Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of July 14th

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We had a fairly cool week (mid to high 70′s) in Kansas City, and I have been loving it.  It is heating up again (taking my girls to the water park this weekend), so we are trying to stay cool!

So what am I loving this week?  A waterproof crème eyeliner, a BB cream for the body, a yummy-scented chocolate facial cleanser (seriously), a sweet and sultry summer fragrance, and a beautiful bronzer palette.

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Envy

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Envy

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Envy – An ultra-smooth, water-proof creamy eye liner that applies with the ease and smooth silky finish of a gel and the precision of a liquid liner. Smudge and transfer-resistant, this long-wearing formula goes on “foolproof” with the Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush.

What I think:  This is a brand new color from the new Sensual Reflections collection and it is here for a limited time only.  I like the formula because it’s creamy and glides right on with an eyeliner brush.  The color is a dark emerald and I think it will be perfect in the fall as well as now.  This liner comes in other great colors such as Cobalt, a bright blue that is perfect for summer.

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com

Osmotics Cellulite Control Body Glow CC Cream

Osmotics Cellulite Control Body Glow CC Cream

Osmotics Cellulite Control Body Glow CC Cream ($75 USD) – This triple action formula contains three clinically proven technologies to target dimpled skin, edema and cellulite at its source. Natural actives visibly reduce localized fat deposits promoting firmer contours and a more toned silhouette.  Flavonoids and antioxidants enhance collagen and strengthen the extracellular tissue for smoother texture and dimple free skin. This luxurious golden lotion hydrates, nourishes and color corrects with a beautiful soft focus finish that erases imperfections for instant radiance and a natural glow. Bare is beautiful with this multi-tasking body perfector!

What I think: This luxe cream is perfect for perfecting summer skin.  It makes my skin look smoother and more toned (perfect while wearing a swimsuit).  I am going to use it until I am out to see if my cellulite looks better.

Availableat select Nordstrom, Soft Surroundings locations and on osmotics.com

Karin Herzog Finest Chocolate Cleansing

Karin Herzog Finest Chocolate Cleansing

Karin Herzog Finest Chocolate Cleansing ($55 USD) — Remove all traces of cosmetics and impurities with this professional grade, dual action cleanser and makeup remover. Formulated with pure essential oils, the Finest Chocolate Cleansing helps to unclog pores, dissolve impurities and remove waterproof makeup, while conditioning the skin. The cleanser contains luxurious Swiss chocolate for a sweet scent and extra hydration, leaving the complexion supple, soft and radiant.

What I think: This is a gorgeous cleanser!  Smells amazing and really cleans my skin.  I like to use it at night to remove my makeup because it works really well.

Available online via www.karinherzog.com

Calvin Klein Eternity Summer

Calvin Klein Eternity Summer

Calvin Klein Eternity Summer ($34.19, and $27.35 with a coupon code on http://www.fragrance.net) — A resonant and flowery scent for women that radiates casual sophistication for any time of day, Eternity Summer perfume by Calvin Klein is a mature yet subtle choice that will turn heads wherever you travel. Introduced by iconic style and fashion leader Calvin Klein in 2008, Eternity Summer is composed of a perfect balance of musk, tangerine pulp, wood, frangipani and pineapple. It’s an attention-drawing fragrance that works just as well for a relaxed evening out with friends as for coffee with a romantic partner. 

What I think: This gorgeous scent is a great mix of sweet and sexy and is perfect for hot summer days and nights.  I usually go for fresh scents, but I am loving this for summer!

Available at http://www.fragrance.net

Mally Beauty Believable Bronzer

Mally Beauty Believable Bronzer

Mally Beauty Believable Bronzer (retails for: $49.50, now: $37.13): The secret is in using these three powders to achieve that glow-from-within look–a tanning powder for all over color, a shimmer to highlight, and a beautiful sun-kissed shade that’s designed to make your cheeks glow. Unlike traditional bronzers, there is no shimmer in Mally Beauty’s bronzer formula. Instead, the bronzer works in tandem with a warm blush and a sheer shimmer. This allows you to apply color and highlights specific areas of your face, as the sun naturally does, instead of all over. Shades are available in Lighter (shown) and Deeper.

What I think: This is a great product and a great deal right now.  It includes two gorgeous brushes along with the palette. The colors are soft and build really well and used together, really make the skin glow.  I also like to use the bronzer and highlighter on my neck and décolleté.

Available at http://www.mallybeauty.com

What products are you loving this week?

 

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of July 7th

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Hi all!  I posted this last week and think I am going to make it a regular feature!  I try so many new products each week, I think it’s nice to highlight my favorites.

This week, I have been loving a new drugstore mascara, an acne treatment, new sunglasses (needed), kajal eyeliners (hot trend), a luxe face oil and a sheer red lip.  What have you been loving this week?

L'Oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara

L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara

L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara ($7.99 USD) — L’Oreal Paris introduces new Voluminous Miss Manga mascara featuring the 360 flexor brush to build bold volume with high intensity from top to bottom. For the first time, L’Oreal Paris creates a flexible brush with a unique conical shape to catch those hard to reach lashes with an incredibly even application. The Mega Impact Formula instantly builds oversized volume for 15X lash volume in a flash. Top lashes are amplified and bottom lashes maximized for the ultimate wide-eyed Manga Look.

What I think:  I love trying new mascaras — and the mascara wand on this is different than any other I have used. Not only is it conical-shaped, it moves to the side when you use it.  It took a couple of times, but if I apply it carefully, I get super long and voluminous lashes!  It isn’t waterproof and has been running a bit in the Kansas City humidity, so I can’t wear it daily, but is perfect for special occasions.

Available at CVS and http://www.cvs.com

Apothederm Acne Clarifying Treatment

Apothederm Acne Clarifying Treatment

Apothederm Acne Clarifying Treatment ($32.50 USD) — This two-in-one problem solver helps to eliminate breakouts and minimize pore size. Salicylic acid acts as an anti-inflammatory, exfoliating dead skin cells to help reduce pore size and sebum build up. Oligopeptide-10, a patented SmartPeptide® with skin calming properties, has been shown to help bind cellular toxins and kill acne-causing bacteria.

What I think:  My skin is pretty clear right now, so I gave this to my 18 year-old daughter who has broken out this summer.  She has been using it morning and night after cleansing, and her skin is so much clearer after only a week of use!  She will continue to use it and I know she will continue to see results.  Great product!

Available at spas and online via www.apothederm.com and www.dermstore.com.

Blue Modern Cat Eye Metallic Temple Sunglasses

Blue Modern Cat Eye Metallic Temple Sunglasses

ICU Eyewear Blue Modern Cat Eye Metallic Temple Sunglasses ($21.95 USD) –  These sunglasses are true beauties because the oversized frame give you more coverage and better protection from the sun. There’s a couple more reasons why these sunnies will make you bat your eyelashes; they are polarized which minimize squinting in bright sun conditions and they are 100% UV A and B protective so they’ve got your back and will protect the soft tissue around your eyes from being exposed to harmful rays.

What I think: Loving these cool sunnies!  From the front, they look like classic black cat eye sunglasses, but when I turn to the side, the blue metallic gives the frames an extra kick of style!  They also really block the sun well.  LOVE!

Available at http://www.icueyewear.com.

Physician's Formula Kajal Eyeliner Trio Nude Eyes in Natural

Physician’s Formula Kajal Eyeliner Trio Nude Eyes in Natural

Physician’s Formula Kajal Eyeliner Trio Nude Eyes in Natural ($11.99 USD) — Custom Eye enhancing kohl kajal eyeliner trio by Physicians Formula; ultra dramatic definition, 100 percent waterproof wear.  Includes a black, brown and nude liner.

What I think:  I am really digging the Kajal trend!  These liners are so easy to use.  The handle make for easy maneuvering and the liners glide on easily and are very pigment.  The nude is great on the waterline and the black is so rich and gorgeous!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Vichy Neovadiol Elixir

Vichy Neovadiol Elixir

Vichy Neovadiol Elixir ($55 USD) — Precious Replenishing Oil Concentrate contains a unique blend of omega-rich oils to help restore essential lipids lost due to hormonal aging. Immediately nourishes the skin with moisture. Leaves skin visibly plumped, smooth and radiant.

What I think:  I have been using this oil at night before I apply my face cream.  In the morning, my face is so smooth and soft!  Keeps me looking young in my mid-forties.

Available at CVS stores.

Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour

Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour

Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour in Sexy ($25 USD) — The light-as-air formula feels completely weightless on lips. The secret is a unique wax-free base that allows pigments to deliver true custom colour impact. Available in 15 colour-true shades and three unique finishes. Shade names begin with the same letter as their finish, so they are easy to remember (Moi is Matte and Shy is Sheer). Sheer for naturally stained lips. Matte for velvety lips. Pearl for pearlized lips. Crème for luminous, creamy lips.

What I think: I don’t usually wear red lip color, but this is very sheer and is pretty for going out in the summer time.  It looks especially nice on me since I am no longer ghostly white!  It also very moisturizing on my lips and doesn’t dry them out at all.

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com

 

 

 

 

 

Win a Year of Polish from Butter London!

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Do you love butter LONDON polishes?  I do!  The coverage and staying power is fantastic and the colors are so fab!

So, I wanted to let you know about butter LONDON’s Year of Lacquer Giveaway that just went live! You can enter to win a year’s supply of nail lacquer on www.butterlondon.com now until 11:59 PM PT of July 30, 2014.  It’s super easy to enter (I already did) just enter your first and last name and your email address.

Good Luck!

 

Birchbox + Women’s Health Partner for Second Year in a Row!

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Sample Birchbox + Women's Health Box

Sample Birchbox + Women’s Health Box

Birchbox + Women’s Health are thrilled to announce our partnership for the month of July. This month, Birchbox + Women’s Health have collaborated to create a special edition Birchbox focused on wellness.
This is the second time that Birchbox + Women’s Health are partnering to bring Birchbox subscribers products hand-picked by Women’s Health editors. Themed “Power Up,” the box will feature products to help you take your beauty routine up a notch and includes brands like Supergoop!, Benefit, Cynthia Rowley, and Vasanti. The box shown above is once variation that you may receive.
Existing Birchbox subscribers will receive the Women’s Health box as their July box; new subscribers can sign up here until July 30th: https://www.birchbox.com/invite/dr1xf (This is my referral link for points.  I would love it if you used it when signing up, thanks!). If you haven’t signed up yet, use coupon code WOMENSHEALTH100 when you order to get an extra 100 points ($10) to use in the Birchbox shop.
 
Do you subscribe to Birchbox?  I have an account, but haven’t signed up for the monthly box yet.  I’ve been thinking about it, because it gets such great reviews and their points program is amazing!  You can purchase items from their store with the points.
If you receive the July box, leave a comment with the products that you receive.  I would love to know what you get!

Beauty.com and Wes Gordon Collaboration

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Beauty.com  collaboration with Wes Gordon

Just in time for summer vacations, Beauty.com, a division of drugstore.com, inc. introduces the exclusive Wes Gordon Triptych Travel Case as a free gift with purchase.  The product-filled travel case is available starting July 8th for customers spending more than $100 at the prestige online beauty retailer.  With a chic outer design and zippered compartments for storing cosmetics, the limited edition bag makes for a perfect travel accessory this season.  Shoppers can find the case at http://www.Beauty.com/WesGordon.

“This Triptych bag is versatile, sophisticated and clever,” says designer Wes Gordon.  “I loved taking an inherently feminine bag and playing with masculine design elements and colors.”  The square case, made of faux-suede and faux-leather paneling, opens out to reveal a burgundy polka-dot interior with two storage sections.  Once beauty and travel essentials are zipped up inside, the case folds back up into a neat square, perfect for packing in a carry-on bag or suitcase.

Each Triptych Travel Case comes filled with 13 prestige beauty samples spanning skin care, beauty, personal care and fragrance.  The bag and its contents have an approximate combined retail value of $130.00.

1. Lacoste Essential Sport

2. bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick – Speak Your Mind

3. Cargo Picture Perfect Lip Primer

4. Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector

5. Le Couvent des Minimes Gardener’s Hand Healer

6. Phyto Secret de Nuit Hydrating Regenerating Night Treatment

7. Jouer Mini Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Peony

8. Go SMILE Teeth Whitening Gel

9. L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

10. Origins Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 Skin Complexion Corrector, Light-Medium

11. Nuxe Masque Crème Fraiche de Beaute Soothing & Rehydrating Mask

12. Bliss grapefruit and aloe body butter

13. Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Polish (assorted shades)

14. An offer for you from the Beauty.com site

While looking to spend $100 to receive the Triptych Travel Case, customers can browse waterproof make-up, summer skin care and more on the new Beauty.com Summer Checklist page.  In the Pool-Proof Color category, shoppers will find waterproof concealer from It Cosmetics, waterproof liquid eyeliner from Stila and more.  For an oil-free option to soothe sun-exposed skin shoppers will find new gel moisturizers from Koh Gen Do and Bliss.  With free shipping over $35, it is also a great time to stock up on SPF from best-selling brands Supergoop!, Colorscience and Peter Thomas Roth.

Shoppers looking to add some new beauty items to their routine will find Skinny Brush Mascara, Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, Brow Gel, Liquid Metal Eyeliner and more from Eyeko.  The brand new Bareminerals Bareskin foundation is also available on Beauty.com in 20 different shades along with the new Bareminerals Nudes with Attitude set of lip glosses.  Other new-to-store items include Gorgeous Cosmetics lipsticks, Stila’s Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadows and cheek stain from Tarte.

Beauty fans can look to Beauty.com for seasonal make-up, hair and skin care inspiration with the Advice & Trends features.  On the Guest Editor pages, industry influencers share their must-have products while Trend Tutorials allow beauty enthusiasts to recreate runway looks at home.  Beauty Director-at-Large Romy Soleimani shares seasonal inspiration, her new favorite products and more on the Beauty.com blog Beauty Close Up.  Other Beauty.com benefits include 5% back on every purchase, the free sampling center, and a shared online shopping cart with Beauty.com’s partner site, drugstore.com.

I am loving this bag and these great samples, especially the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, the Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Polish, and the Le Couvent des Minimes Hand Healer.  And the bag is seriously cool!

What great products from Beauty.com will you purchase to get this awesome free gift!

Product Round-Up — My Favorite Beauty Things This Week!

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I have been trying so many great beauty items this week. From nail care to skincare to a fab concealer, these summer products have really helped my beauty routine in the heat.

Probelle Touch N' Grow Plus

Probelle Touch N’ Grow and Touch N’ Grow Plus

Probelle is the innovative, restorative base nail polish that uses a two-step system to cure, grow and repair nails to a healthier state. The Touch N’ Grow original formula cures and strengthens nails while the Touch N’ Grow Plus maintains healthy nails. The Touch N’ Grow Plus incorporates garlic and lime which have been proven to prevent nails from discoloration and bacteria growth caused by prolonged nail polish wear. Probelle also acts as a durable base coat to give that manicured look for less.
What I think:  I have been using the Touch N’ Grow Plus for a couple of weeks now.  It has helped my peeling nails and they look so much better now.  Plus it gives a bit of a shine and looks very nice on.
Available at www.probelle.com.
L'Occitane Angelica Hydra Vital Gel

L’Occitane Angelica Hydra Vital Gel

L’Occitane Angelica Hydra Vital Gel ($38 USD) — An ultra-fresh, lightweight formula gives this moisturizing gel the power to keep skin hydrated & revitalized all day long. Its cooling texture gently soothes skin giving it a more radiant complexion, while prepping it for the day ahead.
What I think:  This is the perfect hydrator for the summer!  I love it especially at night after a day in the sun.  And since it is so light, it works well on oily skin (mine definitely gets oilier in the summer).  Plus, the scent is fresh and lovely.

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Coast to Coast Skin Illuminating Cleansing Water

Coast to Coast Skin Illuminating Cleansing Water

Coast to Coast Skin Illuminating Cleansing Water ($24.99 USD) — This brightening Coast To Coast cleansing water containing Quandong and Sweet Orange, dissolves makeup and impurities from the face and eyes to purify skin cells in preparation for your day or night skincare regime. The no-rinse formula makes it the ideal travel companion for those on the go. Coast To Coast products contain natural, organic ingredients and 100% essential oils. Their products are not tested on animals, contain no artificial colors or fragrances, Parabens, Petrochemicals, Paraffin, Pthalates, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, PABA or DEA.

What I think:  I have been using this instead of creamier makeup remover in the evening.  Not only does it work very well, it is so light and refreshing.  I love that it has natural and organic ingredients.

Available at Ulta and Ulta.com.

Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal

Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal

Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal ($36 USD) — Covering up blemishes can be quite the production – first a spot treatment and moisturizer, then a primer, followed by a concealer and foundation. No woman wants to layer on the products, especially in the heat. The lightweight, multifunctional concealer, Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal features powerful hydration, treatment and protection benefits that work to evenly smooth skin and minimize the appearance pores, blemishes, pigmentation spots and fine lines. Designed for use on both the under eye and face, Treat & Conceal instantly improves skin tone, luminosity, and texture for a radiant, airbrushed look in seconds. Treat & Conceal is available in four color mineral tinted shades to adapt to virtually all skin tones: light, medium, tan and dark.

What I think:  I have this in light and it is perfect for under my eyes, red patches and when I have a blemish.  It really covers well and is not dry or overly sticky.

Available online via www.ulta.com and www.nordstrom.com

Fake Bake Golden Faux Glow Shimmer

Fake Bake Golden Faux Glow Shimmer

Fake Bake Golden Faux Glow Shimmer ($20.95 USD) — Now that summer is in full swing its time to add some shimmer to that glow! Our Fake Bake Golden Faux Glow is a washable temporary tan for face and body with no tanning actives and allows you to get your tan without the commitment! It’s the perfect way to spice up a little black dress or revive an outfit on a hot summer night!

What I think: I love this product so much and can’t stress how easy it is to use. The signature guide allows you to see exactly where it’s going & while it washes off easily in the shower, it won’t rub off on your clothes.

Available at www.FakeBake.com and retailers across the country including Ulta and Ricky’s NYC.

What new products are you loving?

 

 

Fab Beauty Products For the 4th of July and the Rest of the Summer!

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Happy 4th!  How are you staying prepared beauty-wise today?  Are you wearing blue eyes shadow, red Lipstick, sunscreen, bug spray???

Below are some fab products that were sent to me for my honest review that will be perfect for today and the rest of the summer, as well:

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths

Keep cool and dry with Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths($3.29 USD): The first-ever in the United States on-the-go cooling cloths that leave you feeling completely refreshed, with just one wipe. What truly sets these cloths apart is the proprietary PowderSilk™ technology imported exclusively from Japan. These revolutionary cloths instantly cool on contact and leave skin feeling refreshed in an instant with a translucent, superfine powder so skin stays smooth and comfortable with no sticky residue.  These are fabulous and really work!

Available at a drugstore near you.

L'OCCITANE en Provence Angelica UV Shield SPF40

L’OCCITANE en Provence Angelica UV Shield SPF40

Don’t forget your sunscreen! L’OCCITANE en Provence Angelica UV Shield SPF 40 ($38 USD) — Made with angelica from the Drôme region of France, the Angelica UV Shield SPF 40 helps protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Light and silky smooth in texture, this face fluid helps preserve skin’s vitality. After use, skin is moisturized and revitalized. With continued use, skin looks plumped, smoothed and radiant.

Available at http://www.usa.loccitane.com

Avon SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Collection

Avon SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Collection

Stay bite-free with Avon SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Collection($14-$16 USD):Protect your family during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are the most active with this heavy-duty insect repellent. These double-duty formulas shield delicate skin from the sun while repelling insects like mosquitoes and deer ticks. DEET-free and formulated with Vitamin E and soothing Aloe, Bug Guard effectively repels mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, sand flies, gnats, and more for eight hours. Available in a Pump Spray, Aerosol Spray, Towelettes, Gentle Breeze Lotion, and a Cool ‘n Fabulous Disappearing Color Lotion. My favorites are the towelettes because they are easy to pack and to use.

Purchase at http://www.avon.com

Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes

Yes to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes

Take your stubborn waterproof makeup off while brightening your skin with Yes to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes ($5.99 for 25 Wipes) — These Cleansing Facial Wipes are formulated with Blueberries and Coconut to gently cleanse, remove makeup, and moisturize skin all in one. With Lemon Peel and Apple to help brighten skin, these are a great addition to our Age Refresh collection. They leave your skin feeling clean, youthful, and glowy! Plus they smell fantastic!

Available at http://www.yestocarrots.com and Target stores.

Sonia Kashuk Gingham Print Duffle

Sonia Kashuk Gingham Print Duffle

Store all of your essentials with the Sonia Kashuk Gingham Print Duffle ($24.99 USD) — This Sonia Kashuk Gingham Print cosmetic bag can double as a purse. The bag comes with removable clear plastic pouches to keep everything neat and organized. Also available in other sizes and price points.

  • Shell Material: Polyester
  • Liner Material: Polyester
  • Closure Style: Zip Closure
  • Dimensions: 8.0 ” H x 11.5 ” W x 5.0 ” D
  • Care and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With a Damp Cloth

Available at Target stores and http://www.target.com

Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Poppy Nude

Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Poppy Nude

Don’t forget your red lip! Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon ($7.59 USD) — The creamy texture of Sonia Kashuk’s Velvety Matte Lip Crayon ensures an easy glide-on application that will not feel dry on the lips and instantly coats with rich, pigmented color. Poppy Nude is a red-orange shade with extra-long wear to keep your smile looking gorgeous. Contains fig aroma.

Available at Target stores and http://www.target.com

I hope you enjoy your 4th!

 

 

 

IT’s All About You! Your 5pc Customer Favorites — IT Cosmetics Today’s Special Value – 1 Day ONLY on QVC!

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IT Cosmetics Today’s Special Value – 1 Day ONLY on QVC!

IT is truly all about YOU! IT Cosmetics® is excited to introduce a collection of 3 QVC® Customer Choice Beauty Award winning products plus two innovative new launches, for the first time ever in this Today’s Special Value® Saturday, June 21st, 2014.  Available for one day only, this limited edition IT Cosmetics set exclusive to QVC is valid from midnight ET June 21st until 2:59 AM ET June 22nd for an exceptionally low price ($59.96 or two easy payments of 29.98 and $169 value!), while supplies last.

IT’s All About You! 5pc Customer Favorites Collection includes:

Celebration Foundation® — This full coverage, lightweight anti-aging foundation rich in skin-loving peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, silk and more, helps you obtain a perfect, airbrushed complexion in 30 seconds!

Brow Power® UniversalBrow Pencil — the two-time QVC Customer Choice Award winner for “Best Brow Product”. This universal, long wear eyebrow pencil is infused with cutting edge, brow-enhancing ingredients that coat each hair, while adhering to the skin, making it easy to naturally transform thick or thin brows to create the look of your brows but better™. In a universally flattering shade, Brow Power® Universal Brow Pencil is customized to work with all hair colors to create a bold look for everyone!  For lighter hair, apply using lighter, softer strokes and for darker hair, apply pressing hard to deposit more color.  As a finishing touch, lightly brush through brows with the spooly brush to create a natural polished look.

Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe™ Dual Ended Complexion Perfection Brush — Use the NEW multifunctional 2-in-1 Heavenly Luxe™ Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush to swirl circles into the foundation and buff onto skin to get flawless silky full coverage that feels like you’re wearing nothing.

CC+™ Radiance Palette (Brand new) — This palette includes three new color correcting innovations! The CC+™ Brightening Finishing Powder, CC+™ Matte Bronzer, and the CC+™ Flush Blush, each anti-aging talc-free powder includes color correcting pigments that enhance and even out the appearance of your natural skin tone, while boosting the warmth and radiance of your skin.

Waterproof Bye Bye Under Eye® Anti-Aging Concealer (Brand new) – now loaded with additional anti-aging skin loving benefits plus clinically proven for all-day 12-hr waterproof coverage. Start by warming up a pin sized amount on the back of your hand, then gently tap the concealer onto the areas that need extra coverage and blend with fingers or use the multitasking Dual Ended Complexion Perfection Brush to ensure flawless application.  Infused with anti-aging technology to not only cover, but to make your skin appear younger at the same time, Bye Bye Under Eye® Waterproof stays true to its original Bye Bye Under Eye® Concealer formula, providing crease-free coverage to camouflage under eye discolorations with ease, while hydrating to ensure a beautiful well-rested appearance.

Developed with leading plastic surgeons and infused with skin-loving unique ingredients, IT’s All About You does the work for you with all of the essentials you need to look and feel your most beautiful!

Are you picking up one of these fabulous sets?  I was sent one for my honest review.  I have tried most of these products and love them — especially Bye Bye Undereye concealer, and now it’s waterproof!  You all know I need that in humid Kansas City! The brush is the perfect applicator for that and the powder Celebration Foundation, which is so light for the summer.  Brow Power is so easy to define my brows.  And the new palette — love it!  The shades are so pretty and the brightening finishing powder really corrects the color in my skin.

Available now at QVC and http://www.qvc.com!  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Get Your Beauty Routine Ready For Summer, Part 3

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Part 3 and the final post of my summer prep spectacular showcases awesome makeup!  Looking for a foundation with SPF? Waterproof mascara? Bronzers? Bright lip color?  Me too!  And I found some great new picks!

In this post, I review cosmetics from Mary Kay, Ramy, FACE Stockholm, LORAC and Osmotics.  Maybe you’ll find something that you love, too!

In the summer months, we all want a makeup bag that’s a little lighter product wise. When streamlining makeup bags for the warmer months, it’s okay to keep some of the powder-based products with hues that will transition nicely into the changing seasons – just keep in mind that spring and summer means brighter hues. Have some fun with color, especially when it comes to eye shadows, eyeliners and lip shades!

Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($20 USD) – A perfect multi-tasker with eight skin benefits in just one tube. This product is light enough for summer, yet creates a gorgeous natural finish – plus, it helps protect skin with broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Mary Kay® Lash Love® Waterproof Mascara ($15 USD) – Beat the heat and keep lashes looking gorgeous. For extra lasting power, use an eyelash primer like Mary Kay® Lash Primer. This is a great combo for the pool or beach!

Mary Kay® Brush Cleaner ($10 USD) – While updating colors for each season is important, it’s a “must” to thoroughly clean makeup brushes, especially since skin produces more oil and sweat in the warmer months. And, don’t forget to replace mascara at least four times per year.

Available at http://www.marykay.com

 

 

Ramy Face Glosses ($18.50 USD) — offer an all-over glow that’s designed to be worn on the eyes, cheeks or lips. The waterproof formula contains antioxidants Aloe, Wheat Germ and Vitamins A and D to pamper and protect skin.  The sheer washes of color are non-creasing on eyes, ultra-hydrating on lips and super long-wearing on cheeks, plus the portable compact allows for easy on-the-go application and come in 5 perfect shades including Sugar Glow!, Face Candy!, Casual Sex!, On-the-Go Glow!, and Sunlit Glow!

Ramy Elixir Skin Conditioning Primer ($40 USD) – Formulated with cucumber and St. Johns Wort, it cools skin, reducing redness and inflammation, while safflower and apricot kernel firm skin. Plus, this cooling primer leaves skin smoothed, soothed and prepped in one easy-breezy step.  ($40)

Ramy Perfect Brow Wand ($28 USD) –  This dual-ended, universally flattering brow filler and highlighter boasts a waterproof gel formula for maximum staying power with a natural finish.  Be sure to always brush though product for flawless wear.

Ramy products are available at Ramy.com, Amazon.com and LOOK Boutiques nationwide.

Face Stockholm Summer 2014

Face Stockholm Summer 2014

Face Stockholm Summer 2014 – Like the dark steel gray of an impending thunderstorm on a hot summer day, our look for summer is stormy and mysterious with a strong emphasis on the vivid Matte Orange lip. From the FACE Stockholm website, here is how to achieve the look:

For a clean and hydrated look for summer, start with FACE Stockholm BB Natural Beauty Balm ($38 USD). This can be applied with clean fingertips or a makeup brush (try FACE Stockholm Foundation Brush #34) for a flawless finish. For a more matte look, lightly dust with FACE Stockholm Loose Powder ($26 USD).

Using FACE Stockholm Chisel Contour Brush #5, apply FACE Stockholm Blush ($20 USD) in Sun-Kissed from the apples of the cheek to the temples.

Create a warm, smoky eye. As a base, apply Krämögonskugga in Chintz ($24 USD) all over the lid. Then, using FACE Stockholm Blender Brush #39, apply Granit Matte Shadow ($20 USD) on top, being sure to blend well. For a more dramatic look, add a sweep of Platina Matte Shadow ($20 USD) on the outer third of lid.  Finally, define the lower lash line with Granit Matte Shadow using our Angular Sable Brush #13.

Use FACE Stockholm Sable Fluff Brush #12S to apply Highlighter Destiny ($25 USD) to the inner corner of the eye.   Add a little dab on the cheekbones too, or anywhere else you’d like to add a little glow.  Apply FACE Stockholm Luxe Lash Mascara ($32 USD) to the top and bottom lashes.

For the lips, use FACE Stockholm Medium Lip Brush #18 to apply Matte Orange Lipstick ($22 USD), with precise and clean lines. For even heavier color saturation, start with Helen Lipliner. For a dewy day look, add a dab of clear Lipgloss #1; or finish with Correct Pencil to add a soft highlight around the lip.

Available at http://www.facestockholm.com

 

Lorac Back to Bronze Collection

Lorac Back to Bronze Collection

Lorac Back to Bronze Collection ($36 USD) –

Welcome back warmth with LORAC’s Back To Bronze Collection. This perfect Beach-Ready Bag contains everything you need to look bronze and beautiful this season: A double-ended 3D Lustre/Liner in Copper/Black Cherry makes your eyes sparkle and shine; Cobra Mascara, formulated with Keratin, Vitamin E and Panthenol, instantly creates super long, faux-looking lashes; TANtalizer® Baked Bronzer (travel-size) gives you a beautiful bronze glow; Alter Ego Cream Lipstick in Girl Next Door, infused with Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamin C & E, coats your lips in luscious, rich color and Lip Lustre Gloss in Peach Lustre completes your sun-kissed look with luminous, high-shine. Get Back to Bronze with LORAC!

Back to Bronze Collection contains:

  • 3D Lustre/Liner in Copper/Black Cherry
  • Cobra Mascara
  • TANtalizer® Baked Bronzer (Travel-Size)
  • Alter Ego Cream Lipstick in Girl Next Door
  • Lip Lustre Gloss in Peach Lustre
  • Travel Bag

Purchase at http://www.loraccosmetics.com

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck ($35 Each) — Lip and Tuck conditioning gloss plumps, restores lip contours and prevents aging to give you healthier, smoother, younger-looking lips. Hydrating hyaluronic acid particles penetrate and swell the lip tissue to add volume and plumpness.

The IT ingredient for the summer, copper, along with two powerful anti-aging peptides, helps to prevent the loss of collagen which keeps your lips and mouth area firm, tight and line-free. Nourishing macadamia nut oil soothes dry, chapped lips. Available in Natural, Cognac, Golden Nectar, and French Kiss.

Available at http://www.osmotics.com

Get Your Beauty Routine Ready For Summer, Part 2

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Part two of my summer prep spectacular brings body care and hair care!  Time to moisturize that parched skin and hair!

In this post, I review body skin care from NeriumFirm, SeabuckWonders, Teadora, and L’Occitane plus hair care from John Frieda and Phlip B.

NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream

NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream

NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream ($98 USD) –NeriumFirm  is formulated to reduce the appearance of cellulite and dimpling to help smooth, tighten and firm loose skin and to help restore the appearance of youthful contour, tone and texture – perfect to get beach body ready!

What I think:  My body definitely needs firming and contouring so I have been using this for a few weeks now.  I have noticed that my skin on my thighs seem smoother and my waist seems a little tighter — nice!  I will definitely continue to use this!

Available at www.mynerium.com

Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion

Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion

Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion ($14.97 USD for 6 fl. oz.) — Intensely moisturizing, Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion rejuvenates and replenishes the skin’s natural balance, softening and nourishing for silky, touchable skin. Its high concentration of sea buckthorn oil allows for superior moisture retention while protecting the skin from signs of aging and the effects of exposure to the sun.

What I think:  This is so moisturizing without being greasy at all.  It also soothes my dry skin.  Our air conditioner wasn’t working for the last couple of days and as I work from home, I was stuck in front of a computer in 85 degrees.  Well, my skin dried out, and this made it much softer.  After my shower, I smoothed this lotion on and my skin went “aaaah”!  Love!  The only downside is that is smells kind of like hay.  Not very fragrant, but good for my skin!

Available at http://www.seabuckwonders.com.

Teadora Nourishing Body Butter

Teadora Nourishing Body Butter

Teadora Nourishing Body Butter ($45 for 8 oz.) — has a unique blend of Brazilian ingredients protects and helps repair your skin’s moisture barrier—to keep skin smooth and supple 24 hours a day. We use stem cells from the Argan tree—one of the oldest species on earth—to help rejuvenate your skin’s middle layer, where wrinkles start.

Teadora comes in two scents so that everyone can find a product that suits them.  Rainforest at Dawn is vibrant & woodsy—yet floral—it awakens your senses and readies you for the day ahead. Rainforest at Dusk is flowery & smooth—with a hint of fruit—it soothes and revitalizes your senses after a long day.

What I think:  I have been using this all over at night, especially on my dry elbows and knees, and I have found that in the morning, my skin is so much softer.  Both scents are extremely woodsy. I like the Rainforest at Dusk the best.  I wouldn’t call it flowery, more herbal and spicy.  I don’t care for the Rainforest at Dusk because it smells a bit like soil, very foresty, though.

Available at http://www.teadorabeauty.com.

 

L'OCCITANE Mer & Mistral Body Milk

L’OCCITANE Mer & Mistral Body Milk

L’OCCITANE Mer & Mistral Body Milk ($20 USD, 6 fl. oz.) — This energizing gel moisturizes and refreshes the skin, leaving behind the aquatic and aromatic scent of the Mer & Mistral fragrance. Enriched with shea butter, skin is left smooth, supple and perfumed with the aromatic chord of cypress, pine and rosemary.

What I think:  This is a very light gel lotion and smells fantastic, really fresh and clean.  It is a unisex scent, either for women or men, and I can see why.  And it’s light enough for that guy who doesn’t like greasy lotions.

Available at usa.loccitane.com.

Philip B. Katira Hair Masque

Philip B. Katira Hair Masque

Philip B. Katira Hair Masque ($40 for 6 oz)– a versatile rejuvenator is for all hair types. The clear-gel formula sinks right in to plump up fine, limp strands or calm and smooth course, hard-to-manage hair. Think of it as an amped-up, squeaky-clean version of a deep-conditioning treatment. A high-tech L-Amino Acid Complex infuses your hair with a perfect dose of moisture and nourishing proteins for enhanced control and elasticity. Coat clean, wet or dry hair with the masque comb it through from roots to ends evenly. Leave on until dry or overnight. Rinse well after use!

What I think: I think that this is a cool hair mask.  You can leave it in as long as you like.  Once you rinse it out,

Available at http://www.philipb.com.

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Satin Finish Flat Iron

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Satin Finish Flat Iron

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Satin Finish Flat Iron ($54.99 USD) — John Frieda Sleek Finish 1 1/2″ Flat Iron offers extra-long straightening plates with advanced ionic conditioning and true ceramic heater. Plus, it has ceramic titanium-coated plates that take only 15-seconds to heat up to 455 degrees Fahrenheit.

What I think:  Love this flat iron!  It works very well on my wavy hair.  Plus it straightens and shines!  I think this is an affordable way to really straighten hair and not damage it.

Available at beauty stores such as http://www.ulta.com

 

Enjoy!

 

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