. Tastes great, too!

gradeB1koobahandbagKooba: Vertical Zip Leather Tote in Cream
My love of the season, an ivory or cream bag. When I saw this handbag, I knew I must have it. The shape, the function, the color ... all calling my name. It goes with everything, it has more room than I need and it can shape shift! You can unzip or zip up the sides or front/back for more or less room. Fabulous! I wish it were a bit easier to reach into to find things, though. That's really the only downfall, which from a safety standpoint, isn't really a downfall.

gradeAVotre Vu: Luxe Lips and Hands Duo, Trouble Spot Treatment
The lip balm is moisturizing, containing coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax. The hand crème absorbs well into skin — not greasy at all! This duo is very convenient. I leave it in the car and use it all the time. I love it! The Trouble Spot Treatment is a great drying lotion that really does its job overnight. It brings down inflammation and redness, leaving you with a minimized blemish the next day. It contains salicylic acid (to help normalize the production of sebum) and Camphor (to help purify and disinfect the skin). A true life saver!

gradeB1Ormonde Jayne: Tiare fragrance
A welcome addition to your fragrance collection, Ormonde Jayne specializes in exceptional scents that transcend season. Tiare, one of the newest fragrances to add to their collection, is the perfect blend of feminine + sexy with top notes of mandarin, orange flower and sicilian lime; heart notes of tiare, freesia, water lilies, jasmine, orris and ylang; and base notes of cedar, vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli, moss and musk. Mmmmmm, delicious!

gradeB1John Master Organics: Lavender, Rose, Geranium & Ylang Ylang soap, Orange & Ginseng Exfoliating Body Bar
All I can say is, dee-lish! The lavender soap contains organic glycerin to leave your skin soft and luminous. The organic olive and cupuacu seed butter holds the moisture in. The orange soap also contains a high glycerin content, and is infused with essential oil of orange. It smells incredible, lathers really well and is refreshing and rejuvenating.

gradeB2Beauty For Real: See the Light! Illuminating Lip Gloss in D Light
Seriously fun. Seriously efficient. No more scrummaging around in your purse looking for your compact mirror and then making you way under a street lamp. This lip gloss provides you both a light and a mirror! Bonus, the color is fantastic!

gradeB2Hanes: Smooth Illusions Waist Smoother in Nude
Hooray for Hanes! I was incredibly surprised by the comfort and effectiveness of this shaper. No rolling band whatsoever! I was able to wear these under a dress all day without giving away my secret. Bonus, I could eat in the shaper and not feel constricted.

gradeAmargauxmonroebrushMonroe: Margaux Boar Bristle brush, Teasing U brush
The Margaux brush is made with 100% natural bristles with a nylon quill. The boar bristles distribute oils throughout your hair and stimulate the scalp. This is a wonderful brush ... I would compare it to the Mason Pearson brush, but I actually like this one better (and it's $100 less)!! The Teasing U brush is perfect for teasing or backcombing. It has a wooded handle with 3 levels of 100% boar bristle. Makes creating that updo a cinch!

gradeAMirabella: Skin Tint Cream-to-Powder
It’s the best of both worlds, using mineral-based formula for a medium coverage (read: no heaviness). The packaging is a very nice silver compact and includes a mirror inside. Simply use your fingers or a sponge to blend it into your skin. It glides on leaving an airy medium coverage that lasts through the day, yet leaves a translucent and silky finish. Talc free, paraben free, lead free and FD&C/D&C dye free makes this cream-to-powder a hit!

gradeB2Rimmel: Colour Rush Eye Shadow quad palette in Smokey Noir
Say YES to smokey eyes with this simple gradual-to-dark gray shimmer shadow. I used the first two shades in a silver and very light silver for the lid, then used the darker for the crease. It also includes a very dark charcoal color that is perfect for highlighting. While it goes on easily, I found that more was better and while it did not crease, it did lighten as the evening went on.

gradeANeocutis: Bio•Serum Intensive Spot Treatment
This falls under the category of skin care I’m skeptical of at first but quickly realize works incredibly well, with concentrated PSP® and pro-collagen Amino Acids in a small, portable applicator pen the size of a lipgloss. It’s quick and easy to use and didn’t bother my very sensitive skin. And I got results quickly. It’s almost like using Photoshop and air brushing out your crow’s feet. Those Swiss know their stuff! If you can’t afford or don’t believe in surgery, this is going to be your next best bet. However, this uses “cultured human fibroblasts,” so if you’re opposed to ingredients from a “cell bank” created from “a single biopsy of fetal skin,” you may want to pass.

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.