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Do you like apples? Looking for a new fall skincare product? Maybe something moisturizing as we head into colder weather? Well if you are looking for just that, BioExperience Iced Apple Elixir Body Butter is the product you'll want to have around this fall! 

As a body butter, this product is ultra-moisturizing! It provides long lasting hydration with the whipped/creamy Capaucu butter. I thought it absorbed quite well for a body butter, and my skin felt thoroughly moisturized and protected. The light fragrance of apple is great for this time of year when it's all about apple picking, pumpkins, cinnamon, etc. The apple fragrance also adds a refreshing quality to the body butter. The apple cider vinegar in the body butter (in addition to having many other benefits) promotes collagen for firmer skin, always a plus in a body butter :)

Bioexperience Body Butter 9.17.13 Certified Fabulous

Now why should you choose a body butter over a body lotion? Mostly it depends on your skin type, and the conditions in which your skin go through. Harsh weather, taking hot showers, drying beauty products (such as soap), and taking too many showers, can all cause your skin to loose some of it's much needed moisture. If you have very dry skin that needs some intense moisture or healing, a body butter should do the trick. Body butters also create a protective layer to keep your skin moisturized longer. If you are not in such need of intense healing, a lotion, which is combined water and oil (body butters usually consist of butters, such as Shea butter, and oils) will absorb much quicker and tend to be less greasy. Lotions are great to maintain smooth, moisturized skin, but if your skin needs an extra boost, you'll want to keep a body butter around, especially during the cooler months!

Stay Classy,

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“The Beautiful Side of Healthy”

We all know that a healthy diet and lifestyle can do wonders for your skin, body, and mindset. As you change your diet, and perhaps pay more attention to what exactly is in your food and how it is getting to you, you might want to begin to look at your skincare in a similar fashion. If natural, organic ingredients in your food are beneficial to your skin and body, wouldn't you want the same in your skincare? Well, if you're looking for just that, a natural, healthy skincare line to really care for and benefit your skin, AEGEIA has it. 

Aegeia Purifying Facial CleanserI have been recently paying more attention to the types of food that I'm eating, and the ingredients that are in some things that should be so simple. So when AEGEIA products came into the office, I was excited to apply this same type of attention to skincare are learn more about this brand and the natural products they offer. For this week I tested out the AEGEIA Purifying Facial Cleanser. Made with 100% PURE Essential Oils and 100% Natural, this cleanser really does give you "The Beautiful Side of Healthy." 

My first impression was that this cleanser does smell a bit medicinal, but don't let that scare you off because all the natural ingredients work to make a great cleanser. And when I revisited the scent, you can really smell the lavender and spearmint! To use, gently rub onto the face and neck in circular motions. Then wipe off with a warm, moist wash cloth. This cleanser has soft beads that work as a gentle exfoliate to clear away those dead skin cells for a renewed skin surface! Not only does this work as a cleanser, but you can also remove eye makeup by massaging the cleanser gently onto the eyelashes! After using this cleanser, my skin felt really nice. It was thoroughly cleansed, but not stripped. It was neither drying, nor did it leave a thin film of product. My skin felt restored, hydrated, smooth, and well, healthy! I did not feel like I was missing anything from other cleansers that are not 100% natural. 

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Today I have a very handy, multi-beneficial product to talk about. The Ginger People Go Ginger Balm. This product is so useful, you will want to keep it with you at all times, tucked in your bag, for whenever you may need it!

So the first thing I usually use a balm for is to soothe and repair my lips. This balm worked great for that, but it also has so many other uses and benefits! 

The Ginger People Go Ginger Balm 9.3.13 Certified Fabulous

The Go Ginger Balm will comfort and moisturize irritated and damaged skin and also create a protective barrier. Not just on your lips, but anywhere on your body that you have damaged skin, go ahead and apply this balm to let it work it's ginger wonders! Not only will it nourish your skin, but this balm will stimulate blood flow to relieve sore muscles. The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties also help to reduce swelling. So relieve sore muscles, reduce swelling, repair damaged skin -  all in this small little package of balm! This is a great small product to take travelling - you want to be as prepared for the unexpected as you can - and this ginger balm will help speed up the healing process. I bet you probably get a little sore after sitting in the car or plane for a few hours travelling so this balm will come in handy for that as well.

As we move into the fall, the ginger scent will fit in just right! So whether you want to use it as a lip moisturizer, or for more intensive purposes, the GO Ginger Balm is a great weapon to have up your sleeve!

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    First ever hearing about Ginger, Seems Awesome.
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    Yes, the Ginger People have a great skincare line, definitely worth checking out!
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"Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together" - Elizabeth Taylor


I love that quote from Elizabeth Taylor. It's kind of exactly what you need to do after a long/rough day or work week. When I put lipstick on, I feel like I have my life together; if I have the time to coordinate a good lipstick with my outfit, and I have enough time to apply it just right, then I feel like I'm doing pretty well. Call it crazy, but it's the little things. 

For this lovely FLOWER week I tried three Flower Kiss Sticks Luxury Lip Color and I love them! My lipstick can't be drying or boring, so thankfully these Flower lipsticks are nothing of the sort; they are all very hydrating, smooth, vibrant pigements, and long lasting! The different colors make a great addition to a vairety of outfits and convey different tones. 

Petal Kiss 

This is a very pretty pink mauve Kiss Stick that goes with a lot of colors. It's a great day shade for the office, meeting with friends, or casual weekend style. 

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Come fall, I usually want to change up my hair. I always get excited about fashion, beauty, and all the new accessories I can add to my outfits in the cooler weather. With these changes, I begin to feel that my hair needs some attention as well; summer locks just don't feel right at this time. So for today I have a few products and a great styling tool to give your hair that extra attention! 

New or Updated Color

LOreal Paris Feria Wild OmbreDuring the fall season, I tend to want a deep auburn hair color, or a chocolate brown - rich fall colors. But my most recent hair color has been a blonde ombre. It's the lightest I have gone with my hair color and I love it! My roots are a light brown/dark blonde, and with ombre, I can let them grow out and blend right in! I used to love red for my hair, but my hair grows too fast and I got tired of the upkeep. So blonde I went! And blonde I will stay! Until I get bored again ;) But towards the end of the summer, I did want a little bit of change just to keep things interesting. So how did I change my ombre? I did it again to make it a little blonder! When I first went ombre, I went to a stylist. I was too scared to try it on my own. It turned out great, just what I wanted! A few months later I had it lightened again, but those turned out more to be highlights, so eventually I went to have it fixed which was NOT cheap! This time around, I used an at home kit from L'Oreal Paris - Feria Wild Ombre and I was quite happy with the results! This at-home ombre coloring kit comes with an expert brush that will brush on the ombre effect. This made it easy to get that smooth transition in colors, and not have a sharp defined line, creating a more natural appearance. The brush also helped the new color blend in with the other ombre colors I already had in my hair. You can control how drastic of an ombre effect you want, simply by applying more or less of the solution. I saturated my ends more to really lighten the bottom of my hair. The brush is also really nice to get smaller, face framing peices and only lighten a small desired section.

This kit was very easy to use and to follow. If you have colored your hair at home before, you should be able to apply this kit quite easily. I actaully found it easier than applying color all over my hair since I didn't have to worry about all the roots/even coverage at the top back of my head where I can't see as well. I did this kit completely on my own and was really happy with the ease of the process and the results, so don't worry, you can do it yourself too! Just remember, you are still bleaching your hair, so be sure to treat it well/strengthen it afterwards and choose the right color ombre kit for your existing hair color. Fiera Wild Ombre offers kits for Medium to Dark Brown, Dark Blonde to Light Brown, and Light to Medium Blonde. I used the Light to Medium Blonde kit since I had existing lightened hair color. 

Ombre before and after 400

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When you're starting over or starting a new chapter in your life or maybe just need a change from season to season, what do you change? Haircut, hair color, new makeup look, new nail polishes, wardrobe, purse? Do you ever change you perfume? I often think perfume can be very telling about a person, and it's a good way to switch up your beauty attitude and personality. So if you're headed back to school this fall, you may want to consider a new perfume option - a good way to start fresh from summer! For this Back to School roundup, I have a few new scents that will have you feeling fresh and renewed just in time for school!

Van der Hagen Gentle Glycerin Soap Back to SchoolVan der Hagen Gentle Glycerin Soap

The first scent that you want to make sure you have covered, is your soap! You'll want to find one that works well for your skin, and you have to like the scent of course! Van der Hagen Gentle Glycerin Soap in Fresh is well, just that, fresh! It's a great relaxing and refreshing scent to start your day. The glycerin in the soap hydrates and softens your skin leaving you feeling smooth and perfectly cleansed! The soap itself is very soft and gentle. I didn't feel any left over residue, it does not have a rough texture, and it made my skin feel really nice! 

Free Spirited Eau de Toilette

I am extremely picky with my perfume, and I was shocked at how much I like this one! I wear it almost everyday now! This Eau de Toilette is light, fresh, crisp, and clean! It is not too strong, so you won't be the girl in class who overdid it with the perfume... 

This Ralph Lauren fragrance is for the "Free-Spirited" girl; rebellious, independent, and bold! I have been using this in the summer, and it's a great fresh scent to take through the fall. Pear notes and mimosa, this scent is floral without being too sweet. This is a great perfume to spritz on before heading to class, you'll feel fresh and pleasantly fragrant the whole day! Now what about a perfume on the go? We always need one of those!

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It is just around that time when students will be heading back to school. Reuniting with good friends, buying school books, supplies, and of course new fashion. While we all love a new wardrobe, we can't forget about our beauty options to complete the look. I have a great list of products that will help you start the semester off right! And get a few compliments along the way ;)

You might have a few new beauty demands that will change from summer to fall. As the weather gets cooler, I usually start to wear more makeup. But running around from classes, and all that your school social life has to offer, we want to make sure that beautiful makeup stays put! From the Lab has the solution for a natural base to compliment any makeup. 

From the Lab Face Primer No. 327

From the Lab Face Primer Back to SchoolThis liquid, lightly tinted white primer dries invisible, and quickly for sheer coverage. It creates a smooth, weightless surface for you to then apply your makeup. You can also wear it alone for a luminous, naturally beautiful look. Not only does this primer create a great canvas for makeup, it also contains various skincare benefits:

Anti-Aging
Color Correcting
(calms and soothes your skin for a natural color correcting effect)
Pore Minimizing 

Another cool aspect? This primer reflects light to create a more even, natural finish! This primer helped keep my makeup looking fresh and luminous all day long! I also liked the dewy natural look it has on it's own. With these benefits, it's a great skincare/makeup weapon to have at school!

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As summer starts to come to a close, you'll want some products that will maintain that summer beauty and spirit! From masks, teeth whitening, and refreshing pick me ups, these next products won't go out of style from summer to fall. 

Knesko Skin Nanogold Repair Masque Long Lasting Summer BeautyKnesko Skin Nanogold Repair Face Mask

Relax at home as if you are at the spa with this Mask! So what will this mask do for your skin?

* diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
* enhances skin's flexibility and elasticity
* reduces inflammation and promotes skin healing 
* combats signs of dryness, stress, and fatigue
* brightens complexion and evens skin tone
(kneskoskin.com)
 
I'm not at an age where I can attest to all of these benefits the mask has to offer (such as diminishing appearance of wrinkles), but nonetheless, it's a great mask for many ages! I have rather dry skin, and from a long work week, this mask was much appreciated! The mask itself comes submerged in liquid/serum within the packet, which made it really hydrating for my skin, and not at all drying. It's a completely different texture than any mask I have used; instead of a cream or clay that your spread on your skin, these two solid (but very flexible) pieces conform to your face shape and almost sink in your skin - allowing you to obtain all the benefits this mask has to offer! You place the two pieces of the mask on your skin and sit back and relax! I found the mask to be very cooling (due to the liquid) and also very soothing. It is not a mask to put on and fiddle with things or tidy up; it's a luxurious relaxing mask that requires you to be still. I closed my eyes and with the soothing weight of the mask, I felt like I was getting spa treatment at home! My skin did feel tighter after using the mask, but it wasn't a drying, irritating tight. My skin also looked brighter and felt smoother/more even toned.
 
Using this mask is a great way to take time out of your work week for just you. Pamper yourself, heal your tired skin, and lower your stress level by taking a little bit of time from your day to be ultimately relaxed. You can also try the Knesko Skin Diamond Radiance Eye Pads. These eye pads are similar in texture and experience. They definitely helped my tired eyes. I used these towards the end of the week, when I start to notice the under eye area looking a little, well, tired. These eye pads helped reduce puffiness, and allowed the skin under my eyes to appear a little brighter, tighter, and healthier then it normally does at the end of the week!
 

Adventuress Facial WipesAdventuress Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes

These facial wipes are great for the summer heat, but will also come in handy when you're on the go or travelling this fall! These Fearlessly Refreshing wipes have aloe, glycerin, and plant extracts that will soothe, hydrate and protect your skin! They come in small packets that can ealily be put in your purse, bag, or even pocket. I used these to freshen up my face and neck, cooling me down and cleansing my skin. These are not sticky wipes, but fresh, clean wipes that you'll definitely want while travelling or as a purse essential! 

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What is it about that glow? I've been trying a lot of products this summer, and one theme that keeps coming up, week after week, is the glowing skin. Whether it's from prodcts that will refine and renew your skin, or makeup products that give you a little bit of a sun-kissed glimmer. I have stayed away from the shimmers in the past, but I've found some great products that allow for a softer, natural look and have been awesome additions to my makeup collection!

beautyADDICTS sleeks cheeks glow 8.8.13For beautyADDICTS week, I tried another product with some shimmer to it, and I was surprised at how it worked. That is, the beautyADDICTS SleekCHEEKS in Glow. This is a weightless crème-to-powder blush with two color options - you have the ultra sheer light pink/cream and a darker bronzy pink. I wasn't really sure how to use this product at first, and I don't usually wear blush, so I was experimenting a little bit. I first tried to use a brush to apply it, but since it's a crème-to-powder, the brush did not pick up the blush well. So it was best to blend in with my fingers and add more as desired. I appreciated that I could use a little at first, and then build up from there. It was great to use the top lighter color for highlighting, and the shimmer was more subtle than I thought it would be, creating a soft, natural glow rather than bold shimmer. You can easily put on alittle for work, and amp up the shimmer for the night! 

You can pick up your own beautyADDICTS SleekCHEEKS blush for $28!

Looking for a save option? Check out Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Blends sheer highlighting blush for $11.49

Shimmer makeup can create a completely different look, or a subtle natural glow that you can have year round!

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