Enter My Cetaphil Product Giveaway!


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I am giving a way a basket of Cetaphil goodies to one lucky winner!

I received the above basked of Cetaphil products for review and am giving one just like it to a lucky reader.  Just leave a comment and let me know if you use Cetaphil or have always wanted to try it.  I will pick a winner at random on Monday, July 13th.  United States residents only.

The products included are:

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser — ($13.99) a mild, non-irritating formulation that soothes skin as it cleans. In fact, it’s gentle enough for a baby’s delicate skin. Designed specifically to work for all skin types, it is a simple, yet highly effective way to care for your skin.

10 count of Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths — ($2.99) — leave skin feeling fresh and clean – without drying out or disturbing skin’s natural pH balance.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer — ($16.99 USD) — Under your makeup or after shaving, Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 is a gentle moisturizer suitable for all skin types. Daily use improves your skin’s ability to retain vital moisture.

Cetaphil Eczema Calming Body Wash — ($17.79 USD) — formulated to soothe dry, itchy skin associated with eczema and atopic dermatitis. Using advanced technology, this creamy wash gently cleanses and rinses without irritation and holds skin–nourishing oils in a gentle, soap–free cleanser.

Cetaphil Eczema Calming Body Moisturizer ($17.79 USD) — formulated to moisturize and bring soothing relief to atopic skin and symptoms associated with eczema. Its advanced technology helps to repair your skin’s protective barrier and promotes hydration for even the toughest skin conditions like eczema, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, cradle cap, and more.

My oldest daughter has eczema, and these products have really made a difference in her skin.  The eczema line is especially good for her irritated skin.  I love the face cleanser as it calms my sensitive skin!

You can purchase these products at a mass market retailer near you or at http://www.cetaphil.com.

So, leave a comment below and enter the contest for soft and calmed skin.  Good Luck!



Want Affordable, Professional Hair Care? Try TRESemme



I’ve was lucky to have been sent some fabulous TRESemmé products to review. Here a are few of my favorites:

TRESemmé Climate Control Mousse ($4.99 USD), featuring the Climate Control Complex, helps create volume, continuous shape and hold.  Polymers help hold styles in place and keep hair glossy and smooth, even in high humidity. The collection also includes TRESemmé Climate Control Shampoo and Conditioner and TRESemmé Climate Control Finishing Spray.

TRESemmé Thermal Creations Instant Heat Tamer Spray ($4.99 USD)  Spray protects hair from heat damage associated with ceramic irons, blowdryers and other styling appliances.  A mixture of conditioning and protecting agents forms a protective barrier on the hair’s surface.  It also works to replenish moisture and enhance texture, leaving hair soft and shiny.

TRESemmé® Keratin Smooth Smoothing Crème Serum ($4.99 USD) has a lightweight formula that can be used on damp or dry hair to control frizz and flyaways without weighing hair downThis formula protects hair prior to heat styling, leaving it satinysmooth all day long. The collection also includes: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Shampoo and Conditioner, Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Flat Iron Shine Spray, Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Smoothing Serum and Keratin Smooth Illuminating Shine Spray.

What I think:  I use all three of these products (and more including the Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner) to battle the effects of Kansas City’s humidity.  I use the mousse after washing my hair and it does keep the frizz at bay if I air dry or blow dry my hair.  I use the spray before I blow dry it for a smooth, dry hair and the serum to tame any flyaways after I dry my hair.

The price is right for all of these products, as they work as well as more expensive, salon products.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Brighten Your Look With Fun Summer Makeup


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There are so many choices if you want to switch up your makeup look this summer.  From soft and shimmery to fun and bright, you can easily achieve the look that you want!

My current summer look includes bronze skin, a pop of color on the eyes and soft lip colors, but I like to experiment, too.  Below are some of my new favorites this summer:

Bobbi Brown Telluride Collection

Bobbi Brown Telluride Collection

Bobbi Brown’s late summer collection, Telluride, inspired by one of her favorite destinations that is famous for its natural beauty. Each product in this collection is designed to deliver the gorgeous glow that the late afternoon sun in Telluride casts on the skin. Featuring shades of dusk—tawny nude, rose gold, and pink bronze—Telluride, makes it easy to achieve that sought-after natural, sun-kissed glow. This look is perfect for summer and transitions beautifully into fall.  

I have been loving the Telluride Eye Palette ($52 USD) as it features seven earthy shadows in a variety of brown, soft blush and mauve hues, and is a fresh take on a neutral eye— a major makeup trend from fall 2015 NYFW. The palette includes a sleek Dual-Ended Eye Shadow/Eye Liner Brush for on-the-go application. You also can’t go wrong with the new Shimmer Brick in Sunset Pink as it’s the perfect pick-me-up for day or night.

Available at http://www.bobbibrown.com

Herbal Matte Shadow Duos ($7.00 SRP): Created with a silky, smooth formula that glides on effortlessly and blends seamlessly. The shadows deliver an ultra-velvety, matte finish of highly pigmented color combination to make eyes pop.

LOL, Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liners ($.700 SRP): Full-on shimmering shades with an ultra-precise brush that allows for super thin wisps of color to thicker, dramatic ”notice me” lines, perfect for creating any look!  Intense pigments combined with micro-pearls create bold, shimmering colors to enhance the eyes for high voltage defining color with a super shimmering metallic finish! A special fine brush tip enables fine application to create a variety of looks from classic super thin lines to vivid streaks and geometric shapes. 

Lash Obsessed Mascara ($10.00 SRP): A mascara for true lash lovers who crave amplified volume, lavish length and lash fullness for an eye-look that’s obsessive!

Available at http://www.palladiobeauty.com

FACE Stockholm Summer 2015 is inspired by Norrland, the Northern part of Sweden which is known for its wide forests, large rivers and untouched wilderness.

The above eye and lip colors are shimmery and soft, perfect for days at the beach or the lake.  The eye shadow is available for $19, the lipstick $22 and the lip gloss $19 at http://www.facestockholm.com

Lip Rewind Advanced Treatment SPF20

Lip Rewind Advanced Treatment SPF20

Lip Rewind Advanced Treatment SPF20 ($24 USD) — infused with anti-aging, lip filling peptides, is designed to:

  • Repair daily damage.
  • Boost volume and moisture content.
  • Protect from UVA/UVB sun damage.

I have this in Coral and it is gorgeous for summer!  Purchase at http://www.miracleskintransformer.com

Get The Best Summer Skin Possible!


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Summertime creates different issues for skin than other times of the year.  By using heavier sunscreens, you can break out easier, being in the sun can cause redness or burns (my sunscreen did not work well on my recent trip to Yellowstone), and we still need to moisturize and hydrate, even in the heat. Below are great products that will help with specific skincare issues, plus will just make your skin look amazing!

NEUTROGENA Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne collection

NEUTROGENA Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne collection

Neutrogena Rapid Clear® Stubborn Acne Cleanser ($8.99 USD) — Clinically proven to rapidly reduce size and redness of stubborn acne in just 1 day.Formulated with maximum strength Benzoyl Peroxide, the acne medicine dermatologists recommend most for clearer skin, without a prescription. 10% Benzoyl Peroxide acne treatment. Use daily to reveal clearer skin. Rapid Clear® Stubborn Acne Spot Gel ($8.99 USD) — Clinically proven to rapidly reduce size and redness of stubborn acne in just 2 hours. Formulated with maximum strength Benzoyl Peroxide, the acne medicine dermatologists recommend most for clearer skin, without a prescription. 10% Benzoyl Peroxide acne treatment. Continuous improvement throughout the day. Available at http://www.neutrogena.com and mass market retailers near you.

Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control

Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control

Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control ($48 USD) — A skin-perfecting tinted skin enhancer that creates a flawless finish as it moisturizes and treats acne prone skin, while fighting future breakouts. Long wear, natural coverage conceals imperfections instantly, helping to diminish the appearance of blemishes, pores, acne scars, and uneven skin tone for a smooth, matte, flawless finish.

Purchase at www.miracleskintransformer.com

NeoCell Collagen Beauty Builder

Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner & Bronzer ($36 USD) Skip the tanning beds and laying out in the sun and switch to self-tanning lotions to give you the summer bronze you crave. Try from jane iredale – it’s a moisturizing, natural bronzer and self-tanner for face and body. This bronzer provides instant, healthy-looking color and builds a gradual, natural looking tan within three days, for optimum control and customization (Available www.janeiredale.com) Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF ($47 USD) There are plenty of gripes about traditional sunscreen (i.e. the thickness, the white cast on the skin, the smell, etc.) but there are plenty of ways to include sunscreen in our daily routine that alleviate these concerns. The Powder-Me SPF is a chemical-free, dry sunscreen for the face and body, which provides highly water resistant SPF 30 with UVA High. This summer staple provides coverage and color while helping to calm and nourish skin. Even if you’ve had too much sun, smooth on Powder-Me SPF to help soothe the inflammation. (Purchase at janeiredale.com) NeoCell Collagen Beauty Builder – Sunscreen protects against UV light, but not infrared and visible, which are the main causes of skin wrinkling. Proactively incorporating collagen into your beauty routine will help sustain the amount of collagen in the skin, promote elasticity, and protect against free radicals that cause cell damage. The NeoCell Collagen Beauty Builder is a great option to support your skins health and boost collagen production. (Available at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, Walgreens and CVS) The G.M. Collin Marine Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream ($92 USD) – For an added boost of Collagen, include anti-aging products that work to reduce fine lines are wrinkles. The G.M. Collin Marine Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream uses the power of marine science by creating a revitalizing combination of Marine Collagen, Marine Algae and Oligo-Elements. Cellular fatigue and sun damage are also addressed with the use of this powerful anti-aging cream. It has a luxurious texture that goes on smooth and an invigorating scent that awakens the senses. (Purchase at skin1.com).

derma e Soothing Redness Reducing Serum

derma e Soothing Redness Reducing Serum

derma e Soothing Redness Reducing Serum ($29.95 USD) — Reduce redness, calm irritation, diminish blotchiness, and relieve skin discomfort with this gentle, fragrance free, moisturizing serum. Our formula contains anti-aging Pycnogenol®, a powerful antioxidant shown to reduce redness while soothing irritated or sensitive skin. A complex of therapeutic botanicals such as Canadian Willowherb™, Olive, Arnica and Calendula helps reduce blotchiness, flare-ups and discomfort. Excellent for sensitive skin, rosacea, or anywhere skin is red or irritated to promote healthy skin tone, and a cool, calm and moisturized complexion. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free. Purchase at http://www.dermae.com

3LAB Anti-Aging Cream

3LAB Anti-Aging Cream

3LAB Anti-Aging Cream ($675 2oz) — Anti-Aging Cream is a water-based luxurious treatment that harnesses the power of hydration to fight the signs of aging ranging from fine lines and winkles to uneven skin tone to environmental damage. Providing all day hydration, this luxurious cream contains 3LAB’s Marine Repair™, a proprietary complex of marine ingredients, along with a blend of peptides and minerals. This unique formula helps to deeply hydrate, maintain and regulate skin homeostasis, increase elastin and collagen production from the inside out, while reducing the visible signs of aging. Engineered with advanced targeting technology, Anti-Aging Cream has the ability to identify the function of each layer of the skin while delivering targeted active ingredients to each layer of the skin. Purchase at http://www.3lab.com

Travel Beauty Essentials That Will Help You Achieve a Stylish Getaway!


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Summer time is travel time!  Are you taking any trips this summer?  My family and I are leaving for a camping trip to Yellowstone tomorrow.  I’m so excited, but I definitely need to pack some beauty products — I’m not totally into roughing it!

Below are my picks for travel — some items can even go on a plane if you are lucky enough to be flying off to paradise.

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Skin Care Travel Kit

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Skin Care Travel Kit

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Skin Care Travel Kit ($55 USD) — The Travel Kit contains the following products:

Day Crème 7ml
Night Crème 7ml
Eye Crème 3.5ml
Purifying Facial Cleanser 30ml
Nourishing Treatment Oil 30ml
Soothing Gel 30ml
Herbal Toner 30ml
1 Mask
This Travel Kit with daily use will last anywhere from 7 to 12 days. Our products do not contain water and are quite concentrated. For instance, after using one of the crèmes, the skin should not be shiny; this is an indication that you have used too much. A rosy dewy blush is the desired result.

What I think:  I have just started using these products and are taking them with my on my trip.  They have a wonderful herbal aroma and are very light on.  I especially love the eye cream and herbal toner.  I am looking forward to using them all on my trip and see how my skin looks when I finish.

Available at http://www.alkaitis.com

Sphinx Travel Razor

Sphinx Travel Razor

Sphinx Travel Razor ($14.99 USD) — provides a convenient and effective shaving experience to achieve silky smooth skin on-to-go. The first of its kind, Sphynx combines beauty, innovation and design with the introduction of the Sphynx Razor, a 3-in-1 travel shaver, containing a refillable water cartridge, moisturizing soap bar, and a luxe razor blade for shaving anytime, anywhere!

What I think:  This is such a cool product!  It is your soap, water and razor in one.  It is very easy to use and gives a fairly close shave.  It is perfect to take camping or on a long road trip.

Available at sphynxrazor.com

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion ($30 USD) — This ultra-hydrating lotion formula is gentle enough for dry and sensitive skin types, and creates a natural-looking tan that fades after four to seven days. Certified organic botanicals and a moisture locking system nourish the skin and give 72-hour hydration while Odour Remove™ technology ensures no smell whatsoever.

What I think:  This is a perfect travel multitasker — moisturizer and self tanner.  I apply it every day and in a few days I have a really nice tan without streaks.  It doesn’t smell, which is a big plus.  I apply it with a tanning mitt so that it doesn’t stain my hands.  After about a minute, I can put my clothes on and go about my day!

Available at http://www.sephora.com

London SOHO New York Disney Belle Organizer ($9.99 USD) — The wide, zip-top design holds everything you need to stay organized at home or on-the-go.  Made of smooth satin with metallic filigree details and an easy-to-wipe lining, this collection blends the romance of Beauty and the Beast with functional design to make your fairy tale dreams come true!

London SOHO New York Disney Belle Enchanted Eyes Brush Set (3-Piece) ($12.99 USD) — Beauty is how you feel inside and it reflects in your eyes.

Flat Angled Liner Brush:  Create a flawless line by applying liner close to the lash line.  Gradually thicken line as it extends to the outer corner of your eye.  Can be used with powder, gel or cream liner.

Medium Smokey Fluff Brush:  The perfect size and shape to create a flawless smokey look with your favorite shadow.  Create depth and detail by tapping pigment onto eyelids.

Large Smokey Fluff Brush:  Soft fluffy bristles allow shadow to glide across eyelids, blending and softly diffusing shadow.  Use in gentle sweeping back and forth motion to blend edges, creating an airbrush effect.

What I think:  The Belle products are so pretty and really fun.  The bag is well made and perfect for travel.  The brushes are good quality and so affordable!  These products are perfect for ladies of all ages, but would make a great gift to a young lady just starting out wearing makeup.

Available at http://www.walgreens.com

Father’s Day Fragrance Gift Guide


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I love giving fragrance as a gift, so I think it is the perfect Father’s Day present for fathers, husbands, etc.

Below are fabulous picks for all price ranges and tastes — read on to find the perfect fragrance for that special man in your life!

Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani ($71.99 USD) — The blend of sea notes, lime, lemon, and orange shine through from the very first spray till the end. It is at the base where the white musk develops, making for the perfect daytime cologne.

Purchase at FragranceNet.com.

Stetson Caliber

Stetson Caliber

Stetson Caliber ($19 USD) — Perfect for the traditional dad at heart, who brings passion, integrity and a strong sense of commitment to everything he does. The fragrance opens with notes of sparkling lime and black pepper. The warm heart of the scent contains nutmeg and violet leaf. The earthy oak moss adds depth of character, while the true star is the woody red sequoia note. Embodying the subtle vigor and fervor of the modern cowboy, the Red Sequoia tree gives the fragrance a sexy, masculine finish.

Available at mass market retailers.

Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc Edition

Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc Edition

Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc Edition ($44.99 USD) — Classy and outgoing, this cologne features a fresh blend of grapefruit, rosemary, Cedarwood and Ylang Ylang.

Available at FragranceNet.com.

L'Occitane Cade Eau de Toilette

L’Occitane Cade Eau de Toilette

L’Occitane Cade Eau de Toilette ($58 USD, 3.4 fl. oz.) — The Cade Eau de Toilette is a spicy, woody fragrance that evokes the dry wood, red soil and hot stones found in the sunny Garrigue landscape of southern France. Top notes of bergamot lead to a generous heart of cedar wood and pink pepper. A base of cade wood and citrus linger on the skin throughout the day. Enriched with essential oils of cade wood and pink pepper, this eau de toilette complements all of the products in the Cade collection, emblematic of L’Occitane.

This product recently won a prestigious CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) award. The CEW is a nonprofit professional organization with more than 8,000 executives in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance and related industries– presented its annual Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards recently, the only beauty award voted on by industry experts.

Available at usa.loccitane.com

Paco Rabanne Invictus

Paco Rabanne Invictus

Paco Rabanne Invictus ($82.99 USD) — is the fragrance of a champion. This aquatic, woody fragrance blends the excitement of sport with dreamlike elements that celebrate victory and power.

Purchase at FragranceNet.com.

Father’s Day Bath and Body Gift Guide


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Father’s day is under two weeks away!  Do you know how you are going to pamper the main men in your life?  Maybe instead of barbeque items, golf balls and ties, you can get Dad a gift that will smell great and make him feel good, too!

Below are some of my favorite current face, bath and body products that will be perfect to give for your favorite guy:

L’Occitane Cedrat Shower Gel ($20 USD) — This shower gel is a two-in-one cleanser for the body and hair. Its fresh and masculine scent combines sparkling notes with a slightly woody wake. Enriched with organic Corsican cedrat extract for its energizing properties, it invigorates the skin and brings suppleness and shine to hair.

L’Occitane Cedrat Stick Deodorant ($18 USD) — Made without alcohol or aluminum salts, this deodorant glides on easily and dries quickly. It perfumes the skin with a fresh and energizing scent, while efficiently preventing body odor. Skin feels soft, and the body has a sense of well-being throughout the day.

Available at usa.loccitane.com.

Rituals Samurai RITUALS Collection

RITUALS Samurai Collection

RITUALS Samurai Collection ($45 USD) — is inspired by ancient Samurai warriors, who paid great attention to their personal appearance. The collection includes skin, body and grooming products formulated with powerful botanicals and enriched with Basil, Ginseng, Mint and Organic Bamboo to refresh and nourish dad. Contains shower foam, cooling shower gel, body scrub and shaving gel. Specially developed for men.

Available at http://www.us.rituals.com

Anthony Wake Up Call

Anthony Wake Up Call

Anthony Wake Up Call ($38 USD) — deeply hydrates, refreshes and stimulates your skin. Its unique formula soothes any irritation on the surface of the skin and helps reduce redness and puffiness caused due to stress and fatigue. Ideal for dull or tired skin, a powerful remedy for the effects of travel or a long night. Aqua Cacteen replenishes dry, dehydrated skin, and Green Tea reduces puffiness and inflammation. Caffeine, an anti-fatigue ingredient, stimulates and firms your face, while Menthol wakes you up in a flash.

This product also recently won a prestigious CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) award. The CEW is a nonprofit professional organization with more than 8,000 executives in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance and related industries– presented its annual Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards recently, the only beauty award voted on by industry experts.

Purchase at http://anthony.com/wake-up-call


Collaboration of Bestselling author Emily Liebert with ITCosmetics


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Bestselling author Emily Liebert writes absorbing novels about the real-life concerns and complexities of women. IT Cosmetics creates game-changing beauty products for confident, independent women. Together, Liebert and IT have collaborated on an exclusive set of products tied to her new book, THOSE SECRETS WE KEEP (June 2, 2015), an evocative read about three strong women whose lives are forever changed one summer when their deepest secrets are revealed.

The products: Mini Hello Lashes (clinically proven 5-in-1 mascara), Mini No Tug Black (waterproof gel eyeliner), and Mini Brow Power (universal eyebrow pencil), are essential eyewear for your summer getaway and they come in a chic black make-up bag. The novel, THOSE SECRETS WE KEEP, is the must-read page-turner of the season. Together, every woman’s tote will be complete for summer.

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with IT Cosmetics on a set of products tied to the launch of THOSE SECRETS WE KEEP. I’ve had nice success in the past collaborating with brands that organically complement my novels. IT is the perfect partner for this new book because their products are a woman’s best kept beauty secret and my book is all about the secrets women keep.”

I haven’t read the book, but it looks fantastic and am looking forward to reading it this summer.  The products are fantastic, I have tried all of these before and I can say that they stay on all day!  The mascara really makes lashes long and lush and the eyeliner and brow power define and last!

You can purchase the set at www.itcosmetics.com

Have you read Emily Liebert before?  Are you going to pick up this set?  Leave a comment and let me know!



IT Cosmetics and QVC Today’s Special Value — IT’s All About You! Only on June 8, 2015


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a265298 Today only, QVC and IT Cosmetics are teaming up for an amazing Today’s Special Value IT’s All About You! This amazing collection is $59.95 + $3.00 shipping or 5 easy payments of $11.99 (Regular QVC price will be $72.50 and the value is almost $150)! With this collection, you will receive:

  • 0.30-oz Celebration Foundation SPF 50, in choice of Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, and Rich
  • 0.28-fl-oz Bye Bye Under Eye concealer
  • 0.78-oz IT’s Your Beauty Palette, including Vitality Matte Bronzer, Hello Light Creme, Bye Bye Pores Pressed Blush, and Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder
  • Dual-ended foundation/concealer brush

Celebration Foundation SPF 50 is a hydrating, full-coverage powder foundation. Now with SPF 50 broad spectrum protection, you can treat and protect skin while airbrushing your skin for the appearance of complexion perfection. Bye Bye Under Eye concealer is your full-coverage, anti-aging concealer. Infused with hydrolyzed collagen, anti-oxidants and vitamins A, C, and E, this concealer provides full coverage to visually camouflage the appearance of imperfections. The IT’s Your Beauty palette includes skin-perfecting products. Vitality Matte Bronzer gives the look of warmth to your skin with a talc-free hydrating powder. Hello Light Creme provides the look of light and lift. Bye Bye Pores Pressed Blush helps blur the look of imperfections across your cheeks while adding a beautiful flush of naturally pretty color. And Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder will give your skin the look of airbrushed perfection and treat your skin to anti-aging ingredients. The Heavenly Luxe foundation/concealer brush custom-cut to make easy application of each product. What I think: It Cosmetics always creates the perfect products to make your skin look flawless.  The concealer is my favorite ever, it works on dark under eye circles and can be used as a foundation, a little goes a long way!  The Celebration Foundation makes it quick and easy to apply foundation and it gives great coverage.  The brush will work for all of the products in the set.  And, if you haven’t tried IT’s brushes, they are super soft and luxe. Now, my favorite product is the palette. It has everything that you need to finish your look in one compact — powder, blush, bronzer and highlighter.  I am going camping next week and I will not be without some makeup!  This palette will be perfect to have on hand — it’s so pretty and easy to use.

Available now at http://www.qvc.com or tune in to QVC today.  The Item Number is A265298. This fantastic deal will be over tonight at Midnight EST!  Are you going to pick one up?  Leave a comment and let me know!

My Beauty Favorites Week of June 1-7, 2015


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It is truly becoming summer-ish in Kansas City!  It’s very hot and humid.

I am testing so many fantastic products lately, I have quite a hodgepodge of product picks this week! From amazing home fragrances, to lovely Japanese makeup, to a fun, light up headband to a easy temporal thermometer– my faves may seem random, but I love them all!

Antica Farmacista Damascena Rose, Orris & Oud Diffuser ($26 for 100 ml, $66 for 250 ml and $94 for 500 ml) — An exquisite floral fragrance built on fresh Damascus Rose absolute, sensual Violet and rich Tuscan Orris root. Tart rhubarb and dewy apricot add a hint of lush fruit, while the warmth of rare Oud and Amber lend an exotic earthiness. A soft drydown of musk and cashmere result in an intoxicating warmth to this complex floral scent.

Antica Farmacista Orange Blossom, Lilac & Jasmine Hand Wash ($25 USD) — A gorgeous rendition of a classic orange blossom scent. This bright fragrance begins with captivating citrus notes of mandarin and Sicilian lemon blending beautifully with floral notes of orange blossoms, jasmine and lily-of-the-valley. This floral scent is beautifully balanced and exhilarating.

What I think:  Antica Farmacista has some amazing fragrances and products.  The Damascena Rose, Orris & Oud scent is new.  It is sweetly floral and spicy.  The diffuser is quite fragrant and makes my room smell wonderful all day.  The Orange Blossom, Lilac & Jasmine is both fresh and floral and once I wash my hands, the aroma lingers.

Available at http://www.anticafarmacista.com

Koh Gen DoMaifanshi Face Powder ($42 USD) — A finely milled translucent face powder to set a silky flawless finish. Silk powder blends well onto skin like amino acids that make up the human skin, and provides an elegant silky softness under lights. Hyaluronic Acid helps retain moisture to prevent dryness. Finely milled and cut, a plate-like powder neatly aligns on the surface of skin, providing natural coverage and reflecting light to give skin a flawless finish.

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Water ($39 USD, 10.15 fl. oz.) –Thoroughly and gently remove makeup and impurities from the skin with skin loving ingredients. Gentle ingredientsprevent skin from irritation and dryness while removing makeup leaving skin feeling clean and refreshed.

What I think:  Both of the products are simple and work very well.  I love a good finishing powder that sets my makeup and gives a flawless finish, and this one does just that.  It goes only translucent and does not settle in my pores or dry out my skin.

I pour a little of the Cleansing Water on a cotton pad and I use it to remove all of my makeup.  It doesn’t dry my skin out at all, which I love.

Purchase at http://www.kohgendocosmetics.com.


Mia Beauty Flashion Flowers Wild Flowers with Purple Lights

Mia Beauty Flashion Flowers Wild Flowers with Purple Lights

Mia Beauty Flashion Flowers Wild Flowers With Purple Lights ($19.99 USD) — Perfect for a festival, concert, or any outdoor events. These Flashion Flower wildflowers will take your outfit to a new level. Simply press the leaf to switch between the four light settings. Each headband has a replaceable battery and a special adjustable strap for a comfortable fit.

What I think:  These are fun and flirty!  Perfect for people of all ages who want a fun summer look!  Really neat for evening summer parties and concerts!

Mia Beauty Flashion Flowers are available at CVS and Target stores. Learn more at http://www.miabeauty.com.

Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner

Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner

Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner ($49.99 USD) — The TemporalScanner™ comes with four ways to make it even easier to take a temperature:

  • A softly illuminated display for easy reading in any light – perfect for checking the temperature of a sleeping infant in a darkened room
  • Beeping sound indicating scanning can be turned off or on to avoid waking a sleeping child
  • Automatically retains the last eight temperature readings for instant recall to check on fever progression
  • Ability to switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius modes

Made in the United States, the Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner™ is the number one preferred thermometer by both nurses and pediatricians, and is backed by more than 50 clinical studies proving its accuracy. 

What I think:  This is so easy to use!  My daughter was happy that she didn’t have to use an oral thermometer and it worked so quickly.  This is perfect for taking on vacations and throwing in the diaper bag!

Sold in major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Costco, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kroger and BJ’s. To see real moms testing the Smart Glow thermometer and demonstrating the new features visit www.exergensmartglowthermometer.com.


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