3 of the Best Rose Skin Care Products Ever


These three rose skin care products are a few of my current favorites.  I’m on the second bottle of each one.  That speaks volumes because I don’t buy very many products over and over again.  Searching for the next greatest skin care product keeps me from repeat purchases.  But, these three have been worth a second go around.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray is a heavenly smelling rosewater.  I like to spray all over my face and neck after I’ve washed my face at night.  The aroma is so soft and gentle.  It is a relaxing treat at the end of a long day.  I’ve also used it randomly during the day, when at home.  It soothes dehydrated and rough skin, leaving a dewy glow all over.  I honestly can’t even describe it, you just have to try it!

I started using Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel because I was in search of a toner that was alcohol-free.  I had tried so many toners, and all of them would dry out my skin.  I finally figured out that they all had one thing in common, alcohol.  When I tried this product I was surprised at the pleasant smell of roses and aloe.  I use it only a few times a week when I feel I need a little extra cleansing.  An added bonus to is that some of the ingredients are certified organic, and paraben and phthalate free.

Last, but definitely not least, is the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Moroccan Beauty Oil.  Andalou Naturals is a natural skin care line that I discovered a few years back.  I’ve tried a number of their products, and this one is my favorite so far.  I tried it because of the beauty oil trend.  I’m the first to admit that I didn’t buy into the trend at first.  I didn’t think that putting oil on my face would be a good thing, especially being that I have combination skin.  I don’t use this every day, and I use it very sparingly when I do use it.  The smell is a little strong, it smells like…well, 1000 roses in a little bottle.  Seriously, a tiny bit is all you need.  Just a dab all over the face and body leaves skin soft and glowing.

With the fall and winter months around the corner, the wonderful rosy smell of these three skin care products will keep spring and summer alive in your bathroom.  You can find these products here:  Mario Badescu Facial Spray, Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel, and Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Moroccan Beauty Oil.

xo, Maria

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Perfect Under Eyes with VII Code’s Oxygen Mask

Get perfect under eyes with Oxygen Eye Mask VII Code and Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

Oxygen Eye Mask VII Code and Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

Lately, I’ve struggled sleeping through the night.  I had surgery on my hand a few weeks ago, and I wake up often when I bump my hand.  My eyes looked so tired and, my under eye circles were worse than ever.  Luckily, I found an amazing eye mask that brought my eyes back to life!

VII Code’s oxygen mask has been a true life saver.  It’s the only thing that has kept me from looking like a zombie these few weeks.  I’ve tried so many things to cover my dark circles and bags that I started a collection of under eye concealers!  The issue was that, while some of those concealers were great, they only covered the problem.  I needed something to treat my under eyes.  I started using this eye mask at night, before I went to bed, and when I awoke I looked completely refreshed.  My circles and bags seemed to have disappeared. I also noticed a reduction of in my fine lines and that my skin was hydrated and soft.  Truly marvelous!

The eye mask has a mixture of essential vitamins, antioxidants, proteins, botanicals, peptides, and essential fatty acids.  So many wonderful ingredients packed into small little gel patches that work for up to 8 hours.  When you put the mask on you feel a cool, refreshing, and hydrating sensation right away.  The small gel patch gently fits around the eye area, and stays put through the night.  It feels comforting and relaxing as it does its magic.

In addition to VII Code’s oxygen mask, I also have the scoop on under eye concealers.  I’ve tried so many lately, that I’ve found my life long favorites.  So, if you’re still looking to brighten up and cover some troublesome areas here are some of my favorites.  Maybelline Age Rewind and MAC Pro Longwear are great multi purpose concealers.  Benefit Erase Paste and Benefit Eye Bright are for neutralizing dark circles and spots.  Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is a wonderful brightening concealer that does wonders for adding a radiant glow.  Just a FYI that this stuff is hard to find!  Lastly, Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream is a wonderful cream to combat fine lines and wrinkles.  I use it the nights I don’t use the oxygen mask.

So, to get that perfect under eye, light and bright, is within reach.  These two simple things are all you need to a refreshed, glowing look.   A great oxygen eye mask to help nourish the skin, and a good concealer to give an extra glow.  Give it a try, and let me know what you think.

xo, Maria

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Disclaimer: This product was provided by VII Code for me to sample. All views and opinions in this post are truly honest and my own, independent of VII Code.

Review of Too Faced Cosmetics Love Palette



Too Faced has out done themselves again with their new Love palette.  Three collections of eye shadows that coordinate perfectly.  This palette has a total of fifteen shades of shimmer, pearlescent, and matte shadows plus a black waterproof eyeliner.  These shadows are housed in a beautiful case that resembles a love letter trinket box.  Inside out, it is just simply beautiful.

Here are the colors included in the three collections , from left to right:

Pure Love – clockwise from the top are Cherish, Desire, Amorous, and Dearest. In the middle is Adore.
True Love – clockwise from the top are Smitten, Romance, Passion, and Obsessed. In the middle is Sweetie Pie.
Forbidden Love –  clockwise from the top are Devotion, Puppy Love, Everlasting, and Darling. In the middle is xoxo.

I read that the Co-Founder of Too Faced, Jerrod Blandino, was inspired to create this romantic and sensual palette after seeing a love letter in a local newspaper.  He succeeded in creating one of the prettiest palettes I’ve ever seen.  From romantic soft pinks and mauves to luxurious and sensual coppery tones, this palette will inspire you.  Each little collection evokes its own set of emotions that can be transformed into endless looks for day or night.

The quality of these shadows is as lovely as the packaging, and mirror the quality of their other eye shadows (check out this review).  This palette retails for $49, which comes to just over $3 per eye shadow.  For the price, the quality and color variation make this little pretty a must have for every beauty enthusiast!

xo, Maria


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BITE Beauty Watercolor Lip Glosses Review, Photos, & Swatches



This BITE Beauty lip gloss set is just breath-taking. The colors are soft, yet rich. The glosses glide on smoothly, giving off a translucent pop of color.   These 12 colors belong in an Impressionist artist set, with the range of colors varied enough to create anything the imagination can dream up.  The shine these pretty glosses gives off is unmatched.  Their uniqueness is in that combination, that of shine and translucent color.  The glosses float on the lips, creating an amazing radiance.  Unrelated to color, but even more important, BITE Beauty boasts  being free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates.  So, what’s not to love?  Price?  Nope.  These are on sale at Sephora for $24!  $2 per lip gloss!

Happy Monday!

xo, Maria


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Too Faced Love Flush Blushes Review, Photos, & Swatches



Here are all six shades of the new Too Faced Love Flush Blushes ($26 for 0.21 oz) that I received just last week. Aren’t these just darling? Everything from the vibrant colors to the packaging makes me smile from ear to ear. I tested them out over the holiday weekend, and I’m so excited to share my thoughts with you.

At first glance the packaging is so darling that it captivates, just like the songs each color is named after.  It has a mirrored compact with little bunnies embossed in the blush.  The compact is a matching shade to what waits inside, shimmery in appearance bold colored blushes.  The pictures don’t capture the sparkle that the powders give off straight out of the pan.  Strangely enough, they do not give off a sparkly appearance after application.  I would say that each of these little beauties gives off a glow, but by no means gives a shimmery or glittery effect.  I actually prefer a little more matte to slightly dewy looking blushes like these.

Too Faced claims that the Love Flush Blushes last up 16 full hours without fading or smudging.  I tested them over the weekend, but didn’t really put them on until a little later in the morning.  So, I actually haven’t tested them for a full 16 hours yet.  However, I can tell you that they do hold up very nicely for a good 10 hours.

If you were to ask me what I liked most about these blushes I would say one word, color.  I truly love the range of colors in this collection, Love Hangover being my favorite thus far.  Also, the pigments are bold, bright, but buildable.  I think these three B’s are so important when talking about blush and Too Faced didn’t disappoint.

Where can you find these?   Too many places to shop!  Check these out:

Too Faced – Too Faced has free shipping for $50 purchases , and you save 20% by sharing TF via Facebook, Twitter, or Email (please see site for details).

Macy’s  – Macy’s has free shipping for $50 purchases and they have a free gift with purchase (please see site for details).

Sephora – Sephora has 3 day free shipping for $50 purchases, free samples, and earn points through their Beauty Insider program (please see site for details).

Ulta – Ulta has  free shipping for $50 purchases, free samples, and earn points through their program (please see site for details).

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely day!

xo, Maria




I would like to thank Too Faced for supplying these blushes for me to sample.  All views and opinions in this post are truly honest and my own, independent of Too Faced.  It was a true delight sampling and reviewing these.

Inspirational Quote of the Day: Those Who Matter Don’t Mind


So, this quote of the day is perfect for how I’m feeling.  I’m giving myself the advice I always dish out.  When my friends tell me about drama in their lives, I ask them a simple question.  Twenty, thirty, or even forty years from now will you remember this?  The answer to that question is simple.  No.

Be who you are, say what you feel.  Because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.  – Dr Seuss

xo, Maria

Amazing Deals at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale


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Happy Friday everyone!  I am ready for the weekend to start so that I can get right to one of my favorite weekend past times, sleeping in!  For fun, Mike and I might head to the beach and/or visit St. Augustine.  Hopefully, the weather will cooperate.  Let’s think good thoughts!

This weekend will also be jammed packed full of sales.  I’ve picked out some really amazing deals from Nordstrom’s half-yearly sale that is going on now until May 31st.  So, be sure to check these out.  You won’t believe it, but most of these items are 40%!

xo, Maria