December is getting colder in Kansas City, and it might even snow a little this week! I’m so happy that it’s finally a bit chilly outside.
For my favorite products this week, I have been loving an effective eye treatment, a healthy snack and natural skin care. Here are my faves:
Anjali MD Laser Eye Lift ($99 USD) —is a breakthrough scientific innovation with immediate results.Bags and puffiness are reduced within minutes, revealing a refreshed, younger appearance.
A revolutionary, innovative formula combines Neurotransmitters, Energized Minerals, SNAP-8, Glycosaminoglycans and Hyaluronic Acid to reduce bags and puffiness and improve eye wrinkles. A warming sensation ensues. Laser Lifting Complex™ lifts and tightens fatigued skin, while collagen and the molecular matrix rebuild for long-term visible results. Eyes immediately appear refreshed, rested and younger.
What I think: This is an amazing eye cream to use day and night. When I apply it, my eyes instantly look lifted. I apply it around my eye and it is so hydrating! I like how my eyes look right away, but I am also looking forward to the long-term benefits.
Sensible Portions has created the perfect thing to get snack time poppin’ with brand new Poppin’ Peas ($3.19 USD). This delicious snack is non-GMO, gluten free and a good source of dietary fiber. Pea is the first ingredient. Available in two tasty flavors, Sea Salt and Sour Cream & Onion. Sea Salt has only 5 simple ingredients. Contains only 4g of fat (50 percent less fat than the leading potato chip). Contains no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Smart Snacks in Schools compliant.
What I think: My daughter and I really liked this healthy snack, especially the Sea Salt flavor. It tastes like peas, but it’s a little, airy puff. They are super addicting!
Available in 4 oz. bags at Hy-Vee and Woodman’s Markets
Green Goo Deodorant Travel Stick Lavender and Thyme
Green Goo Nourishing Lip Balms
Green Goo Deodorant Travel Stick Lavender and Thyme ($5.95 .6 oz) — Finally natural deodorant that works! Stay fresh all day. Aluminum-Free and propylene glycol-free. Infused with Calendula and Chamomile Flowers are gentle for the skin and the power of Aluminum-free baking soda and arrowroot keep you fresh. Comes in two sizes: Regular Stick and Travel Stick.
Green Goo Nourishing Lip Balms ($4.25 USD) — Green Goo lip balms create lush, hydrated lips by not only soothing dry, chapped skin, but also nourishing damaged lips for long lasting effects. All of the lips balms contain a high concentration of Calendula Flowers infused in specific organic oils that emulate the body’s natural chemistry. This unique blend naturally increases the cells’ ability to absorb water making for fuller, more nourished lips.
What I think: I’m not a natural deodorant girl, but I gave it to someone who is and she really likes it. It works well and smells really nice.
The lip balm is amazing! I have it in the Kiss On flavor, which nourishes my dry lips. It’s also supposed to be an aphrodisiac, so we’ll see!
November was National Healthy Skin Month, but it is so important to take care of your skin all year round!
I have a LOT of gorgeous skincare and other products to review, so enjoy!
goop Skincare by Juice Beauty ($90 to $140 USD) — Gwyneth Paltrow’s line, goop skincare, is a high performance age-defying skincare collection that merges luxury formulas with certified organic ingredients sans sulfates. goop skincare nourishes skin with powerful organic ingredients infused into high-tech formulas that deliver immediate and ongoing results. The mindfully designed collection debuts with a range of six age-defying skincare solutions made with plant-based juices to rejuvenate skin and all are formulated with certified organic ingredients.
m-61 Power Cleanse — ($34 USD) This sulfate, paraben, gluten and synthetic fragrance-free pore-purifying facial cleanser boasts glycolic acid (4.3%), tea tree extract and vitamin B5 to eliminates dead surface skin cells and bacteria from pores, while fighting blemishes and soothing irritation.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Facial Oil SPF 30 ($19.99 USD) — Combines the hydrating power of essential oils with broad spectrum SPF 30 to moisturize skin. Lightweight and non-greasy, this facial oil nourishes aging skin back to radiance by adding natural oil that can be lost as skin matures. Absorbs quickly to instantly moisturize, nourish and strengthen mature skin.
Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Soft Cream ($76 1.7 oz) — This anti-wrinkle, firming moisturizer is a part of Caudalie’s best-selling Resveratrol Lift Collection – products made with a molecule, co-patented by Caudalie and Harvard Medical School, to reverse visible signs of aging. Its formula is powered by a trademark combination of Stabilizied Vine Resveratrol and Micro-Hyaluronic Acid. Advanced phospholipid technology provides a multi-layer, extended-release delivery system to disperse active ingredients throughout the day. The cream has a covetable lightweight texture, and it’s designed with soft focus pigments and mattifying powders for easy wear under makeup.
Dermactin- TS 2 Step Hydro Gel Mask Vitamin A ($5.99 USD) — an intensive skin moisturizing mask that helps improve signs of aging with a Vitamin A boost. Start by massaging the desired amount of Vitamin A Concentrated Skin Serum evenly over the facial area. Next, thoroughly clean and dry face, then apply Hydro Gel Mask for 15-20 minutes, resulting in youthful, moisturized skin.
Available at Sally Beauty or online at SallyBeauty.com
Lune + Aster BB Cream SPF 30 ($44 USD) — This lightweight, breathable moisturizing tint covers imperfections and evens skin tone. SPF 30 protects from UVA and UVB rays while vitamin E, goji berry and apple seed extract deliver antioxidants to promote a healthy glow. Phthalate & paraben free, made without animal testing and Dermatologist tested.
bliss fabgirlslim hide & ‘glow’ sleek firming tinted body spray ($38 USD) — Want an instant glow without risking skin damage via sun’s damaging rays? Bliss brings you the only firming tinted body spray that powerfully firms and tones skin with use over time, while also hiding the appearance of cellulite and providing a beautiful glow in seconds.
Shaveworks Pearl Polish Dual-Action Body Oil ($28 USD) — This sulfate and paraben-free body oil is both a gentle cleanser and sumptuous shave oil. When mixed with water this rich oil gently foams into a luxe, milky texture, without any greasy residue, leaving the skin touchably soft and scented with notes of ginger, lavender and vanilla. As a shave oil, it conditions and nourishes skin to give you the optimal glide for a close, smooth shave.
Available at Anthony.com
Wanderer Hydrating Sage and Black Pepper Hair & Scalp Shampoo and Conditioner ($9.50 each or $15 for both 8 fl. oz.) — Hydrate your hair without stripping away natural oils from sulfates, parabens, and synthetic dyes. The shampoo’s sulfate-free formula is made with Lemongrass Extract to help support scalp and hair follicle health for strong, thick hair. The Balm Mint Extract will soothe the scalp as you lather, leaving you with a cool mint tingle and healthy looking hair. The conditioner contains Chamomile Flower Extract and Hydrolyzed Pea Protein for lightweight hydration without the greasy feel.
Still looking for that perfect gift? There are so many great, unusual gifts out there that are perfect for the amazing people on your list!
Below is a natural beauty subscription box, a gorgeous watch and classic cookies. They would all make great gifts:
Goodbeing is a trial and discovery service providing expertly curated, trial sized healthy beauty (ie: screened for less than healthy ingredients), personal care and natural wellness products.
Not your average beauty subscription service, Goodbeing rigorously pre-screens every product, ensuring only cleaner, high performance beauty & wellness products make the cut. What’s more, Goodbeing customizes more heavily than most – allowing members to opt in or out of entire categories of products and to specify their unique skin, hair & makeup needs and preferences for a truly personalized experience.
Goodbeing allows members to choose their box type – All Beauty, All Wellness (coming soon) or a Combo Box and allows members to choose 1-2 of the items they receive each month, or, they can opt out to retain the surprise.
With plans as low as $5.95 per month (new A Little Goodbeing option launching soon) to $21 a month (standard Goodbeing monthly plan) it’s ideal for holiday giving.
Malt Shop Cookies (in tins from $24.99 to $39.99) Malted Milk is best known as that sweet, finishing touch flavor that gave birth to every Malt Shop, Soda Fountain, Diner and Lunch Counter all across the USA. But Malted Milk also acts as its own all natural, preservative. No artificial stuff needed. So your cookies stay soft and fresh. And yes, all of the cookies are completely all natural.
Each order will arrive at the recipient’s doorstep in a beautiful gift bag or gift tin that has been completely customized by you with a picture and message that’s right on The Gift bag or Gift Tin. Send photos of you, the kids, the dog, the cat –whatever you like. Then let the Malted Milk cookies do the rest.
MaltShopCookies are currently available in three unique flavors:
• Double Chocolate with Malted Milk
• Chocolate Chip with Malted Milk
• Mocha Chocolate with Malted Milk
I think beautiful makeup kits are such exciting gifts to get! Holiday packaging is so gorgeous and collections of our faves are so enticing.
Below are a few of the amazing sets from three of my fave brands; Cargo Cosmetics, Mally Beauty and Lipstick Queen:
Cargo Cosmetics The Limited Edition Chill in the Six Swimmables™ Eye Pencil Kit ($25 USD) Pictured above. It features the signature, ultra-creamy and richly pigmented formula that glides on effortlessly for precise lining and stays put through a snowstorm or a happy tear shed on New Year’s Eve. Once set, these liners are completely smudge proof and won’t budge until you decide to take them off.The shades are “Black Sea” (Black), “Karon Beach” (Purple), “Pebble Beach” (Brown) and “Loch Ness” (Navy)
The Limited Edition Chill in the Six Eye Shadow Palette ($34 USD) is inspired by a wintry, snow-filled night in the Canadian city. This versatile 12 pan eye shadow palette includes cool toned purples, blues and silver shadows that you can find in Toronto’s cityscape. Rich shades of neutral browns and warm maple are also thrown into the mix as a nod to the city’s architecture and iconic maple leaves. Shades are laid out as duos and quads allowing for quick and easy day or night looks. The palette is packed with 12 wearable shades, 1 Eye Pencil in Black and 1 dual ended brush.
Mally Beauty Evercolor Gel Waterproof Liner Ten Piece Library ($45 USD) — Shown above. A collection of ten coveted eyeliners that blend beautifully together to create impeccable looks for day, night and everything in between. Shades include: Amber, Deep Sage, Gold Glimmer, Graphite, Hazelnut, Iris, Onyx, Shadow, Sterling and Walnut. Available at: www.QVC.com
Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner Trio ($18 USD) — This trio of beautiful pencils are Mally’s go-to eye brighteners. Use these shades to create festive holiday looks that will last the whole night. Shades include: Midnight, Milk Chocolate and Sailor. Available at: Ulta stores and www.ULTA.com
Mally Beauty H3 Lipgloss Trio ($25 USD) – Designed to give your lips a smooth finish while nourishing them with a triple punch of moisture, the formula is glossy, yet light, giving you the perfois shine every time. Shades include: Orchid Berry, Perfect Nude and Tea Rose. Available at: Ulta stores and www.ULTA.com
Mally Beauty High Shine Liquid Lipstick Five Piece Collection ($32 USD) — These lipsticks provide the right amount of color and gloss, giving you a polished pout. Color glides on easily and stays put for those long holiday nights.
Shades include: Blossom, Must Have Pink, Nude Light, Orchid and Sweet Berry. Available at: www.QVC.com
Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra Five Piece Collection ($39 USD) — All of your holiday eye shadow looks are included this one set. This collection features wearable, buildable shades, that will take your makeup from day to evening in seconds.Shades include: Bliss, Brownstone, Mahogany, Moonlight and Timeless Taupe. Where to Buy: ULTA stores, www.ULTA.com and www.QVC.com
Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Story ($45 USD) — Shown above. The best-selling Frog Prince lipstick is a remarkable emerald green lipstick that transforms into magical rosebud upon contact with the lips. It’s made with our proprietary unique pigment, which reacts to the warmth of your lips to turn them a pretty, fairy tale rose. No two pairs of lips will look the same as it adapts according to your pH and natural colouring appearing entirely different yet beautifully flattering on everyone.
Now all three are available in a set for the holidays This limited edition set in a beautiful storybook carton makes the perfect gift for you or for the lipstick queen in your life.
Lipstick Queen Best Sellers Minis ($25 USD) — Three of their top-selling lip transformers are available for the first time in adorable mini sizes, at great value. This limited edition set makes a wonderful stocking Filler. One set for you, one for a friend!
Lipstick Queen Smokey Lip Kit (Pinky Nude)($35 USD) — You loved the Smokey Eye…now discover the Smokey Lip. A sexy new take on a classic look. Start with a Sinner shade, and then layer Black Lace Rabbit on top to transform the shade into a sexier lip.
It’s Cyber Monday! Have you been picking up some great beauty deals? I know there are great ones out there.
Here are some steals to consider while you are enjoying the online sales:
NEW from Vendome Beaute is this holiday season’s perfect stocking stuffer, rosewater eyeshadows, now at 40% off for today only! Vendome Beaute just hit the scene and is quickly becoming this season’s beauty must have with its botanical-infused color line, that goes on velvety smooth to create the perfect look for any occasion. The rosewater infused eyeshadows are highly pigmented and finely milled to give an all-around luxurious look and feel. Any makeup lover will adore a customized combination of the single eyeshadows. Vendome Beaute offers 33 striking hues, that allow you to mix and match colors to create a gift that is tailored to your specific Vendome girl. Each single eyeshadow is 40% off original retail of $26.00 and can be purchased on Amazon.com
Receive 25% off all Macadamia Professional products on MacadamiaHair.com with the code GIFT25 only on Cyber Monday.
Receive 25% off all éprouvage products on eprouvage.com with the code HOLIDAY25
For a limited time, PHYTO will be offering 40% OFF your entire purchase on Phyto.com
Play footsie and get tickled pink in these must-have, cozy pom-pom socks! Your gift with any fragrance purchase of $49.00 or more at Ulta.com, from the ARIANA GRANDE fragrance collection.
Juara, the Indonesian-inspired, botanical skincare brand, will offer a BUY 2 PRODUCTS, GET 1 FREE promotion on juaraskincare.com. Bonus: Free shipping on all orders.
Votre Vu, known for its botanically activated skincare and makeup (with delightfully rich aromatic profiles), will offer 20% ALL products site wide. And orders over $75 will receive a FREE FULL SIZED Eiffel Power mascara. Go to votrevu.com.
I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I spent it with family and had a great time!
I have been doing a little shopping, but I still have a lot to do for Christmas. Below are my fave items that I have received for my honest review this week. They would all make great gifts, or just given to yourself for a treat. They are:
HSI Professional Glider Straightening Heated Brush ($129.00 USD) — The Glider Straightening Brush features an ionic ceramic tourmaline-infused hot plate that uses 4 HeatBalance® microsensors to regulate the temperature and evenly distribute heat so that fewer passes are needed through your precious hair.
That’s the best way to get frizz-free silky results that shine while protecting your hair cuticles from overheat exposure. Plus, the plate heats up in seconds so you don’t have to lose any time while adjusting the temperature setting via the digital display between 350-450°F to suit your particular hair type and texture.
What I think: This is not only so cool, it is very easy to use! I have been wanting to try a heated brush, I thought it looked like a fast way to style hair. And it is! Once I heat it up, I just pass it slowly through my hair. It straightens my hair without leaving it flat. It isn’t stick straight, just smooth and very pretty. I definitely recommend this for mornings that you want to brush your hair and go, but get a style too.
Ellis Faas Hot Lips L408 – BABY PINK ($35 USD) –Hot Lips is Ellis’ latest revolutionary texture for the lips. Because it’s absolutely packed with pigment, you’ll only need a tiny bit of the non-greasy Hot Lips to add vibrant colour. Hot Lips are extremely longwearing, without the risk of drying out your lips. A little goes a very long way!
Ellis Faas Glazed Lips L308 – Sheer Soft Pink ($35 USD) — A highly-pigmented lip-gloss for an ultra-wet, yet long-lasting splash of colour that combines transparency and intensity. Non-sticky, so providing superior comfort both in application and on the lips. Plant seed oils improve hydration and protect your lips.
What I think: Ellis Faas makeup is so cool! These come in a silver bullet and twist up to reveal gorgeous lip color. The Hot Lips is an opaque lip color and can be used as a stain. The Glazed Lips is a sheer gloss that looks great alone or over other lip products. Both are very luxe and gorgeous!
Jason Smoothing Coconut Body Wash Virgin Coconut Oil
JĀSÖN Smoothing Coconut Oil
Jason Smoothing Coconut Body Wash Virgin Coconut Oil ($15.75 USD) –An ultra-moisturizing wash that gently cleans with botanical cleansers and deeply nourishes with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. Its formula is packed with virgin Coconut Oil, which is rich in hydrating Vitamin E and antioxidant polyphenols, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth all over.
JĀSÖN Smoothing Coconut Oil ($10.99 USD)An unrefined, 100% organic Coconut Oil with a wide range of benefits. This multi-purpose product is rich in nourishing Vitamin E and antioxidant polyphenols, delivering unparalleled care to your skin, hair and nails.
What I think: These natural coconut products are perfect for those who need hydration. The body wash has a very natural coconut scent and leaves skin so soft after washing. The coconut oil is in a big jar and can hydrate skin, hair and nails. So nice!