NEW for the Summer: The Sugarfina x COOLA Stay Tropical Gift Set

Summer Must-Have: The NEW Sugarfina x COOLA Stay Tropical Gift Set

Just because we’re currently stuck indoors, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the upcoming summer season. Believe it or not, we have found paradise. We’re celebrating the season of tropical temperatures with a must-have summer gift set from Sugarfina and COOLA. Sugarfina, known for its luxury candy, and COOLA, the award-winning skin and suncare brand, have teamed up to bring you an on-trend and limited-edition set bursting with sweet, summer-ready flavors. Join us in indulging our senses with the Sugarfina x COOLA Stay Tropical gift set.

NEW for the Summer: The Sugarfina x COOLA Stay Tropical Gift Set

The Sugarfina x COOLA Stay Tropical gift set, housed in an exclusive reusable pouch, features tropical indulgences from both brands. Thanks to Sugarfina, you will yield to the most incredibly yummy Piña Colada Bears; bursting with rum, pineapple, and coconut cream flavors, you’ll think you’re on an island escape. Your palate will also thank you for their refreshingly tart and sweet Island Pineapple Gummies. The delectable pineapple-shaped gummies are made with pineapple puree for a vegan and delectable island-inspired treat. COOLA further gratifies your senses with its water-resistant, natural piña colada scented, organic Classic Body Sunscreen Spray SPF 30. This must-have sun protection comes in a travel-ready package perfect to take with you. Find your paradise with the Stay Tropical gift set, whether you’re heading to the park, backyard, or front porch.

NEW for the Summer: The Sugarfina x COOLA Stay Tropical Gift Set

“We are thrilled to be partnering with our friends at Sugarfina, an innovative, like-minded Southern California brand whose treats we adore! Based on a shared desire to surprise and delight our fans, we’re excited to introduce our signature tropical scents in delicious gummy form. Yum!” said Chris Birchby, Founder and CEO of COOLA.

“We are consistently innovating and leading the marketplace in both packaging design and product in the luxury confections industry,” Said Scott LaPorta, CEO of Sugarfina “So when the opportunity arose to partner with our favorite sun care brand to deliver a sweet luxury experience in gift set form, we couldn’t resist!”

With gourmet candies and organic skincare, the Sugarfina x COOLA Stay Tropical gift set offers the perfect dose of summer extravagance. The gift set retails for $30.00 and is available now on www.COOLA.com, www.sugarfina.com, at Sugarfina boutiques, ULTA, and Nordstrom.

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

We all know how essential hand sanitizers have become. It is now the most important personal care item to have in your bag. While we’re reaching for this essential product more and more during this pandemic, we definitely see continued use after Covid-19 is long gone. We anticipate lots of growth in this category, especially as on its own, hand sanitizers are very drying and have quite a very overpowering scent.

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

Of course, changing hand sanitizers a bit to be more skin-friendly is the next logical step; a step that will most likely move this personal care item to the skincare category. Some brands are already taking this step. We see the addition of ingredients to moisturize the hands and as well as making hand sanitizers more nose-friendly. Check out how Truly, American Provenance, and Every Man Jack are changing hand sanitizers to become more user friendly.

Truly Hand Sanitizer (Germ Killin’ Gel), $6.00

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

The Truly moisturizing hand sanitizer will leave your hands feeling cleansed, refreshed, and hydrated. With its 70% alcohol and Aloe Leaf ingredients that work as a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins, it helps to protect your skin. It hydrates hands while the gel continues to fight off, and kill germs; plus its chic design will fit perfectly in all on-the-go accessories!

American Provenance Hand Sanitizer, $5.00

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

Made with 80% Ethyl Alcohol, American Provenance’s NEW Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer exceeds the World Health Organization’s standards, all while supporting our American Farmers! Additionally, it’s the perfect travel size (meets TSA guidelines) while you’re on the go-to. Pop in into your car console, purse, and backpack. It is effective against 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, and because it is unscented, you can be protected without the overpowering scent all day long.

Every Man Jack Citrus Hand Sanitizer, $8.00

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

The Every Man Jack hand sanitizer comes in a Citrus formula and protects against 99.9% of most common germs! It has a coconut oil base to help moisturize the hands and is scented with lemon and citrus essential oils for a refreshing aroma finish. This product was created for the purpose of an antiseptic, or preventative against the growth of disease-causing microorganisms, and is an alternative to washing your hands when you’re unable to do so. The Every Man Jack hand sanitizer is cruelty-free, boasts 50% PCR content, gluten-free, vegan, and recyclable.

Benefit Cosmetics' Pick-Me-Up Post Gifts 3,000 Self-Care Packages

Benefit Cosmetics’ Pick-Me-Up Post Delivers 3,000 Self-Care Packages

Let’s face it, we all need a pick-me-up and during this time of fear, worry, and stress, it’s absolutely needed. Of course, no one needs it more than the heroes working tirelessly on the frontlines to make our world is safer and healthier. Benefit Cosmetics called upon all beauty lovers who are at home doing their part to flatten the curve to nominate their hero to receive a Benefit Cosmetics’ Pick-Me-Up Post.

Benefit Cosmetics' Pick-Me-Up Post Delivers 3,000 Self-Care Packages

On Tuesday, April 21st, Benefit Cosmetics starts their partnership with some of their #friendswithbenefit to deliver 3,000 self-care packages to those who could use a pick-me-up. We love this and think this is a wonderful way to say thanks and brighten someone’s day. The 3,000 lucky Benefit beauties included doctors, nurses, healthcare providers, first responders, teachers, grocery store employees, delivery workers, caregivers, or anyone who has been adversely affected by the current pandemic.

Each Pick-Me-Up Post is a wealth of beauty and wellness goodies. These beauty and wellness goodies are sure to lift the spirits of your heroes and put a smile on their faces. The packages include Benefit Cosmetics’ best-sellers, such as Roller Lash Mascara, POREfessional Primer, Hoola Bronzer, and an eyebrow product. The self-care packages also included products from their partners at S’well Bottle, CBD for Life, Kinship, and Quay Australia.

As you can imagine, Benefit Cosmetics reached their Pick-Me-Up Post self-care packages within hours. Benefit has already donated tons of products to front line workers nationwide. They will be continuing this work through this latest initiative.

Were you one of the lucky 3,000 to nominate someone? We hope you were able to gift one of these drool-worthy goodie bags to your hero. If you weren’t, don’t worry, there is more to come from Benefit Cosmetics and Pick-Me-Up Post. So keep your eye out for more giveaways from your #friendswithbenefit!

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

Stressed Skin? Calm it Down with These Skincare Products

If you’re like us, then you probably thought your skin would be at it’s best since having to take a break from pore-clogging makeup; and like us, you’d be wrong. Although staying at home has given our skin and pores a break from foundation, setting sprays and powders, our skin seems angrier than before. This anger, of course, leads to breakouts.  What could be causing our skin to protest it’s “bareness”? Is it revolting against not being dressed up in makeup? No! The answer is stress. The stress of being fearful of catching Covid-19, hearing about the deaths of friends and family, the inability to find the groceries you need, unemployment, etc has us all stressed out. And this is how stressed skin reacts.

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

Speaking to other beauty lovers, it seems our skin is all reacting the same way. We’re experiencing dry, cracked lips; blemish and breakouts; and of course, extremely dry hands. So how do we fix this? By taking some real time out for self-care. Now is the time to treat your skin to some calming and pampering skincare products to combat the effects of these stressful times. Check out the stressed skin savors we’re currently enjoying from nügg Beauty, Merle Norman Cosmetics, and MasqueBAR.

nügg Beauty

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

nügg’s commitment is to its consumers during this time. nügg products can be found at grocery stores such as Whole Foods, Target, Meijer, and Giant Eagle – making it very convenient when you are picking up food for the week. If you’re sticking to online shopping only, you can find their products on Amazon and www.nuggbeauty.com. The brand is offering 20% off their entire site and also including a free Deep Clean Face Mask with all purchases.

Merle Norman Cosmetics

A brand that was started during the Great Depression, Merle Norman Cosmetics has been at the forefront to help Americans during difficult times. During World War II, the brand was a supplier of camouflage sticks and lubricating oil. Their Ultra Rich Hand Cream, $25.00, is exactly the ultra-rich formula you need to nourish, hydrate, and protect hands, nails, and cuticles after the numerous handwashing.

Merle Norman Cosmetics Hand Sanitizer

Today the brand is producing World Health Organization approved Hand Sanitizer in two sizes: 3.4oz for $5.00, and 6oz for $10.00. This fragrance-free, 80% alcohol-based, quick-drying formula helps reduce potentially disease-causing germs. Merle Norman Cosmetics is offering free shipping on all orders of $50.00 or more.

MasqueBAR

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

It’s known that masking is a timeout of daily life. And when life is anything but routine, masks offer a quick break with exponential benefits. MasqueBAR offers a wide variety of masks from natural to product/solution to fun opportunities for parents and kids. The cost is small but the payoff is big. MasqueBAR is offering 30% off everything on www.masque.bar.

Are you experiencing stressed skin? What products are you using to combat the effects?

Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Cleanser

Got Milk? Welcome The New Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Cleanser

Ancient rulers have enjoyed milk baths for their amazing skin benefits. When you have something that works, why stop. Of course, if you’re vegan, a milk bath or cleanser is the last thing you want to use. So how can you enjoy the benefits of a milk bath without going against your core vegan beliefs? With the diary-free New Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Cleanser of course.

Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Cleanser

The Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Cleanser is a gentle-yet-effective, sulfate-free cleanser formulated with a blend of vegan milks to wash away dirt, impurities, and makeup without stripping skin. This creamy, fragrance-free cleanser is great for those with normal to dry skin, and amazing for sensitive skin. You’ll love it for its milky lather, and for how it thoroughly-yet-gently cleanse and nourish your skin.

Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Cleanser

What makes this vegan milky facial cleanser a great skincare must-have? It boasts Desert Milk, which instantly hydrates and helps your skin stay moisturized. Desert Milk is made from Kalahari melon, baobab, jojoba, and aloe vera which thrive in arid environments thanks to their water-storing abilities. It also features vitamin-rich fig milk plus shea butter to soften, soothe, and refresh your skin, while Oat milk calms and comforts it. Lastly, Argan milk, grapeseed oil, and olive-derived squalane seals in moisture and helps provide amazing antioxidant protection against environmental stressors.

We promise you’ll love this vegan milk cleanser. Along with it being vegan, it’s also cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, silicone-free, fragrance-free, and gluten-free. We think Cleopatra would approve!

Join us in welcoming the second member of the Vegan Milk family, it joins the already popular Vegan Milk Moisturizer; a nourishing daily moisturizer with the same unique blend of vegan milks that boasts lightweight hydration and softer, smoother-looking skin. Get the 4.0 fl oz./ 118 mL for $30.00 or the 2.0 fl oz./ 59 mL for $15.00, both available now on www.milkmakeup.com, www.sephora.com, and in Sephora stores.

Spring fragrance for men: Valentino Uomo Born in Roma

Spring Love: Valentino Uomo Born in Roma Fragrance

Although it certainly doesn’t feel like it, today is the first day of the spring season. So happy first day of spring everyone. While we all would typically be out and about enjoying the season of renewal, most of us are hunkered down at home. We’re here to tell you that although the times may seem dour, there are lots of wonderful things to look out for. One of which is an enchanting spring fragrance, Valentino Uomo Born in Roma.

Spring fragrance for men: Valentino Uomo Born in Roma

Valentino Uomo Born in Roma was launched in 2019 and created by Antoine Maisondieu and Guillaume Flavigny. The Spring fragrance for men (or women), boasts aromatic sage and smoked vetiver to give the classic Valentino couture signature. It is then shaken by a cool vibrating facet of mineral salt and spicy ginger to give the fragrance an unmistakable edge.

Spring fragrance for men and women: Valentino Born in Roma

The Valentino Uomo Born in Roma (shown above with the Donna Born in Roma, is available for $95.00 on www.valentino.com), was born in a blend of Violet leaves absolute and smoked vetiver. A classic until the infusion of minerality; the spice of ginger, the mineral salt, and the radiance of a modern woody note. Both fragrances are sophisticated and modern accords that are inspired by Roma itself. The city where elegance has always intertwined with modernity, where classicism is magnified by edgy and vibrant life. A delicate subtle and yet unforgettable chemistry that has now been captured in gorgeous bottles.

Spring fragrance for men: Valentino Uomo Born in Roma

The striking bottles are designed with the iconic Valentino stud, inspired by Roman architecture. The woody and spicy fragrance boasts a very pleasant dry-down that lingers. You’ll definitely find yourself cozying up to your significant other a lot more. Valentino Uomo Born in Roma is available now in two sizes, 1.7oz/50ml, and 3.4oz/100ml.

Have you tried or gifted this fragrance yet? What are you thought on these fragrance notes?

Soapcreek Company: Artisan Soap that’s More than Just Eye Candy

Soapcreek Company: Artisan Soap That’s More Than Just Eye Candy

During this time of uncertainty and fear, the masses are buying up all hand sanitizers. The funny thing is, we’re not seeing the same reaction for soap. Maybe you guys are already stocked up or you’re just not buying because soaps are made from ingredients you’re not fans of. Or maybe you’re all looking for great-looking soaps that will love your skin. Today we’re going to introduce you to a wonderful organic soap company that leaves out synthetic fragrances, dyes, and other harsh chemicals. Instead, the artisan soaps from Soapcreek Company are made from sustainably-sourced essential oils, natural clays, minerals, butters, and herbs sourced both locally and worldwide. Plus, they’re wonderfully decorative.

Soapcreek Company: Artisan Soap that’s More than Just Eye Candy

Not only are the hand-poured and hand-mixed Soapcreek Company soaps are available in a wide variety; 21 glorious artisan soap offerings to be exact. We had the pleasure of experiencing four of these large and luxurious 6 oz bars. These four included:

Island Citrus – your skin and your senses will love the combination of hydrating Mango butter, fresh coconut milk, citrus essential oils and a touch of sweet balsam. This combination rejuvenates, brightens, tones, softens, soothes chapped, raspy, or sensitive skin.

Lavender Honey – calm and refresh your skin at the same time with this dual soap bar. Soothing Aloe and French Clay, along with a layer of raw honey holds moisture, relaxes, soothes and heals the skin. Floral lavender oil with a hint of citrus controls sebum.

Carrot Honey – this gentle bar features Carrot puree, making it high in vitamins A and E to nourish your skin. The honey holds moisture, while goat milk nourishes your skin. We’re currently enjoying using this amazing soap; we love the invigorating touch of clary sage oil, a great antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory that’s perfect for stress reduction.

Orange Honey Blossom – this earthy soap combines rich Cocoa Butter and honey with exfoliating orange peel to make it a moisturizing treat. The addition of Ylang Ylang, bergamot, and sweet orange essential oils relieves anxiety and brightens dull, oily, or wrinkled skin.

Soapcreek Company: Artisan Soap that’s More than Just Eye Candy

Each award-winning Soapcreek Company artisan soap retails for $9.99 each on www.soapcreek.com. Indulge in each scent all day by pairing it with accompanying body products like the Body Buttercream, Cane Sugar Whips, Hand & Body Emulsions, and more.

KISS Falscara Lash Wisps

MUA Carolina Gonzalez Welcomes New Lash Innovation, KISS Falscara

Kiss is set to do for the eyelash category what it’s done for nail polish – make it easy, convenient and affordable for all. With the launch of their KISS Falscara, they are disrupting the expensive lash extension industry with eyelash wisps that are easy to apply, comfortable, and look amazingly natural.

KISS Falscara Lash WispsLash Master Class with MUA Carolina Gonzalez

To celebrate the launch, we attended a lash master class hosted by Celebrity Makeup Artist Carolina Gonzalez. She taught us how to achieve the perfect las look in minutes. The KISS Falscara Starter Kit, which includes BOND (to prime & prep lashes), WISPS (with a unique microband and featherlight fibers), SEAL (to remove residue and lock WISPS in place for all-day wear), and an APPLICATOR (for optimal WISP placement).

KISS Falscara Lash Wisps

What makes the KISS Falscara wisps so wonderful (aside from being incredibly affordable)? They go under your natural lashes (not above them) and results as beautiful as lash expensive extensions. They’re also reusable up to 3 times. The KISS Falscara Kits ($19.99) come in three lash styles – Lengthening, Volumizing, and Lifting lashes. These three lash styles, just like the Bond & Seal ($9.99) and Applicator ($5.99), can be purchased separately at $6.99 each.

In 3 easy steps, you’ll on your way to fabulous lashes. As you can see from the above photos, the difference in lash length and volume is very noticeable. Check out how easy it is to apply because if you can apply mascara, you can use Falscara.

Step 1: Brush a light coat of BOND on natural lashes.

Step 2: Use the included Falscara APPLICATOR to pluck a WISP from the tray. Pick up a WISP from the middle-outer end for optimal control and application. One by one, gently place the WISPS underneath the base of your natural lashes, slightly away from the waterline.

Step 3: Dab on a thin coat of SEAL under WISPS (this final touch eliminates any sticky residue and holds Falscara WISPS in place)! Do not apply mascara before or after Falscara. To prolong the life of your APPLICATOR and WISPS, after use wipes off any BOND residue with rubbing alcohol or makeup remover.

To Remove: Use Falscara Eyelash Remover as directed, or gently peel wisps off from under lashes. Pro tips: Watch the how-to video on www.kissusa.com.