New Year’s Eve party looks with the new Surya Brasil

Hi ya Gorgeous! 
Squee! It’s almost time for the new year! I am so excited for 2018 – there are so many amazing things on the horizon, just waiting for January to begin!

I think, now a days, it’s more than just making a resolution, I think it’s about starting with the calendar and carving in to it the 90 day plan with action steps daily. 

Ok, time to meet Surya Brasil! The best pigment and color load in a vegan beauty product!

The Exotic Animals Nail Polish collection is inspired by nature’s wonderful colors to leave your nails beautiful and healthy. There are many vibrant and bright colors, each one dedicated to a specific exotic animal from all over the world.
The Peacock is one of the most exuberant animals in the world. It brings the bright metallic blue shade of its feathers to the Surya Brasil Nail Polish collection.
  • NO Camphor
  • NO DBP
  • NO Formaldehyde
  • NO Parabens
  • NO Toluene
  • NO ingredients of animal origin
  • NO animal testing
Volume: 9.5mL / 0.32 fl. oz.
Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Tosylamide/Epoxy Resin, Alcohol, Tributyl Citrate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Solum Diatomeae, Isopropyl Alcohol, Lecithin, Maleic Acid, Benzophenone-2, CI77510, CI77891, CI77019 (MICA).

Surya Brasil’s 100% Natural, Vegan & Kosher Tinted Lip Balms are an organic and cruelty-free lip treatment for smooth, soft, hydrated lips. Surya Brasil tinted lip balms nourish, moisturize and restore elasticity, and are the perfect middle ground between lip care and lip color. Flavors available are Blood Orange, Coconut Nectar, Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Sugared Fig and Vanilla Dragon Fruit.
  • NO parabens
  • NO pretrolatum
  • NO animal ingredients or animal testing
  • NO artificial coloring
  • NO artificial fragrance
  • NO beeswax
  • NO synthetic preservatives
  • NO gluten
  • NO mineral oils or GMOs
Ingredients: *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, *Fair Trade Certified™ *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Fair Trade Certified™ *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, *Flavor, *Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Seed Oil, Virola Sebifera (Ucuuba) Butter, Astrocaryum Murumuru (Murumuru) Butter, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Mica.
*Certified Organic Ingredients

If you need a green beauty gift for the vegan in your life, these new beauty products from Surya Brasil!

I have received samples of both the nail polishes and tinted lip sheers and in this video I demonstrate and introduce them!

Find Surya Brasil at Whole Foods Markets , Pharmaca and Thrive Markets or online at


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LaROCCA 24K mask! Awesome way to start the weekend!

Hello Gorgeous!
Oh just in time for the holiday party season! Oh wait-maybe it’s just my local Costco that already has Chistmas decorations out that makes me feel like it’s holiday party season.

Or maybe it just is! I just got samples of LaRocca skincare and immediately put on the Cocoa Gold Vitamin Clay mask. 24 karat baby!

It is soft and supple on the skin, spreads easily, dries down to a taught feeling but not uncomfortable tight.

The results afterward on my face, neck and the back of my hands was glowing healthy looking skin! I admit, I have been in the sun too much lately!

I love that LaRocca is from Studio City California because back in the day my production friends and I used to go to this wee bar called Residuals and it was just fun. Now I can reminisce in environment friendly and effective anti-aging skincare too!

LaRocca Skincare products are biodegradable and we do not use synthetic
fragrances, mineral oil, DEA, TEA, parabens, PABA, urea, phthalates,
nylon, aluminum or animal derived ingredients.

This mask is $50.00 for a 2.03 oz jar. Visit the website and find out more about LaRocca!

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GUD by Burt’s Bees: you need it for a Fat Tuesday late night wash for Ash Wednesday
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Hello soon to be sweet smellin’ Gorgeous!
I’ve been playing with my samples from the new
GUD line of natural body care by Burt’s Bees. I say you need some now for your Fat Tuesday so you can have it tomorrow to wash up and absolve yourself before Ash Wednesday mass.

So far my experience with the Gud products is pure love! Love it! So rich and thick-moisturizing, good smelling and happy feeling! woo hoo!

Best of all-these products are all paraben, phtalates, sulfates, free as well as cruelty free and made right here in the United States of America! Burt’s Bees GUD is good!

Enjoy this short video reveiw then get to the Targets and get you some!

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Get ready to travel with Essential Burt’s Bees kit
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Hello Gorgeous!

In February we celebrate both Abraham Lincoln’s birthday who is the 16th president of the United States and George Washington, and also the first president of the United States on February 20th.

It’s called President’s day-and most businesses close for the day-unless the business is the ski lift in Flagstaff!

I’m traveling over the holiday weekend-and yes, I will be celebrating the birthday’s of 2 fine presidents-and I’ll be doing it with my Essential Burt’s Bees kit!

The kit contains 5 essential pieces: deep cleansing cream, hand salve, body lotion, lip balm and foot cream. It’s sold for about $10 online and at the Walmarts and Targets.

If you have never tried Burt’s Bees before-this is a great way to start! If you are traveling like me-it’s perfect and compact for the suit case. The Burt’s Bees brand is made in the United States of America, cruelty free, recycle as a company and create great natural products.

The story of this company is worth reading! Stay tuned for my review of the new ‘GUD’ line!
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Labor Day travel? Try Nature’s Gate rose scented herbal hand creme
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Hey there Gorgeous!
Here I am on the set of the new web series for Makeup University. I am not travelling this holiday weekend as I continue to work on the episodes for the upcoming production dates.
But-what I do have in my purse that is so sumptuous and luxurious feeling is the new Nature’s Gate herbal blend hand cream in rose.

It’s paraben free, and 3 oz-so TSA approved for those of you who are jetting away on an airplane, pocket ready for train riders, will fit in the glove compartment on a boat, in the side pocket of a back pack for the hikers or in a purse of a web series producer like me!

Here are a few favorite reasons to try Nature’s Gate products:
1. paraben free
2. cruelty free
3. phthalates free
4. synthetic fragrance fee
5. animal derived ingredients and animal testing free = VEGAN approved!
(I”m not a vegan and in fact I’m having an In’n’Out burger right now…)
Finally-the Nature’s Gate products are high quality and easy to access for affordable prices-so head on down to the Walmarts and get you some for this Labor Day weekend pool party! Your skin will thank you!
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Prom got ya nervous? Naturally Fresh Deoderant can help!
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Our makeover team from the Warren Tricomi Salon Los Angeles transforms reader Nisa’s dull, brown, frizzy waves into luxuriously smooth, highlighted curls. The new look gives her the wow-factor she deserves with the low-maintenance style she needs.

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Hello Gorgeous!

Prom season is upon us and in full swing in the greater Phoenix area and I suspect in your town too! Now, if you are a touch nervous about the big event, try Naturally Fresh Deoderants which are available at Walmarts, Targets and health food stores like sprouts.
Cruelty free plus paraben free and not a drop of harmful aluminum in these plus it lasts up to 24 hours! Here’s a short video to help you out! You can also learn more at their main website

SANTE America: natural cosmetics for amazing holiday 2010 looks
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The Worst: No. 3: Laura Mercier Lip Stain, $20 average reader rating: 6.1

The Worst: No. 3: Laura Mercier Lip Stain, $20

“The product simply does not do what it promises …”

No. 2: CoverGirl Outlast Lip Stain, $7.29 average reader rating: 6

No. 2: CoverGirl Outlast Lip Stain, $7.29

“They dry up SO FAST!”

The Best: No. 8: Stila Cherry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain, $24 average reader rating: 7.8

The Best: No. 8: Stila Cherry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain, $24

“Not only does it look natural on my cheeks and lips it makes me look younger …”

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Sante America? Have you tried it yet?

I love trying new makeup! And when this brand from Germany showed up to the blog I squealed with delight!

Now in this picture there is everything that arrived to test and try.

The products are minimally packaged, and cruelty free as well as 100% natural and the company meets the strict criteria for the Cdertified Natural Cosmetics in accordance with

BDIH. Now the next photo shows the few things I selected to make a light, playful sunny bunny look since it’s rather warm today! If I were near water I would say this makeup is great for a boat ride!

I’m using the moisturizing foundation, two creme eyeshadow pencils, liquid eyeliner, mascara and lipstick with coordinating gloss.

So I start with clean skin that is moisturized and I apply a thin layer of the soft cream foundation with is full of cuuacu butter and pomegranate extract. I blend evenly with a small foundation brush.

Next for a simple two toned shadow I use the white pearlescent highlighter pencil on the brow and through the tear duct. This pencil could easily double as a highlighter on lips and cheeks too!

Or anywhere that you need to add a little bit of oomph!

I color the entire eyelid with the light blue shadow. Oh I feel so sixties and Cher Bono with this look. Good thing I have straight hair in these photos to match the sixties boating bunny makeup look I’m making.

Now what pics you don’t see are me applying a
thin layer of Makeup Forever HD powder all over and then a thin layer of pink blush.

This is Shadrach my studio intern. He works for tuna and in most cases doesn’t work one bit.

Back to the makeup: I am using the Sante America liquid eyeliner that has a nib similiar to a felt marker. This means that you have more control of the line you draw but the nib can wipe on color and at the same time wipe it off. The secret to using this is apply a thin coat and then draw over it again til you get the desired depth of color.

I apply two coats of the black mascara. I have two thoughts on this: 1. I love natural mascara because it’s petroleum and pthalate free meaning good for my eyes and lashes. 2. It’s two coats in and still not as thick as I like my mascara to be which is the benefit of toxic mascara that a little bit goes a long way. *sigh* these are the choices you have to make!
I finish my look with the #11 lipstick which is sheer with a hint of shimmer in a warm light brown tone meaning perfect f or everyday wear! There is a matching pot of gloss that is slightly darker in tone and I love it! You can never have enough lipgloss!

SANTE AMERICA is a unique combination of natural ingredients, gentle formulas and sleek biodegradable packaging that delivers skin-safe, eco-friendly, statement making looks. Developed and manufactured in Germany. The products are devoid of gluten, synthetic coloring agents, frangrances and perservatives. In short, it’s full of good stuff!

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LUSH fragrances-stocking stuffers for holidays and anyday
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Hello friends! Well, Costco started it and now it seems like every retail store around me is full
of all the holiday items at once. Like one big pile of halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff and it’s barely the end of October.

So I figured if you can’t beat ’em, join’em. I’ve started an early edition of the Makeup University Holiday Style Guide and shopping list for great beauty gifts at amazing prices.

I’m sharing with you today from LUSH. Oh! If you haven’t tried any of their products yet you need to! Why? Because they are organic, vegan, cruelty free, earth friendly, great pigments and wear, along with petrochemical free so it’s safe to put on your skin!

Here I am holding there fragrance gift set which is perfectly portable for your upcoming Thanksgiving road trip or flight back home. ( safe journey to you!) This wee vial contains a powerful mix of essential oils that are pure, no synthetic scents in it!

A little bit goes along way, trust me. If you don’t believe me ask the postal worker, my son’s school teacher and the check out cashier at Walmart.

Order your LUSH holiday fragrance kit now because these items are hand crafted and made in small batches. So when it’s gone, it’s gone! My favorite scent is Orange Blossom on my left wrist but I like to mix it with Vanillary on the right wrist. It’s to keep you guessing when my Peanut’s Gang character PigPen cloud of fragrance wafts around you! Did I mention I’m a fragrance junkie! Go get some at

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