MAGIC BOX: How To Be A Redhead – February 2018

Dear Lovely Reader,

My H2BAR box came in and had a ton of goodies for a redhead at this red friendly time of year.  So excited!  Let’s see what’s within:


Madison Reed Hair Color Refresh in Canella


An oldie but goodie for sensitive skin is back in the H2BAR box (got this before) Amanda Blakely Skin Cleanser


Zuii Certified Organic Flora Lipstick


Homesteadbody Pure Love Botanical Moisturizer for Normal Skin


Natural Body Care Hemp Seed Hand & Body Lotion in Lavender


NUE Laritzy Cosmetics Nude Eyeshadow Collection


And an ultra cute exclusive red-haired goddess makeup bag!  Loving it!






















Let’s Review: PURLISSE Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask & Exfoliant

Dear Lovely Reader,

I received the Purlisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask & Exfoliant via an IPSY glam bag.  I was intrigued by the notion of the blue lotus seed.  Why blue lotus?  It sounds exotic and I worry about a flower that may go extinct because of our search for the next beauty miracle product.

The regular 2.05 oz size is priced on the Purlisse website for $48.00 U.S. and has an option to buy once or recurring from 1 month up to 6 months.  A little goes a long way and I have a small size which I was surprised to find that the size is listed on Amazon from about $7.00 to $14.00 U.S. for .05 oz.  The regular size is $52.00 U.S. on Amazon.

What I found surprising was when I applied this to a clean face, I felt a bit of grit in it. Somehow I thought it would be just creamy.

I also found it irritated my skin, it started to itch.  I couldn’t wait ten minutes and cleaned it off.  My face around my cheeks and nose were a bit irritated and red.  But my skin felt amazingly smooth.


Website description:  A 10-minute facial treatment designed with Blue Lotus Seeds, White Clay, Bamboo, Ginger, White Tea and Mushroom Extract. This miracle multi-tasker instantly brightens, detoxifies, tightens and soothes skin while providing gentle exfoliation. Our power blend improves skin texture and leaves it visibly youthful & glowing.


~Blue Lotus extract is a powerful antioxidant known for its anti-inflammatory benefits

~White Clay tightens skin & purifies pores

~Bamboo improves skin texture

~Ginger detoxifies

~Mushroom extract helps to brighten skin tone

~White Tea soothes skin

~Rice Bran Water improves skin texture


Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Glycerin, Nymphaea Coerulea (Blue Lotus) Extract, Mushroom Extract, Bambusa arundinacea Stem Powder (Bamboo), Nelumbo nucifera Seed Powder (Lotus), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Water, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Water, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, Pumice, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylhydroxamic acid, Caprylyl Glycol



LET’S REVIEW: ColoreScience All Calm Clinical Redness Corrector

Dear Lovely Reader,

Skincare, haircare, anything about taking care of the body I’m interested in.

Honestly I wasn’t sure if I had ever heard of ColoreScience.  And this ColoreScience All Calm Clinical Redness Corrector I had gotten this as a sample.  I checked out the website.

The price for the full bottle is $120.00 for 1 fluid oz and says it provides 50 SPF protection.  The small sample came with a pump which is nice, and two pumps were enough to cover my face.  The product is to go on your clean moisturized skin before you put on the foundation.  It can be considered a primer.  It went on a bit creamy, and blends to clear.  While a little goes a long way, I was skeptical about spending that much money for one ounce of product.  This is supposed to calm the skin, minimize the redness, as well as provide super SPF skin protection.   On the website, there is a mention of the product being featured in “O” magazine.


This product is geared to people diagnosed with rosacea.   I do have ruddiness around my nostrils so I decided to try it out.

Website claim:

“This 3-in-1 proprietary formula instantly neutralizes the appearance of redness, helps soothe and calm sensitive skin, and provides SPF 50 protection while its patent-pending BioSolace™ complex helps provide ongoing relief from sensitivity and the appearance of redness.”

And –

“All Calm Clinical Redness Corrector SPF 50 is powered by BioSolace, a proprietary blend of specialty ingredients that helps provide ongoing relief from sensitivity and the appearance of redness.”

Broad Spectrum (UVA/UVB) Sunscreen
UVA protection rating: PA++++
UVB protection rating: SPF 50

1 fl. oz. / 30 ml

Not waterproof or sweatproof.

Ingredients List from the website:


Niacinamide:  Also known as vitamin B3, this ingredient is well-known for helping soothe skin, aid the skin barrier, reduce the appearance of redness/blotchiness, balance sebum production and improve the appearance of skin imperfections


A powerful combination of ginger extract and (nature-identical) bisabolol helps shield skin’s natural defenses from daily aggressions and cools and soothes sensitive skin

*SymRelief® is a registered trademark of SYMRISE AG, Germany

Vital ET:

This bio-available form of vitamin E provides antioxidant support while helping to soothe redness related to environmental and mechanical factors; shown to help calm skin both prior to and following UV exposure

*Vital ET is a trademark of Ashland Global Holdings, Inc.


Based on Magnolia bark extract, this ingredient helps reduce the appearance of skin redness and hydrates for visibly firmer skin

*MAXnolia is a trademark of Mibelle Biochemistry

CM-Glucan Forte:

A derivative of baker’s yeast ß-glucan, this ingredient helps calm sensitive and red skin while helping to reduce dryness and enhance the skin barrier

*CM-Glucan Forte is a trademark of Mibelle Biochemistry

Native Essence:

A marine plant extract from sea fennel with unique survival capabilities that helps restore water balance and improve the appearance of skin radiance and smoothness

*Native Essence is a registered trademark of SEPPIC

More information from the website:

All Calm has been formulated without parabens. As with all Colorescience® products, All Calm is formulated without dyes, talc, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, drying alcohols, and harsh chemicals.

Yes, All Calm is oil free. As with all Colorescience® products, All Calm is formulated without dyes, talc, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, drying alcohols, and harsh chemicals.

Despite all this information, I felt a little lost at this.  I wasn’t sure whether this was something good for my skin, as the ingredient mentions felt a little above my comprehension.  It sounds vaguely good and fancy.  But does it work?

There are comparison photos on the website.  I don’t have heavy rosacea, so I didn’t see a big difference.

It didn’t irritate my skin and didn’t have a perfumey smell.  That’s all I can say on it.














Dear Lovely Reader,

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Happy Galentine’s Day!  What made today extra special was that the weather in New York City went up to the 50 degrees Fahrenheit mark.  An especially warm day for February.

Today is my makeup look to celebrate the day.  Hope you had a great day.

Galentine Valentine 2018.jpg

Skin prepped with E.L.F. Cosmetics Prep & Blur Stick

Foundation:  The Ordinary in 1.2 N

Concealer:  Colourpop No Filter Concealer in Fair Neutral #10

Blush:  The Balm Cosmetics in Down Boy

Bronzer/Contour:  Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Bronzer

Eyeshadow:  NYX In Your Element “Earth” Palette

Eyeliner:  Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner in Indigo

Highlighter:  E.L.F. Cosmetics Shimmer Highlighting Powder in Pearl Glow

Lip:  Colourpop x Hello Kitty collaboration in “Milk Bottle”




BEAUTY HAUL: E.L.F. Cosmetics Solid Sponge Brush Cleaner and Mouth Off Lip Color Remover

Dear Lovely Reader,

E.L.F. has come out with some interesting pieces in their What’s New category on their website.

Today I decided to pick up the Solid Sponge Cleanser, which is like a small round semi clear bar of what looks like soap.  Cleans brushes and sponges of makeup.  The charcoal is to help detoxify and thoroughly clean to help prevent breakouts.  It comes in a cute sleek travel container and can readily fit in a side pocket when you are going away for a week or weekend somewhere.  This is $4.00 U.S.



The lip makeup remover in small cotton like pad form (E.L.F. also has a similar version of a makeup remover but in a pen style which I want to try out next).  There is a protective plastic you have to remove from the top of the pads.  Again, sleek and portable, love the packaging.  This is $2.00 U.S.












MAGIC BOX: IPSY – February 2017

Dear Lovely Reader,

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!  The Valentine’s Glam Bag from Ipsy arrived in my mailbox just in time for Valentine’s Day and I couldn’t be happier!

The theme on the attached placard reads “Unzipped” with the back of it going on to say how beauty and sexy come in all shapes sizes and colors and age!  How inclusive!  Gotta love it!

It reads:  This month let’s “unzip” the way we think about being sexy.  Let’s define it in our own terms.  No rules.  No photoshop.  No restrictions.  Just 100% sexy your way.

I like that.  I would also add:  Embrace everything you are and then you can love someone else in return.


What a lovely positive message.

Let’s see what is within:

Bye Bye Under Eye by IT Cosmetics (8 hours of sleep in a tube is the claim)


APTO Moisture Retaining Day Lotion for Dry/Combination Skin


EVA NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo (there was an alert sent via email from IPSY about there being an aerosol can in this month’s shipment and to be careful about how to store and use it properly and it was this.  The label on the outside of the IPSY pink mailing bag repeats the warning)


LUNA Highlighter in Elektra



LUXIE Double ended Blending and Shading Eye Brush #249



The highpoint of this glam bag was how cute this bag looked with its lacy black against a pale blush pink background, very negligee like.  I also LOVE makeup tools so I welcome Luxie brushes, anytime!  I am most curious to try out the Bye Bye Under Eye (as I have not been sleeping well and it’s showing under my eyes) and the LUNA highlighter.  The APTO Moisture Retaining Day Lotion is also welcome for my skin!  The Dry Shampoo I’m a little leery of but will try it out.

Do you subscribe to Ipsy?  What did you like about your glam bag this month?

If you are interested in my prior posts about Ipsy, you can type Ipsy in the search engine box that appears on the bottom right of my main page.

Stay lovely!






Dear Lovely Reader,

Speaking of learning curve —

Due to a complexity of directions I gave for entry to this giveaway, it seems that it made people hesitant to participate.  Or maybe people didn’t care for what was included in this giveaway.  I also have quite a lot of international subscribers who may not know it was open to them too.  So I do apologize and I will clarify.

I’ve since made the entry requirements easier and less complex.

1) like this post

2) tag a friend who hasn’t heard of this blog and ask them to check it out.


You have to like this post in order to have an entry.  A randomizer will then choose the winner from those who clicked like.

The new date is March 17, 2017 and will be announced on this blog.  The winner will have 72 hours to DM me.

I’m going to experiment here.  When picking languages (there is a Google translate plugin that I have yet to figure out) I decided to go with the United Nations and pick French and Mandarin to help with translations for my international audience for starters.

Below are translations in Spanish, French and (thank you Google, Chinese Simplified – no Mandarin?)

Have a great weekend and a wonderful happy Valentine’s Day wherever you are.:


Estimado lector encantador,

Hablando de la curva de aprendizaje –

Debido a la complejidad de las instrucciones que di para ingresar a este sorteo, parece que hizo que las personas dudaran en participar. O tal vez a la gente no le importó lo que se incluyó en este sorteo. También tengo muchos suscriptores internacionales que pueden no saber que también estaban abiertos para ellos. Entonces me disculpo y lo aclararé.

Desde entonces, he hecho que los requisitos de entrada sean más fáciles y menos complejos.

1) me gusta esta publicación

2) etiqueta a un amigo que no haya escuchado sobre este blog y pídele que lo revise.


Te debe gustar esta publicación para poder tener una entrada. Un aleatorizador luego elegirá el ganador de aquellos que hicieron clic en.

La nueva fecha es el 17 de marzo de 2017 y se anunciará en este blog. El ganador tendrá 72 horas para DM.

Que tengas un gran fin de semana y un maravilloso y feliz Día de San Valentín estés donde estés.


Cher lecteur,

En parlant de courbe d’apprentissage –

En raison de la complexité des instructions que j’ai données pour participer à ce concours, il semble que cela ait rendu les gens hésitants à participer. Ou peut-être que les gens ne se soucient pas de ce qui était inclus dans ce cadeau. J’ai aussi beaucoup d’abonnés internationaux qui ne savent peut-être pas que c’était ouvert à eux aussi. Donc je m’excuse et je vais clarifier.

J’ai depuis fait les conditions d’entrée plus faciles et moins complexes.

1) comme cet article

2) marquer un ami qui n’a pas entendu parler de ce blog et leur demander de le vérifier.


Vous devez aimer ce post pour avoir une entrée. Un randomizer choisira alors le gagnant parmi ceux qui ont cliqué comme.

La nouvelle date est le 17 mars 2017 et sera annoncée sur ce blog. Le gagnant aura 72 heures pour DM moi.

Passez un bon week-end et une merveilleuse Saint-Valentin où que vous soyez.



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