Memorial Day Beauty Must Haves!

It’s crazy to think that it’s almost summer!  My kids got out of school this week and it’s now time to celebrate with a nice long holiday weekend!

Here are some amazing beauty products that will help you look and feel amazing throughout this weekend and summer!

Any patriotic holiday is a free pass for wearing red lipstick by the pool. Take full advantage of the occasion with Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick in Gladiola ($29, This lipstick is infused with watermelon fruit extract which helps provide immediate, long-term moisture while imparting a plumping effect to give the appearance of full, lush lips.

It’s inevitable, you’ll be sweating this Memorial Day. A product worth stashing in your purse is Mehron Skin Prep Pro ($13, Used under the most extreme weather conditions, skin feels and continues to look fresh.

When the forecast calls for major humidity, you need a power product such as The Mane Choice Pink Lemonade & Coconut Super Anti-Oxidant & Texture Beautifier Curl Boosting Sherbet ($14.99, and Walmart). Formulated to boost curls and fight frizz, the cream defines and shapes your tresses leaving long lasting shine.

Don’t forget to protect your lips! Try opting for an SPF chapstick that’ll give your lips a hydrated glow without the risk of attracting harmful UV rays. The Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Lip Balm Mineral Sunscreen SPF 15 ($12, is infused with coconut oil and moisturizing botanicals to help condition and smooth the lips.

What are your favorite beauty products for the warmer weather?


Ahoy! Its LORAC limited-edition Pirates of the Caribbean Collection

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Collection

Get some #piratebeauty inspiration from LORAC Los Angeles ahead of the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales release this Friday!

With the stars as your guide, set out on a beauty adventure with the new LORAC Los Angeles limited-edition Pirates of the Caribbean collection. Featuring a PRO Eye Shadow Palette and Cheek Palette, as well as six brand-new double-ended lip colors, each item will help you decode beauty mysteries as you set off on a journey full of uncharted brilliance.

I think from the photos this collection looks gorgeous! The shadows have so many gorgeous shades, I think the array of fresh colors will be perfect for spring and summer looks.  The cheek palette is so pretty, too!  It has a nice combo of blushes and highlighters.

And oh those lippies!  Here is a photo of the group:

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Mod Lip Cream Duo

I think they are all beautiful and would wear most of them.  Heck, I would wear all of them, LOVE!

I may be receiving products to review and will let you know what I think if I do.

Here are photos of the eye and cheek palettes:

Eyeshadow Palette Closed


Eyeshadow Palette Open
Cheek Palette Closed
Cheek Palette Open


Want to create your own oceanic-inspired look? Check out YouTube star Jenn Im’s step-by-step tutorial which features several shades from the PRO Eye Shadow Palette.

What do you think about this collection?  Do you love the packaging and colors?


My Beauty Favorites — Week of May 15-21, 2017

It’s been a stormy week in Kansas City, but it’s sunny today!  That makes me think of summer and gorgeous summer makeup!

My favorites this week include new launches from essence cosmetics, Miracle Skin Transformer and Pur Cosmetics.  These products will keep skin glowing and nails shimmering throughout summer:

essence cosmetics Out of Space Stories Nail Polish Collection


Out of this world! Introducing the Out of Space Stories Nail Polish Collection ($2.99 USD) by essence cosmetics. These holographic, iridescent and metallic nail polishes are available in 7 bright colors perfect for an intergalactic adventure.

What I think:  These are really fun polishes!  Great for fingers and toes.  They go on smoothly and last a week with a base and top coat.  And they are an affordable option if you’d like to try a holo or other sparkly polish!

Purchase at!

Miracle Skin Transformer Pure Reflection Fluid Finish Foundation

Miracle Skin Transformer Pure Reflection Fluid Finish Foundation ($36 USD) —  a color solution with an emphasis on skin, and feature Chroma-Quench, a fusion of peptides to support & strengthen, humectants to draw and bind water for natural hydration, light-reflecting particles and pigment, allowing you to create a cocktail for customized complexion solutions.

What I think: This hydrating foundation smells like a margarita!  At least it does to me.  It applies really smoothly and I’d say it has a medium coverage.  It feels so light on, it will be perfect for summer.  I don’t like to wear anything heavy on my face when it gets hot out, and this will be perfect!  Available in two shades Buff/Light and Honey/Medium.

Available at

Pur Cosmetics Bronze Your Selfie Skin-Perfecting Face and Body Liquid Bronzer ($26 USD) — Bronze your selfie with liquid gold and added radiance for your entire body. This liquid bronzer veils the skin in PÜR’s skin nourishing and perfecting Energy Complex and a prismatic, imperfection blurring bronzer technology that gives a natural sexy sun-kissed hue. This versatile formula can be worn alone or with makeup and on both the face and body. It easily smooths onto skin and locks into place for long-lasting tropical radiance.

Pur Cosmetics Make It Matte Oil Mattifying Blotting Stick ($26 USD) — Oily skin has finally met its matte. This versatile blotting stick instantly mattifies and perfects without over drying the skin, leaving you with a shine-free look that’s comfortable. Use it before makeup application as a mattifying primer or on-the-go for touchups throughout the day. Breakthrough shine doesn’t stand a chance!

What I think: The bronzer has a slight shimmer to it and it is a really pretty golden color.  I think it’s perfect for arms and legs to smooth skin or enhance a tan.  the blotting stick will be perfect for when it gets hot and humid in KC.  It helps skin stay matte all day.  It works well under makeup or on it’s own for a natural look.

Purchase at

What new products have you been loving this week?



New Natural Beauty For Your Skin, Hair and Body

Natural beauty products are such a great way to take care of skin, hair and body!  I love feeling good about the products I use.

I was sent the below products from the brands Skinerals, Live Clean and My Skin & Co to review for my honest opinion:

Skinerals Radiant Opaline Facial Toner

Skinerals Radiant Opaline Facial Toner ($19.99 USD) — Skinerals Organic Radiant Opaline Facial Toner is designed for all skin types and ideal for daily use to prevent allergic reactions and skin irritations. After each use, your skin will be left smoother, fresher and toned. We only use premium natural plant-based oils, essential oil blends, fruit and plant extracts.

What I think: I love this for my sensitive skin. It helps with irritation and smooths my skin.  I use it twice a day after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Live Clean Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo ($5.99 USD) — gently cleanses with an SLS/Sulfate free formula enriched with 100% pure Argan Oil and certified organic grape seed and olive oils for enhanced long term conditioning, shine and UV protection. The Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil collection is a premium daily restorative treatment line of hair & skin care products that repairs, re-nourishes and replenishes all hair & skin types.

Live Clean Argan Oil Restorative Conditioner ($5.99 USD) — hydrates & nourishes without adding any weight. Our formula is enriched with 100% pure Argan Oil and certified organic grape seed and olive oils for enhanced long term conditioning, shine and UV protection. The Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil collection is a premium daily restorative treatment line of hair & skin care products that repairs, re-nourishes and replenishes all hair & skin types.

Live Clean Fresh Water Hydrating Body Wash ($5.99 USD) — infused with certified organic botanicals to gently cleanse and moisturize leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. Further enriched with vitamin E and Hyaluronate to moisturize skin from the inside out for a smooth and radiant appearance.

What I think: I color my hair, so sulfate free hair care is important to keep the color fresh.  This shampoo and conditioner does that, and really hydrates my hair!

The body wash has a fresh scent.  Its incredibly hydrating and leaves skin soft.

Purchase the shampoo and conditioner at Target and the body was at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

My Skin & Co Liquid Treatment

My Skin & Co Liquid Treatment ($29.95 USD) — My Skin Liquid Treatment is made with Organic Tea Tree Oil  and White and Black Willow Bark for the eradication of ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

What I think:  This liquid is a really nice treatment for after shaving.  It helps with my razor bumps.  I don’t really get ingrown hairs, but I like having this on hand if I do.

My Skin & Co also has other treatments such as a roll on liquid and cream treatments.  Learn more and purchase at

What natural products do you love?

Ulta Mother’s Day Haul

My kids gave me an Ulta gift card as a part of my Mother’s Day gifts this year.  I don’t usually shop a lot for makeup since I receive a lot of fun products to review.

I was excited to grab some things I needed — and I got a fun free gift, too!

The items that I purchased was the Real Techniques 203 Tapered Shadow brush, The Ulta Beauty Matte Eye Primer and the Ulta Beauty Juice Infused Lip Oil in Green Tea + Avacado.

Ulta Beauty had a gift with purchase, too.  It’s a deluxe Palette with any $16.50 ULTA Beauty Cosmetics, Brushes, and Beauty Tools purchase (offer valid 5/14/17-6/3/17 or while supplies last).  Here’s the palette:

Gift includes:

  • Eyeshadow in 24 shades (0.46 oz)
  • Color Rush Lip Gloss in Brigitte and Proper (0.04 oz each)
  • Matte Lip Cream (0.04 oz)
  • Blush (0.16 oz)
  • Face Powder (0.16 oz)
  • Eyeliner Pencil in Black/Brown (0.02 oz)

I’ve been playing with the palette and really like it.  There are lots of fun eyeshadows.  I find the mattes more pigmented than the glitters or shimmers, but they can be layered on for a deeper color.  The highlighter, blushes and bronzer are highly pigmented and are very pretty on my fair skin.  I like the blush brush that comes with it.  The lip colors are bright.  I like to wear softer lip colors, but they are nice.  I am going to take this with me on my summer trip for my eyeshadows and face color.  It will come in very handy.

Real Techniques Bold Metals 203 Tapered Shadow Brush ($12.99 USD) is densely packed and precision cut for blending shadow into the crease and eyelid for a seamless finish.

I lost my all over eyes hadow brush, so I needed a replacement.  This picks up the pigment well and blends okay.  I think it will work for now.   The handle is nice and has a good weight to it.

Ulta Beauty Juice Infused Lip Oil in Green Tea + Avocado ($9 USD) — Ulta’s Juice Infused Lip Oil is a luxurious lip oil infused with a combination of natural ingredients that nourish and smooth your lips. Each of the shades offer separate ingredient benefits providing a combination of lip mending properties. The Juice Infused Lip Oils do not have any color once applied; they apply clear.

I like this very much.  It has a fresh flavor and is very hydrating on.  I wear lots of lip balms and oils and this is a good one!  I’ll probably try some of the other flavors later.

Ulta Nude Matte Eye Primer ($12 USD) — Ulta’s Eye Primer is a must have product for a crease fee look that lasts all day! Use this exclusive eye primer under eyeshadow to prolong wear and eliminate creasing. Can be used with virtually any eyeshadow formula – powder, gel, mousse, loose pigment, you name it!

I haven’t used this yet, but I will tomorrow.  I let you know if it’s awesome!

Have you picked up any Ulta Beauty products lately, or anything else from Ulta?




My Beauty Favorites — Week of May 7-14, 2017


Happy Mother’s Day! That is a photo of my Mother’s Day breakfast!  I’m so lucky to have such amazing daughters!

Today, in honor of Mother’s day, I am going to post about new (to me) makeup products I’ve tested and loved.  I love trying new makeup!  These are from the brands Models Own, ybf beauty and Maybelline New York:

Models Own Dare to Bare Eyeshadow Palette ($17.99 USD) — It’s time for a nude awakening with this Models Own Barely There Eyeshadow Palette. From weekdays to weekends, this is all you need to transform the everyday. With the brush, apply dusky pinks, soft nudes and creamy browns for a truly natural look.

Models Own Now Brow! Kit ($14.99 USD) — Raise eyebrows with this all-in-one Models Own Now Brow! Kit that includes wax, highlighter, powder, and two precision brushes. This is everything you need to make an impact.

Models Own Luxestick Velvet Lipstick ($8.99 USD) — Get lippy with this Models Own Luxestick Velvet Lipstick with true staying power. Apply with a precision lip brush for a pout that will truly seal the deal.

What I think:  I love the bright packaging from the UK brand. The eyeshadow palette is so pretty, the colors are soft, but are pigmented well.  The brow kit is such a nice tool to have!  It colors and tames my crazy brows.  The lipstick also has great pigment and feels very light on my lips.  It’s has a satin texture.

Models own is available exclusively at Ulta and

ybf beauty neutralizing crème ($25 USD) — This is truly your “perfection in a pot”! Neutral is good, especially when it comes to evening out your skin tone, that’s why we created neutralizing crème, a soft lemony yellow, nourishing second skin. You will love how smoothly this crème glides on your pretty face! It helps color-neutralize the appearance of redness and softens the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. It’s a mistake-proof way to create an even, youthful-looking, moisturized appearance as it brightens and adds light to your gorgeous complexion.

ybf beauty lovely liquid lustrous lippies ($22.80 USD) — Love the life you live and the luscious lips you have, girlfriend! How do we love lipstick here at ybf? Oh, let us count the ways!!! We believe your lippies should be the center of attention – and with this new fluid lipstick formula, we’re fulfilling every lippies’s dream – in four brand new colours! Combining the benefits of a moisturizing lipstick with the high-shine of a gloss for an unmissable, kissable pout!

ybf beauty deLIPcious 5-piece lip collection ($28.80 USD) — Luscious lippie flavors combined with gorgeous shades? It’s all yours, girlfriend! From fresh fuchsia to the perfect neutral nude, this collection of lipsticks keeps your lips looking soft and supple while providing absolutely beautiful color. New colors include magnolia-licious (creamy nude), hydrangea-licious (coral pink), azalea-licious (fresh fuchsia), primrosa-licious (natural soft pink), and iris-licious (brilliant burgundy)

What I think:  The neutralizing crème helps with redness, which I have in my cheeks.  It blends nicely and makes a smooth canvas for my foundation.  The lippies are so pretty on!  I have the duo above, the berries lippie shade duo.  I usually go for lighter colors, but these are pretty for going out!  And speaking of lighter colors, the magnolia-licious shade in the lipstick set is my favorite!  I wear it for daytime, it’s so soft and goes with everything!

Available at

Maybelline New York The 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99 USD) — This 12-shade eyeshadow palette features dazzling colors infused with metallic gold pigments. From sparkling gold and shimmering nude to gilded smoke and aubergine spark, this makeup palette is perfect for creating versatile eye looks.

Maybelline New York The Colossal Big Shot Mascara ($8.49 USD) — Unleash girl boss lashes with Colossal Big Shot, for fully loaded volume in one coat. The Big Shot brush features unique, wavy bristles that cradle lashes, while the collagen formula delivers bold volume. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers.

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes ($7.49 USD) — Maybelline’s creamiest mattes. Warmer, more sensational nudes for every skin tone. Pucker up to radiant, confident color that highlights one’s natural beauty.

What I think:  Maybelline eye shadow palettes are both affordable and gorgeous!  These colors are shimmery and fun for the warm weather.  I love wearing golds and bronzes in the summer with pops of color!  The mascara gifts my tiny lashes volume and length and doesn’t flake into my sensitive eyes.  And I LOVE the matte lipsticks.  They are so hydrating and wear really well on.  Plus, there’s a shade for  all skin tones.

Purchase at mass market retailers

I hope you are all having a great day!



IT Cosmetics IT’s Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs! 5-Piece Collection — QVC Today’s Special Value!

IT Cosmetics™ IT’s Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs! 5-Piece Collection is Today’s Special Value on QVC For May 12th! The deal is $79.98(+S&H: $3.00) or 6 Easy Pays of $13.33! The value is $207.  Amazing price!

This exclusive 5-piece collection celebrates the two words that have been at the heart of IT Cosmetics since the beginning: BYE BYE! Experience what IT’s all about with one new game-changing innovation, one award-winning bestseller now available in new shades, two revolutionary skincare essentials, plus a must-have brush that does the work for you! The products include:

  • 1-fl oz Bye Bye Lines Serum
  • 2.82-oz Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm
  • 0.28-fl oz Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer
  • 0.31-oz Bye Bye Pores Illumination
  • Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush

Say Bye Bye to the look of imperfections. These five innovative breakthrough products cleanse, treat, and perfect for your most beautiful skin.

Bye Bye Lines is your advanced antiaging serum, a revolutionary treatment developed to give you 10 powerful results in just 10 days! This weightless serum helps visibly minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving you the look of smoother, brighter, younger-looking skin.

Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination is your full-coverage, antiaging concealer that’s formulated to never crease or crack, to help skin look younger instead of older. Now in six shades, Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination is formulated with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, and vitamins A, C, and E to treat your skin. It’s illumination without glitter or shimmer!

Bye Bye Pores Illumination is your pressed allover finishing powder. With the custom-cut Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush, application is effortless!

And wash the day away with Bye Bye Makeup, your sulfate-free cleanser, instant makeup remover, and softening serum in one step!

What I think:  I have tried all of these, except for the new Bye Bye Pores Illumination before this deal.  I have tried it now and really like it!  It gives my skin a glow.  I don’t use it all over, because it is like a highlighter on, but I brush it in my cheeks and nose to set my makeup an give a nice glow!

The concealer is my holy grail and I use it often. The primer is light and sinks right in the skin.  It leaves my skin glowing!  I can’t use the cleanser because it irritates my eyes, but my daughter loves it.  It melts makeup off so well!

And the brush is so soft and blends nicely!  IT Cosmetics’ brush are always amazing!

Are you going to pick up this great deal?