PHAMExpo, A Summer Makeup Show.

+PHAMExpo is only 2 weeks away and I wanted to share my shopping list with you. This is my Saturday plan-of-attack, which gives me the opportunity to walk the entire show floor and meet with emerging brands and visit old friends. While my list might appear to be short, I have to account for lines and other members of the Press.

Alba Botanica's Hawaiian Kukui Nut Body Oil.

I can't seem to leave +Whole Foods Market without adding a new natural beauty item to my collection. This trip was no different, introducing +Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Oil with deep moisturizing kukui nut oil. Paraben, phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfat, Sodium Myreth Sulfate and cruelty free, this vegetarian formula is blended with Sunflower Seed oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, macadamia seed oil and sweet almond oil. It is a thicker body care product and you do not need a lot of Hawaiian Body Oil to hydrate thirsty body skin as kukui oil has a high penetrability rate. Open the flip top, turn it over and let a few drops come out, turn it right side up and close the lid till it snaps shut before you set it down. I have noticed every time I skip closing the lid and place it on the counter, oil shoots up through the dispenser hole.

Kukui nut oil contains very high levels of the essential fatty acids linoleic and alpha-linolenic. This oil is readily absorbed into the skin, providing tissues the essential elements that it needs and is particularly good for dry skin, psoriasis, acne and eczema. --Mountain Rose Herbs.

The 8.5 oz bottle, made from 100% recycled material, retails for $10.95. Hawaiian Body Oil does not have a tropical scent, it has a light, warm aroma from the Sweet Almond Oil. I have a feeling this is going to find a permanent spot in my body care collection. Are you moisturizing with a body oil? Which is your go-to? xoxo •Nancy-Lee

Star Powder 956 by MAKE UP FOR EVER

MUFE star powder

This is a turquoise lovers dream. With a golden baseStar Powder 956 by +MAKE UP FOR EVER OFFICIAL is a shimmering, silky powder that catches the light and gives the skin a unique glow. I wear these as eyeshadow, using Aqua Seal to intensify the shade and the shimmer as it locks the pigments water tight.

A GlossyBox + Bergdorfs Bonus: Diptyque Paris


How did you spend your $25 +Bergdorf Goodman gift card from the June 2014 +GLOSSYBOX? I treated myself to something awesomely unusual and yet so helpful: a +diptyque Paris Wick Trimmer!  How many times have you jammed your scissors into a candle trying to trim a too-long wick only to gouge the candle or wax coat your cutting instrument? WORSE: What happens when you do cut the burn wick? Yeah, it sinks into the wax so now you have a candle with black blobs of burn wick. NOT SEXY!! This eliminates that! How? The cutting area is the size of a nickel, with raised edges. As you trim the wick, the combination of the wide platform and curb prevent the waste wick from dropping back into your candle. Retailing for $38, if you are a candle lover, you should make the investment in this Wick Trimmer, it's a frustration saver. Beware, Kitten, it is HELLA sharp! xoxo •Nancy-Lee


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