PUR’S Friends and Family Sale

PUR’S Friends and Family Sale is going on now! Spend $25, get 30% off until June 30th

Visit PURCOSMETICS.COM to snag some of the most sought-after items like the brand’s recently re-stocked Trolls Palette, NEW Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette, NEW Contour Diaries Palette, coveted Perfecting Foundation spoon brush or go classic and stock up on the 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powders. Below are some products I have my eye on:

DreamWorks Trolls Palette
Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette
Skin Perfecting Foundation Brush
Bare It All™ 4-in-1 Skin-Perfecting Foundation

What PUR products do you have your eye on?  Are you picking up anything from the sale?

Ulta Mother’s Day Haul

My kids gave me an Ulta gift card as a part of my Mother’s Day gifts this year.  I don’t usually shop a lot for makeup since I receive a lot of fun products to review.

I was excited to grab some things I needed — and I got a fun free gift, too!

The items that I purchased was the Real Techniques 203 Tapered Shadow brush, The Ulta Beauty Matte Eye Primer and the Ulta Beauty Juice Infused Lip Oil in Green Tea + Avacado.

Ulta Beauty had a gift with purchase, too.  It’s a deluxe Palette with any $16.50 ULTA Beauty Cosmetics, Brushes, and Beauty Tools purchase (offer valid 5/14/17-6/3/17 or while supplies last).  Here’s the palette:


Gift includes:

  • Eyeshadow in 24 shades (0.46 oz)
  • Color Rush Lip Gloss in Brigitte and Proper (0.04 oz each)
  • Matte Lip Cream (0.04 oz)
  • Blush (0.16 oz)
  • Face Powder (0.16 oz)
  • Eyeliner Pencil in Black/Brown (0.02 oz)

I’ve been playing with the palette and really like it.  There are lots of fun eyeshadows.  I find the mattes more pigmented than the glitters or shimmers, but they can be layered on for a deeper color.  The highlighter, blushes and bronzer are highly pigmented and are very pretty on my fair skin.  I like the blush brush that comes with it.  The lip colors are bright.  I like to wear softer lip colors, but they are nice.  I am going to take this with me on my summer trip for my eyeshadows and face color.  It will come in very handy.

Real Techniques Bold Metals 203 Tapered Shadow Brush ($12.99 USD) is densely packed and precision cut for blending shadow into the crease and eyelid for a seamless finish.

I lost my all over eyes hadow brush, so I needed a replacement.  This picks up the pigment well and blends okay.  I think it will work for now.   The handle is nice and has a good weight to it.

Ulta Beauty Juice Infused Lip Oil in Green Tea + Avocado ($9 USD) — Ulta’s Juice Infused Lip Oil is a luxurious lip oil infused with a combination of natural ingredients that nourish and smooth your lips. Each of the shades offer separate ingredient benefits providing a combination of lip mending properties. The Juice Infused Lip Oils do not have any color once applied; they apply clear.

I like this very much.  It has a fresh flavor and is very hydrating on.  I wear lots of lip balms and oils and this is a good one!  I’ll probably try some of the other flavors later.

Ulta Nude Matte Eye Primer ($12 USD) — Ulta’s Eye Primer is a must have product for a crease fee look that lasts all day! Use this exclusive eye primer under eyeshadow to prolong wear and eliminate creasing. Can be used with virtually any eyeshadow formula – powder, gel, mousse, loose pigment, you name it!

I haven’t used this yet, but I will tomorrow.  I let you know if it’s awesome!

Have you picked up any Ulta Beauty products lately, or anything else from Ulta?

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Beauty Gifts!

Pamper Mom with these last minute gifts!  Beauty gifts are so nice to receive!

Here are some great bath products and a hair tool that Mom may love:

Kneipp All-Round Full Herbal Bath Oil Set ($32) Gift her the delight of a relaxing bath experience with this 10-piece set of luxurious oils. Let her take a moment for herself to forget about time and recuperate from her busy day with a warm bath.

Kneipp Pampering Mineral Bath Salt Set ($12) The set allows moms to experience a pampering experience right at home with a selection of different scented mineral bath salts. Each packet has a high content of pure and natural thermal spring salt, bringing you the finest, high quality products. Let her hop in the tub and enjoy a moment to herself.

Kneipp Almond Blossom Body Wash & Body Lotion Set “Soft Skin” ($25) “Soft Skin” is the ideal gift for moms with sensitive skin! The natural nourishing effects of moisturizing almond and jojoba oils are enhanced with the combination of vitamins A and E, shea butter and skin-soothing panthenol. The formula cleanses the body gently, leaving the skin smooth as ever.

Available at http://www.kneipp.com

Dr Teal’s Restore & Replenish Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak & Foaming Bath ($5.99, Target): Ultra-pure, protected from environmental impurities and 100% natural, this mineral soak improves hydration by providing trace minerals. It replenishes body with 84 essential minerals for all over body restoration. Pink Himalayan Salt reduces muscle aches by improving minerals and hydration while Magnesium Sulfate, the natural compound that is Epsom Salt, revitalizes tired, achy muscles and refreshes skin’s appearance. Gently fragranced with uplifting blend of Bergamot & Sweet Orange essential oils to uplift the mind.

Dr Teal’s Nourish & Protect Coconut Oil Epsom Salt Soaking Solution & Foaming Bath ($5.99, Target): Known for its intensely nourishing and moisturizing properties, coconut oil is one of the most desired oils around the world. It helps feed the skin with nourishing vitamins that protect and hydrate, leaving skin smooth and soft. Dr Teal’s, the #1 Epsom salt brand, brings a new spa-like experience to bath lovers – the new Nourish & Protect Coconut Oil Mineral Soak and Foaming Bath. Pure Epsom Salt infused with silky coconut oil not only helps to relieve muscle aches, but the combination also moisturizes skin while helping the mind relax and unwind.

Dr Teal’s Lavender Epsom Salt Collection (Target/Walmart, $5.99): This best-seller is formulated with lavender essence, which has soothing properties to encourage a better night’s sleep. Soothe & Sleep is available in Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, Foaming Bath, Body Wash and Body Lotion.

These can be purchased at mass market retailers like Target and Walmart.

Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer ($59.99 USD) — This revolutionary styling tool is designed to deliver gorgeous volume and brilliant shine in just ONE STEP. The unique oval brush design quickly creates frizz -free volume at the root and beautifully full-bodied curls the ends with a single pass, so you can have salon results at home. Boosted by IONIC TECHNOLOGY®, hair dries faster with less damage.

Purchase at Target Stores

My Beauty Favorites — Week of April 24-30, 2017

We have had a rainy weekend in Kansas City, and it has been nice to relax inside!  I have been enjoying some of the new beauty products I have been sent for my honest review!

My favorites this week include an iridescent highlighter, a new way to apply my makeup, an firming eye cream, a sea salt spray that makes my hair thicker

Hard Candy Iridescent Pearl Highlighter

Hard Candy Iridescent Pearl Highlighter ($6 USD) is a pearl illuminator that leaves skin with a wearable but trendy iridescent shimmer. This powder includes light-reflective pearls that diffuse light. The universal shade is flattering on all skin tones and smoothly applies to your skin with easy soft, sweeping motions. The result is a trendy but wearable prismatic illumination that catches light and turns heads. Great lighting will follow you around everywhere you go and you will always be photo-ready with this beautifully unique iridescent highlighting powder.

What I think: I have been wanting to try this trend, and this is an affordable (and gorgeous) way to do it. I apply the powder anywhere I want to glow, including the cheekbones, tip of the nose, collarbones, and under the arch of my brows. It’s so pretty on. I use a little, but layer it and you get a great evening out look!

Available at http://www.walmart.com

The Makeup Drop

The Makeup Drop ($20 USD)  Our Silicone Makeup Applicator was designed to completely eliminate wasted makeup and skincare. While sponge applicators soak up large amounts of makeup during application, the MakeupDrop perfectly applies and blends your foundation, blush, highlighter, concealer, moisturizer, and primer without absorbing one drop! Only half the amount of product is needed as compared to a traditional sponge or brush applicator.

What I think: This is such an interesting way to apply makeup!  It only takes a little bit of product, although when I use it, I find I need to do one area of my face at a time, because it doesn’t spread too well.  It does blend nicely after a little bit of practice. The coverage is really good, too!

Purchase at http://www.makeupdrop.com

MALIN+GOETZ revitalizing eye cream

MALIN+GOETZ Revitalizing Eye Cream ($92 for .5 fl. oz)  This multi-benefit treatment is intensely nourishing, yet feels incredibly lightweight and luxurious. Powerfully addresses the look of all major eye concerns, including lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles with an advanced blend of firming peptides and skin renewing Marine Algae extract. Strengthens and helps protect your eye area so it stays looking brighter, smoother, more supple.

What I think: I have severe seasonal allergies, and my eyes get very irritated this time of year.  So, I usually don’t wear eye cream as much.  But this one didn’t bother my eyes and actually helped me look more rested.  It firmed and smoothed the eye area right away.  This is an eye cream that I can use all year!

Available at http://www.malinandgoetz.com

Philip B. Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist

Philip B. Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist ($25 USD) –Ultra-light spray gives hair sexy volume and shiny, piecey, tousled waves (plus a gorgeous beachy scent). A texturizer and conditioning treatment in one, loaded with botanical moisturizers. Leaves hair gleaming and bouncy, not stiff; pure Orchid and Kukui oils impart a healthy, voluptuous feel. Blend of Sea Salt and Aloe Vera creates gorgeous lift.

What I think:  First of all, this smells amazing! I spritz it in damp hair and it thickens and gives my hair great waves.  I just use a little, and it looks like I’ve been at the beach (lies since I live in the Midwest).  This will be a mainstay this summer.

Purchase at http://www.philipb.com

What products are you loving this week?

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

 

My Beauty Favorites — Week of September 5-11, 2016

Hi all! This is the second week in a row that I’m late on my favorites post!  I’ve been busy and lazy — but I’m glad I’m getting it out!

It has been cooling down a bit in Kansas City, which is so nice.  It’s still in low 80’s high 70’s, but still — so much better that high 90’s!

This week I have been loving a hydrating mask, frizz-controlling shampoo and conditioner, and an empty palette that can be filled with pans of makeup to make your perfect palette!

Philosophy when hope is not enough replenishing leave-on gel-oil mask
Philosophy when hope is not enough replenishing leave-on gel-oil mask

Philosophy when hope is not enough replenishing leave-on gel-oil mask ($35 MSRP) — transform dry skin with deep, lasting moisture. our intensely hydrating gel-oil formula leaves depleted skin feeling nourished and comfortable, with a smoothed texture that appears naturally radiant and refreshed. 83% of women agreed skin felt supple, velvety soft and looked naturally luminous.

What I think: This is the perfect treatment to help restore summer skin and get it ready for the colder weather!  Just apply, leave on for 10 minutes and tissue off any excess product.  I then can leave it on and it soaks in and leaves my skin so soft!  I love using it overnight.  I wake up with glowing skin!

Purchase at http://www.philosophy.com

Surya Brasil Shampoo and Conditioner – Made with rich, organic ingredients from the Amazon, the Sapien Women Shampoo and Conditioner drench hair with intense moisture, shine and softness while controlling frizz. The shampoo does not contain sulfates. Fresh Coconut & Mango Scent.

Sapien Women Shampoo: $31.99

Sapien Women Conditioner: $26.59

What I think: These smell amazing! I love using any products that smells tropical. After using both products my hair is soft and frizz free.  I love that they are safe for my color treated hair and are natural and organic.

Available online via www.suryabrasilproducts.com.

Z Palette Mirror Z Palette
Z Palette Mirror Z Palette

Z Palette Mirror Z Palette ($25 USD) — The patent-pending Mirror Z Palette not only has the see-through clear window, but also features a high quality, pull-out mirror that attaches magnetically to the inside clear window. Metal Stickers included: 16pcs (8pc Round, 8pc Square)

What I think: This is such a cool product.  To use this, find color makeup that is in separate pots, or in a palette where you only use one or two of the colors.  Then take it out of the pot, affix an included magnetic sticker and arrange in the palette.  Then you can take anywhere!

My only issue is that I haven’t been successful in depoting the couple of makeup pots I’ve tried (and I’ve followed directions). But I am going to keep trying because I have so much makeup I keep in drawers and bins.  I would love to arrange them in one palette so they will get used!

Purchase at http://www.zpalette.com

 

My Beauty Favorites — Week of August 29 – September 4, 2016

I hope everyone had a great, long weekend! It is still very hot in Kansas City, but I am looking forward to the autumn and cooler weather!

This week I have a hodgepodge of products to review!  The include sunscreen and after sun lotion (always needed), tools to make your eyes pop, a natural body lotion and a fresh fragrance:

Sun Bum Continuous Spray Sunscreen ($15.99 USD) — Speed up your sunscreen application without skimping on coverage with this quick-dry spray, available in SPF 15, 30, 50 and 70.

Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion ($11.99 USD) — Complete the post-beach ritual with the ultimate post-sun skincare: Sun Bum’s Cool Down products. This supreme indulgence revives sun-sapped skin with Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter. Insanely soothing and incredible smelling, the products are like a beach in a bottle.

What I think: I love the tropical scent of these products!  They will keep summer lasting

Learn more at http://www.trustthebum.com

MUA Perfect Contour Eyelash Curler ($10 USD) —  Who says you can only contour cheekbones? With this precisely designed full head curler, get close to your lash line for a dramatic curl.  Aligned handles ensure full stability and control to prevent any ouch moments.

MUA Precision Point Tweezer ($10 USD) —  Remove short, delicate or hard-to-grab hairs with this defined shaped tweezer, made of high-quality stainless steel.

MUA Lash Separator ($9 USD) — To be used after mascara application, this separator with comfort grip handle removes clumps for fluttery lashes. –         The fine, metal comb of the separator is contoured to fit the shape of your lashes, while they gently separate and sculpt for superb lash definition.

What I think: These cool new tools make my eyes look amazing! I like the curler, but it does take some getting used to.  The rubber pad is big and it makes it a little tricky to grab my lashes.  But once I do, it curls my lashes nicely. And speaking of lashes, the lash separator helps remove clumps after mascara application.  I have never seen anything like this, but it’s really easy to use because it fits the shape of my eyes.

The tweezers are perfect for removing those little hairs that evade — and also work well with my husbands splinters!

Purchase at CVS stores and http://www.cvs.com

The Healthy Body Butter
The Healthy Body Butter

Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla ($19 USD) —  This super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100 percent pure shea and cocoa butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. Five sweet-smelling scents and a non-greasy formula create the ultimate indulgence.

What I think: I love this body butter, and may have tried it in all of it’s amazing scents.  This is the original Pure Vanilla, and it is a sexy scent for the fall.  It’s really rich and sultry.  And it moisturizes so well!  It keeps my skin soft all day.

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

 

Katy Perry’s Mad Love
Katy Perry’s Mad Love

Katy Perry’s Mad Love ($29.98 USD) — This fruity scent opens with the succulence of Lady Apple Sorbet and Mara Strawberry blended to perfection with freshness of delicious Pink Grapefruit. Middle notes of Peony Petals, smooth Sun-Kissed Jasmine, and the hypnotic pull of the Bleeding Heart flower captivate the senses.

What I think:  This smells so fresh and sweet.  I think that it would be a great gift for teens and women of all ages.  It also is light enough to work well for all seasons!

Available at Kohls stores and http://www.kohls.com

What products are you loving this week?