New Beauty Products to Try for Summer 2014

Hello Summer Sunshines!

Today I’m bringing you six all-new products that I’m super stoked about using this summer. Thanks to my recent birthday, I had a plethora of Sephora gift cards to splurge on and here’s what I got, and give the Lady C seal of approval on:

BITE BEAUTY AGAVE LIP MASK: $26

Bite’s lip mask caught my eye because it was made to apply before drying, matte lipsticks to shield your pucker from flaking. Matte lipsticks are all the rage and have proved they are here to stay, so you might as well pick up one of these to prep your lips before application. If there’s one thing I hate more than Birkenstocks, it’s the feeling of dry, cracked lips. A small amount soaks right in without budging or ruining the look of matte lipstick, a generous amount gives you a beautiful shine and feels divine. I’ve been using it at night prior to bed as a healing treatment, then applying before any lipstick in the morning. Have I mentioned the yummy factor? The all-natural formula is made with agave, vanilla and more antioxidants than a glass of wine. Even hubby steals it once in a while. Don’t tell him I told you.

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BOSCIA KONJAC CLEANSING SPONGE WITH BAMBOO CHARCOAL: $18

This is the type of product that needs to be demonstrated to show its full potential, which is exactly the reason I ended up buying it. Michele from Boscia (pronounced Bosh-ah, for those of us who have been calling it Boss-kee-ah) peaked my interest by luring me in to try the sponge in action on my hand. I walked over to the bowl of warm water where this little black sponge was floating, and she rubbed the little guy all over the back of my hand for about 5 seconds. I kid you not, five seconds later the back of my right hand was significantly brighter and more glow-ey than my left and felt as smooth as those Tiger’s Eye rocks I used to collect as a kid.

This pore-perfecting pillow-soft Konjac Cleansing Sponge is infused with Bamboo Charcoal for clean, smooth skin. Use it with face wash to rub all traces of non-waterproof makeup off and brighten and tone skin on your under-eye area, face and neck. The black sponge is for oilier skin and there is a white option for dryer, more sensitive skins.

I. Am. Obsessed. I use it every night in the shower with my new face wash to remove my makeup and clear up my skin. It’s soft, luxurious, and a whole new way to enjoy the tedious task of cleaning your face. My pores are cleaner and the occasional pimple is now less prevalent. Out of all the new things I’m showing you today, I feel like this is the one you absolutely MUST get.

Because it is made of organic material, you should replace the sponge every 2-3 months.

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BOSCIA TSUBAKI CLEANSING OIL-GEL: $28

Cleansing oils are the newest trend in skincare, but it’s not for everyone. If you want to dip your toe into the world of cleansing oils without risking a breakout, Boscia’s Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel is a great place to start. The slippery gel texture feels like a face wash, but has minimal suds and all the effects of a cleansing oil without the greasy mess.

It’s a lightweight botanical blend of tsubaki oil (camellia oil), wakame (Japanese sea kelp), and rice bran oil that hydrates, smooths, and protects for the appearance of firm, youthful skin while also removing the daily dirt.

It smells like a Japanese garden! It’s on the pricier side, but it does go a long way. I use one pump on my Konjac sponge and it does the job.

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Bumble & Bumble Pret-A-Powder: $26

This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill dry shampoo. It also volumizes your hair and extends your style. My hair has been living in various fishtail and french braids this spring and nothing keeps it more together than this stuff. I sprinkle a little in my hands, rub them together and smooth over my strands before securing into a “messy” braid. I also use it to fix my stubborn, growing-out side bangs. It’s fantastic! Works well for all lengths of hair.

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BENEFIT’S THE BIG EASY LIQUID-TO-POWDER SPF 35: $38

This is Benefit’s answer to BB cream, and what made me want to try it is that it goes from liquid to powder, which my oily skin desperately needs. I love BB creams in the colder months, but I find them to be too greasy in the summer season. The Big Easy has a medium coverage, which is fantastic for every day use, with a high dose of SPF 35 to protect your skin from aging. The foundation self-adjusts to your exact shade to even out skin tone and conceal imperfections! I wear the Medium shade and most days, I don’t even use a powder to set it.

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TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA: $23

Based on the name, this mascara had some big shoes to fill. Better than sex? While I beg to differ, I will say that I do love this mascara. Those of you who read my blog on the regular know I was a huge fan of Revlon’s Grow-Luscious line of mascaras. Sadly, I stopped purchasing after I discovered that Revlon is not cruelty-free. In my hunt for cruelty-free, I came across Too Faced’s line of peeper-inhancers and found this gem. It is an intensely black, volumizing mascara with an hourglass-shaped brush that separates, coats, and curls each lash to voluptuous perfection. My lashes look like they are flying off the shelves when I wear this. Go out and get yours! It’s worth the $23.

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Ultimate Women’s Expo Brings Wine & Shopping to L.A.

Happy Monday friends!

This past weekend I attended the Ultimate Women’s Expo at the L.A. Convention Center with my good friend and P.R. guru, Devan. The UWE is one of the biggest beauty conventions that come to town, featuring celebrity guest speakers like Tia Mowry and Niecy Nash and a huge variety of vendors, ranging from spa, nails, makeup, skin to home decor and wine tasting. We spent almost four hours at this huge convention and couldn’t get enough of the great deals, samples and wine tastings!

The Ultimate Women’s Expo comes to a bunch of cities annually, so grab your most comfy pair of flats and best girlfriends for a fun day of shopping!

I was really impressed with the vendor turnout. Bloomie’s had their own booth!

I drooled over these Chanel lip glosses.

Veebow is a new smart phone app, backed by Valerie Bertinelli, that offers coupons similar to Groupon. It’s free so download it!

I found some of my favorite Mary Kay Timewise skin care products.

Body Kantina brought all their yummy handmade soaps. I wish you could smell how delicious this pineapple coconut soap was!

I love the packaging. The ones on the right smelled like ocean and sunscreen. MMmmhhmmm

There were also lots of fun jewelry booths to look at. We definitely noticed a trend in hair jewelry!

Benefit Cosmetics, known for their quirky packaging and ridiculous cute products, was there.

The wine tasting began with this delicious Rose Regale brand. It’s a sweet and bubbly sparkling wine that goes down easy and would be a fantastic addition to any sangria.

We found cool arts and crafts booths like this one below, featuring drinking cups made out of beer and vodka bottles!

Your destination for all things belly dance is BellyDance.com They literally have everything you could ever need like costumes, class wear, jewelry, accessories like finger cymbals and veils and even instructional dvds and world music. If you couldn’t tell in the photo below, I’m a huge fan of belly dancing, and not because of Shakira either. I grew up going to kabob houses and middle eastern restaurants and was introduced to belly dancers early on. I was always the little kid who got up and danced alongside the beautiful dancing women who I so admired. Here I am taking a quick lesson a the BellyDance.com booth. I ended up buying myself this upper-arm snake bracelet for $8 and some Arabian Grooves music. LOVE! Even if you aren’t necessarily a “belly dancer,” this site has great jewelry and costume pieces for super affordable prices.

Use my coupon code WE2121 to get 10% off your order!

This woman was drawing people’s names with her amazing calligraphy skills.

 

Wine Tasting Stop #2: Refresh by Turning Leaf.

Turning Leaf recently launched Refresh as a new line of quality wines at an affordable price. I absolutely LOVED their refreshing Crisp White flavor. They also carry Red Moscato and regular Moscato, both bubbly and easily drinkable. These products can be found at almost any grocery chain or liquor store.

 

Check out this awesome furniture setup by Lux Lounge Event Furniture Rentals!

My favorite all-natural skin and body brand, LUSH had a booth! I practically tripped over 4 other people as soon as I smelled the familiar scents in the air. I’m a huge fan of their Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. It’s a skin conditioner that you use in the shower. After you rinse off, you pat dry and have silky smooth skin til your next shower!

Here I am getting a hand treatment, ahhhhhhh.

Here is Linda K and her fabulous hand-made prayer stools. Aren’t they cute? She makes custom furniture and accessories, and told me that many people use these prayer stools to store photos, jewelry and keepsakes. Check out her website here.

Umm, this was wine tasting stop #62023575343. SALUTE!

Here’s Devan trying on an amazing berry lipstick that is so on Fall trend. We didn’t like the formula, but decided the color was a must-have.

I absolutely LOVED the One Minute Manicure scrubs! They come in a variety of scents and leave your skin soft for hours. I actually bought a few for an upcoming giveaway I’ll be doing on my blog- stay tuned!

Touch of Purple is an all-purpose natural cleaner that keeps jewelry sparkling like new. The sales man cleaned my rings with it and I could not believe how much gunk came off! I immediately bought a bottle, and according to him, you can also use this stuff on glass, LED screens, ceiling fans, computers etc and Touch of Purple literally prevents dust from forming. LOVE IT.

Okay peeps, this Hot Iron Holster was probably the most exciting thing we saw all day. It’s silicone material clings to any smooth surface without adhesives and holds your hot styling tools while in use! I’ve never seen anything like this. It comes in black, white and hot pink. And my hair stylist readers, get ready because these babies come in a professional, larger size that you can hang over the back of your client’s chair while styling. SO genious!

Among the things we didn’t get to do because we ran out of time were: manicure touch-ups by OPI and facial treatments galore. We literally stumbled out of there and got some food so we could drive home! Can’t wait for next year!

*Please click the links to visit each vendor’s website for more information.

**I do not get paid by anyone for my reviews. I only bring to my readers what I think are truly good products and values. Hence, I skipped reviewing the vendors I was not impressed by at the show. Please enjoy my finds and let me know if you agree/disagree with any of these product reviews, I’d love to hear from you!