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Posted by 05.06.13

It’s Gorgeous Giveaway time, BITB fans! Kiss away your work week blues with this week’s amazing beauty giveaway! We have three Kaplan MD Lip 20 Duos (with an average retail price of $60), featuring one Lip 20 lipstick and one Lip 20 gloss in summer friendly tangerine, to give to our lucky winners. Not just a frivolous lip color set, these are anti-aging treatments with multiple benefits. Both the gloss and the lipstick provide SPF 20 protection from UV rays, and work to moisturize and rehabilitate chapped lips.

Formulated with patented peptides and a range of organic ingredients, the Lip 20 treatments are formulated to  hydrate, contour and restore lips to their natural fullness

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Posted by 10.20.12

Here’s a nifty little product that might just save you from chapped, cracked skin this winter, and it’s ecologically conscious too. It’s called Waxelene, and it’s billed as “the petroleum jelly” alternative.

Now, I grew up with Vaseline as the go to soother for dry lips and rough elbows. But as our awareness of the carcinogenic potential of petroleum-based products has grown, my enthusiasm has waned. Enter Waxelene, a comforting balm made up of vitamin E oil, beeswax, organic rosemary oil, and organic soy oil.

Applied on lips, it’s a comforting moisturizer that somehow soaks in but lasts for hours at the same time. It’s great for

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Posted by 10.05.11


Every year an estimated 230,480 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 40,000 die from it, including my grandmother and two aunts. So I’m delighted to round up some great products whose companies donate a portion of sales to aid cancer research during the month of October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Let’s start by saying thanks to the grand dame of cosmetics, Evelyn Lauder, for founding The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in 1993. So please put your money where your heart is and make sure to do a weekly self-breast exam and have an annual mammogram. For more information on the subject, please visit www.cancer.gov.


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Posted by 07.11.11

PRODUCT: Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser ($24.50) is the award winning, cult-status cleanser from this UK botanical beauty brand that was recently sold to Avon and is now available in the US too.  I’ve seen this on a lot of beauty award lists and I finally had the chance to try it myself.

The cream contains tingly eucalyptus, which produces a cooling and lovely aromatic effect. It also has soothing cocoa butter in a formulation that can be used on your eyes to remove multiple coats of waterproof mascara - the ultimate multitasker. Mineral oil free, the cleanser has gentle purging power for pores and dead cells. Other naturally active ingredients include hops extract for toning, rosemary essential oil for fighting free radicals, and chamomile essential oil and beeswax for soothing reactive or tired skin.

The two-phase cleansing process is easy to do in the morning and at night time and takes just a few minutes. First massage the cleanser onto dry skin over the face and neck - decollete too if you choose. Next, rinse the pure muslin cloth in hot-to-the-touch water and wring it out before gently polishing off the cream in a circular motion.

The ritual of applying the cream, followed by washing with a hot, steaming muslin cloth over your sink, is so beautifully simple. It reminds you that clean skin is not about scrubbing layers off with harsh foaming cleansers -rather it’s about removing impurities, opening pores, gently sloughing off dead cells, and also about the relaxing experience of it all. Plus, you can wash and reuse the cloth, unlike that bottle of scrub you just threw out.

The cleanser is appropriate for all skin type and ages - and it can even help skin with acne that benefits from daily exfoliation. It is great for dry or dull complexions in need of brightening booster. Liz Earle offers such a refreshing experience on so many levels - it's no wonder that this cleanser is an all time fave of so many women around the world.  Treat yourself to a facial experience at home for under $25.



Would you buy it again? YES

Would you recommend it to a friend? YES


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