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bareMinerals ‘Stroke of Light’ Eye Brightener

Do you ever wish there was a happy medium between cake-y concealer and a luminizer? Well, may I present the bareMinerals ‘Stroke of Light’ Eye Brightener. This formula has light to medium buildable coverage and also adds luminescence. The brightener conceals fine lines and reduces dark circles. The tint especially comes in handy to make a tired face look refreshed and even.

The light formula blends beautifully. And the four shades cover a wide range of complextions. I like luminous 2 (Yellow/Light) to counter the redness in my skin. I use it below and in the corner of my eyes. Any leftovers on my finger goes down my nose, on the brow bone and on my cheek bones. Those days I need a little more coverage, it layers perfectly over a heavier concealer.

I’ve been so impressed with recent bareMinerals launches. The have expanded their mineral foundation empire to cover a range of needs. Formulas are exceptional across the board. Check out some other favorites below:

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

When I say I am enthusiastic about a product, I really mean it. And this time I REALLY mean it. After trying the Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil a couple of times, I can report my hair routine is transformed. I don’t ever dry my hair, and lately, it is always in a bun. The ends can get a little frizzy and dry – and, as a result, I don’t wear it down much. The new routine changed all that.

I start with a very little bit of the dry oil in my palms. After rubbing my palms together, I get the majority of the product on my ends. The oil isn’t greasy and doesn’t have an overwhelming scent. I take the remaining bit of product (very little) and work it through the whole length of my hair, especially in the back where frizz tends to occur. The result is smooth, healthy, shiny, air-dried hair. WOW.

The key to this oil is that is it supremely lightweight. The blend of six oils and two extracts can improve texture over time as well. Those who color their hair will applaud the UVA/UVB filters. And if you do dry your hair, it also offers heat protection. This formula detangles hair and helps strengthen hair against breakage. And lastly, it is clear so those of you with platnium or silver hair are safe!

This is truly a holy grail item. I purchased the Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil myself at Sephora for $38.

St. Ives Skin Apricot Scrubs Collection

So, I was that girl who had never tried the iconic St. Ives Apricot Scrub. How could I miss out on such a drugstore favorite? I knew this problem required a quick remedy and just in time for an exciting new launch. The scrub is getting a makeover with 100% sulfate-free formulas.

Summer brings more activity, grime and sunscreen build up… at least for me. So I am thrilled to have these in my rotation. These are formulated with natural exfoliants that can even skin. After using all four new formulas over the past couple weeks, I do think my skin is more radiant.

The sulfate-free Scrub collection now includes:

  • St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
  • St. Ives Timeless Skin Apricot Scrub with gentle alpha-hydroxy acids
  • St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub with 2% salicylic acid
  • St. Ives Sensitive Skin Apricot Scrub

Each variety has a slightly different feel. They all share a fresh, fruity fragrance I am swooning over. The “Fresh” version is probably closest to the original. The granules in Fresh are quite large – beware of scrubbing too hard and irritating the skin. I love the Blemish and Sensitive version. They are smoother and a little more creamy. I’m not sure you can go wrong, especially at drugstore prices. Another St. Ives favorite for me is their exfoliating pads with AHAs that can be found for under $3!!

Suggested retail price is $3.99 – $5.69. St. Ives Scrubs are available at select mass retailers, drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.