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The benefits of Benefit

Ok, I am Benefit happy lately. I am facing my issues. I had to post, because I finally put my finger on why I love it so much. Almost all of the products I own from Benefit are aimed at creating a naturally gorgeous & flawless look – they are subtle, tricky and in most cases,  it’s not obvious that there is any makeup at all. Its magic, to put it simply. It’s all about discreetly covering your flaws and emphasizing your strong points. I love love love love this brand for this reason. And I am a lunatic but I think in a good way.  Below, all the Benefit products in my cosmetic tool kit :


(I told you, I am coo coo for cosmetics!)  When you find something good, you stick with it. And if you are like me, you scream it from the rooftop. I am not one to hold back my good finds from my good ladies – everyone deserves to know!

My regimen is working: Jamaican-me 16!

Hello friends. Its been a bit. I apologize if you’ve been visiting and there’s been nothing freshly pressed for you. Alas, I was living up the island life in Jamaica. Which leads me to an important update. I really think my crazy skin care regimens are working! You can decide whether you agree with my evidence or not – and yes, it does relate to Jamaica.

As you know if you are reader, I am OB-SESSED with my skin and taking good care of it, and of course a slut for any good sounding  /smelling / feeling product. So, I have been testing all sorts of things on myself for a few months and I’ve decided that my Eye Hope (Philosophy) + general OCD of applying moisturizer is really paying off. Right now I am sticking with my Bliss (Click here for that post).

My evidence? Well, while in Jamaica, I was waiting at the bar to order some overly sugary frozen concoction when the bartender asked how old I was. I told him I was 29 and he said ” No mon, you look 16″. As my near and dear friends the Blumberg’s would say  (while they pump their fists) “Puh-POW”!. Score one for me! Take it as you will – but I took it as some good news.  For your viewing pleasure – a picture of our resort, and a picture of the evidence that my skin is looking silky smooth (yes, thats a Zohan reference).

On an un-related note, you will notice that I did decide to grow out the bangs. I am a hair chameleon! Thus far, happy with my decision (click here for previous bang debates!).

Next on my list

Ok so I’ve been in the mix with a few new regimines. #1 – Bliss Triple Oxygen + C Engergizing cream. Prognosis – LOVE IT! Love it love it love it. Regmine # 2- Cor silver soap. Prognosis – jury is out. Its luscious feeling but I am not sure about what its doing for my skin. I think its too soon to tell so more to come. Click here to read my post on these two products.

With a pretty solid arsenal going right now I felt a bit lost – so I needed to start obsessing about something new!  If you are a regular reader you will know that I have been having an internal struggle for months about my bangs. Well I have finally decided that I am growing them out. The problem is, I have fine lines on my forehead that I guess I just didn’t really notice for the past year because of my damn bangs. DRATS! I am only 29 and I will not believe that these are real wrinkles. I think I can fix this without botox. I just can’t go down that path. Not before my 35th birthday.

SO – this week I am finally going to pull the trigger on some high-end shizzzzz. I did test out some Dr Brandt Lineless Eyes that worked pretty well but I am going to bypass that in favor of a Peter Thomas Roth product. FIRMx Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum. That is a mouthful for sure – but with all these big crazy words I feel like it has to work! Just kidding, that’s not why I think it will work. I think it will work because every review I’ve read says its magic. Its comes at a cost – $150. But you can’t put a price on great skin my friends.

Click here to read more about it on Sephora!

And now that I am thinking about it – I just may need to spring for some at home peel pads while I am at it!

Lotion in motion

BLOG BLASPHEMY! Its been days. I am stillllll sick. I am working horrendous hours. I need some gorgeous intervention b/c I look pretty much like I just walked out of a methadone clinic. It’s not good.  I am not being hard on myself though, because this is just a tough patch and soon enough its going to be full spring weather and I will be healthy and happ again.

Today’s post is again about skin care. How do you apply your facial moisturizer? I used to be pretty haphazard about it. Until I realized something. You know when you are getting a facial how the gals tend to put everything on your face in a circular motion? I just thought they were doing that because it feels good. Well apparently it’s because applying the lotion in circular motion stimulates circulation. AH HA! I feel kind of dumb for not realizing this, but nobody is perfect! So I figured I would share my findings in case you are in the dark too. And I just had the most divine facial a few weeks ago at Exhale in Boston…. sooooo worth it if you are in the area!

I am a drugstore cosmetic snot…BUT….

I have to say, I actually think there is a conspiracy with some of the bigger name drugstore cosmetic brands – the conspiracy being many of these products just don’t do what they say they will do. Not to say that all high end cosmetics do the job – but its far more rampant with the everyday brands as they are constantly cranking out new fad products to one up the next guy.

That said, one product I really do love from Loreal is the True Match Super Blendable Makeup. I’ve used it on and off for the past year and I have to say it does really work well. It’s very light-weight and has lots of shades to choose from. I just use a few dabs of this to even out my skin tone. The claim that it “diffuses skin imperfections “( is true as far as I can tell.  It’s definitely a good find for the budget concious gorgeous gal.  You can get it at any drugstore/big box discount retailer (obv!)

New products! Tested on Ambers, not animals

I had to steal that line from my sister. It’s pretty hilarious and absolutely true. If you are a Go Gorgeous regular you know I am on a quest to find the perfect moisturizer.  I am just about done with a month’s supply of Hope in a Jar by Philosophy. Even though this product gets rave reviews, I just found it to be average.  Nothing wrong with it but it didn’t make me jump for joy either.  I am REALLY digging the Philosophy Eye Hope though – this has DEFINITELY reduced fine lines around my eyes so I will keep this on the roster.

I was having pipe dreams this morning and even went so far as to add La Mer to my cart on Amazon. Keep dreaming honey.  I pulled myself back down off the cloud of denial  I was perched on and instead opted for Bliss Triple Oxygen + C energizing cream (Click here to get it on Amazon).

Since I’ve not yet tried this product, I’ve posted Amazon’s product description to give you a hint on what it’s all about:

What it is: A lightweight gel-cream that hydrates, brightens, and instantly revives dull, stressed skin.

What it is formulated to do: Treat your skin to a revitalizing trio of oxygenating ingredients and an advanced form of vitamin C to revive fatigued, sallow skin and achieve fresh-from-the-shower, dewy glow. The perfect pairing of star ingredients (oxygen and vitamin C) helps the skin rebound from external and internal stresses. Like an at-home version of Bliss Spa’s Triple Oxygen Treatment Facial, it delivers a targeted burst of O2 to help support cell respiration, reinforce collagen synthesis, improve skin hydration, and breathe new life into a lackluster complexion. You will see results after a single use.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- Petrochemicals- Phthalates- GMOs- TriclosanWhat else you need to know:This treatment’s unique version of vitamin C is lipid-soluble meaning your skin absorbs it more readily. It also helps promote collagen synthesis while brightening and evening skintone, and is nonirritating to sensitive types.”

MMMM HMMMM. That sounds like a winner to me.  This my friends could be the one!

On a separate yet related note one of the reasons I love doing this blog is that friends and fellow product addicts turn me onto new brands I’ve never heard about before.  My friend, S.B. (I will keep it to initials because this is actually a nickname she may not want me to share) just told me about Cor – a skincare line made from nano-silver and silica – products used to speed cell recovery in burn victims. Pretty exotic and hard-core!

Of course I was intrigued by this.  I’ve read up on it a bit and I’ve seen some great reviews and some that say it’s too drying. Everyone’s skin is different so this isn’t surprising. But, being that I am OBSESSED with keeping my skin looking young, and that this product claims to work in two weeks, I went for it and purchased a trial size bar for $14 on Amazon. (Click here to get your own).

The orders are placed so hopefully these guys should be delivered this week. I will have to get back to you on the prognosis once I have a good handle on whether they are worth their weight in silver (mwah ha ha).

Look sweet for your sweet

I have slacked again, and for that I am so very sorry! Back to business though. I got home tonight and realized that its T minus 4 days till that oh so special holiday people fear and love in equal parts – Valentines Day. There are so very many dating situations people will encounter this weekend. Whether it be a much-needed date with your partner, an extra special night with a new love, bringing to fruition a hook-up in the making or just a little hanky panky with a stranger – you better be prepared!!!

My whole reason for posting today is that your glamification process should have commenced by now. Valentines Day could be a big night for you – don’t leave any product trials, appointments or preparations until the weekend if you can avoid it. You are just asking for disaster. I am doing a Mario Badescu enzyme mask on my face tonight. Just in case I get red face or I break out, I have a few days to let it return to normalcy. 

This is a hydrating and revitalization mask. You can get this at, Nordi’s AKA Nordstrom and of course my most fave local makeup haunt, Rouge Cosmetics in Salem MA.

The key takeaway here – Rome wasnt built in a day. Get out your scrubs, your lotions, your exfoliators, call your esthetician. Get your glam on now so that come Valentine’s day you are not running around like a crazy person getting yourself ready. That way by Sunday (or Saturday – that’s when I’m celebrating)  you are refreshed, confident, glowing and ready to GO GORGEOUS for your big  night out on the town! Get it now?  Ahhhhh its all coming together.

You can’t win ’em all

As much as I looooove Bliss products, I did come across one that I wasn’t digging. I got a hefty sample of the Naked Body Butter Lite which I tried over the weekend and I’m not feeling it. The upside is its fragrance free and not greasy. But I didn’t like how it smelled and I didn’t find it to be very moisturizing.

Not to fret, I still LOVE my Fabulous Foaming Facewash, Lemon Sage Body Butter and Soapy Sap Body Wash. This is why its important to be brand-agnostic when it comes to your beauty staples as not all products are created equal! Find out what a brand does well and try that versus just taking all the products of that brand for face value. And really read up on what people say about the products & stay on top of bestseller lists! I think thats the best path to a good product investment.

This find will not deter me from continuing to try more Bliss products. I am particularly intrigued by the Blood Orange & White Pepper collection. Sounds funky but quite interesting!

Click the button below to check out more Bliss products at Sephora!

Bronzer fun time

I figured I would post something about looking tan and healthy and not pasty white today since it’s a mere 5 degrees out there now. Good times!

As with most of the things I post about, I’ve tried LOTS of bronzers over the years. Bare Minerals, Body Shop, MAC, Clinique…the list goes on. The one bronzer that I can really stand by is NARS Highlighting/Bronzer Blush Duo.

The duo includes “Orgasm”  blush, which is peachy/ pink and semi sheer. The Laguna bronzer is my  favorite part though. It really gives you a natural looking all over color versus very severe effects where your face looks a totally different color than your neck.

This duo does last a while. Sometimes I just use the bronzer, sometimes I dust my brush over both and just do a little sweep. When I do really combine them I use the bronzer on the typical highlight areas (cheek bones, chin, nose, forehead, under neck) and then use a blush brush to throw a little Orgasm on the apples of my cheeks.

 I am telling you, its HOT STUFF.  Many other girls find this as amazing as I do – in fact, its got about 700 5-star ratings on It’s universally flattering!

To kick it up a notch for evening / special occasion I put a little luminating cream at the top of my cheekbones before I throw on my NARS. I also dab it in the inner corners of my eyes and along my brow bone. This gives that oh-so-desireable dewy look.  My fave for this is MODELco’s Luminosity. This stuff lasts forever and it makes you glow like a Go Gorgeous gal should!

I pick these up at my favorite local product haunt – Rouge Cosmetics. BUT I realize y’all are coming from lots of  different locales, so I’ve posted links below to where you can snag these at Sephora.

NARS Bronzer/Blush DUO (Orgasm & Laguna)

MODELco Luminosity

Have fun with it!

Gorgeous girl crush alert

Before I got to know her, I used to say – whats the big deal about Heidi Klum? Yeah, shes got a slammin’ body and shes beautiful and she can work a catwalk. Well she’s obviously proved that there is a hell of a lot more going on with her than just that! After becomming obsessed with Project Runway and then watching her E! True Hollywood story, I have a bona-fide girl crush on this amazing woman. On top of being GORGEOUS she is smart, funny, business-savvy, loving, creative, a great mother / baby factory to the most darling children, sweet, charming…the list could go on forever. Her marriage to Seal is so cute it hurts. And, her halloween costumes and love for halloween blows my mind – I am too a halloween freak. I think its my favorite day of the year.  

If you are a fan, there is a great article this month in In Style. And obv you can catch her tonight on Project Runway. I know I will be watching!