Introducing JLust by JLo

It seems like it was eons ago since I've tried a new fragrance, but JLo's latest fragrance (JLust; available at Kohl's) recently helped me venture out of my comfort zone. The JLust perfume is one of those fragrances that I can wear again and again without getting tired of in the least! I'm uber selective when it comes to fragrances, but I honestly haven't smelled a fragrance this beautiful in a long time.

This oriental floral fragrance is beautifully composed of top notes of juicy mandarin, apple blossom, and "mara des bois" strawberry; middle notes of jasmine sambac, white peach, and vanilla orchid; and base notes of feather musk, tolu balm, and tonka bean absolute.

The JLust perfume is an alluring and intoxicating, yet light and feminine scent that's the perfect balance of easy elegance and timeless luxury! The dry down is equally bewitching as well. I love how the fragrance lingers on throughout the day without pulling a Houdini.

The bottle is as show-stopping as the performer! It features a square design that’s combined with her current lust-worthy color (blush) and a python print at the top. It’s not surprising that Jennifer Lopez would incorporate her penchant for reptilian prints with one of her perfumes!

JLust Perfume Giveaway

One winner will receive a bottle of JLust perfume (a $49 value). Much as we love our international readers, this giveaway is only available to US residents!

JLust Perfume Giveaway

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The Healing Power of the Past: Chuda Skincare

Chuda Skincare is inspired by the centuries old Remedea Compound. Its origins date back to Princess Medea of Colchis. She was known for crafting medicinal healing elixirs made from potent botanicals and herbs. This medicinal remedy was also used in Russia and Georgia (country) to heal the skin.

Inspired by Medea, the Turmanidze family of Georgia continued the practice of natural healing in the 1800s by creating a powerful medicinal compound that rapidly healed wounded skin. They utilized natural ingredients that grew atop of the majestic Caucasus Mountains. The compound's ingredients are publicly noted, yet the exact concentration and method of formulation is guarded family secret that has been passed from generation to generation.

The compound is potent as ever and lies within the heart of the Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream ($150). Granted exclusive permission by the Turmanidze family to utilize the compound, Dr. Elena Ocher teamed up with a world-renowned chemist to create Chuda: the first-ever skincare to combine the time-honored Remedea Compound with the most scientifically advanced, medical grade actives.

Studies in a clinical study has shown a significant reduction in transepidermal water loss between 1-4 hours after application. Additionally, the Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream provided a significant protection from environmental aggressors.

The Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream is ideal for various skin woes: dry, damaged, and compromised, or skin that's experiencing loss of radiance, blistering, abrasions, windburn, sunburn, flaking, chapping, or tenderness from non-invasive cosmetic procedures like chemical peels and microdermabrasion. I'll admit that I do get apprehensive at times about using skincare products that I've never used before, considering how unpredictable my skin can be. There are some days that it's dry, while other days it is out of control: oily and acne prone. Then there are the days that my skin is seemingly perfect, with a blemish not in sight.

The Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream is perfect for sensitive like mine! It's formulated to restore skin to its healthiest state — smooth, soft, supple, hydrated and radiant. It's recommended to apply the Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream morning and night for the best results. It truly has given my skin the balance that it has been needing, plus it has made my face feel so soft that it feels like my skin has reversed 10 years in softness. I also love using it as an eye cream, because it smooths and tones the look of the eye area.

The Actives

- Cross Linked Sodium Hylauronate: Attracts and binds up to 5,000 times its weight in water - five times greater than traditional hyluronic acid

- Dromecius Oil: Delivers a high concentration of essential fatty acids without the typical irritation of plant-based sources

- Palmitoyl Tripeptide: Penetrates the skin more effectively and stimulates a more rapid rebuild of collagen

- Vitamins: Stabilized forms of vitamins B, C, and D provide maximum antioxidant protection and promote skin repair and renewal

- Allantoin: Supports wounds healing by stimulating the growth of healthy new tissue

About Dr. Elena Ocher

Born in Georgia and raised in Russia, Dr. Elena Ocher originally had her sights set on a career as a concert pianist. Her diagnosis of tendinitis charted a new course for her. On the recommendation of her father, at the young age of 16, she applied to medical school and was accepted to the prestigious Pavlov First St. Petersburg Medical Academy. There, she spent six years training as a general surgeon, which included medical service in the Russian Navy. She later furthered her training to include neurosurgery.

In 2001, she founded Dr. Elena Ocher Medical, a private practice specializing in pain management, migraines and nerve system disorders. She has received numerous honors throughout her career and is affiliated with several esteemed medical societies. Dr. Ocher's medical acumen has helped thousands of patients successfully find relief.

She believes that the skin offers insight into a patient's total health, which is usually the first sign of a more serious medical condition. Diagnosing and treating a number of skin issues in her practice, she repeatedly relies on one specific treatment to heal the skin while treating the underlying condition: the Remedea Compound. She has used the Remedea Compound to heal cuts and soothe abrasions. She even relied on it during her time as a medic in the Russian Navy, using it as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory to heal burns and severe lacerations of wounded soldiers.

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Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche Collection

Inspired by kitchen chemistry, and driven to fill the void for cosmetics she wanted, Susanne Langmuir was inspired to create Bite Beauty. The lipsticks by Bite Beauty are handcrafted to ensure that you're getting the best quality of lipstick that's nourishing, restorative, and has the highest pigmentation. Additionally, these lipsticks contain ingredients that are natural, organic, and good enough to eat, with moisturizers and protective antioxidants like resveratrol, organic fruit butters, and Manuka honey. The age-fighting antioxidant resveratrol that the lipsticks with have the equivalent of five glasses of wine.

I used to loathe lipstick, mostly because I didn't like the idea of getting it on my teeth. This was usually the case with red lipstick, yet lately has been a game-changer for me. I've actually started shying away from the normality of wearing lip balm and wearing lipstick instead. Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour by Dita von Teese is solely to blame for my newfound love for lipstick!

The audacious shades that made me shudder in the past are exactly the same shades I've been wearing lately, whether it's deep hues of red or bold berries. That's why the Amuse Bouche collection by Bite Beauty came in at a perfect time. I received three different shades Pepper (dusty rose), Beetroot (bold berry), and Gazpacho (true-blue red). I was instantly in love!

Pepper is a low key, yet rich shade of dusty rose. I usually don't like mauve-like colors, but this shade surpassed my expectations. I've found this shade to be flattering, but not nearly as flattering as the Beetroot and Gazpacho! Not only each lipstick imparts a beautiful color and glides on smoothly, but they've very moisturizing - not sticky or waxy in the least. The ultra-creamy and hydrating texture is due to the fact that each lipstick is infused with 12 edible oils.

Each lipstick also has a tantalizing citrus flavor and smell, making it stand out among other lipstick brands! The only downside is that they lipstick doesn't stay put. Even though it comes off easily, here are 4 surefire ways to make lipstick stay on all day.

Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche collection boasts 34 bold, dimensional, and mouth-watering shades. Take a bite out of that!

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Review

It isn't often that I'm blown away by mascaras, but the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara ($26) goes for the wow factor! My lashes are practically non-existent, yet the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Mascara gives my lashes the volume, definition, and length that they sorely lack. I'm good to go with just a few swipes since the volume and pigment is intense.

They assure you that this mascara adds length and volume to your natural lashes by up to 1800%. I'll have to concur, because this mascara is essentially falsies in the form of mascara! I once had a favorite mascara to do the same, but it was always a trying experience remove. This even caused me to lose a few lashes in the process. Gladly, this isn't the case at all with the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. This is mostly because the other mascara was extremely waterproof, whereas this mascara is effortlessly easy to remove.

It features a curvy brush that enables me to create volume even in hard-to-reach center lash line, while the defining tip styles lashes for more drama! It's formulated with Flash Volume Complex™. The Flash Volume Complex™ creates instant, smudge-proof length and volume in three strokes or less without the usage of phthalates, parabens, or sulfates. Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara can be worn on its own, or be layered with O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara. You can also pair with the Feather Noir Ultra-Skinny Lash-Discovering Mascara ($24) and Lamé Noir Ultra-Glittering Mascara ($26) to style your lashes for every occasion.

The Story Behind the Mascara

Velvet Noir is inspired by Marc Jacobs’s first beauty memory of his mother carefully shaving fibers from a velvet ribbon to create her own couture faux lashes.

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Introducing Kaeng Raeng

Your skin is assaulted every day by toxins and oxidizers: pollution in the air, chemicals in cosmetics, and bacteria lurking within your pores. Kaeng Raeng's Cleansing Clay ($25) is a detoxifying charcoal mask that should merit a permanent place in every beauty regimen. Life & Style Weekly touts it as "Miracle in a Jar"! I couldn't agree more. This cleansing mask is the perfect way to achieve naturally glowing skin since it draws out impurities without harming the skin's natural oils in the process.

You'll practically want to use this mask everyday since the results are instantaneous, but it is recommended to use it once a week for the best results. Plus, your supply will quickly deplete if used everyday. The key ingredients of this facial mask include Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Witch Hazel, Bentonite Clay, French Green Clay, Activated Charcoal, Himalayan Pink Salt, Kelp Powder, Organic Calendula Herbal Oil, Honeysuckle Absolute Essential Oil, Organic Kelp Powder, Green Tea Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Rosemary Antioxidant (Extract), Benzoin Resin, and Water.

It's recommended to follow up with Kaeng Raeng's After Glow Serum ($20) after the cleanse to maintain your skin's natural glow. The serum can be used once a night, whereas it's recommended to use the cleansing mask just once a week. I find that using it every other night instead of every night is more ideal for my combination skin since it doesn't take much for me to break out easily! This serum is infused with a host of natural ingredients that are beneficial for the skin's health, including Organic Grapeseed Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Rosehip Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Neroli Essential Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil, and Rosemary Antioxidant (Extract).

Dry, dehydrated is the most common issue during the cooler seasons. Moisturizing body scrubs like the Kaeng Raeng Detoxfoliant Body Scrub ($36) slough off dead skin, revealing smooth, soft, and glowing skin! It’s lightly scented with Lavender and Vanilla Absolute essential oils that evoke a sense of serenity. It also made of other naturally opulent ingredients like Himalayan Pink Salt, Dead Sea Salt, Organic Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Virgin Shea Butter, Lavender Essential Oil, and Vanilla Absolute Essential Oil.

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