Mailbox Monday: Sneak Preview of Giuliana Rancic’s FabFitFun VIP gift box!

As a FabFitFun featured blogger, I had the distinct honor (and giddy glee) of getting to experience a sneak preview of Giuliana Rancic’s new FabFitFun VIP box!


FabFitFun VIP box ($49.99 every 3 months) for a fab, fit & fun season!


I can never recommend beauty box programs highly enough! They’re such a treat for people who want to receive goodies – like a blogger – but don’t have the time or desire to write about them! It’s like Christmas, or your birthday, on a regular basis. Who doesn’t love that?

For a nominal fee ($49.99/every 3 months) with FabFitFun VIP, you get a seasonal box brimming with beauty, fitness & lifestyle booty. Estimated value of each box? Around $120. So you’re getting a deal here, beauties!

And with Giuliana and editor-in-chief, Katie Ann Rosen Kitchens, personally selecting the season’s hottest products themselves, you’re sure to add some gorgeous and glamour to your life. Plus, randomly selected winners will win super-fab bonus gifts! Like what? Like how about designer clothes, shoes and iPad minis?!

My first box arrived last week and I was delighted with the contents! DEEEEELIGHTED, I tell you!

What was in it?

Inside the VIP...


FabFitFun VIP Spring 2013 Contents:
MoroccanOil ($42.99 for 3.4 oz): This uber-nourishing formula transforms dull, dry, frizzy hair into the shiny, luxe locks you’ve always wanted! Packed with fatty acids, omega-3 oils, vitamin and antioxidants, this deluxe oil guards against spring weather and adds serious shine.

Moroccan oil retails normally for $42.99 for this 3.4 oz size. Niiiiiiiice.

Zoya Nail Polish by FabFitFun ($8): A longwearing, toxin-free pretty polish in FabFitFun Fuchsia!

Jouer Lip Gloss (mini): This glamorous, super kissable lip gloss is guaranteed to create the perfect pout. Loaded with vitamins, shea butter, jojoba oil and pomegranate seed oil, your lips will stay smooth and hydrated.

Think Thin Bar ($1.99): Get bikini body ready by snacking smarter this spring. We love this healthy, delish, nutritional bar. Mine was the creamy peanut butter flavor! Nummy.

Jewelmint Jewels: A gorgeous selection fit for me to be as fabulous as ever! While the jewels from Jewelmint vary from box to box, my cascading star necklace was perfect for me!

**Surprise Bonus Gifts: Now, here’s where it gets really fun, ladies! My surprise gifts included a Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip Stain with Argan Color Stick in Waltz ($21), Butter London nail polish in Wallis ($15) and a GO SMILE On The Go Teeth Whitening Pen ($22). WOWZA!! You had me at Josie Maran but then to get the rest of these goodies? I’m sold.


I’m already excited about what’s coming in next season’s box! And that Josie Maran magic marker ($21) is that sweet soft berry rose I can’t wait to rock this spring with a smoky eye.


Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip Stain & Argan Color Stick in Waltz ($21)


Also, you can expect the goodies to get a little better each season as they begin to customize each box based on your personal style and needs. So, let me get this straight. Basically it’s like Santa bringing you your wish list – or at least what our Beauty Santa thinks we should be wishing for. I love it!

So become a VIP today! Head on over to FabFitFun and let these seasonal boxes help you be your most FAB, FIT and FUN you ever!!

Mailbox Monday: New Beauty Test Tube Summer 2012

As you know, I looooove my monthly beauty boxes! And at the top of my list is New Beauty Test Tube.

New Beauty Test Tube is the beauty brainchild of the editors of New Beauty magazine. New Beauty, is the monthly beauty bible for all of us who need to know about the best, brightest and newest beauty finds.

So who better to order a beauty box from? That was my thinking.

New Beauty’s Test Tube Summer 2012 is AMAZING!

It’s always the one box where I know I can expect products that work from the best brands. Kind of like the best goodie bag you could hope to get at a party or event. Except filled with only the best of the best beauty products.

So what’s a Test Tube? It’s a cylinder filled with discriminating products aimed to delight! And at only $29.95 for a quarterly delivery (once every 3 months), it is clearly a “new beauty” itself!

Touted as the “ultimate product sampling” program, New Beauty Test Tube delivers the goods. For the second time this year, when I opened my Test Tube, I found products that made me smile and squeal with glee!

Ahava “Essential Day Moisturizer”: Rich in Ahava’s hydrating Osmoter, skin is left soft and smooth. Protects against environmental damage with Vitamin E and soothes with Aloe Vera. Amino Acids are rich in humectants. Full size: $39.50

InstantEffect “90 Second Wrinkle Reducer” 15 On the Go packets:  Touted as a fast working firming serum that temporarily reduces the appearance of crows feet, fine lines, wrinkles, and under-eye bags. Full size: $60

It’s a 10 “leave in conditioner”I tried this and LOOOOOVED it! It instantly detangeld without making my hair feel heavy or greasy. And I swear my blowout time was cut by a third.  10 hair-improving benefits to protect, hydrate and detangle your hair for shinier, stronger strands. Full Size: $20

Jane Iredale “Tantasia”: Moisturizing, natural self-tanner for face and body. Builds a gradual, natural looking tan within three days, for optimum control and customization. Full size: $36

LashFood “eyelash conditioner”: It works and it’s all natural. Just give it a little time (4-8 weeks) and you’re left with fuller, longer, lush lashes. A natural, powerful formulation that is clinically proven to produce longer, thicker lashes and transform frail and brittle lashes into healthy and strong lashes . Visible results within just 4-8 weeks. Full Size: $80

Lumene “Firming Night Cream” 0.5 oz:  Can’t wait to try this one tonight!! This velvety smooth cream works the night shift to improve skin’s structure so you can wake up to a more youthful looking you. Full size: $21.99

Mally “high shine liquid lipstick”: I received this fun lipstick in a pen in the lilacish shade, Orchid. Keep your lips shiny, hydrated and looking luscious with this long-lasting lipstick. Full size: $20

Neutrogena “healthy skin brightening eye corrector”: Perfect for the on-the-go-girl, this “click-pen” effortlessly brightens leaving you with more awake eyes. Packed with a patented blend of hard-working antioxidants and vitamins, this do-it-all product brightens, conceals, de-puffs and eliminates the appearance of dark circles. Full size: $13.99

Neutrogena “Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum” 1 oz: I have heard great things about this serum and cannot wait to try! Highest concentration of Accelerated Retinol SA available., this advances serum penetrates deep into skin’s surface to quickly and effectively deliver results in just one week. Full size: $20

Olay Professional Pro-X Clear “Complexion Renewing Lotion” 0.24 oz: This gel formula is step 3 in Olay’s new adult acne clearing system. Sheer hydration helps to fade the look of spots and redness for an overall renewed appearance. 3-step kit: $39.99

Smashbox “Photofinish”: I plan on using this on a bride next weekend. It’s perfect for those with pores they like to minimize and creates a smooth blank canvas for wedding-and photo-ready makeup. The silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants smoothes and perfects skin, while the unique formula helps to inhibit the destruction of collagen, and fills in fine lines and pores for a flawless finish. Full size: $36

SpaLook Discount Cards: A $10, $25 and $50 discount card for your purchase on SpaLook.

And the detailed product brochure that comes with every Test Tube is comprehensive and helpful! It’s like studying for your beauty routine!




BF Asks: Have you tried any of the products above in this season’s New Beauty Test Tube? Share your likes & gripes on them in the comments below.


Dear Dawn: How do you get that glow?

Dear Dawn,

I notice that you always have a glow. How do you get that? Can I please get that? I don’t want to mess it up and look like my 80s prom picture.


(Reamy W.)

Dear Reamy W.,

Why, thank you!

It’s soooo easy to get “that glow” when there are so many illuminating/glow-getting products on the market today. People are fearful of looking frosty or ashy, they tell me. That is the shimmer of the past. Today’s shimmer is glowing, dewy, fresh and YOUTHFUL!

Here’s your BeautyFrosting “Glow” Recipe:

Start with moisturized skin. Illuminators will cause parched skin to look downright desert-like. So be sure to press your favorite moisturizer or oil (I’ve been using Creme de La Mer for 16 years) into your skin.

Follow with a tinted sunscreen. I love Bobbi Brown’s Extra SPF 25 Tinted Balm for dry skin, Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer

or Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer.


Then grab your favorite blender brush (I love Armani’s) and one of the following illuminators: Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer #3

Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer #3 ($22)

or Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector.

Brush on the tops of cheekbones (right below the eye socket) for a youthful dewy glow and on “bow” of lips which makes your lips look fuller and makes the color pop!

You’ll be glowing, effortlessly, in no time!



BF Asks: What is your favorite way to achieve your own personal “glow”?

*This Dear Dawn was originally posted April 9th, 2012.

Mailbox Monday: Dear Dawn – Mom Makeup

Hi y’all!

One of the most common questions I get in “Dear Dawn” is a lot like this one. This is for all you beautiful moms out there!

Dear Dawn,

I love all of your beauty advice on BeautyFrosting. And I love reading about your life too! It’s fun for a mom like me to live vicariously through your life! While I would love to take baths every night or spend 30 minutes on my makeup, I simply don’t have the luxury of time. Can you give me some quick tips about applying makeup so that I don’t have to reapply? I usually have less than 5 minutes in the morning to myself. I bet there are a lot of moms out there, like me, who would love to look their best but just don’t have the time. Thanks so much and keep the beauty, baking & being fun coming! 

Thank you,

Mallory K.

Hi Mallory K.,
Thank you so much for your question! And you’re right! There are A LOT of moms out there who want to know a quick morning makeup routine that can make them their beautiful best every day. Best part? It’s easy-peasy.

My good neighbor-friend and mother of 2 beautiful girls, Jennifer, was sweet enough to help me show you how to achieve easy, effortless, lasting “beautiful you” Mom beauty.

Jennifer & one of her gorgeous daughters, Lucy

Here’s your go-to guide for every day carpool beauty in under 5 minutes with 6 beauty tools in your Super Mom beauty arsenal.

Here’s Jennifer au naturel prior to her “Beautiful Best Mom Makeover”. Beautiful!

Naturally Beautiful Mom, Jennifer

Naturally Beautiful Mom, Jennifer

And after, Beautiful BEST!

5-minute Mom beauty

5-minute Mom beauty

I’m listing the products in order of priority. Even if you’ve only got 2 minutes before carpool, you can easily get a little beachy bronze color on your face, glowing skin and a defined neutral lip.

1) Bobbi Brown EXTRA Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm ($52)

No matter how much of a rush you’re in, slather on that sunscreen. This is my FAVORITE tinted balm because it leaves you protected while giving you dewy, glowing, younger-looking skin. Who doesn’t want that? And a little goes along way so even though the price seems a little pricey, you’ll be using this for 3-6 months. And it is worth every penny!

Bobbi Brown EXTRA Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm

Bobbi Brown EXTRA Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm ($52)

2) Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick ($40)

This is your one-stop shop for eyes and cheeks. When you just have time to use one product, this is my go-to.  It can be used as a bronzer on your cheeks and cheekbones. It can be applied to your eyelids for a natural glow. The darker tones can be used to define the crease and add a depth of color to the lids. The lightest color on top is perfect for brightening the inner corner of the eye!

Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick ($40)

Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick ($40)

3) Revlon ColorStay Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm ($8.99)

I love these super nifty lipstain/balm combos to help naturally shape the lip and moisturize with a balmy sheen. Naturally defined, moisturized lips? Yes please.  I particularly like the shade, Instinct, for its true nude tone.

Revlon ColorStay Just Bitten in Instinct

4) Maybelline The Falsies Volum Express 24 Hour Waterproof Mascara in Black Drama

Fuller lashes. No smudging. No running. Love.

Volum Express "The Falsies" Waterproof Mascara in Black Drama

5) Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser 

This crease-proof concealer is not only a great cover for dark circles but TREATS your skin concerns. All-in-one beauty best!

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser ($8.94 - $10.99)


6) Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Cheeks & Lips in Pale Pink ($25)

I love using this as a pop of color on top of the Revlon lip stain & balm and as a lasting pop of color on the cheek under the Bronze Shimmer Brick. It seems to serve as an anchor to any powdered blush, bronzer or highlighter that’s applied on top of it. Bonus! It’ll last you forever as it just takes a smidge!

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Cheeks & Lips in Pale Pink ($25)

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Cheeks & Lips in Pale Pink ($25)

Jennifer is loving her quick morning makeup routine and she never misses a moment with her two beautiful girls!



BF Asks: Hey Moms! What are your favorite beauty tips? Your fellow Moms out there want to know!


Mailbox Monday: Dear Dawn

Dear Dawn,

Please tell me where you get the charm necklaces we see you wear on BeautyFrosting. I’m particularly in love with the heart necklace (in a pic I saw), the sideways cross (in a FREEday Friday post) and the cupcake!! I’m thinking they would be the perfect Graduation/Rush gifts! Please share asap. Thank you!


Molly T.

Dear Molly T.,

I’m so flattered you noticed my necklaces.

Have I got a tip for you!! You’re gonna love me for this one, Molly.

And I agree! These are the PERRRFECT gifts for graduation, rush or even just a friend’s birthday. At under $20 (!!!!!), they are friendly to any beauty’s budget!

I found this beautiful and budget-friendly private line of jewelery, Flea Market Girl, at a Schecky’s Girls Night Out in Santa Monica in April. I had an extreeeeemely limited budget but ended up buying 4 necklaces for gifts for under $40. Wowza!! I’d been looking for dainty charm necklaces for a while and they were all too rich for me at over $200. Yikes!

So when I found Flea Market Girl, I was a happy, happy girl!!

For those who may be a little less observant than you, here are a few photos of the charms you’re asking about:

The Sideways Cross Necklace

Flea Market Girl Cross

Flea Market Girl Cross (seen in bottom right picture)

 Sideways Small Bronze Cross Necklace from Flea Market Girl ($15)

The Cupcake

Flea Market Girl Cupcake

Flea Market Girl Cupcake

 Gold plated Brass Cupcake Charm Necklace from Flea Market Girl ($7.50)

 Heart Necklace

Brass Heart Necklace from Flea Market Girl ($12)

Brass Heart Necklace from Flea Market Girl ($12)

Brass Heart Necklace from Flea Market Girl ($12)

Texas (& other state charms) 

Texas Gold-plated Brass Charm from Flea Market Girl ($7.50)

And I got this lovely sideways cross bracelet from FMG too!

Sideways Cross Bracelet from Flea Market Girl ($15)

To get your dainty, stylish jewelry, visit

Hope that answers all your questions (and more!), Molly T!
Please let me know what fun Flea Market Girl jewelry you end up with!



BF Asks: What jewelry have you been hunting for? Let me know and I’ll keep my expert shopper’s eye out for it!

Mailbox Monday: Dear Dawn – Waterless beauty

Dear Dawn,

I am living in Alaska in a tent this summer, and I won’t have any running water. I have access to showers but they will not be an every day luxury for me. How can I keep my skin and hair looking and feeling healthy and clean with out running water? Any advice is much appreciated!!



Dear Nikki,

First of all, WOW!! I am so impressed with the adventure it sounds like you have ahead of you. Enjoy every minute! Second of all, I have to say I’m glad it’s not me! I am a wimp about the outdoors. I admit it.

But on those occasions where camping or being outdoorsy do come up, I have some tried-and-true tips that I stick to.

So here you go! May these beauty products be your best friends in the wild…um, along with some solid mosquito repellent!

Water-Free Best Friends #1: DRY SHAMPOO

Water-free hair cleansing is a must. I highly recommend dry shampoo for situations like yours or for when we need a little beauty boost in between washing. I am a big fan of the TRESemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo.

TRESemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo

It pumps up your lifeless locks into fabulous, full-bodied hair – all without water! It helps to remove the oil, residue and scent that unwashed hair can leave.

I would suggest using a dry shampoo product like this 2-4 times/week and then giving your locks a deep cleanse and deep conditioning treatment on the weekend. Be sure to massage the scalp as you wash! If your hair still feels heavy, another tip is to wash & rinse hair once, then condition and rinse out and wash hair again. That’s right! If you have fine hair, shampoo again AFTER applying conditioner to reduce the weighed down effect some conditioners can leave.

Water-Free Best Friends #2: Facial Cleansing Cloths

No matter where you are, proper skincare is a must. So that means no going to bed without washing your face!

Since water isn’t an option for you, cleansing cloths are the way to go!

I recommend keeping them by your bedside right next to your moisturizer so all you have to do is reach out and remember your routine right before bed.

One of my favorites is:

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes-Hydrating

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes-Hydrating

For only $6.99, these little beauties remove dirt, oil and makeup – yes, even waterproof – while lightly hydrating your parched skin. No water needed.

Again, I would recommend that you really wash and exfoliate when you do get to take that shower.

You can also use No Rinse Cleansing & Deodorizing Bathing Wipes on your body to feel a little fresher between showers.

No-Rinse Cleansing & Deodorizing Bathing Wipes ($3.99 for 8-count)

And lastly…

I know when you feel a little less clean than usual, the idea of applying sunscreen can seem like a yucky idea.

It’s not. Get a good, non-greasy, high SPF sunscreen to keep your skin safe.

I personally love Cotz Sunscreen SPF 58 ($16.99)  because it’s good for sensitive skin.

Cotz Sunscreen SPF 58 ($16.99)

As someone very sensitive to SPF, this one does the trick without making me break out into hives. If your skin is not so sensitive, Neutrogena makes great sunscreens that dermatologists always recommend!

Hope that helps, Nikki!

Have an amazing adventure, be good to yourself and take care of you…oh, and send us urban dwellers some pictures!



BF Asks: What camping-friendly products would you recommend to Nikki? 



Mailbox Monday: May Birchbox “Gossip Girl” edition

Happy Mailbox Monday!

You guys know how much I love beauty boxes, right?
Have you subscribed yet to any?
Today we’re discussing the May Birchbox which celebrated CW’S Gossip Girl season finale.

May Birchbox: Celebrating CW's Gossip Girl

I received it on the actual day of the season finale so it was super fun!

In it, I received these little happier:

The little happies inside my May Birchbox: Gossip Girl edition

Details about May Birchbox: Gossip Girl edition

And here is the BeautyFrosting May Birchbox Gossip Girl video in our Mailbox Monday video series:

Mailbox Monday: Klutch Club

Happy Mailbox Monday!
I loooooove these days!
A box filled with lovely treats coming in the mail for a minimal fee every month?
Yes, please!
So when I heard how Klutch Club (out of Chicago) was taking the beauty box biz, turning it on its head, and bringing health & fitness into our mailboxes, I got verrrry excited!

And receiving my Klutch Club box was no less exciting!
It went above and beyond my expectations!

For just $18.00/month (for 1 month), $17.00/month (for 3 months) or $16.00/month (for 1 year), you can subscribe to Klutch Club and receive their bountiful goodies!

It comes like this – in a shoebox-sized box – bigger than the standard beauty box:

Klutch Club April

How does it work?

How Klutch Club works

Just fill out your profile, subscribe and receive the best in health and fitness geared to your lifestyle!

And this month included:

Klutch Club April

What did I find in this fabulous fit & healthy box?

  •     A detoxifying Yoga workout from MTV Power Yoga star, Kristin McGee
  •     A brand new energizing drink product to kick-start your workout
  •     Post workout coconut water hydration to replenish electrolytes
  •     Soothing teas with plant based anti-oxidants to improve your skin
  •     A cleansing organic deep-pore facial wash
  •     Organic omega 3, flax and fish oil supplements in new flavors
  •     Satisfying healthy snacks and nutritious treats
  •     A gift from an organic yoga clothing company

I hope I get to bring each month’s Klutch Club box opening to you but, for now, don’t you think you should receive it yourself? Click here to subscribe and receive your KC each month!  And check out my Mailbox Monday series on youtube here:

BeautyFrosting Mailbox Monday Series on YouTube

Who doesn’t need a little H&F (health & fitness) in their life?
I sure do!


BF Asks: What is your favorite way to get fit & healthy?