Glow This Summer With New Makeup

Tags

, , ,

For me, summer makeup is all about the glow!  As long as I have great self-tanning, bronzing, highlighting and lip balms, I can get out the door quickly looking fresh for the day!

Below are some of my new favorites:

Jane Iredale Summer 2015

Jane Iredale Summer 2015

Jane Iredale Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion ($32 USD)uses diamond dust from pure mica to impart an irresistible golden glow and subtle veil of shimmer that warms and smoothes the complexion. The natural formula rejuvenates and hydrates with botanical extracts, and is gentle enough to be used on the face or body.

Jane Iredale LipDrink Lip Balm ($15 USD) provides physical, broad spectrum SPF 15 and uses a powerful blend of antioxidants, green tea extracts and Vitamins C and E to protect and nourish lips. LipDrink is naturally lemon scented and available in three shades including: Crush, a new tinted berry, Buff, a new nude, and Sheer, the original translucent shade.

What I think: A little goes a long way with the Golden Shimmer lotion.  Just a dab gives gorgeous, shimmery color that looks so pretty in the sun!  I like to use it as a highlight on my eyes and cheeks and on my legs for extra glow. The LipDrink is an extremely hydrating balm! I like to use the sheer for evenings and the gym, the Crush and Buff are great for an extra bit of color with the hydration.

Purchase at http://www.jeneiredale.com

tarte Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer ($30 USD) — tarte’s best-selling bronzing powder in the iconic park ave princess shade. The waterproof formula adds instant warmth and dimension across a variety of skin tones as Amazonian clay helps improve overall skin clarity, texture and tone for an overall lit from within complexion.

tarte Amazonian clay matte waterproof bronzer ($30 USD) — tarte’s best-selling matte bronzing powder in the iconic park ave princess shade.  This all-matte waterproof version adds instant warmth and dimension across a variety of skin tones as the Amazonian clay-infused formula helps to improve overall skin clarity, texture and tone for an overall lit from within complexion.

tarte Brazilliance skin rejuvenating maracuja self tanning face towelettes ($21 USD) — tarte’s best-selling maracuja self tanner in a convenient towelette designed specifically for the face. Infused with nourishing, antioxidant-rich ingredients, including maracuja and vitamin E, each single-use towelette brightens and hydrates the skin while delivering a lasting sunless tan that never looks fake or orange. Powered by tarte’s proprietary PUREshield™ scent-controlled technology, each towelette imparts a refreshing, spa-like experience with every application unlike any self tanner you’ve tried before. The convenient 10-pack allows for a seamless and streak-free application so you can look your beach bronze best anytime, anywhere.

What I think:  The bronzers are so beautiful, I love the park avenue princess shade, it’s almost a golden bronze.  The matte is great for contouring, but I think the shimmer shade is my favorite.  I sweep it on my cheekbones and forehead and it makes a lovely eye shadow.

The self tanning face towelettes technically aren’t makeup, but they do keep my skin bronze and glowing all day!  They are so easy to use!  I apply them at night, and by morning, my skin is bronzed. Plus, I love the natural ingredients.

Available at http://www.tartecosmetics.com

Doll 10 Hydra Fluid Foundation Drops ($36 USD) — Diffuse the look of imperfections and perfect your complexion with the next generation of foundation. Hydra Fluid is an ultra-thin foundation so rich in pigment that one drop is all you need. The lightweight, super-smooth formula leaves you with the appearance of a radiant, flawless finish. With Hydra Fluid Foundation Drops, you’re one drop away from the complexion you’ve been dreaming about.

Doll 10 Precision Foundation Brush ($32 USD) — An innovative, angled foundation brush made for precise contouring and flawless application. Use the flat, tapered side of the brush for overall coverage, and use the angled side of the brush  for contouring areas such as your cheekbones, jawline, and nose.

Doll 10 Blush and Glo Cheek Contour Stick and Lip Gloss ($30 USD) — Cheeks and balances. Take the guesswork out of contouring with Doll 10’s Blush & Glo Cheek Contour Highlighter Stick and Lip Gloss. With one swipe, the cheek stick is designed to deliver the perfect amount of blush and highlighter to skillfully sculpt, color, and illuminate. Pair it with the matching Lip Gloss for a glowing combination.

What I think: The foundation drops are light, but full-coverage, perfect for easy summer skin.  I have been testing them in Light, and the color is perfect for my skin tone.  The foundation brush applies them flawlessly.

My favorite Doll 10 product of the three.  It is so gorgeous!  I use the blush for my cheeks and the highlighter all over!  I also use the stick highlighter up and sweep it across my eyelids — the perfect summer eye shadow.  Plus, there is a lip gloss in the bottom of the stick.  And it is such a pretty pinky-nude.  My favorite shade (while my skin is not too tanned) is Kiss & Make up.  It also comes in a deeper shade called Love at First Sight.

Available at http://www.doll10.com.

 

 

My Beauty Favorites Week of May 18-May 24, 2015

Tags

, , , ,

My kids just got out of school for summer break on Friday, so our summer has started!  Between planning how to keep them busy and our road trip to Yellowstone, I am getting so excited for warmer weather and fun! This week I have been getting ready for summer by loving a fab skincare sunscreen, hair care for summer styles, and products to protect, restore and heal the skin. Tarte tarteguard 30 sunscreen lotion tarte tarteguard 30 sunscreen lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($32 USD) — tarte’s first ever, non-chemical sunscreen to help protect, moisturize, brighten and re-invigorate skin for a youthful-looking appearance. The lightweight, non-sticky liquid lotion contains all mineral, non-chemical sunscreen ingredients to help protect against the sun’s damaging UVA/UVB rays that can cause dryness, redness, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, among other skincare beauty boundaries. Recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation for daily use, the skinvigorating™ formula is also infused with maracuja, red algae, soybean, apple and honeysuckle extracts to nourish, tone and retain moisture while helping to combat signs of aging for a firmer, brighter, smoother appearance. The fresh, ocean’s lily scent allows for luxurious, spa-like daily applications while the high-performance liquid emulsion seamlessly melts into skin, leaving it supremely soft and silky, without ever leaving a white cast. What I think:  I have been using this as my daily moisturizer/sunscreen for a few days. It is very lightweight and absorbs instantly into my skin.  It is hard to tell that it is a sunscreen because it is very sheer and there isn’t a sunscreen scent.  The scent is quite floral, which seems strange for a sunscreen (not tropical) but it is very nice.  I will be using this until I run out! Purchase at http://www.tartecosmetics.com

Pure Abundance Style Prep ($24 USD) — Nature’s boost for fine hair-infuses all-day weightless volume that feels naturally yours. Adds lightweight, natural bulk to each strand with a botanical blend of acacia gum, passion fruit, rice bran, açaí oil and certified organic aloe. Boosts volume with a natural corn-derived polymer-helping give fine, limp strands the hold they need for body that lasts all day. Weightless conditioners detangle to help prevent breakage from combing. Helps refresh volume on non-shampoo days-without adding weight. Brilliant Spray-On Shine — ($28 USD) — Provides a sheer mist of pure shine and vitamin E to finished hair styles. Also helps eliminate flyaways. For all hair types. Imparts glossy shine, eliminates flyaways and tames frizz. Aveda Air Control Hair Spray — ($26 USD) — Take hold of innovation: with a flexible, lasting hold hair spray-for all hair types-that has a net-zero impact* on the Earth’s climate. Breakthrough pine resin technology for hold. Dry delivery. What I think: For summer, just a few great hair care products can keep your hair looking amazing, but not over done.  The Style Prep is a multi-tasker as it adds volume, detangles and refreshes volume on not shampoo days.  The Spray-On Shine really does add a healthy shine and helps with the flyaways.  And the flexible hold of the hairspray is perfect for sexy summer ‘do’s! Available at http://www.aveda.com

Q’urSkin ($12 USD) — Helps cleanse impurities and prevents inflammation, as well as supports skin’s healthy appearance. Useful for skin affected with lesions, minor cuts & scrapes, minor burns, bedsores and inconsistence. treatment for inflamed acne. The new nano-technological approach enhances the skin barrier system, provides long-lasting protection and assists in skin self-healing. Available at http://wwwndc.walmart.com/ip/Q-urSkin-QF-3010-2.3-fl.oz/17324362

Q’urBurn ($18.70 USD) — Provides skin comfort and helps relieve pain sensation & skin irritation caused by minor burns. It nourishes the skin, helping to restore the skin barrier system. Useful for skin affected by minor thermal, chemical burns and radiation. Available at http://wwwndc.walmart.com/ip/Q-urBurn-QF-3040-2.3-fl.oz/17324364

Q’urFollica ($12.80 USD) — Helps to relieve burning sensation and skin irritation, as well as prevents inflammation after waxing/shaving. Useful for skin at the bikini & underarm areas after shaving/waxing where ingrown hair or razor burn can occur. Available at http://wwwndc.walmart.com/ip/Q-urFollica-2.3-fl-oz/17324363

What I think:  These products are essential for summer mishaps!  Their portable sizes are perfect for first aid kits for travel and to keep at home. My kids (and husband) always come to me with boo-boo’s, and the Q’urSkin is like an effective spray bandaid. The Q’urBurn relieves the pain (campfire’s anyone?) and the Q’urFollica does help with razor burn!

Feel Good About Your Beauty Routine With Natural Products

Tags

, , , , ,

There are so many wonderful natural beauty products on the market these days include natural skincare and hair care. I find that not only are these products better for you, they are very effective.

Below are some of my current favorite natural hair care and skin care.  Leave a comment letting me know some of your favorites — I would love ideas for what to try next!

L'Occitane Peony Collection

L’Occitane Peony Collection

The peony, known as the “king of flowers” is valued for its unparalleled beauty and rarity. Embracing the absolute perfection of this elegant bloom, L’OCCITANE’s newest skincare collection helps to achieve a natural-looking complexion with their proprietary, Perfecting Peony Complex. Peony extract and mineral-based optical correctors help to visibly correct skin texture irregularities and minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines for stunningly beautiful, luminous skin.

What I think: I have been testing (and loving) this collection. The products left to right are the Peony Perfecting Essence, the Peony CC Skin Tone Perfecting Cream, the Peony Perfecting Cream and the Peony Perfecting Mist.  They all have a lovely light floral scent.  Used together, the skin care leaves my skin soft and glowing.  The CC cream starts out white and blends to my skin tone.  It gives a nice light coverage and my skin is smooth and even with use.

Learn more and purchase at usa.loccitane.com.

Eye Cream

Eye Cream

Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99 USD) — From the dreaded crows feet to those tiring bags under the eyes, uniting the power of peptides & antioxidants, this product packs a punch. Contains a peptide formula that reduces dark circles under the eyes.  Works to strengthen capillaries & veins, while increasing lymphatic drainage & circulation.  Effectively increases firmness and elasticity of skin, while reducing swelling.

What I think: This is such a light cream that instantly absorbs into my skin.  It hydrates the skin under my eyes and helps make the fine lines less noticeable. I use it day and night (I’m never without an eye cream).  This one is affordable and works really well (and it’s natural)!

http://www.madhippie.com

 

Oil Essentials

Oil Essentials

Oil Essentials  ($12.99 USD): A collection of natural beauty oils that nourish and heal to deliver healthy, shiny hair and youthful hands and nails. Packed with powerful yet gentle extracts from Mother Nature’s most nourishing plants and fruits, these luxurious oils inspire the senses with essential oils while providing glowing beauty benefits. These oils are free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic colors and are safe for sensitive skin. Oil Essentials is complete with six different oils to deliver outstanding results:

  • Argan & Wheat Germ – Aqua
  • Omega 3,6,9 & Evening Primrose
  • Neroli & Avocado
  • Seabuckthorn Berry & Borage
  • Sweet Almond & Macadamia
  • Lavender & Rose Hip

What I think:  I always like to have natural oils around for my hair, cuticles and elbows.  All of the above oils will moisturize and heal, but my favorite is the Sweet Almond & Macadamia because it prevents loss of moisture in hair and skin.  It smells amazing.  I love how it sinks into my skin and leaves it so soft!

Available at Walmart, HEB and Riteaid stores, as well as Riteaid.com. The company website is www.oilessentialsbeauty.com.

Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition Cleansing Conditioner

Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition  Conditioning Cleanser

Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition Collection ($7.99 USD): An alternative to harsh shampoos and conditioners. The multi-purpose sulfate and paraben-free cleansers are formulated to rebalance natural oils with pure ingredients, leaving hair clean, soft and full of body. The single step hair care regimen replaces shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, and leave-in conditioner with these amazing sulfate-free Conditioning Cleansers.

What I think:  I have been testing the Conditioning Cleanser for Dry or Damaged Hair. It smell creamy and a little spicy — the scent is Moroccan Macadamia.  I use it in place of shampoo and conditioner, I just work it in my wet hair, leave it in for a few minutes and rinse.  My hair is soft and manageable afterwards and is not left dry by shampoo.

Available at http://www.walgreens.com, Walgreens and Duane Reade stores.

 

My Beauty Favorites Week of May 11-May 17, 2015

Tags

, , ,

It’s getting close to summer in Kansas City.  Hot, humid and stormy!  But, I am still loving trying new products, especially ones that will make me look and feel fabulous to and through summer.

This week I’m loving a new holistic makeup brand, a fast new hair dryer, and skin-smoothing skincare and an amazing smelling bath oil.

Geri G. Cosmetics

Geri G. Cosmetics

Geri G. offers a whole system of products that offer a holistic approach to nourishing and hydrating the skin, including foundation, a multi-purpose canvas, plush mascara, lip-gloss creme, and even complimentary nutritional components.

What I think: I have been testing the Transceutical Canvas, the Innocent Foundation and the Lip Gloss Crème. The canvas is like a primer that leaves your skin glowing and keeps makeup looking fresh all day.  The foundation is a little sheer for me, but the canvas keeps it on all day.  I think it will be perfect in the summer when I don’t want to wear heavy foundation.  And, I love the lip gloss!  It is very moisturizing and stays on for a while.  The color is sheer, but very pretty!

Learn more and purchase at http://www.gerigla.com.

Jose Eber Quickshine Infrared Blow Dryer

Jose Eber Quickshine Infrared Blow Dryer

Jose Eber Quickshine Infrared Blow Dryer ($159 USD) — Get dry lustrous hair fast with this portable, professional grade dryer. This versatile blow dryer uses the gentle hear of Far Infrared light to dry beginning deep within the hair cuticle, decreasing drying time safely by more than 50%. The days of dry damaging heat, burns and hot spots are over with the Quickshine and you can say hello to shiny and smooth hair, fast!

What I think:  Love this blow dryer!  It is compact so it’s easy to use and dries my hair very fast. The very red light at the mouth of the blow dryer is a bit scary, but it is not as hot as it looks.  Plus, there is a cool air button that you can use to add shine to your hair.

Available at shop.joseeberhair.com

New NIP+FAB's Glycolic Fix Products

New NIP+FAB’s Glycolic Fix Products

NIP+FAB Glycolic Instant Fix Mask ($12.95 USD) — Resurface, retexture and renew instantly with this gel like mask to leave your skin radiant, blemish free and visibly smoother. A favourite of Kylie Jenner’s, NIP+FAB’s highest level of glycolic acid combines with EVERMAT™ technology to gently smooth away the appearance of lines and wrinkles, whilst clearing and reducing the look of enlarged pores.

NIP+FAB Glycolic No Needle Fix Serum ($19.95 USD) — No Needle Fix is a revolutionary, intensive plumping and volumizing serum that fills fine lines, smoothes wrinkles and reduces the appearance of imperfections, improving skin’s overall tonicity and elasticity.

What I think: I’ve found that both of theses products work to smooth skin tone.  My pores and wrinkles appeared smaller as soon as I first tried the mask.

Available at CVS, ULTA and Target stores nationwide

Rituals Fortune Oil

Rituals Fortune Oil

Rituals Fortune Oil ($15 USD) — The shower oil becomes a silky soft foam, leaving your skin beautifully soft. The ingredients Sweet Orange & Cedar produce a wonderfully warm fragrance. The shower oil helps you keep your summer tan for longer. The oil hydrates your skin in the shower, so that you lose less pigment.

What I think: This oil is really fun to use.  In the shower it turns in to a foam and after you wash, it rinses clean.  My skin is left soft and smooth.  Plus, the scent is amazing it is both warm and sweet.

Purchase at us.rituals.com

 

Tarte Beauty In The Basics — QVC’s Today’s Special Value May 11, 2015

Tags

, , , ,

Tarte Beauty Basics

It’s time for another fab tarte and QVC Today’s Special Value — beauty in the basics 6-piece collection! This set retails for $47.96 (regularly $58) plus free shipping and will be available for 1 day only: today, May 11th, on QVC and QVC.com.

Set includes:

Amazonian clay smoothing balm & bamboo balm brush — Offers lightweight, medium coverage with flex form technology & hyaluronic acid to blur over the look of fine lines, wrinkles & pores. Apply with the custom brush for an effortless, flawless complexion. Available in fair, light, light-medium, medium, tan & deep.  I have been testing this in light, which is my perfect shade.  It does blend in so smoothly and my skin looks flawless.  I also love the brush.  It is packed full of bristles and is a bit stiff, which is perfect in applying the balm evenly onto the face.

Amazonian clay tightlining eyeliner – All-new, automatic precision liner designed to tightline and define eyes with ease in an everyday black brown shade. Ultra-thin, crisp tip fills in gaps along the lash line and adds instant definition along the inner rim.  I like to dot this into my lash line, then line with it.  It looks natural, but defined.  Blends well and stays all day.

Colored clay eyeshadow palette – New, moisture-rich shadow quad featuring a uniquely plush, creamy formula that can be applied straight to the lid using just your fingertips. 4 limited-edition, everyday shades: classic cream, simple slate, tantalizing tan & breathtaking brown.  This is in between a powder and a cream and are easy to apply with fingers or a brush.

Lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara – Our full size iconic mascara that delivers a 330% increase in lash volume instantly.  My favorite mascara! It lengthens and volumizes, which is rare to find in one mascara. Love!

LipSurgence™ lip crème — This silky, full coverage lip color keeps your pout plump and hydrated throughout the day.  Limited-edition shade offers the perfect pop of complexion-enhancing, soft honeysuckle pink.  I love lipsurgence.  This color is a bit bright on me, but it is really pretty.

Purchase by calling QVC or at  http://qvc.co/Beauty_inthebasics

My Beauty Favorites Week of May 4-May 10, 2015

Tags

, , ,

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers and caregivers out their that do so much for others!  My daughters spoiled me today and I hope you all received the Queen’s treatment, too!

My faves this week are a random mix of goodies.  From a battery-powered manicure kit, to an eye cream + brightener duo, to an affordable self tanner, to hair fibers that make my hair look thicker, I have been testing lots of great new products!

Slim Uno Portable Manicure Kit

Slim Uno Portable Manicure Kit

Slim Uno Portable Manicure Kit ($24.95 USD) — a portable battery-powered manicure kit.  You can now keep your nails looking beautiful while traveling, at work, and
at home with ease. This deluxe kit combines the sonic power of Violife’s best-selling toothbrushes, with manicurist favorite nail tools, including a cuticle pusher, shaping file, emery board and buffer board.

What I think:  This looked a little intimidating in the box, but it is really easy to use.  It is great to carry in my purse for nail emergencies.

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

Avon Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Express Dual Eye System

Avon Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Express Dual Eye System

Avon Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Express Dual Eye System ($30 USD) — A brightening veil + hydrating eye cream, formulated with Tri-Elastinex technology. Instantly brightens the eye area. Over time, the look of lines and wrinkles around the eyes virtually disappears.

What I think:  The eye cream instantly absorbs into the skin and the brightening veil leaves the skin around my eyes glowing!  I use both products in the morning and the eye cream in the evening.  My eye area is completely hydrated and my fine lines are lessened.

Available at http://www.avon.com

Ocean Potion EverGlow Xtreme Self Tanning Lotion

Ocean Potion EverGlow Xtreme Self Tanning Lotion

Ocean Potion EverGlow Xtreme Self Tanning Lotion ($5.49 USD) — Moisturizing lotion creates glowing, natural looking color while avoiding the harmful rays of the sun. Subtle color begins to develop within hours. Reapply daily until desired depth of color is reached with full color achieved in only three days. For all skin tones. Coconut and sunflower oils offer rich moisturization. Cocoa and shea butter deliver deep hydration. Vitamins A, C and E help keep skin feeling soft, smooth and looking summer beautiful no matter what time of year. Aloe vera reduces inflammation. Fresh, pleasant mango-lime scent — unlike other self-tanners with unpleasant odors.

What I think:  I love the scent of this self tanner (not something I usually say), it is really refreshing!  I also like how it moisturizes my skin as it tans.  After three days I had a medium-dark tan that wasn’t streaky at all!

Available at Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Kroger, Publix, Winn-Dixie, HEB, BI-LO, www.wal-mart.com, www.drugstore.com, and other retail and online stores throughout the USA. 

HairMax Hair Fibers

HairMax Hair Fibers

HairMax Hair Fibers ($35 USD) — are natural keratin protein hair building fibers that blend and statically cling to your existing hair to hide any receding areas and provide dramatic density, volume and natural looking coverage, INSTANTLY! They are the perfect solution for men and women suffering with hair loss and thinning hair who want to change the way they feel about their appearance. Balding and thinning areas instantly vanish leaving you with a natural looking full head of hair.

What I think: I have used these a couple of times now.  My part and hairline are thinning, and this made my hair look fuller.  I haven’t colored my roots for a few weeks and the fibers also helped hide my grays.  This is really nice when I want to do a nice hair style for going out.

Available at http://www.hairmax.com

Protect Your Skin This Spring and Summer With New SPF Products

Tags

, , , , ,

I have been getting ready for the upcoming sunny seasons by making sure I am stocked up with SPF — in my facial care, lip care and body care.  I am even stockpiling products that help after a day in the sun.  Here are my new faves:

Coola is one of my favorite sunscreen brands.  If you like scented sunscreen, the scents are amazing, but if you need unscented products they have them as well. The three products above are amazing!  The Liplux SPF 15 Vanilla Peppermint ($12 USD) is really refreshing and protects lips from the sun.  With the unscented Sport spray ($36 USD) I can run around all day and not worry about burning, plus it has skincare benefits.  The Environmental Repair Plus Eye Gel will soothe burnt eyelids and repair, too! Available at http://www.coolasuncare.com

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range is very affordable and effective.  Renowned for its Cocoa Butter chops for decades, Palmer’s has harnessed all of the incredible skin care benefits of this super ingredient (in prime-pressed, unrefined form) into a five-piece collection of suncare products that effectively protects skin, keeping it free from discoloration and spots associated with UV exposure. All of the products are formulated with Palmer’s proprietary Cocoaplex™ Technology, which optimizes the skin-friendly properties of Cocoa Butter all while enhancing the sunscreen emulsification. The products are:

  • SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion – Retails for $7
  • SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen Spray – Retails for $9
  • SPF 15 Moisturizing Sunscreen Balm – Retails for $6
  • SPF 45 Moisturizing Sunscreen for Face – Retails for $7
  • SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick – Retails for $4

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range is Available Exclusively at Wal-Mart Stores Nationwide.

NO-AD Sport Body & Face Sunscreen Stick

NO-AD Sport Body & Face Sunscreen Stick

NO-AD Sport Body & Face Sunscreen Stick ($6.99 USD) — Convenient wide-format stick keeps hands clean and ready for any sport or outdoor activity. Ultra-lightweight formula goes on clear with no white mess. Great for the body, yet gentle and light enough for the face. Fragrance-free, nonirritating formula is great for sensitive skin. Same quantity as national brands for a value price. This is a clear, light balm that is easy to apply and contains SPF 50.  I light to use a spray sunscreen, then layer this on the areas that burn easily like my shoulders, tops of legs and nose. Available at Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Kroger, Publix, Winn-Dixie, HEB, BI-LO, www.wal-mart.com, www.drugstore.com, and other retail and online stores throughout the USA.

Safe Harbor Sunscreen

Safe Harbor Sunscreen

Safe Harbor Sunscreen ($9.99 USD): An advanced range of sun care products for adults and children complete with a mineral zinc oxide-based formula that naturally protects skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. With a focus on providing the most natural, effective and chemical-free suncare, the products also include titanium dioxide for an additional level of sun protection and a rich blend of ingredients such as red algae, green tea, sea buckthorn, and jojoba for added antioxidant benefits.

I tested the 30 Mineral SPF Sensitive Lotion.  As I applied it, I noticed that it feels like a luxe skincare lotion, not SPF.  It applies clear and absorbs instantly.  I do have sensitive skin and it did not irritate my skin at all.

Purchase at Walmart stores.

Avon ANEW Vitale Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25

Avon ANEW Vitale Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25

Don’t forget the facial sunscreen!  Avon ANEW combines SPF and skincare Vitale Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25 ($28 USD) — Introducing Anew Vitale, powered by VitaToneComplex. Revive tired-looking skin after just one use. Now you can visibly reduce dullness, improve clarity and restore the well-rested look of a full-night’s sleep. I like that it is not greasy and that it instantly smooths the skin and gives an even skin tone.  The SPF 25 protects while the cream treats tired skin. Available at http://www.avon.com Readers, please leave a comment and let me know what sunscreens you are using.

Innovative New Skincare To Improve Your Complexion This Spring

Tags

, , , , ,

In the summer, it gets so hot in Kansas City that I don’t wear a lot of makeup.  Because of this, I like my skincare to be in tip-top shape by summer.

I have been using the luxe skincare products below for a couple of weeks and my skin looks better than it has in a while! With all of these products, my pores are looking much smaller, my skin is clear and has an even tone, it is so soft and my little wrinkles are almost gone.  These products may be a bit costly, but they are worth it!

Babor Reversive Anti-Aging Cream Rich

Babor Reversive Anti-Aging Cream Rich

Babor Reversive Anti-Aging Cream Rich ($185 50ml) — ReVersive is unique, as it contains a high-performance formula with four active ingredients that interact in perfect synergy. Designed as a complete anti-aging system, ReVersive restores youthful radiance and luminosity, leaving the complexion looking firmer and smoother with a beautifully even appearance. This slightly richer, soft-textured cream is ideal for dry skin, and can also be used as night cream to pamper the skin.

What I think: This is a rich cream that is not greasy at all!  It absorbs into the skin leaving it so soft.  I love using this at night over a potent serum to lock in moisture and make skin smooth and hydrated by morning.

Available in the world’s finest spas and at www.babor.com.

Intraceuticals Opulence Collection

Intraceuticals Opulence Collection

Intraceuticals The Opulence Collection provides powerful ingredients to dually target existing hyperpigmentation and prevent the formation of future spots, all while keeping the overall health of the skin in mind. Vitamin A gently promotes cell turnover and natural exfoliation to diminish the appearance of dark stops. Vitamin C works alongside Vitamin A to promote brightening benefits, while also providing super antioxidant benefits. Nonapeptide-1, the latest and greatest tyrosinase inhibitor available, assists in the long term defense of unwanted discoloration and control of brown spots and overall skin tone. All this while 3 layers of hyaluronic acid visibly hydrate and plump the skin for a healthier, more youthful appearance.

The new Intraceuticals Opulence collection, which includes the Opulence Daily Serum ($149 USD), sulfate free Brightening Cleanser ($49 USD), Hydration Gel ($89 USD), Moisture Binding Cream ($69 USD) and Brightening Wand ($49 USD) are available now at http://intraceuticals.com/.

What I think: I do have some brown spots on my face and so I was excited to try this line!  My favorite products are the Hydration Gel and the Brightening Wand, because they both are such unique products.  I use the Hydration Gel after serum and it really helps hydrate and even out my skin tone.  I have been using the Brightening Wand on brown spots and have seen a bit of a lightening effect, which I hope will lighten even more as I continue using it.

Nassif MD Bio-Bundle Clock AM, Clock PM and Dawn to Dusk

Nassif MD Bio-Bundle Clock AM, Clock PM and Dawn to Dusk

Nassif MD Bio-Bundle Clock AM, Clock PM & Dawn to Dusk ($225 USD) — You can either purchase these three products separately or in a bundle.  They are:

Clock AM Day Serum ($95 USD) synchronizes with the skin’s daytime biorhythms and defends the skin from environmental assault, including the newest types of UV radiation (cell phones, tablets and laptops) known as HEV (High Energy Visible) light. The key benefits of Clock AM include shielding the skin against hidden causes of premature aging, elasticity loss and wrinkles. It noticeably boosts skin hydration as well as helps firm the skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines.

Clock PM Night Serum ($95 USD) is full of beneficial mega-complexes for the rejuvenation, detoxification and recovery of skin during our rest phase. In only a few hours, liposome-delivered Roxisomes™ dive deep to help support the skin’s natural repair of damage from oxygen free radicals that occurs during the day. When combined with the nighttime biorhythm’s reparative mode, the skin is genuinely restored to preserve its youthful glow. The hero ingredient Astaxanthin acts as a potent antioxidant bolstering cellular resistance to environmental toxins. Matrixyl Synthe-6, a fortifying peptide, helps stimulate collagen production, contributing to firm, smooth skin. During sleep, recovering cells and the epidermal matrix are infused with essential sustenance for skin regeneration, restoration and renewal.

Dawn To Dusk Exfoliating Cleaner ($35 USD) is the perfect start to our skincare system.  The jojoba and ivory palm seed spheres instantly rid the skin of dead cells and surface impurities, revealing a glowing and radiant skin that’s primed for intense nourishment and treatment. The main ingredients are Ivory Palm Seed, Jojoba, Pomegranate, Panethenol and Allantoin.

What I think:  I have been using these three products for a couple of weeks and I love them.  The cleanser is extremely gentle, and makes my skin so soft and clean without irritating it at all.  Both serums instantly smooth and soften my skin.

Learn more and purchase at http://www.nassifmdskincare.com/products.

Patchology FlashPatch Eye Gels ($50 USD) — When time isn’t on your side FlashPatch™ Eye Gels revive tired, fatigued eyes in just 5 minutes. Hydrogel patch technology provides deep hydration and eye revitalization in a way that topical creams or serums cannot.

Highly advanced cooling and refreshing translucent hydrogel patches accelerate the delivery of essential ingredients Caffeine and Hydrolyzed Collagen. Stay-put patches ensure you get the ingredients where you need them most. The result is a smoother, brighter, more youthful appearance. Included: 30 Pairs of FlashPatch Eye Gels

What I think: These are so cool (LOL, they literally cool the skin around your eyes)! They feel amazing when applied and really de-puff eyes.  Plus you get a bunch — 30 pairs is a lot!

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

My Beauty Faves Week of April 27-May 03, 2015

Tags

, , , , , ,

It is getting warmer in Kansas City and the pollen count is very high, which means I am in the middle of allergy season!  Yuck!  And although I can’t wear eye makeup for a while (red, itchy eyes)  I still want to look as good as possible.

This week, I am loving a good-for-you nail polish, a beautiful BB cream, a moisturizing lip crayon and a fun lip balm/sneaker collaboration.

What are you loving this week? Leave a comment and let me know!

Dr.’s Remedy Mindful Mulberry Nail Polish

Dr.’s Remedy Mindful Mulberry Nail Polish

Dr.’s Remedy Mindful Mulberry Nail Polish ($17 USD) — Think of the awakening and blossoming that comes with warmer temperatures. This renewed juicy berry shade is stylishly tart and playful yet sweet and classic. A perfect feminine neutral. Podiatrist formulated advanced nail enamel.  Long lasting, brilliant color.  Enriched with Garlic Bulb Extract, Tea Tree Oil, Wheat Protein and Vitamins C and E.

What I think: This is a beautiful color — it looks great on fingernails or on toenails, now that sandal season is here!  This does last a few days without chipping and is so good for the nails! Love!

Available at http://www.remedynails.com

Immortelle Precious BB Cream SPF30

L’Occitane Immortelle Precious BB Cream SPF30

L’Occitane Immortelle Precious BB Cream SPF30  ($45 USD) — This multi-purpose formula with its smooth texture helps to conceal uneven skin tone and to blemish and brighten dull skin; signs of stress and fatigue appear softened and helps to protect skin against damaging effects of photo-aging, thanks to its UV filters.

What I think: I love that this BB Cream is a combination of skincare and makeup.  Not only does it cover imperfections it protects and treats my skin.  It gives medium coverage and the fair color is a good match to my skin tone without being orangey.

Available at http://www.usa.loccitane.com.

butter LONDON Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons

butter LONDON Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons

butter LONDON Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons ($20 USD) — Precise and easy to use, this high-shine, long-wear LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon will make you fall in love with crayons all over again. The eight sumptuously pigmented colours provide antioxidant protection while delivering full coverage and creamy hydration like that of a lipstick while delivering the intense shine and smoothness of a gloss. Mango Seed Oil and Marula Oil help to improve lip moisturization and Niacinamide, maintains the skin barrier for smoother, more even lip tone. The best bit – each Lip Crayon comes complete with a built-in sharpener, so you can keep the slimline applicator sharp, even on-the-go.

What I think:  This lip crayon is very soft and moisturizing.  There is a built-in sharpener in the lid, which means you can sharpen your crayon on the go!  I love the color Teddy Boy.  It’s a nude-mauve color and is very pretty for a polished look.

eos x Keds Collection

eos x Keds Collection

eos x Keds Collection This spring, fashion and beauty comes together like never before! Millennial-loved brands eos and Keds partner together to bring you a Limited Edition eos x Keds Collection that has you covered head to toe featuring three new shoe designs inspired by flavors from the wildly popular eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm collection! Keds’ iconic sneakers are reimagined in bright solids and an eos sphere-inspired print that adds just the right amount of whimsy to warm-weather style.

This capsule collection contains three “flavor” styles in coordinating bright colors that are the perfect accessory to spring and summer style. The eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balms in Passion Fruit, Blueberry Acai and Pomegranate Raspberry are the inspiration behind the collection, with each Keds shoe matching the color and flavor of the corresponding eos Lip Balm. Finishing touches such as glitter laces and a striped sole accented with a lips icon are an added delight for the sunny season.

What I think:  Although I don’t have a pair of the shoes, I do love the eos lip balms and think the colors for the balms and the sneakers are fresh and pretty for spring.

The limited edition styles are available exclusively at Shoe Carnival now retailing for $50 – $55.

 

Last Minute Mother’s Day Skincare Gift Ideas

Tags

, , , , ,

Mother’s Day is just a week away!  Have you purchased something for Mom yet?  I think skincare is a great idea for her and for any woman that you want to pamper this month.  Not only is it nice to try something new, this is a gift that will make her feel better inside and out!

Below are products and sets that may be perfect for a special lady this Mother’s Day:

Marula Pure Beauty Oil

Marula Pure Beauty Oil

Marula Pure Beauty Oil ($15 for 0.23 oz, $58 for 1 oz, $78 for 1.69 oz) — Specially formulated for the face and neck, premium Marula Oil is a naturally soothing treatment that provides intense hydration, protection, and rejuvenation to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for soft, radiant skin. It is suitable for all skin types and contains a high content of fatty acids, resulting in fast absorption to leave skin smooth with a matte finish. Clinically proven to contain a great deal of antioxidants and omega acids, it can be used alone as a highly effective anti-aging moisturizer, added to other facial products to boost their efficacy, soothe skin after facial treatments or sunburn, or used as a perfect makeup primer. The deliciously fresh scent that stems from a one percent essential oil blend and provides a total sensory experience upon application, then dissipates so it won’t fight your fragrance.

Available at http://www.sephora.com

Skin Inc Hydrate 'Em Custom-Blended Serum Mother's Day Set

Skin Inc Hydrate ‘Em Custom-Blended Serum Mother’s Day Set

Skin Inc Hydrate ‘Em Custom-Blended Serum Mother’s Day Set ($90 USD, a $145 value) — Deeply hydrate dry skin and plump up fine lines with this custom-blend of Ceramides, Coenzyme Q10 and Hyaluronic Acid, formulated with Skin Inc’s patented encapsulation technology that releases ingredients only upon application.

Learn more and purchase at http://www.iloveskininc.com.

Dr Jart+ The Original BB Set

Dr Jart+ The Original BB Set

Dr Jart+ The Original BB Set ($34 USD) — Busy mom?  Treat her to an all-in-one beauty fix.  Each set contains four of Dr. Jart+’s hero BB’s to help her tackle skincare problems while still providing great coverage.

Learn more at http://www.sephora.com

Le Mieux Skin Perfecter

Le Mieux Skin Perfecter

Le Mieux Skin Perfecter ($189 USD) — The Skin Perfecter uses ultrasonic technology (28,000 ultrasonic vibrations per second) to deeply cleanse pores. The ultrasonic waves create a sudden formation and collapse of bubbles in a liquid form called cavitation. This formation creates a micro-jet like current that increases the permeability of the cell walls, allowing molecules to be more easily transported through the outermost layer of the skin. This in turn pushes out any impurities and cellular debris.

Purchase at www.skinperfecter.com

 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,674 other followers