What did Allure send out in their September beauty multitaskers box? #AllureBeautyBox

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September was a good month for me with my beauty subscriptions. This is the third one I’m writing about this week. Next week I’ll write about Boxycharm and have a giveaway for the products I can’t use from these so this will be a win/win group of reviews. ALLURE BEAUTY BOX ($15 per month) is my newest subscription and I’m still on the fence about it. While I like a good amount of products in the box, I’m just not sure I need this sub. Unlike Sephora Play this has brands that sell everywhere from drugstore to beauty sites to online only sites. This month has one full size product and 5 sample sizes. I didn’t do the math to figure out the value of this $15 subscription although I’m quite sure it’s worth a lot more than what I paid.

September 2016 Allure Beauty Box

September 2016 Allure Beauty Box

Skincare seems to be more prevalent in Allure’s boxes than cosmetics. The August box contained more products with two brands (not products) in both boxes.

September Allure Beauty Box Skincare

September Allure Beauty Box Skincare

Avene Eau Thermale PhysioLift Eyes is a wrinkle smoothing eye treatment. Since I love eye creams I’m happy to have this one to try out. It contains Hyaluronic Acid which is a hero ingredient for me. Although just a regular size sample, not deluxe, I’m happy to see it in the box.

Avene Eau Thermale PhysioLift Eyes

Avene Eau Thermale PhysioLift Eyes

Supergoop Shine On Lip Screen SPF 50 is teeny but it’s a winner. Who doesn’t need a sunscreen for their lips and one that’s easy to carry in any size bag or pocket is happiness. Use this alone or as your gloss for the day. Last month brought me a Supergoop product that is too fragranced for me so this is an improvement.

Supergoop Shine On Lip Screen SPF 50

Supergoop Shine On Lip Screen SPF 50

Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk is a repeat brand from last month but not a repeat product. This moisturizing cleanser is one that will end up in my travel bag. One nice thing about it is that you can start with dry skin, rub it on and wash it off. Now if only I’d travel more!

Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk

Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk

GrandeMascara is something I’ve read about but haven’t had a chance to try yet. It’s said to give you major volume and length and I sure hope so. My lashes have been looking a little too wimpy lately so I can use some help. I’ll report back on it.

GrandeMascara

GrandeMascara

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in Nourishing Nude was the one item I was looking forward to when I saw some sneak peaks. This is a new formula from Orly and can be a one coater depending on color. There are 10 colors that you could get but guess what? I don’t look good in nude polish. Nude lips yes but not nude nails. Therefore someone will win this unopened bottle of Orly Breathable in the giveaway.

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in Nourishing Nude

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in Nourishing Nude

Bulgari Omnia Paraiba is different than the one pictured so I’m guessing that a variety came in the boxes. This is the prettiest bottle of fragrance. I love the way it looks. Bulgari Omnia Paraiba is a beautiful blue. Sephora describes it as “The fragrance is an olfactive fusion intertwining fruits and flowers in a lively rhythm, a fragrance dedicated to a woman whose exuberant spirit overflows into pure, seductive sensuality.” Someone is going to fall in love with this.

Bulgari Omnia Paraiba

Bulgari Omnia Paraiba

Bulgari Omnia Paraiba

Bulgari Omnia Paraiba

And there we go. More products that I won’t use than I will but I’m not giving up. I’ve seen boxes that have been terrific plus I know everyone’s needs and taste is different. Hope springs eternal! What did you like about the Allure Beauty Box for September?  —  Marcia

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Top Ten Sunscreens for 2015 – eyes, lips, body and face

Welcome to the 2015 version of favorite sunscreens. I’ve done both a Makeup Wars in 2013 on favorites and a Top Ten Tuesday in 2014. You’ll see some products that remain the same and some new ones. We can’t forget any part of our body and I didn’t want to forget children since I go through more sunscreen for them than I do for myself. — Marcia
1435625486_1115290AVEENO® Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50  A lot of Aveeno products have fragrance so when I am sent one that is fragrance free I’m over the moon. I find myself using this for my body all the time. It’s $10.99 but I often find coupons or specials for it. This has become a staple for both my husband and myself.
1435625420_serum_510x600SUPERGOOP CITY SERUM is the one I want for my face. I buy this every summer. This is fragrance free and gentle on my skin. It wears really well under foundation and provides anti-aging benefits and SPF 30.
1435625218_eyecream_510x600SUPERGOOP ADVANCED AGING EYE CREAM* is another product that was on last year’s list. This SPF 37 sunscreen is a great undereye protectant. The applicator makes it easy to apply and is cooling at the same time. Supergoop is really a top notch brand.
1435625098_murad-invisiblur-300x259MURAD INVISIBLUR PERFECTING SHIELD* isn’t a sunscreen per se but with SPF 30 it’s great under foundation. It gives a totally clear sunscreen protection while also blurring imperfections. There are many days I use this and not an additional SPF protect.
1435625029_algenist-tmALGENIST REPAIRING TINT RADIANCE MOISTURIZER with SPF 30* is one of the foundations that I’ve been using a lot lately. Recently a friend blogged about it and how it totally changed her skin so out it came again. I’d forgotten just how wonderful it was. It comes in 4 shades and I wear it in Light. I love getting amazing skincare benefits along with hiding my redness and sunspots.
1435624971_6062_lg_1LATHER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 LIP BALM is what I discovered after I started using the Lather Tinted Lip Balms. I like the spearmint the best but it’s great to try the 3 pack with citrus, spearmint and unscented since I need lip balm in every purse or pocket.
1435624891_balmfamily_510x6001SUPERGOOP FUSION LIP BALM SPF 30 is the one I like when I’m at the pool or splashpad with my babies. Even though I try not to be in direct sunlight, they love it. This squeeze tube comes in 2 flavors (mint and acai) with mint being my fave.
1435624812_1115092 AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50* is one of my main sunscreen for the kids. My granddaughter is 20 months old and she adores running around after her brother outside. I need sunscreen for them and this Aveeno is a pleasure to use. She doesn’t squirm when I apply it on her and it spreads easily. Bright sun or overcast days still need sunscreen and this is a great reasonably priced alternative.
1435624755_broad_spectrum_spf50_mineral_sunscreen_2015MUSTELA BROAD SPECTRUM MINERAL SPF 50 SUNSCREEN* is new to me and from the minute it arrived I knew it was perfect for my two little loves. This has both UVA and UVB protection in a mineral base and no fragrance.
1435624704_broad_spectrum_spf50_sun_stick.jpg.pagespeed.ce.dats3hfv_sMUSTELA BROAD SPECTRUM MINERAL SUNSCREEN STICK with SPF 50* is the one I let my grandson use. He loves rubbing the stick on himself and I finally have a way of applying sunscreen on him without a big struggle. Of course I sneak the Mustela lotion on the parts of his body he can’t reach. This is a win-win situation.


* denotes sent for editorial consideration, some products have been personal purchases and repurchases. I am an Aveeno ambassador.

Top Ten Winter Helpers

1419727169_waxelene_lip_balm_tube_0WAXELENE Lip Balm, the Petroleum Jelly Alternative – I not only have a review of this scheduled for later today (12/30/14) but I also have a giveaway for this. I have a ton of lip balms that I can recommend to you but Waxelene is different since it’s soothing and healing plus it has so many uses. It’s more than a lip balm, it’s for dry skin, diapers, chapped lips, makeup removal etc. It comes in many sizes including this lip tube. A winner at only $3.99.*
1419727088_lip-rx-kit-800x800GABRIEL RX LIP KIT containing a lip balm and a lip scrub – a review is coming up for this kit soon. It contains a lip scrub to help banish the flakies and make your lips soft and smooth to prepare for lipsticks. It also contains a great lip balm that is great under lipstick.*
1419727038_31axlo1yjel._sy300_MIRACLE OF ALOE, MIRACLE FOOT REPAIR – I have a lot of foot creams that I use for softer feet but this is my miracle foot cream. My feet were such a wreck after the harsh water of the hospital and a month without showering that I thought I’d never get them back to normal. I slathered this on twice a day and my feet are so smooth now that it’s hard to believe. I’ve bought it several times and it’s something that’s shared by my family.
1419726913_1195078AVEENO SKIN RELIEF MOISTURE REPAIR – This is a winter savior and it’s fragrance free!! It’s for the dryest of skin which is what happens to mine in the winter. Last winter’s Polar Vortex made me rush out to purchase this.
1419726840_rocgoldday30_fulRoC RETINOL CORREXION DEEP WRINKLE DAILY MOISTURIZIER WITH SPF 30 – A long name for an excellent product. It’s not a heavy moisturizer so your skin can breathe easily. The SPF30 is great because it’s broad spectrum.*
1419726783_fvlbodybutterLAVANILA BODY BUTTER in Fresh Vanilla Lemon – La Vanila makes this in several fragrances so you can pick the one you like best. It contains 100% pure shea & cocoa butters so it’s a great winter protectant. You’ll smell good and you’ll feel soft. Full review (and a giveaway) will be coming up.*
1419726698_lemon_hc_largeBE DELECTABLE HAND CREAM in Lemon + Cream – I love the be Delectable line and can recommend all their products. I chose the Hand Cream today because while I need a hand cream all year, I’m desperate for it in winter. It contains mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera to nourish your hands and cuticles. The smell of the lemon is divine.*
1419726602_large_dnabarrierNEOVA DNA BARRIER – This is one of my favorite moisturizers for night. I love how this feels on my skin and how my skin looks when I wake up the next morning. It’s rich but doesn’t clog pores, it has no fragrance, it’s soothing and it’s wonderful. I just finished one and I’m ordering another for sure. *
1419726516_serum_510x600SUPERGOOP ANTI-AGING CITY SUNSCREEN SERUM – This turned into my favorite sunscreen. If the product that I’m using for daytime moisturizing doesn’t have sunscreen then it’s Supergoop to the rescue. No fragrance which is important to me. Gentle and non-greasy. It works great with or without makeup. I wrote about it in July and I am writing about it again at the end of December so it’s a love all year round.*
1419726422_aaa_oil_30ALGENIST ADVANCED ANTI-AGING REPAIRING OIL – I’ve grown to love oil on my face but they aren’t all created equal. This past summer I was testing one by Yes to Blueberries and while the price was right, I finally gave up on it since it was too heavy. An oil needs to be gently absorbed and not sit on top of your skin. Algenist does just that. You can use a few drops or mix it with a serum. Either way it’s protecting my skin this winter and helping with the dehydration that I see.
There are a lot more products that I could have included in this Top Ten list but these are the ones in my current rotation. They are all products I’m thrilled to count as winter saviors. — Marcia
See what the other Top Ten ladies want to share so you can get through this winter.


*some items sent for editorial consideration, some purchased by me and some sent have been repurchased.

Lisa’s Top Ten Self Tanners

Self tanners have come a long way, baby. Years ago they were difficult to apply, smelled horrific, and turned you an unnatural looking orange. There are some truly great options out there today, options so great no one should be afraid to faux tan! I put my self tanners into two categories:  one night stands (these only last until you wash them off) and marriage material (these give you more committment – at least one week). Here are my top ten self tanners. The first five are my favorite one night stands and the next five are my favorite marriages.

1.  Gleam Body Radiance

Gleam Body Radiance

Gleam Body Radiance

Four fantastic color options, this one night stand is also the perfect remedy for any bad ‘marriages’.

2.  Red Carpet Kolour

Red Carpet Kolour

Red Carpet Kolour

Oh my this is a terrific one night stand…it makes any skin flaws disappear with beautiful tint and soft shimmer.

3.  Le Metier Bella Bronzer

Le Metier Bella Bronzer

Le Metier Bella Bronzer

The best liquid bronzer for the face and decolletage, hands down.

4.  Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow

Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow

Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow

A beautiful golden tan that is waterproof (hello swimming!) but not soap proof (hello one night stand!).

5.  Carlene K Shine Bronzer Body Glow

Carlene K Shine Body Glow

Carlene K Shine Body Glow

There’s a reason this is a favorite of Hollywood starlets – it’s gorgeous, easy to use, and I love the beautiful golden shimmer.

6.  Jan Marini Bioglycolic Sunless Self Tanner

Jan Marini

Jan Marini Bioglycolic Sunless Self Tanner

I love this especially as a face tanner.  The color adjusts to your skin so it’s extremely natural looking.

7.  Supergoop Self Tanning Sunscreen Mousse

Supergoop SPF 20 Gradual Self Tanning Sunscreen Mousse

Supergoop SPF 20 Gradual Self Tanning Sunscreen Mousse

This sunscreen is also a gradual self tanner, which is a great way to build up to that commitment.

8.  Tan Towels

Tan Towels take away those tan lines!

Tan Towels take away those tan lines!

See the tan lines? Tan Towels are a super convenient way to make them a thing of the past – even if you have the tan lines of a blogger.

9.  Make Me Smooth You Glow, Girl

Make Me Smooth You Glow, Girl

Make Me Smooth You Glow, Girl

I buy this self tanner over and over because it gives gorgeous color and I can get it in any scent I want. My most frequent pick is Day at the Beach, which is a “Coconut infused scent potion that will take you back to lazy days spent at the beach.”

10.  Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan Body Self-Tanning Lotion

Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan Body Self Tanning Lotion

Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan Body Self Tanning Lotion

This is a marriage, all right – it takes some time but it applies beautifully, gives deep dark color, and is total marriage material.

Happy faux tanning!  – Lisa

Just in time for summer, Makeup Wars chooses favorite sunscreens


Welcome to Makeup Wars. This is the week that we are drumming it into your heads that you need to use sunscreen. Not really but we hope that by sharing our favorite sunscreens with you we can remind you of the importance of using sunscreen and using it properly. I’m not a person who ordinarily goes out in the sun. My idea of getting my Vitamin D is by walking to and from my car or sitting in the shade when I’m outdoors. But no matter how I’m getting sun, I’ve learned that wearing sunscreen and using the right amount is paramount to keeping my skin looking more youthful. Yes I envy the friends I have who look fabulous and thinner with a tan, but I don’t envy their wrinkles and I don’t take chances.

Favorite favorite sunscreens: Algenist, Supergoop, B.Kamins Sun Defense

Favorite favorite sunscreens: Algenist, Supergoop, B.Kamins Sun Defense

I divided up my sunscreen loves into two categories: face and body. I prefer to use SPF that’s formulated specifically for the face and has a moisturizing effect at the same time. My three favorites are: Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum with SPF 30

Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum

Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum

Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50

Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50

Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50

And my newest: B.Kamins Sun Defense SPF 30 Lotion. Since I’ve previously reviewed and loved the first two for their lightweight coverage I’ll tell you more about the B.Kamins and why I like it so much. (This was sent for review.)

B.Kamins Sun Defense SPF30

B.Kamins Sun Defense SPF30

B.Kamins Sun Defense is both fragrance free and oil free which is what I look for in a facial formula. Of course it can be used anywhere on your body too but I save the precious stuff for my face. This provides both UVA and UVB protection and is especially good for sensitive skin. It has both physical and light absorbing sunblocks. Did you know that if you take certain medications that it makes your skin more photosensitive? That’s a big reason to use this sunscreen. I’ve always burned very easily and never before realized that medications could have had a part in this.

B. Kamins Sun Defense SPF30 swatch

B. Kamins Sun Defense SPF30 swatch

This has a very creamy formula and comes out as a peachy pink color. I like that I can see if I missed any spots. It takes about 2 – 3 minutes to absorb but from that point on I can put on any type of foundation over it. I find I don’t need any kind of serum since this does everything in one – it primes, it moisturizes and it protects. I love that there’s never a scent even if I get overheated later in the day. I haven’t had any reactions to Sun Defense. It’s a great formula that I’m happy to recommend.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreens

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreens

For my body I’ve started using the Neutrogena line. I was sent 2 Neutrogena sunscreens to test and now I find I have to share them with my husband. Darn it. My husband has had several basal cell carcinomas removed and his dermatologist insisted that he not only wear a hat but that he use sunscreen. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch was on the list he received from the derm of products to use. We both use this since I slather my neck and arms with it when I’m getting dressed in the morning and he uses it for his face, arm and chest area. What’s great about Dry Touch is that it’s Broad Spectrum with SPF45. Plus Neutrogena uses Helioplex Technology that makes its sunscreens photostable. Neutrogena makes the Ultra Sheer Dry Touch in different SPF strengths including SPF 45, 55, 75, 85 and 100. I recently saw a package of this at Costco with 2 regular size and 2 purse size which I’ll soon be buying.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen

The other Neutrogena sunscreen that I’m using is the Ultra Sheer Body Mist. This is also a Broad Spectrum sunscreen. I have the SPF 100 and it also comes in SPF 30, 45 and 70. What I love about the Body Mist is how easy it is to use. I’m at the mercy of a two year old who believes he should be outside all the time. I keep my Ultra Sheer Body Mist by the door along with a Twistband for my hair. I can spray it on the back of my neck quickly this way so I can play outside with him. It’s got a light fresh mist that doesn’t stain my clothes or get my hair wet. I can also give him a quick spray without him objecting although I’m going to pick up Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids since the small pool is about to come out.

So there you have my review and long winded explanation of my favorite sunscreens. I can’t wait to read what the other Makeup Wars bloggers have to share. I’ll be outside more this summer than any other so this is vital information for me. Please click on the logos to read more. Do you have a favorite? I’d love to know. — Marcia

My favorite sunscreens 2013

My favorite sunscreens 2013