October Beauty Treats: New Products You'll LOVE

Writing this beauty blog is a labor of love. The love part is obvious--I'm a crazy-obsessed beauty fanatic and have been since I was 3 years old. I can talk about makeup/hair/nail polish/skin care all day. But the labor part is something that is more behind the scenes that I don't often discuss.

Here's a peek into what I do as a beauty blogger (no first impressions here):

No matter if I purchase or am sent product for consideration (as is the case today), the same process applies--

  • Decide if product is worth reviewing
  • Do research on product/line
  • Take pics of product
  • Record name and info of product into database
  • Use products on average for a month
  • Record daily/weekly results from product after using daily (depending on product directions)
  • Record final results from usually a month of use into database
  • Decide if the product is worth sharing on the blog
  • Edit pics
  • Write post
All of this work, done for free (I do NOT do paid reviews), and it will be viewed for 30 seconds. Labor of love.

Crazy, right?

But I LOVE what I do. I love being able to share what's new in the beauty world. It brings me such joy to do something that I am truly passionate about. 

And I'm hoping maybe one of these products from my bag of treats (I had to throw in an October/Halloween reference, y'all) will be a future love of yours. Check 'em out:

The ACURE Straightening Shampoo and Conditioner ($9.99 each) are infused with Marula Oil and Coconut Water to hydrate and strengthen hair that is damaged or overworked. The Brazilian Keratin formula absolutely does what it says. My dry hair is now so hydrated--excellent for upcoming colder temps. Smells amazing too.

The ACURE Coconut Cleansing Towelettes ($6.99) gently remove dirt, oil and makeup without any rinsing required. And they smell wonderful. It's coconut, what did you expect me to say? ;)

The ACURE Coconut Dry Oil Spray ($12.99) a fab lightweight moisturizing spray for body and hair. With Antioxidants, Sea Buckthorn, Sandalwood and Vitamin E, these moisturizing sprays keep skin hydrated and protected while lightly adding moisture and shine to hair. This is great for when I want to keep it light, since the temps are still in the 80s here.

You asked for more reviews of The Body Shop and you got it! Oils of Life is The Body Shop’s NEW daily life-infusing skincare collection to revitalize skin, revive radiance and visibly reduce signs of aging. Every products in the collection contains an expert blend of three exceptional cold-pressed seed oils from three different countriesBlack Cumin Seed Oil (from the Egyptian Nile Valley) - is known for its concentration of antioxidants; Camellia Seed Oil (from the Evergreen Trees of China) - naturally rich in nutritive oleic acids; Rosehip Seed Oil (from the Foothills of the Andes in Chile) - rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

But do they products actually deliver? I have been really impressed by this line. I prefer the cream and the facial oil for my dry skin. I plan on using them more when the temperatures drop. Oily skin would like the gel cream. My skin was instantly hydrated and continued to improve. If you have never tried this brand or are already a huge fan, I suggest checking it out for a luxurious experience. $34-$39

Hanging out with Jessica Simpson (and her sis, and her sis' husband) last year was definitely a blogger highlight. I loved being backstage in the green room with her family and friends and I may or may not have taken a picture of myself standing next to her purse (idk!). That's when I was introduced to her signature fragrance. Now she has Jessica Simpson TEN. It possesses a captivating floral, fruity scent combined with a feminine and sophisticated undertone of vanilla infusion, white chocolate bean accord, sandalwood, tonka bean and driftwood. The bottle design mirrors the tenth anniversary theme of her clothing line with a single, elegant feather at the top, a symbol of the brand’s free spirited style and sense of modern Americana, with shimmering gold accents. I love it because I prefer scents like these. $67

More fun Pixi by Petra things! This time I have the contour powder (makes a great matte transition shade for lids, too). I've got concealer (nice and creamy), and I've got the brightening peach corrector--this is a must for dark circles if you have fair skin with pink undertones. I've used it for years. $12 Target

I review a lot of hair books on here, but I rarely share makeup ones. I was excited to receive this one a few months ago, and am so glad it is officially released on the 13th! Author and leading makeup artist Gary Cockerill  has worked with top celebrities like Eva Longoria, David Beckham, Isla Fisher and more!

In Simply Glamorous, Gary debunks the rules and myths of beauty, proving that with a little knowledge and practice, anyone can use make-up to enhance and transform. I love the step-by-step looks as well as the range of looks. This gave me some great ideas and new things to try as well as the tried-and-true looks. You can get everyday, nude lips, to full on glamour. Available at St. Martin's Press.

Lumene is a brand I've purchased many times because I like them, and this new offering didn't disappoint! Bright Now Vitamin C Beauty Drops--an effective Vitamin C skin care treatment to make skin instantly silky soft and brighter in just 28 days. Particularly effective for tired and dull skin. I saw a difference in 2 weeks!! Available at CVS and online $20.99

More hair care, but this time, I've got something for those who want volume. Philip B has a Peppermint & Avocado Shampoo that really clarifies hair (this is a must if you use a lot of products). Full disclosure: I had a friend with fine hair test this and she is a big fan now. The REJUVENATING OIL is a conditioning treatment that sinks in instantly to transform even the driest, most frazzled hair, leaving it bouncy and gleaming. I prefer oils on my hair and have already purchased a second bottle. $34, online.

So tell me, which products interest you?

Extra Elle:
  • The 6 year old I take care of got a trampoline--the safest on the market. Guess who got injured within 5 minutes? Me! My mind neglected to tell my body that I can't do the same tricks like I used to do when I was younger. It's all good though!
  • Last chance to enter this giveaway.


  1. I've been wanting to try those oils so thanks for the review! And the Vitamin C beauty drops sound amazing, definitely going to have to hunt those down! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. I had no idea you got to meet Jessica Simpson - have always loved her (and I still secretly wish she was with Nick lol), and her fragrance line. Can't wait to try out the new one <3

    Green Fashionista

  3. vitamin c drops sound like a great idea! and that body shop line looks awesome. i had no idea. must look into it!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  4. I've always wondered about the vitamin c drops. The Phillip B products sound amazing! I'm going to have to check that one out!

    Doused In Pink

  5. That Phillip B one! Been dying to try the line for ages but they're not as common here. And thanks for that heads up on the makeup book. First time hearing about it, and I love makeup books!

    PS Elle, you gotta tell me about that trampoline! My little one wants one, although I'll probably be like you and get hurt in, like, two seconds:D

  6. Those vitamin C packets reminded me that you can take a vitamin E capsule, puncture it and use it over dark spots and scars! Works wonders! Love your labor of love!

  7. How amazing does this ACURE Straightening Shampoo and Conditioner sound?! I have found products that help with my dry hair, but I still feel like my hair could be more hydrated. I need to check this out! Have a fabulous weekend, Elle!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  8. I love this round up! I am always looking for new beauty products. Thanks for sharing - wonderful photography.

    ​​xx katie // A Touch of Teal

  9. OH you picked some nice products. I am already loving the Acure scrub and I bet I would love these items too. xoxo, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

  10. The Acure hair products sound great for my dry hair this winter! I think I need to go pick up the Pixi corrector, too!

  11. haha - sorry - I had to laugh at the trampoline. We have those Sky Zones around & everyone that knows me tells me to stay away from them.

  12. Jessica Simpson knows her clothes and her beauty supplies. The bottle of the fragrance is super pretty and I bet it smells amazing. How fun you got to hang out in the green room.

    I've always been a fan of pixie products, they do their job and don't break the bank.

  13. I really want to try that straightening shampoo and conditioner! Sounds so perfect!


  14. I'm always trying to find good oils for my skin, I'll give these a try!

    Xo Ally


  15. I just watched a video yesterday where Kathleen Lights raved about that Pixi concealer. I think I need to try that!

  16. Oooh, now I have Oils of Life + the Lumene Vitamin C drops on my to-buy list! :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  17. Hey Elle, I have total mad respect for all you do and how much effort you put into your work. ElleSees totally reflects it I swear! Even if you feel like it doesn't. (; I can always count on your for tried and true reviews and I have yet to be disappointed. Give yourself a pat on the back because you more than deserve it!

    So I'm SUPER jealous you were sent some Acure products. I LOVE that line. No joke. I've been using their products for a few months and have yet to find one I don't like. I've passed on the makeup wipes though, because I use coconut oil as a makeup remover and don't really have use for them. I have yet to give any of their hair products a go.

    I had no idea you met Jessica and Co? (; How cool. I think that was pre- me reading ElleSees.

    So those vitamin c drops... How do they work? Would they be good for Oily combo skin? I'm super intrigued. I use a vitamin C exfoliate and I LOVE it. I wonder if this is something I'd like?

  18. I own Jessica's fragrance Fancy and really like it so I'll have to check out the new scent. Is the square in the Pixie picture the contour powder? Could it be used as blush? It looks like a pretty color.

  19. That contour powder looks amazing! I got a sample of The Body Shop facial oil but I haven't tried it yet. I'm scared to use oil since my skin is already oily.

  20. Those Vitamin C drops sound interesting!!!! I need something along those lines right now... my skin is just so dull and "blah."

  21. I have never tried vitamin C drops, but I have a vitamin C serum with a dropper I use every morning. I haven't tried oil or any sort of oil product in my hair yet, but I should. Those coconut face cleaners would be fab, I love the smell of coconut!


  22. I need to get to the Body Shop to check out the Oils of Life. They sound fantastic! I have that Philip B shampoo and I love it.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  23. So many fun products!!! I haven't heard of Acure but that shampoo and towelettes sound like they need to be in my bathroom :) Was the shampoo super heavy or anything? You know me and my super fine hair. Sigh. I will have to check out the pixie stuff. I got a glow tonic toner of theirs recently and have been meaning to pick up so more of their stuff because I liked it.

  24. Thanks so much as always for your honest and kind reviews, Elle. I have heard so many great things about Acure's Hair products. I had no idea theis shampoos were pretty reasonable. Maybe that straightening shampoo+conditioner can tame my frizzy hair.

    Have a great weekend ahead! <3 Ada.

  25. Those body shop products sounds nice! I haven't tried much from them but I want to. I also want coconut scented wipes lol!! The pixi contour powder looks nice as well!

  26. I really want to try the Acure shampoo and conditioner. I don't know what's going on with my hair, but it's so dry right now!

  27. Love finding out about new products, thanks for sharing! :)

    - Dani | www.styledvariety.com

  28. What amazing products!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire

  29. Great products Elle. And you might want to expand on how you got injured on that trampoline! lol

  30. I love the body shop...I will have to try the Oils of Life. I recently bought some Pixi products and I'm super pleased with them.
    Oh and I also would like more details on the trampoline injury.

  31. Ok as if my wish list wasn't big enough already, u come and throw all these amazing products in my face! Shame on u Elle! LOL.... XO

  32. You put so much work into your reviews, and I love reading your thoughts on products! Simply Glamorous sounds fabulous :)

  33. I've wondered about oils before so thanks for sharing that! I always love reading your blog posts! And I almost always add something new to try to my list from here!

  34. i knew you worked your butt off but i honestly had no idea you put SO much work into this with so little.. what's the word. not reward, but you know what i mean. you work your butt off girl!

  35. Elle, I always appreciate the hard work you put into this blog--you always give honest, thorough reviews and you're my #1 go-to for product recommendations. So thank you! I used to shop at Body Shop a lot but haven't in years, I need to go back again! I think I need the Pixi brightening corrector too.

  36. I honestly miss Lumene here. We had it in Russia and I used it a lot, but here it is not so easy to find. And I am now curious about the body shop oils - I've seen the ads, but never looked into them, but I will do now! Thank you for the review, Elle! Hope you are enjoying your birthday weekend! x

  37. I hope you are Ok now, the trampoline sounds nice, but tricky! I never tried one! I know it's such a labor of love and you do it so well! Yesterday I used TWO tricks that you taught on your blog and I thought of you and thanked you in my mind! And these products seem t be excellent - I now want this Acure line sooooo much! A straightening shampoo? Spray for face? I want that so much! My hair is dry and I really need that!

  38. The Body Shop products seem really interesting! I love trying out new skincare! Thanks for sharing Elle!!


  39. These all sound really good. I think I might try the Acure shampoo & conditioner & the Lumene drops. My hair is so dry, nothing helps. I've tried so many things. 1 thing I really liked was Bumble & Bumble's hairdresser's Invisible oil. I had a sample, but the product is so expensive.


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