Current Loves

Racinne Skincare "Time Defying Beauty"
Ultimate Youth Power Eye Serum
$32 for 10ml 0.30 fl. oz. at RacinneUSA.com
Super lightweight, almost feels like water and the best part is once its absorbed by the skin (which btw it absorbs quickly) it doesn't even feel like you have anything on! This is perfect for makeup-wearers because it will NOT affect your concealer or eye makeup. It hydrates the skin enough that if your eye cream makes your concealer crease throughout the day, then switch to lightweight eye swum like this! Natural plant oils moisturize deep into the skin cells and Racinne uses advanced revitalizing technology sh-Decapeptide-9 that rapidly penetrates the delicate skin around the eyes. In turn this helps to promote blood circulation; which combats tired aged skin preventing accumulation of pigmentation and improves dark circles. I simply love the texture, I haven't seen amazing results but it preps the eye area before I apply my eye cream- it gives it the perfect slip (so I am not rubbing in fricticiously creating more wrinkles overtime).

La Roche Posay Skincare
Redermic Eyes
Dermatological Anti-Aging Eye Corrector Intensive
15ml 0.50 fl. oz. for $46.95 at LaRoche-Posay.us
This is my current favorite eye cream! Well, it's actually more of a gel consistency but amazingly hydrating and effective. I use this following my eye serum (Racinne in the morning and Wilma Schumann eye serum at night). I use the Redermic Eyes twice a day morning and night. This not only overtime fights fine lines and wrinkles, but it diminishes them and smooths them out instantly- like instant gratification. You can thank the formula's amazing texture for that! They claim it viably reduces crows feet and dark circles- while I haven't seen the reduction of discoloration, maybe I will if I give it more time. Their Redermic Face is their #1 award-winning retinol treatment which is why they created the Eye version. It contains 0.01% Pure Retinol.

Lipocils Expert
Conditioning Eyelash Gel
10ml  0.34 fl oz.  for $57.50 at Talika.com
Lengthens lashes, intensifies color, lightly curls
This product was developed 60 years ago, and Talika is has been the forerunner in the category of eyelash treatments. Lipocils extends the eyelashes up to 2.4mm in 1 month. Personally, while I haven't seen much growth, I have MOST DEFINITELY seen that my lashes are STRONGER (thicker, not volume wise). They don't fall out easily anymore when I remove my eye makeup! The applicator makes it easy to apply both at the roots (with the tip of the applicator) and the wand that resembles that if a mascara wand helps to disperse the products directly on the lashes.

Grasse Roots Pefumery
Beloved Eau de Parfum
5ml Travel Size for $30 at GrasseRoots
They use rare and precious botanicals, and Certified Organic ingredients whenever possible to create their natural perfumes. I am a fan of Rose fragrances an have been on the look-out every time I come across a Rose-centered perfume. Beloved eau de parfum is described as "a tender bouquet of rose essences from around the world enveloped by soft, earthy grasses, sweet resins, precious woods, and hints of bright citrus and orange flowers."

Farm to Girl
Manuka Honey Healing Lip Balm
0.25 oz tin


Turn Your Shower Into a Spa with ESSIO

I have had the pleasure to review many things here on Pretty Me Up, but today I am bringing to you something ultra special. I am always on the hunt for the next innovation in Bath and Beauty products. 
So how does one actually create the Spa-esque atmosphere at home? 
Most take a bubble bath, maybe light some candles. Well thanks to Essio, I can attach the device to my shower head and turn the boring routine into a tranquil, spa-like experience. 
Gotta be honest here, it truly relaxed me... 
As a mom, I spend the day making sure my daughter is taken care of. I run errands, do laundry, make her meals for the day, playtime, etc. And now I actually get excited to have some 'Whitney time,' and take the ultra relaxing moment in my shower to breathe in the Aromatherapy oils. 
And by the way, Essio makes the perfect gift. We all shower, right? I sure hope so!
Virtually anyone would enjoy using Essio aromatherapy shower device. 
It is so easy to use- just Attach it to the Shower Arm, Insert the Pod, Relax and Enjoy. 
Even better, the Starter Kit is only $44.99! 

Here are the deets from EssioShower.com
The ESSIO Aromatherapy Shower Kit brings the power of essential oils to your shower to harmonize the mind, body and spirit. The kit comes with the attachment device plus three unforgettable blends

No tools required and sets up in seconds. Go ahead, turn your shower into a spa!

Breathe: Cedarwood Atlas, Peppermint, Lemon, Eucalyptus
Passion: Lavender, Orange Sweet, Palmarosa, Clove, Patchouli, Cinnamon
Unwind: Orange Sweet, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Lavender, Patchouli, Vetiver

Our pod blends are 100% organic, pure and sourced from the finest oils in the world. No harsh chemicals, synthetics or additives are used to make our signature blends. Period.

So whether you're a mommy, a businessman, fireman, executive assistant, ANYONE can use this and relax after a long day at work with the UNWIND essental oil. Or if you are sick and not feeling too well, try the BREATHE essential oil to decongest. This is perfect if you feel tense/stressed, maybe have anxiety and need to relax and center yourself. Such an innovative product that is now a necessity for my in-home-spa showering experience. 

*PR Sample


Introduction to Pima Doll

Pima Doll

I'm so happy to come across this brand of clothing- they claim to create the worlds best Pima cotton. I'm a big advocate of comfort and I cannot wait to try some of these pieces I have pictured.

They take a innovative twist on a classic t-shirt. With perforations, knits, all sorts of twists. Definitely unique and a way to upgrade your basics without sacrificing comfort. 

I will make sure to post back with more photos of me wearing the pieces. Mixing and matching them with my wardrobe to create different looks. 

Check out more from PimaDoll.com


New Year, New Hair and Things I am Loving

For some time I have been wanting to change my hair so I finally mustered up the courage to do so. I purchased Loreal Feria Power Reds at-home hair dye in R57 and I am happy with the results, from my local Wal-mart. This is my first time dying my hair using an at-home boxed dye. Do you guys have any tips to help maintain the vibrancy? Leave a comment!

 What do you think of the red hair?

Below I was sent HairDiamond Italia 18" FastClip Hair Extensions in Auburn. They blend pretty well with my new hair color! I am really happy with these extensions, the length is the same as my natural  length so I use these Hair Extensions primarily to add volume.

Now onto some products I have been loving...

MAC's Heroine Purple Lipstick (love this matte formula) is a true vibrant purple/violet

I was given the opportunity to try Bio Ionic's OnePass Flat Iron/Hair Straightener. I've been looking for a less-damaging Straightener and this caught my eye. You literally only have to glide it through each section of hair only once! The One Pass is way less damaging than have to take it through each part over and over. Bio Ionic are the creators of AgaveOil and it has definitely been making a buzz throughout the beauty community. Very happy with this product. (photo taken before I colored my hair the other day)

Burgundy Eyeshadows
Been OBSESSED with finding red/wine-colored/burgundy/mahogany eyeshadows! Do you have any you recommend?

Must Have Burgundy Liner used below is Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner Pencil in Jazz(berry). It has become my new favorite Eye Liner that does NOT budge or smudge, glides on like butter and lasts all day. I am getting more very soon. (Lips are Makeup Forever Rouge Artist in #21)

On the Left I am wearing Stila Mahogany eyeshadow

Did a quick look using the Burgundy/Currant eyshadow from the MUSE palette by Frankie Rose Cosmetics 

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Haul
Matte Perfection Foundation in Angel $32, Blushes in Romantic and Canyon Spice $17 each, Black Infinity Eye Pencil $16, 12 Shade Professional Series Eyeshadow Palette in Muse $42, Lush Lengthening Mascara $16, Lipsticks in Pink Melon and Passion Plum $16 each, and their Raspberry Dazzle Lip Gloss (barely adds any color, very sheer wash) $16.
 Amazing pigmentation, high-quality, buttery-smooth textures. I am seriously impressed by this company. So happy I found them on Instagram @FrankieRoseCosmetics
Wearing Passion Plum Lipstick (totally reminds me of MAC's Heroine)
Close up of the swatches (see the burgundy/wine shade I used on my eyes?)
By the way, that black eyeliner lasts SO long, all day on the eyes- it's waterproof and ULTRA smooth!
Left to Right
Angel Foundation, Canyon Spice and Romantic Blushes, Infinity Eye Pencil, Lip gloss, MUSE palette, Passion Plum Lipstick and Pink Melon Lipstick

MAC #33 Lashes
They look so natural, yet they give just enough length and volume- no one will be able to tell if they are fake! This is a photo of me wearing the MAC 33 False Eyelashes for the 5th or 6th time.

This sponge is a must have, I never get tired of using it. If you want your makeup to go on smoothly, then this is the tool for you. Perfect for makeup artists.
Tip: instead of using water to wet the Beauty Blender, try Natura Bisse's Diamond Mist $90, which will help spread the foundation more evenly on the skin while hydrating, energizing and revitalizing your face. Other budget-friendly sprays that will work include MAC's Fix Plus $21, Mario Badescu's Rose Water Facial Spray $7, or Gressa Skin Rejuvenating Mist $26.

Lastly, for apparel, I have been loving Liquid Leggings. You can pair black ones with cropped tops and comfy sweaters- they are very versatile and not to mention, they make me feel a little sexy, ha!
I bought these from Nordstrom in Brass Plum, I am sure you can get them anywhere like Forever 21.

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Disclaimer: Some products mentioned in the blog post were sent to me to review and some I purchased myself. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been monetarily compensated to express my honest views.


Amarte Skin Care Wonder Cream

The magical properties of mushrooms continue- and this time with exceeding skin care benefits. September is Mushroom Month- and now it’s more relevant than ever to celebrate the anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and protecting agents found in mushroom abundant skin care regimens. Mushrooms naturally boost the overall health and youth of your skin, reminding us that the mushroom’s positive uses stretch far beyond nutrition benefits!

Vitamin D and anti-oxidant rich, mushrooms possess unique anti-aging properties, and protect the skin against fine lines and wrinkles to smooth out those pesky signs of aging. Beyond the ability to smooth complexions, tones and fine lines, mushrooms are a natural anti-inflammatory which calm and sooth irritating skin conditions like acne, rosacea, and eczema. Amarte, the premiere luxury skin care line that combines Eastern skin care philosophy with the power of Western dermatology, has recently launched Amarte Wonder Creama powerful anti-aging cream filled with a unique mushroom emollient that enhances immunity and shields skin from inflammatory triggers, irritation, environmental toxins and UV damage.

Wonder Cream: ($79, AmarteSkinCare.com)
A refined skin treatment used to restore and nourish precious, delicate skin. Retinol and nutrient-rich, the advanced Korean formula therapeutically and gentlydiminishes freckles and sunspots, reduces lines and wrinkles and lovingly exfoliates for a supple, translucent complexion. Formulated with unique ingredients like caviar extract, pearl powder, and mushroom emollient, Wonder Cream revitalizes the skin with minerals and protects against external factors such as UV rays, irritation, and environmental toxins.