Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of August 25th!

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My last week of August was hot and exhausting, so glad it’s the long weekend! I have been trying products sent to me for review that are great for the end of summer.

This week I have been enjoying a yummy scented body wash, a night skin treatment, two amazing eye shadow brushes, spray to remove chlorine from hair, tinted brow gel and healthy wheat grass tablets (I am trying to get healthier).

Neutrogena Rainbath  Renewing Shower and Bath Gel - Pear and Green Tea

Neutrogena Rainbath Renewing Shower and Bath Gel – Pear and Green Tea

Neutrogena Rainbath® Renewing Pear & Green Tea Shower and Bath Gel ($8.49 USD) — softens and conditions skin without a heavy leave-behind residue. With its unique fragrance blend of pear and green tea, Rainbath® works to renew the look of your skin as the rich, moisturizing lather rinses clean. Your skin is left in better condition feeling softer, smoother and truly renewed.

What I think:  I love all of the Neutrogena Rainbath washes, and this is one of my favorite scents.  It’s fresh and sweet-scented, and my skin is clean and very soft after washing.  I love using it as bubble bath.

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.  You can learn more and purchase at http://www.neutrogena.com.

Miracle Skin Transformer Triple Active Night Cream

Miracle Skin Transformer Triple Active Night Cream

Miracle Skin Transformer Triple Active Night Cream ($68.00 USD) — This multi-purpose cream combines the beauty benefits of three different creams, exfoliating skin, moisturizing and fighting daily environmental aggressors at once. It also helps combat signs of aging and dull-looking skin, leaving behind a more radiant and youthful appearance with regular use.

What I think: I have been using this every night for about a week.  When I apply it, it leaves sinks right into my skin, without leaving it greasy.  In the morning, my skin is so soft and smooth.  And very glowy!  This is a good product if your skin is dry and dull.

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

MUA Pro All Over Shadow Brush($10 USD) and MUA Pro Crease Brush ($10 USD) — The shadow brush has full and rounded natural fiber brush for a perfectly even wash of color from lid to brow bone. Superior shape and tapered bristles glide shadow over a large area, creating a flawlessly even distribution of pigment in one easy sweep. Perfect for an all-over wash of shadow, highlighting the brow bone or tucking color into the eye crease.   The crease brush is the perfect size to apply a darker shade just into the crease.

What I think:  Both of these brushes are now my favorite eye shadow brushes.  The all over shadow brush works well from brow bone down to lashes and the crease brush is amazing!  Gives just the right amount of pigment for my crease.  Love!  They are both made very well and are gorgeous!

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

SwimSpray Chlorine Removal Spray

SwimSpray Chlorine Removal Spray

SwimSpray Chlorine Removal Spray (4 oz $15, on sale for $11.95 USD at Amazon) — an all-natural solution that completely eliminates chlorine from hair and skin with a new vitamin C technology that neutralizes all lingering chlorine other swimmer-specific hair and skincare products leave behind without using additional chemicals to do so.

What I think:  This is such as smart idea.  You rinse your hair, apply SwimSpray, then shampoo.  It cleans all of the chlorine and chemicals out of your hair and leaves it clean and soft.

Available at http://www.amazon.com.  Learn more at http://www.swimspray.com.

RevitaLash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel

RevitaLash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel

RevitaLash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel ($32.00 USD) — This multi-tasking eye-brow setting gel helps to control, condition, and enhance brows for immediate and dramatic results. It sculpts and defines eyebrows to create a fuller look, while filling in areas that may be sparse or damaged.  In addition, the Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel conditions brows to protect from breakage, and create soft and naturally beautiful brows.

What I think:  This is a really nice brow gel that can help create the full brow look that is in right now.  I love knowing that this is a product that can help the health of my brows.  It’s also really easy to use, just swipe on with the brush and use the comb on the other end to tame your brows.

Available at www.revitalash.com

Pines Wheat Grass 250 Tablets

Pines Wheat Grass 250 Tablets

Pines Wheat Grass 250 Tablets ($18.95 USD for one bottle) — Pound for pound, PINES Wheat Grass is many times richer in chlorophyll and iron than spinach. Its protein level averages 25 percent and it contains virtually every vitamin known, along with 20 amino acids, including the eight that are considered essential for human health.

What I think: Wheat grass pills are such a healthy way to get so many essential vitamins.  The only thing that I don’t care for is that you have to take 7 tablets a day to get the benefits.  But, its worth it for this healthy supplement.

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

What type of products have you been loving this week?

 

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of August 18th!

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It was so hot in Kansas City this week!  I didn’t even want to go outside, but as a busy woman, I had errands to run.  At least my makeup stayed put!

This week, I have been loving waterproof eye liners and mascara, a new powder foundation, a fresh body scrub, a cute new headband, and a rich body lotion.

Visual Eyes Liquid Eyeliner ($19 USD) — Tears are inevitable, but liner dripping down your face isn’t. Eyeko Visual Eyes is a waterproof liquid eyeliner that creates everything from a thin kitten eye to a sultry, sexy wing. Plus, you can play up your eye color with ebony, mocha and marine shades!
Sport Mascara ($$24 USD) — Who says dancing isn’t a sport? Eyeko’s newest mascara can withstand the test of time, tears and sweat with its triple coating gel formulation. Designed to prevent smudging, flaking, and running, this fiber based mascara is creates lashes that look long, plush and beautiful for up to 12 hours!
What I think:  I am so impressed with both of these products! The liners work very well, and it’s easy to get a thick line and cat’s eye.  I especially love the mocha and marine liners.  They will be great for fall! The mascara is perfect for this hot weather, as it doesn’t run or smear after dry.
VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants Brilliant Finish 25 Powder Foundation

VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants Brilliant Finish 25 Powder Foundation

VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants Brilliant Finish 25 Powder Foundation ($45 USD) — This brightening, protective powder-foundation for all skin types works as an SPF 25 physical barrier against skin-darkening light while masking subtle hyperpigmentations and other imperfections.  Smooth, light, and pore-friendly. Provides both a silky-sheer powder finish (applied dry), or a rich, creamy texture and flawlessly-full coverage (applied with wet sponge).
What I think: Right now, I have been using this in Chantilly (fair) dry as a light foundation.  It works great in the heat.  When it gets cooler, I will probably use it wet for more coverage.  It lasts all day and doesn’t stick in my pores. I also love the case that it comes in.
Available at www/vmvhypoallergenics.com
Laura Mercier Eau Fraiche Verbena Infusion Gel Body Scrub

Laura Mercier Eau Fraiche Verbena Infusion Gel Body Scrub

Laura Mercier Eau Fraiche Verbena Infusion Gel Body Scrub ($40 USD) — Refresh and revive with this invigorating gel cleanser that gently exfoliates while removing impurities without drying or stripping skin of its natural oils. A multi-vitamin complex soothes and nourishes skin while natural Coconut water drenches skin in moisture.  Skin is left soft, smooth and rejuvenated.

What I think: This smells fantastic!  So fresh!  I also love the gel consistency of this.  I have never tried a gel scrub and I like how gentle it is on my skin.

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com

Mia Beauty Denim Bow Headband

Mia Beauty Denim Bow Headband

Mia Beauty Denim Bow Headband ($8 USD) — add a cute finishing touch to any hairstyle, from loose waves to a trendy topknot.

What I think: This bow is so cute!  I love the dark denim look. It is great to keep my hair off of my face and will be perfect for fall outfits!

Available at online via www.miabeauty.com, CVS pharmacies, ULTA, Harmon/Bed Bath and Beyond and other retailers online and nationwide.

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit Body Butter

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit Body Butter

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit Body Butter ($19 USD) —  Instant Hydration. This velvety smooth body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration.

What I think: I have been enjoying the Vanilla Grapefruit body butter.  It has a crisp blend of sparkling grapefruit and the rich scent of vanilla softly scents skin.  And it is so moisturizing!

Available at http://www.lavanila.com

What products have you been loving this week!

 

 

Skincare To Help You Glow Into Fall!

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Good skincare is not only essential for a women in her forties (me), but for women of all ages.  I make sure I take care of my skin morning and night.

Below are some luxe products that really help with wrinkles, uneven skin tone plus they make skin glow.  These are great to help your skin get into shape for the upcoming change in season!

Beverly Hills MD Venox Anti-Aging Serum

Beverly Hills MD Venox Anti-Aging Serum

Beverly Hills MD Venox Anti-Aging Serum ($149.99 USD) — This powerful anti-aging formula helps to dramatically reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines, while promoting collagen production and cell turnover for smoother, younger-looking skin.

  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces facial muscle cell contractions to target deep expression lines
  • Boosts collagen levels to increase skin elasticity
  • Gives skin a tighter, firmer look
  • Deeply hydrates skin

What I think: I have been using this serum at night for a couple of weeks and have noticed that my skin looks smoother and more even-toned.  My fine lines have noticeably diminished.  I’m going to keep using it and hope to see even more results!

Available at www.beverlyhills-md.com.  And as a special deal for you, my awesome readers, enjoy a discount off of regularly priced Venox Anti Aging Serum for 30% off with the coupon code 40FLIRTY at checkout. It will expire on September 8, 2014.

Patchology Energizing Eye Patches

Patchology Energizing Eye Patches

Patchology Energizing Eye Patches ($75 USD) –

Like a ‘re-charging station’ for your eyes, patchology Energizing Eye Patches will refresh and soothe tired looking eyes in just 20 minutes to reveal smoother, healthier looking skin. With regular use they will also help diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Kit Includes 12 Eye Treatments.

What I think: these eye patches are so easy and fun to use! You apply the Activating Gel to the patches, apply under my eyes and leave on 20 minutes.  My skin is smoother and refreshed.  And I can use the patches up to 4 times each!

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

MitoQ

MitoQ

MitoQ ($119 USD) — MitoQ® is a scientific breakthrough in anti-aging facial skincare, containing an antioxidant 1000 times more potent than CoQ (a co-enzyme, functional molecule present in every cell in the body).  It is the only topical cream proven to deliver ubiquinone (a molecule that keeps cells active and healthy) to mitochondria at levels shown to have an immense effect in rejuvenating the cells, encouraging the natural production of collagen and elastin and leaving skin looking radiant with a lit-from-within glow.

What I think: If you are looking for a potent anti-aging product, this is perfect.  It’s consistency is like a light cream.  I like to use it as my serum and cream in the morning, which is wonderful in this hot weather.  I have been using it for about a month and my skin is very glowy and not as red as it use to be.  Loving my younger looking skin!

Available at MitoQ.com

Korres Wild Rose Face & Eye Serum

Korres Wild Rose Face & Eye Serum

Korres Wild Rose Face & Eye Serum ($45 USD) — Brighten skin, smooth fine lines, and even the skin texture with this potent natural serum.  Ultra-concentrated vitamin C found in wild rose helps to repair skin discolorations while boosting skin’s brightness and radiance.  Baobab tree extract, in combination with a wheat proteins agent, provides an instant firming and line-smoothing effect and has been clinically proven to considerably reduce the number, depth, and length of wrinkles.

What I think:  This light serum feels so good (and smells fantastic), when I apply it.  I can tell that it instantly firms my skin and leaves me glowing.  I think it is fairly affordable for the great results you get! Love this natural line of skincare products!

Available at Sephora stores and http://www.sephora.com

Racinne Youth Power Neck Emulsion

Racinne Youth Power Neck Emulsion

Racinne Youth Power Neck Emulsion ($48 UD) — This restructuring moisture cream revitalizes the sagging dehydrated skin to repair and prevent the visible signs of aging. It tones and brightens the vulnerable skin on decollete and neck. A blend of Racinne’s exclusive formula SH-DP-9, sodium hyaluronic, adenosine and Korean ginseng stem cells repair deep fine lines and wrinkles, while Shea Butter works to hydrate and nourish the skin.

What I think:  Being in my forties, I can really see a change in my neck skin.  So it’s time to try a great cream!  This one really moisturizes, but it is a bit heavy.  I think it will be wonderful for the colder months.  Now, I apply it very lightly in upward strokes and am seeing a difference on the lines and wrinkles on my neck.

Available at racinneusa.com.

So, what new skincare are you trying for fall?

 

 

 

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of August 12th!

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My kids went back to school this week!  My daughter Olivia is in 5th grade and my daughter Abby is a freshman in high school!  Time goes by so quickly!

During this fun, but emotional week, I have been loving a luxe new mascara, tropical lime-scented body products, a dark-circle buster, waterproof bright eyeliner, and a light skincare line.

What new products have you tried this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Lancôme Paris Grandiose Mascara

Lancôme Paris Grandiose Mascara

Lancôme Paris Grandiose Mascara ($32 USD) — Professional makeup artists bend mascara stems to coat every lash. With Grandiôse, Lancôme brings this expert application technique to women everywhere thanks to the world’s first Swan-NeckTM Wand. Curved at a 25 degree angle, the Swan-NeckTM Wand mimics the curves of your face, grabbing lashes at the base to fan them out and avoid any unnecessary smudging.

The result? Ultimate Coverage – from corner to corner and root to tip. One more detail: the wand’s three dimensional curve seals air into the bottle and automatically mixes the formula in from the sides every time you open the bottle, so it always stays fresh.

What I think: I was so excited to try this mascara.  The design of the bottle and brush are so different, but really easy to use. The short, rubber brush catches all of the lashes. I thought it might give me a dramatic look, but it is more of a natural, everyday mascara.  Maybe, with more practice it will lengthen and thicken my short lashes!

Available at Lancome.com and Lancôme counters nationwide.

Whish Key Lime Collection

Whish Key Lime Collection

Whish Key Lime Collection — Treat your skin to a big slice of moisture with Whish’s Key Lime summer range. Including all their most loved products: Shave Crave, Body Wash, Sugar Scrub, Body Butter and Shave Savour Hair Inhibiting Gel, the Key Lime range will leave you feeling fresh, smelling delicious, and ready to take on that beach party with confidence!

Extremely dry skin needs an extremely efficient solution; Whish products contain organic ingredients such as Shea Butter, Coconut Milk and Aloe to soothe skin while active ingredients such as Chapparel Extract and Panthenol create dramatic, long lasting results. Beautifying yourself should always be a luxurious experience — and now it can be with Whish!

What I think: I have been testing the Sugar Scrub ($38 12oz) and the Three Whishes Body Butter ($24 5oz).  I love the tangy, lime scent.  It really smells like key lime pie!  The sugar scrub erases all dry skin and the yummy body butter leaves it so smooth.  I also love that Whish uses natural and organic ingredients.

Available at http://www.nordstrom.com

ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector

ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector

ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector ($34 USD) —  Instantly transform your eye area to banish the look of dark circles. The scientists at Avon have developed the Avon ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector to help brighten the look of dark circles. A lightweight formula that visibly brightens under-eye shadows, the ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector is a game-changing powerful new eye treatment that offers both instant brightening effects and improvement in the look of dark circles over time. The potent corrector is so effective, it’s clinically shown to improve dark circles by 31% while reducing the look of dark circles by one grade. It visibly brightens even the darkest under eye shadows.

What I think:  This is such a cool product! I have been using it for a couple of weeks.  When I apply it, it imparts a lightening effect and my dark circles look instantly better.  I have also noticed that my under eye circles aren’t as dark as they were.  I’m going to continue using this and hope to see even more improvement.

Available exclusively through Avon Representatives. To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit www.avon.com.

EM Michelle Phan Waterliner in Teal Tease

EM Michelle Phan Waterliner in Teal Tease

EM Michelle Phan Waterliner in Teal Tease ($18 USD) — this richly pigmented liner grabs everywhere, including your waterline—without budging or smudging.

What I think:  This is such a fun summer color!  I have been enjoying using it in the heat and humidity because it doesn’t budge!  I would definitely love to try darker colors for fall.

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

Amarte Aqua Line

Amarte Aqua Line

Amarte, the prestige Korean skin care brand, has just launched their new Aqua Line, a four-piece collection of light, fresh skin care focused on natural antioxidant brightening and hydration. Ideal for updating your summer skin care regimen, the new Amarte lineup features gel-like formulas and refreshing citrus scents to lighten any beauty routine without compromising visible results.

The Aqua Line consists of a cooling toner, a pure hydration serum, a light nutrient-dense lotion and a concentrated 1% retinol cream that soften and hydrate skin while evening tone and visibly brightening even the most sensitive complexions. The scientific skin care system elegantly blends antioxidants including ginko and chamomile with brightening agents including arbutin and purified elemental sulfur.

What I think: I have been testing the toner and lotion.  I love the light scents and formulas.  Perfect for the hot summer and going into the fall.  I have been using toners a lot this summer, and this one smells fantastic and is very cooling.  The lotion is perfect for morning and night — it is so moisturizing, but not greasy at all.

Available at http://www.amarteskincare.com

Give Good Lip With New Lipsticks, Liners and Glosses!

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Wow!  I have been sent lots of wonderful new lip products to try over the last few weeks.  So I have tons to review today!

What I’ve noticed in the products I have received is that it seems like a more polished lip is on trend.  Lipsticks definitely are in as are lip liners.  And many of the glosses I have tried lately are full colored and opaque.  I am usually more of a sheer lip lady, but I think I might have to go for a more dramatic look in the fall.

Some of my new favorites are:

Paul and Joe Beaute Natural Lipstick Refill ($20 USD) — This pure texture creates plump, radiant lips with beautiful color and just the right amount of intensity and shine.

Paul and Joe Beaute Lip Liner Duo ($25 USD) — Lip color is twice as nice with this all-in-one pencil, available in five pairs of natural and vivid shades, to create a custom lip color to match any look or mood. Containing smooth-feel oil, the base allows you to draw lines with a light touch while leaving a lasting impression.

What I think: I really love this lip liner duo.  It comes in a lighter and darker shade and I have been using both — the lighter when I wear a sheer gloss and darker with a fuller coverage lipstick.  The lipstick is gorgeous too!  It is very moisturizing and has a bit of a shimmer to it.  Love!

Available at http://www.b-glowing.com/paul-joe-beaute.

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayons

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayons

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayons ($9 on sale now for $7.20 USD on Burt’s Bees Website) — Just wanted to share the newest and most exciting news from Burt’s Bees with you – their new lip crayons.  The NEW Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayons deliver a creamy matte finish and moisture-rich wear. These Lip Crayons harness the best of nature’s beautiful color in six available shades, plus uses 100% Natural ingredients like Shea Butter, Kendi Oil and Jojoba Oil – making them an amazing addition to the Burt’s Bees lip collection!

What I think:  I have been enjoying this crayon in Sedona Sands, the lightest color of the group and a pretty nude.  The formula is matte, but still moisturizing.  They don’t have a flavor, which is nice.

Available at http://www.burtsbees.com

Yves Rocher Sheer botanical lipstick Marron Glace

Yves Rocher Sheer botanical lipstick Marron Glace

Yves Rocher Sheer botanical lipstick Marron Glace ($14.00 USD) — For the first time in a lipstick, Yves Rocher Research has selected Cherry Oil for its extraordinary shine and light refraction power.

Its ultra-sensory texture melts onto the lips and enhances them with a glossy colour that gives you the coverage you want. Available in 12 shades.

What I think: So moisturizing!  It is almost like wearing a creamy gloss and I think that is due to the cherry oil.  Some of the shades are almost a matte crème and some have a bit of shimmer to them.  And they smell really nice, too!

Available at http://www.yvesrocherusa.com in September 2014.

Mally Beauty Lip Magnifier

Mally Beauty Lip Magnifier

Mally Beauty Lip Magnifier (retails for $20, now $15 for the month of August) — combines luminous color with a creamy, ultra-fierce lip gloss. Its refreshing formula smoothes and hydrates, leaving lips feeling silky and ultra soft. Simply begin by lining your lips with the lip pencil. Once they are completely lined, begin filling in your lips for a long-wear, luscious lip color. Available in 15 different shades!

What I think: I have been using this in Soft Nude, which is a gorgeous neutral.   I like it alone, or I can apply lipstick or gloss over it.  It has a bit of a pleasant minty taste and is not sticky at all.

Available on http://www.mallybeauty.com

BC Color Hydra Brilliance Lipstick - Garnet

BC Color Hydra Brilliance Lipstick – Garnet

BC Color Hydra Brilliance Lipstick – Garnet ($18 USD) — Saturate lips in pure brilliance. Each creamy sweep is enriched with hydrating aquatic herbs, essential vitamins and antioxidants to lock in moisture and lavish lips in vibrant color. Color-magnifying crystals add extra brilliance to all 26 lustrous shades.

What I think:  Are you looking for a fab shimmering dark red for fall?  This is your lipstick!  It is so moisturizing and the color is rich and so pretty! I also love that it is good for my lips!

Available at http://www.shop.beauticontrol.com

Mehron Glosstone PRO ($11.95 USD) — Glosstone PRO is moisturizing and non-tacky leaving the lips glossy but not greasy. This long-wearing and never-sticky formula is enriched with antioxidants of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. Available in a clear shade to be used alone or over L.I.P Creams to add shine and additional moisture, 3 highly-pigmented matte shades and 2 sparkly shades infused with tiny light reflectors to pump up the volume creating the appearance of fuller richer lips! Glosstone PRO is packaged in a sleek modern square vial and applied with the lip applicator wand. This “shine booster” is sure to become your favorite lip gloss! SHADES: Coral Reef, Red Kiss, Pink Crush, Crystal Clear, Bubble Gum Sparkle & Golden Spark.

Mehron L.I.P Liner Pencils (9.95 USD) are the perfect complement to L.I.P Creams and GLOSSTONES by Mehron, Innovators of Extreme Beauty Makeup. The Mehron chemists have encased a long-lasting creamy makeup in a pencil that enables you to define your lips without bleeding color or feathering. L.I.P Liner Pencils are available in six vibrant accenting colors, including natural, Glacier Pink, Red, Burgundy, Mandarin and Cocoa. These dynamic rich colors will highlight the natural beauty of your lips.

What I think: Mehron makes a lot of theatrical makeup, but they also have a fab beauty line.  The products are affordable and work really well.  I have been using a gorgeous combo of a new shade of the liner called Sweet — a perfect match for my lip color, a pinky nude — with a Glosstone called Coral Reef.  I have been wearing a lot of pink and the coral is an opaque cream that will look gorgeous as a transition color into fall.  The liner helps my color from feathering or fading.  Win win!

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

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of August 5th!

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Another week of beauty has gone by!  I was lucky enough to have the week off and had a fun stay-cation with my kids before they head back to school next week.

I think the theme for this weeks favorite products is “natural”.  I have tried a tinted lip and cheek balm, a Kona coffee body scrub, a hydrating hair conditioner, a honey scented body lotion and gorgeous mineral eye shadows and blush!

Mullein & Sparrow Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm

Mullein & Sparrow Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm

Mullein & Sparrow Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm ($22 for 1 oz) — An all natural tinted balm to give your lips and cheeks a slight flush and dewy finish. Apply desired amount to lips for nourishment, protection, and color.  Dab a small amount on cheeks as a light cream blush.

What I think: This organic lip balm gives a light rosy color on lip and cheek — so pretty.  It has an herbal scent that isn’t my favorite, but I do like how good it is for my skin.

Available at mulleinandsparrow.com.

Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub

Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub

Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub ($55 USD) — This scrub blends naturally energizing and exfoliating Kenyan Coffee with Sugar to remove dull skin while providing antioxidant benefits. With Mongongo Nut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Avocado Oil, this unique fusion leaves all skin moisturized, smooth and soft.

What I think: This smells fantastic, and really softens the skin!  It’s great to use before applying self-tanner or just when you need to get rid of dry skin.  Love it on my feet.

Available at http://www.nyakio.com

PHYTO PHYTOBaume Hydration Conditioner

PHYTO PHYTOBaume Hydration Conditioner

PHYTO PHYTOBaume Hydration Conditioner ($19 USD) — Instantly detangles hair without weighing it down. Jojoba oil, used for its emollient and regenerating benefits, combined with castor oil hydrates and protects the hair. Angelica seed extraction has purifying and toning properties to increase hair’s vitality and shine. Hair becomes easier to detangle with improved manageability.

What I think: The instructions on this conditioner say to apply it and instantly rinse it off.  I did so and was really surprised on how soft my hair was, after I dried it.  It is also great to use on kids who wriggle when you try to detangle hair!

Learn more at http://www.phyto-usa.com and purchase at Sephora stores.

Yves Rocher Culture Bio Nourshing Body Lotion

Yves Rocher Culture Bio Nourshing Body Lotion

Yves Rocher Culture Bio Nourishing Body Lotion ($18 USD on sale now for $9.90) — Immediately soothes feelings of tightness and discomfort. Acacia honey selected by Yves Rocher laboratory for its soothing properties, organic sunflower oil for its nourishing properties, organic chestnut to protect your skin from dehydration and organic oats to stimulate cell renewal. Paraben free. Colouring free. Mineral oil free. 99% of natural origin ingredients.

What I think:  I have been using this line — including a body wash, hand cream and lip balm — in Honey & Organic Muesli.

Available at http://www.yvesrocherusa.com

BeautiControl Color Pure Touch Blush ($20 on sale for $16.90) and Color Impact Eyeshadow ($18 on sale for $14.90) — Blush — A silky-smooth formula so color-rich you’ll be blushing for hours. Glides on evenly, blends seamlessly for a full-color flush that helps minimize small skin imperfections while maximizing your natural radiance. Eye Shadow — Bold eye brilliance that’s never boring. Intense, stay-true color sweeps over lids with a rich, velvety-smooth finish that stays put and feels comfortable all day.  Apply dry for normal wear or wet for added drama and attention.

What I think:  I haven’t tried this mineral makeup brand before and was glad to receive these samples.  Most of my blushes are pink or coral, so I am loving this matte. peachy shade.  Really pretty for summer and very well-pigmented so I think it will be great for fall as well.  The shadows are pretty, but didn’t show up well on me, so I wet them and they are so pretty.  I especially love the Lime.

Available at shop.beauticontrol.com.

What are your favorite new natural beauty brands and products?

Charmsies Iron-On Hair Charms New Today on QVC!

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Charmsies Silver Set

Charmsies Silver Set

Want to try a fun new accessory for your hair?  Charmsies is hitting QVC today August 8, 2014 at 2:15 (ET).   As seen on the Red Carpet and Hot Off the Runway, Hair Charmsies Offer Accessible Glam to QVC!
Charmsies iron-in hair charms are easy to apply – stick it, heat it with a flat iron or curling iron and be charmed!
QVC is scheduled to offer three color choices and within each, customers will get three different styles of ornaments in unique gift boxes. The silver option includes silver stars, iridescent hearts and silver paillettes. The gold set includes gold stars, gold hearts and iridescent rhinestones. The confetti option features hot pink stars, light blue and white stars, as well as purple and silver stars. Each set contains 144 charms and will be offered for $33.00 — but today they are featured at 29.94 per set.
I received Charmsies for my honest review.  Today, I tried them out on my 10-year-old daughter and myself.  They took a little practice, but we both now have sparly charms in our hair!  Olivia has the iridescent hearts and I have a silver mix.  So fun!
Visit http://qvc.co/HairCharmsies to purchase today and http://www.haircharmsies.com to learn more about these great products!

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of July 28th!

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How’s your summer going?  Mine is heating up again and I am on vacation this coming week — yay!  I am going to hang out with my kids before they go back to school the week after.  Fun!

My fave picks this week are all about summer beauty.  From a cool lip balm with SPF, to a sweat-proof foundation, an unscented spray sunscreen, a matte cream bronzer and a refreshing toner — there is something here to help extend your summer fun! Enjoy!

Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Lime Twist

Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Lime Twist

Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Lime Twist ($1.69 USD) — It soothes. It heals. It protects. Discover how this new ultra smooth, extra moisturizing formula makes your lips feel incredible. This fun, fresh new flavor is unlike anything you’ve ever tried before. Tested on family members – not on animals.

What I think:  I have been using Carmex in the pot since the ’90’s and love how it moisturizes my lips.  I didn’t know it came in different flavors and am enjoying the Lime Twist.  It is a refreshing addition to the Carmex line and is perfect for the summer, especially with SPF 15!

Available at mass market retailers near you!

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide ($48 USD) — This ultra-modern, lightweight, long-wear liquid foundation magically blurs imperfections. It is formulated for all skin types, comes in 24 oil-free shades and is designed to be humidity-proof and sweat-proof.  It’s the perfect solution for women who are endlessly searching for a light yet effective foundation that will achieve the “no makeup” makeup look and leave their skin looking flawless!  Magically blurs imperfections for a smooth, seamless complexion. Bi-phase formula activates fresh color with every use.

What I think:  Need an awesome summer foundation that will stay all day?  This is it! It is very light, but covers extremely well and makes my complexion look flawless. I have been testing it in the shade Buff, which is a medium shade, but there are 24 shades to choose from, which is pretty amazing!

Available in July at Sephora and September 2014 nationwide at Laura Mercier retailers

Coola Sport SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen

Coola Sport SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen

Coola Sport SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen ($32 USD, 6 fl. oz.) — Spritz your sunscreen on the go with this clear, unscented continuous spray. Offering broad spectrum SPF 50 protection, this farm to face sourced spray will nourish and hydrate skin with 70%+ certified organic ingredients like Cucumber, Algae and Strawberry Extracts. Also available in SPF 15.

What I think: I love spray sunscreen, but have never tried an unscented one before. I like it because it is sheer and not greasy at all.  And it is nice to get a break from heavily scented sunscreen.  Just spray and go!

Available at http://www.coolasuncare.com

butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer

butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer

butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer ($24 USD) –butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer

What I think:  This matte cream bronzer is an easy way to add some color this summer (or all year ’round).  It is very natural looking.  You can use it all over for a sunny glow.  I like to use it as contour.  I apply it in the hollows of my cheeks and along my jawbone for definition and shadows.  It is easy to build up darker color if you wish.

Available at http://www.butterlondon.com

Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner

Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner

Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner ($25 USD 5 fl. oz.) –This hydrating toner combines alguronic acid with witch hazel and chamomile to tone and soothe skin gently, creating a complexion that appears revitalized, brightened, and softened. The formula replenishes and balances skin’s moisture levels, purifies, and prepares skin to absorb serums and moisturizers more efficiently.

What I think: I love using toners in the summer. I have been keeping this in the refrigerator to keep my skin cool. I have noticed that my kin feels cleaner and softer while using this.

Available at Sephora stores and http://www.sephora.com.

What’s your favorite new product this week?

Freshen Up Your Summer Fragrance With Scents by L’Occitane, Fendi, Katy Perry and Lolita Lempicka

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I don’t really have a signature fragrance and I’m not really looking for one, because I love using new scents.  I think it’s time to switch up my summer scent and try something new.

The four fragrances below all have a floral heart to them and are such a fresh change from the usual beachy summer scents.  I love them all!

 

Rose et Reines Eau de Toilette

Rose et Reines Eau de Toilette

Rose et Reines Eau de Toilette ($50 2.5 fl. oz.) —  Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette is a fresh and velvety fragrance, a floral tale that celebrates the flower of queens. The muses that inspired this fragrance, the four daughters of the Count of Forcalquier, all cherished roses: the flowers that were said to have made them queens.  Their favorite roses – the Grasse rose, Bulgarian rose, Moroccan rose and Turkish rose ̶ are brought together in this precious scent, enhanced by a unique rose extract from Haute-Provence with delicate fruity notes.

The Roses et Reines collection uses rose extract derived through enfleurage, a traditional process made innovative by the L’OCCITANE research team. The freshest of rose petals are steeped in oil, allowing it to become saturated with the natural fragrance of the rose, resulting in a fruitier scent.

Available at usa.loccitane.com

Fan di FENDI Blossom

Fan di FENDI Blossom

Fan di FENDI Blossom ($71 1.7 fl. oz; $86 2.5 fl. oz.) –the new joyful addition to the Fan di FENDI fragrance collection. Inspired by the Japanese Cherry Blossom, a flower that symbolizes the beauty of life and is celebrated with cheerful festivals around the world, the fragrance conveys the delicate bloom and luminosity of the Sakura flower petals.

  • Top Notes: Pink Peppercorns, Nashi Raspberry Accord
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine Absolute, Magnolia, Sakura Blossom Accord
  • Base Notes: Vanilla Accord, White Musk

Available at Macy’s and other fine retailers nationwide, plus online at Macy’s.

Lolita Lempicka Elle L'Aime Eau de Parfum Spray

Lolita Lempicka Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum Spray

Lolita Lempicka Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum Spray ($66 for 2.5 fl. oz.)The Lolita Lempicka Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum is a jewel-like fragrance, and an ode to all-conquering love.  The scent is warm and sensual oriental – floral. It opens with sparkling citrus accords of bergamot, neroli and lime. The heart includes extremely sensual and opulent notes of coconut, jasmine and ylang-ylang. The base consists of sandalwood, vanilla and myrrh.

Available at http://www.amazon.com

Katy Perry Royal Revolution

Katy Perry Royal Revolution

Katy Perry Royal Revolution ($49, 1.7 oz.) — is a tempting and irresistible floral fragrance with tantalizing top notes of pink freesia kissed by the nectar of ruby-red pomegranate captivate the senses. Middle notes of sandalwood balanced with sheer orange flower and velvety jasmine petals create a soft, delicate floral heart guarded by the Mystical Blackthorn. Sexy musk and soft vanilla orchid linger on the skin, ensuring an unrivaled and unforgettable dry-down.

Available at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com.

What scent are you wearing this summer?

 

Freshen Up Your Summer Look With Products By Tarte, Pur Minerals, Mineral Fusion and Jane Iredale

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I get tired of turning to the same products all of the time.  When I think that my look has become predictable, I like to change it up. I’ve been trying out some great new makeup from some of my favorite brands — tarte, Pur Minerals, Mineral Fusion and Jane Iredale — and I am loving my new look!

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 USD) — Turn back the hands of time with tarte’s new timeless smoothing and filling primer formulated to fade out your biggest beauty boundaries such as large pores, fine lines and wrinkles. The antioxidant-rich formula infused with vitamins C & E and green bean extract gently melts into the skin delivering a surge of moisture, peptides and other naturally-derived elixirs for a firmer, smoother appearance. You’ll love the lightweight texture and fresh powder scent as it provides the perfect blank canvas to enhance the look and wear time of makeup. It can also be worn alone as part of your skincare regimen, blurring out skin imperfections and signs of aging for a flawless, soft-focus finish.

What I think: I love the new blurring primers and this one is exceptionally good! Just a little evens my skin tone and smooths lines and the appearance of pores.  Perfect under makeup or by itself, for a fresh, polished look.

Available at http://www.tartecosmetics.com

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette ($38 USD) —  Inspired by the deep orchid hues of the Rainforest at dusk, this palette has everything you need to create sultry, sophisticated looks to take you from day to night. Each pigmented, flattering shade is infused with colored clay, which naturally color-corrects as it helps control oil for longer, truer wear. This next generation ingredient from the mountainous regions of Brazil brightens, evens and soothes skin while the velvety formula glides on and delivers rich color without settling into fine lines or wrinkles.

New limited-edition and iconic shades inspired by sultry Amazonian adventures include:

• bare to explore (pink beige)
• make a mauve (plum mauve)
• plum away with me (dark plum)
• up to no gold (gold)
• tan-gled up in you (tan)
• don’t turn a-brown (dark brown)
• unleashed (nude rose blush)
• champagne (highlighter)
• park ave princess™ (bronzer)

What I think: This gorgeous palette will give you great day and night looks.  The eye shadows are so flattering and will work well now, and as we go into fall. Plus, Park Avenue Princess is one of my all-time favorite bronzers.  It’s a subtle, lighter shade, but is really pretty on!

Available at http://www.tartecosmetics.com

Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara in Black

Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara in Black

Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara in Black ($20 USD) — Fortified with Argan Oil, this game-changing mascara formula envelops lashes in nourishing, knockout colour with endless build and dewy sheen. And with our exclusive, clump-resistant mascara wand, getting smooth, evenly coated lashes is easy — even in tough inner corners! Now, that’s a stroke of genius.

What I think: I love trying new mascaras!  I love that this has Argan Oil in it.  The brush is molded plastic and is medium-sized.  I tried it and — wow!  I noticed instant separation and length and since it is very buildable, in a couple of coats I had tons of volume as well.  It is so good — and good for my lashes!

Available at www.purminerals.com

Mineral Fusion Lip Tints

Mineral Fusion Lip Tints

Mineral Fusion Lip Tints ($9.99 USD ) — This sheer, hydrating formula composed of natural ingredients smoothes lips with moisturizing cocoa butter while delivering vibrant color with staying power. Its sleek automatic packaging allows for easy application, buildable color and an always-rich pout for chic, on-the-go women. The lip-firming peptide locks in moisture for luscious lips and a perky pout while the natural Vanilla Mint flavor leaves fresh breath for any occasion.

What I think: I have been testing this in the shade Glisten, which is a shimmering nude.  The vanilla mint flavor is tasty and the color is sheer and pretty.  I like this as an everyday lip color since it moisturizes and does not dry out the lips.

Available at http://www.dermstore.com

Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss Tangerine

Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss Tangerine

Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss Tangerine ($24 USD) — If you’d rather have a gloss than a tint, this is perfect! This has a luxurious formula that feels lusciously creamy on the lips with Moringa butter and avocado oil that make lips feel conditioned, moisturized, quenched and nourished. It is remarkably long‐lasting and is free of petroleum‐based products.

What I think: I do love my lip gloss!  This is such a pretty soft, coral and it’s perfect for the summer.  The gloss itself does last a long time and is makes my lips soft — and isn’t sticky.  Yay!

Purchase at shop.janeiredale.com

 

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