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I love reading blogger monthly favorites almost as much as I enjoy compiling them. It highlights the best and most loved products and that is saying a lot because bloggers get to try A LOT of products. I even include products in my monthly favorites that I’ve been using for quite some time but just feel the need to speak about again. That is the case for this month – all of these products I’ve chosen are ones that I’ve been using for a few months but can’t stop talking about. So without any further ado, let me rave about them some more.

 La Prairie Foam Cleanser

La prairie foam cleanser

Why I Love It: It gives a thorough deep cleanse while still managing to nourish and hydrate the skin.

Who It Might Work For and Why: Anyone looking for a foam cleanser that will not dry out their skin. I typically shy away from foam cleansers because of their propensity to strip my skin of its natural oils thus making my skin overcompensate by producing more oil. This cleanser not only cleansed and soothed my skin, it helped to balance it as well.

Bottom Line: This cleanser is a bit of a splurge, but with results as good as these, it’s worth every penny.

Available at Saks for $80.00.

 Shiseido Future Solution LX Foundation

Shiseido Future LX Solution FoundationWhy I Love It: It’s a foundation infused with skincare ingredients to help retexturize, lift and brighten the skin.

Who It Might Work For and Why: This is a great formula for anyone who wants to receive skincare benefits from their daily makeup. Though it has ingredients targeted for anti-aging, the formula is so smooth and flawless that it would work for any age. Once I apply it, I find that the foundation looks so invisible as if it’s fused with my skin.

Bottom Line: There is a limited shade range unfortunately, but if you can find a shade that works for your skin tone, I highly recommend giving this a try. Your skin will thank me.

Available at Nordstrom for $85.00.

Lorac Unzipped Palette

Lorac Unzipped PaletteWhy I Love It: It’s a gorgeous rosy-hued palette that mixes  both shimmer and matte shades.

Who It Might Work For and Why: Those that prefer a warmer, bronzy look would absolutely love this eye shadow palette. The colors all work beautifully together and are a mix of everyday neutrals that can create the perfect look for day or night. Though a majority of the shades have shimmer, it’s a wearable shimmer that would be suitable for most occasions. The darker shades are matte which make them perfect for lining the eye or transforming a day look to night.

Bottom Line:  This is an eye shadow palette that would work for any skin tone and for almost any occasion.

Available at here for $40.00.

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For as long as I can remember I’ve heard that the skin repairs itself during sleep.  This is the number one reason it is drilled into our heads that we should never ever, under any circumstance, EVER, sleep in makeup. While it is not recommended that you sleep in makeup, there are products designed to work with your sleep cycle and deliver maximum reparative results while you sleep.  La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask is one such product. The Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask combines the restorative powers of a nightly cream with the concentrated and reparative actives of a mask. Formulated with Caviar extract, the sleep mask hydrates, firms and lifts skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

ThisThatBeauty Reviews- La Prairie's Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask

Other Key Ingredients and Functions:

  • Inula Crithmoides Extract – A plant extract that offers protection against photo-induced collagen degradation and stimulates collagen for improved suppleness and firmness.
  • Algae Extract – An innovative new algae extract which acts to down-regulate Progerin production (a protein linked to aging of cells) in order to preserve skin tissues from accelerated aging.
  • Sunflower Seed Oil and Salicornia Herbacea Extract – Support skin barrier function during sleep, reducing trans-epidermal water-loss and increase cell hydration through the use of aquaporines which drive moisture into the cell.
  • Cupuacu Seed Butter –  Native to the Amazon, a butter from the Cupuacu tree. It possesses a softer, creamier consistency than Cocoa Butter, and offers exceptional hydration and elasticity restoration for the skin.
  • Phytic Acid – Naturally derived from rice, Phytic Acid serves as an antioxidant that  protects skin from oxidative stress, and in turn reducing inflammation. Due to its acidic nature, Phytic Acid also aids in cell turnover.
  • Carica Papaya  –  Carica Papaya is as effective as glycolic acid in brightening the overall appearance of the skin. It is a natural exfoliation enzyme proven to smooth, soften and improve the overall appearance of the skin in as little as one application.
  • La Prairie’s Exclusive Cellular Complex of Glycoproteins, Horsetail and Ginseng Extracts

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My Results with  La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask:

I found La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask to be extremely hydrating.  The morning after the first night of use, my skin felt supple and my face looked refreshed.  While I’m not one to use applicators for face creams and masks (I like the feeling of product on my hands,) I followed the directions and used the brush included with the mask. As fate would have it, I actually like using the brush to apply the mask because I think it gives a more even distribution on my skin…it is also easier to apply the mask in upward sweeping motions. The mask is luxe and chock full of active ingredients and the applicator reduces the incidence of contaminating the product.

Remember,  your skin is at its peak for product absorption and repair during sleep, so at the very least, you should go to bed with a clean face.  If you want to get the maximum beauty benefits from your nightly slumber, La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Sleep Mask might be just the ticket.

La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask  is available at Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and www.laprairie.com.  Suggested retail price is $300.

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We all love great beauty booty. You know the routine…you spend a little and get a LOT! Starting July 16 through August 1st, During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Cosmetic department provides their devoted beauty customers the opportunity to scoop up unique limited-edition items from a wide variety of brands, which are only available during this time.

This year, over 100 beauty brands are participating. Some highlights include MAC, Chanel, Juicy Couture, NARS, Kiehl’s, Laura Mercier, Marc Jacobs, Dior and Bobbi Brown.  As of July 16th, the sale goes live and customers both in store and online can purchase the limited-edition Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives.

Bobbi Brown “Must Haves” Collection ($75; $150 value)

Bobbi created an exclusive collection with a 5 well pan eyeshadow palette, dual ended brush, full size lipstick, Lip gloss Everything Mascara, Caviar Ink Gel Liner and Liner Brush.

Laura Mercier Fall “On the Go” Collection ($65; $163 Value)

Laura Mercier created an exclusive set featuring a full size Long Lash Mascara, Double ended exclusive lip glace, split pan exclusive cheek color duo, double ended eye brush (smudge/angled eye color) and a luxurious cosmetic bag.

MAC Look in a Box in Frisky Girl, Miss Violet and Tawny One ($49.50; $87 Value)

M·A·C Look in a Box offers one perfect, complete makeup look. Fancy yourself a fabulous Frisky Girl, a vehement Miss Violet or a totally Tawny One. Simply follow the how-to guide therein, et voila! Simplicity without duplicity—three personalities any girl would want to try on. A gift for all those wanting to make a great look, easy.

Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy Anniversary Gift Set ($75)

Answering the prayers of Juicy girls everywhere, Juicy Couture created this keep-sake hat box filled with their signature fragrance, body cream and compact mirror.

Deborah Lippmann All That Jazz Set ($40; $54 value)

This collection, includes 3 fashion forward colors in Razzle Dazzle, Some Enchanted Evening & Lady Sings the Blues in a silver signature box.

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash Set ($34; $58 Value)

This supersized version of Bliss’ Fabulous Foaming Face Wash is more than double the size of the original cult favorite.  This two-in-one exfoliating face wash and fresh, fruity cleanser contains rose hip extract, milk thistle, passionflower and chamomile in a non-stripping formula that’s clean but never squeaky.

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps with Pump ($70.00; $89 Value)

With this jumbo version of Kiehl’s cult-favorite all-over body moisturizer, you are sure to not run out of stock until next anniversary sale rolls around.

Anthony Logistics Glycolic Cleanser ($35 for 32.0 oz; $80.00 Value)

The #1-selling product from Anthony Logistics For Men is super-sized for a super value. Glycolic Cleanser helps fight the effects of premature aging by helping to erase fine lines and wrinkles. It leaves the skin smooth and fresh and ready for shaving.

Chanel Quator Boutons de Chanel ($65)

Shade combinations ranging from matte to frost to satin for multiple looks, contrasting or complementary. Apply dry for subtle shadowing. Slightly moistened applicator gives a more intense shade. Organic polymer derivatives ensure smudge-proof long wear, particularly in high temperature or humidity. Dermatologist tested.

Dior Ready-to-Wear Palette ($54)

A deluxe palette of Ready-to-Wear shades, straight from the runway! Palette includes four eyeshadows, two lip glosses, a blush, a three-tone bronzer and mini brush applicators.

Lancome 4 Piece Brush set with black and coral bag ($59; $133 Value)

PURE Scent Spray by pureDKNY ($42)

Be the first to experience the new PURE by pureDKNY before its available anywhere else. A drop of vanilla sourced from Africa, a drop of goodwill. A soft floral scent with a signature vanilla accord. pureDKNY supports local communities by taking small steps to help make a difference, pure and simple.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss by Tom Pecheux ($18)

Four limited-edition shades by Tom Pecheux, world-renowned makeup artist and Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director. Tom chooses his favorite shades of the season—the colors he keeps in his personal tool kit and uses backstage at fashion shows and photo shoots. Pure Color is lip gloss with the power to light up your face. True Vision™ technology transforms ordinary color and makes it extraordinary. You’ll want them all.

Lancôme (Free Gift with any Lancôme purchase of $32.50; over $100.00 Value)

A must-have for any Lancôme addict.  Choose your basics, serum, color product and lip color encased in a stylish black tote emblazoned with a Parisian floral design.

Estée Lauder (Free Gift with any Estée Lauder purchase of $29.50; $110.00 Value)

Be rewarded for any Estée Lauder purchase during the Anniversary Sale with this delightful gift containing an assortment of must-have products.

La Prairie Anniversary gift with purchase (Free Gift with any La Prairie purchase of $300; $120 Value)

Enjoy a luxurious gift of La Prairie essentials including samples of Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream, Anti-Aging Anti-Wrinkle Line filler, Cellular Cleansing Water & Cellular Hand Cream in a coveted La Prairie signature weaved bag.

We continue the Hyperpigmentation Series with luxury Swiss skin care company La Prairie. The latest collection, The White Caviar Illuminating Système consists of three innovative skin care products designed to firm and brighten the complexion by zoning in on age spots, skin discoloration and areas of pigmentation. Of The White Caviar Illuminating Système, La Prairie states that each product adds “lightening, brightening and lifting effects” to the skin.

During the Hyperpigmentation Series I have focused on various ingredients that skin care lines use to target pigmentation issues. The White Caviar Illuminating Système incorporates golden caviar sourced from environmentally regulated farms. The golden caviar is then boosted with a clarifying whitening complex of larch tree extract, detoxifying Swiss garden cress sprout and Vitamin C.

The brightening and firming system includes:

  • White Caviar Illuminating Cream: A light moisturizer that contains brightening ingredients to control age spots and discoloration. The pearlescent powders in the cream helps to give skin a luminous glow and promises to even out skin tone
  • White Caviar Illuminating Serum This potent anti-pigmentation serum works to prevent age spots and discoloration as well as provide skin with hydration, anti-oxidant protection and anti-aging benefits
  • White Caviar Illuminating Eye Serum This eye serum promises to banish under-eye dark circles

La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Système is available at www.laprairie.com.

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