New Lip Products From eos, Softlips and butter LONDON

Tomorrow’s Easter!  Yay!  As the Easter bunny is about to arrive, I am thinking of pastels and fun bright lip products for Spring.

I use lip balms and glosses all year round because I need moisture at all times as my lips are a bit dry.

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack
eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack ($5.99 USD) — Delight your lips: two more reasons to smile.  The eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Collection comes in a delightful floral-themed card perfect for springtime gifting.  The pack features the Limited Edition Passion Fruit and Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Sphere Lip Balms.  The lip balms are 100% natural and enriched with nourishing shea butter and soothing jojoba oil to keep your lips moisturized all Spring! This adorable collection makes the perfect addition to Easter baskets or Mother’s Day Gifts!

Available at Target, CVS, Walgreens, Ulta, and

Softlips Cube
Softlips Cube

Softlips Cube ($3.49 USD) — In 1992, Softlips® was the first lip balm made specifically for women with its unique slim stick packaging and flavorful formulas. Now, over 20 years later, Softlips® recreates lip care once again with the launch of its Cube!

Available in three new flavors, Pomegranate Blueberry, Fresh Mint and Vanilla Bean, Softlips® Cube give lips everything they need:

  • Hydrates: Advanced formula with Shea Butter restores softness and moisture to even the driest lips
  • Replenishes: Antioxidant vitamins A, C, & E soothe and help repair damaged skin
  • Smoothes: Rich emollients smooth roughness, leaving lips silky and soft
  • Protects: SPF 15 protects lips from sun burn
  • Adds Shine: Luscious hydrators give the perfect radiant finish

Available at a mass market retailer near you

butter LONDON LIPPY Lip Gloss
butter LONDON LIPPY Lip Gloss

butter LONDON LIPPY Lip Gloss ($20 USD) — Meet your new everyday essential, Lippy Lip Gloss. Chic shades and textures add a brilliant touch of whimsy, and accentuate your natural glow. Butter’s nourishing formula moisturizes and protects with shea butter, and vitamin E. Butter London does not add phthalates and parabens to its formulas. It’s colour without compromise.

The three shades above our from the new summer Lolly Brights collection.  They are:

Chuffed — sheer tangerine

Twee — sheer magenta

Stroppy — sheer berry

Available at

What lip products are you using this spring?


Update Your Makeup For Fall With Products From It Cosmetics!

It Cosmetics has become one of my favorite beauty companies in the last year or so.  Everything I try by this company has the best ingredients and most innovative technology available.

It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Celebration Foundation with Brush ($39.56 USD — Rich in peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, and anti-aging technology, Celebration Foundation is a full-coverage, anti-aging foundation that gives you the power to achieve flawless, airbrushed complexion perfection! It delivers highly pigmented perfect coverage that will never crease or crack and is designed not only to cover, but also to make skin appear younger. The anti-aging technology gives you a flawless airbrushed finish that looks and feels like silk. It absorbs oil and shine without settling into lines and wrinkles. The Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush is the most ultra-luxe, ultra-plush tool for perfect airbrushed application. This foundation is available in 5 shades — Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Rich.

What I think — I am mostly a liquid and cream makeup girl.  But, if I am going to wear a powder foundation, it like it to be pressed and not loose (loose always finds its way to my pores and fine lines). I like using this over a primer and it gives a full coverage when I do.  I buff the powder on with the brush and my skin looks even and smooth.  A good brush is just as important as the foundation, I think.  The foundation and brush sold together is a good value!

It Cosmetics Eye Shadow Trio ($24 USD — Working hand in hand with leading plastic surgeons, IT Cosmetics introduces “Naturally Pretty” Luxe Eyeshadow Trios. This naturally pretty collection of 3 Waterproof and highly pigmented eye shadows are comprised of a trio of hand-selected, must have shades designed to bring out your eye color and sparkle! Hydrating and skin loving ingredients give you high performance color that lasts all day, plus anti-aging benefits for younger looking, naturally pretty eyes! Each ultra luxe shadow is infused with an ultra-hydrating age reverse and preventative complex including hydrolyzed collagen, green tea, acai and Vitamins A, C & E. Talc, paraben, sulfate, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance, and phthalate free. Hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic. Available in Matte Luxe (shown), Pearl Luxe, Pretty in Plum, Pretty in Amber, Pretty in Smoke.

What I think — Beautiful shades that last long with an eye primer!  These shadows are medium pigmented, you have to get a lot on the brush for maixmum color.  But they are very smoothing on the eyelids and the colors are very pretty!  My favorites are the Pretty in Plum and Pearl Luxe.

It Cosmetics “No Tug” Anti-Aging Silk Waterproof Eyeliner Trio ($29 USD, or $24 USD for a Duo, — Utilizing cutting-edge technology, No-Tug Silk Anti-aging Eyeliners glide on saturated, rich color without tugging on your delicate eyelids.
Who is it for: Anyone who wants rich, luxe eyeliner color and application without tugging on the delicate eyelids. Anyone who wants anti-aging benefits and wants to instantly diffuse the look of lines and wrinkles on the eyelids. Anyone who wants a naturally pretty look using skin-loving, high-performance ingredients. Anyone who wants a liner that can be used on both the inner and outer rims as well as the lash line. The trio includes eyeliners in Black, Brown and Plum.  The duos are Black/Brown and Plum/Bronze.

What I think — These are very soft eye pencils.  The positive is that they glide on very easily, even in the inner rims of the eyes.  The negative is that if you press too hard, the tip will break off.  Also, after a few hours, the eyeliner on my bottom lash line begins to smear, even though these are supposed to be long-wearing.  Still, the color payout is very good and they are so easy to apply!  I love the Bronze for bottom lashes and the Plum is very pretty as well.  I wear the Black every day on the inner rims of my upper lashes.  It gives the appearance of full, dark lashes!

It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Anti-Aging Lipstick Trio ($39.50 USD, $26.36 for a Duo and $20 for a single on What is it: Vitality Lip Flush takes the place of four products–your lipstick, anti-aging conditioning lip balm, ultra-hydrating lip gloss, and lip stain, all in one! This truly innovative formula contains It Cosmetics’ Hydra-Luxe technology, including ingredients such as plum oil, cherry oil, shea butter, aloe, and jojoba that all work together to treat, hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips, minimizing the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles. Plus, Vitality Lip Flush is packed with antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E, acai, green tea, and white tea. This made-in-the-USA formula is paraben-free. Who is it for: Anyone who wants to add a naturally pretty flush of color to their lips that lasts! Anyone who wants ultra-hydrated and conditioned lips. The naturally pretty shades work on all skin tones. Why is it different: Vitality Lip Flush was developed to give that long-wear flush of naturally pretty color, the anti-aging hydration of a super-luxe treatment lip balm, and a powerful stain that doesn’t dry out lips. Plum oil, cherry oil, and a power-packed formula of anti-aging and good-for-you ingredients drench your lips with hydration. How do I use it: Apply directly from the tube. All three shades give a sheer, naturally pretty flush of color that lasts. From It Cosmetics. The trio includes Je Ne Sais Quoi, a sheer pink; Love Story, a rich, just-bitten pink; Pretty Woman, a sheer berry.  Duos are Je Ne Sai Quoi and Damsel, a soft pink nude and Love Story and Pretty Woman.

What I think — These are so fantastic!  My favorite lip products at the moment.  They glide on smoothly and all give a natural color that leave behind a soft stain.  They are all my favorites, except Pretty Woman, which is a little dark for me, but still pretty.  They are definitely worth the price.  They only downfall is that with all of the wonderful ingredients, they can melt or break easily.  My first Je Ne Sais Quoi has melted into the lid and I have to get it out with a lip brush!  Still, they are awesome!

I recommend all of these, but especially the Lip Flushes.  Enjoy!

  • Made in USA

Fresh New Makeup For Spring and Summer

It’s time to lighten and brighten up your makeup for the warmer months!  Some of the following products are new — and some just new to me — but all are lovely for the summer!

Essence Sun Club Bronzer

Essence Sun Club Bronzing Powder ($3.99 USD) — This is a gorgeous matte bronzer that can be used on face or body — it comes in a nice large compact. To apply, you can use the NEW essence powder brush ($3.49 shown above), and sweep the bronzing powder in blonde or brunette ($3.99) to the hollows of the cheek – making sure to follow through with your stroke and blend the matte color up to temples and slightly into the hairline. Also, don’t forget to brush a little on your forehead and down to the jawline.  I love me some contouring!  Also, I have the brunette and even though my skin tone is light, the color was not too dark.  If you need more color, layer.

Available at Ulta stores and

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Luminous Crème Blush

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Luminous Crème Blush ($27 USD) Give cheeks a burst of color and radiance with this cream-textured blush. The oil-free formula combines a shimmering glow with sheer, long-wearing color. Wear as a cheek color or highlighter, or layer with powder blushes for extra vibrancy.

For the Spring, there are two new shades:

Plum Satin — a rose-berry shade with a hint of shimmer.

Pink Cashmere — a lively, matte carnation pink.

I have the Plum Satin, and it is so gorgeous!  Easy to blend and a beautiful light shade on.

Purchase at

IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain

Vitality Lip Flush Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain ($20 USD) takes the place of your lipstick, anti-aging conditioning lip balm, ultra-hydrating lip gloss, and your lip stain! This truly innovative formula contains Hydra-Luxe Technology including ingredients such as plum oil, cherry oil, shea butter, aloe, and jojoba that all work together to treat,  hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips. It minimizes the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles. Plus, this lip flush is packed with anti-oxidants including acai, green tea, white tea, and vitamins A, C, and E to fight free-radical attack.

I have tried this in Je Ne Sais Quois, a sheer pink flush shade that looks almost clear in the tube.  It feels so moisturizing on and leaves your lips a pretty pink for hours.  Finally — a moisturizing lip stain.

You can purchase this alone or in a set with one or two other colors at

If you are looking to splurge try, Ellis Faas Spring Gift Set ($85 USD). The set contains the Creamy Eyes E106, which is a lilac taupe – ideal to create a soft smokey eye. The lilac Light E304 can be used for amethyst-like sparkly highlights. And to complete our Spring Gift Set, Ellis chose the juicy, nude pink Milky Lips L207, which is a lovely combination with the eye products.

Available at


Fun Valentine’s Day Beauty Ideas

This Valentine’s get ready for your hot date (here’s hoping for ya)!  Now, I have been married for 20 years, and I still like to get glam’d up for romance, even if it is just eating a romantic dinner at home with the family!

The following products can help you look, feel and smell fantastic for V-Day.  Enjoy!

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Balm ($7.95 USD) This Valentine’s Day, get your lips kissably soft with L’Oréal Paris’ new tinted lip balm.  This silky smooth balm delivers care and comfort to lips while providing the shine and sheer color that women (and men!) crave. Thanks to its nurturing formula with Shea butter, Argan Oil, Vitamin E, Rose Canina Oil and SPF 15, Colour Riche Balm delivers eight hours of continuous hydration.  Lips feel soft and supple all day long and conditioned for up to 2.5 hours after the balm is removed. Available in eight wearable shades, Colour Riche Balm leaves lips with a healthy hint of beautiful color. Available at and chain drug, food and mass market retailers.

What I think:  I love this balm!  The color is subtle, but will help you look put together while making lips look and feel super soft!

bliss fabulips treatment kit ($45 USD) On Valentine’s Day, we all know your most important asset are those lovely lips.  Bliss gives some much needed TLC to your kisser with the only complete beauty regimen for your lips! Introducing the new bliss fabulips treatment kit- the only one-stop lip care shop that cleans, exfoliates, plumps and softens for a ‘spa’-tacular smooth every day- it’s a facial for your pout!  Available at bliss spas,, and Sephora.

What I think:  This 4 step kit is worth the time!  After the first use, I could see a big change in the texture of my lips.  If you use this, don’t forget to scrub the edges of your lips — this will help with lip line and bleeding lipstick.

Urban Decay Sparkling Lickable Body Powder ($20 USD) Like kryptonite to Superman, the Sparkling Lickable Body Powders render men powerless. Redesigned with your vanity in mind, our new, petite boxes swank-up any countertop or boudoir. Take your ensemble and your evening from sexy to scintillating, as a mere dust of this decadent beauty treat will make you the main course. Our new, petite Sparkling Lickable Body Powders feature sleek, more sophisticated, tassel-topped boxes each with its own signature pattern – complete with a deluxe purple puff.  Radiate so much beauty that he’ll be able to taste it…


·        Marshmallow – soft white pearl shimmer in a chic, purple foil, zebra print box

·        Honey –golden pearl shimmer in a seductive, bronze foil, leopard print box

Available at Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s,,,, and

What I think:  I haven’t tried this yet, but is sounds perfect for an amorous Valentine’s Day!

Pacifica Island Vanilla Body Butter Tube ($18 USD) Smell incredible with our nourishing and anti-oxidant rich ingredients.  Our body butter helps fight signs of aging while adding deep moisture and protection.  Made with nature’s best moisturizers – shea butter, almond oil and safflower oil – Pacifica’s paraben-free Body Butter is a skin must-have.  Now available in tubes in our best-selling fragrances, making them easy to take with you anywhere.  A warm blend of sultry fresh coconut, delicate creamy vanilla.

What I thin:  This decadent body butter smells delicious and is has a thick and luxurious texture.  This is perfect after a shower to keep skin soft all day and night!

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

Here are a few cool stocking stuffer ideas for the ladies on your list:

EOS Holiday Box ($8.99 USD) eos’ 3-pack of organic lip balm makes a great gift for the holidays. Or treat yourself to supple lips with each delicious scent and flavor: strawberry sorbet, sweet mint, and passion fruit.   Purchase at a mass retailer near you.

Josie Maran Set of 3 Argan lip Treatment Pots ($40 USD) Treat your lips right with nourishing argan oil for a pout that’s lush, supple, and smooth. This trio helps restore youthful-looking fullness in three lovely shades and scents. From Josie Maran.

  • 0.24-oz lip treatment in Rosey, a deep rose pink with pomegranate scent
  • 0.24-oz lip treatment in  Heaven, a glittering sheer peach with tangerine scent
  • 0.24-oz lip treatment in Kiss Me, a light pink with lime scent

Purchase at

beautyblender pure kit ($49.95) — For the beauty maven that’s always travelling, pure™ kit includes everything needed for the perfect skin care application regimen both at home and on-the-go! pure™ kit contains 1 new beautyblender pure sponge and 1 solid cleanser in a mesh pouch that allows light and air to pass through, allowing your beautyblender to dry thoroughly and completely. It is the perfect travel companion for both your pure™ and solid™ products when you are on-the-go!

pure™ is designed to be used with moisturizers, eye treatment serums and lotions, makeup primers and makeup removers to be a truly hygienic, gentle way to ensure optimal use of the most advanced skin care products. Not only can pure™ be used as an essential must-have tool in your skin care routine, but you can even use it to apply your makeup for flawless coverage. The elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. This multi-purpose sponge magically allows you to cover up dark circles and blemishes, achieve an airbrushed foundation finish, brighten your skin with bronzer and blush, apply and blend eye shadow effortlessly, and add some strategic shimmer on the top of your décolletage. No need for a glam squad when you have beautyblender® pure™!

Included in the pure kit is the new solid™ cleanser. This travel friendly alternative to the original liquid blendercleanser provides the same cleansing results and the soothing lavender fragrance for your beautyblender applicators and make up brushes.

pure™ kit retails for $49.95. For a list of retailers please visit

Last Minute Skincare Gift Sets

Last minute skincare gifts aren’t difficult to find, but the ones below can keep you or a loved one’s skin glowing through the winter!

IO Beauty Moisture Concentrate ($32 USD) — Luxurious daily emulsion instantly hydrates to fortify skin’s optimum moisture balance. Visibly smoothes lines and wrinkles and works to restore elasticity and radiance.
To use: Massage onto cleansed skin, every morning and evening after Treatment Concentrate, smoothing over face and

FixMySkin Healing Balm Unscented 1% Hydrocortisone Value Pack ($25 USD) — This value pack contains a FixMySkin Healing body balm, a FixMySkin Healing face balm and a FixMySkin Healing lip balm formulated with 1% hydrocortisone and without fragrance. The balm provides relief for several common skin conditions such as dry skin, chronic chapped lips, psoriasis, eczema, insect bites, poison ivy, seborrheic dermatitis and allergic skin reactions to other products. The 1% hydrocortisone penetrates the skin to medically heal skin problems that other balms can’t, and the special formulation allows for a higher level of effectiveness compared with plain hydrocortisone cream. Simply rub the salve on the needed area 2-3 times daily to provide effective over-the-counter therapy for your skin.In this value pack, you’ll get 3 sizes that make it easy to carry in your purse, tote or bag. They’re also perfect for travel as each is less than 3 oz. To purchase, visit

Wei Eye Need a Holiday ($60 USD)  — Diminish the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and fine lines with a boost of Chinese ancient herbal remedies for beautiful well-rested eyes. After just 10-15 minutes, you will visibly see the appearance of puffiness disappear, and your eyes will look refreshed and brighter. Over time, the skin around the eyes is left smoother, brighter and younger looking. (Includes 0.5oz Mulberry Leaf 3-in-1 Eye Cream and 4 pack of Tibetan Chrysanthemum Correcting Eye Treatment Pads).  This holiday collection is available at SpaceNK stores nationwide and online at and

VMV Hypoallergenics Are You Glistening? ($31 USD)  — This kit contains three of their most popular “moo-sturizers” (they’re that rich and soothing) leave ruddy complexions to Santa, so you can jingle “belle” all winter long.

The whimsical gift box contains full-sizes of:

SuperSkin Care: Creammmy Rich Intensive Moisture Milk for Dry Skin. 120 mL (4 Fl Oz) — As gentle as it is loaded with rich lubricants, this deliciously sumptuous, creamy skin milk boasts extra-soothing emollients to effectively hydrate and soften even pathologically dry skin.

Know-It-Oil 125 mL (4.2 Fl Oz) — Clinically-validated, 100% USDA-certified organic virgin coconut oil. Cholesterol + trans fat-free. An incomparable moisturizer for face and body with fatty acids native to skin. This food-grade, organic skinutraceutical is a true “oil”-rounder — as great for skin on the outside as for skin (and cells, and heart, and overall health!) on the inside.

Armada Moisturizing, Protective Lip Balm SPF 60. 10 g (.35 Oz.) — Prevents lip darkening, burning, fine lines, and sun-related blisters. Ultra-rich lubricators soothe, and repair even very chapped lips from sun, heat, wind or cold. An absolute winter must-have. Purchase at

Get Your Kisser Ready For Winter And The Holidays With A New Lip Product

As the air is getting colder (and much drier in Kansas City), I really need to take care of my lips.  The following products exfoliate, hydrate and beautify the lips this fall and winter!

bliss fabulips sugar lip scrub ($18.00 USD) — This sweetly flavored pout-polishing scrub gently exfoliates lips to remove dead, chapped skin for a beautifully smooth finish that can actually help your lipstick last longer. Featuring finely granulated sweet sugar, almond and walnut shell, the vanilla & orange flavored formula gently exfoliates to buff away dry flakes while jojoba seed and olive oils, shea and cocoa butters, and vitamins A, C and E nourish and condition. Read our lips – it’s the simplest way to get a polished pout!  Available at bliss spas, and Sephora.

L’Occitane Lip Balm($12): This new organic balm, made with 10% shea butter, soothes dry and chapped lips and provides gentle nourishing and protective care.  This is a part of the Limited-Edition Shea Butter Collection that features packaging designed by L’OCCITANE Founder Olivier Baussan who was inspired by the traditional bogolan fabrics of Africa and the country’s indigenous flowers. Available in the below scents, the limited-edition body cream, hand cream and lip balm speak to L’Occitane’s ongoing work with the women of Burkina Faso, Africa who produce all of the Fair Trade Shea Butter used in L’Occitane products.

–  Desert Rose from Morocco is known for its generous blooms and fruity, zesty aroma, which perfumes the desolate landscape.

–  Hibiscus from Egypt delights the eyes with its brilliant colors — from the purest white to the most passionate red. Its sensual, sunny perfume awakens the senses.

–  Cocoa Flower from the Ivory Coast has a warm, comforting scent with a delicious hint of cacao. This is the scent of the lip Balm.

Available at

Quench & Correct Plumping Lip Gloss and Restorative Lip Treatment ($29.00 USD) — Need a reason to smile? This dual-ended dynamo performs double duty. Quench & Correct Plumping Gloss and Restorative Lip Treatment moisturizes and replenishes. One side, Correct Restorative Lip Treatment with Hydra8, reduces the appearance of lip lines and eliminates dryness. The other side, Quench Plumping Gloss, helps restore moisture for an instantly plumped, youthful look that’s bound to keep you beaming.

Correct Restorative Lip Treatment

  • Dual Peptides are designed to boost hydration and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • A special skin conditioning agent, Hydra8, is formulated to bind moisture to lips for up to eight hours.
  • Reduces the look of lines and cracks for a softer, smoother smile.

Quench Plumping Gloss

  • Naturally derived peptides help to increase lip volume, creating the perfect pout.
  • An intense moisture complex provides long-lasting hydration.
  • Creates a long-lasting shine and a rosy glow.

You can purchase this at

Every shade in the Three Custom Color Shimmering Lights Collection ($45.00 USD) has been created in our award-winning sheer lipstick formula – highly-moisturizing with buildable color and smooth shimmer to create an eye-catching fullness! Inspired by the celestial skies and brilliant cityscapes of Asia, this wide array of sparkling and soft lipsticks is now available in a slim, convenient palette equipped with a lip brush and mirror, perfectly purse-sized for women on the go! You can purchase this at

Merle Norman Age-Defying Lip Color in Hussy ($15.00 USD) — A smoothing lip color with an age-defying complex increases moisture retention, helping diminish the appearance of fine lines.  The deep red Hussy color is available in different formulas.  Visit to learn more and purchase.