Shine Brightening Facial Oil for a Brighter and More Refined Complexion

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So, I think that this is shaping up to be a Skin Care Week on the old blog. I think I'll roll with it. Let's get gorgeous skin!


I have an affinity for beauty oils and I was delighted when I was offered the opportunity to try SHINE Brightening Facial Oil by Amalie.

"Brighten dark spots, fade blemishes and  moisturize dry skin with SHINE Brightening Facial Oil."

Okay, I can't speak with authority on this oil's ability to fade acne marks or dark spots. Due to assiduous effort and age (Mama doesn't break out, anymore), my skin is already pretty even toned and bright. I do, however have very dry skin and keeping it hydrated, plumped and diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are my main concerns.

Happily, SHINE Brightening Facial Oil helps me with that.


Packaged in a small glass bottle with a dropper top is a mixture of moisturizing oils including Pomegranate, Argan, Jojoba and Sunflower Seed oils to deeply hydrate and feed the skin. Licorice Extract, Lemon Peel Oil, Bearberry and Elderberry Fruit Extracts combine with Grapefruit Seed Oil to help fade dark spots and acne marks and brighten skin all over. Jasmine oil provides a rich sensory experience.

The bottle is painted black to help protect the ingredients from light incursion but the dropper top doesn't do anything to keep air safe. In my opinion, a pump would have been a better choice. Plus, I'm a klutz and I live in fear of dumping this precious stuff all over my dressing table. If I did that, I'd just curl up and cry.


How do I use SHINE Brightening Facial Oil? In a few different ways, actually. After cleansing and toning with a facial mist I may mix this oil with serum and press the combo into my skin, use eye cream to finish. Another is to apply my regular skin care then take a little of this oil and press it in on top to seal and further hydrate my skin. Some days, I just moisturize with the oil. I also like to add a few drops to the ends of my hair.

Every time I use this beautiful oil, I like to cup my hands over my nose and breathe in the glorious jasmine scent. Oh, my! This oil smells so good! If you don't like floral scents or scented products, in general this facial oil will probably not be your cup of tea. The scent is rich tho not super strong. It does linger for a short while after application, which is one reason why I like to use it in my hair!

I would love a barrel of this stuff. Just dip me in it, head to toe, every day.

Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Helianthus Annuus Sunflower (Seed) Oil, Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf (Bearberry) Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit Seed) Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil.

Have you tried SHINE Brightening Facial Oil by Amalie? I am also test driving the Wink Lash and Brow Oil. The jury is still out on that one, I need more time with it.

SHINE Brightening Facial Oil is cruelty free, vegan and made here in the U.S. Packaging is recyclable.

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Glow Deliciously with Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel Active Fruit Glycolic Mask

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I like pudding. Who doesn't like pudding? I mean, it's sweet, rich, comforting and it makes me feel like a kid, again when I treat myself to a dish. What could be better?


How about a jar of pudding for my face? Farmhouse Fresh, purveyors of all beauty luscious has created a delicious and tingly mask that combines Rice, Glycolic and Fruit AHA's to exfoliate and increase cell turnover while treating and improving the appearance of acne marks, dullness and uneven tone. Coconut Milk and Honey hydrate and plump while Tapioca, Green Tea and Honeysuckle Extracts soothe and make my skin feel silky smooth.


How to use? I grab a synthetic flat foundation brush and smooth the mask across my freshly cleansed skin in a thin layer. Be careful to not get this too close to the eyes! Glycolic and eyeballs... Not compatible bedfellows. I kick back and enjoy the light tingling sensation and delicious scent while the active ingredients get busy on my skin. After twenty minutes or so (usually longer... I tend to get sidetracked when I'm masking) I grab a soft facecloth and rinse. A spritz of my favorite rosewater and my routine skin care to finish and my complexion feels insanely soft and smooth and looks radiant and even toned for days.


Rich. Creamy. Deliciously edible smelling. You might be tempted to grab a spoon and gobble up your jar of Pudding Apeel. Don't do that. Just smear it all over your face and emerge glowing, gorgeous and looking forward to your next treatment. This mask is gentle enough to use as often as you please, but if you are sensitive or new to Alpha Hydroxy Acids, take it slow and easy. Test, first then treat your skin to this yummy mask once a week or so until your skin is ready for more. Don't forget that this sweet treat is serious stuff and makes the skin more photosensitive so it is best to protect that flower face with a high SPF sunscreen.

I am so enjoying this sweet, creamy, dessert for my face. I love the way it smells, feels going on and how lovely my skin looks when I use it. If you want to treat yoself, get it here. You can also buy this and other Farmhouse Fresh yum from Dermstore and other select fine retailers and spas. Farmhouse Fresh is social! Find them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Farmhouse Fresh produces and hand packs their delicious face and body care treats right here in the U.S. from mostly natural ingredients; they are proudly cruelty free and free of parabens, sulfates and some products are vegan and gluten free, as well.

Have you tried Farmhouse Pudding Apeel? Isn't it delish? If you haven't, what are you waiting for?

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Play! By Sephora Monthly Beauty Subscription Box | My Notes

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After weeks of languishing on the wait list, I got the call. My name had finally come up to get my first Play! by Sephora Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. The service is $10. a month and includes six mid tier to high end snack sized beauty goodies with which to Play! You never know what will come your way and half of the fun of a service like this is the surprise. Shall we take a tour of the box and the goodies contained within?


On my doorstep landed a smallish (a little bigger than a salad plate), square box decorated in Sephora's signature black and white stripes. I put one of my staging flowers on top in the first shot because address. Cut the spiffy, striped tape and lift the lid and you will see a large, folded sheet printed with the current month's theme and the products contained within and info about them. There is a card attached that entitles the holder to a free mini service in store and fifty additional points when a purchase is made. Tragically, I can't use the card, myself as Sephora still refuses to build a store for me, in my area. *sigh* *alas! alack!*

Under the info sheet is a woven fabric drawstring bag pulled with a black grosgrain ribbon. Each bag is printed with cute pictures and kisses in that month's theme which for July is Effortless Summer. Mmm... Popsicle!

How about a look see at the contents of the bag?


  • Ouai Wave Spray: A 5oz. spray is $26.00. I live in a nonstop battle royal with my wurls and I wonder, will this help? I'm excited to find out. 
  • Benefit Dew the Hoola Soft Matte Liquid Bronzer. A full size is $28.00. I swatched this. Not sure about it, yet. I'll have to woman up and get it on my face. 
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer: The full size is $36.00. I have been wanting to try this primer for years, so this sample is welcome, indeed. 
  • First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser: A 5oz. tube is $20.00. The claim is that this is good for all skin types, even dry. *knowing chuckle* Yeah... We'll see about that. 
  • Beautyblender Blotterazzi: A mirrored compact and two blotting sponges is $20.00. I received one sponge and a sip sized sachet packet of the Blender Cleanser liquid sponge/brush cleaner. I am not oily and rarely have to blot but the little dude may come in handy in some way. 
  • NEST Citrine: A 1.7 oz. Eau de Parfum spray is $68.00. I am not the biggest fan of NEST fragrances, as a rule. They are usually too "woody" for my taste. Citrine is "The dewy softness of lotus flower and freesia are set against sparkling citrus notes and hints of precious woods." Notes: Lemon Blossom, Lotus Flower, Freesia, Dew Drop Accord. Precious Woods. Style: Bright. Refreshing. Sparkling. Ya know what... I've tried a little of this sample, so far and it smells to me like a sun washed meadow. Soft, warm, fresh and gently floral and I don't detect the dreaded wood. I need to give it at least one more good try but so far, it's promising. Would I buy a rollerball or big bottle? Who knows what the future holds.

So there you have it, gentle reader. A rundown of my very first Play! By Sephora box. Overall, I'm pleased and I feel that I got my ten clam's worth, for sure. I am not stacking greasy BB's in a corner excited about this box, yet but almost all of my snack sized goodies will be happily consumed and I'm looking forward to August's offering. I'm hoping for some nice makeup type things, in addition to skin stuff. Just because I'm an old broad doesn't mean I just want skin care and ugly blue eye shadow. *I'm looking at you, Ipsy.* 

Are you a recipient of Play! By Sephora Monthly Beauty Subscription service? What do you think of it, so far? Have you been/are you happy with it? If you're looking to partake, give us a click, head over and get on the wait list. Hopefully, your languish will be shorter than mine!

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