Maui Babe – First Impression



I’ve seen the bottle several times while perusing at Ulta. Maui Babe’s Browning Lotion offers attractive claims, such as “Fast Dark Tan”, “Aloe Prevents Burning” and on and on. Somehow, it seemed to good to be true.

Then one day I was minding my business, shopping for groceries and I spot it. Gotta say I was surprised. And it was the last bottle. So, I took the plunge and brought it home with me, knowing I would be at The Cloister very soon and there would be lots of sun. I was a little excited to see what would happen.

The bottle says first timers should limit sun exposure to one hour. So by the pool in Sea Island, I covered my pale legs with this browning lotion. Heads up, it’s brown. And it gets on your hands. Not a bronzer, but you’ll need to wash your hands afterwards.

It smells faintly of coffee and something else, but is not offensive. Once rubbed in, I looked at the time on my phone and soaked up the sun. At some point I did get in the pool, however the bottle says it’s water resistant. The way the water beaded up on my arms and legs, I’d say that’s true.

I ended up staying in the sun for an hour and a half. My legs looked red. I was a little concerned, I must admit. But at this point, what could I do? So I waited. And guess what? Within a few minutes of being out of the sun, the redness was gone and my legs were brown. I’m impressed.

Funny side story: I didn’t use Maui Babe on my face. I used another brand that claimed to have 15SPF with a bronzer. Guess what? My face got too much sun and was red for a few days. How ironic!

All in all, I’m pleased with Maui Babe and will be using it all summer. So next time you see it, pick it up and try it for yourself. I believe you’ll be happy with the results!

April Favorites

It’s that time again when I let you know the products I’ve been loving. I’d love to hear if you’ve been enjoying anything special yourself. Feel free to leave a comment below.

  1. Make Up For Ever’s Sens’Eyes Eye and Lip Cleanser is such a great product for removing even the longest wearing eyeliner, mascara, shadow and lip products.The best thing about it, in my opinion, is that it isn’t greasy/oily like some eye makeup removers can be. And, a little goes a long way. I’ve actually been using the travel size for many months now (you can find that at Sephora stores and maybe on their website. The travel I believe is $10 and the full size (100ml) is $25.
  2. Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss in Cake Walk has become a favorite go-to when I want a little color and shine, or just want something on my lips so they aren’t dry. Yes, it’s a volumizing formula, but it doesn’t have that distinct tingle that similar products of yesteryear had. No stinging or hotness at all. There is a tiny bit of shimmer, but it’s not overkill and it’s very fine. You could comfortably use this during the day and on into the night. One of the best things is the price: $6! You can find it at your local Walmart store, or on the Walmart website. With the price so low, you could definitely splurge and buy a couple of shades.
  3. Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder isn’t new, or new to me. I had used it in the past, but for some reason, stopped using it and was using something else. I’ve recently rekindled my love for this bronzer because it’s so great for contouring.  It’s natural looking, and blends out beautifully. You can build the color up as much as your like, or have just a sheer wash of color, depending on your skin tone.  If you’ve used it before, you know what I’m talking about.  Of course there are deeper and lighter shades, if needed, but this has become a cult classic.  You can pick up the regular size for $39 dollars.However, if you adore this product as much as I do, you’re in luck! There’s a limited edition version that is much larger and fragranced with Tiare flower. It smells delicious and comes with its own perfectly shaped brush. You can pick this beauty up online and definitely in a NARS Boutique, but I’m not sure about Sephora. It’s $59 which I think is a steal!It’s a short and sweet list this time, but these are the products that really stood out for me and I hope you get a chance to give them a try.

Cleaning out Congested Pores

I can remember being obsessed with Biore and their pore patches for the nose when I was in high school and college. There was something satisfying about seeing the gunk that remained on the strips when they were pulled off.

While I admit I moved on to other things and ways to exfoliate over the years, there’s still something fascinating about those little strips. When Dr. Jart sent the Pore Master Patch 2-Step Pore Cleaning and Tightening Application, I was chomping at the bit to make time to try this out.


Sorry, I was so excited to get started, I didn’t take a picture first. But here is the packaging, which includes one dry patch (to place on your wet nose) and then a wet patch to use after the dry one has been removed.

I followed the directions, and placed the dry patch over my wet nose. And honestly, my nose didn’t look THAT congested as I’ve been using a daily exfoliater, so I wasn’t sure what the patch would pick up.

After the 10 minutes was up, I carefully pulled off the patch, and this is what I saw:PoreMasterPatch_webHOLY COW look at all those pores that got cleaned out! I was amazed and pleasantly surprised. After my shock wore off, I pulled out the second patch, which is wet and includes tea tree extract to help tighten those newly cleaned out pores. I will definitely be using these again. Lucky for you and I, they’re easily available at and you can buy a single pack ($7.50) or a pack of five ($35)