Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Milani Luminoso Blush

This is a much raved about product, it's been reviewed a million times by a million other bloggers. But...this is the first time I've seen it. Milani products were not sold anywhere near me until very recently. I had to grab this blush as soon as I saw the Milani section. I've just only ever heard how amazing it is.

And guess what? It lives up to the hype.

I honestly thought it was way too light when I saw it in the package. I thought it looked like a peachy highlighter. But I resisted the urge to think I knew better and bought it anyway. So glad I did.

This blush is unlike any other blush I own, it's a unique shade of peachy goodness. It has a gorgeous glowy sheen built in that totally eliminates the need to add highlighter. I really like how this makes your face pop, brightens it up and pulls your whole look together.

I can see this working on multiple skin tones and lasting a very long time, as it is a baked product. I swatched Luminoso next to my 3 other favorite blushes for comparison. You can see how different of a color it is but it ends up being so flattering! Definitely a natural, kicked up flush result.

CoverGirl Soft Mink, NYX Pinched, Milani Luminoso, NYX Dusty Rose
It looks the most similar to my beloved Soft Mink, but Soft Mink has a more silvery shimmer which makes it a cooler toned blush and Luminoso is definitely more golden and warm. 

I don't much care for the packaging. It feels bulky and fragile at the same time. Other than that, this is a happy addition to my blush collection and I get why everyone obsesses over it.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Amena Bean Luminous Peptide Serum

Today I'm reviewing another fantastic Amena Bean product.  This little bottle has completely changed my skin care regime. I literally only use 3 things on my face at night now. Cetaphil face wash, Amena Bean serum and Aveeno daily moisturizer. Massive changes for a product junkie like me.

This is just amazingness in a bottle.

Amena Bean describes this product as:

Luminous Peptide Serum

Dry, Sensitive, Oily, Normal, Combination

Available Sizes: 1 oz, 16 oz

This serum uses Bearberry, Daisy, Licorice Leaf Extracts and CoQ10 & natural skin brighteners (no hydroquinone) to enhance the appearance of the skin.


Apply to cleansed skin before moisturizer or sun protection.


Clinical test with Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 resulted in a 44% reduction of deep wrinkles, a 37% reduction of main wrinkle density, and a 16% increase in lifting effect.
Clinical tests with Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract resulted in a reduction of melanin formation and anti-oxidative activity, providing significant lightening effects. Results of a comparative study conducted with Belides (Daisy) Flower Extract and Arbutin (another trade mark lightener that has been a popular ingredient), used at equivalent polyphenol concentrations, showed that (Daisy) Flower Extract was twice as active as Arbutin.

Key Ingredients

Red Maine Algae(Ahnfelita Conccina Extract) – increases skin hydration significantly with enzymes and mineral naturally found in this algae extract, which is indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands. Sodium Hyaluronate – holds up to a thousand times its weight in moisture retention properties. Bearberry Extract (Uva Ursi Extract) Licorice Extract and Daisy Extract- ingredients to even out skin tone. Co Q10, Vitamins C & E, and Green Tea Extract – that fight free radicals that damage skin causing anti aging effects. Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (Argireline) - is a topical botox, relaxing the muscles that cause deep wrinkles around the forehead.

Since this had such major promises (skin lightening AND topical botox results!!) I have been using this for a month and a half to see the results myself before coming to any conclusions.

I have to say, it definitely does work in the lightening department and toning the overall appearance of my skin. As I've previously mentioned, I have some sunspots on my forehead and hyperpigmentation on my cheeks that are basically the bane of my skin issues and drive me crazy. I've used this serum religiously twice a day and those areas are practically gone.

As far as the deep wrinkle relief...luckily I don't have any deep wrinkles YET so I can't really testify to that. I will say though, that I have noticed a major improvement in the suppleness and overall skintone. My face just has a glowiness without any makeup on it now that it hasn't for a while. I attribute some of that to the Amena Bean glycolic moisture cream that I love so much, but when used in conjunction with this serum I saw major results.

Overall, I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking to reverse sun damage, brighten their skin tone, reduce minimal signs of aging and improve the overall appearance of their skin. Amena Bean has impressed me again!

For more information on Amena Bean products you can contact Elaine at:

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**This product was sent to me for consideration of a review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own**

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pretty Little Things

Sometimes I like to go on and just oogle pretty things and felt like sharing... Happy Friday!

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Falling Leaf Nails

It was a foggy, cloudy Saturday here this past weekend. My son took a spill on his scooter and was nursing quite the fat lip, so he asked to watch a movie. Once Hocus Pocus started playing, I knew I was ready for some fall nails. I decided to do a mixed mani (different patterns on each nail). So I came up with this:

Essie "Well Structured" with Wet n Wild "Glamorous Gold" glitter on my pinky and Thumb

Ultra Pro Nail "Big Spender" on my ring fingers. I used a black nail art brush to make a tree and then used both the small and large sides of my dotting tool to make falling trees. I used 3 colors to make the "leaves".

Sinful "Courtney Orange" on my middle finger.

Essie "Well Structured" with China Glaze "Tarnished Gold" crackle polish on my pointer finger.

Well Structured is one of my favorite fall colors. It reminds me of rich leather, like the color of an expensive handbag.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Favorite Fall Products

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I am so excited for fall. We are a family obsessed with being "cozy" and we love this time of year so much. The colors, the smells, the fun activities! We just love everything about fall. So right after Labor Day, we transition happily!

I thought it might be kind of fun to go through and list all of the fun products that I use and love this time of year! I'm also using stock photo's because most of my own products are very well loved and don't look very pretty anymore!

Bath and Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Lotion. My husband loves this stuff. He notices it every time I use it and always knows when I am wearing it. I like the lotion best, it seems to last the longest. It's a perfectly creamy pumpkin scent without being too spicy or way too sweet.

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Healthy Sexy Hair Pumpkin products. I found these last year at TJ Maxx and bought everything I could find in it. The smell is just SO yummy! I am currently using the Pumpkin Whipped Souffle Styling Cream and the Pumpkin Potion Leave In Conditioner. They both make your hair extremely soft and manageable but also leave it smelling like the best pumpkin pie you've ever had.
TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner. The bottles call it "comfort food for damaged hair" and it really is. It also happens to smell like the most amazing mixture of honey, oats, cream and sweetness. It makes my hair so lush and moisturized and the scent lasts all day. I usually only ever use this in the fall and I have used it for YEARS. Such a great product.

Febreze Chai Latte Melts. YUM. These Febreze melts have totally replaced my need to buy Scentsy from the catalog. I love the Lavendar Blueberry and the Orange Honeycomb scents too, but Chai Latte is just divine. Spicy and comforting without being cinnamon-y or overpowering. Smells up your whole house!
Febreze Home Collection Wax Melts, Chai Latte, 6 Pack

International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice coffee creamer. I mean...seriously. Ridiculously good stuff. No need to stop by coffee shops every morning when you can have something this great at your house. I buy this in doubles and hate when it is replaced with the Christmas flavors.

International Delight Presents: Pumpkin Pie Spice
McCall's Country Canning "Autumn Leaves" candle. I get one of these every fall from a little boutique in my town and just love it. It's fall in a cup and the rustic packaging just looks so cute amid all the other fall decor in our house.

Autumn Leaves Classic Jar Candle - 26 oz.
Movies. Major fall movie fan here. My requirements for a "fall movie" are not very strict, I just have a selection of movies that we only bust out this time of year and they all remind me of fall. My all time favorite any kind of movie is also my favorite fall movie. You've Got Mail ("Don’t you love New York in the Fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies… I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address"!!). Other must-haves are Practical Magic, Hocus Pocus, Runaway Bride, When Harry Met Sally,  The Others, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Gilmore Girls, Picnic, Stepmom and The Proposal,.

Do you have any other recommendations? What products can you just not wait to bust out and use this time of the year?