After hearing all the hype about CBD products, I went out a search for something for my husband to use on his aching muscles. I found a line of products at my neighborhood spa called Mary’s Nutritionals. The spa staff didn’t seem to have a lot of education on the products but told me to buy this skin compound for $50.
I took it home and we opened it up. It had a hard, almost waxy consistency. The store had warned me and said you it would warm on your skin and soften. We both scraped some out and applied to different areas of the body. It has a mentholish scent (kind of like Bengay) and kind of floats on the skin. Neither of us could really tell if it made any difference The product also seemed to degrade/change colors after we opened it. The results were similar to any menthol or freezing compound you can buy at the drugstore.
The container didn’t come with any directions. Does it take multiple applications to work? Do you need to put it on more than once per day? Who knows? I tried calling Mary’s direct three different times. Each time you wait on hold for 20 minutes until you get a message that says they are busy and to call back later.
Final verdict: The product seemed to work as well as Icy Hot, at five times the price. The packaging and customer service is the company’s biggest downfall. If you want to try a CBD product, I would buy from a big brand or major drugstore. At least you can take it back if it doesn’t work.
Bluemercury offers free two day-shipping everyday.
I recently ran out of my favorite NARS blush, Gaiety. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it at any local store, so I went on a web search. It is available at the NARS site but I wasn’t interested in stacking the cart or paying $5.95 for shipping. Luckily, I ran into Bluemercury.
Bluemercury is a boutique beauty retailer that carries higher end makeup and skincare. You’ll find brands like Bobby Brown, Tom Ford, Laura Mercier and Hourglass. The big bonus about the company is you get free two-day shipping with practically every purchase.
I bought a NARS blush for $30 and got free shipping, three samples and one deluxe sample. I got a pair of skyn ICELAND firming ice gels, Hum Glow Sweet Glow gummies, NARS deluxe Sheer Glow Foundation sample and Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian thermal water mineral-rich moisturizer.
So next time you need something, check out Bluemercury!
Summer is here, along with the need for a good pedicure. Unfortunately, no amount of scrubbing by the most amazing manicurist can make those winter feet super smooth. The only way to get them baby smooth is with a foot mask. Peeling foot masks are made with alpha hydroxy acids that penetrate deep into the skin, removing callouses and dead skin.
This mask by Earth Therapeutics (I may get a commission from this link.) is enriched with Tea Tree Oil, adding moisture during the peeling process. I left my mask on for about an hour and my feet felt “cold” for a few days after. Kind of like if you put Ben-Gay on your feet. It takes about a week for the peeling to start and it’s kind of gross for a few days – wear socks to catch the skin. I also used a pumice stone to get some of the skin off, even though it says not to do that.
After the peeling stopped, all my dry skin was gone and my feet actually looked younger! It even took a layer off my toenails, making them smoother. I am definitely going to use this mask again when my feet get gross again.
You can find these masks for around three dollars at Wal-mart, Harris Teeter and other big box stores. ULTA has them in a two-pack for around $10.
Coming from an area where shopping is plentiful, I always feel like they are not enough ULTA locations in Maryland. Beauties in the Baltimore area will soon have a new store to visit in Arundel Mills! The new location will be having a grand opening weekend that begins on May 3, 2019.
The special event runs Friday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 5th. Each day the first 100 guests* will receive an Ulta Beauty treat – valued anywhere from $5 to $100. Guests must be 16 or older to get the gift. For more details about the grand opening, visit the ULTA Facebook page.
The store is also hiring, so if you’re looking click here.
ULTA has a great gift set right now filled with everything you need to glow this summer. ‘The Glow Up’ gift set is $20 and includes six prestige brand products. It also has a $5 coupon you can use to purchase a full-size version of one of the products in the set.
Here’s what you get:
Becca Light Priming Filter .5 fl. oz. – This purple primer gets rid of dullness and can be used with or without makeup.
Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil .14 fl.oz. – Rosehip Seed Oil is a moisturizing anti-aging compound that helps to improve the look of fine lines and skin texture.
Laura Gellar New York Dewdreamer Illuminating Drops in Gilded Honey (full size) – This ultra pigmented illuminator can be used with or without foundation as well as on the body to produce a nice glow.
Lorac Light Source 3-in-1 Illuminating Primer in Dusk .33 fl.oz. This golden primer can be used alone or under foundation. Can also be used to highlight.
NARS Orgasm .12 oz. – One of the most popular blushes in the world, this pinky-peach blush that looks good on every complexion. This is also the main reason I bought this kit!
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray .5 fl.oz. – Use this setting spray instead of or on top of your setting powder. Keeps your makeup set all day and all night!
This set is a great value, so get it before it’s gone!