Monthly Favorites Skincare and Makeup

Monthly Favorites Cerave Tatcha Cover Fx Gel Bodyography primer Mirabella CCFor this last couple of months, I’ve been trying out a few products, some which I am totally new to and some I’ve wanted to try and bought. Since I love both skincare and makeup just as much, I combined my list with the following items, plus a little information, should you want to check them out.

Cover Fx Mattifying BB Gel Anti-Blemish Treatment – Finally, a BB that is light, perfect for oily/ blemished skin and covers much like foundation, except it is in gel form so it doesn’t feel like foundation. I loved Cover FX BB Gel, it was part of a sample offer with my purchase. (Using my pro discount, I ordered the Cover FX Oil Free foundation to try for a client and this came as a freebie). I highly recommend this bb gel, I am actually thinking of getting myself the full size, works well for both oily and dry skin. * I ordered the Medium and it was a good match for me. Retails full size $45

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream – Another brand I’d been wanting to try for several reasons, one being that it is available at most drugstores and it is made specifically for dry skin. CeraVe is a drugstore option offering a whole range of products from normal to dry, to very dry skin cream, lotion, babies and cleansers. The Eye Repair Cream is packed with ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid, both excellent ingredients for repair and deep moisture. I like that it doesn’t feel thick, absorbs fast, wears well under makeup and has no odor. My baby daughter has Keratosis Pilaris (like me) and is currently using the CeraVe Moisturizing cream, and we love that too. Retails $13.99

Bodyography Foundation Primer Clear – I recently blogged about Bodyography’s lip products and the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. Bodyography’s Clear Primer is their number one most popular product because it is pretty solid as far as primers go for oily and combination types. If you do primer before foundation, need a product that’ll help even out skin and offer a long lasting effect, this is your jam. I’ve been using it since late summer and my skin held up well in the humidity. This is a vegan, gluten free primer packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins A and E, Jojoba and Grape Seed oil. Retails $31

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream – A good hand cream is a staple during the cold season and this cream has it all, soft scent and deep moisture. It is a formula especially made for sensitive, inflamed or irritated skin with symptoms of dermatitis, eczema and rosacea. I loved every Tatcha product I’ve tried so far. Retails $38

Mirabella CC Creme – I liked the idea of a CC cream offering SPF 20, oil free formula, and paraben-free. For my combination dry skin, it was a little drying so with Mirabella’s CC creme, I need to use a hydrating milk under to ensure my skin is perfectly dewy (see my photo in the Charlotte Tilbury post below, that’s the finish of Mirabella CC cream with moisturizer on – just how I like it, dewy). Mirabella’s CC cream is FD&C Dye-free, gluten-free, would be awesome for oily skin types who want medium coverage and sun protection factor. Retails $42

**CeraVe and Cover FX were my own purchases, the rest were press samples, all opinions are my own.

Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze And Glow Review

Charlotte Tilbury SelfridgesCharlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and GlowCharlotte Tilbury Bronze and GlowEver since hearing about Charlotte Tilbury’s soft launch at the Makeup Show New York, I was curious about this new makeup line. Since my husband traveled to London last week, I asked him to stop by Selfridges department store to get me some stuff. Here in the New York area, Charlotte Tilbury debuted at Bergdorf Goodman and online at Beautylish. Some of the reports I’ve read have raves about the face glow moisturizer, the bronzer duo and the eye shadow sticks. And during a recent artist meet up, James Vincent also gave the line rave reviews, so with my sweetheart going to the motherland, I knew I *had* get some CT.

Charlotte Tilbury is kind of a big deal in the makeup world. As far as British makeup legends go, she is up there with Pat Mcgrath, Val Garland, Alex Box, Kay Montano and Lisa Eldridge – each of them has a distinct career, and all are supremely talented, Google them if you are not familiar with their work. All these ladies have had careers spanning over twenty plus years and most of them have in some way collaborated creatively with a makeup brand, for example Alex Box at Illamasqua, Pat Mcgrath with Dolce Gabbana, Gucci and Cover Girl. I think the best part about Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup line (or any makeup artist putting their name behind their own brand) is the fact that there will be a number of products that will stand out and be truly fantastic WINS based on knowledge and experience working as artists.

Of the two products I picked, my most favorite is the Film Star Bronze Duo. The other CT item I got is the Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Amber Haze (a very soft light brown color). What did I love about the Film Star Bronze Duo? Texture, build-ability and finish. The texture is velvety and buttery-like, not chalky, messy like most powders, you can add as much color and I noticed the texture didn’t get flaky or the pigment came on too strong. The highlighter is a very universal shade for both dark and light/ medium skinned girls and soft/ glowy without the obvious glitter fest of most products in the market. One more thing, this is a paraben free bronzer/ highlighter. I took a photo in daylight and purposely avoided the contour and heavy highlight, #sorrynotsorry it is not my style at all. If I was doing makeup for a client or a commercial job, I might have gone more dramatic but for me, I went understated and trust, this product can surely create the contour people rave about.

The Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Amber Haze is also very likeable. FYI -for cream finish shadow pencils, you have to be able to blend and work fast as it dries quickly. Pro tip – for blending cream shadows I always feel synthetic brushes are the best and your fingers. The texture is a little glittery but this didn’t bother me too much, you can quite easily work this with a matte shadow and get a super smokey eye. It reminded me very much of the MUFE Aqua Shadows in terms of quality and texture. The only major difference is that MUFE shadows are stronger in pigment.

Ingredients Film Star Bronze Duo:
Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Isononyl Isononanoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Dimethicone, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hexylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Overall, I am uber happy with my mini haul, so elated my husband managed to get to the store in London, he is not a shopping for makeup kind of guy at all. When he was inside Selfridges, he had one of the sales girls speak with me on the phone, so I could order myself. True story.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow retails $65
Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils retail $26

*Charlotte Tilbury is available at Beautylish online and Bergdorf Goodman retail.

Travel Style Tips

IMG_7496Best Western Twitter Party Project RunwayAlthough I haven’t logged as many miles as I used to before having my 2nd baby, I consider myself fortunate to have had the experience of crossing continents for the last seven years, airplanes, boats, automobiles and even trains. Since I do makeup professionally, I get to travel sometimes and during my last trip to Los Angeles in February, I had to bring my own essentials plus a condensed kit since I was booked to do makeup for actress Patricia Velasquez. I made every effort to bring one suitcase and I did. My best travel tips? Plan everything ahead. Lay out your outfits by day and bring travel size toiletries. On my bed, I’ll lay every item I bring beforehand and plan exactly what I will be wearing/ using from the shoes to the clothes. By traveling lighter, you can shop more, save money on checking your bags in (some airlines are very strict on this) and worry less. I hope you like my little photo collage, those are some of my best memories from going to Tel Aviv, Singapore, and Los Angeles in February 2014. Every place holds a significant memory, as in city I got to do what I love (makeup) while enjoying the local sights/ food/ daily life.

Tonight I will be watching Project Runway’s episode and live tweeting this Twitter party, go here to join in. Remember those joining before the event are entering to win a $50 gift card! There will be a #giftcard giveaways every 15 minutes during tonight’s episode.

On Twitter follow party hosts @xoxolizza & @leauraluciano as today Thursday, October 16th 9pm EST/6pm PST they will be live tweeting about #BestWestern’s involvement in this week’s #ProjectRunway episode. Be sure to share your favorite #travelstyle tips too.

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Bodyography Electric Lip Slide Review

Bodyography Electric Lip Slide Caught in the ActBodyography Electric Lip Slide ReviewAfter Eating Bodyography Electric Lip SlideA few weeks ago, I checked out the entire line of Bodyography’s Electric Lip Slide products at a press event in New York. It left such an impression, I wanted to let my readers know about this super cool lip product. Bodyography is a company based out of San Diego, CA. This is a makeup/ skincare brand offering a a wide selection of vegan and gluten free products, if a particular item is, it’ll be labeled and listed on the description. Another awesome fact about Bodyography is that it is a brand whose packaging is simple to help reduce the amount of energy that goes into printing, and all product packages are recyclable to reduce the amount of trash in landfills. Moreover, Bodyography is environmentally friendly in all its product boxes and brochures by printing with soy ink, which helps to reduce air pollution.

What I liked about Bodyography Electric Lip Slide as a collection were the colors and texture, a hybrid of a stain, lip color and a tiny amount of gloss all in-one. The pigment is also a big bonus, it is a rich color payoff and lasts quite a while. In my pictures I am showing you the first set of images with Caught In the Act on and then a phone snap with the same application, hours later and after eating. Not many lipsticks or glosses have this lasting prowess, so big ups to Bodyography Electric Slide. I still had my lip color on, woo-hoo! Bodyography Electric Lip Slide’s lippies are paraben and gluten free as well as infused with natural butters and vitamin E.

Ingredients:
Petrolatum, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Aroma – Pineapple Flavor – S10-53223, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Persea Gratisima (Avocado) Oil, Isopentyldiol, +/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), +/- CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), +/- CI 45410 (D&C Red No 28), +/- CI 15850:1 (D&C Red 7 Lake), +/- CI 15850 (D&C Red 6), +/- CI 73360 (FD&C Red No. 30), +/- CI 42090:2 ( FD&C Blue No.1 Aluminium Lake), +/- CI 77491 (Red / Brown Iron Oxide) (Pigment red 101), +/- CI 19140:1 (Acid Yellow 23 / FD&C Yellow 5 Aluminium), +/- CI 77499 (Black Iron Oxide), +/- CI 77492 (Yellow Iron Oxide), Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamaldehyde, Linalool

Bodyography Electric Lip Slides retail for $20 and are available online and at select retail places in the USA and internationally, for more info please check here.

***This product was sent to me for editorial consideration, all opinions are my own.

It Started With Hello

Today’s post is sponsored by Lindt HELLO, but my love for their #ItStartedwithHELLO web series is all my own!Lindt Chocolate It Started With HelloMy amazing friends it started with HELLO
One of my most cherished anecdotes to date is how I met one of my best female friends, it was a connection that stood the test of time. Even though we live in different cities since a few years ago, this is a friendship built on trust, love and admiration. I met my friend Isa when we were at a dance club years ago like early 2000’s (isn’t that funny?). We were acquainted through mutual people in common and slowly became friends. One thing about me is that I am a person of few words and many layers, friendships for me take time to build. I may know a lot of people because I went to five different schools growing up, lived in CA, FL and NY and moved to different countries after I married. My friends however, I count with only one hand (see the photo above, those are my two great friends Isa and Dey, Isa is in Miami and Dey lives in Philadelphia). Many events and people came and went but the friendship with my friend Isa and I remained strong. Through the years, we have travelled together, enjoyed many fun events, we even worked together! We are such good friends that I asked Isa to help me plan my wedding in Miami, she was involved in pretty much every detail. I honestly can’t remember a time when we’ve fought or had girl drama, we are just not the type. Isa is a kind, generous, fun and trustworthy friend, a girl’s “girl”. This is a beautiful relationship, a connection that started with a short “Hello!”.

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Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Hair Care Collection

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil CollectionDove Pure Care Dry Oil ConditionerDove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment

After witnessing some of the trends during NYFW, one thing I noticed after being backstage is that hairstyling brought textured, natural-looking, wind-swept and healthy looking manes. When I do hair grooming for my fashion clients, hair always needs to look silky. Hair looks for ladies these days is a combination of modern and as natural as possible. Hair shine is highly important to achieve a natural look and this where the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection offers great options for ladies with dry, damaged tresses. PS. What I mean by “natural” is not over styled, dry, hair but rather healthy looking hair with movement.

For my own hair, I rely very heavily on my electric tools to achieve a less frizzy look. I also do permanent hair color every eight weeks and this has a tendency of drying out my hair even more. I wash and style every 2-3 days, never daily this just doesn’t work for me as I try to keep my own natural oils. For the styling, I do my blowouts at home and use a straightener. I also get de-frizzing treatments done every three months at least. The downside of using heat to style my hair is the pesky dry ends. A few weeks ago, I started using the Dove Pure Care Oil collection, I love the conditioner which leaves my hair soft. Also the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil is amazing to style with and this I use with the hair dryer. This is a collection of care products suitable for all hair types, the result is very smooth and leaves my hair looking healthy. If I don’t use a good conditioner on my ends and some form of nourishment like a serum/ oil, my hair is a frizz disaster.

By far, my most favorite products are the conditioner and the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil, this is magic in a bottle. The Dove Pure Care Dry Oil is made with African macadamia oil as well as coconut oil to help nourish dry, brittle hair. When I do my blowouts, I use a dime size quantity, rub my hands and distribute it all over the ends of my hair. Every time I do it, my ends look silky, soft and very manageable, no more frizz and unwanted tangles. The Dove Pure Care Dry Oil is non-greasy and has a fabulous scent too. If you suffer from dry ends, it is a must-have! And for your washing routine, the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil shampoo and conditioner are pretty good too, you don’t need a massive amount to achieve great results.

I would love to encourage my readers to try the products and take advantage of the “Dove Silky Hair Dare”. Dove Hair is daring women everywhere to try Dove Pure Care Dry Oil, risk-free now through December 31, 2014. If you are not completely satisfied with the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil system, Dove will refund your purchase (from 9/21 – 12/31). Visit hairmoneyback.com for more details. You can also share your silky results at #silkyhairdaresweeps for a chance to win** $20,000 in prizes up for grabs
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Exaltria 30-Day Beauty Challenge

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone, #adExaltria #30daybeautychallenge selfie day one
Hello everyone, I am elated to share some news! Today, I start a commitment to a #30Days2BetterSkin regimen. What is exciting about this is the fact that I will be adding some extra steps to get even better results, this includes taking a supplement called Exaltria daily which has Hyaluronic Acid (more on that fabulous ingredient, next), making sure I drink 8 glasses of water (I sometimes don’t do this), sweating at least 20 minutes (I must step it up with my fitness), and keep my regular routine which always is washing my face twice a day PLUS wearing sunblock. To give you an idea, I am doing a day one selfie on my way to meetings in New York City. I will be documenting my progress in my social media channels and at the end with a final blog post. This is a major commitment for me, wish me luck!

But what is Exaltria? Exaltria is an all-natural dietary supplement that gives you beauty from the inside out, it is a 30-day pill supply of #skincare in a bottle offering Hyaluronic Acid as its main ingredient, 120 mg to be exact. When we turn 25 our body can stop producing molecular acid, which slows down or even stops your skin’s ability to restore elasticity. Exaltria has Hyaluronic Acid, a powerful moisture-binding ingredient that keeps skin plump and deeply hydrated. This an ingredient we need in our daily routine to ensure skin maintains a youthful texture. I am forty years old and this is why I chose to partake in this challenge, I would love to see my skin as plump looking as possible. Stay tuned as I will be doing an update post after the #30Days2BetterSkin challenge is completed!

Exaltria can be purchased online and on Amazon.com

Top Five Eye Concealers and Correctors

Top Five Favorite Concelers and CorrectorsTop Five Concealers SwatchesThis is a question I get asked A LOT. “What are your favorite concealers?”. Here is the skinny, of course I have favorites but when someone asks for my opinion, my answer will depend according to the individual asking. Concealer and correcting are makeup tricks that largely vary on need and skin type/ tone. Some of us like heavy concealing because of darkness, some prefer brightening and/or don’t need a ton of concealing or color correcting. By color correcting I mean dark circles that are brown, purple, blue or even red under eyes or throughout the face, NOT texture or pimples, texture can’t be concealed. Today, I am sharing my most favorite concealers, in general and based on constant professional (and my personal) use. Please note, I’ve swatched concealers good for medium to medium light skin undertones (like mine). It is very important to match the concealer to your natural foundation tone, and not use a lighter color! Using a lighter concealer under the eyes looks very dated and shows up awful on camera. Say no to raccoon eyes! One more thing, in my swatches you see a range of colors varying from yellowish to lighter medium/ even beige. For myself, I always mix my concealer with the foundation I am using, my skin has yellow undertones and my circles are not massively dark. When I mix foundation with my concealer, the finish looks more natural and works well with different light settings and in person. For darker skinned ladies, I also mix foundation with OCC Skin Conceal and to match exactly, I add Face Atelier Zero Plus or Heat, both fabulous products I carry with me at all times.

OCC Skin Conceal – Since its launch a couple years ago, this became one of my favorite concealers. What I like about OCC Skin Conceal is the range of color and flexibility of use, you can thin it out with moisturizer, primer or mix your foundation to achieve a creamy finish. A vegan, cruelty-free product, free of parabens, silicone, petroleum, and fragrance. Retails $14

NYX Concealer In a Jar – Don’t be fooled by the drugstore label, NYX’s Concealer In a Jar is the real deal when it comes to coverage and color correcting (redness and darkness). What I like is that it comes in several shades, covers amazingly and won’t break your bank. For personal use, this is a favorite, it is medium to full coverage. NYX is a cruelty-free brand. Retails for $5

LA Girl Pro Conceal – I blogged about this amazing bargain concealer a few months ago, and the love is still huge. LA Girl Pro Conceal offers a lovely creamy more liquid-y option for those who need more hydrating qualities in their concealing. It also comes in a great range of colors, for light and darker skin tones and can be built to achieve a lighter or heavier application. LA Girl is also a cruelty free brand. Retails for $5

Makeup Forever Camouflage Palette – This is a professional grade concealer I’ve been using for years. Makeup Forever Camouflage comes in a palette with five colors and in different skin tones and correcting shades. For those interested in personal use, the MUFE Camouflage can be purchased in a jar for $20. I feel that Makeup Forever concealer is an excellent choice for those looking for good coverage and want dark circles gone in a couple of strokes. Also, I like the fact that this mixes well with foundation, should you want to do that to get more coverage in certain areas and body parts. Makeup Forever Camouflage Palette retails for $38

YSL Touche Eclait – Note that YSL Touch Eclait is sold as a highlighter but here is a PRO secret, blended with foundation, color correcting cream, BB cream or tinted moisturizer, it will work as a concealer too. What’s important to understand before buying YSL Touch Eclait is that this has a brightening effect so the skin appears more luminous. If you need heavier concealing or color correcting, YSL Touch Eclait may not be right for you. That being said, I love that this is an option for those looking for a more subtle finish that is creamy in consistency plus the range of color is pretty good. YSL Touche Eclait retails for $41

Any questions feel free to drop me a comment. I tried to round up a good balance between drugstore, professional and department store counter, all based on my own experience as a consumer and my own makeup artist work. Also, I know vegan and cruelty-free is an important label so I also wanted to have that as an option for my readers.

**All these items were purchased by me with my professional discount and some for personal use with my own funds. Opinions are all my own.

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter Review

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body ButterTatcha Indigo Body Butter DetailsOh Tatcha! You spoiled me. I’ve had this body cream on the testing shelve for a few months and I am pleased to say, this is super hydrating and feels amaaaazing on. At first glance, the blue (Indigo) shade is a very unique color for a body moisturizer, the scent is soft, a touch fresh/ citrus and gentle on contact. This is a body cream that’s made for sensitive, inflamed or irritated skin consistent with symptoms of dermatitis, eczema and rosacea. In the past, I’ve discussed my dealings with dermatitis from living in Singapore. I am (extra) careful with skin creams and tend to not use drugstore brands or brands that aren’t petroleum-free and laden with funky ingredients. On skin touch, Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter feels indulgent and rich yet it is not heavy, irritant or sticky.

Another major plus about this brand is that it is free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, sulfate detergents, phthalates, urea, DEA or TEA. Tatcha does not test on animals, a huge bonus. This is a brand inspired by Japanese skincare and the travels of creator Victoria Tsai. On a trip to Kyoto, she discovered the world of beauty in Japanese culture. Ms Tsai created Tatcha after suffering from acute dermatitis and developing a deep awareness about the importance of ingredients used on the skin.

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter has Tryptanthrin and indirubin actives that help reduce irritation and promote skin’s natural healing ability. Most creams are white, whilst Tatcha Indigo, true to its name, is of a soft blue hue that won’t stain the skin at all. I loved the texture and small size which can fit into a travel bag or even a handbag. Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter is considered a best seller in the Tatcha family of products, the reviews on the website and across the Internet are glowing and now I know why.

Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Squalane (Olive Origin), Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Diisostearyl Malate, Myristyl Myristate, Xylitol, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Natural), Sorbitan Tristearate, Beheneth-20, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer, Microcrystalline Wax, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Inositol (Rice Extract), Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Calcium Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Disodium Edta, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Sericin (Silk Extract), Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (Licorice Extract), Hydrogenated Lecithin (Soy Origin), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Polygonum Tinctorum (Japanese Indigo Extract) Leaf/Stem Extract, Alcohol, Algae Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, and Phenoxyethanol.

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter retails for $48 for 1 oz and is available online at Tatcha.com

***This product was given to me for editorial consideration. Opinions are my own.

Rituals Body Care Scrub And Foaming Shower Gel

Rituals Sunrise Scrub Orange CedarHamman Delight Eucalyptus Rosemary foam shower gelToday I am going to share a little treasure I got introduced to recently. Rituals is a brand from the Netherlands that focuses mostly on body care, skincare, scented candles and fragrance. How I got to know Rituals was through my lovely cousin who brought me a full-size gift set from Switzerland on a recent trip to New York. Knowing that I am a bit of a body care aficionado, my cousin surprised me with a body scrub and a foaming shower gel.

Rituals is all about their scents and how this manifests in our body. As far as body care goes, Rituals ethos is based on Eastern traditions and inspired by nature. This is a line that is carried at high end hotels and airlines, sold exclusively at Barney’s in the USA with stores located in the New York city area and all over Europe.

On to my gifts, the first one is the Rituals Sunrise Scrub Sweet Orange and Cedar I LOVE citrus anything. This is a body scrub of a creamy consistency, it does not lather much and scrubs/ exfoliates very well. I love the scent of sweet orange and cedar, it is lovely and has an aroma that lingers softly. The exfoliation process is gentle enough and works amazingly. Since I love this scrub so much, I’ve been using it a lot.

Next is the Rituals Hamman Delight Fresh Eucalyptus and Rosemary Foaming Shower. This is a shower gel that starts off as a mousse, and quickly develops into a lather once it contacts the skin and water. I would describe this scent as a refreshing, clean smell, perfect for a morning shower. The pairing for eucalyptus and rosemary works fantastic in this shower foam. According to the collection Hamman which stems from an ancient cleansing tradition, one is meant to felt revitalized and nourished after.

There is nothing more calming than a little shower TLC and Rituals offers this plus a real luxe quality about their products. I was so impressed with my new body care gifts, I am definitely going to re-stock since it is available online and in-store in New York City. Hopefully, I’ll be documenting my in-store experience with all my readers.

Retail value for most bath and body care products starts at $15 and up to $30.
**This was a gift and opinions and review are my own.