My Milani Rose Blushes

milani rose blushes

I love makeup that is embossed with pretty patterns. It is lovely to own, pretty to look at and nice to use. Today I wanted to share with you my little bouquet of beautiful Milani Rose Blushes. 

Mwah Perfectly Poutable Lip Care | Perfectly Portable for Back to School

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Perfectly portable, perfectly poutable. Mwah lip balms and glosses are made with good for you ingredients like coconut oil and mango butter to pamper your pucker and packaged in bright, fun tubes and sliders that slip right into a pocket, purse or backpack. Affordable, void of harmful chemicals and preservatives, Mwah balms and glosses are cruelty free and produced in a solar powered facility in sunny Southern California. 

Mwah Lip Balms are available in Stick and Slider delivery. Lightweight and moisturizing, they have a soft, sweet scent. Some have a little bit of tint in the packaging but go on clear. These balms are nourishing and softening, are lightly glossy and wear a good little while before they need to be reapplied. 

I didn't photograph my balms open because they arrived a little the worse thanks to our hot Arizona temperatures and sitting outside my door in the sun for hours before I got home and saw that my package had arrived. I tried popping them in my fridge for a bit to see if they would settle back into place but... They are still perfectly good and usable, just not pretty picture-perfect. 

 Mwah Lip Gloss is contained in a typical squeezie tube with an angled plastic tip. The gloss is cushioning and shiny, comfortable and emollient and not at all sticky or heavy. I have two of the glosses; Berrylicious, a shimmery berry pink with a mixed berry scent and flavor and Sugar Lips, a soft, nude-pink with an opalescent shift that smells and tastes like brown sugar frosting. Both glosses have nice coverage on the lips and the lasting power is about typical of a lightweight lip gloss. 

You can visit the Store Locator on the Mwah website or peruse the lip balm section of some of your favorite stores like Walgreens, WalMart, CVS, Meijer, Target, H.E.B and Amazon. They cost just a few dollars each and are available individually and in multi packs. Perfect for stocking up for back to school. 

Have you tried Mwah balms and glosses? 

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I Get Seriously Soft Skin with Soap & Glory Flake Away and The Righteous Butter

seriously soft skin with soap & Glory

Do you love having soft, beautifully scented skin as much as I do? Don't want to spend a fortune getting it? Soap & Glory can help.

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

It's that time again, kids. That time when we take a few minutes to pour a mug of our favorite brew, sit down and see what our kindly beauty bloggers have for our perusal, this week. Observe:

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: If you are a huge fan of BB Creams, then you really need to try L'OCCITANE Immortelle Precious BB Cream SPF 30! It's absolutely perfect for the summer!
  • TheFabZilla: Want or Need? TheFabZilla dissects Urban Decay Naked Smoky. You decide!
  • Color Me So Crazy: Mud, Mud and MORE MUD From Borghese.. Find Out Why I Fell In LOVE!
  • Beauty on the Bayou: ELF vs. SARA HAPP LIP SCRUB
  • Painted Ladies: For nourished, healthy nails and cuticles, apply a healthy dose of Nail Butter regularly!
  • Advice Sisters Beauty Fashion & Lifestyle Blog: the Advice Sisters have reviewed the brand new I Am Juicy Couture fragrance
  • Chameleon Stampede: Mandy tried Smashbox's best sellers and found some great little staples to keep in her bag.
  • I Know all the Words: The perfect Canadian red lip made easy wth Smashbox + Flare + Donald Robertson Be Legendary Lipstick in Canadian Flare
  • Beauty by Miss L: Does MAC False Lashes Extreme Black mascara really works as promised?
  • Fluttering Lashes: With summertime in full swing, stock up on the essential summer beauty buys!
  • Makeuprshutup: Is this a miracle cleanser? Stephanie puts it to the test...
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Ninja Polish Nebula is the sparkly glitter polish you've been looking for!
  • Endlessummer Blog: Save your hands and feet รข€“ enter Cheryl Lee MD Cracked Hands & Feet Kit giveaway!
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Have you met the LUNA by FOREO? Erika's love for this innovative skin care device is deep and it is real!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Although Allison is obsessed by the Tarina Tarantino packaging, she loves the Eye Dream Hypershadow & created her version of a smokey eye and FOTD
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: What does it take to get a brighter and healthier smile
  • Want more? Watch this space.
  • Brush On Block SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen | Sun Safe Skin Safe Protection

    If there is one thing that is universal among all humans it is our need to protect our skin from the damaging and harmful effects of the sun. Regardless of our skin tone or ethnicity, we are all vulnerable to the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays that cause photo aging and skin cancer.

    Inflora Botanica Pure Rosewater Mist


    inflorabotanica rosewater mist

    I love rosewater and Inflora Botanica Pure Rosewater Mist is one of the best I have ever tried. USDA certified organic Rosa Damascena blooms are grown in the famous rose growing region of Isparta, Turkey and distilled in state of the art copper equipment rendering rosewater that is so lush, sweet and pure in scent. The rosewater is packaged in heavy amber glass bottles to protect it from light and air and is topped with a fine mist sprayer top. 

    I have a couple of bottles of this rosewater. One lives on my dressing table and does duty as a makeup setting mist. I like to spritz a little on an eye brush to intensify my eye shadow. It is a lovely light spray on facial toner. On days that I want a very light fragrance, I just mist some rosewater on my hair, skin and clothes. This rosewater lingers very softly, it doesn't fly away right away but it isn't obvious or cloying like a synthetic. It certainly isn't going to blow away those around you. I keep a bottle in my fridge and on a hot day, when I'm feeling prickly and steamed, I'll grab it and mist my face, arms and the back of my neck and instantly feel cooler and refreshed. 

    Not only is Inflora Botanica Pure Rosewater a gorgeous product, their customer service is lovely. When I ordered my bottle from Amazon, it arrived wrapped in a zip plastic bag having leaked. I was a bit dismayed but, since it was contained, I knew that I could just pour the rosewater from the bag back into the bottle and carry on. Well, what I didn't realize, wasn't careful about was that the rosewater had loosened the label on the bottle and when I picked up the bottle, after removing the sprayer top to hold it over my sink to pour the liquid back in, the label slipped and my bottle fell and more spilled down the front of my cabinet. I ended up losing about a third of my bottle, all told. I e-mailed the shop owner about what happened and she couldn't have been sweeter. We had a very nice e-mail exchange and a new bottle arrived on my doorstep in no time. 

    For their beautiful product and their absolutely top flight customer service, I can't recommend Inflora Botanica Pure Rosewater Mist highly enough. 

    Inflora Botanica Rosewater is 100% certified organic, cruelty free. 

    Do you like and use rosewater in your beauty routine? Do you have a favorite brand? Grow and make your own? Do tell.

    butter London Patent Shine 10X | Her Majesty's Red


    butter London Patent Shine 10X in Her Majesty's Red is a clean, classic, perfectly balanced red that everyone needs in their polish arsenal. 

    The formula is a smooth, silky crelly that was nearly perfectly opaque in two coats. Application is lovely, the formula is the perfect viscosity, I had no trouble with running, pooling, dragging or streaking. Bubbling was a concern due to the uneven cut of the brush. Otherwise, this is a fabulous red polish. I'll continue to enjoy it, happily Seche Vite, if applied while the polish is wet can kill most of the bubbling from the bad brush. 

    butter London 10X Patent Shine Nail Lacquer has a 7 free formula, claims to offer ten benefits some of which are a gel like cushion and shine, chip and fade resistance, to protect, smooth, strengthen and brighten. 

    butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer is available in fourteen shades and you can find it at UltaSephoraNordstrom and Macy's and other fine retailers that carry butter London and is priced at $18.00 a bottle. 

    Have you tried any of the lovely shades from the butter London Patent Shine 10X line? What are your favorites? 

    Foreo Luna is Next Level Skin Care

    Have you met the LUNA by FOREO? Get ready to experience next level skin care and a radiant, healthier looking complexion!

    Foreo Luna Review

    Available in three models specially tailored to different skin types, you are sure to find the right LUNA for you. I chose the pink model for sensitive/normal skin. Tho my skin isn't necessarily sensitive, it is maturing and I felt that this model would best suit my own skin type. Does it? Please read on.

    Urban Decay Naked on the Run Palette Review | Full Face Look


    So. I have had these pictures of the Urban Decay Naked on the Run palette lurking on my hard drive for the longest forever and a day. I bought it way back last Autumn when it was the hottest trick going, all Limited Edition and "Get it before it's gone!" *sucker!* I took some pictures, but thinking that the pics weren't all that great, that the blogs and vlogs were saturated with the thing and that it was going to sell out and who needed my lame opinion, anyway? why bother? I left it lie. And just got on with enjoying my palette.

    Time has passed and this palette is still very available and my photographs were just lurking on my hard drive. Mocking me every time I passed by. You should have heard them... Calling me chicken and daring me to bring them in out of exile, try to freshen them up a bit and finally do my damned job and give this palette a little beauty blogger love.

    So, cue the romantic tunes, because here we go:

    Beauty Blog Coalition Roundup

  • TheFabZilla: Less Coverage but Killa Pout. TheFabZilla shares her recent CC cream discovery, Osmosis + Colour CC Cream Color-Correcting Foundation
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: DHC Beauty Lift Skincare Collection offers the perfect ultra-hydrating lightweight anti-aging products for the summer months.
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila has some sweet swatches of the new ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip colors.
  • Color Me So Crazy: I Have a GREAT Giveaway going on from! Bamboo Lemongrass Body Creme from LATHER!
  • Beauty and Fashion Tech: Giveaway! Win a Tria Age Defying Laser!
  • I Know all the Words: Quite possibly the prettiest summer collection yet- Lise Watier Rivages Collection for Summer 2015
  • Advice Sisters Beauty Fashion & Lifestyle Blog: Sun Screens You Will Actually Want to Use
  • Beauty by Miss L: Does paraben free multitasking AA Skincare Seaweed & Aloe Refreshing Eye Gel really work as promised?
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison is in love with butterLONDON Lip Crayons & is giving away 6 shades!
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Come see this hot summery manicure from Jessica!
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: No more rough looking cuticles for Stacie
  • Beauty on the Bayou: MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY WAR – Skindinavia Bridal Spray vs. Model In A Bottle Sensitive Skin
  • Confessions of a Makeup Addict: Here's how to get effortless, beachy waves in no time!
  • Beauty Gala: Shimmer On Tutorial With Urban Decay's Ether Eyeshadow
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Is the ISSA by FOREO everything it's cracked up to be? Erika breaks down the pros and cons of this sleek, modern oral care device. 

  • I hope that you enjoyed your tour around some fantastic beauty blogs. Tune in again, next week to join me for another roundup. 

    Butter London Patent Shine 10X in Over the Moon and Bonus Nail Art!


    I recently got very lucky and won a giveaway hosted by Brooke at Bushing Noir for four new Butter London Patent Shine 10X nail lacquers. Having never tried Butter London, I was really excited to receive these polishes and put them through their paces. 

    Today, I am concentrating on Over the Moon, a grey green creme. This polish photographed light and my camera picked up more of the green than the grey. Gah! This polish is a bit darker and more grey. It's the colour of the ejecta blanket on the face of the Moon. It's really gorgeous. If you like a warm, slightly murky grey, this is the polish for you!

    The packaging on this polish is very nice, the bottle is square, head on with a large, very shiny silver tone cap. To ease application, pull off the silver over cap and you have a small, black, ridged easy grip cap with an adorable raven wearing a crown stamped on it. What a perfect little detail! 

    Some Great Reads from My Fellow Bloggers

    Feeling a craving for some great beauty reads? The ladies of the Beauty Blog Coalition have you covered! Swan around and see what everyone is up to, beautifully.

  • TheFabZilla: This summer, TheFabZilla shares how she styles her cutoffs + tips on jealous-smooth legs!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Looking for an attractive high quality cosmetics organizer with a huge capacity and a small price? Then you need the MelodySusie Large Acrylic Cosmetics Organizer!
  • I Know all the Words: It might not be quite as good as the name implies, but Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara gives lashes a major boost.
  • Color Me So Crazy: I have some FANTASTIC products from NeoCell PLUS a Giveaway!! Check it Out!!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Lookfantastic Beauty Box July 2015 box review
  • Advice Sisters Beauty Fashion & Lifestyle Blog: Oku is the world's first Mobile Based Skincare Coach for Iphone/iPod
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Erika got herself some smooth, shiny waves and curls the easy way with the T3 Twirl 360 curling iron.
  • Painted Ladies: See some swell swatches of the new Butter London Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons and enter to win a set valued at $140!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison just replaced her 10 year old Sensi Spa Sandals with new pink ones: so cute and comfy
  • Grow It Girl: Life with dry or sensitive is rough. Tiki tackled the issue and provide her top five moisturizers for dry and sensitive skin.
  • Foreo Issa Oral Care Device | Pros and Cons

    #ISSAbyFOREO #iFabboMember ::press sample::

    What, exactly is the Issa by Foreo

    According to Foreo, the Issa is a "new type of toothbrush that feels different from standard electric toothbrushes as it uses silicone bristles with pulsation technology for both cleaning and a healthy gum massage."

    Summer Washed Water Colour Makeup Look

    ::press sample/purchased/affiliate:

    Summer time and the living is easy. And I am craving brighter makeup colours but I don't want to fuss too much and I can't pull off the vivid, rainbow looks I see on other beauties. So, how do I satisfy my longing for fun makeup and still keep it... Me? Read on. I'll spill my secrets.

    Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean 4-In-1 Wash Off Cleansing Milk

    ::press sample/affiliate::

    Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Cleansing Milk is a great big beautiful pump bottle of cleansing power for your face.

    Fourth of July Nail Art Featuring SinfulColors

    ::press sample::

    Well kids. It's that time again. Time for my annual Fourth of July Nail Art Fiasco. That time when I take perfectly lovely red, white and blue polishes... Possibly a glitter or two and abuse them terribly in my attempt to celebrate Independence Day on my nails. 

    This year's victims are SinfulColors polishes from their Having a Blast Collection. I received these in the mail and decided to use them for a nail art feature, since there are swatches a - plenty to be had. 

    How a Fair Skinned Girl Gets a Safe Summer Glow

    Summertime and my thoughts turn to softly sunkissed, golden skin. I can't help it. I'm a child of the Seventies. It is at this point that my smart ass son would interject, "The 1870's, right?" Funny boy. No, the 1970's. The decade of the Farrah Flip and the Tropical Tan. If you didn't have both, well you might as well stay home. Locked away in your room listening to corny Donny Osmond 45's on your groovy flower decorated portable record player and reading your way through your mother's huge book stash. Not that I would know anything about that. 

    The problem with the perfect, "healthy" Saint Tropez seventies tan was of course, the massive amounts of time spent baking in direct sun, usually slathered in oil, to get that way. Not exactly healthy for the skin. Nowadays, I prefer my Summer tan to be a more subtle golden glow. A safe Summer glow. It's not hard to do. It just takes a few supplies, a little know how and dedication. Here is one way I like to go from fair to golden. 

    Jord Watch | A Modern Statement of Style and Function

    ::press sample::

    Jord. Swedish for Earth. Soil. Land. Accurate movements set in natural woods create modern timepieces that are as beautiful as they are functional.

    Today I have to share with you their Ely Series  Model in cherry. This simple, elegant piece is modeled along the lines of the classic diver style with it's round face, wide, smooth bezel and link bracelet band. This lovely watch can stand alone and it stacks beautifully with bracelets.

    The Ely model has a scratch resistant mineral crystal and a Citizen Myota quartz movement with date display. This watch is as accurate as it is lovely to look at. The watch, while splash resistant is not waterproof. You can get a little water on it when you're washing your hands and it should be okay if you get caught in the rain but don't immerse it. As with any product made with natural wood, there will be variations in colour tone and grain pattern from piece to piece.

    Jord Watch Packaging and Watch Ely Series in Cherry