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Review: New Zealand’s Saintsco Bee Venom Mask and Eye cream


Saintsco is a company from New Zealand that uses all natural ingredients free of artificial coloring and chemical preservatives. Their bee venom line is fabulous! Note: Do not use these products if you are allergic to bees! I especially love the Bee Venom Mask. My experience with this versatile mask was great leaving my skin brighter and smoother. Fine lines were lessened especially smile lines, and my skin stayed moisturized throughout the day. I used the mask first as a traditional mask, then as a night cream, and also as a primer under make up. As a night cream, you use the same amount as the mask and it dries like a soft waxy film over your face. It feels like velvet on your skin while sleeping in it. As a primer, you need to use a bit less and spread it evenly so no white shows and it will blend well with your makeup. The bee venom did not irritate my skin or make it feel tingly. The mask is formulated using 100% pure bee venom and UMF Honey 15+ from trusted, local New Zealand beekeepers. When rinsing, use Luke warm water and your akin will be left smooth, fresh, and look like you just had some Botox!

A+ Saintsco Bee Venom Mask $112.79USD

DIRECTIONS(from the website):

Suitable for all skin types. This product can be used as either a restorative mask, a replenish night cream or as a treatment cream at any time.

As a mask:

Apply a generous layer and massage gently over cleansed face and neck twice daily, but not too close to the eyes. (Use our Bee Venom Eye Cream around the eyes) Leave for 20 minutes, then wash off.
As a night cream:

Apply a generous layer and massage gently over cleansed face and neck, but not too close to the eyes. (use our Bee Venom Eye Cream around the eyes) and leave on overnight.

As a treatment cream:

Every morning and night apply a generous layer and massage gently over cleansed face and neck, but not too close to the eyes (use our Bee Venom Eye Cream around the eyes) and leave on. Can be used under make-up, however our Bee Venom Serum is better as a make-up base.
Please note: It is normal to have a slight tightening sensation upon application, this is just the Bee Venom getting to work.  Some people won’t feel a tightening sensation, but don’t worry, it’s still working.

We recommend for best results use in conjunction with Saintsco Advanced Collagen & Keratin Capsules.


Do not use this product if you are allergic to bee stings or any of the ingredients listed below.
First time user patch test recommended.  Apply a small amount on a section of your face and leave on for 20 minutes.
Discontinue to use if skin allergy develops or discomfort occurs.
Do not use if skin is injured or swollen.
Store in cool, dry place, avoid direct exposure to sunlight and high temperature.
Keep out of reach of children.


Bee Venom, UMF 15+ Manuka Honey, Manuka Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Lavender Oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Beta Carotene, Paraben Free.


slider_pic5.jpg.pagespeed.ce.312dhoVWK_The Saintsco Bee Venom Eye Cream is just as luxurious and smoothes out eye wrinkles really nicely!  The Bee Venom Eye cream is made from 100% pure Bee Venom, Manuka honey UMF 15+, and royal jelly, all sourced naturally from New Zealand. This eye cream regenerates new cells and you can feel it working. After a week of using, my eye skin was much smoother and even.  I wore it under makeup and to bed so it could really penetrate my skin and it worked wonders!  It did not burn my senstitive eye skin at all. I also notice a reduced puffiness in the morning. My eye skin is brighter and softer as well!

A+ Saintsco Bee Venom Eye Cream $65.79 USD

DIRECTIONS(from their website):

Apply sparingly around the eye area, dab the cream under the eye, at the outer corners, underneath the brows and on the eyelid, gently pat on, do not rub, keep away from the eyes. Apply every morning and night.


Do not use this product if you are allergic to bee stings or any of the ingredients listed below.
First time user patch test recommended.  
Discontinue to use if skin allergy develops or discomfort occurs.
Do not use if skin is injured or swollen.
Store in cool, dry place, avoid direct exposure to sunlight and high temperature.
Keep out of reach of children.


Bee Venom, UMF 15+ Manuka Honey, Royal Jelly, Jojoba Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera Extract, Lavender Oil, Lanolin, Vitamin E.


Review: Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo

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I  had the opportunity try out the new Batiste Cherry during New York Fashion Week and I loved it! It was perfect for last minute touch ups before shows to add some volume to my hair as I seemed to be going all over the city for the shows this season. My hair was getting weighed down and blown all over by arctic winds on the way to the different venues! All I had to do in the bathroom was make a few quick parts on the top of my head, spray it down the middle, rub vigorously and comb it out to absorb the excess oil. My hair looked fresh and bouncy…and also smelled like cherries! I love how the can looks on my dressing table as well. It’s so cute! From the Batiste website: “Batiste Dry Shampoo is specially formulated to banish away oily roots and revitalize dull, lifeless hair. Simply spray Batiste lightly onto your hair, massage in thoroughly with your fingertips and then brush it out. The special Batiste formula absorbs dirt, grease, and product build up while giving lifeless hair a quick boost in just a few short minutes.”IMAG1215_1

Dry shampoo doesn’t have to exclusively be used for absorbing grease and creating volume in your hair though! Charlotte Ronson’s collection at NYFW was about woodlands and romanticism. Lead hair stylist, Stephanie Hayes, used Batiste Cherry to create “lived in” bun looks with lots of headbands and hair accessories on the models!1517695_621448511237712_268489497_n1898071_621435291239034_235942814_n 1621957_621450927904137_2135879320_n 1798724_621435787905651_897389555_n 1796642_621450347904195_2142639580_n
 Steps to create the look:
1. Create a defined center parting and apply Batiste Cherry to theroots and lengths to create texture. By spritzing at a distance, the look becomes lived in rather than dusty.
2. Sweep the hair into a low ponytail, keeping an inch section loose,and secure using a black velvet band. Lightly spritz with shine spray.
3. Twist the ponytail and then using a gold scallop effect band (not grips) lightly tie into a bun. Use the loose hair, originally left out,to then wrap around the bun to blend the two bands. The effect is aloose, unstructured bun that isn’t tight to the head.
4. Gently tease out hair around the front hair line and in the bun forthat soft dishevelled finish and then spritz Batiste for a soft fly-away effect.
My favorite hair looks of the show:
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BFF Beauty’s Covergirl Bombshell Eye Makeup Tutorial!

Covergirl Bombshell Eye Makeup Tutorial!

IMAG1386_1_1I recently tried out the Covergirl Bombshell line to make the cateye look that was popular during the recent New York Fashion Week shows. The products I used to achieve the cateyelook were:

-           COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast™ Mascara

-          COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow by LashBlast

-          COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner

You would be surprised what high quality these drugstore products are! The FIRST STEP was the Shine Shadow which was comparable to many of the higher end cream shadows on the market. I chose the color Ooh La Lilac which was a very subtle shimmery lavender. It can be layered to make it more purple if you are going for a more dramatic look. I applied it with my finger and rubbed it in from my lashline all the way up to my brow line. Using a q-tip, I cleaned up any excess I got over the inner and outer corners of my eye.  Available at drugstores and Walmart in six buildable, blendable, get-me-noticed shades, each shadow is easy to apply and leaves behind a creamy shimmer finish. Shades: Ice Queen, Platinum Card, Color Me Money, Gold Goddess, Copper Fling and Ooh La Lilac

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The SECOND STEP was the Bombshell Intensity Liner. This is my favorite product in the Bombshell collection. This eyeliner pen really makes precision easy, and the color 008 is a deep black is perfect for the cat eye look! I used a piece of scotch tape as a guide at the outer corner of my eye, which also allowed for mistakes. If you want a more geometric shape, scotch tape really makes it easy to get a straight line and pointy tail. There are also stencils you can buy for eye liner called Beauty Benders from Beth Bender. I would love to try those next! For now, scotch tape will do!


THIRD STEP, mascara! The  COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner is definitely intense! With two layers, your eye lashes go from limp to luxurious! The base coat creates volume and the topcoat gives your lashes the deep color.  The wand comes with two different shaped brushes on each end with the basecoat and the topcoat so you really hit every lash! This is a longlasting mascara that will not crumble or smudge. I had to really work at getting it off with my favorite eye makeup remover pads, but it was worth it! I loved my cateye Covergirl Bombshell look and with these affordable products making it so easy…I just may make this my regular everyday look this season!

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Check out our Covergirl Bombshell Tutorial below!

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REVIEW: GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub Ruby Crystal Microderm Exfoliator

GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub

Since it is ever so important to exfoliate no matter what time of year, we set out to find the most effective scrub with the least amount of harsh ingredients we could find. I think we found it in GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub! Inspired by treatments developed in Dr. Gary Goldfaden’s South Florida dermatology practice, the GOLDFADEN MD  line is the first physician-strength, dermatologist-developed, natural skincare line in the industry bridging the gap between the natural and dermatological worlds.. GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub is a powerful facial exfoliator that uses ruby crystals to polish away dull, dead skin cells. It is almost like an at-home microdermabrasion treatment depending on how hard and how long you scrub. Wrinkle-filling hyaluronic acid spheres hydrate and plump the skin, while seaweed and organic red tea extract fight free radical damage. With daily use, this treatment reduces pore size and fine lines, while creating a radiant, glowing complexion. I have used it for about a week and noticed that my skin is so much smoother and more radiant! My skin tone is also more even since using it may be allowing my other products I am using to work better. When used with my clarasonic, the results are amazing as well! My skin is so soft afterwards and even smells great. It contains jojoba oil which is one of my favorite smells of all time and also has a citrus based scent from the grapefruit extract.  The crystals do not dissolve which makes for an even more intense scrub. I could keep scrubbing for hours! Also, a little goes a long way so don’t waste it. A pea size amount is enough for your whole face and a little more if you are going to do your neck and decolleté. I would even recommend using this on your hands to make them silky smooth as well! This scrub also has squalene in it which is very moisturizing. Squalene not only provides hydration, but it can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines due to its antioxidant properties. This means it is able to prevent free radical damage that causes the breakdown of collagen and elastin. Sometimes, I leave the scrub on for a little while before rinsing off like a mask which seemed to make my skin even softer. This scrub is what you make of it. To get the full benefits of owning this scrub, I would use it at least every other day, and you will see baby soft and smooth skin instantly! The ingredients are natural and the results are immediate.  A++!!
GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub Ruby Crystal Microderm Exfoliator $75
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Ruby Crystals, Distilled Water, Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernel, Squalene(Olive derived), Hyaluronic Acid, Laurenth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Butylene Glycol, Seaweed Extracts, Phenoethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Oil of Grapefruit, Red Tea Extract.
Gently massage a liberal amount of exfoliating scrub onto damp skin in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with Pure Start, Gentle Detoxifying Cleanser, to reveal fresh and radiant skin. For optimal results, use daily.About Dr. Goldfaden MDWrinkles. Discoloration. Dullness.
Dermatologists deal with these universal skin woes every day. It’s not every day, however, that they create amazing over-the-counter solutions for everyone to use. That’s just what Dr. Gary Goldfaden, a dermatologist and lifetime member of the Academy of Dermatology, decided to do in 2012. Inspired by treatments developed in his South Florida dermatology practice, GOLDFADEN MD is the first physician-strength, dermatologist-developed, natural skincare line in the industry. The collection’s highly efficacious, non-prescription solutions feature a unique mix of state-of-the-art technologies, active plant cells and antioxidant rich botanicals—helping to bridge the gap between the natural and (more science-driven) dermatological worlds. Targeting all of those common skin concerns—and then some—these results-oriented formulas bring together breakthrough, effective, medical-grade and naturally inspired ingredients—for results that are just as good as what you’d get with an appointment.
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Valentine’s Day Beauty Gifts For Your Special Someone!

Valentine’s Day Beauty Gifts For Your Special Someone!Valentines collage

Listen up! Here are some great beauty gifts that your special someone will love this Valentine’s Day!

Because he or she IS YOUR ROSE…give these rosy products from REN:


‘Rose O¹²’ Moisture Defence Serum, $80


‘Moroccan Rose Otto’ Ultra-Moisture Body Oil, $65


‘Moroccan Rose Otto’ Bath Oil, $48


‘Moroccan Rose Otto’ Body Cream, $44


Because you think he or she has ‘GOOD GENES’…buy this amazing serum from Sunday Riley:




‘Good Genes’ Treatment, $105


Give this ‘SWEET’ lip color from Tom Ford’s  2014 Spring Collection and ask for a KISS right after!!:


Spring 2014 Lip Color Sheer in ‘Sweet Spot, $49

Give this amazing mask from Clé de Peau Beauté to ‘BRIGHTEN’ UP YOUR VALENTINE’S DAY!:


Intensive Brightening Mask, $125

Give a RED Aria Clarasonic so your Valentine will be reminded how much you LOVE him or her every morning and every night!:


Red Clarisonic Aria, $199 


Because you think he or she is PERFECT…give this limited edition set from Chantecaille:


‘The Perfect Three’ Set (Limited Edition), $275


Because you think your valentine is the most brilliant and organized person you know…give this Trish McEvoy Makeup Planner:


Power of Makeup Planner® Collection By Trish McEvoy (Limited Edition), $165  


Lastly, if you’re not going to buy a diamond, at least give this ‘Crystal’ face oil from La Prairie instead!:


Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Oil, $300


AND if you find yourself without a special someone this Valentine’s day…treat yourself because YOU have to love YOU too!!

Find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift in Beauty at NORDSTROM. Plus, get free shipping on every order.

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