Father’s Day Gift Guide — Grooming Gift Ideas

It’s time to start thinking about Father’s Day gifts!  There are a bunch of great ideas for the men in your life.

Below are fragrance and grooming from Rituals, Harry’s shaving and TENZING skincare that will make great gifts:

Rituals Oasis Vert Cologne For Men

Rituals Oasis Vert Cologne For Men ($75 USD) — Created by world’s best perfumers and inspired by their journeys into the Orient. Evoke the fragrant world of a lush oasis hidden in the wilderness of ancient Arabia. Invigorating vetiver and green patchouli fuse effortlessly with the fresh coolness of spring water and a woody hint of fresh oak. A perfume that is as elusive as the desert wind.

Available at Rituals.com and Rituals Stores throughout NYC

The Ritual of Samurai Refreshing Ritual Gift Set

Rituals The Ritual of Samurai Refreshing Ritual Gift Set ($45 USD) — Discover and experience the energising Samurai ritual at home. Spoil yourself or somebody else with this wonderful gift. The gift package is wrapped in a colourful and beautiful gift box.

Each set contains:
– Samurai Shower foaming shower gel 200ml
– Samurai Cool Scrub 70ml
– Samurai Cool Down shower gel 200ml
– Samurai Magic Shave 70ml

Available at Rituals.com and Rituals Stores throughout NYC

Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set

Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set ($30 USD) — This Father’s Day Shave Set has all you need to get started with Harry’s. A great shave at a fair price.

  • 1 Limited-Edition Storm Gray Truman Razor Handle
  • 1 Harry’s Razor Stand
  • 1 Shave Gel (4.0oz)
  • 3 German Engineered Blade Cartridges
  • 1 Travel Blade Cover

Available at http://www.harrys.com

TENZING’s Adventure Pack

TENZING, a brand-new men’s skincare brand, uses aloe based products that combine some of the healthiest and most natural ingredients known to man. A perfect gift to treat dads to something a little more luxe this year.

TENZING’s Adventure Pack (available in Sage Mint and Sandalwood), retailing at $55.00 offers:

The Pre-Shave Oil – a combination of rich oils (acai, olive oil and grape seed oils) blended together to create pre-shave perfection.

The Premium Shave Cream — Organically formulated with an aloe base, the shave cream strengthens and hydrates skin while supplying a smooth and comfortable shave.

The Face Moisturizer — Organically crafted moisturizer fights early signs of aging, tones skin and leaves you feeling ready with aloe and grape seed oil.

Purchase at store.tenzingskincare.com


What are you giving for Father’s Day?


LORAC’s Pirates Of The Caribbean Eye Shadow Palette Review



I was sent LORAC’s Pirates Of The Caribbean Eye Shadow Palette ($52 USD) for my honest review. This palette features 18 brand-new PRO-formula eye shadows inspired by the film and a deluxe mini Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil in black to craft a smoky, sultry, Captain Jack inspired eye.

Velvety-smooth shadows are hyper pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line, and define your eyes like a pro. Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil is long lasting, highly pigmented, and ultra smooth to outlast every adventure. Plus, an attached sharpener helps achieve a precise line every time.


Row 1:

  • Ghostly (white shimmer)
  • Starry Night (light cobalt blue shimmer)
  • Compass (true gold shimmer)
  • Arrrgh! (brown shimmer)
  • Black Pearl (iridescent blue-green shimmer)
  • YoHo (silver champagne shimmer)

Row 2:

  • Bones (sand matte)
  • Silvermist (silver chrome shimmer)
  • Treasure (ruby red shimmer)
  • Tell No Tales (burgundy mauve matte)
  • Shiver Me (blush pearl shimmer)
  • Cursed (black gold shimmer)

Row 3:

  • Matte-y (ivory matte)
  • Lost At Sea (silver blue shimmer)
  • Pirates Chest (caramel matte)
  • Sea Haze (golden sage shimmer)
  • Menace (deep forest green matte)
  • Silent Mary (grey plum matte)

My attempt to swatch the colors in the above order (bad quality):

They are very highly pigmented. They all glided on my arm and are very rich in color.  There are so many gorgeous colors that it’s easy to create so many beautiful looks.

This is so gorgeous.  I really recommend it!


Get Fab Hair With These Summer Hair Essentials

It is starting to heat up in Kansas City, so my hair is starting to frizz up.  Once the humidity kicks in, my hair will be a goner!

The following products are amazing to style hair in the summer — they help against bad hair days:

ColorProof HumidityRx Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray

ColorProof HumidityRx Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray ($29.00 USD ): Never fall flat or frizz up again. Weatherproof your hair. This weightless frizz-fighting, fine mist spray repels moisture and locks out humidity while maintaining your style all day long even in the most humid climates. Revolutionary water repelling polymers envelop hair for the ultimate in frizz control. Advanced ColorLast SystemTM provides unsurpassed color and heat protection. Whether or not, brave the elements with confidence.

What I think:  This is a really cool spray!  It leaves hair smooth and looking great all day.  Perfect for those who live in a humid area.

Available at colorproof.com

Macadamia Professional Texturizing Salt Spray

Macadamia Professional Texturizing Salt Spray ($19.95 USD) A sea salt infused styling spray that adds texture, fullness and light hold. Perfect for creating tousled beachy waves with just the right amount of volume.

What I think: This spray smells amazing!  It also gave my hair tons of waves and volume.  My hair stays wavy all day when I use it.  I also like to use a little shine spray with it to give my hair polish, but I can see using this a lot this summer as a go to style.

Purchase at macadamiahair.com

ColorProof RadicallySmooth Anti-Frizz Serum

ColorProof RadicallySmooth Anti-Frizz Serum ($28.00 USD): This next generation serum instantly smoothes for long-lasting, frizz-free style with full spectrum UVA/UVB color and heat protection. Feather-light, heat-activated formula effortlessly tames and defies while reducing drying time. Features our proprietary smoothing blend of Camellia and Abyssinian Oils along with soy lipids and seaweed to seal hairs’ cuticle and provide intense surface smoothing with long-lasting shine.

What I think: I use this on damp hair, and whether I am air drying or blow drying my hair, it is shiny and soft.

Purchase at colorproof.com

Macadamia Professional Anti Humidity Finishing Spray

Macadamia Professional Anti Humidity Finishing Spray ($19.95 USD): A lightweight finishing spray designed to shield hair from humidity and fight frizz, maintaining your style all day even in the most humid of climates. Provides light hold.

What I think:  I like to use this as a last step before leaving the house.  It helps keep style in place and looking great all day.

Available at macadamiahair.com 

What hair products are you loving?


Join The Body Shop in Ending Animal Testing In Cosmetics!

On June 1st, The Body Shop with campaign partner, Cruelty Free International, the leading non-profit organization working to end animal testing, announced an ambitious goal to collect 8 million signatures from people all over the world by 2020 which will allow them to take their petition to the UN to request an international convention that bans animal testing globally – for good, everywhere and forever.

The Body Shop started this fight, now we can help them finish it!

Sign the petition here: Thebodyshop.com/ban-animal-testing, or go into any of The Body Shop’s 3,000 stores to sign, then share the hashtag, and spread the word. #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting @TheBodyShop

I signed the petition online, and it was easy to do.  I think this is so important, as we can still enjoy wonderful beauty products without animals being harmed!

Here is more information about cosmetic animal testing:

Brand Review: Norvell’s Dancing with the Stars Self Tanning Products

For the first time, Dancing with the Stars Self Tanning products are available to all of us pale people who need some color. That’s such good news for me! And what are the products that current DWTS pro winner Emma Slater is loving?:

PERFORMANCE self-tanning airbrush spray – This micro-fine mist sashays across the
 skin delivering an all over, flawless tan worthy of a perfect ten. Utilizing advanced spray technology, it’s never been simpler to give sunless tanning a whirl.

PERFECTION self-tanning mousse – This super lightweight, velvety mousse glides as easily over one’s body as a professional dancer moves across the floor. With a simple sweep across the skin – an instant, yet long-lasting bronze color appears. Talk about a quick-step!

PRECISION single-use mitt – a blend of bronzers and nourishing, skin firming moisturizers that provides a simple to apply delivery system achieving a streak-free, natural looking, long lasting color. Adding to the applause this product receives, the mitt is lined with a plastic protective shield that won’t allow your hands to be tanned.

ENDURANCE color boosting skin perfector – This multipurpose body balm partners immediate skin illumination with a gradual build to a show-stopping bronze! Formulated to choreograph the skincare benefits of a CC cream, Endurance moisturizes, brightens, and firms – all while evening skin tone and extending self tanning color results.

BLENDING MITT Give yourself a hand! Applying flawless color every time has never been so easy. This blending mitt ensures even, streak-free application of all Norvell products – while the waterproof lining prevents color build up and DHA development on the hands. This product can simply be rinsed, air-dried and reused ensuring a perfect tan every time!

What I think:  I received a blending mitt with the spray, mousse and perfector.  This morning, I applied the mousse on one leg with the mitt and used the spray on the other leg.  I applied lotion to my knees and feet.

Now, I am not the best at applying sunless tanning products and this is the first time of the year I’ve used them, so my legs were WHITE.  But, I have to say they look pretty good now.  The leg with the spray is more even, but lighter.  My feet and knees look really natural and don’t have dark spots.  The mousse leg is a deeper brown, but it’s a bit darker on a spot on my knee and my foot.  But, it’s not very noticeable. I definitely need a second coat on both legs, which I will do tomorrow.  But, Wow!  Really great brown color, hardly any developing scent, and the scent when you spray it on is beachy and light.

The wonderful skin perfector is helpful to me when I miss a spot with self tanning.  It also evens my body’s skin tone and looks so pretty on.  It gives the skin a glow.

I really recommend this!  And for someone who is not great at self tanning, I could wear shorts and look good right now!  I love both products, but think my perfect formula would be to apply the spray first for a base, then a few hours later or the next day, apply the mousse to deepen the tan.  LOVE!

These products are available at Walmart, Amazon, Harmon and www.tanDWTS.com

Have you tried these products or are you planning on picking them up?


My Beauty Favorites — Week of May 29-June 4, 2017

I hope your weekend was awesome!  I’ve been busy, so my favorites post is a little late, but I am featuring a bit of gorgeous summer makeup.

This week, I have been loving a gorgeous eyeliner wardrobe and color and hydration for lips.  These products are perfect as we start a hot summer:






ybf your best friend gelUS eyes 5-piece collection

ybf your best friend gelUS eyes 5-piece collection ($28.80 USD) — Gelus eyes 5- piece collection  A creamy, smudge-proof gel formula, with smoldering off black-based undertones and unexpected shots of playful, lustrous color! The oil-free, water-resistant formula holds highly concentrated pigments in a gel base offering the look of a liquid liner and feel of a rich gel color.

With new sophisticated technology, gel-us eyes, contain special reflective pearls (shades) for multi-dimensional color that can be worn alone or layered for an intensified effect! The automatic, retractable liners allow a smooth and even application while being strong enough to last all day into evening.

Shades: onyx pearl, cheering chocolate, stunning silver, wonderful white, beYOUtiful bronze

What I think: This is a gorgeous little set of pencils!  The formula is really pigmented and glides along the eye lid.  The colors are neutral and work well for any occasion.  I love brown eyeliner, and the chocolate and the bronze are my go tos.  The white and the silver are amazing accent colors and I use the black for going out.  This is an affordable way to get an eyeliner wardrobe.  

Purchase at http://www.ybfbeauty.com and hsn.com

Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick ($29 USD) — Luxurious, longwearing, and smoothing. Our new, improved lipstick formula has the nourishing and hydrating qualities of a lipstick, with the soothing properties of a balm. The updated design helps the satin-glossy formula glide on easily to create a luscious, gorgeous look.

Arbonne Shea Butter Moisturizing Lip Balm ($16 USD) — An essential addition to your everyday, go-to collection. Our hydrating formula helps nourish lips and leaves them feeling soft and smooth. Containing five moisturizing botanical oils, this silky balm is the perfect solution to dry lips.

What I think: The lipstick is very creamy and easy to apply.   It’s well pigmented.  I have it in Gladiola, the red in the above photo.  I don’t wear reds, but this is a gorgeous color for those who like a dramatic lip.

The lip balm is amazing!  It’s fragrance and flavor free for those who are sensitive to fragrance.  It is so hydrating.  Perfect for parched lips.  I wear a lot of lip balm, and this is one I could wear every day.

Purchase at http://www.arbonne.com

What makeup are you loving now?



Summer Hair Treatments From Infusium and The Mane Choice

I love easy summer hair.  The best way to get it is when hair is hydrated.  I received an Infusium leave in treatment to moisturize dry hair and a The Mane Choice curly hair styling product to maintain and create soft curls during the warm weather.

Both of these products help make easy summer styles:

Infusium Moisturize & Replenish Original Leave-In Treatment

Infusium Moisturize & Replenish Original Leave-In Treatment ($5.84 USD) — Our transformative formulas, containing the i-23 Complex, a customized blend of proteins and conditioners, are designed to treat even the most damaged hair.
Moisturize + Replenish collection features our classic light and soothing scent. We’ve infused these formulas with Avocado & Olive Oils to help hydrate and quench dry, dull hair.

What I think: This product is best for very dry or damaged hair.  My hair is dry, but it’s also fine so I use just a little to condition my hair. Once I dry my hair, it’s soft and manageable.  This is also great for kids who have really tangled hair.

Purchase at Walmart stores and Walmart.com

The Mane Choice Pink Lemonade & Coconut Curl Boosting Sherbet

The Mane Choice Pink Lemonade & Coconut Curl Boosting Sherbet ($14.99 USD) — a curl enhancing delight with the perfect balance of hold and moisture. Formulated to define, shape and transform your curls. A must-have for the ultimate curly, wavy, and kinky hair regimen. Infused with biotin, vitamins, and nutrients to aid in hair growth and retention. Perfect for wash-and-go styles, twist-outs, & braid-outs!

What I think: This fluffy pink cream smells delicious!  It’s used on damp hair to define curls.  A fun way to use it is to apply a little to towell dried hair and twist it.  Then it will dry naturally into bouncy curls!  That works nicely on my wavy hair.

Purchase at TheManeChoice.com and Walmart stores.

What hair products are you loving this week?