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Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil.

I've never been excited about cleansing my face with oil. In fact, I don't think I ever have until now. Why did I try this? Well, because Dr. Murad created this new Renewing Cleansing Oil and I am such a huge fan of his products; I knew it had to be good.

Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil Review | Beautiful Makeup Search

Topically, products featuring natural botanicals and essential oils offer a wide range of benefits – from plumping to hydrating, from dissolving makeup to boosting cell turnover – and doing it all without irritating the skin. Additionally, many types of oils, such as Safflower, Grape Seed and Sunflower, have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties when used topically. When using oils for cleansing, the oil in the skin attaches to the oil in the cleanser, and when rinsed off, it results in clearer, unclogged pores. Oil cleansers also bind to makeup and other daily dirt leaving your skin clean, but not parched. -- Howard Murad, M.D. FAAD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine, Founder of Murad, Inc. and the Inclusive Health® movement

This non-comedogenic (meaning it will not clog pores) cleanser that utilizes a powerful combo of botanical oils, including Grape Seed, Pomegranate Seed and Sunflower Seed Oils along with Olive Fruit Extract to gently removes impurities, irritates and makeup. Additionally, it contains Jojoba and Licorice Extract which helps to improve dry, cracked skin and Sweet Almond Oil, which provides the optimal level of moisture to soothe and soften the skin.

I was surprised by how nice this feels on my skin. I need just a few drops of the oil. I pour it into my palm and then rub my hands together. I notice the oil doesn't lather, but it does thicken up and feels like more of a cleanser. I then simply wash my face. The cleanser removed every trace of makeup and grime. My face was left feeling super soft and supple. I usually feel parched pretty soon after washing and need to apply moisturizer immediately, but I didn't with this. My skin looked and felt like I had already applied moistuizer, when in fact, I had not.

I am not sure how often I will use Renewing Cleansing Oil this summer, because I don't need the extra hydration right now. Honestly, I already feel like a grease pit. Come winter, though, I think this will be my best friend. For now, I am going to use it to shave my legs. Yes, I experiment with products and this is making for an awesome close shave and super smooth legs that don't need body lotion.

Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil sells for $32.00 and is also available at Sephora.


Summer Must: Urban Decay De-slick Mattifying Powder.

Even those of use with dry skin get shiny in the summer. Whether it is oil, sweat or just some shine for no specific reason, I am not a fan of looking greasy. Seriously. Who likes shiny skin? Urban Decay doesn't and has just relaunched this favorite powder to get rid of all things shiny. Meet De-Slick Mattifying Powder.

Urban Decay De-slick Mattifying Powder

De-Slick does what it sounds like it does. It gets rid of that un-flattering slick shine. It does this with rice powder. It is super lightweight and super absorbent, so not only does it banish shine, but it actually absorbs oil. What is really great about De-Slick is that it comes in one universal shade good for every skin tone. Really, it is. Don't let the pale lavender color scare you. It goes on invisibly and simply gets rid of shine and controls it all throughout the day.

To apply, you can use the enclosed sponge, but I like to use a fluffy powder brush to do the trick. De-Slick never looks cakey or dull. It honestly doesn't even look like I am wearing powder after I apply it. All it does is absorb the shine.

De-Slick Mattifying Powder sells for $32.00 and is available at Sephora, ULTA, select Macy's and


Summer-proof Your Makeup.

It's hot. Makeup melts. Not just in your car, it can melt on your face. Let's face it, that is not pretty. It takes a few extra steps to make sure makeup lasts all day, especially in the summer with the hot temperatures. To summer-proof my makeup, I use makeup primers. Not just on my face. I also use a primer for my eyes and my lips.

My summer time makeup primers.

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Face Primer

NARS Pore Refining Primer - $34.00
This oil-free makeup primer does not have the "normal" silicone feel of a primer to it. It feels like a light moisturizer that melts (this is when melting is good) into my skin. It instantly diminishes lines and pores as it perfects the way my makeup look. It also extends the wear and has my my makeup looking great as the day goes on.

Eye Primer

Too Faced Lemon Drop Shadow Insurance - $20.00
The brand's best-selling eyelid primer has been infused with a perfect lemon-yellow tone to neutralize redness as it helps eye makeup last. A tiny dab of this lightweight primer spreads over eyelids quick and easily as it sets shadow and keeps it in place for endless summer days and nights.

Lip Primer

BITE Beauty Line & Define Lip Primer - $22.00
This multi-tasking lip goodie adds staying power for a long-lasting, smudge-resistant pout. The translucent, natural base primes and conditions lips with a mint-flavored, cooling base to help lip color stay in place. The silky, weightless formula is made with jojoba and argan oil to naturally nourish lips too, so color is naturally retained longer too.


MAC Tropical Taboo Photos & Review.

When I first read about Tropical Taboo, I was super excited. You know I love MAC Summer Collections, and this mid-summer launch is simply beautiful. The Tropical Taboo collection is full of mineralize products that will have you glowing. With shades mostly in the pink and purple range, these beauties are hot, hot, hot.

MAC Tropical Taboo Photos & Review

MAC Tropical Taboo Photos & Review

Rio Mineralize Skinfinish is the perfect bronzer/highlighter shade for me. The bronze and pink shades look gorgeous on my lightly tanned skin, though it is too shimmery for all over my face. Caci loves this one. She has much darker skin than I do, and is obviously much younger and can wear shimmer. She dusts this over her cheekbones, chin, nose and forehead for the perfect and balanced glow.

MAC Tropical Taboo: Mineralize Skinfinish RioMAC Mineralize Skinfinish Rio

Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush is another one that is gorgeous on a tan. It is a brighter pink, though not too bright even on my skin, mixed with golden bronze. It is definitely more of a blush than it looks in the pan, with a soft hint of golden glow to it when applied.

MAC Tropical Taboo: Mineralize Blush Sweet SambaMAC Mineralize Blush Sweet Samba

The Mineralize Eye Shadows are gorgeous, though heavy on the shimmer as well. I have three of the shadows; Caribbean with shades of pink, Dare to Bare with shades of lavender, cream and gold, and Tropica with shades of light silver blue and purple. They are so pretty, though I don't see myself wearing Caribbean. Too much pink on my eyes just make me look sick. Tropica is beautiful and it really surprised me. It looks great with a light pink highlighter and then this all over my lid. My favorite has to be Dare to Bare, and my daughter and I are fighting over this one. It is the prefect soft wash of creamy gold and lavender that will look great on everyone. I take a large fluffy eye shadow brush and apply it all over, from my brow bone all the way down to my lid.

MAC Tropical Taboo : Mineralize Eye Shadow Caribbean, Dare to Bare, TropicaMAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Caribbean, Dare to Bare, Tropica

For lips, I have Cremesheen Glass in Japanese Spring and Narcissus. They are light and bright lavender respectfully. For these, I like to layer them, with Narcissus (the brighter shade) on first. Line and fill in lips with the Heroine Lip Pencil, and lips will be even brighter and last longer.

MAC Tropical Taboo : Cremesheen Glass Japanese Spring and Narcissus MAC Cremesheen Glass Japanese Spring, Narcissus

The only Mineralize Rich Lipstick I received was Lady at Play. While it doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the items from the collection that I received, this color is perfect for me. Described as a cool tangerine, it is more of a pinky orange on me. I love the balm like feel and semi-gloss finish of Mineralize Rich.

MAC Tropical Taboo: Mineralize Rich Lipstick Lady at PlayMAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Lady at Play

The full collection:

Mineralize Skinfinish - $30.00

  • Soft and Gentle - gilded peach bronze
  • Adored - coral with light beige pearl
  • Lust - pale pink with cranberry pearl
  • Rio - bronze with bright pink pearl
  • Gold Deposit - soft reflective golden bronze

Mineralize Eye Shadow - $21.00

  • Dare to Bare - light cream with gold pearl (frost)
  • Caribbean - rose with pink and red pearl (frost)
  • Tropica - silver blue with purple (frost)
  • Time to Tango - lavender with silver pearl (frost)
  • Cha-Cha-Cha - deep blue green with green pearl (frost)
  • Bossa Blue - royal blue with brown pearl (frost)

Mineralize Blush - $25.00

  • Sweet Samba - dark pink with tan pearl (frost)
  • Exotic Ember - orange with bronze pearl (frost)
  • Simmer - burnt rose with peach/gold pearl (frost)

Mineralize Rich Lipstick - $22.00

  • Luxe Naturale - light beige cream
  • Divine Choice - mid-tone cool pink cream
  • Lady at Play - mid-tone cool tangerine
  • Glamour Era - mid-tone warm brown frost
  • Midnight Mambo - intense violet

Cremesheen Glass - $20.00

  • Calypso Beat - pale neutral peach
  • Fever Isle - bright red coral
  • Japanese Spring - pale dirty pink
  • Narcissus - dirty eggplant

Lip Pencil - $15.00

  • Hip ‘n’ Happy - dirty blue pink
  • Have to Have It - soft warm beige
  • Ablaze - bright apricot
  • Heroine - bright purple

In Extreme Dimension Lash - $20.00

  • Black Extreme - black

Kohl Power Eye Pencil - $16.00

  • Feline - rich black
  • Orpheus - intense black with gold pearl

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection is available now at all MAC locations and online at