Dry Face? Heres my secret!

I know I have dropped of the blogisphere and not that there is a good excuse. 
 All I can say is life is a tad bit crazy. 

I had a question this morning about face cleansers. 
The text I got said "my face seems really dry.  It may be the weather but what cleanser do you use?"

I am currently using this and I did a post about it a month or so ago.  There are a few things I really like about the Kheils foaming non-detergent washable cleanser... it cleanses extremely well!  I like the foaminess and it really does get all of my make up off in one wash.  One negative is that it may be drying.  It does seem a little aggressive.  So this brings me to the cleanser I used before...

Product Description: Ultra-mild cleansing powder for all skin types. Water-soluble. Fresh fragrance. Apply daily in the morning and evening for the pleasant feeling of clean and relaxed skin.

Price: $38.00

Where do you get?

What does b* say?
My skin is riridiculous and most likely it is my hormones and everything else that being a women entails.  (Oh and my picking habit???)  Regardless I switch cleanser often.  I went through a faze where my skin was really dry and this was my what I used and loved it.  It was gentle.  I did have to cleanse twice to remove my makeup but I do recommend it. 



I change facial products like I change my clothes.
But once I find something I am hooked.
And I think this product has got me!

Product description: An intensive treatment creme formulated with stabilized hydrogen peroxide and pure lavender oil. Perfect for skin dulled by smoking, stress, and aging.
How does it work?  Revitalizes dull, sluggish skin, helps unclog pores and produces a clean, refreshed feeling. Gives skin a healthy-looking glow with daily use.

Price: $50.00
Where can I get it?

What does b* say?
On my hunt for moisturizer I was searching for something lightweight that I could wear under my makeup but still effective.  I have complex skin so in some areas it need to be light and in others it need to be more aggressive.  I feel like oxygenation does the trick. I can wear it morning or evening and it leaves my skin smooth, refreshed, and moisturized. 


Cravin' the Cream

I know this seems a little unseasonal but it is not!
The other night I was making Apple Crisp and I believe nothing complements "crisp" better than a homemade bowl of Ice cream. 
 It may sound labor intensive but it is not with this fancy NO FUSS machine.

The Cuisinart Ice Pure Indulgence Ice Cream Maker
Product description: The Cuisinart Stainless Steel Ice Cream Sorbet Maker is your fully automated way to quickly get 2 quarts of homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet in as little as 25 minutes. The heavy-duty motor, automatic mixing paddle, and double-insulated freezer bowl do all the work for you. The large ingredient spout allows for easily adding favorite fruits, candies, or nuts to your frozen treat. Homemade ice cream is fun to make with children and is economically friendly on the wallet, no more outrageous in-store prices for rock hard ice cream. The stainless steel design make this unit a sleek and attractive addition in your kitchen.

Price $64.00
Where can I get it?
Amazon or Overstock {best price $55.99}

What does b* say?
Last summer, I made quite a few batches of ice cream, but for whatever reason we didn't even pull this bad boy out once until last week.  I always leave the bowl in the freezer so it is cold whenever I need it.  I have mixed many flavors but my all time favorite is Vanilla and this is the easiest recipe...
Vanilla Ice Cream:
2 cups half and half
2 cups whole milk
1 can sweet and condensed milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Mix all together and pour in frozen Ice cream bowl.  Let churn for 45 minutes and then put in freezer safe Tupperware.  Freeze for 1.5 hours.  and ENJOY!


radiance? luster? yes please!

I think it is that time of year where we all could us a little highlight.  
glominerals - glohighlighter
Product description: Add a hint of radiant light with glominerals highlighter. Apply this pink luminizer anywhere you want a subtle, natural glo that can instantly brighten your complexion. The perfect finishing touch!

Price: $16.00 
Where can I get it?

What does b* say?
It claims that it has vitamins a, e, c, and also contains green tea extract.  I like that I am getting my daily vitamins from my makeup ;)  Kidding but what I do like is the sheen\natural glow that I get from this.  One thing is that a little goes a LONG way. 2 benefits from that... the bottle will last you longer and you can start by applying a little and build from there to get your desired glow.


jean leggin's?

This is a
Even though they are called "jean" leggings they really are not!  They don't have a faded wash or pockets. They are simple and have a slight variation in color that adds the perfect amount of sass to spruce up any outfit and still be comfortable!

HUE Women's Denim Legging

 From the Manufacturer:  Denim-like Legging
Color options are: Black and Blue (I have both)
Product Description:  These Hue Denim Leggings are the hottest accessory of the season.

Price: $14.00-$28.00

Where can I get it?

What does b* say?
Today I was in the mood look cute but didn't want to hassle with jeans and an uncomfortable waste band.  So instead I opted for the black jean leggings, a tunic like dress, scarf, and Frye boots.  Comfortable and seemingly stylish!


Cheek Chic

I have always been one for bronzers!
I have preferred it to blush for years, but as I am getting older I appreciate is more and more.

I was watching Gossip Girl the other night (one of my many guilty pleasures) and could not get over Serena's make up!!!  Skin flawless, with a dewy peachy cheek, and a light orange\peachy lip...

I tried to recreate the look this morning with this...

glominerals blush offers high pigment color for expert shading and highlighting.  Directions: Blush should always appear to come from within the skin, like a natural flush. Always smile and apply gloBlush to the apples of the cheeks using the blush brush or the angled blush brush.
{I like this color}
Price: $25.00
Where can I get it?
In Utah? Marinello School of Beauty
Amazon has the best price at... $19.99

What does b* say?
I am really liking this color.  It is delicate with a perfect hit of color.  I really like that it is mineral based and has a high pigment base.  A little goes a long way.  I also like that it stay true to it tone.  You know when you apply makeup and it looks nothing like the color you bought?  If you don't love the peachyness go to http://www.gloprofessional.com/ they have a great selection!


GIVEAWAY? why not!


Today is a good day for a giveaway!
When we did our poll last month this item...
Was a huge hit.
So here is my GIFT to you...
Anastasia Lash Lifting Mascara:
A multi-effect volume mascara—in a single stroke it both thickens and curls lashes. The beauty of glamorous lifted lashes can be yours. This mascara is formulated with the double effects of hard waxes to help build lashes and synthetic polymers to give body and volume. Rich and creamy formula conditions lashes. An elastic veil helps mascara adhere to lashes without clumping.
Price: $22.00
Where can I get it?

Here is what you need to do to enter:
{1} become a follower of CRAVE RAVE FAV and Please leave a comment telling me what MASCARA you currently use and why it is your FAV
{2} Post about this GIVEAWAY on blogger, facebook, or twitter and link back to C,R, and F
Each item is one entry.   
If you do both you receive two entries ;)


I got a fever...

A "Frye" fever that is!
Mr. Ace got me hooked on these boots about a year ago. 
They are comfortable and well-made. 
A bit pricey, but you're paying for quality.

This pair is my latest craze

The Paige Tall Riding Boot:
Sleek and stylish riding boot for women. Smooth leather upper. Round toe. Leather lined. Stacked leather heel with rubber tap. Leather sole. 3/4" heel.
Price: $348.00
Where can I get it?

What does b* say?
I have been waiting weeks to post these bad boys.  I first purchased them in black which go with everything. Then Mr. Ace surprised me with these for Christmas (they are my fav).  I love the color it is light and perfect for fall.  I like to pair them with a skinny jean.  And for all of you looking to purchase... I highly recommend these-

Hey Mr. Ace...
My birthday is coming up! ;)


the one month that being a villain is not such a bad thing

Ready or not the holidays are here
For me they hit so fast.  I am still trying to figure out what happened to the last 9 months.  This season and the season to come is by far my favorite time of year.  Not for the weather... Not for the festivities... It is all about the family!

I was window shopping at the mall and came across this fun line...

Mac and Disney Collaborated to give us this...
My top picks are

M·A·C 'Venomous Villains - Maleficent' Nail Lacque

Product description: Revolutionary new high-gloss formula. Visibly different. Provides a no-streak/no-chip finish. Contains conditioners and UV protection. Go hi-lacquer!
Price; $13.00
Where can I get it?
What does b* say?
I think this high gloss polish is oodles of fun.  I like that it is not black.  The vibrant bluish purple is a nice change.

Venomous Villains Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo
A combination of two menacingly stylish Mineralize Eye Shadow shades in one compact pick up the wickedly dark look and feel of the M∙A∙C Venomous Villains collection. Limited edition.
Price: $25.00
Where can I get it?

What does b* say?
This duo is dramatic and fantastic!  The Duo's are "my dark magic" Deep pink with pink pearl / Deep plum with purple pearl  or "She who dares" Deep navy with blue pearl / Deep forest green with lime green pearl.  They are hard to find and a limited edition.  I would say the are fashion make up or night make up.  And we all need a little of both!  
Happy Haunting


a fall neccessity

It's dry season friends...
here is my fall fix
True Blue® Spa
Lay It On Thick™ Intense Moisture Shea Body Cream

Product description: Nothing makes skin feel better than incredibly rich shea butter. This deluxe cream takes it even further with protecting, conditioning vitamin E. Because you know that more is really more.

Price: $20.00

Where can I get it?

What does b* say?
My skin gets ridiculously dry from about September to about April. (unreal right?)  That's Utah for you.  Not complaining, just saying.  I came across Lay It On Thick about two years ago and I am singing it's praises.  I lather it on thick before I go to bed and let it soak in all night.  When I wake up my skin is smooth, moisturized, and for the most part crack free.


Silly for Stripes

Okay for all of you online shoppers this post may make you mad.
Mad because these items can only be purchased in a store.
Why mad?  What do I mean?
Well today's fashion fav is brought to you by H&M and unfortunately for all of us folks in the US there is no online store.  

Favorite Tee
Figure-fit top with puff sleeves. Length 24¾"/63 cm in size 14-16. Stretch jersey, 95% cotton 5% elastane. Machine wash 

Price $5.99  <-- I know really?
Where can I get it?
At any H&M store  
Go Here for store locations

What does b* say?
I am gaga over these tee's .  
I love the runching in the sleeve, it adds femininity to the basic tee.  I also love the subtle stripe.  The shirt is cut perfectly, is long enough to cover my torso and best of all it is comfortable!  A basic tee must have.  


i "envy" your nails

I love painted nails!
It is rare that they are polish free, but lately my seemingly strong nails are frail and peeling at the free edge. 
Although unusual, I have found that nails go through cycles as does hair. 
Que product of the day...
Product description: You wouldn't face harsh elements without a coat, so why leave your nails unprotected? Fortify, protect, and harden thin, brittle natural nails with the Original Nail Envy. For results, apply two coats, followed by a one-coat application every other day.  Maximum Strength Formula with Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein & Calcium

Price: $8.99+

Where can I get it?
Most beauty supply stores
OPI  or Amazon

What does b* say?
Well as I mentioned above my nails are unusually frail right now.  I have been doing as suggested for the last week and they are almost back to what I would call "normal".  It goes on like a top coat but is not necessarily topical.  It seems like the protein and calcium seep in to the nail to strengthen and harden the nail.  As I was doing a bit more research on the product I found, that OPI has branched from the original and added 5 other individualized strengtheners. Check them out here.


creamy with a lighter finish

It is no secret that La Mer is my most indulgent product.
Every time I put it on I feel as though I am bathing in sea of goodness
I typically use...
Creme De La Mer

Crème de la Mer's Miracle Broth™ is suspended within its extraordinary formula. To activate the broth and release its key ingredients, warm a small amount between your fingertips. As you pat onto clean, dry skin, you will instantly feel the soothing effects of the broth. Smooth over your face, neck, even under the fragile eye area. Apply day and night – for a lifetime.

Price $130.00
Where can I get it?
Any high end department store

What does b* say?
This is the ultimate night creme.  It is rich and lush! But sometimes it is to thick... 
and that brings me to this...

My newest 
It is a lighter version of this awesomeness

La Mer The Moisturizing Gel Creme
An ultralight edition of the original Crème de la Mer that hydrates and refreshes the skin, leaving a supremely soft finish.

Price $130.00+

Where can I get it?
Any high end department store

What does b* say?
This would be my first choice.  Although the other is luscious I can't use it everyday due to it's thickness.  The gel I can put on at night or prior to makeup application.  If you are ever at a make up counter you need to test this!  I think you'll love it too. 


my gift to you

Sorry this is so late, I should have posted it yesterday.  
Today is the last day for friends and family 30% off at 
Janie and Jack
I live for this discount!  As many of you know this store is absolutely divine but a little pricey.  But 30% off makes it a little more palatable!

G will adorn this...

C will be wearing this...

without the vest. because I am obsessed with this...
and this...

So here is the 
Happy Shopping


A quad palette that will not break the bank

Wow, so much to post so little time to do it in.
My last eye shadow post was all about SHIMMER, but sometimes I want something a little more subdued.
I am really drawn to this shadow because I love the color combination and not to mention that it brings me back to my youth!
When I was younger Clinique was the Bees Knees...

Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad
Product description: Spicy

Limited Edition: A midtone golden bronze with a shimmery golden yellow, a deep khaki green, and a golden rose.  Colour Group: Tawnies

Price: $25.00
Where do I get it?

What Does b* say?
I have been on a huge Bobbi Brown Kick I am not sure if you noticed or not.  This new palette was a nice relief!.  The colors are bold and girly.  I like the matteness {?} of them.  The application is delicate but if you desire it can be more dramatic!  I really liked all of the different palette options I ended up with Spicy but Choco-Latte, Teddy Bear, and Pick Chocolate were all in the running.

Hope you have a great Friday!

Make sure to check in this weekend for some great Florida Finds


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