I’m a Winner — Prize from JodiGlamGirl’s Recent Giveaway!

I recently won the amazing blogger JodiGlamGirl‘s recent giveaway of Jeffree Star’s Beauty Killer Eyeshadow Palette. I just received my prize, and Jodi included some other fun products as well.  Thanks Jodi!  Here is the palette:

The colors are gorgeous and really pigmented.  They are perfect for a fun, dramatic eye! She also sent:

Crown brushes, a precision crease and a chisel shader.  I haven’t tried this brand of brushes before and are looking forward to using them.

Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner in Lauren, a black matte shade.  I haven’t heard of this makeup brand, so I’m glad I get to try this.  It’s a really creamy liner and well pigmented.

ModelCo Long Wear Lipstick in Kitty, a peachy pink nude that is very hydrating

And sample packs of Kerstian Florian’s Camomile Body Scrub and Hourglas Veil Mineral Primer.

Thanks Jodi for all of the goodies!  I can’t wait to play with them all!

My Beauty Favorites — Week of March 13-19, 2017

It was 80 degrees in Kansas City today! Crazy!  I even had the air conditioner on.  It’s definitely spring here (officially tomorrow) and this makes me want to change up my makeup.

I am loving gorgeous new makeup this week!  From bright color to amazing new formula’s, here are my current favorite makeup picks:

Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick ($8 USD) — True Color Nourishing Lipstick offers full coverage, lasting color and conditioning care in one nourishing lipstick. Infused with jojoba oil, vitamin E, collagen and lanolin. Keeps lips feeling conditioned & moisturized even after you take it off. I love how hydrating it is!

Avon True Color SuperExtend Nourishing Mascara ($8 USD) — True Color Nourishing Mascara makes lashes look longer, feel healthier and conditioned without clumping, smudging or flaking with argan and coconut oils.  It’s also very well pigmented and really makes my lashes look long.

Purchase at avon.com

Merle Norman Shadow Stick in Watercolor

Merle Norman Shadow Stick ($18 USD) Play up your eyes with this long-wearing, creamy shadow. The easy-to-use stick is crease-resistant and designed for versatility. They’re perfect to use as your main shadow, a base or even a liner with a buildable formula designed to go from sheer to full-on color. They even have a special key ingredient, microspheres, which impart a silky texture while absorbing oil to keep lids sebum free. Available in 10 matte and shimmer shades.

Purchase at Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios and http://www.merlenorman.com

 

Arbonne It’s A Fine Line Pencil Eyeliner

Arbonne It’s A Fine Line Pencil Eyeliner ($26 USD) Trend alert: metallic eyes!! This longwearing pencil crayon is creamy enough to glide across the lid without skipping spots or pulling skin, but longwearing to eliminate feathering or bleeding. Made with a built in sharpener, this eyeliner can be made subtle or smoked out. Moisturizing botan­icals like cupuacu butter help support skin’s moisture barrier and promote the appearance of fuller lashes. Comes in an array of metallically, colorful shades!

Available at http://www.arbonne.com

Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables™ Longwear Eye Shadow Sticks ($20 USD) — These water-resistant cream eye shadows allow 20 seconds of play time to blend out before they set. Create buildable coverage with a smudge-free, crease-resistant, budge-proof finish in a few easy swipes. Shades: Botany Bay, Glacier Bay, Hudson Bay, Island Bay, Morro Bay, Palm Bay, Paradise Bay, Sandy Bay

Cargo Cosmetics ColorSticks ($ 28 USD) — These three-in-one cream-to-powder sticks consist of an oil-free, velvety, formula, which create an ultra-light texture and add a pop of color to the eyes, lips and cheeks.  Shades: Champagne, Santorini, St. Tropez, Key West, Maui

Available at cargocosmetics.com

Lipstick Queen Lipstick Chess ($24 USD) — Six fantastic, full coverage shades that represent a new take on modern must-have matte. Enriched with natural oils, waxes and Anti-oxidant Vitamin E, this collection is power-packed with moisture and won’t dry out your lips. With a suede-like finish this long-wearing formula has bold color payoff. Beauty and brains combined in a lipstick!

Lipstick Queen Famous Last Words ($24 USD) — Everything you have been looking for in a Long lasting Liquid Lip, with none of the drying. Rich pigment, lightweight feel and hours of wear, Famous Last Words glides on smooth and wet, then sets to a luxurious velvet Matte finish that retains moisture.

Purchase at http://www.lipstickqueen.com


ybf bloomin’ cray cray crayons trio

ybf bloomin’ cray cray crayons trio ($29 USD) — Create that perfect flush of color with a choice of these two trio collections. Inspired by radiant flower pigments, these paraben-free, hydrating lip crayons allow you to keep lips bright and plush. Colors are Cranberry Orchid, Peach Tulip and Tiger Lily

http://www.ybfbeauty.com

What fun spring makeup are you loving right now?

 

Brand Reviews — Comodynes and Ola Tropical Apothecary

I recently received products from two amazing beauty brands — Comodynes and Ola Tropical Apothecary

Comodynes offers up a selection of makeup remover towelettes coveted by makeup artists worldwide and self-tanning products.  The entire collection is based on the concept of convenience.

Ola Tropical Apothecary is Ola Tropical Apothecary offers island-inspired bath and body products that nourish the mind, body and soul.  Definitely more feminine and always eco-friendly.  The collection offers lush body lotions, body washes, shampoo and more.

Here are the amazing products I tested:

Comodynes EASY PEELING PLUS Regenerating Action ($15.99 for 1 pack of 8–$25.00 for two packs of 8) –Dead skin? Large pores? Blemishes? This intensive facial peeling towelette with AHA eliminates impurities, clears blemishes and regulates skin tone, leaving skin soft and smooth, at any place and any time. 13% skin cell regeneration with the use of just one towelette. Paraben-free. Allergen-free perfume. No added dyes. Not suitable for sensitive skin.

Comodynes MAKE-UP REMOVER Dry with Oats ($6.99 1 pack of 20 towells, $18.59 3 packs, $29.69 5 packs) –This make-up remover offers a complete facial cleansing treatment as well as moisturizing properties. Specifically formulated for dry skin. Paraben-free. Allergen-free perfume. No added dyes. Recommended especially for dry skin. 100% natural and biodegradable fibers. Clinically, dermatologically and microbiologically tested.

What I think:  Both of these products are amazing to keep skin clear and clean.  The Peeling Plus is so easy to use, just swipe on skin to clean and leave skin soft and smooth.  The makeup remover completely cleanses skin and  takes off all trace of makeup.
Available at http://www.comodynes.net

Ola Tropical Apothecary Pikake Body Wash ($26 for 8 oz) –All natural Pikake Body Wash will transport you to Paradise while gently cleansing and refreshing your skin. It combines gentle, biodegradable surfactants with skin soothing Hawaiian extracts of Green Papaya, Pineapple, Coconut and Banana, and Hawaiian Hydrosols of sugar cane, Olena( turmeric), ginger root, Aloe Vera and Mamaki leaf.Infused with moisturizing organic Coconut oil and Coconut milk, our body wash will leave your skin feeling clean and healthy.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Passion Fruit Body Butter ($26.10 for 4.6 oz) — is a luxuriously rich harmonizing blend of Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Cocoa and Organic Mango Seed Butters.  Infused with our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and Wildcrafted Hawaiian Botanical Distillates (Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato, Banana, Seaweeds, Aloe Vera, Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Ginger, Noni, Olena and Taro), to create this creamy, luxurious formula that will repair, replenish and moisturize dry, thirsty skin.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Deep Sea Plumeria Body Mist ($22 for 4 oz) — The secret ingredient in the Body Mist is the water….found at 3000’ below the ocean surface off the Kona Coast, this 100% Hawaiian Deep Sea Water “contains life’s most precious nutrients and minerals in nature’s perfect ionic and absorbable blend”. Infused with Aloe Vera Juice and our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and Wildcrafted Hawaiian Botanical Distillates (Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Ginger, Noni, Olena and Taro), this formula has a naturally high alkaline ph which makes it exceptionally hydrating and nourishing for the skin, hair and face.

What I think:  These natural products smell amazing!  My favorite is the passion fruit scent, it smells exactly like a fresh passion fruit. And the body butter is soft and silky, and sinks right into the skin.   The body wash cleanses the skin so well, plus leaves it hydrated.  The body mist is cooling and refreshing, almost like a face mist, in fact it works nicely on the face and hair, too!

Purchase these products at http://hawaiianbodyproducts.com

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IT Cosmetics IT’s All About You! Collection Today’s Special Value on QVC!

It’s time for another amazing IT Cosmetics and QVC Today’s Special Value! It’s called the IT’s All About You! Collection. I love this brand!  Their products make it easy to get flawless-looking skin, eyes and lips. Here is the description of the amazing set on sale only today, March 18, 2017:

To celebrate you and all that you do, we’ve put together some of your most-loved, best-selling products—including one in a limited-edition super size, and one in a gorgeous new shade! While Supersize CC+ Illumination™ with SPF 50+ is your only step for your skin but better, Heavenly Skin™ CC+™ Skin-Perfecting Brush does the work for you to deliver your most flawless application. You’ll also discover your lip-transforming Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment in a new Rose color, plus your Superhero™ Mascara for super volume, super length and super elastic stretch!

You can purchase this today at QVC.com.  It is $59.94 or three Easy Pays of $19.98.

Here is more info on the products:

CC+ Cream Illumination is your complete skin care, your SPF 50 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection, and full coverage in one step. There is no shimmer or glitter, but a true lit-from-within glow, while Drops of Light Technology gives your skin a radiant look. Paired with the Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush, it’s never been easier to treat, protect, and perfect your skin!

Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara stretches each lash, giving the appearance of longer and plumper-looking lashes and transforms the look of your lashes in one coat! The Lash-Enhancing Power Brush is custom-cut to coat each lash at every length–no lash is left behind!

Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment delivers hydration and color. The treatment is formulated with peptides, nourishing butters and oils, and hyaluronic acid. And with the launch of the new shade, Rose, you’ll get a flush of rosy pink for the look of Your Lips But Better!

How do I use it: For your most beautiful skin, use the Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush to apply CC+ Cream Illumination to clean skin or over your moisturizer for a flawless complexion. For your most beautiful lashes, start at the base of your lashes, wiggle Superhero Elastic Stretch Mascara up and through to the tips, coating each lash. For your most beautiful lips, apply the Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment whenever you want a flush of color with antiaging treatment.

These are all amazing products, and the mascara is my holy grail mascara, it makes my tiny lashes so long! The CC+ Cream is full coverage and looks amazing on.  And, I love the new color of the lip treatment! It is a soft rose and is a great every day lip color!

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Green Beauty For St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Are you celebrating today?  I’ll probably buy a Guiness today and maybe try to cook something Irish.  And think about my family’s trip to Ireland last year, which was amazing (if you read the whole post, you’ll see a photo slideshow of our trip!)

Green beauty can mean many things.  Of course it can be a fun green lipstick, eye makeup or nail polish or it can be natural beauty products.  Below are some of my faves of both for today:

essence St. Patrick’s Day

Vibrant Shock Lipstick ($3.99) — Be bold and unleash your inner leprechaun with Essence’s silky, sea green, matt lip color in “No To Mainstream”.  Keep it clean, simple and put on the pout that you never knew you needed! “Kiss Me I’m Irish”!

Nail Art DUO Stylist ($2.49) — Channel the Emerald Isles and unlock your creativity – Essence has the tools that can upgrade your look all the way to the tips of your fingers…literally! Use the DUO Stylist to create innovative nail designs in every shade of IRISH, the possibilities are endless!

The Gel Nail Polish ($1.99) — Mint isn’t just for ice cream or gum, your nails are dying to be adorned with a kiss of color courtesy of, “Play With My Mint” super shiny nail polish!  No lamp or leprechaun required!  If you’re not ready to fully embrace your Irish roots, add a hint of mint instead – the perfect remedy for the reluctant St Patrick’s Day reveler!

Say No To Redness ($2.99) — No need to blush, say YES to a perfect complexion and NO TO Redness with this shamrock shaded color-correcting concealer.  A must-have for a flawless face, this easy to blend, retractable mini makes the perfect addition to your St Patrick’s Day beauty regime.

Lash Princess False Lash Mascara ($4.99) — You’ll think you’ve found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow with this magical mascara! The conic shape fiber brush provides lashes with dramatic volume and sculpted length – give your lashes the Royal treatment they deserve!

Purchase at beauty retailers such as Ulta and Target.

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Caribbean Sea

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Caribbean Sea ($18.00) — a high performance eyeliner that glides on easily and lasts all day. It’s perfect for those who want a long lasting product that can be smudged or worn alone. This creamy eyeliner adds a pop of green to your eyes.

Available at www.mallybeauty.com

Molton Brown Eucalyptus Body Wash

Molton Brown Eucalyptus Body Wash ($30.00) — blended with refreshing mint and cedarwood. The formula gently cleanses while also diffusing a relaxing scent that instantly transports you into the Australian woodland.

Available at www.moltonbrown.com

KORRES Body Butter in Basil Lemon

KORRES Body Butter in Basil Lemon ($29) will have your skin glowing like a pot of gold. A rich, luxurious, and beautifully scented cream enriched with shea butter to soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin. Sunflower, almond, and avocado oils nourish, thus helping to improve elasticity and smoothness. Clinically proven to offer advanced moisturizing and smoothing action, it is beneficial for dry and chapped skin

Available at Sephora.com

LAVANILA Laboratories The Healthy Fragrance-Free Deodorant

For a natural deodorant to keep you fresh all day and night for the Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, try LAVANILA Laboratories The Healthy Fragrance-Free Deodorant. This deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection for even the most sensitive skin. Healing moringa oil blends with powerful antioxidants and beta glucan technology for extra gentle defense and nourishment.

Available at Lavanila.com

Here’s a slideshow of a few photos from my trip to Ireland last June.  Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

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IT Cosmetics IT’s All About You! Collection on QVC!

IT Cosmetics is having a pre-sale today for their upcoming Today’s Special Value on March 18th. Here is the description of this amazing set:

To celebrate you and all that you do, we’ve put together some of your most-loved, best-selling products—including one in a limited-edition super size, and one in a gorgeous new shade! While Supersize CC+ Illumination™ with SPF 50+ is your only step for your skin but better, Heavenly Skin™ CC+™ Skin-Perfecting Brush does the work for you to deliver your most flawless application. You’ll also discover your lip-transforming Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment in a new Rose color, plus your Superhero™ Mascara for super volume, super length and super elastic stretch!

You can purchase this today at QVC.com.  It is $59.94 or three Easy Pays of $19.98.

Here is more info on the products:

CC+ Cream Illumination is your complete skin care, your SPF 50 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection, and full coverage in one step. There is no shimmer or glitter, but a true lit-from-within glow, while Drops of Light Technology gives your skin a radiant look. Paired with the Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush, it’s never been easier to treat, protect, and perfect your skin!

Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara stretches each lash, giving the appearance of longer and plumper-looking lashes and transforms the look of your lashes in one coat! The Lash-Enhancing Power Brush is custom-cut to coat each lash at every length–no lash is left behind!

Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment delivers hydration and color. The treatment is formulated with peptides, nourishing butters and oils, and hyaluronic acid. And with the launch of the new shade, Rose, you’ll get a flush of rosy pink for the look of Your Lips But Better!

How do I use it: For your most beautiful skin, use the Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush to apply CC+ Cream Illumination to clean skin or over your moisturizer for a flawless complexion. For your most beautiful lashes, start at the base of your lashes, wiggle Superhero Elastic Stretch Mascara up and through to the tips, coating each lash. For your most beautiful lips, apply the Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment whenever you want a flush of color with antiaging treatment.

These are all amazing products, and the mascara is my holy grail mascara, it makes my tiny lashes so long! The CC+ Cream is full coverage and looks amazing on.  And, I love the new color of the lip treatment! It is a soft rose and is a great every day lip color!

You can pick this up now through March 18th…It’s a great value!

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Murad Launches Eyes Up Campaign For Healthier Skin and a Healthier You!

In today’s always-on world, people are more digitally-connected than ever before – yet less connected to one another in meaningful ways. That’s why Murad®, the pioneering clinical skincare brand, is launching the EyesUp Campaign, a new initiative designed to educate people about the danger of digital-only relationships and the power of real-world human connection. Through the campaign, Murad is encouraging people around the world to go “EyesUp” and connect with one another in real life.

Renowned as the “Father of Internal Skincare,” Dr. Murad’s groundbreaking work and research over the past decade has centered on helping people cope with Cultural Stress™, or the stress of modern living. The hallmarks of Cultural Stress include digital dependency, the inability to disconnect from work, and lowered self-esteem due to increased social expectations.

“As a dermatologist, I believe that healthy skin is a direct reflection of how you live your life. But today, nearly all of us are living in an increasingly stressful, always-on environment,” said Dr. Howard Murad, Murad. “The irony of technological advancement is that we are more digitally connected than ever before, yet less connected to one another in meaningful ways. This has profound implications for our skin, health, and ultimately happiness.”

In fact, this type of constant and pervasive stress has tremendous health consequences, which are particularly visible on the skin. Chronic stress, like that from Cultural Stress, has been shown to weaken immunity, increase inflammation, and accelerate aging[1].  Through the EyesUp campaign, Murad hopes to use its brand expertise on the topic to empower people to connect by disconnecting, thereby taking action against their own form of Cultural Stress.

The campaign kicks-off today with the launch of an educational film created to raise awareness about the power of human connection. The campaign video, directed by acclaimed director Kassim Norris and produced by HECHO EN 72, the production company situated inside award-winning creative agency 72andSunny, depicts the physical and emotional tolls digital dependence takes through the lens of various people living in social isolation.

Murad is also launching a content hub (www.EyesUp.com) to educate people about digital dependence and social isolation, and take the EyesUp pledge. The in-depth resource will include new research, tips and tools for unlocking the power of human connection, and articles from expert contributors including neuroscientist and mind-body expert Dr. Claudia Aguirre and the renowned research organization Sputnik Observatory, dedicated to the study of contemporary culture.

Throughout 2017, the EyesUp campaign will be supported by a robust social media campaign, public relations efforts, and in-store retail activations. This is the first in a multi-year commitment to helping people unlock the power of human connection.

For more information on the Murad EyesUp campaign, or to take the EyesUp pledge, visit www.EyesUp.com.

ABOUT MURAD, INC.

Founded in 1989, Murad is a pioneering clinical skincare brand dedicated to encouraging people to live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Backed by 19 unique patents and a 30-year legacy of research and clinical testing, Murad’s unique philosophy, called Connected Beauty, is a whole person approach to health and beauty that inspires people to nourish their skin, awaken their body through physical activity, “eat” their water by consuming water-rich fruits and vegetables, and be kind to their mind. To learn more about Murad and its products, visit www.murad.com.

 

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[1] The American Institute of Stress.  Stress.org 2016