Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Guide!

Hi!  Have you started thinking about what to give mom for Mother’s Day? I am, and actually need to send a package to my mom soon!

Beauty gifts are always I hit! I have some great gift ideas for the amazing women in your life. They include fragrance,  skincare, candles and more:

 

Philosophy Moments of Grace Mother’s Day Trio

Philosophy Moments of Grace Mother’s Day Trio ($57 USD) –gift her moments of amazing grace. this exclusive collection includes 3 ways to enjoy the beautifully crafted floral, universally loved and lauded scent. the experience opens with the award-winning shampoo, bath & shower gel featuring a rich, grace-infused lather that leaves skin and hair clean, soft and delicately scented. next, a nourishing treatment of firming body emulsion conditions and moisturizes as it tones, for skin that feels pampered and renewed. a finishing spritz of eau de toilette will accompany her through the day with grace. set includes an 8 oz. shampoo, bath & body shower gel, a 2 oz. eau de toilette and an 8 oz. firming body emulsion.

Available at http://www.philosophy.com

beautyblender summer.fling

beautyblender summer.fling ($49 USD) — This limited-edition set includes the best-selling, award-winning original beautyblender, and two brand new blenders – beautyblender pop, in a vibrant orange, and beautyblender glow, in a show-stopping neon green. Use each blender damp when applying foundation products to get that perfect complexion that just might make the summer last a little longer!

Purchase at http://www.beautyblender.com

Volition Beauty The Ultimate Anti-Aging Trio

Volition Beauty The Ultimate Anti-Aging Trio ($149.00 on sale for $74.50 USD) — contains a Dual Cream Base that cushions the skin with moisture. Mix it with either the Day Active to deliver maximum anti-aging benefits to plump your complexion. Or switch to the Night Active that is packed with a natural form of retinol, a stable form of Vitamin C and soothing Chamomile designed to brighten and soothe skin while you sleep.

Purchase at volitionbeauty.com

 

Glamglow Super Mud Clearing Treatment

Glamglow Super Mud Clearing Treatment ($68.99 USD) — The SUPERMUD® Clearing Treatment was clinically developed to address common skin concerns, which include blemishes, redness, scars, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. The potent mud formula supports skin’s natural oil balance, while a proprietary blend of six acids works to dramatically brighten and soften the complexion. Activated-X charcoal lifts away dirt and other skin congestions, resulting in a refined, healthy-looking complexion.

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

Rosemary & White Sage Candle

Rosemary & White Sage Candle ($20.99 USD) — This massage & aromatherapy soy candle is a stimulating & warming blend with moss agate gemstone. This candle is perfect for an out of office day perfect for mom.

Purchase at http://www.fragrancenet.com

Philosophy Hope For The Best Coffret

Philosophy Hope for the Best Coffret ($146.99 USD) — 1x Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser (For Face & Eyes) 60ml/2oz 1x Hope In A Jar High-Performance Mositurizer (For All Skin Types) 60ml/2oz 1x Multitasking Eye Cream (For Dark Circles, Puffiness & Lines) 15ml/0.5oz 1x Hands Of Hope Hand & Cuticle Cream 30ml/1ozIdeal both for personal use & as a gift.

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

 

Natural Beauty Products for Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!  Are you going outside today to enjoy nature?  My severe seasonal allergies prevent me from being outside too much in the spring, but I might go outside for a little bit. I do need to plant some spring flowers!

Instead, I will celebrate Earth Day by enjoying natural beauty products.  Below are a selection on natural products that will help you look amazing:

jane iredale Bronzer Refill ($44 USD) –Four complementary shades can be swept across cheeks and lips to contour and highlight for a luxurious look that’s made in the shade! Pair with their sleek refillable compact

jane iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder ($44 USD) — A loose mineral foundation that gives a sheer to medium coverage. Available in cool (pink undertone), warm (yellow undertone) and neutral shades.

These and much more are available at janeiredale.com

Packed with pure essential oils, the Lavanila’s Healthy Deodorant Collection ($14 USD) is free of aluminum and will last all day. Get superior odor protection with this award winning, 100 percent natural, freshly scented deodorant. Breakthrough natural technology fights odor effectively while soothing, conditioning, and nourishing the delicate underarm area. It goes on clean, with no sticky wetness, and delivers long-lasting, luxurious results.

Smell Spring fresh with Lavanila’s Healthy Fragrance Collection. ($58 USD) Each fragrance starts with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla and layers on a unique blend of pure essential oils for an exquisite expression of nature that captures a mood, a memory, or a moment in time.

Moisturize the healthy way with Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter Collection, ($19 USD) which is a super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100 percent pure shea and cocoa butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. Soft scents and a non-greasy formula create the ultimate indulgence. Layer with any LAVANILA Healthy Fragrance to enhance your scent experience.

Available at Lavanila.com

Ktchn Apothecary Facial Moisturizer Kit

Ktchn Apothecary Facial Moisturizer Kit ($45 USD) — This DIY kit contains everything so making your Facial Moisturizer is fun and easy as pour, heat, stir.  It includes:

  • Ktchn Apothecary signature, multi-benefit extracts: Pure Aloe to hydrate & renew; 7 Restorative Facial Oils to smooth & restore, Finely Ground Oats to balance & soothe; and Natural Beeswax to fortify & protect
  • All-natural, plant-based preservative so there’s no need to refrigerate
  • A reusable, heat-safe glass beaker and stainless steel whisk
  • No-fail instructions so making your moisturizer is as easy as pour, heat, stir
  • A beautiful cobalt blue glass jar to store your freshly made moisturizer

Purchase at shop.ktchnapothecary.com

ZSS 30-Day Systems

Conserve cash and celebrate Earth Month with ZSS-Skincare’s limited-time beauty special: During the month of April, enjoy 50% off ZSS 30-Day Systems with code April50. ZSS Skincare is leading the way in clean beauty with recent National Solutions Beauty with a Conscience Award. All products are naturally-derived, pure, concentrated, contaminant-free and sustainable. The systems are:

  • Radiant Skin System – $64.50 (regularly $129) – Nourish, Protect, and Renew with this “better together” skin care system that brings out natural skin radiance, locks in moisture, and reduces the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles while protecting from damaging environmental aggressors. Formulated with the exclusive skin antioxidant Zeaxanthin, the Radiant Skin System is designed to complement your current skincare routine, and includes a daily supplements and a topical Nutri-Serum, which have been specially-designed as a synergistic system to provide healthy skin, inside and out.
  • Clear Skin System – $64.50 (regularly $129) — Calm, Clear, and Balance with this “better together” skin care system that helps detoxify and balance your skin while locking in moisture.  The Clear Skin System minimizes blemishes, evens skin tone and calms dry, sensitive skin. Gluten-Free, it provides Pre and Probiotics to rebalance intestinal microflora and support gut immune health (the root of our immune system). It also helps to encourage optimal bioavailability of nutrients from both diet and supplementation. In combination with antioxidants zeaxanthin, alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle, green tea and pre/probiotics the Clear Skin System promotes optimal and balanced digestive health that encourages radiant clear skin. Designed to complement your current skincare routine, it includes a ZSS daily nutricosmetic dietary supplement packet and a topical ZSS Nutri-Serum, which have been specially-designed as a system to provide healthy skin, inside and out.

Available at ZSS-Skincare.com

What are your favorite natural products?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of April 10-16, 2017

Happy Easter!  I hope you had a great day with friends and family!  I had a low key Easter, and made a ham dinner for my family.

My faves this week are perfect for the warmer seasons.  They include a great blush/highlighter combo, a brightly-colored ponytail extension, and a hydrating face moisturizer:

Mally Beauty’s Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlighter

Mally Beauty’s Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlighter ($35 USD) — Skin that looks luminous, flawless and airbrushed – without a filter! Mally’s made it a reality with this perfectly paired blush and highlighter. The true color blush adds a natural looking, multi-dimensional flush as the golden highlighter delivers flattering radiance to every skin tone. Available in Perfect Peach (above) and Pretty Pink

What I think: This is such a gorgeous duo for a nice spring/summer glow!  The blush gives a natural glow and the highlighter really shines!  My favorite trick is to apply it to the tops of cheekbones and across the brow bone in a “C” motion for that lifted cheek appearance. This includes a two ended brush as well.

Purchase at http://www.ulta.com

Hairdo 23″ Color Splash Pony

Hairdo 23″ Color Splash Pony ($59 USSD) — Choose from your natural hair tone bursting with highlighted and dip-dyed pastel ends: blue, pink, light green or lavender. This is made with Tru2Life heat-friendly synthetic hair that can be flat-ironed, curled or blown out. The pony includes a smooth strip of hair that wraps around the holder and fastens it in with a hook-and-loop strip to conceal where the ponytail meets your own hair.

What I think: This is such a cool idea.  Fun colored hair is popular now with people of all ages.  And hair extensions is an easy way to try it out.  This is super fun for going out, too!

Purchase at Extensions.com

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter in Mango

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter in Mango ($40 USD) — This indulgent whipped butter, which contains Josie’s 100% Pure Argan Oil, is designed specifically for the face and lightly scented with mango, leaves skin youthful, glowing, and nourished. Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, it contains a blend of watermelon seed oil, shea butter, aloe, and cucumber extract to smooth, firm, and replenish skin. Clinically proven to increase firmness and hydration while visibly improving the appearance of pore size and facial fine lines and wrinkles.

What I think:  This smells amazing, like a fresh mango.  It is also hydrating without being greasy. Perfect for the spring and summer.  I also really love that it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.

Purchase at http://www.josiemarancosmetics.com

New Spring Products From Yes to and H2O+

I love trying new seasonal skin care, and Yes to and H2O+ both have an assortment of new products that will make skin look great!

I was sent the below products for my honest review:

Yes To Cotton Comforting Facial Wipes

Yes To Cotton Comforting Facial Wipes ($5.99 25 wipes) — Yes to taking a cotton to wipes that help soothe, hydrate and protect ultra-sensitive skin. Infused with cottonseed oil that helps prevent irritation. I find that this removes all of my makeup and hydrates my skin!

Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water

Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water ($8.99 7.77 fl oz.) — Yes to coming clean with coconut extract and micellar water to remove makeup, cleanse and moisturize skin all-in-one, without rinsing. I love how completely this cleans my skin and gets makeup out of my pores!

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask

 

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask ($15.99 USD) — Yes to your favorite LBM (little black mask) with detoxifying charcoal to peel away impurities for clear skin.Formulated with charcoal and tomato extract to help eliminate dead skin and excess oil, helping to leave skin naturally clear. Built-in YES blender Detox Applicator allows for easy, hands-free, mess-free application. Make sure you apply a thick layer so it will peel off.  Thinner layers are hard to peel.

Learn more at yesto.com and purchase at Ulta, WalMart, Walgreens, CVS and RiteAid

H2O+ Oasis Lip Gel

H2O+ Oasis Lip Gel in Cloud Wine ($12 USD) –A  Lip Gel that features an innovative gel texture and a minty fresh flavor. Smooth, hydrate, and finish with a plum watercolor tint that packs a punch of shine, right in the kisser. Also comes in 4 other colors. This color leaves a dark plum stain on my lips and feels so hydrating.

Lemongrass Vetiver On The Move Body Butter Stick

H2O+ Lemongrass Vetiver On The Move Body Butter Stick ($15 USD) –Hydration and nourishment in a solid stick format with a sparkling lemongrass scent. Deeply moisturizes and nourishes skin, featuring Coconut Seed Butter and Coconut Oil. Sunflower Seed and Lemon Peel oil to help soften and condition. Travel/TSA friendly. Formulated without Parabens, Mineral Oils, and Pthalates. This is such an original moisturizer.  I apply on dry areas of my body like elbows and knees and rub in to hydrate.  Very different!

Aquadefense
Protective Matcha Moisturizer
SPF 40

H2O + Aquadefense Protective Matcha Moisturizer SPF 40 ($44 USD) –An ultra-light, non greasy fluid for broad spectrum protection from sun exposure. SPF 40 blocks 97.5% of UVB rays while broad spectrum coverage also protects against UVA rays which can accelerate skin aging. Featuring Matcha Green Tea and Rice Bran extracts, it protects against skin damage and moisture loss without leaving any white residue.

Purchase H2O+ products at http://www.h2oplus.com

My Beauty Favorites — Week of March 27- April 2, 2017

It has been a rainy spring week in Kansas City.  We had a really dry winter, so I guess this is okay. But, I am looking forward to warm, sunny days!

This week I have been loving skin care that protects from the elements and amazing scented spring body care products:

Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum ($65 USD) — Fast-acting treatment featuring Hydroquinone fades dark spots, age spots, and freckles. Our skin-lightening serum also evens out skin tone to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion while helping prevent future pigment formation.

Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer ($70 USD) — Detoxify and revitalize skin overnight. This breakthrough formula, with super-charged antioxidants from Marrubium Plant Stem Cells, neutralizes pollutants and strengthens skin’s barrier while you sleep. Next Generation Vitamin C helps brighten and even tone, while nourishing botanicals plump skin to help visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Wake up to radiant, healthy-looking skin.

Murad Essential-C Night Moisture ($65 USD) — Antioxidant-enriched hydrator featuring a patented technology designed to improve skin while you sleep. Vitamins A, C and E encourage cell turnover to improve skin firmness.

What I think:  these products brighten, lighten and hydrate skin, getting it ready for the warmer days ahead.  I like how even my skin tone looks after use and my skin is firmer.

Available at http://www.murad.com

Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey

 

Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey: Delectable. Nectarous. Blithe. This fragrance opens with crunchy green leave accords, refreshed by subtle hints of bergamot and layered with light petals and gardenia. The heart reveals a juicy pear embellished by jasmine and lily of the valley before evolving into a gourmand base of mouth-watering honey caramel and biscuit. Available in the Fine Liquid Hand Wash ($28), Hand Lotion ($34) and Hand Cream ($15)

Molton Brown Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower: Whimsical. Nostalgic. Ambrosial. This sumptuous powdery fragrance opens on fresh violet leaf and dewy freesia tonalities. The violet is magnified in heart by a rich bouquet of rose lingering into a sensuous base where swirls of vanilla take the lead on a bed of Tonka and musk. Available in the Bath & Shower Gel ($30) and Body Lotion ($42) Single Wick Candle ($49)

What I think: Both of these collections smell amazing, but I think the Comice Pear & Wild Honey is my favorite, I use the hand lotion every day.  Both of these fragrances are so original!

Purchase at http://www.moltonbrown.com

Zoella Creamy Madly Dreamy body lotion

Zoella Beauty Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion ($8.95 USD 5.4 oz) —  Zoella Beauty Creamy Madly Deeply Body Cream is an irresistable indulgence for super smooth and silky skin. Refreshing and floral, Creamy Madly Deeply will pamper your skin like a gorgeously scented creamy cuddle. Creamy Madly Deeply is enriched with Vitamin E, Aloe and Shea Butter to condition the body – because your skin needs a bit of love too!

What I think: This is a luxe lotion at an affordable price! It has a creamy floral scent which is perfect for this time of year, plus it is so hydrating.  LOVE!

Purchase at Target Stores

Have you tried any of these great products?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

My Beauty Favorites — Week of March 20-26, 2017

How is your spring going so far?  Last week was spring break for my kids (and me, I took a week off) and now it’s back to the grind!

My favorites this week are new probiotic skincare, calming bubble bath, bed and body mist, and a night time face mask.  All of these products sooth and calm me as I go back to work:

TULA Hand & Nail Therapy ($22 USD) — Combat daily wear and tear with this weightless glove of hydration that melts onto the hands. This 18% premium Shea butter formula provides non-greasy, fast-absorbing moisture relief.

TULA Purifying Cleanser ($28 USD) — An all-in-one gel cleansing emulsion designed to remove makeup, cleanse pores, and condition skin.

TULA Hydrating Day & Night Cream ($52 USD) –A multivitamin for your skin, this innovative moisture cream deeply hydrates to maintain a healthy complexion day to night.

What I think:  The hand and nail therapy is so thick and creamy, but not greasy at all.  It’s perfect for work, since it’s fragrance free it can be used anywhere without having to worry about people who are sensitive to fragrance.  The cleanser is so gentle on my skin, and the day and night cream is the perfect multi-tasker.  Take it on trips, because its perfect for any time of the day hydrating.

Purchase at http://www.tula.com

 

Spa @ Home by Masque Bar sleeping Mask with Lavender

Spa @ Home by Masque Bar sleeping Mask with Lavender ($19.99 USD) — This overnight sleeping mask, enriched with Lavender Extract, Aloe, Witch Hazel and Plant derived ingredients, will help relieve dry, irritated skin and leave it feeling brighter and moisturized.

What I think: This is kind of a rescue mask for when skin is dry and irritated.  My skin is always irritated during allergy season, and luckily this mask works well with my sensitive skin.  The next morning, my skin is glowing and feels really soft.

Purchase at Walgreens Stores

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Spring Product Launches From Philosophy!

Philosophy is an amazing brand that gives us skin care, fragrance and more.  Some of my favorite products have come from Philosophy and I am always excited when they launch new products!

I was sent a selection of new Philosophy products for my honest review:

Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint ($39 USD) –blurring the lines between makeup and skin care with new skin tint. powered by nature – H2O and Wu Zhu Yu fruit extract, this whipped water-gel formula offers the all-day hydration and glow benefits of the breakthrough renewed hope formula, plus buildable coverage of a foundation. It comes in 5 shades for a perfect match to your skin tone.  I like how it’s so hydrating and covers well.

Renewed Hope in a Jar Glow Drops ($35 USD) –boost your natural radiance. This liquid illuminator brings a healthy, lit-from-within glow to skin, instantly blurring the appearance of imperfections as it highlights. skin is left with a subtle sheen that appears fresh and youthful (never harsh or made-up). formulated for ultimate versatility, glow drops can be used to highlight bare skin, blended with moisturizer or foundation, or layered as a finishing touch. I like to use it on top of my foundation as a highlighter.  It blends well, because it has a light texture.  And it gives a pretty glow!

Time in a Bottle Serum ($76 USD 1.3 oz) –breakthrough serum that helps repair skin damage, activate skin’s natural age-resisting mechanisms and protect against environmental aggressors. this serum works through the 3 dimensions of time—past, present and future—to reveal stronger, younger-looking skin. take control of the way your skin ages with our breakthrough serum that activates skin’s natural age-resisting mechanisms and protects against environmental aggressors. reveal stronger, younger-looking skin.

Time in a Bottle Eye Serum ($65 USD) –breakthrough eye serum that helps repair skin damage, activate skin’s natural age-resisting mechanisms, protect against environmental aggressors and achieve a more rested appearance. our high-potency eye serum simultaneously acts on all dimensions of time to impact your skin’s past, present and future.

Both of these products sink into the skin quickly and leave my skin soft and smooth.  I like how they work to help with environmental agers.  I hope to see a bigger change in my skin the more that I use them!

Pure Grace Summer Surf Spray Fragrance

Pure Grace Summer Surf Spray Fragrance ($48 USD for 2 oz) –inspired by sunny summer memories and the salty ocean air, our newest, limited-edition fragrance has a refreshing, subtle beach scent. soak in the salty ocean air and pure warm sunshine. imagine your toes deep in the sand as blue-green waves roll in to wash your worries away. these moments of pure freedom and joy fill the heart with warmth.

This smells amazing!  Clean like Pure Grace, but it really smells like you’re at the beach.  Since I moved from Oregon to the mid-west years ago, I don’t get to the beach as often, but this smells like I’m there!

Pure Grace Dry Shampoo

Pure Grace Dry Shampoo ($24 USD) –haircare just got more graceful–thanks to the newest member of the pure grace family. now, crisp and infinitely clean florals meet the style-extending power of the salon to instantly cleanse, volumize and texturize – leaving hair touchably soft.  The fragrance of this spray is very floral, almost tropical.  It’s strong, but fades quickly. I like that this doesn’t leave a powdery residue and give my hair volume.

What is your favorite Philosophy products?  Have you tried any of the new ones?  Leave a comment and let me know.