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 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

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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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Amazing Drugstore Skincare and Body Care Products!

Drugstore products can be so fun to try. With a small investment, I know I can find effective beauty products and new heroes!

I was sent the products below for my honest review.  Here’s what I think:

Bioré Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser

Bioré Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser ($6.49 USD) — A refreshing, daily liquid cleanser that achieves a deep, pore-clearing clean with without over-drying, stripping skin, or causing irritation. Natural charcoal absorbs oil, while salicylic acid treats existing pimples and prevents new ones from popping up.

What I think:  My teenage daughter has been loving this!  She has a bit of acne and usually treats it with a cleanser. This one has been working well.  It doesn’t irritate her skin and it  helps absorb oil and clear up acne.  Plus, it’s very affordable!

Available at Drugstores and Mass Retailers

Spa @ Home by Masque Bar Oxygen Bubble Sheet Mask

Spa @ Home by Masque Bar Oxygen Bubble Sheet Mask ($9.99 USD) is a fun, yet effective sheet mask that immediately turns into an oxygen-rich foam, revitalizing skin with oxygen as it deep cleanses, exfoliates and moisturizes skin. They oxygen foam deeply penetrates into the skin to eliminate pore-clogging impurities to help prevent blackheads, and dead skin cells, while it helps brighten and uneven skin tones.

What I think: This is very different!  When I opened the packet, it was black cloth, which surprised me.  I applied it to clean skin, and it bubble up to a white foam.  I removed it after 15 minutes and rinsed it off (per directions).  My skin was a bit red in patches, but it did help with blackheads and pore size.  I think this is perfect for all but very sensitive skin types.

Purchase at Walgreens & Duane Reade

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($10.99 USD) — This revolution in wet skin technology doesn’t simply calm, smooth and soften, it also heals dry, flaky skin and restores your body’s ability to retain its own much-needed moisture. The water-activated properties penetrate deep into skin’s surface all happens in the shower – no rinsing required — so you can just dry off, dress and go!

What I think:  Wet skin moisturizers are such a cool idea, and this one really works!  The only thing is I usually forget to apply it right after my shower, before I dry off!  When I do, my skin is so hydrated, which I need after a shower because my skin can get so dry. This leaves my skin feeling silky.

Available at Drugstores and Mass Retailers

Ban Roll-On Deodorant

Ban Roll-On Deodorant  ($4.99 USD) — Traditional antiperspirant/deodorants merely mask odors and reduce odor-causing sweat in general, while Ban’s breakthrough technology specifically targets and virtually eliminates odor that other antiperspirant/deodorants may leave behind. Ban Roll-On Deodorant glides on easily with a formula that provides an outstanding 24 hours of invisible protection against odor wetness.

What I think:  I have this in Powder Fresh, and it smells nice, but this deodorant isn’t strong enough for me.  I need clinical strength.  But my daughter can use it and although she prefers stick deodorants, she likes this one.  It works well.

Purchase at Drug and Mass Retailers

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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