Cosmetics: Review & Pictures · Health and beauty · MAKEUP: All we know

In love again, this time with Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup

In love! Totally!

I found a new product from a new brand AND I am so in love with it!

Just recently I was able to touch and test a palette of bronzer/blush set by Charlotte Tilbury created for the Nordstrom anniversary sale when I was in the store and upon leaving the Charlotte Tilbury counter, I decided to take a look at this palette sitting there and that was invisible to my eyes while I was there.. so I touched it.. and OMG, what a texture! I fell in love instantly. The texture is like nothing I had seen before. It is like you are touching silk..

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Cosmetics: Review & Pictures

Dupes to high-end makeup

Did you know?

You can stay focused with speedball created by special ops marines

Try this ($10) at least once in your life:

This one works believe me:
My all time favorite one and only:
Using this one daily: and loving it

Basic Beauty Tools has created a foundation sponge and a tool where you place your wet sponge to let it dry.

Nudu skincare is all natural and from New Zealand, try it!
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Cosmetics: Review & Pictures · Skincare

Exuviance AGE REVERSE Hand Rejuvenator | banish your hand’s brown spots

With all my experience using Exuviance skincare, I have never been disappointed. I must say that this company is dedicated to constantly look for new ways to make women of all age look younger and preserve their beauty longer. As a middle aged woman, I am paying careful attention to all their creations and this time is no exception. I have received a duo of hand products to test and try and share my thoughts on the duo with my audience.
This is a beautiful set of 2 skincare products — not for your face or your body — but just for your hands. You know that you can tell someone’s age by looking at their hands. I recall this famous hsn sales lady who had had a facelift and at 75 looked like a 45 year old yet there were two things that a careful eye could see and that would give away her age: her hands and her shaky voice. Nothing wrong with aging, but if you are taking such good care with your face, why should you also not take good care of your hands.. mainly the brown spots that appear as we age. I have a few light brown spots. When I was in my twenties and went to swim every summer in the Mediterranean sea, it never occurred to me that I was damaging my skin by sunbathing and swimming in those hot days. So later in life you pay the price.
I also remember a billboard I had seen during my years in Sydney, Australia. The text on the billboard, I read it and never forgot it. It said: “Fry now, Pay later!”.. You perhaps are aware that Australia has the largest number of skin cancer each year. Each year about 250,000 are diagnosed with melanoma, which is the name for skin cancer. People who live in Australia have fair skin, and they like to go to the beach a lot, so at the end a lot of young men and women get skin cancer. Anyway, I digress.
To remove the brown spots on your skin, you apply the peel with a cotton bud, sweep the soaked cotton pad on the back of your hands 2 or 3 times, then apply the cream. Et voila.. do this for 12 weeks, then examine your hands again and see if the brown spots have diminished..
So the same way you do a face peeling, you do the same for your hands.
Your hands are probably washed more often than your face, several times a day, right? But you also know that your hands touch everything every minute you are awake, from morning till the time you go to bed.. so there are plenty of cells that are sitting on the surface and the skin needs to be rejuvenated. Dark spots are visible on mature women hands generally. Things you cannot avoid. Things that happen with age. Same way as you wake up one morning to see that you have hooded eyelids suddenly out of nowhere, the same way you will also notice some brown spots on your hands.. Don’t despair! there is hope! Thanks to exuviance, this company constantly continues to create products for women so that they can stay younger longer.
In my case, I am not expecting them to fully disappear but if they diminish, that means we are on the right track.
Ok about the product. Let’s see. First you get a bottle that looks like eye makeup remover. This turquoise color bottle contains a liquid that is the main product, and you use a cotton bud to pump some of the liquid and gently sweep the cotton pad a few times over your hands. In my case I go over my wrists as well, as I have some brown spots on my wrist and above. Next you squeeze a little bit of the cream from the tube, and massage it over your hands. Feel free to go to bed with the cream on your hands, and if you wish to wear a glove that would be even better. In my case, I can’t wear a glove. In the morning you can repeat the same thing if you want to, and leave the cream for an hour before washing. If like me you prefer to do this ritual at night only, then that’s ok. Continue this treatment for 12 weeks (3 months) and then examine your hands and let’s see if you are happy with the look of your hands.
What does the peel contain? It has 10 % citric acid peel which is anti-aging.
I noticed the cream has a beautiful scent.. sometimes I get turned off by the scent of some creams and I think it is important the scent is pleasant rather than heavy and oily.. This cream went onto my hands like a charm, it was absorbed instantly and I loved the scent so much I kept smelling my hands twice!
Exuviance says: With potent anti-agers CitraFill®, NeoGlucosamine® and Apple Stem Cell Extract, the Hand Rejuvenator Cream helps diminish all the signs of aging on hands; crepiness, loose skin and dark spots, restoring hydration and firmer, younger looking hands.
Key Ingredients: Citric Acid, NeoGlucosamine®, CitraFill®, Apple Stem Cell ExtractSize: Hand Rejuvenator Peel 4.4 fl oz, Hand Rejuvenator Cream 2.6 oz
Price: $65

Where can you buy this product from? well more than one place, but one that is sure to have it now is the company itself. Go to and check this product out.

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Cosmetics: Review & Pictures · Health and beauty

Shiseido Advanced Hydro-Liquid Compact SPF 15

Today I decided to give it a try to a brand new (to me) foundation compact by Shiseido. So while I was at Nordstrom I checked the colors and the lovely lady advised me as to the best shade and I got the compact (sold empty) and the color that came packaged separately.


The compact is a black sleek compact that has nothing unusual, looks neat and simple and the cream is easy to place in the compact, you hear the click and you know it is in. Then when it is empty, you buy only the cream foundation refill and you add it in the same compact, therefore you are not wasting a compact. The compact also comes with a mirror. With the cream foundation, also comes a nice little sponge, and I was told that I could use the cream compact foundation with either that sponge or with a brush of my choice.. I think if a brush is used more product will be picked up and that compact will not last long.. but at least it will be fresh when replenished and replaced.

Now tomorrow I will officially use the foundation for the first time and it will be applied over my moisturizer and my primer. It is going to be tested to see if it will last the entire day from 6 am to 7 pm and that it will not change color or texture after it is applied. I was told it is for all skin types.

It is described by nordstrom as follows:

Shiseido’s foundation with rich, luxurious moisture glides smoothly onto skin to give you a lustrous, luminous complexion. Its creamy texture spreads on easily to ensure a perfectly even application with medium, long-lasting coverage, while SPF 15 provides protection from environmental aggressors.

  • Refill only. Compact sold separately.
  • 0.42 oz.
  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • Dermatologist tested.
  • Noncomedogenic.
  • By Shiseido.


Cyclomethicone, Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Parrafin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Sesquisostearate, Petrolatium, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Microcyrstalline Wax, PEG/PPG-36/41 Dimethyl Ether, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavendar) Oil, Alumina, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Plysilicone-2, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Palmitic Acid, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Barium Sulfate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Isoprpyl Alochol, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate, Methicone, Tetradecene, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.

Ingredients are subject to change at the manufacturer’s discretion. For the most complete and up-to-date list of ingredients, refer to the product packaging.

The compact retails for $10 and the foundation retails for $30. At Nordstrom the reviews are highly encouraging and it appears this product has great reviews. Tomorrow is the test day! I can’t wait to try it.

Cosmetics: Review & Pictures

Algenist | Elevate Advanced Lift Contour Cream | Key word “LIFT”

Who does not want a younger and firmer skin, raise your hands!

If you want to put all the good ingredients that will make us look younger, in a jar, and pack it to make one product that promises to work, that would be called Algenist Elevate Contour Cream. This amazing cream promises to work hard to remove the signs of the years from our face. All lines, wrinkles will be smoothed and reduced with in 10 days according to the company.

I used this cream and it goes on smoothly.. what it does after penetrating my skin is working to firm it and plump it. As you know with the decrease of collagen, the skin, over time, starts sagging, and there is nothing you can do to change that, except trying to keep the skin plump and moisturized. One way to do with is with the firming contour cream that the scientists of Algenist put together.

In fact they state: “This gravity-shattering, whipped sculpting cream is clinically proven to deliver an immediate, measurable increase in skin elasticity. Alguronic Acid and Tripeptide-2 combine in a glycoprotein matrix to instantly help promote and reinforce a firmer skin structure, visibly minimize signs of aging, and rapidly tone skin with proven lifting effects. A smart technology, gold delivery system, provides continuous and extended activity of peptides and anti-aging microalgae to help fortify skin texture and tone for a smoother, plump, more contoured appearance in 10 days.”

What do you get from this paragraph, I saw some word flashing:

“Gold, 10 days, peptides, microalgae, gold delivery system, plump, firm, minimize, immediate”

These are key words to me. So I am gathering that there is algae, that’s good, everything that comes from nature and the ocean is a good thing, gold? ok gold is also used a lot these days in promoting a better younger skin.. peptides, yes, we have also many creams that promote the benefits of peptides and then the rest is all scientific words, that are hard for the non scientific person to understand except if they put in hours of research.

When I am trying a product, I usually do as much research as possible so that I have all the information that I need. So I discovered that this product does not contain the bad ingredients contained in other products.

According to Sephora it says that it is formulated without:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates
This product does not contain synthetic dyes, GMOs, triclosan, or alcohol. It is noncomedogenic, dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, and for all skin types.

The company says that the key benefits are:

  • 10 minutes to firm. 10 days to sculpt.
  • Immediately improves the appearance of skin elasticity
  • Smoothes and plumps skin for a more contoured appearance
  • Helps to firm, tone and reinforce skin structure

This cream is white color, comes in a heavy jar, and penetrates your skin instantly as it has a whipped formula.

The retail price for 60 ml or 2 oz is $96 plus tax.
You can buy it directly from the manufacturer or by clicking on the following link:
The packaging is pretty luxurious, and you can tell that the company is striving to create a product that will be a repeat purchase. I remember eons ago, when I used to buy my Guerlain face cream and pay and arm and leg, and also some Helena Rubinstein, or YSL face creams, I was so hopeful that they would take care of my skin, and I would relax knowing that I had done all I could to protect my skin for years to come, even before my wrinkles started showing on my face and my eyes slowly became hooded.
In the box, the produce is sealed and you need to remove the seal to open the jar.
The list of the ingredient is on the box itself.
Note that this is manufactured here in the USA and more specifically in San Francisco. I like to use products made in USA.
The two main ingredients of this cream are the alguronic acid and the propeptides.
This product was sent to me for testing and review purposes. I don’t get paid in any way shape or form whether you decide to buy this product or not.
Cosmetics: Review & Pictures · HAIR: What we know

Groove for your daily beauty routine

When this little tool beauty that came my way, I was totally intrigued! There are so many beauty tools being born every day that I no longer pay attention to every light therapy, or anti aging skin brush anymore.. but I know the benefits of massage on the body, and this tool is to massage your scalp.. so I am all ears.

First thing that you need to do, after you open the box and get the massager out, is to remove the cover, open the lid with a small screw driver that is included in the box, and add a AA battery for this tool to operate. I easily unscrewed the lid, and added a AA battery. Then I quickly closed the lid and screwed it back in place and placed the cover which has the plastic bristles.

I quickly tried it on dry hair and then on shampooed hair in the shower. This thing is so cool !

First off it is very easy to hold and can be used in the shower without the risk of being electrocuted, just like my Foreo Luna, an electric device/beauty tool for daily beauty routine, using battery power, which I use with a foaming cleanser to give a good clean to my face.

In addition, the package contains a REMI hair treatment, which is a creamy product you apply on your hair and start massaging it with this hair ‘brush’ / scalp relaxer.

The product is found on Beauty Essentials by Vanity Planet and here is the link if you wish to check it out and see an amazing array of other products that have left me mouth watering.. (I confess to being in love with the electric hair brush and I have my eyes on!)

This product retails for $40! not bad really especially if you use the coupon and save 25% off and take $10 off the price.

The code provided that will save you 25 % off on the purchase of this tool ($40 will be $30 plus tax) is  BBHair25

Any questions that you have this lovely lady is happy to answer via email:

The creator / company writes: “a little gem that vibrates and cleanses while relaxing the scalp. This scalp massager is perfect for all hair types including dense, coarse hair and braids, dreads, weaves, and extensions.” So whether you have thin or thick hair, a good head massage will benefit you, and you will only know how it feels when you try it!

Some benefits of scalp massage include:

  • It helps to condition your by helping to prevent flakes and dry scalp;
  • It also helps enhance your blood circulation in the head because when your scalp is “tight” from stress, circulation is poor.
  • It helps relax the scalp and also strengthen the roots of the hair by nourishing the hair-shafts, promoting new hair growth!

So what do you have to loose? Give it a try and share your impressions!

As a side note, please note there is no income for me if you buy or do not buy this product. I am reviewing it and sharing my thoughts. Not a penny is made by this review.

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