SNEAK PEEK: Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel, Green Apple Age Defy Serum, and Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer

I’m always on the hunt for great skincare go-to’s.  So, recently, I went on an organic splurge and bought all the Juice Beauty products I could lay my hands on at my local Ulta.  Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration.  It’s just that it sure felt that way to my little wallet.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel, Green Apple Age Defy Serum, and Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer

I’m super excited to give their best-selling Green Apple Peel a try.  And also excited to see how effective their Green Apple Age Defy Serum is at treating hyperpigmentation.  And a night cream made with fruit stem cells?  Too intriguing not to give it a go.  All of these products are certified organic and formulated without parabens, propylene or butylene glycols, petroleum, sulphates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, phthalates, silicones, pesticides, artificial dyes or fragrances.  Kind of a mouthful, but I can summarize all that in three letters: yay!  I’m a fan of minimizing the amount of chemicals in products like serums and night creams since these incubate on your face for hours.

I suspect these will take me quite a while to assess, so stay tuned for a full review in the relatively not-so-distant near future!  A little spoiler: I was given a sample of the Green Apple Peel Sensitive and have been testing it out before easing my way into the full strength peel.   So far, I L-O-V-E.  Juice Beauty wasn’t lying when it poetically said that the peel brightens, lightens, and tightens.  It’s like a 10-minute-spa-treatment-in-a-jar.  Hopefully, this bodes well for the rest of these products!

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I Heart: Bad to the Bronze + Prettier Pixels

Just some pretty little tidbits today.  First, in the “I’ve been living under a rock” category, Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze.  The whole world and their mother has, by now, heard of Maybelline’s Color Tattoo 24-Hour Cream Gel Shadow.  They’ve been all the rage for months now, often touted as dupes for M.A.C.’s paint pots.  Well, I finally got my hands on Bad to the Bronze and wowee.  It’s opaque, it’s beautiful, it’s long-lasting, it’s shimmery yet wearable, and it’s oh so easy.  Like, dip-your-finger-and-swipe easy.  Jackpot.  Sure, you could get fancy and use a matte color in your crease and whatnot, but when in a pinch (like, the I-just-woke-up-and-I-need-to-look-fabulous-in-less-than-10-seconds kind of pinch), this is definitely a foolproof go-to.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze

The second little tidbit: a new camera! That partly explains my scarce posts of late.  I was saving up all my picture-taking until my new toy arrived.  So look forward to prettier pixels in the future!

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze

Bad to the Bronze Swatch: Bronzey Goldey Creaminess

REVIEW: Deborah Lippmann Rehydrating Base Coat

A good base coat is a must, in my opinion, to prevent your polish from staining your nails.  Because the base coat comes in direct contact with my nails and because my nails tend to be on the drier side, I was looking for a base coat that would give my nails a little more TLC than a plain ol’ clear base coat.  I looked into OPI’s Nail Envy line and Nailtiques’ protein formulas, but was disappointed that they all still contained formaldehyde or formaldehyde resin.  (The Nail Envy for sensitive and peeling nails is advertised as formaldehyde-free, but didn’t seem to have good reviews.)

So when I read that Deborah Lippmann’s Rehydrating Base Coat was touted as protecting nails from drying and and was 3-free, I decided that investing the whopping $18 for the bottle might be worthwhile.

While I wasn’t completely wrong, I was definitely not right.

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