[Pictured: several of the items, with the addition of a polish, from the Into the Garden Pedicure Set]
Spring and summer weather mean that its sandal time, which is 100% synonymous with a good looking pedicure. Let’s face it though- there’s not always the time, or funds available to indulge in opulent pedicure treatments every three weeks, so when you can DIY it, and DIY it very well…why not? The Mary Kay Limited-Edition Into the Garden Pedicure Set ($28) has been floating my boat lately, and although I am keeping this particular set for myself, it certainly makes the ideal Mother’s Day gift. It includes the Satin Feet Foot Scrub, 10 foot fizzies (I love soaking my tired feet after a long day), one pair of toe separators, and an emery board. It comes in a mesh bag so that it makes gift giving this set a breeze.
Plus, the Into the Garden collection was designed through the exclusive collaboration between Mary Kay Inc., Brazilian fashion designer Patricia Bonaldi and Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Sebastian Correa, which means its extra aesthetically pleasing – mom will surely appreciate that!
My skin has sadly reached a point of no return with dryness; there are very few products that seem to work without further adding to the dry issue or making my ultra-sensitive skin break out. As a beauty editor I’ve tried so many different creams, serums, and moisturizers, patiently waiting for the ideal one to hook me in. For the past few months, for both day AND night, my skin has found its ideal mate in the Belif – the True Cream- Moisturizing Bomb. A #1 seller in Korea, this dermatologist tested cream is free of mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic preservatives, dyes, and fragrances, and animal origin ingredients. It’s also formulated without parabens, sulfates,or phthalates, and all of this info could be meaningless if the results weren’t phenomenal! Dry skin, no more; I’ve been so thrilled with the results, that I have become quite the “Belif-er,”also using the brand’s Hungarian Water Essence as a precursor to the cream to further lock in the moisture. The Belif – the True Cream Moisturizing Bomb is available from $22-$38 at Sephora.
There are items that I use every day, and time after time, I think about how remarkable they are, and that I need to carve out time to write about them. The Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow from Kiko Milano is incredible; it says that it provides “8 hour no-transfer performance,” but I think it does even better than that, as oftentimes I would be at 12 or 13 hours from the initial application time, and I could still see quite traceable, in place color on my lids. My favorite shade is light taupe, but there’s about 31 other hues to choose from. And did I mention that it’s made in Italy? I tried not to let me bias for all things Italian persuade me in a favorable direction while reviewing the brand, but the products speak for themselves! Shop online at the brand’s website or at a Kiko store near you.
P.S. – Check out the brand’s newest collection, The Artist, for vibrant shades and ultra-hip packaging not to be missed.