Saturday, April 14, 2018

Osmotics - Anti-Aging Skincare


Osmotics offers a full range of anti-aging skincare to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve the appearance of skin's tone, texture and radiance. It's never to late to start taking care of your skin. Once we hit our 20's the body naturally stops producing collagen on it's own. The decline in collagen over years results in fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. This a great line to check out if your looking to do some damage control.

You can elect a skincare regime based on your skin type and skincare concerns. Osmotics was kind enough to send me over a few items to check out for myself.

Cream Extreme -Intensive Repair is one of their bestsellers. The 1.7 oz tub goes for $75 and this a serious thick cream. It's rich, soothing, and it's great for repairing dry, damaged skin. I think this cream is best for extreme weather. Whether it's too much sun and dry climate damage on your skin, or freezing cold damage, this intense lotion will do the trick. Not greasy or tacky but heavy.


Skin Rescue -Nourishing Oil is a rich, conditioning oil that instantly relieves dry, dehydrated skin on the hands, face & body. The 3oz bottle goes for $58 and it only takes a drop or two to give skin a velvety texture that leaves it soft and smooth looking. It's a luxurious blend of oils including organic coconut oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, evening primrose oil & red raspberry oil. Instant glow from head to toe without feeling greasy and oiled up.


They recently just launched a new line called Blue Copper 5 and it's getting awesome reviews.

To find out more about Osmotics and all the products they carry, please go to: http://www.osmotics.com/

No artificial colors or fragrances, cruelty free, and gluten free. Made in USA.

The line is also sold at Nordstrom and Dillards.

Thanks Osmotics!


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ulta Beauty - Spring Break GIVEAWAY!


I have teamed up with Ulta Beauty and I am excited to give away worth over $180 in beauty goodies to one lucky winner!! Ulta Beauty was kind enough to send me over some Spring items and sent duplicates.

Top rated Marc Jacobs Decadence 100ml (value of $122) offers a sensual fragrance as intoxicating at the woman who wears it. It has sultry top notes of succulent italian plum wrapped in golden saffron and velvety iris flower, then blooms into an extravagant bouquet of Bulgarian roses and creamy jasmine. Decadence then offers an opulent finish of warm, heady woods and sexy liquid amber. It comes in a gorgeous emerald-green bottle and it looks like a mini Chanel purse with a gold chain and black tassel. A beautiful addition to any perfume collection.


Next, is the Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Kit: Neutrals (value of $34) and it has everything you need to nail a trendy neutral look. It features a limited-edition palette that includes 8 high-impact, velvety-soft eyeshadows in universally flattering shadows. It also has Smashbox's best-selling ultra-volumizing mascara and longwearing eyeliner to complete the look.



Lastly, I have been dying to check out Stila's new Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow (value of $24) and this comes in 11 different shades to pick from. Glisten and gleam with beautiful color, minus the glitter! One of my grade school friends told me how she loves this eyeshadow and I have been looking forward to trying it out. The color is Kitten and it's a shimmering vibrant nude pink color.


To enter, you must follow us on Instagram. Rules below:
1) Follow me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/lisa_vanwilliams/)
2) Like the Giveaway photo on Instagram
3) Tag a friend in the comments

GIVEAWAY ends on 4/15. Open to US residents only. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram, FB, Twitter, or any brands pictured. Participants must be 18 years and older to enter. Instagram released of responsibility.

Winner will be contacted after my daughter and I pick the name from a hat. Thank You to Ulta for sending these over. Good Luck participants!

To check out these items or pick your own Spring beauty essentials, please go to:
https://www.ulta.com/

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mon Shampoing - Personalized Haircare



Mon Shampoing did a US launch at the end of last year, and they are now bringing us a full range of customizable luxurious haircare products. They are a unique high-end Parisian haircare line and you can pick a vial of essential and vegetable oils, based on your hair type, and you mix it with either the Shampoo or Conditioner. You not have to add the oil if you prefer not to.


They have 5 vials of oils to elect from depending on what your hair needs at the time:
Oily Hair - mint, rosemary, jojoba
Colored Hair - orange, ylang ylang, limnanthes Alba
Soft/thin/brittle Hair - orange blossom, sage, grape seed
Dry/curly Hair - lavender, geranium, argan
Delicate Hair - lemon, lemon grass, sweet almond

Mon Shampoing was kind enough to send me over some of the line to check out for myself. I tried the Gentle Shampoo ($28 250ml) & Conditioner w Keratin ($29 250ml), the lemon & lemongrass & sweet almond oil ($14 each 5ml), along with the Leave-In Nourishing and Detangling Spray Mask ($48 200ml).


At first smell, I did not think I was going to like the line but that's why I always say to myself, "you can't always judge a book by its cover". I was pleasantly surprised by the brand and my hair liked it. Is does have a unisex smell, it's not too girly, so everyone in the fam can use it. I added my oil into the shampoo and shook it up to mix it together. The detangler worked great to remove my colored wet hair tangles and after I dried my hair it was not heavy or oily. It's enriched with Lily of the Valley and White Wood scent. The scents are not strong and it does not linger heavily in hair.

To find out more about the brand, or to order some, please go to: https://shop.monshampoing.com/

Products are paraben/silicone free, containing natural scents and fragrances.

Thanks Mon Shampoing!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Èminence Organic Skin Care


Èminence Organic Skin Care products offers natural remedies since 1958 using sustainable and green practices. They have an award winning skincare line to cover all types of skin whether you have dry skin, combo skin, or would like to reduce signs of aging or sun damage, they have something for everyone. Plus, they will plant a tree for every retail product sold. They have planted over 10 million trees to date!

I was excited they sent me over a few of their award winners to try out for myself. I was really impressed with the line and would recommend trying them out if you are into organic skin care. This is a high end skin care line that can only be found at Spa's.

First I tried the I tried the Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream (around $117 for 1.05 fl oz). The eye cream is great. I love non-greasy, light smelling creams and this fits the bill. It has a light green color to it and it sinks in quickly and provides gentle ultra-rich moisture. It uses naturally derived plant peptides and innovative algae extracts to reduce the visible signs of aging. My under eye feels nicely moisturized and smoothed out.


Next, I tried the Marine Flower Peptide Serum (around $110 for 1 fl oz). Serums make me nervous but I was really impressed with this one. Quick absorbing and it's really rejuvenating. It delivers concentrated plant peptides and botanicals to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increase firmness - great for aging skin! It's not tacky and I cant feel it on my skin other than the light hydration and I like that.


The line is only sold at Spa locations and there are about 10 different locations in Connecticut and right along the boarder of New York.

To find out more about the line and where you can find it, please go to: https://eminenceorganics.com/us

Thanks Èminence for sending these over!


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Essie Nails - Spring 2018 Collection



Check out Essie's 2018 Spring Collection and get your Passport to sail! These 6 eye-popping limited edition colors are amazing and I'm excited to change my nail polish and try the next color.
"with a cool breeze at the tailwind & Essie at the helm this sailing trip will be all stripes and sails. so find the perfect spot on the cape, anchor down & cozy up in your cable knit with yourperfect mate. as you grab a pass-port to sail, get ready to bon boy-age!"
I picked Perfect Mate to try out right away. They describe it as a pristine pop of coral pink cream color. It's a nice soft color and I really like it. Two coats, easy application.



The rest of the other colors are:

Bon Boy-Age is a nautical mint green polish (cream)
Passport To Sail is a soft sandy beige nail polish lightly splashed in ivory shimmer (sheer)
Striped & Sails is an intense teal green nail polish (cream)
Anchor Down is a preppy blue nail polish washed with pewter gray undertones (cream)
At The Helm is a fire orange nail polish tinged with salmon red (cream)


Check out your local nail salons for these colors, order your own and bring it with you, or do them yourself at home! These go for $9 each and can be ordered directly from Essie here: https://www.essie.com/nail-polish/whats-new/spring-2018

Thanks Essie for sending these over!







Thursday, March 15, 2018

Christie Brinkley - Authentic Beauty


In my mind, Christie Brinkley has always been one of the original supermodels of the 80's. She had three consecutive Sports Illustrated Issue covers, and she spent twenty-five years as the face of CoverGirl (the longest running cosmetics contract of any model in history). She's an activist for human and animal rights, along with the environment. Plus, National Lampoon's Vacation is one of my favorite movies. Who doesn't pay attention when the hottie in the cherry red Ferrari goes by?  After years in the beauty industry, she has finally created her own cruelty-free cosmetics line.


Christie Brinkley just launched Authentic Beauty which is a collection of treatment-based color cosmetics that also includes skincare benefits to enhance your natural beauty. They were kind enough to send me over some of the new line to check out for myself. The package presentation is great on this line. All the products come in a sleek looking copper colored box & reflective container, and the product quality is equally impressive.


My favorite picks of the bunch are the Prime Time Day to Night Nudes Eye Shadow Palettes. These go for $27 each and these colors are gorg. Creamy nude colors for the day like Dawn & Beam, and velvety night colors like Afterdark & Midnight.


Next, I checked out the Cheek Chic Color and Contour Powder Brush $22. I tried the color Thrill and it delivers a great pop of fresh color to the face. Smooth finish and it helps minimize the appearance of pores. Avail in two shades.

The Sun-Kissed Bliss Sheer Powder Bronzer also goes for $22 and it will give you that summer glow, kissed by the sun look. Great to enhance and illuminate any complexion. Only one shade called Burnished Bronze.


The Lip Beautifully Moisture-Rich Lipstick go for $19 each and this is a non-feathering, no-fade formula developed to hydrate lips. It comes in three iconic colors: Bliss, Charm, & Stunner. I tried Stunner which is a brownish dark coral based color.


Lastly, the Strobe Show Natural Glow Stick Highlighter goes for $22 and this will give you a great shimmer without the glitter. When your looking to radiate a little more than normal :) Available in Champagne or Pinked. I tried the Champagne which was a good match for my skin (more tan, less pink).


The line can be found at Kohl's, HSN, Amazon, or you can order directly at: https://christiebrinkleyauthenticbeauty.com/



Thanks Christie Brinkley Authentic Beauty!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Carols Daughter - Natural Haircare & Beauty Products


I am obsessed with anything Almond. Almond Windmill Cookies from Trader Joe's, almond scented hand wash, and lately I am loving the Almond Cookie skincare products from Carols Daughter. It has a strong scent of marzipan, tonka bean, & vanilla and these are all blended with almond oil.  These products are great for treating dry skin. They have a few great Web sales going on right now as well.

The Almond Cookie Nourishing hand cream goes for $10 2.5 oz and it comforts and softens dry hands without leaving a greasy feel afterwards.


The Almond Cookie Softening body wash that goes for $10 12.0 fl oz and it offers a gentle cleanse and helps to soften dry skin. It has a great smell and a mild lather.

Lastly, I tried the Almond Cookie Frappè body lotion goes for $10 for 12.0 fl oz and it hydrates and softens dry skin.

Carols Daughter started making products with love in 1993 out of a Brooklyn, NY kitchen with her mom. She started small at local flea markets and festivals and in 1999 she opened her first store in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. By 2016, they have launched into 30k retail stores across the country.

I went to my local Ulta at the Connecticut Post Mall, and the Carols Daughter section was pretty shopped out with only a few products left on the shelf. They can be found at plenty of other locations like CVS, Walgreens, Target, Rite Aid, & Walmart. Plus. they have tons of other products like hair products and body & skincare for all types.


No sulfates, no parabens, no petrolatum, no mineral oil, no artificial colors.

To find out more about Carols Daughter or to order direct, please go to:
https://www.carolsdaughter.com/

Thanks Carols Daughter for sending these over to me!