The Neo Bronzer in Siena-Kevyn Aucoin


The Neo Bronzer in Capri-Kevyn Aucoin

Today we bring you a product signed for by of one of the most influential makeup artists of our time: Kevyn Aucoin, pioneer of the “art of contouring”. The Neo Bronzer is an innovative, three-in-one face palette that covers most of your needs, enhancing our skin’s glow with vibrant, luminous color.

The first aspect to point is that you can get your bronzer, blush, and highlight all in one compact case with this travel-friendly product. The packaging is just gorgeous with the colors arranged in a beautiful gradient. A single glance was enough to catch our attention.

Karen has it in shade Siena, which is a warm coral, while Lauren has shade Capri, which is a cool pink. We loved the luminous glow the product gives our skin and were glad to find shades that complement each of our skin tones.

Since this product is very pigmented, we used a light hand when applying. When using all three shades, our technique was to drag our soft tapered powder brush across the product and apply. To use the pressed powders separately, just tap each panel.

Thanks to its three-in-one color we get the illusion of naturally tanned skin in one swipe. The formula features light-diffusing pigments which enhance and perfect the skin for fresh, natural looking complexion.

Overall this is a great product for summer to give us that all over glow, sun-kissed look that screams walks on the beach, sunset parties, and warm nights. We can thank Kevyn Aucoin for a picture-perfect skin in this Summer’s photo albums.



Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo


awards box

awards box

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer

A full coverage, anti-aging, and waterproof concealer infused with subtle radiance.  Works well on fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tones, and dark circles.

awards box

Grande Cosmetics GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum

No need to resort to lash extensions and falsies when you use this serum, which leaves lashes looking longer, thicker and better than before.

awards box

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Daily Peel

A daily anti-aging extra strength peel in presoaked pads to resurrect radiance and combat the three most common signs of aging.


Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo 

This dry shampoo contains ultra-fine, oil absorbing rice starch that removes buildup and odor, leaving hair instantly clean and refreshed.  Its UV-protecting, argan oil-infused formula breaks down instantly, leaving no dull residue and maintaining the natural richness of dark, brunette tones.  It is also available in light tones. 

Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray

When lifeless hair craves style and volume, reach for this argan oil-infused spray that instantly gives strands that lived-in look we love.

Moroccanoil Protect

Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection creates a thermal protective shield that lets hair withstand extreme heat up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit, and provides soft hold and a glossy finish to extend the life of every style.  This vitamin infused heat protectant also nourishes while preventing breakage and split ends. 


If you’re beauty enthusiasts like your 2 orchids, then you’ve heard of New Beauty, the pioneering beauty magazine. Now that award season is here, it’s time to peek into The Awards Box From New Beauty Magazine.

First, an honor statement: we love awards season! We always strive to keep our readers up to speed with the best of best in beauty, so it’s no surprise that we had four of the five items featured in the last special-edition awards box.

Featured items included Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination, Dr. Dennis Gross extra strength daily peel, and Grande Lash-MD. These selections are so exciting because we always hope to find that new breakthrough product that we have never heard of, and that will soon become a favorite.

Each New Beauty Magazine box includes full and deluxe-size samples of the very best in beauty for only $50 (visit new Since this awards box sold out in less than 48 hours last year, we thought we might mention that you’ll have another chance to grab one this summer before they’re gone.

For many months editors from New Beauty Magazine go through tons of serums, hairsprays, makeup and more. After considering each item, they then go through a selection process. The best products are then taken home with the editors, where the testing continues. While some make the cut, others are eliminated. Only the survivors make it to the beauty box.

In the past, we have subscribed to boxes such as Birchbox, Ipsy, and more recently Karen gets boxes from The Zoe Report Box of Style, and now Nordstrom. Besides being like Christmas once a month, you get handpicked items delivered right to your doorstep. The best part is we got to share these products with you over the years.

Luckily for us, beauty junkies, fingers are crossed so that we stumble upon a new discovery from the experts at New Beauty Magazine. You know, the ones that make you feel confident, and like a million bucks. Day after day after day!



Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo
Protect Information obtained from Grande Cosmetics, Moroccanoil, New Beauty Magazine, & Sephora

everyday beauty essentials

everyday beauty essentials
Nars Orgasm Blush

A peach-pink color, replete with flecks of gold shimmer, is one of the most flattering blushes ever created. Works with ANY skin tone.

everyday beauty essentials

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

Lancome Grandiose Bendable Liquid Eyeliner was the true winner! Its smudge-free formula allows you to create a line as fine or as thick as you desire. With that said, we just had to give some love to Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara. This mascara gives intense, full body, high-volume lashes in a single stroke.

everyday beauty essentials

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

1 Tube of this hand cream is sold every three seconds! That should be proof enough that this holy grail works on dry hands and it’s never greasy.

everyday beauty essentials

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

With its clean scent and creamy formula, this moisturizing body wash does a good job of leaving skin squeaky-clean but never dried out. 

everyday beauty essentials

L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray

Strong enough to lock your style in place for hours, but fine enough that it combs right out, consider this hairspray a must.


We often scour beauty magazines to keep up with the latest and greatest when it comes to beauty essentials. In the current issue of New Beauty Magazine Spring-Summer 2017 edition, the magazine featured several award-winning beauty products. We weren’t surprised that we had many of them in our beauty arsenal.  In fact, these are so good that we’ve found ourselves buying them over and over again.  All of them are must-haves in our daily routine, and we know that they will quickly become part of your daily regimen as well. Consider these the best of the best!

Information obtained from New Beauty Magazine
Spring-Summer 2017



By Terry Tea To Tan Face & Body Bronzer 


Sunny days are coming; we better be ready! Time to look at a high-end bronzer that creates, builds, and enhances a natural-looking tan. Tea To Tan Face & Body Hydra-Bronze By Terry is a self-tanning free bronzing water with a universal shade that suits any skin tone.

This bronzer delivers a sun-kissed natural look making our skin look healthy without a self-tanning agent. We are impressed with the mistake-proof composition that prevents transfers but washes off in the shower.

We simply spray it on a large makeup brush and then apply to our face, neck, shoulders, and décolletage. You can customize the application as you please thanks to the bi-phased formula. Despite being waterproof and quick-drying, you may want to give it a few minutes to set before getting dressed.

Enriched with black and red tea extracts that provide antioxidant protection, this product is so versatile that you can get dual results, depending on how to use the water: calm or shaken.

With the calm water method, you obtain a subtle matte color effect that you can wear under or over makeup. Use after you shake the bottle and get a shimmer effect that gives a beautiful bronze glow that will set and last.

We approve the powdery floral scent that reminds us of roses and has some fruit active essence tones. With the help of this revolutionary bronzing water product, it’s easy to be a bronze goddess year-round. Get your skin ready to shine like a watercolor masterpiece.



Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo


Almond Shower Oil

Fun Fact: This shower oil transforms into a delicate foam when it comes into contact with water.  It is also great for shaving your legs!

Almond Supple Skin Oil

 Fun Fact: Formulated with more than 50% Almond Oil, this light, fine body oil effectively helps skin feel supple and smoother.


Lavender Foaming Bath

Fun Fact: L’Occitane uses lavender sourced directly from farmer’s cooperatives in Haute-Provence.

Shea Butter Hand Cream

Fun Fact: 1 of the Shea Butter Hand Creams is sold every 3 seconds around the globe!


Almond Milk Concentrate

Fun Fact: Put this on directly after the shower as to accompany your Almond Shower Oil.

Divine Cream

Fun Fact: The main ingredient in the Divine Cream is essential oils from the Immortelle flower, a flower found off the coast of Corsica that never fades, even after it’s been picked.

L'Occitane Eau De Parfum

Terre de Lumière Eau de Parfum

Fun Fact: This fragrance is brand new and just launched April 12th.  It’s inspired by the Golden Hour, a moment in time right before the sun sets when the light embraces the sky. 


Sometimes we can use a little pampering session. Let’s say a head to toe luxurious experience with products made with the finest ingredients. Join us on a trip around L’Occitane’s Beauty Essentials & Luxuries.

Known for being truthful to the best scents and traditions of the South of France, L’Occitane has put together a line of products that is an absolute temptation – from shower gel to fragrance nothing is forgotten.

Karen and I are long-time fans of the Almond Shower Oil, which gives your skin a silky, unbelievably soft texture all year-round, especially in the winter months. It doesn’t hurt that it’s the best product for shaving!

To make our bathing experience even more fabulous, try the Lavender Foaming Bath for a heavenly lavender scented, soothing, and relaxing bath with lots of bubbles. You’ll be transported to the blue fields of lavender in Provence in a blink.

If you are following our routine, the Almond Supple Skin Oil or The Soothing Almond Milk Concentrate are next in line for an extra dose of hydration after the shower. And please don’t forget the hand cream, which is highly concentrated with 20% shea butter but absorbs into the skin without leaving oily traces.

Next stop: your beautiful face. The Crème Divine is an anti-aging face cream that gives up a youthful glow and leaves our skin vibrant and radiant. This best-selling, award-winner hydrates and soothes, while fighting against those unwanted wrinkles and visible signs of aging.

Finnish up you pamper session with a warm and sensual fragrance: Terre De Lumiere Eau de Parfum. With a blend of zesty, sweet and musk, it’s the perfect scent for hot summer months. It lasts a long time and is incredibly addictive, though not overpowering.

As you can tell, we are very keen with this post and confident that you will love the entire line. We always want products to perform well, especially when there is a steeper price tag involved; these passed the test with distinction.

Each one of these products would be perfect Mother’s Day gift. We know it’s not as bold as offering a trip to the South of France, but if you invest in this line, you’ll get a close experience without the jet-leg and airport stress-free. Case to say: bon voyage!

*Fun Facts provided by L’Occitane


Editor: Maria Ines Raposo