My Beauty Favorites Week of July 27-August 1, 2015

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My children are going back to school in a week and a half.  Even though summer is winding down for us, it is still blazing hot out!  And, I still need to use summer beauty products to treat my skin during the hot weather.

This week I am loving a anti-aging power serum, a hydrating body lotion, moisturizing lip balm and a fun travel fragrance bottle.

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate ($78 for 1.0 oz; $105 for 1.7 oz; $135 for 2.5 oz.; $175 for 3.4 oz.) — an innovative serum that sinks in instantly — and quickly transforms your skin. The formula works day and night to target the 10 key signs of youth (texture, resiliency, elasticity, firmness, sagginess, fine lines, wrinkles, radiance, even skin tone and clarity) and is clinically proven to offer noticeable results in just 7 days.

What I think: I have been using this serum for a short period of time, but I already see a difference in my skin.  After use, my skin’s texture is more even and glowy.  I am looking forward to continued use and to see improvements in other areas soon!

Available at Lancôme counters nationwide and lancome-usa.com

Curél Daily Moisture Original Lotion

Curél Daily Moisture Original Lotion

Curél Daily Moisture Original Lotion ($7.99 USD) — Skin will feel happy and healthy all day long with this rich lotion. Featuring time-released moisturizers, this lotion hydrates and relieves dry, itchy, irritated skin. Clinically proven to provide 24 hours of continuous moisturizing, it will leave your skin smooth, comforted and intensely satisfied.

What I think: I feels that I need lots of moisture in the summer, especially on my legs and feet.  This is perfect to apply after a shower or at night time, when you want extra moisture.  The scent is very mild and creamy.  It does not linger and will not interfere with your other fragrances.

Available drugstores and mass retailers.

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Lip Balm ($3.29 USD) — Sweet, juicy lips are always in season thanks to Burt’s Bees® Lip Balm with Coconut and Pear.  This delectable moisturizing balm combines a juicy extract of vitamin-rich pear with creamy, hydrating coconut oil.  The light formula, with shea butter, makes lips feel soft, replenished and healthy.  Stash this lip balm tube in your purse or pocket for anytime dry lip therapy.  It’s 100% natural and contains no parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals.  Burt’s Bees lip conditioners are available in a variety of other fun flavors.  Spread on a little TLC with Burt’s Bees moisturizing lip balm.

What I think: This extremely hydrating lip balm is also very yummy!  It has a refreshing scent and taste. And you can lick your lips and feel safe, because it’s 100% natural! This is wonderful after being in the sun or for very dry lips.

Available at mass market retailers.

Travalo Excel

Travalo Excel

Travalo Excel ($19.99 USD) — We all know that airport security can be a little frustrating…make it less frustrating with this product.  Available in 9 different colors, EXCEL holds 65 sprays so that you can travel with your favorite fragrance anywhere you go.

Travalo can be taken in hand as carry on luggage onboard planes anywhere in the world. Travalo has a unique pressure regulating system that makes sure the bottle adjusts to changing air pressure during flights, preventing any leaks, and enabling you to be fully prepared for landing!

What I think:  This is so cool!  You can easily fill it by placing the bottom of the Travalo on your favorite perfume (take off the spray cap first) and pump it so it’s full.  And then you can take your favorite scent with you!

Available at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

Having a Heat Wave? Treat Your Skin With Warm Weather Skin Care!

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I’ll admit, the thought of using heavy creams and sunscreens when it’s blazing hot is not fun.  Luckily, there is amazing skincare that works without making your skin feel like it has a pile of grease on it!

I have been testing some amazing lighter skincare including fresh masks, and after-sun gel, an SPF moisturizer, an eye serum and sheer sunscreen for face and body:

Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask

Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask

Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask ($60 USD) — It can be difficult to keep your face hydrated and also clear of blemishes in the hotter months. This mask will simultaneously rehydrate and detoxify your skin, leaving you simply radiant. Its fruit acids will brighten your complexion and with weekly use, you’ll have skin like you’ve started a new facial routine.

What I think:  It’s difficult to want to put on a mask when it is hot, because you don’t really want goop on your skin.  This mask is refreshing and my skin felt soft, but not greasy afterwards.  It was also helped clear up the few blemishes that are on my skin from the summer heat.

Available at http://www.indielee.com

Acure’s Cell Regenerating Mask

Acure’s Cell Regenerating Mask

Acure’s Cell Regenerating Mask ($12.99 USD) — Get serious cell repair with this mask.  French Green Clay draws out impurities while Moroccan Argan Oil, CoQ10 and Seabuckthorn Oil add intense hydration back to the skin.

What I think:  This is perfect for stressed summer skin. When I use it, I can feel it working and when I wash it off, my skin is smooth and soft!  Great natural product for the price!

Purchase at http://www.acureorganics.com

Korres Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel

Korres Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel

Korres Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel ($26 USD) — If you get a burn, don’t let it dry your skin! This is an ultra-cooling cream gel that provides long-lasting freshness and comfort to the face and body. Ideal for after sun exposure, yogurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging.

What I think: Luckily, I haven’t had a bad burn this summer (it’s too hot to go outside!).  But this cream is perfect whenever I have had too much sun and my skin is a bit red and tight.  It also works well on my sensitive skin if I have left a peel or mask on too long and my skin is irritated.

Available at http://www.sephora.com

VENeffect Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 15

VENeffect Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 15

VENeffect Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 15 ($145 USD) — enhances collagen production, helps reverse sun damage and dramatically improves skin elasticity while offering broad-spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays. With the ongoing push to work SPF into every day skincare, this product’s lightweight formula is an easy way to ensure skin is protected while still providing the benefits of a true moisturizer and without leaving behind a white cast.

What I think: I love how light this moisturizer is!  I apply it after my serum in the morning and since it has SPF, it does double-duty.  Plus, it has amazing skincare benefits.  I have noticed that my skin is smoother and clearer.  I am hoping to see improvements in skin elasticity after I use it for a few weeks.

Available at select specialty beauty retailers and online at VENeffect.com, NeimanMarcus.com, Dermstore.com, SpaceNK.com, CosBar.com and Bloomingdales.com.

 

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment ($69 USD) — Diminish tired and puffy eyes with this eye treatment.  This potent anti-aging serum is infused with the Bio Copper Complex to reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the delicate eye area while it firms, smoothes texture and tones the skin.

What I think:  I have been using this light serum morning and night.  It instantly firms the skin around my eyes and helps me look awake!  The skin around my eyes also appears smoother.

Purchase at http://www.kohls.com).

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Sport Luxe Sunscreen for Face and Body

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Sport Luxe Sunscreen for Face and Body

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Sport Luxe Sunscreen for Face and Body ($30 USD) — Always stay protected from the sun no matter how hard you’re working.  This new generation of mineral sunscreen is infused with SmartSportTM Technology for high performance, ultra sheer protection that resists wear off from water and sweat.

What I think: I am always excited to find a lightweight sunscreen.  It is hard to get my kids to use the thick, goopy kind!  This is light and sheer.  And I like that it resists water, it is great for swimming and outdoor exercise.

Purchase at www.lavanila.com.

 

New Products For Perfect Summer Hair

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Summer hair is, at the same time, easy and frustrating.  By easy, I mean that you can sport uncomplicated styles like beachy waves and cute braids.  It can also be frustrating to fight frizz and sun damage.

Below are some of my current faves for healthy and gorgeous hair:

Dessert Essence Island Mango Shampoo & Conditioner ($9, 8 fl. oz. each) — Infused with a blend of mango seed butter, organic shea butter and organic coconut oil, this shampoo cleanses with rich lather for soft, healthy hair. Use the delightfully scented Island Mango Conditioner tolock-in moisturize for smooth, silky, deeply moisturized strands.

Italian Lemon Shampoo & Conditioner, ($9, 8 fl. oz. each) — Formulated with energizing lemon oil, rich in anti-oxidant vitamin C, this deep cleaning shampoo removes product and oil build up without stripping hair of natural moisture. Follow using the lightweight Italian Lemon Conditioner to replenish hairs natural moisture while adding shine for soft andmanageable hair.

What I think:  These both have such wonderful summer scents! The Island Mango is my favorite. I leaves my hair so soft.  The Italian Lemon is great once or twice a week because it really cleans the product out of my hair and makes my hair so shiny!  I suggest trying both!

Available on http://www.desertessence.com and at select Whole Foods nationwide.

Topganic Shampoo with Obliphica Oil ($9 USD 13.53 fl. oz.) — Luxurious shampoo, enriched with Obliphica oil, Vitamin E, Natural essences and Dead Sea Minerals. Our shampoo gently cleanses your hair while maintaining its natural moisture level. Nourishes the hair roots. Leaves your hair soft, healthy and shiny. Wonderfully fragranced.

Topganic Conditioner with Obliphica Oil ($9 USD 13.53 fl. oz.) — Luxurious conditioner, enriched with Obliphica oil, Vitamin E, Natural essences and Dead Sea Minerals. After cleansing your hair with Topganic shampoo, our conditioner helps maintain a healthy moisture balance for beautiful, silky strands. Provides your hair with a soft touch, healthy look and a beautiful shine. Wonderfully fragranced.

What I think:  These all natural products are so good for the hair!  It cleans hair without stripping it and leave it soft and shiny!  The scent is soft and really pretty.  This is perfect for those who are using only natural products.

Available at http://www.topganic.com

Unwash’s Hydrating Masque

Unwash’s Hydrating Masque

Unwash’s Hydrating Masque ($34 USD) — you can replenish lost hydration and leave the hair as smooth and as soft as if you had just left the salon. This moisturizing masque cleans without stripping natural oils, leaving nothing but shiny, healthy hair.

What I think: This fantastically-scented mask transforms dry, summer hair.  After leaving on for about 5-10 minutes, my hair is so soft!  And, it looks so healthy.

Available at http://www.unwash.com

Sun Bum Beach Formula

Sun Bum Beach Formula

Sun Bum Beach Formula Shine On  ($19.99 USD)- Make sure to keep hair shiny, glossy and tamed with Sun Bum Beach Formula! The Beach Formula Shine On is an AMAZING lightweight oil treatment protects your hair from the elements while naturally hydrating, restoring, and strengthening it!

It’s color safe and blended with pure Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil and Banana Leaf to ensure your hair is the silkiest EVER.

What I think: I love this oil!  Just one pump works for my medium length hair.  I apply it to damp hair and my hair dries soft and smooth!  It is not oily at all — so light! — and it does wonders for my summer hair!

Purchase at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

Scunci No Slip Silicone Headwraps (approx. $5.99 USD) — No-Slip Silicone Headwraps are the ultimate ‘fashion meets function’ must-have.

Scunci Braided 3X Stronger Elastics (approx. $3.99 USD) — Braided elastics in black, strong and hold hair without pulling or breaking.

What I think: These are both perfect for working out in the summer.  They also come in handy on very hot days that I don’t want to wear my hair down!

Purchase at Walmart and drugstores.

What hair products are you loving this summer?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

It’s Time To Celebrate National Lipstick Day!

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Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Collection

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Collection

It’s National Lipstick Day!  I love lip products and am always excited to try new ones.  So I decide that in honor of National Lipstick Day, I would give you ideas of awesome new lip products to try!

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Collection ($20 USD) — Lustrous finish, Shea butter for lasting moisturization and Vitamins C and E (antioxidants) to protect.

Available shades: Legendary, Pink Petal, Primrose, Pout, Posy Pink, Melondrama, Mandarin, Nylon Nude, Honey, Cognac, Fig, Vivid Violet, Chestnut, Infrared Matte, Plum Scene, Pretty Social, Mulberry, Shock Me Pink

Learn more and purchase at http://www.smashbox.com and also available in a Matte version.

Avon Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15

Avon Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15

Not afraid to rock a bold lip? Prefer a more demure pale pink? The first of your friends to experiment with a non-traditional shade like deep plum or dark brown? Believe it or not, your preferred lip shade and your personality may go hand in hand!

In honor of National Lipstick Day, Avon is sharing a Lipstick personality quiz – a series of seven questions designed to help you identify the perfect lip shade for you. And, just in time to celebrate, Avon’s newest launch – Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15 – available in ten full color shades, for any and every lip personality.

To find out what lipstick is perfect for you, check out the quiz at http://beautyforapurpose.avon.com/lipstick-personality-quiz/. My perfect lipstick shade is Peach Petunia and it is really pretty!

Purchase att www.avon.com.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick ($32 USD) — According to Charlotte herself, this is a lipstick for every woman to fall in love with. The unique formula features seed extracts from ‘The Lipstick Tree,’ a rare, exotic tree with nurturing and protective properties were originally discovered by Native American women who used the seeds to paint and protect their lips, since it contains an anti-oxidant that naturally protects lips from UV damage and external pollution, leaving lips cashmere-soft and irresistible. With a wide range of ten ultra-luxe shades, these lipsticks are blended with special waxes and clever light-diffusing pigments for pert, full-bodied, ultra-brilliant lips that are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Shades: Stoned Rose, So Marilyn, Love Bite, Hepburn Honey, Bitch Perfect, Night Crimson, Penelope Pink, Coachella Coral, Nude Kate and Velvet Underground.

Available at CharlotteTilbury.com

butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons

butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons

butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons ($20 USD) –Precise and easy to use, these high-shine, long-wear crayons provide the full coverage and pigment of a lipstick and the intense shine and smoothness of a gloss. The long-wearing formulation contains Mango Seed Oil and Marula Oil to improve lip moisturization, as well as Niacinamide which helps the skin barrier for a smoother, more even lip tone. Each lip crayon comes complete with a built-in sharpener, so you can keep the slim-line applicator sharp, even on-the-go.

Shades: Tea With The Queen, Disco Biscuit, Toff, Primrose Hill Picnic, Teddy Boy, Ladybird, Trout Pout, Ruby Murray

Purchase at http://www.butterlondon.com

Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow

Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow

Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow ($22 USD) — These powerful velvet pencils work like a lipstick and liner all-in-one and will give you long-lasting color with precision application.

Available at http://www.spacenk.com

Rodial Glamsticks

Rodial Glamsticks

Rodial Glamsticks ($28 USD) — Infused with cocoa butter and vitamin E to hydrate and protect, your lips will never feel softer or look better.

Purchase at http://www.planetbeauty.com

My Beauty Favorites Week of July 20-July 26, 2015

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This week has been crazy!  Both my husband and my eldest daughter had their birthdays, so I have been very busy. Plus, it’s been extremely hot!  It’s nice to have a beauty break!

This week, I am loving a beautiful blush palette,  super-cute beauty bags, yummy-scented bath products and a pro hair straightener.

Mehron CHEEK Cream & CHEEK Powder 8-Color Palette

Mehron CHEEK Cream & CHEEK Powder 8-Color Palette

Mehron CHEEK Cream & CHEEK Powder 8-Color Palette ($40 USD) — Two beauty industry innovators, Mehron and The Makeup Show (TMS) have teamed up to celebrate TMS’s 10 year anniversary this Spring. To commemorate the show’s decade long commitment to Pro artistry, education and community, Mehron is launching a new, Limited Edition CHEEK Cream/Powder Palette. The stunning shade selection, brimming with bold, wearable seasonal shades, is a collaboration of color picks from The Makeup Show’s Director of Artistry, James Vincent, and Mehron’s Marketing Director, Stephanie Koutikas. The compact features both powder and cream formulations to provide endless possibilities for on-trend color and contouring with Mehron’s signature colors and lasting wear. The palette’s ergonomic, earth-friendly packaging makes it easy to transport and features:

CHEEK Cream shades: Tawny Pink, Bronze, Pink Coral and Red Rose
CHEEK Powder shades: Rosewood, Wineberry, Just Peachy and Bold Red

What I think: This is a gorgeous palette!  It is so versatile — there are colors for all seasons and all looks.  Dab on a little cream or powder or layer the textures and shades for a bold look!  There is a lot of product in the palette, so it will last!

Available at http://www.mehron.com

LONDON SOHO NEW YORK Disney Mulan Cosmetic Bag

LONDON SOHO NEW YORK Disney Mulan Cosmetic Bag

LONDON SOHO NEW YORK — (Mulan Bag $9.99 USD) — teams up with Walgreens to offer another dreamy Disney collection of cosmetic bags – this time featuring Ariel, Mulan and Pocahontas. Available exclusively at Walgreens, the Dare to Dream collection contains six new cosmetic bags that will keep you styled like a Disney Princess on your next adventure!

This imaginative line including a weekender, organizer, clutch and round top purse kit is inspired by the ambitious spirits of these inspiring leading ladies. Known for durable, long-lasting and on-trend cosmetic bags, this latest collection blends these courageous characters and functional design to dare you to dream like a Disney Princess.

What I think: These bags are gorgeous!  They look like watercolors and they are dreamy and fun.  Ladies and Girls of all ages will love these!  I gave the Mulan bag above to my daughter for her 20th birthday today and she loved it!

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

 

Whish is excited to announce the launch of its exclusive Soda Fountain Collection to celebrate the 2015 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. With the flavors Black Cherry, Ginger Melon, Key Lime and Orange Cream, these delicious products will leave you wishing you were sipping on a glass of good ‘ol fashioned soda pop at the local ice cream parlor!

Lather up with Whish’s bubbly Bath & Body Gel ($15) and moisturize with super-hydrating Body Butter ($12) for a fresh scent of vintage soda fountain flavors and silky smooth skin all day long!

What I think:  I have tested the Orange Cream and Key Lime body butters. The orange cream is sweeter and smells just like a creamsicle!  The Key Lime is more refreshing and is perfect for the summer.  The formulation of the body butter is moisturizing without being heavy or greasy!

The Whish Soda Fountain Collection is available in 16 ounce pump bottles from July 17th – August 2nd exclusively at Nordstrom stores nationwide and Nordstrom.com.

ISO Professional Super Spectrum Diamond

ISO Professional Super Spectrum Diamond

ISO Professional Super Spectrum Diamond ($189 USD) — – 100% Solid Ceramic plates to Achieve Any Style You Want. 1 1/4″ Floating Plates.  ON/OFF Switch. Infrared Technology, Preserving Moisture and Protecting Hair from Heat Damage. 110 – 240V, 50/60Hz. PTC Heater for Safer Operation. Adjustable temperature Control 180-450° F 120W. 8′ Swivel Cord.

What I think: This is an excellent straightening iron!  It heats up very quickly.  I love how it straightens quickly and gives a ton of shine in one pass through my hair.  I can style my hair so fast with this iron!

ISO Beauty’s partner site Proliss is having a great upgrade deal.  You can trade in your current straightening iron for a a brand new flat-iron and 120ml bottle of argan oil for $39 ($119 value)!

Learn more at  http://prolissusa.com/upgrade

The iron I was sent for review is available at http://www.isobeauty.com

Have you tried any of these great new products?  What are you loving this week?  Leave a message and let me know!

My Beauty Favorites Week of July 13-July 19, 2015

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Summer is moving along, still hot, though!  It was only 89 today in Kansas City, so that’s better than it has been.

This week I have been taking care of the skin on my face, body, even around my toes!  The products I have been loving this week are:

derma e Purifying Collection

derma e Purifying Collection

derma e Purifying Collection — It happens day in and day out. Oil, sweat, bacteria and micropollutants build up on skin and clog pores, leading to visible damage such as acne, blemishes, sensitivity, fine lines, wrinkles, thinning or sagging skin. That’s why derma e® brings you Purifying Skincare. Doctor developed and clinically tested, it’s like a deep detox program to cleanse and reboot skin every day so it glows with pure health for years to come.

Specially designed for oily, active or urban skin types, Purifying formulas work naturally to draw out toxins, replenish vital nutrients and restore skin’s resistance to oxidative stress. Plus, the line is allergy tested and made with minimal ingredients, so it’s also safe for reactive skin.

What I think:  I have sensitive skin and have been testing the Purifying Toner Mist ($15.50 USD) and the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50 USD). The mist is refreshing on the skin, but it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  The mask gently exfoliates and leaves my skin glowing!

Available at http://www.dermae.com

Lumene Blur Pore and Line Minimizer

Lumene Blur Pore and Line Minimizer

Lumene Blur Pore and Line Minimizer ($19.99 USD) — Optical line and pore minimizer with instantly beautifying effect. The Lumene Bright Now Blur Line & Pore Minimizer makes skin instantly more beautiful and even-looking. Helps to control shine and provides a natural-looking, all day matte finish. The beautifying effect is based on the fact that the product optically diminishes the appearance of fine lines and pores. Makes skin look and feel instantly more soft and supple. The innovative texture of the product helps the skin look flawless even longer and keeps skin matte and shine free all day long while delivering a brighter and more radiant look. Enriched with the potent extract of the resilient Arctic cloudberry to protect and detoxify, the product effectively diminishes signs of uneven texture of skin. Suitable for all skin types. Oil-Free. Formulated without parabens, formaldehyde donors, mineral oil. 30 ml, 1.0 FL.OZ.

What I think: What to do about blotchy summer skin?  Use this blur pore and line minimizer!  It instantly smoothes skin and minimizes lines, pores and other imperfections.  Plus it feels light on, which is important during the summer.

Available at mass market retailers.

Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer

Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer

Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer ($6.49 USD) — With summer in full swing, you want to ensure that your bare skin is hydrated all season long. Thanks to Vaseline® Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer, you can get the moisture you need, especially after a day in the sun. This product is a quick, convenient spray lotion that moisturizes and absorbs in seconds, to heal dry skin. Now infused with micro-droplets of Vaseline® Jelly and pure aloe, skin feels instantly hydrated, never sticky or greasy – it’s the perfect item to throw in your beach bag to keep skin feeling fresh throughout those long, hot days.

What I think: I have to say that I do love spray moisturizers.  They are quick and easy to use.  This moisturizer has a clean scent and feels cool when sprayed on.  I spray it down my arms and legs then rub it in.  Fast and it leaves my skin so soft!  Perfect for burned skin or even just skin that is dry from chlorine and self-tanner.

Vaseline® Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer is available in food, drug and mass retailers for $6.49 (SRP).

Q’urNail

Q’urNail

Q’urNail — ($10.50 USD) — Reduces destructive effects caused by fungus. Nourishes nails, improves skin’s appearance around the affected area. Useful for nails, cuticles and skin where fungus and other irritation can occur.

Contains 6 antimicrobial and 5 antioxidants in one formula, which works in two stages:

·         Eliminates/prevents fungus

·         Purifies/heals the nails and adjacent skin

What I think:  I haven’t had to use this yet, but I like how if myself or anyone in my family has nail fungus problems, this will help the appearance and feel of the skin around the nails. Very important for sandal season.

Available online via http://wwwndc.walmart.com

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

 

Fresh Lip Looks For The Summer

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Have you been experimenting with new lip colors this summer?  I have.  And I have to say my choices have been pretty bold!

I’m normally a soft pink, coral or nude lip gloss girl.  This summer, though, I have been trying brighter colors and lots of lipsticks!

My favorites are below — fun lipsticks by Lipstick Queen that turn a different color on your lips than in the stick, shimmery, pretty lipsticks from Cargo and bright affordable lipsticks and glossed from MUA Makeup Academy.

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince ($25 USD) — Get heads turning with Frog Prince, a remarkable lilypad green lipstick that transforms lips into a pretty rosebud pink. Don’t be fooled by the deep green hue of this semi-sheer lipstick. The green reacts with the warmth of your lips turning them an intense, fairy tale rose while vitamin E and shea butter keep lips soft, hydrated and deliciously kissable. And just like true love itself, this enchanting shade was made to last. Lips remain their blissful pink all day long from just one lingering, magical Frog Prince kiss.

Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor ($25 USD) — Turn the blackberry lip trend on its head with this ultra-modern, navy blue sheer lipstick. In a nod to the nautical, Hello Sailor tints lips in a cool, berry tone with a hint of deep sapphire. The sheer blue pigment is suspended in a protective vitamin E treatment that can be worn alone as a nourishing lip tint or teamed with its Berry sisters in Saint or Sinner, to add a topaz glint to your berry lips.

What I think:  I was so excited to try both of these and I LOVE them!  My favorite is Hello Sailor.  It is very moisturizing and leaves a soft berry tint on my lips.  It is more like a colored balm, but it lasts a long time.  Frog Prince turns my lips a pretty pink and is really fun to use.  It is also very hydrating.

Available now at http://www.lipstickqueen.com, spacenk.com and Space NK Stores nationwide.

Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Summer 2015 Gel Lip Colors

Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Summer 2015 Gel Lip Colors

Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Summer 2015 Gel Lip Colors ($20 USD) — Lightweight, gel texture lipstick glides on like silk. The smooth formula moisturizes and protects lips, feels comfortable and never drying. Semi-sheer coverage with subtle shine. Available in 4 easy to wear, always flattering shades.

What I think: These are so pretty.  The colors are sheer and shimmery.  They all look perfect with a tan!  My favorite is SOHO a pretty coral.  I think it would look great on all skin tones.

Purchase at http://www.cargocosmetics.com and http://www.kohls.com

MUA High Shine Lipstick ($8 USD) — Extreme shine, hydrating and bold. Vitamins A and E blended with beautiful pigment and Shea butter deliver luscious saturated color.

MUA Luminizing Lip Gloss ($8 USD) — Hydrating, moisturizing, ultra-creamy high shine gloss imparts intense shine in a range of shades from nude to deep corals and plums. Natural peppermint oil adds a cool and soothing finish.

MUA Moisture Balm — Packed with Vitamins A and E, this moisturizing tinted lip balm hydrates and quenches all day long.

What I think:  These are all such good quality and are really affordable.  I usually don’t wear red, but the lipstick was so hydrating and pretty on!  The lip gloss is awesome, I do like a nude, non-sticky lip gloss!  And the balm is sheer and perfect for everyday wear, while hydrating lips.

MUA is Available at http://www.cvs.com and learn more at muapro.com.

Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balms

Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balms

Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balms ($2.50 USD) —  nourishing balm with a fresh hint of a tint for an alluring just-bitten effect. When lips are lacking luscious care and color, don’t panic—Keep Calm and Lip Balm, the latest lip-loving product from Rimmel London. Available in six shades that are packed with personality, this longwear balm is enriched with is enriched with moisturizing oils to help heal dry and cracked lips. The unique formula locks in moisture while softening and nurturing lips.

Available Shades:

  • Keep Calm and Shop: clear
  • Keep Calm and Kiss: pink blush
  • Keep Calm and Rock: berry blush
  • Keep Calm and Play: rose blush
  • Keep Calm and Party: violet blush

What I think:  These are so fun!  They are a combo lip balm and stain.  The color stays on for a long time and the moisture stays too!  The color is sheer, so it’s perfect for everyday.

Available at mass market retailers.  Learn more at us.rimmellondon.com

What is your favorite lip product this summer? Leave a comment and let me know!

My Beauty Favorites Week of July 6-July 12, 2015

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It is hot, hot, hot in Kansas City!  As I stay inside in the air-conditioning, I am loving trying new products that make my skin — face and body — look great!

This week my faves include an unscented body lotion, hand scrub, a luxe serum and a CC cream that adjusts to my skin tone.

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Fragrance Free

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Fragrance Free

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Fragrance Free ($3.49 USD) –It all started with a wonder jelly that Vaseline has been perfecting for 140 years.  Today, micro-droplets of Vaseline jelly help power their Fragrance Free Body & Face Lotion.  It absorbs deeply into skin, moisturizing to heal it from within (within stratumcorneum).Clinically proven to keep skin healed for 3 weeks (based on 4 week treatment clinical study).Moisturizes to relieve itchy dry skin.Appropriate for sensitive skin. Fast absorbing + non-greasy.

This lotion was nominated for a 2015 CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Award!

What I think: I love how velvety this lotion is.  It absorbs right into the skin and is not greasy at all!  And, it is perfect for those who do not like or are allergic to fragrances. It is an affordable way to keep your skin hydrated this summer.

Available at mass market retailers.

Rituals Silence 3 in 1 Miracle Hand Scrub

Rituals Silence 3 in 1 Miracle Hand Scrub

Rituals Silence 3 in 1 Miracle Hand Scrub ($19 USD) — A luxury hand scrub for daily use, which deeply cleanses, refreshes and softens your hands. Enriched with nourishing oils that are easily absorbed by the skin to restore suppleness and moisture balance. Combines the relaxing fragrance of White Lotus with the nourishing properties of Yi Yi Ren, an ingredient traditionally used in Chinese medicine.

What I think: First of all, I love the White Lotus scent.  It’s a soft, calming scent.  The scrub is very gentle, but softens hands nicely.  I love to use this once or twice a week.  In the summer, it is also great for after I self tan.

Available at us.rituals.com

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Sculpting Finishing Dual Infusion

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Sculpting Finishing Dual Infusion

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Sculpting Finishing Dual Infusion ($360 USD) — Rare discovery. Rare luxury. This groundbreaking infusion helps energize the 100 million skin cells on your face for a firmer, more sculpted, refined and luminous look.

Black Diamond Truffle, one of nature’s rarest treasures, is transformed through a secret process into a pure, precious extract. 10,000 hours in the making, it is a potent energy infusion for your skin.

In the golden vial, Black Diamond Truffle Extract and our most advanced youth-sustaining and lifting technologies. In the platinum vial, a blend of high-potency skin refinishers and radiance enhancers. In a moment of pure power, both elixirs come together to transform every facet of your appearance.

 

This serum is so highly esteemed was nominated for a 2015 CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Award!

What I think:  Such a luxurious serum.  You can use this twice a day, but at least use it at night, you wake up with refreshed, radiant skin!  I love how the serum sinks into the skin and leaves a lovely glow!  I have noticed that my skin looks smoother and firmer.

Available at fine department stores and http://www.esteelauder.com.

Cargo Cosmetics Picture Perfect CC Cream

Cargo Cosmetics Picture Perfect CC Cream

Cargo Cosmetics Picture Perfect CC Cream ($39 USD) — With broad spectrum SPF 20, it not only hydrates, but protects the skin from the harsh sun for up to 72 hours of skin hydration!  The CC Cream goes on white and adjusts to your specific skin tone as you rub it in! This all-in-one cream features innovative color adapting pigments and color correction technology that delivers soft, even, and undetectable coverage. Available in three shades: Light, Medium and Medium/Dark.

What I think:  I love foundations that adjust to your skin tone.  It makes it so easy to match the shade exactly to my skin.  It looks very natural on and gives good coverage. Plus, I love that there is SPF 20.

Purchase at http://www.cargocosmetics.com

 

 

 

Last Day To Enter My Cetaphil Product Giveaway!

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Cetaphil

I am giving away a basket of Cetaphil goodies to one lucky winner and today is the last day to enter!

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.

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