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Coming Soon! Benefit Instant Beauty Kits.

We always love a challenge, but when it comes to looking pretty–I say the easier, the better. Equipped with our quickest and most effective products, these new complexion, lip & cheek kits simplify flawless makeup with easy to follow tips & tricks–all in a tidy little box. If putting on makeup sometimes feel like an epic novel, consider these kits your CliffsNotes.

hit the books!

Feelin’ “too busy for beauty”? Dont’ fret my pet, open up our how to look the best at everything complexion kit (the assortment comes in three shades light, medium and deep) and remind yourself, “you ARE the best at everything!” Kit contains the POREfessional, hello flawless oxygen WOW, bo-ing concealer in 2 shades and hello flawless powder. The price is $30– a saavy steal!

Does your skin have a case of the “dull n’ drabs”? Never fear my friend, take four steps forward to fab with our new lip & cheek kits in feelin’ dandy, sugarlicious and go tropiCORAL (which has proven most popular with the people who’ve previewed it). The kits contain a lip & cheek stain, high beam highlighter, blush and matching lip gloss for $28.

This week, be sure to check back on Friends with Benefits for tips & tricks on how to use the kits…and for a special announcement on how you can get them! Which ones are you most excited to try?

June GlossyBox Review: Summer Simplicity

I have been so impressed with GlossyBox! The sample sizes are huge, and each box contains some full sized products. The brands are all major upscale brands, with truly great products. The July box theme is Summer Simplicity- pampering your body and revitalizing your skin and hair to bring out your natural beauty.

If you haven’t tried out GlossyBox yet, I suggest you do!  Glossybox is a beauty sample subscription service that sends you travel-sized luxury products from around the world on a monthly basis.

Summer Simplicity

First Aid Beauty Smooth Shave Cream ($16.50 for 6.8 fl. oz- I received 2.0 fl. oz)- I love the First Aid Beauty lines but had not tried their Beauty Shave Cream yet. It super thick and creamy and not only made a close shave a cinch it left my legs feeling super soft and moisturized, perfect for summer!

Beauty Addicts Show-OFF Mascara ($20 for a full size product – I received a full size)- The Beauty Addict brand is new to me but I am very impressed. It definitely lives up to its name, not only does it make my lashes look super long but it also gives them a ton of volume.

Kinerase Restructure Firming Cream ( $98 for 1.7 oz- I received .24 oz)-Ahh Kinerase such amazing products the box is a great deal for this huge sample alone! I have been using it every night and it leaves my skin so soft and I have started to see an improvement in texture. Love, love, love!

Shea Terra Organics Ultimate Moisturizing Body Creme in White Chocolate ($18 for 9 oz- I received 1 oz)-  This stuff smells amazing! Its crazy thick but it absorbs so quickly and leaves no residue.

Wella Professionals Enrich Moisturizing Treatment ($12 for 5.07 oz- I received .84 fl. oz)- A great deep conditioner only 5 minutes does the trick. Even with super fine curly hair this conditioner was able to deep condition without weighing down my hair. Left it silky smooth and very moisturized.

BONUS: Perfume Sample of Urban Organic from a Perfume Organic
- ($65.00 for Full Size, I received 0.41 oz.) The scent is described as “a sweet lemon sorbet with bourbon, tangy lime peel, basil, ginger and smoky vetiver…” and it’s as rich and complex as it sounds. I’m really impressed with this fragrance, very fresh and citrusy but the deep undertones are such a great addition. The best part is how long wearing it is, I could still smell this delicious scent hours later.

Bonus and New GlossyBox Addition: Another new edition the my Glossy box was the summer Glossy Mag – a small pamphlet that included some product information and how-tos.  Usually these magazine are just a flip and toss but the Glossy Mag had some really great tips on summer beauty and hair looks and tips for looking good in the heat.

Order your GlossyBox here!

 

Disclosure: MHU was sent complimentary samples for review, all opinions are 100% our own and honest.

Shakira Debuts New Fragrance, ELIXIR.

Elixir by Shakira introduces us to a new dimension of Shakira, a stunning interpretation of a powerful femininity inspired by an exotic sensuality. The story of Elixir takes place in the deserts of Morocco, evoking images of the sun setting over golden sand.

Neroli flower mixed with the exotic freshness of white pepper provides the opening of this oriental fragrance. The top note gives way to a feminine floral heart composed of freesia and peony wrapped in a fruity, velvety ‘apricot skin’ accord. Elixir’s bottom note reveals a balsamic mix of benzoin and sugar cane, with white cedar wood, musk and warm amber.

Elixir by Shakira, $29 – $36 USD, is available at Kohl’s and Sears.


Kiehl’s launches new collection: Aromatic Blends!

I had the chance to check out the Fig Leaf and Sage scent and it’s amazing! I wasn’t sure how sage would work as a fragrance but the mixture with the Fig Leaf is warm and summery. The longer I wear it the better it smells, the fragrance is fresh and I love how different it is from the usual scents.   A great line of fragrances that are long wearing and great unique scents.

Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends collection
The countryside of Provence, a Moroccan oasis, the jungles of Uganda, a tranquil Japanese gardens…just the suggestion of each of these places conjures an immediately spectacle of sight, sound, and scent.  And, it is to each of these places that Kiehl’s will send its customers, via our newest launch:  Aromatic Blends.

Aromatic Blends is a four-fragrance, three-product, scented body collection and sensorial journey.

Since their inception, Kiehl’s chemists have traveled the world in search of the most unique ingredients for its efficacious products. Aromatic Blends represents the company’s authentic apothecary heritage of inspiring fragrance blends, utilizing sustainable sourcing methods, the finest natural ingredients, and the latest in science and technology for use in its formulations.

Each of the four scent pairings takes you on a voyage to the source of Kiehl’s ingredients, and the fragrance’s inspiration:

  • Orange Flower & Lychee: a desert oasis in Morocco
  • Vanilla & Sandalwood: the dense jungle of Uganda
  • Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit: the tranquil gardens of Japan
  • Fig Leaf & Sage: the lush countryside of Provence

Aromatic Blends consists of Fragrance, Skin-Softening Cleanser, and Skin-Softening Lotion.

  • Each scent (found in all three products) was formulated with 30% less ingredients than found in traditional fragrances, using higher proportions of each key ingredient, so the resulting scents reflect a truer rendition of the ingredients.
  • The cleanser and lotion are high-performance, so with use of the complete Aromatic Blends line, customers will receive continuous skin care benefits throughout the day
  • Available on Kiehls.com, July 1; launches in Kiehl’s stores nationwide July 10.

Disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent to me for an honest review, all opinions are 100% my own.