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This week, I have a review and photos to share with you from my experiences using the Stila In The Know Palette and Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel. First up, the palette!

Stila’s latest palette comes with 10 matte shadows that are perfect for fall. Bonus: You also get a smudge stick eyeliner in a really pretty gray hue. For the look shown in the (bad) photos below, I used the shades Wind, Clay and Earth along with the smudge stick on my top lid. (Wind as a base; Clay as an accent shade and Earth in the crease to give more definition.)

Yes, I just got out of the shower… and I am wearing NO makeup except eyes & lip gloss.

I don’t use matte shadows very often, so these were a nice way to play around with them because they’re all so neutral and wearable. I didn’t experience too many issues with fallout, and the shades lasted for a good 8 hours with primer. They’re also extremely easy to blend, so you can create a variety of eye looks with one palette. For $39, this is truly a budget-friendly purchase if you plan on using them frequently – the bonus smudge stick is nice too!


LOVE the versatility of these shades and the staying power. It seems pricey up front, but for 10 shadows + a liner, you really are getting quite a bit for your buck. These are great work appropriate shades, too. DEFINITELY rating this a 5/5 stars… now I want more Stila palettes!

Despite my happiness with the Stila palette, I cannot say the same for the next product I was tasked to review: Dr. Dennis Gross Xtra Strength Alpha Beta Peel.

Now, I’ve used peels in the past before and never experienced any adverse reactions. Unfortunately, when I used this peel my face DID NOT LIKE IT. Seriously, I had to deal with major redness, irritation and breakouts – after one use. I was supposed to use this for 5 days, but I had such a horrible reaction the first day that I was afraid to continue using the product. My skin is just now back to normal!

Granted, I should have done a patch test first – but given my skin’s tolerance for peels I’ve used previously, I didn’t think that was going to be a problem. Unfortunately, this product didn’t work for me. Maybe on the right type of skin, this peel would be effective. Unfortunately, I am going to have to give this 1/5 stars.

Both of these products can be purchased at Bloom.com. Have you tried either of these before? What were your thoughts?

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me free of charge for the purpose of testing and review. All opinions expressed herein are my own, and are not influenced by compensation, monetary or otherwise.


I was recently invited to be a part of Bloom.com’s Ambassador Program, and was super excited to share with my readers all of the items in my kit, as well as my thoughts on each product.

My kit included:

  • Sara Happ The Lip Scrub (full size)
  • Befine Exfoliating Cleanser (sample packet)
  • Glamglow Mud Mask (deluxe sample)

Currently, the Sara Happ lip scrub is sold only in department stores, but will be available on Bloom.com soon. The Befine and Glamglow products are already available for purchase.

First, I wanted to try the lip scrub. I’ve never used one before, and was eager to see how well it performed. The Sara Happ The Lip Scrub is formulated with sugar crystals, jojoba seed and grape seed oils to help exfoliate dry, chapped and flaking lips while intensely hydrating and protecting them.

The directions say to apply a generous amount onto lips while using a firm, circular motion to exfoliate. I really love how great the almond creme scent tasted and smelled, and when I wiped it away with a tissue I was pleasantly surprised. I live in a very dry climate, so lip balm is my best friend – I always have flaky, dry lips. This scrub helped take care of the problem and made my lips look and feel better than they ever have before. I can definitely see why this scrub has been hyped up in major magazines and is a celebrity favorite!

The Befine Exfoliating Cleanser was the next product I wanted to try, especially since I’ve been looking for a good exfoliator for awhile now. This cleanser says it’s non-irritating enough to use every day, so with my sensitive skin that’s a definite plus. Plus, it’s free of allergens, fragrances, parabens, and preservatives and is a completely vegan product.

After moistening my face, I applied the cleanser and gently rubbed in circular motions. After one use, my skin looked noticeably more radiant and felt clean and refreshed. I definitely want to purchase the full size!

Finally, I was left with the Glamglow Mud Mask. Touted as a Hollywood favorite, this mud mask uses volcanic pumice rock to exfoliate skin and french sea clay to help clarify and firm your complexion. The directions say to use twice a week or as often as you want. I’ve used it three times so far and love how well it works! The mask will tingle slightly, so don’t be disconcerted if this happens to you – it’s normal! You leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, and when it comes time to rinse, use warm water and circular motions to help with exfoliation.

My skin looked and felt smoother, softer and made my pores look smaller too. Plus, it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin!

Overall, I was very pleased with my Bloom Ambassador Kit, and highly recommend all three products I’ve tried. Honestly, these products have made me re-think my skincare routine – and it takes a LOT for me to be able to say that about any product, let alone three of them! If you’re interested in purchasing any of these products, please visit Bloom.com.

Have you already used any of these? What were your thoughts?

Every now and then around the beauty blogosphere, I find a contest worth mentioning here. Cosmetic Cupcake is currently holding a Pink for October Giveaway where one lucky winner can score some pretty awesome goodies, all in the name of Breast Cancer Awareness.

By entering via the link above, you have a chance to win:

  • Limited Edition Clinique Mini Long Last Gloss Wear SPF 15 with pink key chain
  • BYS Colour Change in Bright Pink
  • b collection by bloom in Vancouver
  • Flormar Supermatte in M116
  • Flormar Super Neon Colors in N001
  • Maybelline Hello Kitty Volume Express Cat Eye Mascara
  • Lip Hop Hello Kitty Lip Balm in Strawberry
  • Bloom Boost Lip Balm in Strawberry Squeeze

What are you waiting for? The contest is open internationally and will run through October 31, 10 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time. Enter now!

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