I have to say my eyelashes are one part of my body that actually doesn’t bother me, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. Way back when I was addicted to Jan Marini’s original lash-boosting serum (which was discontinued when a little prescription-based product called Latisse came out), but I had to stop using it when my lashes started hitting my sunglasses. Fast forward 10 or so years, and I think I’m ready for a little lash enhancement, but this time I’m getting it just by wearing mascara.
The ultimate cosmetic and treatment in one, Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic X Mascara with Lash Booster Formula does what any mascara should—and more. Infused with a patented peptide blend, it promises fuller lashes in four to six weeks without changing up your regular routine. In addition to long-term results, this formula adds instant length and volume without flaking or migrating half-way down your face by lunchtime. You apply it just like regular mascara, although I’ve been making a little extra effort to get it into the roots of my lashes because I really want to make the most of it.
This mascara only comes in black at the moment, but that’s not an issue for me (and it shouldn’t be one for you either). And be sure to check out the other new products in Dr. Lili Fan’s Eye Care category (including Probiotic Age Defying Eye Serum, Probiotic X Lash Enhancer and Probiotic X Eyebrow Enhancer), which offers everything you need for a beautiful, youthful eye area!
If you don’t use a skin mist for a mid-day boost, you don’t know what you’re missing. A few spritzes put the spring back in your step better than a 4pm coffee run or snack (and don’t pile on extra calories)—and leave your skin radiant. With the right scent, soothing mist can also deliver an uplifting mood boost, and Jane Iredale’s Smell the Roses Hydration Spray is just the product to do it.
Comprised of Rose Damascena flower water, oil and extracts (and other natural good-for-your-skin ingredients), this organic facial mist has myriad skin benefits. Just a two to three sprays serve up hydration, nourishment, redness reduction and a circulation boost that works wonders for your complexion. And while you may think a facial mist would mess up your makeup, it actually helps revive your foundation and even out any color that might settle into crevices throughout the day. (If you find you use too much, simply blot your face with a tissue or smooth things over with a makeup sponge.)
Beyond the extra moisture, skin calming and refreshing benefits, 100 percent of the profits from the sale of this spray are donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, an incredible organization that provides trustworthy information and a community of support for those fighting the fight.
IBB Tip: Leave this mist (or whichever one you have on hand) on your desk so it’s within reach the moment you think to use it!
After this past summer, I have no fear when it comes to hair-color experimentation. But (at least for me), there are some limits, as I’m still a mom who needs to make appearances at school and a businesswoman who meets with clients face-to-face. From hair chalks to wash-out color, fortunately temporary options abound, but few are as cute, curly and charitable as Ouidad’s Curls for a Cure Pink Curl Extension.
This single clip-in curl certainly makes a statement—and shows that world that you support breast cancer awareness and research. Just keep in mind that the hair is synthetic (which means no heat styling) and the package includes just one—but at $10 (with a whopping 100 percent of the sale price going to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, we think you should buy a bunch for yourself and all of your friends.
Lip balm and hand cream are mainstays in every personal care arsenal—especially when cooler weather arrives. I’m never one to pass up a good deal, and if I can get this aforementioned good deal AND make a contribution to breast cancer research, it’s beyond a win-win. That’s why I scooped up EOS’ Limited Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Collection, which includes three essentials that will keep your lips and hands smooth and soft well through winter.
I have EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balms hidden everywhere, from my office and the kitchen to countless handbags. Why? Because they’re cute, inexpensive and they instantly hydrate dry lips. Oh, and the flavors are divine. You get Pomegranate Raspberry in this kit, along with a Strawberry Smooth Stick lip balm—plus a travel-ready Berry Blossom Hand Lotion. The formula itself is super-hydrating and fast-absorbing, but I’m pretty sure it’ll have you at the adorable packaging.
At a mere $7.99 for all three, it’s no wonder that the collection is temporarily sold out, but I advise setting a reminder to check the EOS website from time to time because you’ll definitely want to get your mitts (and lips) on this get-it-while-you-can set.
Remember the Sea Breeze days, when we thought wiping away every last drop of oil was a good thing? Packed with alcohol and other ingredients that made our skin burn and sting, I suppose I subscribed to the “If it hurts it works” philosophy even as a budding beauty addict. With age comes wisdom, and now we know that those natural oils on our faces are actually good for our skin thanks to natural antioxidant protection in the form of vitamin E. But that doesn’t mean we have to eschew toner altogether—it just means we have to make wiser choices.
When it comes to toner, it doesn’t get much smarter than Snowberry’s new Gentle Mineralising Toner. I fell for this New Zealand brand a few years ago, and I’m especially excited about the latest addition to the line because it’s actually a cleanser and toner in one. It comes out of the bottle with a serum-like consistency, and it does a fantastic job at breaking down makeup despite a lack of suds (which is a good thing). It washes off easily and leaves skin soft and supple—and not the slightest bit tight or dry.
Snowberry is committed to natural beauty, and you won’t find anything yucky like sulphates, petrochemicals, alcohol or synthetic ingredients. This cleanser-toner hybrid gets its cleansing power from saponins extracted from the Soap Tree (go figure), which has been used by New Zealand natives for thousands of years. It then provides an extra-hydrating punch with a blend of Indian Neem oil and Andiroba oil while proteins from green peas and yeast smooth, tone and firm.
Now for the best part… I want YOU to experience the goodness that is Snowberry, so I’m giving away their Natural Beauty Sample Collection (a $45 value). You get more than enough Intensive Renewal Face Serum, Smoothing Eye Serum, Instant Deep Cleanser, Nourishing Lite Day Cream, Nourishing Rich Day Cream and Cellular Regeneration Night Cream to get a feel for the products and their amazing results—and it’s perfect for travel.
To win, here’s what you have to do… Keep an eye out for our Snowberry posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tell us the number-one reason you would want to visit New Zealand on any of these platforms… It’s that simple. We’ll pick our favorite on Wednesday, October 15, so get creative!