Luminess Air Epic2 ($299 USD on sale, reg. $399 USD) — I have received this amazing system for my honest review. What does this amazing device do? Here is the description from the website:
The Epic 2 is a revolutionary, age-defying airbrush cosmetics system that brings Luminess Air’s professional makeup artist directly into your home. Through the built-in video display, our makeup artist shares quick and easy tips for creating a soft, luminous finish that looks and feels as natural as bare skin. With the Epic 2, she shows you how to effortlessly eliminate wrinkles, even skin tone and smooth texture for a youthful, radiant glow. It’s like having your own digital glam squad!
The Epic 2 has a whisper quiet motor, continuous airflow and a patented TechnIQue No-Mess Tip Stylus. Our easy-to-use stylus delivers a micro-fine mist of tiny pixels to transform your skin from dull to dazzling — not a flaw in sight.
EPIC 2 Airbrush Compressor and TechnIQue No-Mess Tip Stylus
1 Year Warranty
4 – 0.55oz bottles Ultra foundation
1 – 0.25oz Blush
1 – 0.25oz Skin Brightening Glow
1 – 0.25oz Moisturizer/Primer
• Video tutorials with step-by-step instructions
• Ultra-Low PSI for soft and precise makeup application
• Patented TechnIQue No-Mess Tip Stylus
• Lightweight, compact and durable enough for travel
• Whisper quiet motor
• Sculpt, shape and highlight without ever touching your face
• Professional makeup artist results at home
• Dermatologist tested and recommended
• Easy to use on the face and body
The system is extremely easy to use and with practice, your makeup can really look flawless. The videos can easily make it look like a professional did your makeup!
Try it with the new Mystic Foundation ($39.99 USD). It is available in 12 shades from Porcelain to Java. It is a premium, all-in-one foundation, concealer, corrector and primer that gives you insanely radiant coverage and a naturally flawless finish without the cakey look of full coverage makeup.
Mystic delivers high-impact pigments in an ultra-lightweight, breathable foundation that evens and enhances skin tone, neutralizes imperfections and instantly takes years off your age.
It’s fall! And it’s finally getting cooler in Kansas City. Yay!
This week I am loving amazing skin care products, a hydrating body butter, and wonderful natural hair care:
Appriya Skincare Mineral Cleansing Mousse
Appriya Skincare Mineral Tonic
Appriya Skincare Mineral Cleansing Mousse ($59 USD) — Embrace the fruity goodness of coconut and fruit sugars in our luxurious cleansing mousse. This biodegradable mousse softens the skin and protects its oil balance during every day cleansing, a vital step in our skin care regimen to maintain clear skin. Our cleanser contains a high concentration of Vitamin E offering essential protection from the sun’s rays while increasing the efficiency of sunscreen and lessening the severity of sunburn. Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse is ideal for sensitive skin to dry or oily complexions with its nourishing and healing qualities.
Appriya Skincare Mineral Tonic ($89 USD) — Soothe and energize your skin while removing oil and dirt for a balanced skin tone. The mushroom extract in Appriya’s tonic acts as a natural astringent to tighten skin, diminish the appearance of pores as well as increase the skin’s natural radiance. This tonic is filled with a combination of ingredients containing plant growth factors, vitamins and amino acids to renew and refresh your skin. Sea acid leaves the skin looking as silky smooth as water.
Epoch Glacial Marine Mud ($28 USD) –This skin renewing estuary treasure helps exfoliate dead skin cells, remove skin contaminants, and rejuvenate damaged or troubled skin. It nurtures your skin with more than 50 beneficial minerals and trace elements, including zinc and sea botanicals.
Epoch Baobab Body Butter ($30.50 USD) — This deliciously rich cream quenches your skin’s thirst with shea butter and the fruit of the African baobab tree. These time-tested ethnobotanicals promote smooth, supple skin that stays touchable soft all day—while enhancing skin resiliency for even softer skin tomorrow.
The Mane Choice Haircare Easy On The CURLS Detangling Hydration Shampoo ($12.99) –A revolutionary product for curly hair. No more dreading wash days, as this advanced shampoo cuts wash time in half by eliminating knots and tangles. Infused with Biotin and Vitamin E to nourish, grow and hydrate hair, leaving it feeling soft and shiny, while eliminating the dry and stripped feeling.
The Mane Choice Haircare Soft As Can Be Revitalize & Refresh 3-in-1 Co-Wash, Leave In, Detangler ($13.99) — A 3-in-1 conditioner formulated to revitalize and refresh the hair instantly. Acting as a 3-in-1 product, it can be used to condition after shampooing, and also act as a leave-in conditioner and detangler. Adds shine, softness and manageability and stops breakage during the detangling process. Leaves hair softer and more elastic.
The Mane Choice Haircare Green Tea & Carrot Deep Strengthening & Restore Mask Treatment ($17.99) –A healthy hair essential. Formulated to penetrate the hair shaft and infuse it with high-quality vitamins and nutrients to transform hair into its healthiest state. Enriched with biotin, green tea, and carrot oil, this product will immediately begin to repair and restore dry and damaged strands.
The Mane Choice Haircare Manetabolism Plus Vitamins ($25.99) –A daily complete dietary supplement formulated to grow hair longer, thicker, faster and healthier, while also acting as a multivitamin to aid in overall nutrition. Manetabolism Plus works to nourish hair follicles, prevent hair loss, remove scalp toxins and speed up hair growth with zinc, niacin, folic acid and a biotin dose of 5000 mcg. Ingredients also stimulate the circulation on the scalp and have the ability to rejuvenate dead, inactive and slow growing follicles.
Hi all! Hope everyone is doing well! And I hope your weather is better than mine! It is hot and buggy in Kansas City. I am so tired of it and ready for cooler weather.
This weeks my faves include skin care, bath products and hair care to help you look your best, if fall ever does get here! LOL! Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite beauty items are for fall.
Whipped Mud Mask Argan Hydrating and Detoxifying Treatment
Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm
Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask Argan Hydrating and Detoxifying Treatment ($48 USD) –This antioxidant-packed hydrating and detoxifying Whipped Mud Mask clarifies, refines, and firms while it nourishes and soothes. 100% Pure Argan Oil infuses skin with essential nutrients while Moroccan Moroccan rhassoul clay, formed from volcanic ashes of the Atlas mountains in Morocco, rejuvenates, detoxifies, and tones.
Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm ($36 USD) –The first ever anti-aging skincare finisher and makeup primer in one. This creamy, whipped, lightweight formula finishes both your skincare and makeup routine for a smooth, long-lasting, radiant glow. Formulated with natural anti-aging powerhouse ingredients that instantly hydrate, plump, and smooth for ethereal, angelic skin.
What I think: The mask is a wonderful treatment to help skin feel and look better. I apply it, leave it on for 15 minutes and remove it with a damp towel. My skin is firm, smooth and looks brighter. The finishing balm is a smooth primer and it blurs lines and pores. It’s so good! And it an be used under makeup or by itself.
Catwalk by TIGI Transforming Dry Shampoo ($21.50 USD) — Give second or third day hair some extra ‘oomph’! This dry shampoo removes oils that weigh hair down instantly refreshing tresses for a super clean look without having to re-wash. When there’s just no time to shampoo, this is perfect for restyling and reviving hair.
Catwalk by TIGI Texturising Salt Spray ($21.50 USD) — Infused with sea salt, this spray is the ultimate product to create tousled texture, moveable body and beautifully windswept waves- essential for fall. This spray adds just the right amount of definition and has an effortless matte finish, whilst putting up a fight against humidity.
What I think: Keep hair fabulously styled this fall with these products. Spraying a little bit of the dry shampoo on dry hair cleans it and gives lot of volume. The sea salt spray gives great texture and movement to hair. Both products smell amazing and really make hair look amazing!
Art Naturals Body & Foot Wash ($18 USD) –A powerful, yet gentle blend of tea tree, jojoba, eucalyptus, peppermint and rosemary oil, this body wash helps to remove dirt, excess oils, fungus and bacteria leaving your skin clean and refreshed.What I think: This invigorating body wash cleans so well! I don’t have fungus, but I like that there is a natural wash that will help if I do. And the scent will sure wake you up in the morning!Purchase at www.artnaturals.com
Cat-a-Tonic Natural Soap
Jabon de mi Corazon Natural Soap
Creme Vanilla Natural Soap
Soaptopia Cat-a-Tonic Natural Soap ($6.95 USD) –This brilliant Calico-colored soap was construed by Nan in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who devotes her time to rescuing abandoned kitties. A truly inspired soap! This soap is all natural and handmade in small batches with lots of love and only the finest ingredients consisting of: Italian Olive Oil, Wildcrafted Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Avocado Oil, Organic Hempseed Oil, Plant Infusions, Spruce, Lavender, Rosewood, & Rose Geranium Essential Oils, Charcoal & Litsea & LOVE.Soaptopia Jabon de mi Corazon ($6.95 USD) –Lotsa Love in this Bar. A Rose Swirl in a French Lavender Bar, now that is the Soap of My Heart! All natural and handmade in small batches with lots of love and only the finest ingredients consisting of: Italian Olive Oil, Wildcrafted Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Avocado Oil, Organic Hempseed Oil, plant infusions, Lavender and Rose Essential Oils & LOVE.Soaptopia Creme Vanilla Natural Soap ($6.95 USD) — Warning: This product smells so yummy you want eat it! But don’t. An elegant handmade soap with all natural shea butter and rich madagascar vanilla oil.The natural vanilla oxidizes and turns a beautiful rich brown color. As you use the soap, it reveals lighter colored soap beneath. This is all natural and handmade in small batches with lots of love and only the finest ingredients consisting of: Italian Olive Oil, wildcrafted Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Avocado Oil, Organic Hempseed Oil, plant infusions, Madagascar Vanilla Oil & LOVE.What I think: I love these fragrant, natural soaps! First of all, they are so pretty! Plus there are so many wonderful varieties for lovers of all scents. The Cat-a-Tonic is not available yet, but will be soon for fall. It’s so cool looking and very fresh smelling. Jabon de mi Corazon is soothing and the Creme Vanilla is sweet and sultry. I’m loving all of them! Purchase at www.soaptopia.com
School has started and fall is on the way! I am really looking forward to cooler weather (hopefully soon, it was about 85 in Kansas City today).
So what type of beauty products are great picks for back to school? I have been sent the following products for my honest review, and I am loving them! They include a powerhouse face cream, shampoo and conditioner that continues hydrating hair, invigorating body washes and gorgeous grey nail polishes:
Better Skin Mirakle Cream ($34 USD) — Mirakle Cream’s antioxidant-rich recipe is handcrafted in the U.S.A. and is the perfect blend of natural and science with natural ingredients such as beeswax, coconut oil, sea buckthorn, shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe and soothing algae to help moisturize, soften, balance and brighten skin. Helps calm skin while protecting skin’s moisture barrier and fighting signs of age. Hyaluronic acid acts as a humectant, continually drawing moisture from the air to keep skin hydrated at all times. Peptides help skin appear smoother, more youthful and radiant. Better Skin Mirakle Cream is free of gluten, parabens, fragrances, and safe for all skin types.
What I think: I’m am loving this face cream, and really loving the wonderful natural ingredients in it! I have used it as a night cream and as a day cream under SPF. It instantly makes my skin smoother and brighter. Over the couple of weeks I have been using it, I notice that my skin is younger looking, the tone and texture is much more even.
Philip B. Oud Royal Forever Shine Shampoo ($84 USD) and Conditioner ($95 USD) — What if your hair became more beautiful as the days went by? Introducing the first-ever shampoo and conditioner with time-released botanical moisturizers, for sexy volume, shine and a gorgeous scent that go on and on. Moisturizing botanicals are treated with high-vapor energy, breaking them into tiny molecules that sink in and strengthen hair from the inside out. Revives, defines and de-frizzes curls; creates sleek, swingy blowouts; and lends fine hair uplifting body and fullness.A time-released botanical delivery system (made with natural Safflower Oleosomes) infuses hair with lasting glossiness, bounce, and the light, seductive scent of pure Oud. Paraben free; color & keratin-treatment safe.
What I think: This luxurious hair care duo is really cool and high tech! The time-released moisturizers keep hair soft and shiny until you wash them again. My hair does get frizzy, and this helps so much! And for something that works so well, the all natural ingredients also make it good for you! Plus, it smells amazing, spicy and perfect for fall.
Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod and Black Peppercorn Body Washes ($30 each 10 oz) —
Pink Pepperpod: A spicy, moisturizing bath and body wash blended with pink pepperpods for antioxidant protection.
Top note: fiery pink pepper.
Heart note: ginger.
Base note: rich patchouli
Black Peppercorn: A luxurious bath and body wash blended with Madagascan Black Peppercorn oil.
Top note: refreshing coriander.
Heart note: black peppercorns.
Base note: aromatic vetiver.
What I think: These spicy scents are both very invigorating, and unisex, which is perfect for big family where everyone shares products. They are both hydrating and help make skin soft as well as clean.
Lauren B. Nail Polish ($18 each) The advanced, quick-drying nail enamels deliver a chip-resistant, long-lasting, mirror-like finish. The brush is packed with twice the standard amount of bristles, all pre-lacquered so your polish glides on smoothly and streak-free. The bottle has a special over-cap, so you can use a square or cylindrical handle for more control. Bonus: Each formula is non toxic, eco- and vegan-friendly (with no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene or camphor), TPHP free, and proudly made in the USA.
Greystone Grey — Muted but with a wild side: This glossy silver slate hue makes the prettiest neutral, while staying unexpectedly moody.
Downtown Skyline — Flecked with silvery shimmer, this mesmerizing deep blue-grey looks offhand and cool with jeans and a tank, or it can give just the right of edge to an evening look.
What I think: I love the formulation of this polish. It is smooth and really easy to apply. Two coats and it lasts for about a week. Both colors are beautiful for fall, and for back to school.
Hi all! This is the second week in a row that I’m late on my favorites post! I’ve been busy and lazy — but I’m glad I’m getting it out!
It has been cooling down a bit in Kansas City, which is so nice. It’s still in low 80’s high 70’s, but still — so much better that high 90’s!
This week I have been loving a hydrating mask, frizz-controlling shampoo and conditioner, and an empty palette that can be filled with pans of makeup to make your perfect palette!
Philosophy when hope is not enough replenishing leave-on gel-oil mask ($35 MSRP) — transform dry skin with deep, lasting moisture. our intensely hydrating gel-oil formula leaves depleted skin feeling nourished and comfortable, with a smoothed texture that appears naturally radiant and refreshed. 83% of women agreed skin felt supple, velvety soft and looked naturally luminous.
What I think: This is the perfect treatment to help restore summer skin and get it ready for the colder weather! Just apply, leave on for 10 minutes and tissue off any excess product. I then can leave it on and it soaks in and leaves my skin so soft! I love using it overnight. I wake up with glowing skin!
Surya Brasil Shampoo and Conditioner – Made with rich, organic ingredients from the Amazon, the Sapien Women Shampoo and Conditioner drench hair with intense moisture, shine and softness while controlling frizz. The shampoo does not contain sulfates. Fresh Coconut & Mango Scent.
Sapien Women Shampoo: $31.99
Sapien Women Conditioner: $26.59
What I think: These smell amazing! I love using any products that smells tropical. After using both products my hair is soft and frizz free. I love that they are safe for my color treated hair and are natural and organic.
Z Palette Mirror Z Palette ($25 USD) — The patent-pending Mirror Z Palette not only has the see-through clear window, but also features a high quality, pull-out mirror that attaches magnetically to the inside clear window. Metal Stickers included: 16pcs (8pc Round, 8pc Square)
What I think: This is such a cool product. To use this, find color makeup that is in separate pots, or in a palette where you only use one or two of the colors. Then take it out of the pot, affix an included magnetic sticker and arrange in the palette. Then you can take anywhere!
My only issue is that I haven’t been successful in depoting the couple of makeup pots I’ve tried (and I’ve followed directions). But I am going to keep trying because I have so much makeup I keep in drawers and bins. I would love to arrange them in one palette so they will get used!
I hope everyone had a great, long weekend! It is still very hot in Kansas City, but I am looking forward to the autumn and cooler weather!
This week I have a hodgepodge of products to review! The include sunscreen and after sun lotion (always needed), tools to make your eyes pop, a natural body lotion and a fresh fragrance:
Sun Bum Continuous Spray Sunscreen
Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion
Sun Bum Continuous Spray Sunscreen ($15.99 USD) — Speed up your sunscreen application without skimping on coverage with this quick-dry spray, available in SPF 15, 30, 50 and 70.
Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion ($11.99 USD) — Complete the post-beach ritual with the ultimate post-sun skincare: Sun Bum’s Cool Down products. This supreme indulgence revives sun-sapped skin with Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter. Insanely soothing and incredible smelling, the products are like a beach in a bottle.
What I think: I love the tropical scent of these products! They will keep summer lasting
MUA Perfect Contour Eyelash Curler ($10 USD) — Who says you can only contour cheekbones? With this precisely designed full head curler, get close to your lash line for a dramatic curl. Aligned handles ensure full stability and control to prevent any ouch moments.
MUA Precision Point Tweezer ($10 USD) — Remove short, delicate or hard-to-grab hairs with this defined shaped tweezer, made of high-quality stainless steel.
MUA Lash Separator ($9 USD) — To be used after mascara application, this separator with comfort grip handle removes clumps for fluttery lashes. –The fine, metal comb of the separator is contoured to fit the shape of your lashes, while they gently separate and sculpt for superb lash definition.
What I think: These cool new tools make my eyes look amazing! I like the curler, but it does take some getting used to. The rubber pad is big and it makes it a little tricky to grab my lashes. But once I do, it curls my lashes nicely. And speaking of lashes, the lash separator helps remove clumps after mascara application. I have never seen anything like this, but it’s really easy to use because it fits the shape of my eyes.
The tweezers are perfect for removing those little hairs that evade — and also work well with my husbands splinters!
Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla ($19 USD) — This super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100 percent pure shea and cocoa butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. Five sweet-smelling scents and a non-greasy formula create the ultimate indulgence.
What I think: I love this body butter, and may have tried it in all of it’s amazing scents. This is the original Pure Vanilla, and it is a sexy scent for the fall. It’s really rich and sultry. And it moisturizes so well! It keeps my skin soft all day.
Katy Perry’s Mad Love ($29.98 USD) — This fruity scent opens with the succulence of Lady Apple Sorbet and Mara Strawberry blended to perfection with freshness of delicious Pink Grapefruit. Middle notes of Peony Petals, smooth Sun-Kissed Jasmine, and the hypnotic pull of the Bleeding Heart flower captivate the senses.
What I think: This smells so fresh and sweet. I think that it would be a great gift for teens and women of all ages. It also is light enough to work well for all seasons!
Ready to change up your look for fall? I received some fun products from essence and Catrice Cosmetics for my honest review. These are affordable, but really high quality cosmetics.
Below are my faves of the bunch:
Essence Pure Nude Highlighter ($4.49 USD) — Bring out your natural glow with this baked powder that has a slightly marbled effect. Works on any skin tone and is perfect for adding a subtle shimmer to your face.
What I think: This beautiful highlighter matches with my skin tone perfectly. A little can be used for a lit-from-within glow, or I can layer to full on strobe. So pretty for day time!
Essence 2 in 1 Eyeshadow and Liner ($4.49 USD) — This waterproof chubby eyeshadow stick combines the benefits of eyeshadow and eyeliner with its conic tip that doesn’t need sharpening. The creamy texture can be easily blended and is extremely long lasting. Available in 4 shades.
What I think: I have this in a light color called Light Me Up. It’s perfect for highlighting the corners of the eyes and under the brow bone, as well as using all over the lid for more subtle looks.
Essence Smokey 2-in-1 Khôl Liner ($3.49 USD) — The ultra-pigmented and ultra-versatile khôl liner you love in black is now available in white and brown! Use the pointed tip as a precise eyeliner, rotate to the side of the cone to swipe over the lid as an eyeshadow for an intense, smokey look. It glides on smoothly and the conic shape of the tip eliminates the need for a sharpener. Now available in a total of 3 shades.
What I think: I have been testing this in Smokey Brown. It is a really rich color with a little shimmer to it. It is smooth and easy to apply. The only issue I have with it is that it can smear easily. So I like to set it with dark brown powder shadow so it won’t budge.
Essence Prettifying Lip Oil ($2.99 USD) — The lightweight texture instantly melts and leaves lips with a subtle shiny finish and sweet taste. This formula contains Jojoba Oil that ensures moisturized and smooth lips sans stickiness. Available in 3 shades.
What I think: The shade in the photo is SOS, My Heart. It is a sheer red that smells and tastes fruity. It feels to me more like a lip gloss than a lip oil, but I really like it. It gives very slight color and lots of shine! It also makes my lips very hydrated.
Catrice Liquid Metal Eyeshadow ($4.99 USD) — Heavy metal! Catrice Liquid Metal Eyeshadow dazzles eyes with high pigmentation and extraordinary metallic shine. Reminiscent of liquid metal, this silky powder is sure to make your eyes shine instantly. The unique 3D embossment turns this eyeshadow into an absolute highlight. The texture is smooth, easy to blend, and long-lasting. Mix and match to create brilliant metallic looks. Not tested on animals.
What I think: The color above is We Are The Champagnes. It looks gold in the compact, but is a soft champagne on. Very shimmery and well pigmented! The shadow is buildable and can look subtle or all out metal-y.
Catrice Luxury Lashes Volume Mascara Ultra Black ($7.99 USD) — Big, Bold and Beautiful! Luxury Lashes Ultra Black Volume Mascara from Catrice provides lashes with the perfect volume and curl – all with one swipe of the wand! Enriched with Argan oil and a luxurious cashmere protein, the formula cares for the lashes as it creates dramatic volume. A twisted fiber brush captures the ideal amount of formula to coat your lashes from root to tip for maximum impact. Not tested on animals. Ophthalmologically tested.
What I think: This mascara gives lots of volume. I usually go for lengthening mascaras, since my lashes are short, but this would be a great daytime mascara for me. It looked very natural on and did not flake off.
Catrice Ultimate Stay Lip Liner ($3.99 USD) — Perfectly outlined! The Catrice Ultimate Stay Lip Liner has an extremely long-lasting texture with high pigmentation. You can softly outline your lips with precision to prevent lipstick from feathering and bleeding. Not tested on animals.
What I think: This lip liner does not budge at all! I did one swipe on my hand first and touched it and it was not moving! Also it is nicely matte and would work under a lipstick or a gloss.
Catrice Ultimate Lip Glow Lip Colour Intensifier ($5.99 USD) — Genius glow! The Catrice Ultimate Lip Glow not only moisturizes and protects your lips, it enhances your natural lip color to create your very own personal shade. Not tested on animals.
What I think: This is such an interesting product. It is a clear rosy color in the tube, but applies really naturally on. I though it was going to be glossy, but it is a soft lip tint with a little bit of glow to it. On me it’s very light, almost looks like applying cherry Chapstick. But may be brighter on others.