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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?





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.

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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!

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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.

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Hair Products To Keep Hair Smooth This Spring

As the weather gets warmer (and rainier), the cleansing and styling products I  use become essential in achieving frizz-free styles.  My hair gets dry and frizzy this time of year!

I’ve been using new hair care products to tame my ‘do.  Here are my new faves:

Put an end to unruly, frizzy hair with John Frieda Frizz Ease 10-Day Tamer Pre-Shower Treatment ($12.99.) Perfect to use any time of the year, this at-home, pre-shower treatment will prevent the damp air from putting a kink in your style. The Tamer uses an exclusive 3D Texture Transforming Technology, penetrating into the hair’s fiber and taming each strand from the inside out. For up to ten days, it will keep your hair smooth and silky. I love using this in the summer, when humidity is really high.  It does help the frizz!

Repel the frizz with a daily dose of moisture using John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-in Conditioner ($5.99 each.) This triple threat collection provides humidity resistance, breakage reduction and improved conditioning to keep your strands continuously soft, silky and smooth.  No frizz or flyaways, just touchable, manageable hair.

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Goldwell Kerasilk Color Shampoo  ($27.99 USD) — protects your color longer, turning it from dull to dazzling. Its formula moisturizes hair while also shielding it from fading. With Keratin and Tamanu Oil.

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Intenstive Smoothing Mask ($44.99 USD) — use a mask to help give your hair moisture. The mask is for unmanageable, unruly and frizzy hair. Smoothes for long-lasting manageability control and shine.With Keratin and Liquid Silk.

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KMS MOISTREPAIR Leave-In Conditioner

KMS MOISTREPAIR Leave-In Conditioner  ($23.50 USD) To keep your mane hydrated, use KMS MOISTREPAIR Leave-In Conditioner to instantly detangle hair, condition and provides moisture to the strands. Spray the product onto towel-dried hair as styling prep then comb through. WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT IT?
• Instantly detangles
• Weightlessly conditions
• Instant moisture and combability

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BosRenew Volumizing Dry Shampoo

BosRenew Volumizing Dry Shampoo — ($19.95 USD) –Leaves hair soft with lots of volume and never flakes. It is formulated for fine to medium hair. Removes dirt, excess oil and product build up. DHT Inhibitors help maintain healthy hair and scalp. Keeps hair color safe and lasting longer by lengthening time between washes.

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L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Treatment

L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Treatment ($30, $44, or $74) The L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Treatment builds body & strengthens your hair follicles. An ultra-healing blend of Keratin Protein and Phyto IV Complex combine to leave hair incredibly soft and smooth with a healthy, radiant shine. Free of sulfates, parabens, gluten and sodium chloride.

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What are your current favorite hair products?





My Beauty Favorites — Week of April 3 – 9, 2017

It is warm and sunny today in Kansas City!  I’m happy that spring is here and that it isn’t raining for a minute!

My faves this week include a shimmery illuminator, a body was infused with beer, and hair products that give volume.

ybf dripping bling illuminating crème

ybf dripping bling illuminating crème ($24.50 USD) — Glisten up and illuminate your world, girlfriend! ybf puts the perfect amount of beautiful, balanced light right into the palms of your pretty little hands with this luminous sparkle compact filled with decadent, ultra-silky, illuminating crème! With a simple dab of your pretty little finger, you can apply your very best light reflecting,
silky crème to highlight your most fabYOUlous features!

What I think:  First of all, the compact is gorgeous! The jewels in the compact are really pretty. When it’s opened, the compact has a plastic cover to keep the cream protected.  The cream it’s gives a nice shimmer to the cheekbones, under the eyebrow, or wherever I need a glow.

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BRÖÖ Craft Beer Barber Hydrating Shower Session

BRÖÖ Craft Beer Barber Hydrating Shower Session ($5.97 at Walmart ) A wash that’s perfectly balanced to gently cleanse and nourish the hair, body, face, and beard? Yes! Work yourself into a lather with Broo Craft Beer Barber Shower Session Hydrating Wash. Infused with real craft beer, because actually, beer really does make you better looking! Crazy? For ages, people have rinsed with beer, as a home-brewed remedy for strong, shiny hair and healthy skin. The B vitamins and proteins in barley nourish, while antioxidants in hops flowers fortify.

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Oscar Blandi

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Texture & Volume Spray ($25 for 4 oz. and $11 for 1.5 oz.) — Build lasting body and texture with a dry weightless formula that provides flexible hold and keratin protein strength. Each strand is provided with extra grip needed for full volume styling.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Powder ($11.00 for 1.0 oz travel size / $21.00 for 2.5 oz.) — Natural rice, oat and tapioca starches absorb excess oil and aid styling without weighing hair down. Perfect for increasing volume at the roots and correcting style when you overdose on styling product.

Oscar Blandi Dry Teasing Dust ($23 for 0.38 oz.) — Achieve instant volume without damaging hair cuticles from traditional teasing. Silica controls oiliness while giving your hair that second day look with an instant root boost and matte finish.

What I think: A great way to get volume, tilt hair away from head and spray the Pronto spray from roots to ends. The Pronto powder works well on separated sections of hair, lightly squeeze onto the root of each section and massage into scalp for mega volume at roots. The Teasing Dust can be sprinkled directly onto roots in wide section of hair from the front of the head. For added texture, work product through hands, then rake through hair. These are lots of ways to created lots of volume in flat hair!

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Hair Care To Help Keep Hair Smooth Through Rain and Humidity!

My hair has been all sorts of ugly lately!  Frizzy, dry and limp, kind of a mixture of the worse elements from winter and spring weather!

The products below have really helped my hair get into better shape no, which I need because Kansas City is always so humid in the summer!

DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury Deep Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner ($11.99 Each) — This highly nourishing shampoo and conditioner duo injects essential nutrients into strands, leaving hair touchably soft, shiny  and healthy. This unique formula boasts Sacha Inchi Oil, an Amazonian plant that has been kept a precious secret kept by Peruvian natives for thousands of years. The first scientific study of Inca Inchi shows a chemical composition of oils (54%) and proteins (29%). The shampoo cleanses while the conditioner repairs hair fibers without weighing hair down.

DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury Instant Smoothing, Deep Nourishing Mask ($13.99 USD) — Boasting a combination of three cosmetic agents, this mask is luxuriously nourishing. Fats allow for deep nutrition while a Cationic Derivative detangles and softens strands. Mineral oils reinforce the smoothing effect without weighing down hair.

What I think:  This system is so good for hydrating and smoothing my hair!  I do have frizzy and flyaway hair, but I need hydration that won’t weigh my hair down. The deep conditioner is perfect for days when my hair is too dry.  This is a luxe brand that is now available for an affordable price!

Available at CVS nationwide


Eprouvage Replenishing Leave-In Conditioner

Eprouvage Replenishing Leave-In Conditioner ($18 USD) — Daily conditioning spray targets weakened areas of the hair shaft making it stronger and smoother and evens out the porosity of the hair. Potent anti-oxidants neutralize environmental elements working against the health of your hair and scalp. Formulated with our Progressive Plant Cell Technology.

What I think: I love using leave in conditioner, especially to the ends of my hair to add manageability.  This one is also good for the scalp, so I can use it all over without weighing my hair down.  It is a very light spray.

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Oscar Blandi Polish Glossing Crème ($25 USD) — Hair is smooth and frizz-free with the help of jasmine flower extracts, keratin, sweet almond oil and vitamin E while hydrolyzed quinoa nourishes hair to provide strength and improve elasticity.

Oscar Blandi Jasmine Oil Serum ($35 USD) — This vitamin E infused serum administers instant definition and light reflection to dull hair while adding strength and anti-frizz benefits. Completed with the scent of essential oils jasmine, ylang ylang and eucalyptus, hair is provided with a natural, nondrying perfume.

What I think: First of all, I love the scent of Jasmine and currently don’t have any hair products with that scent so I am loving it!  The glossing creme is so nice on wet or dry hair.  It really helps smooth my hair. To really elliminate the frizz, adding the oil serum to wet or dry hair keeps my hair shiny and frizz-free all day.

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What are your fave products for hair saving?  Leave me a comment and let me know.  I might try them, too!







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.