Give 2012 a CLASSIC Kiss Good Bye- GET THE LOOK.

Another year has passed, and I’m so pleased to say..2012 has been my most rewarding, exciting, adventerous year yet. There were valleys and peaks, of course…but Im gratful for each and every experience. That being said, I’m posting my first … Continue reading

Smell SINFULLY Yummy this summer, NATURALLY!

Improve your skin, create a scent that’s all your own & do it chemical free, organically & natural. AMAZING, right? Guess what, a place like this does exist & its officially become one of BRITTANY MICHELE’S FAVORITE PLACES!

I’m a sucker for a tropical smell in the spring and summer (walking around as if I AM a luscious vacation)..and a vanilla, cupcake goodness in the fall and winter. (yummy & happy) I’ve had such a struggle finding lotions, scrubs & body mists in stores that give me the scents I like while still hydrating my skin and serving their purpose. Not anymore…ran across this little gem on my recent outing to the desert and have become completely obsessed…let me introduce you to SINFULICIOUS BODY CARE !

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Upon walking in, you know you’re not at your typical “bath & body” shop. There’s no pre-made, chemically treated products to blindly browse. Instead we were greeted with smiles, a hand scrubs & spa treatment & a basic run down of how the store works. There’s over 200 scents that are completely inter mixable, with mixing experts exploring as many as needed to find one perfect for you! My mom and I geared more towards the sunny vacation smells..mixing coconut, guavas & grapefruits. After finding your sent, you choose which organic treatment products fit you best.

First we decided their MINERAL SALT SCRUB was a must have!

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With the need to buff away rough skin, the granules of salt are the perfect consistency to feel glowing without a “sandpaper” exfoliation! I’ve been using it 3x/week for the past week and a half, and I my skin feels velvety soft!

  • Skin Type:  All
  • Head To Toe Body Scrub
  • Body’s Best Friend
  • Exfoliater, Moisturizer And Body Wash
  • Great For Feet, Knees And Elbows
  • Contains Organic Jojoba Oil, Sunflower Oil, Shea Oil And Sweet Almond Oil
  • Vitamin A, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E
  • Paraben Free

Price: 16oz   $35.00  32oz  $50.00

along with that, I was so in love with the smell I got the BODY WASH as well!

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A little of this goes a LONG way!

Pearl Body Wash

  • Skin Type:  All
  • Contains:  Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Aloe Vera, Jojoba, And Chamomile
  • Vitamin A and Vitamin E
  • Body Conditioner
  • Owner’s Favorite Shower Gel
  • Paraben Free
  • SLS Free

Price:  4oz  $12.00  8oz  $22.00
How To Use:  While Taking A Bath Or Shower Apply To A Wet Cloth And Rub All Over Skin.  Rinse Off When Complete.

& my FAVORITE addition, SUNFLOWER & SHEA BODY OIL

After getting out of the shower/bath I immediately apply a few squirts of this and rub it in well before towel drying. I was informed the skin’s pores are open for roughly 30 seconds after stepping out for optimal product absorption. I LOVE THIS STUFF!!! (and HAD to get it in a couple yummy scents 😉 )

  • Skin Type:  All
  • Shea Oil Improves Skins Texture
  • Medium Weight Oil
  • Helps Skin Retain Moisture
  • Can Add To Bath
  • Apply To Skin When Stepping Out Of Shower
  • Contains Organic Sunflower And Shea Oil
  • Paraben Free
  • SLS Free
  • 70% Organic
  • 99% Natural

Price:  4oz  $12.00  8oz  $22.00
How To Use:  Spray On When You Step Out Of The Shower Or Tub.  Rub Into Skin While Still Wet.  Keep In Mind A Little Goes A Long Way.  After Rubbing On, Towel Dry.  Your Skin Will Be Baby Soft.  Works Well After The Use Of The Mineral Salt Scrub

Ingredients: Certified Organic Sunflower Oil, Shea Oil (Butyrospermum Parkii Seed Oil).May Contain  Fragrance.

and lastly, the most common MUST HAVE, LOTIONS!

I got 2 different recipes, in 2 different scents. They have plenty to choose from to find the exact one for your skin!

Organic Body Soufflé

  • Skin Type:   Normal To Dry
  • Contains:  Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Palm Oil And Olive Oil
  • Vitamin A, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E
  • Long Lasting Glide And Softness
  • Paraben Free
  • SLS Free
  • 70% Organic

Price:  4oz  $12.00  8oz  $22.00
How To Use:  Smooth Over Cleansed Skin To Moisturize And Lightly Fragrance The Skin.

Organic Spa Lotion

  • Skin Type:  Normal
  •  Contains:   Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil And Shea Butter
  • Infused With Organic Flowers, Fruits, And Herbs
  • Nourishes Thirsty Skin
  • Anti-Oxidants To Protect Skin Against Aging
  • Paraben Free
  • SLS Free
  • 70% Organic

Price:  4oz  $12.00  8oz  $22.00
How To Use:  Smooth Over Cleansed Skin To Moisturize And Lightly Fragrance The Skin.

After a week and half of using these products, I have to say I am SO impressed. I smell almost as good as my skin looks! With locations in San Diego, Palm Springs & Orange County..I highly recommend you go in and explore which organic product, smell & fun color is right for you!

Cheers to yummy smells & all natural beautiful-ness!

xoxo

 

Roadtrip Beauty MUST HAVES

My lovely little beauties..I apologize greatly for my lack of updates lately! Always having my laptop near by doesnt always guarantee a wifi and time alloted to make a blog post! The plus side of my many, many hours on the road? A wealth of ideas to blog about. Get ready dolls!

I figured to get back into the swing of things, it’d be appropriate to blog about my ROADTRIP MUST HAVES, since I seem to be a pro at it as of late. 🙂 This country is beyond beautiful, and I encourage all of you to seize any opportunity to see it! Beautiful..I’ll include a couple of my iPhone pictures from my latest trip at the end of my post. Enjoy! ❤

#1 Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist

I LOVE this product, and it’s been a favorite of mine since beauty school! They make it in an incredible travel size (which is a staple in my purse daily)! It helps to hydrate you skin, and hair. It resets make up and re activates styling products for the hair. It also smells incredible!  Informative facts from Paul Mitchell Systems:

  • Lactic acid and Hawaiian awapuhi provide deep moisture and enhanced shine.
  • Spirulina and plankton extracts rich in amino acids and vitamins make hair soft, hydrated and silky smooth.
  • Sodium PCA (a natural component of human skin) balances moisture.

#2 Kendra Dry Shampoo

I HATE the feeling of dirty hair..however days on the road sometimes call for a “refresher”! This is my all time FAVORITE dry shampoo. It eliminates oily and leaves your hair smelling “out of the shower”fresh! I la la loooove it! Also made in a travel size…must have. 🙂 Kenra.com Info!

  • Instantly revives and refreshes hair – no water required
  • Saves time and extends color or blow-outs by reducing the need to shampoo as frequently
  • Keeps styles looking fresh and full by absorbing oil that can weigh hair down
#3 Noxema Make up Removing Cloths
Theres nothing worse than spending a trip in “worn” make up. Make sure youre still good to your pores and let them breathe while youre on the road. These little babies and handy and useful…never leave home without them 😉
These pre-moistened cleansing cloths effectively remove dirt, oil, makeup – and even waterproof mascara – in one easy, no-rinse step. They’re also dermatologist-tested, so they’re safe to use around your eyes. Your skin can feel clean, moisturized and refreshed anytime, anywhere.

#3 Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

Theres nothing worse than chapped, sore lips! This is the cure all…worth the investment and an essential purse item, roadtrip or not.  Its a hydrating treatment that helps nourish, protect and plump lips. It also helps from those UV road rays 😉

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 Happy Travels, Dolls. Here’s a little glimpse of my amazing Arizona Adventure. Look forward to amazing blog posts to come! Get excited ❤
xoxo

Top 5 drug store must haves!

I know us little ladies always want to be putting our BEST FACE FORWARD, and there’s a certain confidence that comes along with starting your day in  your most couture make up..however in this economy, even the greatest fashionistas are having the find amazing alternatives that fit not only our color shades but espcially in our budgets! These are my personal “must have” drug store products you’ll never see my kit without. (and that will most definietly be joining me on my ridiculously awesome adevnture this weekend..stay posted for details!)

#1 Abolene Make Up Remover

This has been a product my Mom has sworn by for over 30 years…and she’s living proof it works well and is beneficial to our skin! (Barely has a noticable wrinkle to date!) It removes eye make up, (including waterproof mascara) and deposits amazing mositure into that super sensitive eye area skin. Its soap-less, and is almost the texture of vasaline (but won’t clog your pores like vasaline has known to do). Apply to the eye area, and remove with a soft facial tissue or round cotton. I seriously intend on using this product for the rest of my life!

 $11.99 at CVS drug store   

#2 Revlon Color Stay Foundation

I remember many moons ago while in cosmetology school, we were doing an in depth class on make up..and this product was spotlighted. I have had it in my make up kit every since..I find myself straying away to try the “latest and greatest” but always find myself returning to my trusty ColorStay! It has a broad selection of colors, easy application, great lasting coverage through the day (even for my combination skin) and it photographs well! I even included it in my review of FOUNDATIONS in my MMM a few weeks back. 🙂

$9.99 at Target

#3 Maybelline Color Stick Concealer

Another great Mama-passed down secret that I adore! This creamy concealer goes on smooth and has coverage that is very comparable to much more expensive products! It lasts forever and I use it daily! 🙂

$4.99 at Wal Mart

#4 Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Good ole trusty basic mascara that almost every make up bag find a home in. Why? Because it delivers great results for an unbeatable price! I love that the wand is so basic, and is able to bend to make application costomized to my needs. With the SHELF LIFE (or lack of) for mascara, this bargin makes even more sense. I always go for Blackest Black in waterproof for my every day lashes. 🙂

$3.84 at Target

#5 Maybelline Line Works Liquid eye liner

For my personal daily, dramatic eye look my “go to” is always a blacker than black liner. Ive tried MANY liquid liners (even more expensive brands) only to be disappointed. I look for true, trusty color that stays in place and has an easy application. This is the only liner Ive continually been in love with!

$5.94 at WalMart

I hope these suggestions help! I’d LOVE to know what any of your budget make up must haves are..gotta help one another out in these times.

To being kind AND budget friendly,

xoxo

Makeup 101: Make up SHELF LIFE

Make up 101 continues with the most vital review – make up shelf life and when is the right time to dispose of old products.

All us ladies have a little stash of “just in case” make up. Colors we bought that we thought were fab, came home, HATED but think could work for some occasion. (Really?) That foundation that we discovered once we got home is hideously mismatched and no where near our shade, but think maybe we’ll get that tan sometime soon or are just plain out too lazy to return…and OF COURSE- Mascara that we swear has that last glob of lengthening and volume for our lashes (and even though we have 3 fresh tubes).. so we stash that destined lash clump in a drawer for a rainy day. These behaviors not only lead to clutter and hoarding space for our fresh new beauty finds, but more importantly leads to BACTERIA!

Here’s a run down of make up life’s timelines!

*This isnt pushing you to go out and purchase all new make up..however this is a precaution to save your face from bad, icky, dangerous situations! (These are estimations…I say better safe than sorry. Be cautious!)

Concealer: Up to 12 months

Powder: 2 years

Eyeshadow: Up to 3 years

Foundation: Water Based-12 months Oil Based-18 months

Mascara: 4 MONTHS. (This product is THE biggest breeding ground for bacteria. To prolong shelf life do not pump wand in and out, this exposes it to excess open air. NEVER SHARE THIS PRODUCT WITH ANYONE!)

Liners (eye and lip): 3 years. Sharpen regularly!

Lipstick: 1-4 years. Once its dried up-throw it out. Prolong the life by storing in the fridge. 🙂

Brushes: For personal use, wash every 2-3 months in a mild detergent.

Sponges: For person use, wash weekly and dispose of monthly.

I know it’s hard to part with beauty essentials we paid good money for, but gals..its worth the investment to keep our faces clean and protected.

Heres to staying FRESH,

xoxo

HOT hair

Hair that reflects light, locks in color and styles with ease…who wouldn’t go the extra mile for HEALTHY HAIR?!

Todays issue..Our LOVE of hot irons, and the effects on our locks..

Using heat to your hair everyday will eventually wear on your strands,  leaving them exposed and injured. Imagine that intense heat being one on one against your hair, unprotected! OUCH!!

Obviously our obsession for dressing hair will not be dismissed, but our precautions must now be incorporated into our daily routines with our saving grace:  THERMAL HEAT PROTECTANTS!

Lets gaurd against those nasty burns and create a barrier from the heat, and burn off. My station and travel case are NEVER without my Enjoy gem.

Non-sticky, heat activated thermal protection serves as a working and finishing spray while adding incredible shine.

Hold 6-8 inches away from head. Apply spray and style as desired. For use with flat irons, hot rollers and curling irons. Liberally spray each section before applying. When desired style is achieved, spray entire style holding bottle 8-10 inches away.

Happy, healthy hair dressing little sweeties 🙂

xoxo

Makeup 101: Primers

Make up basics..Lets start at SQUARE ONE.

Primers: What are they? What is their purpose? Benefits? When are they applied? Brands?

A primer is your first step in application for a flawless foundation coverage. It is designed for smoothing out fine lines and insuring the longevity of your wear.  It prepares the canvas (your face) for the application of cosmetics and allows products to go on more evenly, showcases pigments more vividly and adheres make up to last longer throughout the day. Many makeup primers cover open pores, oily skin, facial blemishes, age spots, discolorations and even scars.

Some primers contain waxes, polymers, and silicone.  These substances can form a bond with other cosmetics, causing the cosmetics to have more longevity than they would otherwise.   There are foundation primers, eye shadow primers, and lip color primers. I use ALL 3 primers in my daily make up routine. It guarantees I get maximum coverage, pigments and use from all my products.

My Recommendations:

HD Primer

Microperfecting Primer

The MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Complexion products use innovative formulas to create a new generation of make up which is both invisible on HD cameras and to the naked eye. In the same manner as a skin care product, the HD Primer nourishes, moisturizes and softens the skin, creating a glowing effect. It creates a protective layer on the skin allowing the foundation to glide on easily and to last longer. Unlike standard skin care creams, the HD Primer dries quickly, allowing make up to be applied immediately.
The HD Primer comes in 6 color-correcting shades and one transparent shade to correct skin imperfections. The colored pigments are absorbed by the skin for an invisible correction.
Apply the HD Primer with your fingertips to activate blood circulation. The friction on the skin will help the primer penetrate faster.
Pro tip: the HD Primer can be mixed with the HD Foundation to get an even more transparent natural look.
 
Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube
An eye shadow primer that preps, brightens, and provides all-day wear.
Primer potions glide effortlessly onto the skin providing the ultimate eye prep for smoother, more vibrant shadow and all-day, creaseless wear. The original formula disappears completely when applied—ideal for the purist who wants a straightforward primer.  I get THE brightest pigments when I first prep with this Urban Decay gem. LOVE it. 🙂
 
Lip Plump
A primer for full, sexy lips.What it does:
Help lip color stay on longer with Benefit Lip Plump, a smooth base for full, voluptuous, sexy lips.What else you need to know:
This creamy, neutral-tone primer fills in lines and builds up the contour of your lips while helping
lipstick stay put.
First steps first…Happy Priming dolls,
xoxo