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Suzy ChapStick Has Grown Up!


I think the mass product world is really listening to what the consumer demand is, as they have taken the parabens out and put some cutting-edge ingredients in.  The formulating folks at Pfizer have added ingredients used in pharmaceuticals for skin regeneration. I feel like calling it ChapStick doesn’t do it justice! It contains an ingredient called Madecassoside, which is a powerful antioxidant derived from Gota Kola. This ingredient is known to stimulate synthesis of collagen types I and II. It is also used in the pharmaceutical world as a treatment for psoriasis.  It has been clinically proven to enhance wound healing and heal chronic skin lesions. It is also anti-inflammatory which is a wonderful benefit in a lip treatment. The Total Hydration formula also contains ingredients such as, Shea butter, Olive oil, Squalene, Meadowfoam, Hibiscus, Linseed oil and more.



I’m always on the hunt for hydrating and anti-aging lip treatments and I’ve stayed away from Chapstick for many years mainly because I’ve always associated it as having Petrolatum as the main ingredient.  Petrolatum is an occlusive ingredient that doesn’t let moisture in or out.  I’ve always believed it to be more of a “quick fix” and “addictive” since it didn’t contain ingredients that provided a truly long-lasting therapeutic benefit.  Petrolatum coats the lips, leaving you feeling moisturized albeit a little waxy while it’s on. Petrolatum is more of a band-aid effect and it leads to a dependence on it for your lips to maintain that softness.

This new formula boasts a nifty twist up package – much more upscale than the original and more like a lipstick. It makes my lips feel very hydrated, soft, shimmery and actually plumper.  This product is not marketed as a plumper, but It does seem to plump up my lips a little. Total Hydration has three light and very non-intrusive flavors: Sweet Peach, Soothing Oasis and Luscious Lemon Delight.

I wasn’t paid for this review but was sent a few chopsticks to sample. These are my unbiased opinion.

For more information you can check out all the new lip treatments at www.chapstick.com


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Win these ICU Sunglasses!

Eco-Chic Sunglasses – ICU Sunglass Review and Giveaway! OVER- Congrats Cecily from Texas!!!!

Win these ICU Sunglasses!

Win these ICU Sunglasses and one other Tortoise shell frame pair! ICU has gifted me with 2 pairs to giveaway to my followers!

Cute sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection are a must-have fashion accessory for the skin and sun savvy girl on the go! Sunglasses protect our eyes from damaging rays that can cause eye health issues and of course they also protect the vulnerable skin around the eyes as well. The skin around the eyes is the thinnest skin on the body and lacks oil glands so this skin is easily damaged and usually the first area of the face to show premature aging. The muscles between the eyes are called the corrugator and this is the most common area that men and women get Botox injections since when we squint these muscles come together and eventually make the lines commonly referred to as the “11” by our dermatologist and plastic surgeon friends. This is so common that the company that distributes Botox  has created a whole advertising campaign about the “11” lines. We can stave off the development of these lines by avoiding squinting when possible- good sunglasses will help immensely!  Pigmentation issues can pop up around the eyes too so protect your peepers with sunglasses that offer both UVA/UVB protection. Remember that UVA rays penetrate through glass so when we are driving we aren’t protected from the sun.

I recently discovered a wonderful brand called ICU Eyewear that not only offer UVA/UVB protective lenses but are stylish, eco-friendly and affordable – yes affordable! Sometimes “eco-anything” denotes a higher price tag but the folks at ICU eyewear in Hollister, CA want everyone to have gorgeously protective sunglasses so they are priced just right – you may want to buy several pairs for different outfits, events, moods, hair colors (you know who you are! etc.) You are sure to find a pair that will reflect your own personal style! ICU was the first sunglass company in the U.S. to make designs with reclaimed plastic, recycled metal and sustainable bamboo. They are fashion-forward and some even incorporate sparkle and really fashionable designs – there are some very sophisticated designs and pink and sparkly too which works for me! They are sold online and in many stores including Whole Foods. The good folks at ICU Eyewear donate 1000’s of pairs of their reading glasses every year to charity! They have the cutest reading glasses and an online chart on their site which can tell you what percentage of magnification you need so there is no guessing games there. Also, it is interesting to note that studies say 73% of adults wear sunglasses and that only 58% of adults make their children wear sunglasses. I think it’s great that ICU has cute and affordable sunglasses for children too!

I have two different pairs to give away to one lucky reader!  Just comment on this post and share it on social media for a chance to win! The winner will be contacted Sept 20th and announced on my blog. This contest is only open to U.S. residents.

You can check out all the great styles at http://www.icueyewear.com

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Samantha Cruz presenting an accord of Virtual

What’s in a scent? An Evening with Top Perfumers!


I recently received an invitation to attend an evening of learning about fragrance from the International Fragrance Association of North America and the American Society of Perfumers. This was an elegant event at the historic and elegant Sutter Club in Sacramento, CA to present and celebrate the release of the fragrances of California. I have always appreciated fragrance and perfumes so this was a night to remember and I want to share it with you!


I learned that perfumery, winemaking and even music have so much in common and that there are only 900 Perfumers in the world. It also takes 20-25 years for a Perfumer to develop their craft. It truly is an art as well as a science to create a fragrance and these perfume pros had such a passion for their craft that it was contagious. I experienced fragrance in a way that I never had and definitely have a much stronger appreciation for what it takes to make a fine fragrance. I was lead on a sensory journey – sniffing the individual blends “accords” that make up each note of these fragrances and then at the end smelling the complete fragrance – but also appreciating the way the notes blended together like a beautiful medley.  As I inhaled these scents, I actually felt intoxicated and it wasn’t just from the award-winning Bogle Family’s wine that was flowing. Fine fragrances have a base note, a mid note and a top note. The top note is what you smell first and tends to dissipate the quickest, the mid note you actually smell second and the base note is what you’re fragrance is going to smell like at the end of the day –  so it’s important to really like that base note! There were two top perfumers presenting their fragrances at this event.  They were both tasked with creating fragrances that are inspired by California. These passionate Perfumers,  of course, took a very unique and personal spin on this. It really is impressive to note that these professional fragrance creators have developed their “fragrance bank” over 25 years and have to know how all the individual constituents will blend together to create a final fragrance. They create fragrances for celebrities and major companies. The Perfumers also have fragrance regulators who are like their auditors that they work closely with who keep them in check – in essence helping them to reign in their creative natures and inspiring them in the appropriate way for the final fragrance to be perfect!

Christopher Diienno presented his fragrance, Virtual, which had notes of the sun over the horizon, golden poppy, night blooming jasmine and sweet sugar cane. He wove a story of summers spent growing up in Southern Ca and memories of the fair with his grandfather. This scent is truly mesmerizing and smells just as good as it sounds. This is a very feminine scent and the perfect summer fragrance to evoke carefree California summers on the beach.

Monica Aneiros-Burke presented her fragrance, Caliverde. This was inspired by the vast beauty and landscape of California. It’s lush and mossy and had aromatic wood notes which a man or woman would be attracted to. It also has some lemon and grapefruit and was accented by tomato vines. This rich scent combined the earth’s soil,  sun and redwood forests as well. It also had a drop of coastal water, sensual dark musks and voluptuous amber. This scent reminded me of all of the beautiful hikes I love to take in my home of Northern Ca. This is a gorgeous warm scent that I love to wear.

What strikes me most about these scents is how different they are yet how well they represent California as they both smell divine but evoke completely different feelings when I wear them. I find the Virtual scent by Christopher Diienno is the perfect representation of Southern CA making me feel light, carefree and like I’m going to go walk on the beach and maybe snack on some cotton candy and the Caliverde scent from Monica Aneriros-Burke is the perfect representation of Northern CA which makes me feel like going on a gorgeous hike in Tiburon where I might see some waterfalls and ferns, and then go to a cozy lodge for a glass of red wine with friends. I truly appreciated the opportunity to meet these passionate purveyors of perfume.

You can check out the International Fragrance Association’s website here. There are a lot of interesting fragrant facts and even some videos which explain the science of scent.


I’d love to hear what your favorite scent or perfume is.

Thanks for reading! xoxo Pearl

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