Derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub – review


A weekly microdermabrasion scrub is essential to removing dead kin cells, making your skin look and feel smoother. It also does wonders in reducing fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars. But if you have sensitive skin, you have to be careful. You could irritate it further.

Derma e is a natural facial brand making products that are simple and effective. I picked up this scrub at the 2015 Cosmoprof show in Las Vegas. I just got around to trying it out and I love it. It is made with lime and lemon peels, grapeseed, Vitamin E, is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free and lanolin-free. You just rub it onto skin for around one minute (I usually put it on before getting in the shower) and then rinse off. Your skin instantly feels smoother and looks better. You can use it once a week, maybe twice depending on the sensitivity of your skin.

You can find it ULTA, Whole Foods and a bunch of other retailers at around $32.50.  New to the brand? Go to and get ten samples for just $4.95 including shipping. You can also pick up a $2 off coupon at the site.


Back to school beauty for under $10



The new school year is just a few weeks away. One way to take away the back to school blues is shopping! Here are a few makeup and beauty must haves that won’t set you back more than ten bucks.

Cologne Vial Samplers from Demeter (from top left): Fragrance not only makes your body smell good, it also lifts up your mind. Fragrance purveyor Demeter has more than 200 fragrances from simple scents like vanilla  and marshmallow to nostalgic scents like Mr. Bubble. Roll-ons start at $10 or try sample vials for just $2.50 each.

Dylan’s Candy Bar Press-On Nails: There is only one way to describe these cute press on nails from Dylan’s Candy Bar – sweet! Amp up your nails for class with these beauties for just $6.50. Also available in cotton candy,

Wonder Pencil by NYX: This pencil is a makeup kit essential. Use it to highlight brows, cover blemishes, highlight and line. Comes in three colors, $4.50 everywhere NYX is sold.

Rosebud Salve: This wonder salve gives you just a little hint of color while healing and moisturizing chapped lips. Use it to moisturize cuticles, soothe cuts and more. Only $6 and lasts forever.

Tony Moly I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet – This easy to use sheet mask By Korean brand Tony Moly is  formulated with red wine extract to reduce pores, tighten and purify skin. Just place on your face, relax and in 20 minutes you’ll feel like you went to the spa, $3.75 at ULTA.

Ballet Slippers by Essie – This light pink polish by Essie is one of the most popular nail polish colors on the planet.  The sheer pale pink color looks great on everyone and is perfect for any occasion, $8.50 wherever Essie is sold.

KISS Beautiful Brow Kit:  Brows are the centerpiece for your face. This kit by KISS has everything you need to get them in shape including two powders, wax, highlighter, brushes, razor and stencils. Available for only $7.99 at Walgreens, Rite Aid and Walmart.


DIY makeup for Girl’s Night Out

Looking for something new to do for Girl’s Night Out? How about making your own makeup? It may seem like an arduous task, buying all the ingredients and searching Pinterest for recipes. But if you live in the Maryland/DC area, you  are in luck! I recently attended a “make and take event” put on by the founders of Dear Baby Products,  a local company that makes handmade pregnancy and baby safe bath and beauty products.


Kate Ansari from Dear Baby brought everything we needed to make a foundation and a lip balm, including  ingredients, utensils and containers.  All we had to do was measure, mix and have fun experimenting with the pigment powders. Kate was there for guidance and to help us out with color matching. All the ladies left with customized products made from safe, natural ingredients like avocado oil, shea butter and aloe vera.

The color palette.

Kate and Dear Baby Products offer make and take events for baby showers, girls night out, team-building events and more. The optimum size for an event is between 10 to 20 people. This keeps the cost agreeable (around $20 per person) and gives everyone enough time and attention to make their products. To schedule your own make and take, go to

The finished products.

You can also buy products from the Dear Baby Product line on the web or at Maryland area Whole Foods stores.



Birthday beauty freebies


July is my birthday month. There is no better way to celebrate your birthday than with some great freebies and discounts from your favorite beauty retailers!  Here are the ones I scored for 2015:

Sephora – Beauty Insiders get a pair of NARS Lip Pencils in Cruella and Rikugien. The deluxe samples aren’t that much smaller than the full size. VIP Beauty Insiders also get a NARS eyeliner. All you have to do is sign up before your birthday month. No purchase required.

Victoria’s Secret: Sign up for emails and get a special coupon for your birthday that entitles you to $10 off a $30 purchase. Get something in the beauty department or load up on cotton panties.

ULTA – ULTA changes the birthday gift every few months or so. This summer I got a  deluxe sample of Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara.  You have to be an ULTAmate rewards member and you’ll get an email around your birthday that is good for 30 days. Another perk you’ll receive is 2 X points during your birthday month. I got a haircut, bought some hair products and makeup staples and ended up with $8 in rewards – and these are good on all brands and products.

The Body Shop – Members of the Love Your Body program get $10 on their birthday. A membership costs $10 per year, but you also get 10 percent off everyday purchases plus you accumulate points toward reward certificates.

Godiva – This isn’t a beauty product but it is chocolate! Join the rewards program to get a free piece of chocolate each month, rewards for purchases and other exclusive offers. For my birthday I got a $10 ceritficate that I used toward the Birthday Truffle Flight $16-$10= $6.

Makeup storage meets evening bag with the Dollup Case

Dollup Beauty Case, $52
Dollup Beauty Case, $52

This past week I went back to Las Vegas for the annual Cosmoprof Las Vegas convention and here is one of the innovative products I saw on the floor. The Dollup Case is a small clutch that has been fit with a magnetic base designed to hold metal makeup pans. It also has a nice sized mirror and elastic holders for lipstick, liner etc.  There are a variety of makeup brands that are selling their products palette ready (Stila, MUFE, Inglot and Urban Decay) or you can simply pop the pan out of any existing palette.


I just bought a new Naked Basics palette, but I could take the unused pans in the old palette and stick them in the Dollup Case for when I am out on the town or traveling. The Dollup Case is available in six colors and retails for $52. Find them in Von Maur department stores online at


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