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Beckie

Beckie

SKIN TYPE:  Combination with a side of Mid-Day Glow


HAIR TYPE: Long, fine, with some body


HAIR COLOR: Brunette


COMPLEXION TYPE: Olive


EYE COLOR:  Hazel


FAVORITE PRODUCTS: HellowMello Joy Body Scrub, Dr. Dennis Gross Tinted Moisturizer, Smashbox O-gloss, Falsies Mascara, Tarte Cheek Stain


Hello and Welcome to another Friday!

I'm so excited to be talking about sunscreen.  You know what that means?  Summer's coming!!! Hot 04122013 Coola Sport Spray Sunscreen certified fabulousdays, sundresses, cold drinks on the deck, who's with me?  right?  Well we all know that with being in the sun and for some fair skin maidens just being outside, sunscreen should be worn.  But when you walk down the aisle of your favorite drug store, there are SO many choices.  Which one do you choose? 

recently I tried an aerosol sunscreen, Coola's SPF35 Pina Colada.  It offers broad spectrum protection and is water resistant up to 40 minutes.  What I really like about it is, rather than being an alcohol base that dries quickly on your skin , it's more of an dry oil base that helps moisterize your skin.  This isn't just your regular sunscreen, it actually has anti oxidants in it and is rich in Omega 3 and 6.  oh and i should mention the smell...oh so yummy! www.coolasuncare.com

well friends, ever wonder how an aerosol product is filled?  Well check this out...

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    thanks you for the chance ,i would love to try this product as i have heard great things about your products .
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Well Hello All and Happy Friday!  I recently attended a beauty conference about the trends in health & beauty and personal care products.  I know this will not come to a surprise to most of you because you're so awesome and are up on the trends, but what most consumers are looking for are natural or naturally derived ingredients.  Even hotter trend is products that have sustainable ingredients.  These are ingredients that harvested without destroying the environment or the whole crop.  The trend isn't so much Organic or Natural, but sustainable.  You may see trends in products using bamboo for exfoliants or hemp oil in moisturizers.

04052013 retinyl treatment dm skincare certified fabulousRecently I found a natural retinyl treatment from dmSkincare.  During the winter and into early Spring, the weather here in California is all over the place.  It's hot one day and cold the next.  My poor skin doesn't have time to adjust to it just freaks out.  Well with this serum, it helps to regulate the texture of my skin.  With ingredients like, green tea extract and cranberry, both known for getting rid of the daily grime of pollution and make-up.  It packs a punch and helps tighten and smooth out my skin leaving behind a beautiful glow.

The great little slim line airless package this serum comes in helps dose out the correct amount I need making it simple for use.

Have a great weekend!

Beckie b

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For most of the country it still feels a lot like winter, although technically it's Spring.  I have to say that I'm really getting excited about warmer weather because warmer weather means, flip flops and sundresses and long days at the beach.  But for right now, I'll take the sporatic warm days.

In my research of packaging and components lately, many personal care companies are realizing that they can have an eco-friendly package and still have it look great.  Technology is finally catching up with the needs of the consumer and the environment for that matter.  It's no longer a space-age request to have an earth friendly bottle.  Many companies are finding ways to reduce the amount of plastic used and when they are unable to achieve 100% reduction, companies are offsetting their carbon footprint by purchasing carbon credits. 

One of these companies doing just this is, Zotos.  Zotos: Hairtrition collection, including Keratin Smoothing Shampoo, Keratin Smoothing Conditioner and the Keratin Smoothing Leave-In Treatment. The brand creates hair care products that are superior and innovative with the consumer in mind.  As a company they have installed two 364-foot wind turbines at their Geneva NY-based plant, securing a spot on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Top 20 On-site Generation list and earning recognition by the American Wind Energy Association as one of the top on-site wind projects currently being undertaken by a manufacturing company in the United States. With approximately 6.5 million kWh of electricity expected to be produced annually, the wind turbines will provide more than 60 percent of Zotos’ energy.  Awesome right?  But what about the other 40%?  This is what I was talking about with carbon credits.  Zotos has reduced their carbon footprint as much as they can for right now, so if they (and they do) want to become completely carbon neutral, they offset by helping other companies like Valley Wood Carbon Sequstration, Andyodaya Biogas and Rocky Reach Run-of-River Hydroelectric Project.  Each one of these organizations, creates and/or helps the environment in one way or another.

03292013 Zotos Hairtrition Smoothing Shampoo Conditioner Leave-in Product

There are many ways to help out our environment, Reduce and Recycle and when you can Reuse!

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    I love hearing about companies that take steps to help the environment and their fellow man! I wish more businesses would follo
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Hello Friends and welcome to another Fabulous Friday!  Well here's to the end of my birthday month, not sure I'm ready to say good bye quite yet but I don't think I can stop it either.

03012013 Palladio herbal dual wet dry foundation cypress beige certified fabulous

Have you ever asked yourself, why can't my foundation do more than just cover up my imperfections? Why can't it improve my skin rather than just laying around like a dead beat boyfriend.  Well time to introduce my new find from Palladio Beauty.  Their Dual Wet & Dry foundation is formulated with alpha-hydroxy fruit acids to help with fine lines and zinc -oxide to fight blemishes.  They use a standard clam shell compact with dual chambers; one for the rice based pressed powder and the other for their specially designed sponge to ensure flawless application.  Another bonus about this package is the matte, soft touch finish they've added to the top of the compact.  I love the way the matte looks against the smooth high sheen of the rest of the compact.

03012013 Palladio silk FX all in one herbal eye shadow certified fabulousI also had the opportunity to try out their All-In-One Herbal Eyeshadow palette.  For a girl that carries the world in her purse, there really isn't a whole lot of space in there to add 5 pots of eyeshadow to her magic bag.  With this color palette, Palladio combines 5 amazing colors that you could use in any fashion- depending on the occasion.  If you want to do a smokey eye, it's all there.  If you want to just do a simple dusting, you can do that too.  Even better for the make-up challendged(like me) they call out what color to use and where.  Palladio's shadows are so amazing that when used with a primer, they'll stay on for up to 12 hours!! So with a combination of their foundation and their shadows, you could really look as amazing as you did the night before.

In case you have nothing to celebrate in March, here you go...

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Hello Fabulously Beautiful Followers!  Hope you are having a great Friday. I know this week has gone by super fast for me, hopefully it has for you too.

I never thought I would ever be talking about wrinkle fillers.  In fact, I've avoided them like the plague.  But for some reason I just thought I'd never get wrinkles. Like I'd be the one woman in the world that the magic

02222013 No 7 Instant Illusion Wrinkle Filler Boots Certified Fabulouswrinkle fairy would wave her wand over and POOF! No wrinkles for Beckie.  But unfortunately my hours of sun bathing in my younger years have caught up with me. 


So before I went to the pros, I thought that I would try an at-home treatment first.  Of course I did my 
research and checked out all the reviews and came across, No. 7's Instant Illusion from Boots.  It's a hypo-allergenic wrinkle filler and within my price point.  So why not try it right?  One of the first things that I noticed was their packaging.  It's simple and straight to the point.  There wasn't a lot of instructions I had to read or other "fluff" on the inner tube or even on the unit carton.  The product comes in a 1oz tube that resembles a needle with a directional tip.  Very cute!  I like using products in tubes because I control how much product

 I use at a time and I don't feel like I'm wasting any of it.  Then when I think I'm almost done, I cut the end off and scoop out what's left- yeah I'm that girl!

Well one more week of my favorite month friends.  Keep up the lovin' because really it's the best gift you can give.

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Hello Friends and Happy Friday to all of you.  Time is just flying by.  Can you believe that it's already the middle of February?  So crazy!

So this week i had the luxury of trying out Bioxdea's Miracle 24 face mask.  As you know, I'm one of those type of people that needs a little hand holding when it comes to skin care treatments.  I can read a label like everyone else and I can pick up a few key ingredients but really at the end of the day I want.. no I NEED someone to say, "Beck, this is what you need."  I'm sure you've heard someone tell you, "explain it to me like I'm a kindergartener."  Yep. That's me with skin care products and that's why I love this mask so much too. It's pretty much a slam dunk... there is no guessing in how much to apply or where to apply.  When you order, the mask is in a packet and is a pre-cut/pre-infused cotton pad that you simply apply to your already clean face and relax for 15-30 minutes while the magic happens.  Afterwards, you don't rinse off the product, just let it dry and continue with your daily skin regime.  Easy Breezy right?    The packaging is awesome, but the results are even better!

Bioxdea Miracle 24 Face Mask certified fabulous
Love one another... sometimes it's all you can give!

Until next week

beckie b

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Hey Everyone and Happy Friday!

So we just happen to be in my favorite month of the year.  Not only is it my birthday month, but it's also Valentine's Day.  Yes, yours truly is a hopeless romantic.  I love the cheesy valentine conversation hearts, the red roses, the glow of candlelight, and oh don't forget the chocolate!  It just brings a smile to my face thinking about all the love in the air on February 14th.

What a better month than February to talk about red lipstick.  Mallygirl, LLC has a great set that believe it or not is called, "Perfect Red Lip Kit."  So in this kit comes a primer, a lip liner and a lipstick.  All come with a beautiful metallized champagne gold outer color with a grey snake skin accents.  I love the lip liner because it's a self sharpening pencil.  I don't know about you, but I usually don't have a sharpener in my purse.  The primer is in a standard round lip gloss container, but has a doe foot felt applicator.  This helps when applying the primer.  Sometimes when using  brush it's hard to control where the product goes.  Lastly the lipstick is in your classic propel/repel package.

This glamorous packaging is so easy to pull out of your magic bag and show off!


Make this month your month for Love!!

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Hey Fabulous readers!  Well here we are again on Friday.  If you have been following all of us this week, we've been talking about the products from Lolade Cosmetics. Lolade Cosmetics creates products with the highest quality in mind.  They too believe that beauty comes from within and their products only enhance your natural beauty.

I had the pleasure of trying their Pro Finish HD Foundation, the Cream Foundation and one of their eye shadows in Jetliner.  The Pro Finish HD Foundation comes in an airless bottle.  I love liquid foundations in airless bottles.  They are so easy to use and dispense just the perfect amount.  You can apply to a sponge and don't have to worry about the product getting all over your fingers and under your nails.  Now for those that aren't familiar with how an airless package works... here's Airless 101.  Basically inside the bottle portion of the package, there is a little piston(think hockey puck) and as your "prime" or pump actuator it creates a vacuum affect and sucks up the piston pushing the product out.  Many times airless packages are used for products that are sensitive to oxygen and if exposed to it will change and possibly spoil.  Ew!

Lolade's choice of compacts for their Cream Foundation is your standard dual chambor compact with room underneath the cream for an applicator sponge.  I do love the large mirror on the lid.  So many times the mirror just isn't big enough for us girls on the go.

I saved my favorite for last.  I know it's not that big of a deal, but I love their eye shadow packaging.  Since we are friends, I can share with you... I'm not the most delicate flower in the field.  In fact, I'm more like a bull in a china shop.  I always say, if John Wayne didn't build it or bless it, it shouldn't be in my house.  This also goes along with my make-up.  ( I know that's a weird visual right? John Wayne makeup- LOL )  But I am constantly dropping, spilling, cracking my make up cases and even the powders themselves.  Let me tell you after the abuse that I give those little pots, eventually the butterfly hinge gives out.  But Lolade's eye shadow's have a screw on lid... personally I love this.  I don't have to worry about breaking the hinge off and snapping off the lid.


Have a great week and stay tooned until next  Friday!

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Woohoo! Another week bites the dust and the weekend is here!  Sorry do I sound a little too excited? Well I am.  I live for the weekends.  Ok, well if I can be candid, I'm really counting down the weeks to warmer weather and spring time. 

Well we've all been talking about the ins and outs of Montagne Jeunesse facial masks.  So when you go in for a facial and they apply a mask, do you ever wonder how much they actually put on?  I know when I do at home masks, I'm pretty sure I don't apply as much as they do because I want to stretch the amount of applications out of my $75 (or whatever I spent on this miracle mask)

So here is what I love about Montagne Jeunesse Stawberry Soufflé facial masks.  First I love that they are in pre-measured pouches.  There is no guessing in how much you should apply to get the full effect of the product.  Squeeze everything out of the pouch and apply! Boom! Done!  I also like the idea that if I wanted to travel and have a out-of-home spa day, their packets do not take up a lot of space in my magic bag and are less than 3oz.


I know that we have all been in the shower about to try a new shampoo...conditioner... face product, you name it.  Our hands are wet and you're trying to open this little tiny packet without scissors, right?  Maybe there's a little tear notch, but you can't get a hold of it...grrrrr!!!  Well fear not,the design of Mantagne Jeunesse pouch has a perfect little die cut hook that tears easily even with wet fingers.

This is a well thought through package.

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Hi Everyone and welcome to 2013... Can you believe it!  So I guess the Mayans were wrong and we still have a few years left here on Earth huh?  Well what's a beauty rock star to do?  Hit the spa of course!  This week we've all been talking about salon treatments.. what works and what doesn't work.  Is it worth the money to go or can I just do the same at home.  For many things, yes you can, but sometimes someone else rubbing your tired, overworked puppies is well worth it!  In my years I have been lucky enough to experience the good, the bad and the down right nasty of spa life.  So I thought I would share a couple pointers I've learned.

1)  What experience are you looking to have at the spa?  Are you looking for just a quick waxing or are you looking for a relaxing, aromatherapy experience?  Set your expectations before you walk in the door.  Even if you're just going in for a quick wax, but still want a relaxing day, choose accordingly.


2)  Do your research on the spa.  Many people take the time to write up reviews on their experience on the spa and sometimes if you're lucky they'll write about the therapist they used.  It's amazing what you can find out about places with a little google search.

3) When choosing a treatment, do your research before your appointment. Each spa perform treatments differently.  I would recommend calling ahead and asking, what products they use, how they use them, are there any side effects you should be concerned about?  Once you're there and in the chair, feel free to ask questions to the therapist about the procedure.  This is your body remember!!  They are there for your enjoyment, not the other way around.  If something doesn't feel right or hurts, let them know.

4) Most spas will give you a walk through for first timers and show you around and introduce you to the facility.  If they don't, ask for one.  Remember you're a paying customer and if you don't feel comfortable or it's dirty, you can always walk out.  Follow your gut instinct and don't feel guilty.

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