Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals Hand and Body Care

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I was recently offered the opportunity to try some products by Peter Lamas. Not knowing anything about this brand, I decided to do a little digging and learned a very interesting story about a Cuban immigrant who came to America at the age of seventeen, studied cosmetology in New York and trained with Paul Mitchell at the Vidal Sassoon Salon. After working at Sassoon for three years, Peter went to work for Kenneth Batelle at his Kenneth Townhouse salon in Manhattan and later opened his own salon that he named The Reapers.

In his years working at The Kenneth Townhouse and The Reapers he built up a high end clientele and did a lot of high fashion and editorial work. He also began doing a lot of research into common beauty products and the effects that the ingredients can have on our skin, hair and our bodies. Not liking what he found, Peter Lamas developed his own brand of natural beauty products, free of harmful chemicals, containing herbs, vitamins and botanicals created to nurture, not harm. Peter Lamas Products are a unique blend of nature and science, formulated to enhance all skin types and provide performance driven results.

I have three Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals products to share with you, today.

peter lamas spa sensuals hand and body care

The Spa Sensuals Rejuvenating Hand Scrub, $21.00 is a gorgeous mix of sea salt crystals, mango and shea butters, almond and grape seed oils and lemon oil for a crisp, citrus twist. Take up a bit of this satisfyingly odd, spongy scrub, (seriously, it's odd, you have to feel it!) and get at your hands, scrubbing away dry, dead skin and treating the skin with nourishing oils and butters and vitamins. I like to scrub until I kind of tire of it, add a tiny bit of water, keep going, it makes this weird, creamy kind of soup and rub that in a while, then rinse it off with warm water, pat my hands dry with a soft towel. Soft. So very soft skin. And this stuff smells good. Sharp citrus good with a hint of herb-y whisper.

Scrub Ingredients:
 Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract**, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Linoleic Acid & Glycine Soja Sterols, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Caprylyl Glycol, Phospholipids, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil.
*Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI). **Certified Organic by Agricert.

peter lamas spa sensuals rejuvenating hand scrub

Spa Sensuals Intensive Repair Hand Cream, $21.00 is a rich, nourishing blend of shea butter, grape seed, almond and macadamia oils pamper, soothe and soften skin as vitamins and antioxidants treat and protect with a light, citrus scent. This cream is thick and emollient, a little spreads easily into the skin, sinks in readily, starts working immediately and doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy or sticky. When used in concert with the scrub, my hands feel like buttah. Buttah for days. 

peter lamas spa sensuals intensive repair hand cream

Intensive Repair Hand Cream Ingredients: 
Deionized Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin (Vegetable), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract**, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Brassica Campestris Extract, Linoleic Acid & Glycine Soja Sterols, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Sorbitol, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lactate, Allantoin, Sodium PCA, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Phospholipids, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil.
*Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI). **Certified Organic by Agricert.
peter lamas spa sensuals energizing antioxidant body lotion

Spa Sensuals Energizing Antioxidant Body Lotion, $24.00. A powerful blend of hydrating herbs, and fortifying minerals revitalize and protect skin. Green tea extract and Chinese herbs, help neutralize free radicals. Shea and mango butters create a protective barrier that conditions skin and locks in moisture and foe softer, luminous, younger looking skin. This lotion Is very soft, lightweight and silky. It sinks in easily, leaving my skin feeling very soft, not at all greasy or slimy. The scent is kind of neutral, with a soft herbal whaft. This is a good one to wear with perfume. It won't interfere.

Energizing Antioxidant Body Lotion Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract,** Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil,*** Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract,Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract,Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract,Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract,Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Caprylyl Glycol & Phenoxyethanol & Hexylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter),*** Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Algae Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Fragrance with Essential Oils, Allantoin.
* Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI).
** Certified Organic by Agricert. *** Certified Organic by Quality Certification Services (QCS).
peter lamas spa sensuals hand and body care products review swatches

I want to use these three products all up, pampering myself every day with them until I've drained every last drop and grain of goodness from their packaging but I'm waiting. Hoarding them. Winter is coming, soon. My dry skin takes the cold season hard and I think that these three products will be an especially welcome treat when the temperatures drop, the humidity bottoms out and the winds start to howl. They are tucked away, waiting.

I am very pleased with my first encounter with Peter Lamas products. They are beautiful and efficacious. Cruelty free, vegan, free of parabens, petrochemicals and sulfates, these are products you can feel good about.

Have you tried anything by Peter Lamas? What do you think of this line?

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Cover FX Custom Cover Drops


cover fx custom cover drops notes from my dressing table

I have been using Cover FX Custom Cover Drops for some months, now and it is now safe to say that they are a game changer makeup product in my world. As a woman of a certain age who is fussy about coverage, finish, shade and tone and is allergic to chemical sunscreens; finding beautiful, flattering foundations is a real challenge. This one has great coverage but is too drying. That one is the perfect shade and tone but once it sets, falls apart, leaving my face looking like a dried out crocodile suitcase in a Death Valley bus depot. Another is gorgeous in every way but never sets, rubs off on everything and everyone and itches my face something fierce! 

Now, that's not to say that there are no foundations out there which I can wear. There are. But hey, a makeup lover needs options, do you feel me? I think that you do. And, I do own a foundation and a CC cream that I adore beyond distraction but I still want those options. And Cover FX Custom Cover Drops gives them to me.

What They Say:
A revolutionary drop formula of concentrated pigments that allows you to weightlessly transform products in your beauty regimen into your ideal coverage. This innovative formula contains Flash Fusion Technology, so as soon as you drop in and mix with your favorite product, nothing but pure pigment is left behind—allowing you to customize your ideal level of coverage. Blend them with anything liquid to create your desired coverage, including moisturizers, serums, oils, primers, foundations, and tinted moisturizers that are water-, oil-, or silicone-based. Simply adjust your coverage by the number of drops you add. The pigments are coated with lecithin, which is biochemically similar to the skin, to ensure seamless blending, precise control, and the smoothest application. 
Ethyl Trisiloxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Mica, Jojoba Esters, Triethylhexanoin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Water, Alcohol, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Polyglycerin-3. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

cover fx custom cover drops packaging notes from my dressing table

Contained in a narrow, cylindrical one-half ounce glass bottle with a dropper cap and pipette to dispense the highly pigmented fluid one drop at a time, Custom Cover Drops are in precarious packaging. I appreciate the need for precise measurement of the drops... These babies are concentrated! But this dropper system is messy business and, klutz that I am, I have come dangerously close to dumping the whole works all over my dressing table a couple of times. Gentle reader, that is not a mess I would relish cleaning up.

cover fx custom cover drops swatch notes from my dressing table

One tiny drop in the top frame. In the lower, that same tiny drop pulled out across the back of my hand to show you just how pigmented these drops are.

My shade is N20, second to the lightest shade in the Neutral Zone. (Oh yeah. I went there. Deal with it.) These drops look a little darker than you would think you would want them in their natural form then they lighten up as they are combined with your mixer of choice and worked into the skin.

You are probably curious about just what are my mixers of choice? I'm happy that you asked. First and most favorite is Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre. A few drops in a nice dollop, mix, bounce on with a damp Beauty Blender. Perfect coverage, a touch of healthy radiance and the Embryolisse hydrates my skin all day long. If I want sheer coverage, I like to mix with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. And on days when my skin is being especially assholic, I grab my It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+, dump in four drops, mix and buff it in with a synthetic kabuki. That shows that pesky redness who's boss, lemme tell you. But most of the time, I am happy with the gentle combo of Lait Creme Concentre and the drops.

cover fx custom cover drops shade n20 look notes from my dressing table

In this shot, my foundation is three drops of Cover FX Custom Cover Drops and Embryolisse. Finishing powder is a light dusting of NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder. I can apply my chosen mix in the morning and my face stays looking fresh and perfected all day.

My only tiny wish would be that the drops could cover my dark circles. I had hoped that they would do the job but alas... They can't stand up to the hell pit darkness that swirls under my eyes. My quest for that solution ever continues. *sigh*

 I like Cover FX Custom Cover Drops. They are brilliant at their job, chemical sunscreen free, beautiful on the skin and wear like a miracle all day long. At $40.00 for 1/2 ounce they are a tad spendy but I only use a little bit and, barring an unfortunate klutz moment, this bottle is going to last me a long time. I feel that it is definitely a worthy investment.

Cover FX has a few more products I have my eyes on. An anti aging primer, some skin care drops... I'm intrigued by this brand and I would like to explore it, further.

Have you tried Cover FX Custom Cover Drops? What do you think of them? Any other Cover FX products that you love and would recommend?

cover fx custom cover drops pinterest collage notes from my dressing table

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In the mood to read some good beauty blogging? Well, grab a tall, cool one, get comfy and enjoy.

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  • KB Shimmer What are You Wading For?

    kb shimmer what are you wading for notes from my dressing table

    My holo killing camera did this beautiful periwinkle blue with a dancing linear rainbow holographic effect no true justice. KB Shimmer What are You Wading For? is a day at the pool on my nails. Application is, like with every KB Shimmer polish I have the privilege to own a pure pleasure. The formula is flawless, flowing off of their perfect brush, sweeping up the nail and never giving me trouble. I don't get long wear time from this brand, but... I don't really get long wear time from any brand. My nails shed off polish quickly. It isn't rare for even long wearing brands to chip in a day. My nails are rebellious little suckers. 

    So, I had this beautiful polish on for a couple of days, had to do a little touch up work when I got the bug up that I wanted to do some nail art. I grabbed some nail vinyls, crystals and my bottle of ILNP Mega and got to it. I made a mistake when placing the tail of the spiral on my left index nail and I almost cleaned all of my nails in a snit because glaring mistake. But I made myself live with the flawed beauty of it for a few more days. I felt it was a growing experience. I finished my flawed art with crystals in the center of each spiral and a coat of Seche Vite. Again, my photos don't even begin to show you how gorgeous the holo crazy was on my nails. 

    kb shimmer what are you wading for nail art notes from my dressing table

    Photographing holographic polishes is my continuing challenge. I will figure it out, eventually. I see photos of holos and I know that it can be done. I just need to find that right balance of light, angle, settings and it will click. 

    What do you think of  these two beautiful polishes? Do you own either? Do you make yourself wear nail art that you screw up?