Category Archives: Beauty

Dizzolv’it Makeup Melt : So Good It Will Melt Your Face Off


The Product: Dizzolv’it Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm by Cailyn Cosmetics.

The Story: Skin cleanser. Makeup melter. A beauty guru favorite. Deep cleansing. Hydrating.  A concoction of Aloe Vera, Papaya, Acerola (Vitamin C), and Calendula make it a mix that you’ll want to massage in.

The Review:  Awesome. I can see why gurus love it. Whether you’re a makeup minimalist or a full on everyday faux lash-wearer, Dizzolv’it will help wipe of everyday trace and reveal smoother, more moisturized, clean skin. Can be a little oily so definitely wash it off with your cleanser if you’re acne prone. Other than that, you’ll never need to scrub off makeup again with this guy.  Do wish it was cheaper alas it’s worth the splurge and lasts awhile since a little goes a long way.




Biore Wipes: Save Skin Without the SInk


Who falls asleep with their makeup on? Me!

Guilty! For shame, as I continue to try and stick to some sort of resolution where I remove my makeup off nightly. Even on the crazy, exhausted, I-just-wanna-pass-the-eff-out nights. Which, by the way, happen when I am both sober and drunk.

Let’s face it. I’m not getting any younger and I am getting wise enough to know that sleeping with makeup on causes skin to become both congested and irritated from the normal (and abnormal) effects of our everyday environment and activities.

Meet your new superhero. Biore Makeup Removing Wipes to the rescue!


Stash these bad boys next to your bedside, on the shelf of your boyfriend’s bathroom, or in your gym bag for a quick and effective clean that dissolves and wipes off every bit of dirt and all of that stubborn mascara.

No leftover residue. No more excuses. No more blemishes.

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Stript Wax Bar: Flash Facial the Stress Away

Want to get gorgeous while having an affordable, rejuvenating experience in just 30 minutes?  Stript Wax Bar introduces Flash Facials! Featuring incredible skincare brands Alchimie-Forever, Juara Skincare and Juice Beauty. It’s a superior selection of three $60, 30 minute facials just for you. Now you have no excuse to pamper yourself and get one visit closer to achieving impeccable skin.
I visited the Stript Wax Bar in Union St. for my Flash Facial. Bare faced and breaking out, once I got in the room, Tatiana gave me a full skin analysis and recommended I get  the Juara Facial for my acne-prone, combination skin. I kind of squirmed and got nervous while she had the harsh light over my face and was diagnosing my complexion’s every flaw but once the lights came off, my hair tied back, and she lay the warm  lavendar-scented cloth over my eyes, all of a sudden, I was in facial heaven. She had delicate fingers that gently massaged and cleansed and to my suprise, there were even extractions, which – I hate to admit – I needed oh-so badly.
She even, said so. “Oh, you have a lot of good extractions here.”  Once the lights completely came off, Tatiana finished the session with a neck, shoulder, and head massage which was exactly what I needed after a long week, month, year of, not just work, but well, EVERYTHING. When the appointment was done, I came out relaxed, rested, and with clearer smoother skin than what I had come in with. What’s even better is that I looked at my watch to see the we finished right on time and I made it early to my dinner date in the Lower Haight that evening. I’m definitely going back again. It’s the kind of experience that I’m happy to make as part of my routine in this now very busy and hectic adult life that I live. And if you’re going to the Marina location (Union St.) I highly recommend Tatiana. She is most definitely the girl to go to.
Find the perfect Flash Facial for you and your skin type below and vist one of Stript Wax Bar’s seven California locations: Los Angeles, Oakland, Lafayette, Palo Alto, and two easily accessable locatons in San Francisco at 1764 union st.  &  439 Washington st. :
Alchimie Forever  Flash Facial – 30 min. $60.00 An express antioxidant facial aimed at brightening the skin while correcting free radical damage. Suitable for men and women. “The origin of Alchimie Forever is based on the need for post-procedure skincare formulated to immediately treat sensitized skin and accentuate anti-aging benefits long term. This conviction directed our brand’s progression as effective yet gentle formulations utilizing the latest in Alchimie Antioxidant Technology, supporting visible results for all skin types, especially sensitive.” – Alchimie-Forever

JuaraFlash Facial – 30 min. $60.00 (My pick!)  Specific express facials designed to target Normal to Dry/ Dehydrated Skin, Tired/ Uneven Skin Tones, Break-Out Prone/ Sensitive Skin, and Oily Sensitive Skin. Using pure, active botanicals such as Candlenut, Rice, Turmeric, Coffee, Fermented Sweet Black Tea, and Tamarind, this facial is luxurious and relevant to the modern woman’s lifestyle.

“Using the ancient beauty secrets from Bali and Indonesia, Juara is an East meets West fusion of centuries of traditional botanical remedies with Western science and the latest innovation in skincare technology. All Juara products are inspired by ancient beauty rituals of Indonesian Kings and Queens, the traditional herbal medicine of Indonesia called “JAMU”, and plants and herbs indigenous to the Indonesian Archipelago.” – Juara

Juice Beauty  Flash Facial – 30 min. $60.00 

Blemish Clearing Facial – Heal and hydrate blemished, oil-prone skin without redness or drying with this revolutionary, organic blemish-clearing system. See visibly improved tone, texture and skin clarity with Salicylic Acid derived from Willow Bark, organic fruit acids, Vitamin C and CoQ10.

Stem Cellular Repair Facial– Experience the ultimate organic innovation with our powerful Damage Repair Facial. Firm, lift and reverse the signs of damage caused by age, stress and environmental factors with our proprietary blend of fruit stem cells and Vitamin C injected into Resveratrol-rick organic Grapeseed.

Find out more about Stript Wax Bar here!

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Smooth Springtime Lips with eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack


Get your lips on the latest spring themed lip balm by eos. The eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Collection is as floral as it is fruity, making it the perfect springtime gift for yourself or someone else. The two-pack is a duo of limited edition tasty treats: Passion Fruit and Strawberry Sorbet.

eos proves that smooth lips don’t just come from a stick,  lips balms that are 100% natural and enriched with nourishing shea butter and soothing jojoba oil come in clever and cute sphere shapes, too! And at an affordable $5.99, you’ll see why all the ladies are crazy about keeping this quick fix for dry lips close by.

This spring, you can easily find the eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Collection in the aisles of Target, CVS, Walgreens, Ulta, and online at and

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Biore: Bye Bye Blackheads with Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser


Blackeads are the worst. This cleanser is the best I’ve ever had.

I never thought that a cleanser could make quite the difference until this one. In this funky drugstore-familiar tube is a hardcore, blackhead fighting formula that’s safe enough for everyday use. I don’t think I could ever live without this oil-free, self-heating concoction that instantly cleanses away pore-clogging dirt and oil in just a few circulatory scrubs. Biore’s Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser’s pore-opening warming clay is a whole new thing on it’s own. You can feel the heat start its magic the moment it blends with the water and hits your skin, immediately targeting blackeads and removing even the most stubborn makeup. This will be the deepest clean you’ve probably felt in forever.

Buy it here online at Biore or your nearest drugstore.

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LUSH Cosmetics Opens in San Jose!


Hey, Westfield Oakridge Mall! Your place is about to get really fragrant! A LUSH Cosmetics store at is officially opening its doors on Thursday, April 17th. Making all of LUSH Cosmetics’ collection of soaps, moisturizers, and more available to try and buy! If you’ve never been to a LUSH Cosmetics store before, you’ll be impressed by their signature scents and ultra-luxurious products which by the way are ALL HAND-MADE. If you think that’s amazing, wait until you find out that not only are they hand-made, but they’re entire business is against animal-testing, ethical, charitable, and green. Do you need any more reasons to get LUSH from head-to-toes? Me thinks not.  I’ll be testing out a selection of items from the LUSH Cosmetics crew so stay tuned for my upcoming article about LUSH Cosmetics must-haves and must-try’s coming soon!



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I’ve never actually read the DIVERGENT books (still crossing out 2011 picks I’ve been wanting to finish since before a 9-5 took over my life) but I think that many of you that have read the series, and are going to go watch the film, will enjoy this beauty event.

“Transform Yourself with DIVERGENT Exclusively at SEPHORA Discover the Futuristic Makeup Collection Inspired by the Film SEPHORA introduces an exclusive, limited edition cosmetic collection inspired by the upcoming motion picture DIVERGENT. Head to SEPHORA to reveal your adventurous side with first-to-market transforming special effects for eyes, nails, face and lips. Celebrate your individuality through beauty and receive the Divergent smoky eye using shades from the exclusive, limited-edition collection inspired by the film. One day only. Appointments preferred. Walk-ins welcome. Divergent is in Theaters and IMAX on March 21st.”

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