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?

My Beauty Favorites — Week of April 17-23, 2017

It was a beautiful Sunday yesterday!  It was warm in Kansas City and I got out to enjoy my daughter’s (and my husband the coach’s) lacrosse game.  They won!

My favorite beauty products this week include amazing fragrances, a handy daily exfoliator, a gorgeous lip duo and volumizing dry shampoo:

Molton Brown and Orange & Bergamot ($65 USD) — Our original scent in a fresh, citrusy eau de toilette, blended with bergamot, mandarin and Seville oranges:
Top notes: orange oil, bergamot, lemon and mandarin.
Heart notes: petitgrain, cardamom and galbanum.
Base notes: neroli, ylang-ylang and musk.

Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepper ($65 USD) — Our signature spicy pink pepperpod fragrance accentuated in an alluring eau de toilette, enhanced with more delicately balanced, complex aromas:
Top notes: pink pepper, tangerine and elemi oil.
Heart notes: nutmeg and ginger oil.
Base notes: patchouli and cedarwood oil.

Molton Brown Mesmerising Oudh Accord & Gold ($65 USD) — A heady eau de toilette fragrance with deep, rich aromas from the East:
Top notes: cinnamon leaf oil and nutmeg oil.
Heart notes: elemi oil, myrrh oil and black tea accord.
Base note: oudh accord, vetiver, honey and tobacco accord.

What I think:  These are all such complex, luxe fragrances. My fave is the Orange & Bergamot because I love fresh, light scents.  The Fiery Pink Pepper is bright and sultry and the Ouhd Accord & Gold is deep and dramatic.

Available at http://www.moltonbrown.com

PUR Joystick Exfoliating Deep-Pore Cleanser

PUR Joystick Exfoliating Deep-Pore Cleanser ($26 USD) — Flawless makeup application starts with a clean and healthy complexion. Foaming on contact, it instantly draws out dirt, oil and impurities to clear out clogged pores and leave your face feeling soft, smooth and prepped for makeup application. Ideal for on-the-go, the Joystick Cleanser is the perfect travel companion.

What I think: I love this cleanser!  It is so easy to use.  I apply the stick on wet skin (it’s great in the shower) and then massage it into my skin.  Once I rinse it off, my skin is so smooth!  I’m definately taking this cleanser on my vacation this summer.

Purchase at http://www.purcosmetics.com

ybf beauty fall in love lipstick & lipgloss duo

ybf beauty fall in love lipstick & lipgloss duo ($22.80 USD) — This lightly scented, hydrating lipstick and lipgloss duo, suitable for every skin tone, will leave lips looking bold and voluptuous. With a creamy paraben-free formula infused with Smart Active Complexes, lips are infused with a rich, luminous color as they help smooth the appearance of fine lines for a soft n’ silky, pout.

What I think — Both of these products are so pretty!  I think the berry colors would look amazing on most skin tones.  I like that the fall in love lipstick comes with a convenient case with a mirror attached.  It’s so easy to apply on the go.

Purchase at http://www.ybfbeauty.com

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo ($6.99 USD) — Give your hair an uplifting boost and touchable body that lasts with just a spritz of this NEW dry shampoo. The revitalizing formula instantly refreshes, revives and restores limp locks while getting rid of dirt and oil for hair that feels clean, healthy and light.

What I think:  Dry Shampoo can weigh down my hair, so I like that this adds volume. Remember with dry shampoo a little goes a long way.  A spritz or two cleans and lifts my hair.

Purchase at ULTA and food, drug and mass retailers nationwide

What products are you loving this week?

 

 

 

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IT Cosmetics Friends & Family Event

IT’s that time of year again…the IT Cosmetics Friends & Family event! IT Cosmetics is rewarding loyal IT Girls with exclusive access to the semi-annual friends & family sale, an event that you don’t want to miss. The sale will be a combination of palettes, sets, and individual face products, in a variety of shades, formulas, and categories – there’s be something for every IT Girl!

This amazing sale is going on now,  April 24, 2017 through April 28, 2017 (11:59pm EDT).  Use the code Friends2017 to receive 25% off any $30 order + free ground shipping.

Visit www.itcosmetics.com for this great deal.

Are you going to pick anything up?  I think I’m going to look at the palettes, brushes and maybe a new foundation.

Enjoy!

 

 

The Winners Of My Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-in Pigment Makeup Drops Are…

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-in Pigment Makeup Drops

For my Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-in Pigment Makeup Drops in Medium 1, the winners are Tamra F and beautyboxsubscriptionreview!  Congrats! I have sent emails to you both.

I didn’t receive entries for the Deep 1 and Deep 2 drops.  So if you would like them for you or someone you know, leave a comment!

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Don’t Forget To Enter My Giveaway — Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-In Pigment Makeup Drops!

I am giving away 2 Medium 1 drops, a Deep 1 and a Deep 2 for a total of 4 products given away!  They are all sealed and are a brand new product.

 

Here is the info on the drops:

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-In Pigment Makeup Drops – ($7 USD) Highly concentrated liquid pigments that  allow you to customize any face product for coverage or shade. Squeeze the dropper and add drops to any daily moisturizer or primer to create a custom foundation. The more drops you add, the higher the coverage. You can also add light or dark drops to any liquid makeup to custom match your skin tone.

If you would like to receive one, please leave a comment with the shade you would like to receive. If the shades don’t match yours, remember summer is coming! Also, if you have a friend or family member would match one of these shades, they would make a great gift!

Available to US residents only. I will draw winners on Friday, April 21st. Good Luck!

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

Review and Giveaway! Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-In Pigment Makeup Drops!

I recently received a few Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-In Pigment Makeup Drops ($7 USD) for my honest review.  I decided to do a giveaway along with my review to share the fun!

I did try these, but all of the shades I received were too dark for my skin tone.  The lightest one was Medium 1, so I tested one out.  Here is the info on the drops:

Highly concentrated liquid pigments that  allow you to customize any face product for coverage or shade. Squeeze the dropper and add drops to any daily moisturizer or primer to create a custom foundation. The more drops you add, the higher the coverage. You can also add light or dark drops to any liquid makeup to custom match your skin tone.

I am giving away 2 Medium 1 drops (I received a total of 3 of these), a Deep 1 and a Deep 2 for a total of 4 products given away!  They are all sealed, too. If you would like to receive one, please leave a comment with the shade you would like to receive.  Available to US residents only. I will draw winners on Friday, April 21st. Good Luck!

Now on to the review:

These photos show a dropper of Medium one on my hand, then rubbed in a bit.  Now, these are made to mix with moisturizer or other skin care product. The natural finish of the product is matte and highly pigmented.

 

In the left photo, I blended the makeup a bit and the one on the right, I added moisturizer to it.  It covered nicely and looked natural on!

I think this is a really cool idea for foundation.  By adding the pigment drops to primer or moisturizer, you can skin a step in your routine and get out the door faster.  You can also control the amount of color you add.  I think these are an affordable way to customize makeup!

 

 

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