Do you receive any subscription boxes? They are one of my most favorite things! I received my Fab Fit Fun Spring 2018 Box last week, and want to show you just how many fabulous things you get for $50!

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Fab Fit Fun Spring 2018

 

 

I love the packaging of these boxes. Every little detail is thought out, and the presentation is lovely. I don’t get this box as a freebie – I subscribe to Fab Fit Fun and pay for each box. I see it as a present to myself, so having something prettily wrapped feels like a bonus.

Speaking of bonuses, Fab Fit Fun lets you add on bonuses to your box. A few weeks before the boxes ship you receive an email that lets you click in and add all kinds of goodies at a substantial discount. My favorites are the Marrakesh hair products. If they are available I add them on to my box order.

Here is a breakdown of what came in the Spring 2018 Fab Fit Fun box. I have a link and a discount code at the bottom of this post.

Fab Fit Fun Spring 2018 Box

The anchor product in this box is a reversible clutch purse from Rachel Pally with a retail value of $60. One side is a plain, block shade, and the other is a vibrant print. You can use this clutch to go out at night, pair it with jeans and a t-shirt, or even use it après-beach! I especially love that Rachel Pally manufactures in her home town of Los Angeles, providing work and a healthy wage for local Angelenos rather than outsourcing it for cheap.

Free People supplied a vegan leather eye mask. (retail value $40) These are not only fabulous for those needing a good night sleep or taking long flights, but also for anyone who’s eyes are looking tired or puffy. There is a removable cooling pack that you can keep in the fridge and slip into the pouch whenever your eyes need a pick-me-up. If you spend long hours in front of a computer you no doubt already see how tired the skin around your eyes looks. I am finishing the book I have been writing, and have spent the past few months in front of a screen, typing all day. The skin around my eyes looks exhausted! Being able to relax for 10 minutes with a cooling eye mask works wonders.

From Anderson Lilley there is a fresh spring fragranced candle. (retail value $45) Mine came in the Fresh Linen fragrance. The candles are made with a hand poured coconut wax blend and have a cotton, lead free wick. The candle itself comes in a stylish copper vessel that you can later use to stand makeup brushes or pencils or even little bouquets of fresh flowers.

You Tube guru Alex Garza designed a lip palette with Ish for the Fab Fit Fun box. (retail value $42). There are 12 shades of nicely pigmented color, with some nice neutrals as well as some popping pinks for spring.

Murad’s Skin Perfecting Lotion (retail $40) is an ultra light, oil free moisturizer for all skin types. It minimizes the appearance of large pores, soothes redness and irritation (making it great for acne prone skin), and gives you face some luxurious hydration.

The Spring 2018 box gave you a choice between a pair of Ettika tassel earrings or a Maya Brenner designed LOVE bracelet. I took the bracelet, which is valued at $65.

The beauty choice item was between KNC Lip masks or a Korres Guava Body Butter. I always need more body lotions and body butters, so I chose the $24 Korres Body Butter. It is creamy and thick and really is lovely.

The Physique 57 Massage Roller ($20) looks like a torture device but it actually works wonders on tired, achy muscles. Whether the gym has you feeling beaten up or whether its just life and work and commuting that are tiring you out, 10 minutes with a massage roller will have you feeling invigorated and ready to take on the world!

Fab Fit Fun Spring 2018 Box

The Dermelect Cosmeceuticals  Concealing Ridge Filler ($18) keeps your nails looking healthy. It conceals nail imperfections with a pinky hue while treating them with protein, vitamins and moisture.

I also received a Dove Exfoliating Body Polish to keep in the shower. This gentle body polish helps to slough away dead, winter skin and reveal the fresh, glowing skin underneath.

This is approximately $344 worth of new season fabulous for only $50!

If you would like to try out the  Fab Fit Fun subscription box use this link and add in the promo code SUNSHINE to receive $10 off your first box. If you use my link you can get all of these fabulous products for just $40!

Enjoy friends!

 

Bargain Beauty products

 

Beauty products don’t always have to come with a big price tag. I love expensive makeup and skincare products as much as anyone, but I often find really great beauty items at places like Target very inexpensively.

For the Spring 2018 issue of Luca Magazine I charged our glam crew with finding fantastic beauty products that cost $20 or less. My task was to see what I could find at Target. I wanted to see if you could create all the new season’s beauty looks with bargain priced beauty products. Here is what I found:

Beauty On A Budget

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I broke my beauty finds at Target into 6 categories

Cleansers:

Most skin problems start with your choice of cleanser. A cleanser that strips the skin creates a dry and lifeless looking complexion for normal to dry skinned girls, and actually creates more oil for oily skinned girls! I found 2 of my favorite types of cleanser for bargain prices. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water removes makeup and cleanses the skin and is good for all skin types. At $6.99 it is an absolute bargain!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

My other favorite type of cleanser is an oil cleanser. Oil cleansers dissolve all makeup, even the most stubborn waterproof mascaras, and are extra gentle on the skin. Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil costs $15.99 and is worth every penny.

Burts Bees Cleansing Oil

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SPF:

No matter what is in your moisturizer or your foundation you still need to use a free standing facial SPF.

Neutrogena Dry Touch SPF 100

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 100 has a dry finish that keeps your makeup in place, feels light on your skin and gives you the maximum broad spectrum protection for only $9.99. If I were stranded on a desert island and could only bring one product with me, this would be it!

Base Coat:

As the sun comes back out to play the last thing you want is a heavy foundation, but you’re not quite ready to go bare. The perfect cross season product is a BB Cream.

L'Oreal Skin Beautifier BB Cream

L’Oreal Skin Beautifier BB Cream gives you glowing, gorgeous skin, evens out your color and keeps you looking fresh! With a $7.99 price tag it is super affordable.

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Eye Liner:

Every girl needs a killer eyeliner. Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel liner in black is the inkiest, glossiest black you will ever find, and at $7.99 it’s a bargain too!

maybelline lasting drama gel liner

If you prefer a pen eyeliner NYX Epic Ink Liner gives you a feline flick for the same price.

Budget Lipstick:

Cover Girl Colorliscious Lipstick

There are no end of bargain priced lip products. Some of my favorites are by NYX and cost $6.99. Their Butter Lip Glosses have a fabulous color payoff and stay nice and creamy. If you want a super saturated matte lip the NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Firestorm packs a mega punch for the new season! My personal favorite, a lipstick that I have worn for several years now is Cover Girl Colorliscious Lipstick in shade 325, Spellbound. This is the absolute perfect fuchsia and you cannot beat it at any price point.

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Nails:

Target carries Essie Nail Polish, known for making the best nude tones ever. Minimalistic and Maintenance are gorgeous springtime pinky nudes and only cost $8.99.

Essie Nude Nail polish

Which bargain beauty products do you love?? Tell me in the comment section below!

xo

What Is Micellar Water? Have you ever tried this fabulous skin cleanser? For years it has been a makeup artist secret but now anyone can get it. If you look inside almost any pro-makeup artist’s makeup kit you will find a bottle of micellar water and cotton pads. Prior to it being readily available in the United States I would bring back bottles of micellaire water every time I went to Paris, then once it was available at the pro makeup artist supply stores such as Naimies in Los Angeles, I would add bottles to every makeup order I placed.

This is a facial cleanser you need to know about.

skyn iceland micellar water

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What Is Micellar Water?

Originally developed for Parisian women as an alternative to cleansing their skin with Paris’ harsh water, micellar (micellair ) water is a highly effective and efficient skin cleanser. It removes all makeup, oil, and other gunk from your pores while toning your skin. It also works as a makeup remover on the toughest kinds of makeup – from lipstick to waterproof mascara. This fantastically dynamic cleanser is all thanks to tiny cleansing micelles that cling to debris on the skin, while purifying and softening the skin

How does it work? The way micellar water works is that a mild surfactant, the natural chemical that gets rid of dirt and makeup, clusters up into tiny balls called micelles. Once you pump it onto a cotton round, the micelles rearrange themselves for optimal cleansing. All you need to do is saturate a cotton round with the micellar water, and swipe over the skin. You can see all the grime and dirt sweep away!

The two main ingredients in micellar water are soft water and surfactants. These are cool little molecules that have a hydrophilic head at one end, that is attracted to water and repels oils, and a lipophilic tail at the other end that is attracted to oil and grease and repels water. Oil and water naturally repel one another, so it is difficult for water to cleanse away oil on the skin without help. Surfactants in micellar water surround the oils on the surface of our skin and “hide” them from the water, allowing the lipophilic tail to scoop them up and take them away, leaving no residue on the surface of the skin.

Who Should Use Micellar Water?

For makeup artists these cleansers are fantastic because we can do a quick sweep of the skin with micellar water on a cotton pad, and not only remove makeup and cleanse the skin, but also leave it ready to take a new makeup application without any slime or residue gunking up the complexion and making makeup slip off.

Micellar water is also great for everyday use for you and me. It is a lovely cleanser that not only cleans our skin but also leaves our complexion balanced. My pet skin care peeve is cleansers that strip the skin, creating a cycle of oil and dryness problems. Great skin begins with a cleanser that cleans skin while leaving it soft and supple and ready to accept skincare products. Micellar water is good for everyone.

Six Reasons You Should Use Micellar Water

1. It Removes Makeup 

Micellar water removes makeup, even longwear and waterproof makeup, and cleanses the skin. It picks up excess oils and cleans away dirt leaving your skin feeling fresh and clean. There is no rinse cycle and your skin doesn’t feel oily or tight or tingly.

 2. It’s Good For All Skin Types, Even Sensitive Skin

Micellar water is mild and non irritating and is perfect for even the most sensitive skin. It works for those with oily complexions too – the surfactants lift away excess oil leaving the skin clean and clear.

3. Micellar Water Helps Keep Skin Clear

The cleansing agents in micellar water naturally clear the skin not only of sebum but also of the wax based substances that cause breakouts. Also, because you don’t need a washcloth there is no rubbing to further irritate the skin or cause redness.

4. Micellar Water Protects Your Skin From Harsh Water

Most big cities have harsh, hard water, full of chemicals and heaven only knows what else. Do your faucets get calcium deposits? Do your kettles and coffee makers get a build up of scales? If so you have hard water. It is no doubt drying out the skin on your arms and legs, requiring you to use lotions and body oils after you shower, and is also stripping the skin on your face. Micellar water was originally created to be an alternative to using harsh water that strips your skin and leaves it feeling tight and pulled.

5. It Leaves Your Skin Feeling Soft.

With no soaps, alcohol, detergents or chemicals to dry your skin out after cleansing, micellar water leaves your skin feeling soft and dewy.

6. Micellar Water Is Ideal For Travel

The only thing micellar water requires to cleanse your skin is a cotton pad. You don’t need a wash cloth, water, toner or additional cleansers. This makes it the ideal cleanser to keep in your gym bag, to take on a road trip or camping, and makes it perfect for airline travel and overseas trips!

You can find micellar water everywhere now, from Ulta to Sephora to Target. One of my favorite skin care lines, Skyn Iceland, also has their own micellar water. Skyn Iceland has been one of my favorite skincare brands for years. Using spectacular ingredients from Iceland they provide solutions for stressed skin. I first learned about the line from celebrities asking for their Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. These are the best eye gels I have ever used, and are a staple in my personal skincare travel products as well as my pro makeup artist kit.  They depuff, hydrate, cool and soothe and breathe life back into the delicate skin under the eyes. If you have ever not had enough sleep, been on a long flight, woken up with a hangover or allergies or just felt tired and run down, the Skyn Iceland eye gels are perfect for you – they provide instant relief!

Skyn Iceland Micellar Water contains Icelandic Glacial Water which protects, nurtures and fights free radicals, Arctic Algae Extract which detoxifies the skin, Nordic Birch Sap to boost collagen production and Aloe Leaf Juice to soothe. Plus, it comes in an easy to use pump package!

Check out Skyn Iceland Micellar Water here  and also look at the Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels here.

In case you are interested I also found this info on Skyn Iceland:

Skyn ICELAND offers skincare solutions to combat and treat the damage caused by stress. Its high performance skincare system of products brings instant relief, immediate results and long term benefits addressing the five symptoms of stressed skin: accelerated aging, adult acne, irritation, dryness, and dullness. Skyn’s inspiration comes from nature, in the pure unspoiled natural resources of Iceland – with its mineral rich waters, antioxidant powered berries, soothing algaes, replenishing mosses and immunity boosting Angelica Archangelica. With these potent naturals, products soothe, stabilize, fortify and nourish skin, bringing it back into balance and returning it to a glowing, youthful state. All Skyn ICELAND products are certified cruelty free by PETA, 100% healthy and vegan.

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