Boscia: A Beauty Review

My Review of the Great Skincare Line Boscia

For a long time live been getting samples of the Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser from Sephora and I just threw them into the great pile of “to be eventually tried.”

I was intrigued when I heard that Boscia is one of the world’s first preservative-free, botanically based skin care lines so I dug it out and tried it.

I went with the Detoxifying Black Cleanser just because it sounded different.

Believe me when I say that the very next day I ordered the full size. I was that impressed.


You get 1.7 fl oz for $30.00.boscoa cleanser

True, not a lot of product for the price, but boy is it worth it.

Solutions for:
– Pores
– Dullness and uneven texture
– Oiliness

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

True, not a lot of product for the price, but boy is it worth it.

Out of 1969 reviews on Sephora, it received just over 4 out of 5 stars.

You pump it out and it comes out jet black and is just so nice and warm and comforting. It feels sooo good on your skin.

Believe me, I have tried many, many of the skin care lines and this is now my favorite.

After I received this, I tested it for about a week to make sure there were no breakouts There were none and my face looked really bright.

I then bought the Sake Balm Moisturizer.

Sake Balm Bounce Moisturizer to Hydrate and Brighten

sake balm

This jar contains 1.75 oz of product and sells for $46.00.

Solutions for:
– Dryness
– Dullness and uneven texture
– Loss of firmness and elasticity

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

This received 4 stars out of 177 reviews on Sephora.

It has a rather different consistency. It’s not quite a gel, yet it goes on like one. Usually, I don’t like gels, but this goes on very smoothly.

You only need to use very little of it.

These two products together just give my face so much brightening that I don’t even want to put makeup on over it.


I really think that you will love these. There are several products to this line and I intend to try as many as I can.

Next on my list is the cult-favorite Luminizing Black Mask:

An innovative peel-off mask that helps boost skin clarity and minimize the appearance of pores. Removes dirt and impurities, absorbs excess oil and reveals a healthy, glowing complexion. “Peel to reveal pore-perfected skin with the trendsetting Black Mask!”

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in Boscia.

Happy Shopping!

Tovah – Boscia

**All products were bought with my own money and I was not compensated in any way for this review.

Alopecia: What has finally worked and it’s So Affordable

Alopecia: My 4 Month Results Using a Hair Masque

After months of unknowingly using an ointment that had Propylene Glycol (I’m allergic to it) in it, my hair had reached its worst point in the history of my living with alopecia.

I had written  at the end of 3 months( that I had watched a Youtube on Coconut Oil Hair Therapy for hair growth and hair renewal.

I was amazed how much hair had grown back and how much length I had gotten.

The Youtuber gave out this recipe:

Here’s the Recipe:

1.) Coconut oil 16 TSP
2.) Apple Cider Vinegar 4 TSP
3.) Almond Oil 8 TSP
4.) 1 Whole orange

I have used it at least 2X a week from March 3, 2016 to the present time.

Here is the state of my hair at the beginning of this, about 4 months ago:

My alopecia at its worst

I finally went for a haircut last week just because there was so much length now and I thought it was putting too much pressure on my remaining hair.

You have to understand how difficult it is for someone with alopecia to go to a salon. It’s not easy.

Thus, I didn’t take any time into consideration, just called up a place close to my home and got in to see them that day. Actually within a 1/2 hour.

Usually, I ask for someone really experienced because my hair is VERY difficult to cut as  you can imagine.

They told me that Gina would be cutting my hair. She was just so adorable with great hair, of course.

I walked in and began my litany of requirements because I know what works and what doesn’t work for me; Keep bangs long, hair must not have layers, don’t wash first (it doesn’t lay right then) my face is too fat for regular ‘bob’……and on and on and on.

She said “don’t worry,  you’re going to look great”.

I just put it in her hands and we talked and she was just soooo sweet and when she was done, it was freaking fabulous!

Never had I had a haircut like that in my life.

Here is the latest pic of my hair coming back on top at the 4 month mark”.




Here is my new haircut last week,  July 21, 2016 by Gina:

how I am treating my alopecia
My hair after 4 months of my hair masque

It’s pretty amazing!

She did such a great job and put me at ease and all I can do is hope she’ll be here forever because I know that no one could ever cut my hair like this again.

I have tried to tell people on alopecia boards about what had worked for me and I really wasn’t met with any interest.  I have nothing to gain by sharing what has worked for me, yet people seemed really skeptical.

What would I have to gain by writing what has worked for me? I’ve spent 1000’s of dollars on trying anything that would work only to find out that this $5.00 treatment a week brought my hair back.

Anyway, all my thanks to Gina, not just for the haircut, but for just being an absolute doll!

Gina, I hope that big boot is gone soon!


Tovah Has Just Been Added To My Top 17 Online Plus-Size Clothing Stores

Congratulations to For Being In My Top 17 Online Plus-Size Clothing Stores!

I noticed that, for quite a while, I have been getting queries about, so I decided to check them out again and couldn’t believe that I hadn’t added them before now..

I absolutely love this site for so many reasons:

plus sized tie dye dress


  1. The sizes go up to 9X
  2. There are always plenty of sales
  3. Even clothing not on sale is affordable
  4. They have one of the best measurement  tools I’ve seen for plus size sites.
  5. They have  the super elusive plus sized petites, Regular, and Tall










They’ve got everything : From Swimming to formal to purses and shoes to tie-dye.

For the entire list of My Top 17 and more info on, please go to





Julep Has The best Beauty Box Going with an Awesome Gift!

Julep, Known for Its Great Quality, Has a Great Monthly Beauty Box and, If You Sign Up Now, You get a Free Gift!






If you’re unfamiliar with the Beauty Box, let me explain: Beauty Boxes have been around for about 2 years. They are boxes that companies put together that are an assortment of wonderful products. Each month, your personalized Beauty Box will include a variety of  product samples. You’ll get to try all different types of products, from hair care to skin care to makeup.  You know that, with Julep, you get quality. You take a quick quiz for Julep to be able to determine which beauty items you want to focus on. What a great way to try items out without spending a fortune.

I’ve tried a couple of these beauty boxes and I’m never disappointed.

Beauty At Your Doorstep

Experiment fearlessly with Julep’s monthly beauty box. Get on trend, full-size beauty or skin care products each month — curated just for you

You can: 

  • Build your own beauty box, or let us curate one for you.
  • 20% Off and Free Shipping  always, on everything. Plus, enjoy special offers and invites.
  • You Have Options
  • Skip any month you want, or send your box to a friend.
  • 100% Guaranteed
  • We are here to help. And if you don’t love it, cancel any time.


Get a free Star Spangled 8-piece gift when you join Julep Beauty Box. Includes four patriotic polishes, a hot pink lip gloss, a peony pink blush stick, a bronze eyeliner, and white chevron nail decals. A $122 value.






Use code FIREWORKS at checkout

So…just hit on one of the links below and start receiving your Julep Beauty Box for yourself!

Star Spangled 8-Piece Beauty Gift

Gift of Julep Beauty Box




**I am lucky enough to be an affiliate of Julep whereby I receive a small commission to help in the finance of this blog.

REVIEW: Melt Cosmetics Brings You That Absolutely Perfect Spring/Summer Lipstick

I have found the absolute perfect spring/summer lipstick from Melt Cosmetics.

My review is of the color ‘Summer’.

The colors of Melt Cosmetics are described as Ultra Matte. Bold. Radioactive. They are also in some of the most unique colors you may have ever seen.


pale coral lipstick







I’m sure you’re noticing the horrible photoshop I used on myself below. I started trying to cover my freckles and then my face got too pale and then I thought if I just did photoshop all over the face, it would even out the whole face. Anyway, long story short, it looks pretty bad and I have no more time to spend on this. My face just looks like it takes up 1/3 of my body and kinda looks like Mr. Potato Head.

However, I did nothing  with the lips. No liner or primer or photoshop was used. It is really just a beautiful peachy pink color.



You can make it as thick or thin as you like.

I love this lipstick;  however, I really like matte lipsticks, which a lot of people don’t care for.

There is a definite pull to it and you have to be very careful or it would be easy to pull the lipstick out of the container.

I used to use the color ‘Vegas’ from Cargo Cosmetics for years and I had scooped up as much as I could when I heard it was becoming discontinued. I have finally gone through all of my stash. I’d even picked some up on ebay. Alas,  It’s gone to the great lipstick in the sky.


I was on the journey for that perfect coral/pink lipstick for years.  THIS IS IT!

I really like to use it, also, as a primer when I add my brighter lipsticks.

You can definitely make it more glossy with lip balm or lip gloss.

Melt has 18 different lipstick colors and the cost is $19.00. 

Some are already sold out. (However are being restocked).

They also have a Nood Collection of 4 nude colors together for $64.00 that look sooo gorgeous!

As soon as I tried out ‘Summer’, I immediately ordered another one, as I was sure that they would run out very quickly.

These colors are going to blow you away.

Extra points to Melt Cosmetics for being cruelty free.












Julep Has Wonderful Gifts for Mother’s Day

Julep is known for their quality Nail Polishes and Beauty Products and Now You Can Get These Great Gifts for Mother’s Day or Just for Yourself At a Great Price.

www.hautecurvywoman.comThis great set includes:

When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Gel Eyeliner – Rich Brown: This easy-to-use eye pencil delivers the creamy formula & intense color payoff of a gel eyeliner.

  • Rayma (Classic with a Twist): Italian plum crème
  • Linnea (Classic with a Twist): Vintage mauve shimmer
  • Light on Your Lips Full-Coverage Crème Lipstick – Twirl: Full-coverage carnation pink crème
  • Metallic Wristlet 

This is on sale for $62.00!

Just click on the link below:

Timeless Beauty Gift




**Julep is an affiliate of mine and I receive a small commission on items sold from my site to help defray some of the costs of my blog.


My April Ipsy GlamBag

I Love My April Ipsy Glambag with its 5 Great Products

Ipsy Beauty Bag

I received my five items for April  in this bright pink envelope.

These Items are deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products.

My favorite item, actually, is the makeup bag, which looks like an artist palette. Sooo pretty!

The 5 items I received are:

  1.  Moroccanoil Treatment for all hair types
  2. An eyeshadow brush
  3. Tarte Lip Cream
  4. Ofra Cosmetic Bohemian Eyeshadow
  5. Ren Clean Skincare in Evercalm

They’re all fairly larged sized for the price.

I’m really impressed with the quality of the products.

If you’re interested in joining, you just simply go to their webpage: and join.

According to Ipsy:

We customize all Glam Bags using a personalization tool called ipsyMatch. This sophisticated system pulls the results from your beauty profile and product reviews to help us create a Glam Bag filled with the best products for you.

You’ll create your beauty profile when you sign up. You can update your profile anytime, either by clicking into the “Glam Bag” tab (just scroll down and you’ll see a box next to the featured products that says “Retake the Quiz”), or by visiting your profile via “My Account” (from the “Your Profile” tab, just click on the “Update My Style” button).* 

For only $10.00 a month (You are becoming a subscriber) you will receive:

5 Beauty Products

Free Shipping

Just as an aside, I had to ask a few questions from  their Customer Service Department and they were so sweet and nice.

Happy Shopping!





Burt’s Bees Beauty Products: The Best and the Worst

Burt’s Bees Beauty Products: One of the Best and One of The Worst that I’ve Tried:

In my quest to live on a budget, I’ve been trying more and more drugstore brands, including the wonderful Burt’s Bees line.

Here are my reviews for what I’ve found to be the best and worst Burt’s Bees facial products:



Burt's Bees makeup wipes for sensitive skin

According to the Burt’s Bees website:

We offer our best make-up remover wipes, made with FSC certified natural cloth and infused with natural ingredients, to keep your skin looking and feeling great. Whether on-the-go or at home, Burt’s Bees provides facial cleansing towelettes for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Our collection of natural face wipes allows you to remove make-up, cleanse and tone in one easy step, revealing a beautiful complexion.

It may just be that I chose the Sensitive type and there was less liquid in it,  however, there was just not enough moisture on the wipe. I found I had to add water to it in order to just  get it moist enough to get my makeup off.

I always made sure to keep the top closed and it just didn’t seem to make much of a difference.

Maybe, it was just a bad batch, but I won’t be buying these again.

These cost me about $6.00 at Walgreens.


Brightening Even Skin Tone Moisturizing Cream


Burt's Bees brightening moisturizer is wonderful

According to the Burt’s Bees website:

Clinically proven to even skin tone and help diminish the appearance of dark spots and discoloration, 100% of women saw brighter skin after using Burt’s Bees Brightening Moisturizing Cream*. A combination of Summer Snowflake, Daisy Blossom, and other botanical extract provides rich moisture to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Use as a part of your daily regimen for a brighter and more even complexion, naturally.

This is THE moisturizer for me!

There’s this great dispenser at the top that gives you just the amount you need.

When you swatch it. you see this great brightening color (sort of pearly) about it and when you go to put it on, your skin just really glows. Not in a sparkly, 13-yr. old girl glow, but a beautiful moisturizer with just the right amount of brightness. Everything goes on better after it.  Your foundation just glides on.

I don’t like fragrance, however, this fragrance, while not strong, is soooo nice. It’s like an orange/grapefruit smell. Just very clean smelling.

As far as I’m concerned, I do not intend (except for review purchases) to buy another moisturizer. This is better than all the high-end moisturizers I’ve used over the years.

(My review is vastly different from the view of beautypedia which gives it 1 star claiming that This moisturizer is claimed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but it contains fragrant plant ingredients that can actually damage skin and impair its ability to heal. Of major concern are the citrus extracts, which can be phototoxic, meaning they can cause a reaction on skin that’s exposed to sunlight (Source:

I paid about $20.00 for it at Walgreens.

So? What do you think?

Have you used either of these products? What has been your impression?

Extra Credit to Burt’s Bees for donating 10% of the purchase The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation.