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Review: Karora Cosmetics Self Tanning Line

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ABOUT KARORA: Hailing from the emerald isle of Ireland, KARORA has arrived on the beauty scene to woo and wow you! KARORA Skinwear collection is suitable for any occasion, it benefits the skin and smells divine. Bask in gorgeous, golden radiance with our skin-perfecting glow-getters that transform from the everyday to beautifully bronzed.

karora tinted self tan mist

Tanning mists can be a tricky thing. I love self tanner but generally find mousse or gel based products easier to use. I had the chance to try the Karora Tinted Self Tan Mist and decided to give tanning spray another try.

karora mist swatch

The first thing I noticed was how great the mist was. The spray was even and wide and really easy to control. I used a tanning mitt and rub in a light circular motion after I apply the mist to make sure I have even coverage. One of my favorite things is how quick this dries, within seconds my skin was dry to the touch and no heavy self tan scent. I like to apply it at night before bed then wake up with a gorgeous golden hue. On top of a really beautiful golden shade this tan lasts 5-7 days on my and fades so naturally I have to remind myself it was a spray not natural tan.

KARORA TINTED SELF TAN MIST $30
Release your radiant goddess with a color match made in heaven. A guiding golden tint gives instant glow gratification and develops into a glorious honey dipped tan. Botanical extracts lock in moisture guaranteeing complexion perfection and long lasting color that fades incredibly evenly. This multi-award winning mist combines custom color with skin caring botanicals to deliver a sun kissed glow to suit your individual skin tone. Color lasts up to seven days and fades like a natural tan. The tinted formula glides on effortlessly, dries quickly and the golden streak-free color intensifies after a few hours. There is no faux tan smell, just a fresh citrus fragrance while our signature botanicals of acai & argan will keep skin in tip top condition.

Directions: Spray directly onto mitt & apply onto skin using colour guide to ensure even coverage.

Signature ingredients: a botanical cocktail of aloe, acai berry, argan and coconut oil instantly ups skin radiance while an aromatic citrus melon twist ensures you smell as good as your skin looks.

karora gradual tan and mitt

The Karora Gradual Tan is a lotion based sunless tanner that hydrates while it gives you a golden glow. And if you use sunless tanners often you know how important healthy, hydrated skin is to a good self tan.

I applied this self tanner with the Karora self tanning mitt which is hands down my favorite tanning mitt I’ve tried. The surface is so smooth it works the product for even coverage without soaking it all up. And the mitt protects my hands from absorbing all the self tanner and letting my secret slip.

karora gradual tan swatch

If you’re timid about self tanners this is a great product for you. With my first nights use I woke the next day with a nice subtle glow. It didn’t look overly tan, more like my skin perfected with a healthy glow. Then if I want a little more oomph to my color I can reapply to deepen the tan. The lotion was easy to apply and dried within minutes and once again no weird self tanner smell.

KARORA GRADUAL TAN $25.00
Get glowing with a daily dose of natural color and a burst of hydration. This moisture rich lotion replenishes and conditions the face and body with botanical boosting hydrators while turning it gloriously golden. Layer it up for a richer honey-dipped color. Smells good, feels good and gives a lovely glow in just one application – that’s why it’s a beauty award winner. KARORA Gradual Tan jump starts your tan after one application and builds into a deeper golden colour after just 1-2 further applications. Fused with a proprietary blend of skin caring botanicals, the rich and luxurious formula glides on the skin leaving a fresh citrus fragrance. A real skin conditioning treat that ensures your colour fades evenly and naturally.

Directions: Blend into skin ensuring even coverage. Re-apply daily for deeper colour. Wash hands after each application.

Signature ingredients: fused with a fine tuned blend of jojoba, coconut oil, rosemary leaf extract, vitamin E and essential oil of argan to soften, sooth and condition the skin. With an aromatic top note of fresh orange oil for a blossoming skin scent.

Available at: www.ulta.com and Ulta Beauty Stores nationwide, at www.hsn.com and from C.O. Bigelow.

 

 

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample for potential review. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Green Your Beauty Routine Collection by TotalBeauty.com

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The Green Your Beauty Routine Collection by TotalBeauty.com
It’s time to give your beauty routine a green makeover. This collection features an array of top natural, organic and vegan beauty products.

Grow longer, stronger lashes with the only Ecocert-approved lash enhancer, Lashfood Phyto-Medic Natural Eyelash Enhancer, which uses a blend of organic, botanical ingredients to help you get stunning lashes. Accentuate your new fluttery lashes with a deep blue eyeliner from Gorgeous Cosmetics. Banish wrinkles and zap dark circles with Love for Humanity Anti-Aging Eye Serum and get glowing skin with one of three Apivita Gentle Cleansing Masks.

Up your mani game with a DBP, toluene and formaldehyde-free nail lacquer from Color Secrets. Follow it with Gabriel Cosmetics Nail & Cuticle Conditioner, a blend of jojoba and sweet almond oils, to keep your cuticles in tip-top condition.

With 4 full-size products and 2 deluxe samples, this Total Beauty Collection is one you shouldn’t miss.

Check out what’s inside the The Green Your Beauty Routine Collection:

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Love for Humanity Anti-Aging Eye Serum (deluxe sample, $12.99 value) – A whopper of an eye serum it contains zinc, vitamin C, blue chamomile and pumpkin seed that will help reduce signs of aging and revive the dark, puffy skin around your eyes. The formula is light and absorbs right away and feels very refreshing on my skin.

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Apivita express beauty Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Mask with Grape ($5 value) – Perfect for a moisturizing boost with the cooler weather on its way. This mask contains grapes for the antioxidant properties, and vitamins A and E vitamins to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines while increasing skin softness.  Its smells delicious and my skin felt incredibly soft and moisturized after just one use.

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Gorgeous Cosmetics Eyeliner in Ocean (full size, $22 value) – This line is new to me but I am always game to try a new eyeliner. The eyeliner is a gorgeous ocean blue shade and was really creamy. Very easy to apply and good staying power.

gyr nails

Gabriel Cosmetics Nail & Cuticle Conditioner (full size, $8.50 value) – My hands get really dry this time of year and this product was just what I needed. This nail & cuticle conditioning oil is a a mixture of jojoba and sweet almond oil and Vitamin E that helps soften cuticles, hydrate and promote strong natural nails.

Color Secrets Nail Lacquer (full size, $3.99 value) I received Never Been Kissed a bright pink shade. The perfect color for pedis, I found the brush made mess free application a snap. And this polish is DBP, toluene and formaldehyde-free.

gyr lash food

Lashfood Phyto-Medic Natural Eyelash Enhancer (deluxe sample, $12.80 value) – This Ecocert-approved lash enhancer contains a powerful blend of organic medicinal herb extracts that help prevent hair loss and trigger the regrowth of lashes for stronger and healthier lashes in just 4-8 weeks.  I just started using it and was happy to see it didn’t irritate my eyes, can’t wait to see the results.

With 4 full-size products and 2 deluxe samples, the Total Beauty Green Your Routine Collection filled with 4 full sized products and 2 deluxe samples is definitely  a deal for $20. But if you use the promo code SALE20, you can save 20% off to get the collection for just $16! The eyeliner alone is worth $22 so this is a great collection and at amazing price.

THE GREEN YOUR ROUTINE COLLECTION BY TOTALBEAUTY.COM
$20.00

• $85+ Value
• 6 Products: 4 Full Size + 2 Deluxe Samples
• FREE Quick Shipping

Buy 1 Save 20% Off – Use Promo Code SALE20
Buy 2 for $30 – Use Promo Code 2FOR30

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample for review. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Neutrogena® “Pore No More” Challenge

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Disclosure: These products were provided to me by Neutrogena for this challenge. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I was asked to take the Neutrogena® “Pore No More” Challenge. For 7 days I would swap my normal skincare routine for the  Neutrogena Pore Refining Collection. Using the products twice a day to see if they could snap my pores into shape. s 4 steps to achieved a flawless and healthy-looking skin:

pore refining cleanser

Step 1: Use NEUTROGENA® Pore Refining Daily Cleanser to wash off to remove all the toxins and dirt. I love gel cleanser and this one smells so refreshing and left my skin clean without drying it out.

pore refinig exfoliating

Step 2: Use NEUTROGENA® Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser to get rid of all your dead skin. I like to use this cleanser at night. It ensures I have removed all the makeup, oil and dirt from the day. Its a very light exfoliant and I like that it worked to deep cleanse without irritating my skin.

pore refining toner

Step 3: The NEUTROGENA® Pore Refining Toner provides an even deeper cleanse. I moisten a cotton pad and use this after cleaning to make sure my face is clean and ready for moisturizer. I LOVE this toner, it makes my skin feel amazing and doesn’t dry it out.

pore refining moisturizer

Step 4: NEUTROGENA® Pore Refining Moisturizer, the  last step of my daily routine. A really great moisturizer it’s feather light and absorbs immediately into my skin. My skin feels refreshed and moisturized without being weighed down.

pnm bef after

Sorry the color is off, the first photo I took at night before starting my routine. But these photos are untouched and there has been no editing. You can see how my skin was a bit mottled at the start of the challenge and my pores were very visible.

I have been shocked and delighted to see how much smaller my pores look after just one week. On top of shrinking the appearance of my pores my skin is clearer and brighter. I am very impressed with the quality of this collection. And I love that the price point is doable even for the frugal beauty addict.

If you are plagued visible pores be sure to check out this collection. It’s amazing what you can do in just 7 days!

You can learn more about the  Neutrogena Pore Refining Collection and purchase online at www.neutrogena.com or at your local drugstore or mass retailer.

 


Get The Look: Amber Heard at the Calvin Klein Party

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All eyes were on Amber Heard at last night’s Calvin Klein party in New York City, looking radiant in a little black dress. “The inspiration for Amber’s red carpet look came entirely from the sexy black dress and heels she had hanging in the bedroom,” said Burt’s Bees lead makeup artist Katey Denno.

“We emphasized her eyes with a purple shadow and an electric purple liner, followed by more than a few coats of black mascara to give the look more of a dramatic feel. She has beautiful alabaster skin, which we perfected with a bit of Vapour Organic foundation, and we emphasized her brows with just a bit of brown shadow”, said Denno.

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“We followed it up by contouring her cheeks with a bit of creamy pink cheek cream from Kjaer Wes, which also added a nice ‘rosy’ hue. And to finish the look, I filled in her lips with the new Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands, and topped it off with a light layer of Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Whisper (and patted the product into the skin to take away any shine!).”

 

Burt’s Bees products can be purchased online at www.burtsbees.com or at your local grocery store or mass retailer.