I’ve noticed that my eyes have been looking a bit puffy lately. This was an issue that I understandably wanted to fix ASAP. I tested out several different eye creams, looking for one that could not only get rid of my puffiness but also help with my dark circles. A cream that was hydrating and smoothing was also a must. I had quite a long list of demands and was starting to think that multiple eye products may be the answer. That was until I tried the dr. brandt 24/7 retinol eye cream with ruby crystal complex. This eye cream is the all-in-one eye cream that I was looking for.


dr brandt 24 7 retinol eye cream cover pic
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PACKAGING

dr brandt 24 7 retinol eye cream

The packaging is pretty standard, the cylindrical tube of product is housed in a rectangular box. The tube itself has a cap with snap closure and a pump to dispense the product. The white, black, and rose gold color scheme is clean and chic. The only negative is that the tube is rather large which may make it difficult to travel with.


CLAIMS

Retinol is one of the few ingredients contained in skin care products that is actually effective. When it comes to skin care, Retinol products are what I seek out.

dr. brandt 24/7 retinol eye cream:

  • Helps smooth the look of lines & wrinkles with time-released Retinol.
  • Hydrates & prevents moisture loss with Hydra-Balance. Hydra-Balance is a synergistic combination of lemon tree honey, phospholipids, and an amino-acid.
  • Illuminates, softens lines, and wrinkles with Ruby Crystal Complex.
  • Helps reduce redness & irritation and protects skin against oxidative stress.

Smoothing, illuminating, hydrating, this eye cream is a well-rounded product that clearly pampers the delicate skin surrounding your eyes.


INGREDIENTS

The full list of ingredients, as listed on the dr. brandt website is as follows:

Water, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Dimethiconol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Maslinic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Hydroxide, Hyaluronic Acid, Ruby Powder, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinol, Lecithin, Limonene, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).

What’s worth noting?

The briefly mentioned Ruby Crystal Complex illuminates and softens the skin around your eyes. Time-released Retinol continuously smooths the look of lines and wrinkles. Hydra-Balance hydrates and prevents moisture loss. Oliveactive is the redness and irritation reducer, it also protects your skin against oxidative stress.

This product is not tested on animals and is made without animal-derived ingredients. It also leaves out harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances.


HOW TO

Pump a pea-sized amount onto your ring finger. Lightly pat the eye cream along the bone area of your eye from the outside corner of your eye to the inner corner of your eye. Use this eye cream in both your morning and evening skincare routines.


COST & WHERE TO PURCHASE

Cost: $55.00

This eye cream is expensive, but its effectiveness makes it worth it. Similar eye creams could cost you upwards of $95.00.

I purchased mine from Macys.com and received a free gift with my purchase. Dr. Brandt’s website is often running sales, so I’d check their site out and consider buying it directly from them if you can snag a deal.

Check out my next Monday Steals post to see if Dr. Brandt is running any promotions.


DOES Dr. Brandt 24/7 Retinol Eye Cream WORK?

This eye cream does an incredible job of depuffing my eyes. It smooths my eye area, as promised and does brighten them. Most notably, this eye cream is hydrating and the hydration does last through-out the day. The 25+ 5-star reviews of this product on drbrandt.com don’t lie, this eye cream is effective.

While this eye cream doesn’t completely erase the dark circles under my eyes, it does greatly diminish them. The dark circles under my eyes are hereditary and pretty severe, if your dark circles aren’t too bad I could see this getting rid of them completely. In fact, several of those glowing reviews that I mentioned state that this does significantly reduce the appearance of dark circles leading fans of this eye cream to use less concealer.

As far as the texture and consistency of this cream, it’s very lightweight and it absorbs into the skin quickly. This is a huge bonus, especially in the morning when you’re getting ready. You can follow this eye cream up with a light concealer if desired for truly smooth and bright eyes.


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Red lips are the epitome of glamour. The shade of red made vary but the impact remains. Vintage makeup is something that can’t be worn, but exact replicas of the most gorgeous vintage colors can. Bésame Cosmetics is bringing old Hollywood starlet style to your modern boudoir with their Mini Lipstick Set 2018.


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THE VINTAGE REDS

  • Noir Red (1930)
  • Cherry Red (1935)
  • Red Velvet (1946)
  • Dusty Rose (1969)
  • Chocolate Kiss (1970)

The 5 reds in this set are vintage reproductions of exact shades made throughout the 20th century. The founder of Bésame Cosmetics, Gabriela, is a cosmetic historian, designer, author and artist. She searches vintage makeup and chooses to replicate colors that represent the years that they were originally created in.

Noir Red (1930). Deep plum, boysenberry red. This dramatic color is reminiscent of Gatsby and the grand parties synonymous with that name.

Cherry Red (1935). Deep, rich cherry red. This was an incredibly popular color that year. It’s representative of old Hollywood glamour and drama.

Red Velvet (1946). Deep red for everyday wear. This truly classic red has a neutral undertone, making it a flattering red lipstick for all skin tones.

Dusty Rose (1969). Natural rose. Now we see things start to veer away from the classic reds we picture when thinking of vintage glam. This more natural color let’s your eye makeup steal the show.

Chocolate Kiss (1970). Neutral milk chocolate brown. Nudes were all the rage in the early 70s. This softer shade was ideal for the barely-there makeup looks of its time.

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PACKAGING

The packaging is inspired by the tubes lipsticks were enclosed in in the 1940s. The mini and the full size lipsticks are encased in red and gold bullet tubes. The minis have a notch that you use to push up more lipstick when necessary and I believe that the full size lipsticks are twist up. I love the authentic look and classic boudoir feel of the lipsticks overall.


FORMULA

This lipstick is enriched with squalene, vitamin C and aloe which smooths your lips. The formula ensures that the lipsticks are incredibly comfortable to wear. They have a semi-matte finish and the very highly pigmented colors last several hours. When the color does begin to fade, it fades gracefully. Instead of looking streaky, the color tends to look lighter and lighter until you decide it’s time to re-apply.

As claimed, these lipsticks are truly one-swipe lip colors. They’re also feather-proof. Each shade applies beautifully and stays in place.


SWATCHES

Besame Cosmetics Swatches


APPLICATION TIPS

The lipstick itself, that is hand poured, has a classic lipstick shape. The pointed edge can be used to line your lips and the flat edges can be used to fill in the color. I’ve tried this and it works really well, giving you full coverage color.


COST & WHERE TO PURCHASE

The Mini Lipstick Set 2018 costs $25.00. Full size lipsticks cost $22.00 each. Bésame Cosmetics can be purchased on BesameCosmetics.com, DermStore.com, and ModCloth.com. I’ve unfortunately only seen them available for purchase online.

If you can’t decide on one color, this set is the perfect purchase. It allows you to test 5 different colors and get a feel for the formula of Bésame lipsticks.


RECOMMEND?

Yes! These lipsticks wear as beautifully as they look. The vintage shades available are classic and glamorous. Following the application tips, I find these lipsticks easy to apply. Deep reds can be tricky, but this collection doesn’t smudge or budge once in place.

Additional Pros:

  • I don’t need to prep my lips to apply them or to use heavy-duty makeup remover to scrub them off.
  • Instead of drying out my lips, like almost every other lipstick that claims to be long-lasting, these are hydrating.
  • The highly pigmented color and creaminess last.
  • The tiny tubes of lipstick can easily be thrown in even the teeniest clutch, making them the ideal travel companions.
  • The holidays may be a ways off, but this set would make a lovely gift.

Minor Cons:

  • They may require the occasional touch-up, but the softness that they give my lips make the quick swipe after a few hours of wear 100% worth it to me.
  • The mini lipsticks are pretty small, but they are large enough to wear several times. Being able to test them out multiple times allows you to get a true feel for how these lipsticks feel and what color suits you the best.



What are your favorite lipsticks? Please let me know in the comments below this post!


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Arbonne’s Mission

Arbonne transforms lives through pure, botanically based ingredients in scientifically tested products; a pure, healthy lifestyle; and the pure joy of helping others.

Arbonne’s 3 Key Initiatives

  1. Sustainable Procurement
  2. Carbon Neutral Company
  3. Zero Waste Company

Arbonne ingredients aren’t tested on animals and they are pure, safe, and beneficial. They’re also vegan and certified Gluten-Free.

Arbonne All About

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Arbonne was established in 1980, but I hadn’t heard of it until recently. The brand sounded interesting to me, I’m always willing to explore and thoroughly test out a brand that is Cruelty Free. Bonus, this one is Gluten-Free and Vegan as well. I discovered the brand when I received a very generous PR Package from Arbonne Independent Consultant Courtney Harrington. My package included almost every single product I’d need to create a full face of makeup, makeup brushes complete with a carrying case and plenty of skincare samples.

  • Makeup Primer
  • Perfecting Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen
  • Smoothed Over Lipstick in Peony #7931
  • Shape It Up Tinted Brow Cream in Medium/Dark
  • Prime & Proper Eye Makeup Primer
  • It’s a Fine Line Pencil Eye Liner in Carbon
  • It’s All in the Eyes Refillable Eye Shadow Palette
  • It’s All in the Eyes Eye Shadow in Onyx, Dawn, Henna, and Slate
  • It’s a Long Story Mascara
  • Blush in Blossom
  • Glow On Bronzer
  • Setting Pretty Translucent Loose Powder Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen
  • Cosmetics Brush Set
    • Powder Brush, Cheek Brush, Liquid Foundation Brush, All Over Eye Brush, Shading Brush, and Slant Brush
  • RE9 Advanced Sample Set
    • Smoothing Facial Cleanser, Regenerating Toner, Intensive Renewal Serum, Corrective Eye Cream, Restorative Cream, Extra Moisture Restorative Cream, Night Repair Cream

Arbonne Eye Makeup Collection


SKINCARE

RE9 Advanced, Arbonne’s healthy aging line, consists of 4 different categories: Early Maintenance, Healthy Aging, Advanced Healthy Aging, and Healthy Aging for Men.

  • Early Maintenance – Preserves and protects your youthful glow.
  • Healthy Aging – Helps skin look rejuvenated and youthful.
  • Advanced Healthy Aging – Helps skin look tighter, firmer, and more defined.

Calm is for those with sensitive skin, the extra gentle formulas in this line are made with soothing botanicals like Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Cucumber Fruit, Licorice Root Extract, Chamomile Flower Extract, Mallow Flower Extract, Japanese Green Tea Leaf Extract, and Sea Mayweed.

Clear Future was made with the help of Salicylic Acid to clear up acne blemishes and prevent more from forming in the future. This line of products also works to mattify skin by absorbing excess sebum (that makes it a great option if you have combination/oily skin) and maintain your skin’s moisture.


NUTRITION

Arbonne Essentials is a collection of self care products made up of shakes, powders, supplements, and more.

Arbonne PhytoSport products are formulated with vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. The plant-powered ingredients in these drink mixes can help your body while prepping for a workout, keep your body going during a workout, and help your body recover after completing a tough workout.

Arbonne Evolution consists of dietary supplements that may help with weight loss and weight management efforts.


BATH & BODY

Rescue & Renew products help you bring the spa experience home. These scrubs, soaks, masks, and moisturizers detoxify your skin leaving you, and your skin, reinvigorated. This line of products also includes Pure Essential Oil singles, Lemon Peppermint, Lavender, and Tea Tree, as well as a Focus Blend that combines basil, rosemary, and frankincense and a Harmony Blend that combines orange, lavender, rosemary, and ginger.

Shea Butter is harvested with fair trade principles to form a line of skin and body essentials like hand and body wash and lotions. Vitamin E, Jojoba Seed Oil, and Coconut Oil work together in this line of products to soften your skin.

ABC Arbonne Baby Care is gentle enough for the youngest members of your family. This line of products uses mild and soothing ingredients from nature. These products are allergy- and dermatologist-tested.


HAIR

Arbonne Pure Vibrance is ideal for chemically and color-treated hair. This line of products that can be used in and out of the shower will help maintain your hair’s color and its healthy shine.

FC5 products are made from 5 fruits and vegetables that help maintain hydrated, healthy-looking hair. They’re also sulfate-free making then safe to use on color-treated hair.


MAKEUP

As you can see from the list of products that I received, Arbonne has everything you need to create a flawless full face of makeup, from priming and prepping your skin to setting everything in place.

I’m looking forward to thoroughly testing all of these products and creating a full face of makeup with them that I’ll be sharing soon right here on my blog and on my YouTube channel.


Arbonne Collection of Face Makeup

Have you ever used Arbonne products? If so, which ones are your favorite? Please share in the comments below!

Thank you Courtney for this incredible package of products and for introducing me to Arbonne!


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It’s time to take your skincare routine into the future. Cleanse with a tool that analyzes your skin and creates a facial cleansing routine just for you. Everything has an app these days, and now your skincare routine will too. What beauty tool is so technologically advanced? The FOREO LUNA fofo. Let’s discuss.

Foreo Luna fofo Smart Beauty Coach

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PACKAGING

Foreo LUNA fofo Packaging

Packaged in a glass-like plastic case, the FOREO LUNA packaging is just as sleek and aesthetically pleasing as the beauty tool itself. The casing features a magnifying lens to give you an up-close and detailed look at this AI powered beauty coach. Peeling off the security sticker will allow you to pop open the case and get at your brand new toy.

The overall packaging is reminiscent of packaging you’d find your latest wireless headphones, phone, or smart watch in. It easily pops open and includes simplistic photographic instructions on how to use the FOREO LUNA fofo and change its batteries. The full FOREO LUNA fofo  manual can be downloaded on foreo.com/support. Inside the small, thin card board box that the facial cleansing brush is resting on you’ll find a tiny booklet containing basic written instructions.


CLAIMS

Foreo Luna fofo Beauty Cleanser

Here’s were things get interesting. The FOREO LUNA fofo claims to provide you with a 100% personalized skincare routine. Using this as your AI beauty coach will improve the look and feel of your skin over time. By downloading the free app, you can analyze your skin and get information on your skin’s age and its hydration levels. Based on this information, the facial cleansing brush will create a skincare routine for your skin. With each analyzation and cleanse this beauty coach gets smarter, optimizing and updating your routine.

It can be used without the app, but this is where you’ll find your personalized results. Being connected to an app allows for updates and additional features to be added. From your initial use of the product and download of the app, the technology will continue to advance at no extra cost to you. The app will have updates available for free, just like any other app on your phone.


WHAT THE FOREO LUNA FOFO IS MADE OF

Foreo Luna fofo Facial Cleanser Bristles

The LUNA fofo is a fully waterproof facial cleansing brush made of ultra-hygienic silicone. It features two cleansing surfaces. One contains finer touch-points and is ideal for larger areas of your face like your forehead and cheeks. The other contains larger touch-points and is ideal for oil-prone areas like your T-zone and chin.

On the reverse side you’ll find two gold plates, these are the skin sensors, and the power button.

The LUNA fofo is powered by two replaceable AAA batteries and it does come with a pair already installed to get you started.


HOW TO USE THE FOREO LUNA FOFO

Foreo Luna fofo Skin Sensors

Step One: Download the free FOREO for You app.

This app is available to Apple and Android users. This only needs to be done the first time you’re using the fofo facial cleansing brush. During initial set-up it will ask you to answer general questions about yourself and your skin. After this initial set-up, you can skip ahead to Step Two.

Step Two: Connect the FOREO for You App with your cleansing brush.

Open the FOREO for You app on your phone. Click CONNECT on the bottom of the screen and follow the instructions the app gives you. It will instruct you to press and hold the power button on the back of the facial cleansing brush.

Step Three: Analyze your skin.

Click ANALYZE in the lower righthand corner of the app and follow the instructions. It will guide you to press and hold the sensor side (back side) of the LUNA fofo on your Right Cheek, Left Cheek, Forehead, and then nose.

Step Four: Check our your results OR Skip ahead to Step Five and cleanse.

The screen that pops up next on the app will give you your moisture report, your skin’s age, and your skin’s type.

Step Five: Cleanse.

After anazlyzing, click SAVE & CLEANSE in the app. Dampen your face with lukewarm water and apply your favorite face wash, but avoid anything grainy as these types of cleansing/exfoliating products will damage the delicate LUNA fofo.

Like a battery powered toothbrush, the LUNA fofo will turn on and briefly pause when it’s time to cleanse the next region of your face. A chart on the app will map out which regions of your face to cleanse 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th.


COST & WHERE TO PURCHASE

fabfitfun exclusive foreo luna fofo

The FOREO LUNA fofo has a price tag that reflects it’s futuristic features: $89.00.

I received my LUNA fofo in the fabfitfun Summer 2018 box, this was part of an exclusive advanced launch of the product. The global launch is happening soon, keep an eye out.

Besides fabfitfun subscribers selling their LUNA fofos on e-bay, this product is not yet available for purchase. From what I can find on e-bay, it’s being sold pretty cheap. If you’re interested, I’d snap one up now before the global launch.


DOES THE FOREO LUNA FOFO WORK?

Foreo Luna fofo Size

It’s a fun toy, but I wouldn’t shell out $89.00 for it. As the app improves and offers more features, the cost may become worth it.

After analyzing my skin on different days and at different times of day, I found that the hydration analysis of my skin varied. Otherwise, my skin’s age and type remained the same. To test the LUNA fofo, I had my husband try it out. I didn’t change the initial set-up answers to reflect him or his skin. Curiously enough, his hydration levels differed from mine but his skin’s age and type didn’t. According to the FOREO for You app, his skin is two years younger than him and he too has combination skin (which in real life isn’t the case).

Wanting to experiment further, I installed the app on my husband’s phone, this time having him answer the initial set-up questions. He analyzed his skin again and this time his skin’s age was 4 years older than previously reported and he was told that he had oily skin. I then analyzed my skin connecting the LUNA fofo to his app, not mine. The moisture level changed, but the age and skin type didn’t. It told me that my skin age was 4 years older than it says it is on my phone’s app and it said that I have oily skin.

I’m thinking that the LUNA fofo does measure your skin’s hydration levels, but the age and type relayed in the analysis simply reflect the answers you’ve already given the LUNA fofo yourself in the initial set-up.

All of that being said, this will give your skin a deep clean and my skin really does feel and look better after using it. This is a quality, effective facial cleansing brush, but if you’re willing to skip out on the technological fun it provides, you can get the FOREO LUNA play for $39.00 or the FOREO LUNA play plus for $49.00. Still pricey, but more worth it at that price point.



Are you taken in by the hype? Let me know in the comments below!

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FOREO LUNA fofo Facial Cleansing Brush

The June 2018 Julep Maven beauty box is bringing the heat! For the first time ever, I actually chose to receive one of the curated boxes this month. I chose the Make it Sizzle curated box. The theme for June is Breezy Does It. The June collection includes 3 new shades of the It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse. These Beach Mattes include the shades Blind Date (Electric Fuchsia Metallic Matte), Skip a Beat (Posey Pink Matte), and Blush (Rose Gold Metallic Matte).

Also released this month is the Sundae Funday June 2018 nail collection. This collection of nail polish shades includes pastels, bright colors, and plenty of shine.

Here they are:

Julep June 2018 Sundae Funday Collection

  • Kelso (Classic With a Twist) – Warm Beige Micro-shimmer
  • Roberta (Wonder Maven) – Breezy Turquoise Shimmer
  • Cathy (Boho Glam) – Lemon Custard Ghost Shimmer
  • Krishni (It Girl) – Clover Flower Crème
  • Samira (Bombshell) – Coral Paradise Crème
  • May (Wonder Maven) – Pale Copper Chrome
  • Elisa (Boho Glam) – Soft Wisteria Shimmer

Julep June 2018 Flamingo Pic
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WHAT DID I GET

It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in Blind Date – $20.00 $16.00 for Mavens (Subscribers)

  • Weightless and long-lasting, this matte lip color surprisingly never feels dry. The extra finely-milled pigments give you a gorgeous, saturated color. Rosehip seed oil protects your lips and keeps them nourished.

Julep It's Whipped Lip Mousse in Blind Date

When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Golden Olive Shimmer and Sunset Gold Shimmer $16.00 $12.80 for Mavens

  • I now have When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in 4 or 5 shades, I love it that much. This eyeliner glides on so smoothly and is, as it says, long-lasting. I love the bold colors, currently available in 20 shades. Will I collect them ALL? We’ll see.

Julep Maven Make It Sizzle Box


THE JULEP MY MAVEN BOX DETAILS

Every month Julep releases a brand new collection of products. This monthly collection of products includes beauty products and brand new nail polish colors, including some that may be limited edition. Recipients can choose exactly what they receive each month on Julep’s website between the 20th and 24th of the month. Otherwise, they can let Julep decide based on their Beauty Bio answers.

Julep June 2018 It's Whipped Lip Mousse Collection

COST: 

The Julep My Maven Beauty Box contains $40+ worth of products for $24.99/month or $19.99/month with a 3-month prepaid subscription.

SHIPPING:

Boxes ship out every month starting on the 27th, they continue shipping for the next couple of weeks. It takes boxes 7-10 days to arrive.

CANCELLATION:

You can easily cancel by calling or e-mailing Julep, specifics are on their FAQ page. Besides cancelling, you have the option to skip a month. This can be done by logging into your account between the 20th and 24th and selecting “Edit My Box.” Next select “Edit Your Details,” then select the option “Skip this month.”


Remember, as Julep says, “If you can put it on, you can pull it off!”

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