My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 19-25, 2015

It’s finally cooling down in Kansas City!  Yay!  I’m excited about the cooler weather so that I can wear new sweaters and boots.  I was also getting tired of the heat.  Cooler weather feels festive, too, which I love this time of year!

This week I am featuring two brands that I am loving — Yes to skincare and Makeup Academy Cosmetics. I am sharing my Yes to favorites and new Makeup Academy products:

Yes to is one of my go-to skin care brands.  I like to mix and match the different lines as they are always introducing inventive products!  The three below are my current favorites:

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil ($4.99 USD) — This lip oil provides long lasting nourishment, softness, and fits just about anywhere (talk about a triple threat!). This new lip oil will quench dry lips with decadent oils, that also cool while it moisturizes. Formulated with a plethora of oils: Virgin Coconut, Olive, and cooling Eucalyptus, your lips will be intensely moisturized and soft. Throw in an added hint of natural shine, and you will be ready for coconut kisses (under the sun!)

Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes – 25ct ($5.99 USD) –These Cleansing Facial Wipes are formulated with Blueberries and Coconut to gently cleanse, remove makeup, and moisturize skin all in one. With Lemon Peel and Apple to help brighten skin, these are a great addition to our Age Refresh collection. They leave your skin feeling clean, youthful, and glowy!

Yes To Tomatoes Acne Clearing Facial Toner ($9.99 USD) — Prepare to be “toned” away! Our first-ever toner sweeps away excess dirt and refines skin with witch hazel, our all-time favorite natural astringent (’cause it keeps pores nice and tight!). It also penetrates pores to eliminate acne with salicylic acid and nourishes with a proprietary blend of tomato, blackberry, and watermelon extracts. That’s right, it has all the “swipe” moves!

What I think:  The lip oil is awesome!  It is refreshing and moisturizing at the same time!  The wipes are my all-time favorite!  They are cleansing and hydrating.  And the toner is new.  I like to use it when I have the occasional break out, or when my skin is very oily.

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Makeup Academy
Makeup Academy

MUA Makeup Academy has released fun new products for fall.  Here are the products in the photo from left to right:

  • Complete Brow Kit ($14.50)Expertly defines, grooms and set brows for all-day wear. Comes with two universal brow shades, clear brow wax and gel, and a double-ended brow brush.
  • Amp-Up Adjustable Mascara ($10.50) Unique, adjustable mascara with a four way adjustable brush head and a buildable, volumizing formula.
  • Dual Ended Cat Eye Liner ($11.50) Dual-ended eye liner with a flexible, precise felt tip on one end, and soft crayon tip on the other.
  • Eyeshadow Palettes in Nude, Metallic, and Smoky ($16.50)Artist inspired collections of 10 intensely pigmented shades that work beautifully together.
  • Intense Gel Color Eye Liner ($9.50)Long-wearing, waterproof liner glides on with creamy precision. Available in six shades: Aubergine, Chocolate Brown, Emerald, Gunmetal Metallic, Midnight Black, and Sapphire.
  • No Crease Eyeshadow Base ($13.50) – Preps eyelids to enhance staying power of eyeshadow and eyeliner, offering sheer and long-lasting coverage.  
  • Color Drenched Lip Butters ($9.50) – Velvety lip butters nourish lips while providing opaque, creamy coverage. Available in 10 shades: Bare, Brick, Cashmere, Honey, Mulberry, Nude, Plum, Red, Rose, and Spice.
  • Retractable BB/CC Cream Brush ($19.50) – Travel-friendly version of the original MUA Pro BB/CC Cream Brush.
  • Brush Cleansing Balm ($11.50) – Made with gentle goat milk, this balm dissolves makeup and impurities from brushes and makeup sponges.

What I think:  I have been testing the mascara, gel eye liners and lip butters.  The Mascara is really fun to use and you can adjust it to the look that you want.  The gel eye liners glide across my lid and gives great color.  The tubes that the lip butter come in are very elegant, but the lip butter itself is a bit drying on my lips.  They give a good butter payoff, though.

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Try A Bold Smoky Eye And Soft Lip Look With FLOWER Cosmetics

Drew Barrymore’s FLOWER Cosmetics line is an affordable way to build a great makeup look. The products are very innovative, but also work very well.

I was sent the following products for my honest review:

FLOWER That’s So Kohl! Kohl Eyeliner in Tell Me No Lilacs
FLOWER That’s So Kohl! Kohl Eyeliner in Tell Me No Lilacs

FLOWER That’s So Kohl! Kohl Eyeliner in Tell Me No Lilacs ($7.98 USD) Kohl It! This super luxe and creamy kohl eyeliner glides on effortlessly for the ultimate color payoff and intensity. Create the ultimate smokey eye with a built-in velvety, suede-like smudger that allows you to easily create a smokey eye; build, blend, and smudge to perfection. Medium-to-High coverage ensures the ultimate intense eye effect that will last up to 12 hours. Use the “Illu-min-eye-zer” to illuminate the eyes for a fresh, bright, look. Paraben-free, talc-free, phthalate-free, GMO-free and sulfate-free.

What I think: I used this liner to give my friend a bright smoky eye for a wedding she was going to.  It was gorgeous alone, but also really nice with the palette below.  Add a bit of the  Pink or Gold shimmer over it or add the black for a darker look.

FLOWER Shadow Play Eye Shadow Quad in From Dusk Till Dawn
FLOWER Shadow Play Eye Shadow Quad in From Dusk Till Dawn

FLOWER Shadow Play Eye Shadow Quad in From Dusk Till Dawn ($8.98 USD) — From the new cosmetics range by Drew Barrymore, the Flower Shadow Play Eye Shadow Quad offers four gorgeous shades with color that blends evenly and flawlessly on the eyelid. Ginko biloba extract makes lids soft and supple.  It smoothes and brighten delicate eyelids and gives a luminous finish.

What I think: Such a pretty palette!  It can give lots of different looks, soft daytime looks and glamorous night looks.  Plus, it’s long lasting when used with an eye shadow primer.

FLOWER Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara in Black
FLOWER Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara in Black

FLOWER Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara in Black ($7.98 USD) — Transforming lashes to appear dramatically longer, fuller and defined, this mascara has a unique adjustable brush that twists into 3 different shapes (on the right side of the photo) to let you customize lash volume and length. D-panthenol helps to smooth lashes and stimulate growth while rice wax provides smudge-proof color. Contains a naturally derived gellifying agent for ease in application. Ophthalmologist tested.

What I think: This is an interesting mascara.  The more you turn, the shorter and twistier the brush becomes.  When it is at is longest, it gives length and the shorter it gets, the more volume.  I use two coats, length, then volume and my lashes look amazing!


FLOWER Transforming Touch Powder-To-Crème Blush in A-coral-ble
FLOWER Transforming Touch Powder-To-Crème Blush in A-coral-ble

FLOWER Transforming Touch Powder-To-Crème Blush in A-coral-ble ($12.98) — An exclusive, innovative formula that features exclusive “Liquid Powder” Technology which transforms loose powder into a crème by simply applying to the skin. The result is a flawless, airbrushed, soft-focus effect for face & cheeks. Pigments are encased by “Hydrophobic” powder and give a non-messy, mattifying, medium coverage.  It is infused with essential oils to hydrate the skin and sets a quick and non-tacky finish.

What I think: Another cool product!  I have used cream-to-powder blushes before, but not powder-to-cream.  A little goes a long way with this product.  I use it with a brush and blend it in well.  So pretty on, and long-lasting.

FLOWER Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color in Baby Buttercup
FLOWER Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color in Baby Buttercup

FLOWER Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color in Baby Buttercup ($6.98 USD) — A hero product, this high-shine luxury lipstick is infused with emollient oils to help improve shine and allow for a rich, creamy application. It will leave your lips with a pure, intense color payoff.

What I think: I usually favor lighter colors, and this is perfect for me all year round.  I wear it with softer makeup in the spring, shimmery summer makeup and bold and darker looks for the fall and winter.  It’s super creamy and lovely. LOVE!

FLOWER products are available at Walmart and

Have you tried FLOWER?  Leave a comment and let me know!

It’s Time For Gorgeous Fall Makeup!

Tomorrow is the first day of September!  Yay!  I love Fall and am so excited for the beautiful new makeup — I always love to change at least some of my makeup up with the seasons!

I am going to be doing another Fall makeup post in a couple of days (and more to come I hope) to get the word out on my favorite new fall products.

I would love it if you left a comment telling me what you are loving or are looking forward to this Fall.  It could be beauty related or otherwise.

jane iredale Ready to Wear Fall 2015 Collection
jane iredale Ready to Wear Fall 2015 Collection

jane iredale’s 2015 Fall Collection  Ready to Wear! It’s a new, playful collection for the skin, eyes and lips filled with rich color to complement any wardrobe and mood for the upcoming season.

The collection includes:

  • PlayOn Lip Crayon: The brand new lip crayons are available in seven irresistible, long wearing shades, from classic reds to bright bubble gum pink, and include moisturizing oils keeping lips soft and conditioned for the perfect pout.
  • Smooth Affair for Oil Skin Facial Primer & Brightener: All the benefits of the award-winning Smooth Affair now formulated specifically for oily skin. Noticeably reduces appearance of pores, shine and fights blemishes and clogged pores for a smooth, matte skin tone.
  • PurePressed Eye Shadow Singles: Mineral based pressed shadows designed to enhance the color and shape of the eye, with four new bold, yet wearable shades from pinks to violet to deep and soft greens.
  • PureLash Lengthening Mascara: Now with a new dual sided brush to create longer, fuller looking lashes. The proprietary formula of seaweed lipids and wheat protein thicken, curl, strengthen and condition lashes for eyes that pop.

What I think: I have been testing the new eye shadows and mascara.  The eye shadows give gorgeous pops of color for your Fall look.  I love the matte Iris (purple) and Forest (deep green). So pretty as liners, in the crease or as a fun smoky eye all over the lid.  The mascara gives tons of volume and length, but it smears a bit.  I use it first, then place a coat of a waterproof mascara over it.  That works very well.

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Mehron E.Y.E Shadow Powder Palette
Mehron E.Y.E Shadow Powder Palette

Mehron E.Y.E Powder Palette ($43.95 USD) — eye shadows never cake or crease. Creamy powder blends easily and evenly to create dynamic eyes for stage and screen. Convenient 8-color palette includes White, Natural Wheat, Cocoa, Toffee, Fawn, Cinnamon, Espresso and Black.

What I think:  These shadows give a neutral eye that is not boring at all!  They are matte shadows that have a creamy texture and lots of pigment.  You can do a natural day eye with Natural Wheat and Fawn, then smoke it up in the evening with Cocoa and Espresso.  Gorgeous!

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Manic Panic Lethal Lipsticks in Alien, Glamourose & Stiletto
Manic Panic Lethal Lipsticks in Alien, Glamourose & Stiletto

Add a POP of color this fall with three new MANIC PANIC Lethal Lipsticks ($15.50 USD each). Made with a unique formula that enriches the lips with antioxidants, Lethal Lipsticks are long-wearing and gorgeous. Lethal Lipsticks come in a variety of textures like true mattes, creamy and dreamy sheens, precious opals and metals to the core. One use is guaranteed to glam up and soften lips for a punk rock pout!

 Alien: a dark, matte formula in a cool, gunmetal shade

Glamourose: a deep merlot spiked with hints of glitter

Stiletto: a light silver with a bright metallic sheen 

What I think:  I have tested Glamourose and Stiletto and they are both so fun!  Glamourose is a deep color sure to infuse drama into your look.  Stiletto is fun for going out and I think it will be amazing for Halloween.  Very cool!

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Freshen Up Your Summer Look With Products By Tarte, Pur Minerals, Mineral Fusion and Jane Iredale

I get tired of turning to the same products all of the time.  When I think that my look has become predictable, I like to change it up. I’ve been trying out some great new makeup from some of my favorite brands — tarte, Pur Minerals, Mineral Fusion and Jane Iredale — and I am loving my new look!

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer
Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 USD) — Turn back the hands of time with tarte’s new timeless smoothing and filling primer formulated to fade out your biggest beauty boundaries such as large pores, fine lines and wrinkles. The antioxidant-rich formula infused with vitamins C & E and green bean extract gently melts into the skin delivering a surge of moisture, peptides and other naturally-derived elixirs for a firmer, smoother appearance. You’ll love the lightweight texture and fresh powder scent as it provides the perfect blank canvas to enhance the look and wear time of makeup. It can also be worn alone as part of your skincare regimen, blurring out skin imperfections and signs of aging for a flawless, soft-focus finish.

What I think: I love the new blurring primers and this one is exceptionally good! Just a little evens my skin tone and smooths lines and the appearance of pores.  Perfect under makeup or by itself, for a fresh, polished look.

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Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette
Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette ($38 USD) —  Inspired by the deep orchid hues of the Rainforest at dusk, this palette has everything you need to create sultry, sophisticated looks to take you from day to night. Each pigmented, flattering shade is infused with colored clay, which naturally color-corrects as it helps control oil for longer, truer wear. This next generation ingredient from the mountainous regions of Brazil brightens, evens and soothes skin while the velvety formula glides on and delivers rich color without settling into fine lines or wrinkles.

New limited-edition and iconic shades inspired by sultry Amazonian adventures include:

• bare to explore (pink beige)
• make a mauve (plum mauve)
• plum away with me (dark plum)
• up to no gold (gold)
• tan-gled up in you (tan)
• don’t turn a-brown (dark brown)
• unleashed (nude rose blush)
• champagne (highlighter)
• park ave princess™ (bronzer)

What I think: This gorgeous palette will give you great day and night looks.  The eye shadows are so flattering and will work well now, and as we go into fall. Plus, Park Avenue Princess is one of my all-time favorite bronzers.  It’s a subtle, lighter shade, but is really pretty on!

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Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara in Black
Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara in Black

Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara in Black ($20 USD) — Fortified with Argan Oil, this game-changing mascara formula envelops lashes in nourishing, knockout colour with endless build and dewy sheen. And with our exclusive, clump-resistant mascara wand, getting smooth, evenly coated lashes is easy — even in tough inner corners! Now, that’s a stroke of genius.

What I think: I love trying new mascaras!  I love that this has Argan Oil in it.  The brush is molded plastic and is medium-sized.  I tried it and — wow!  I noticed instant separation and length and since it is very buildable, in a couple of coats I had tons of volume as well.  It is so good — and good for my lashes!

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Mineral Fusion Lip Tints
Mineral Fusion Lip Tints

Mineral Fusion Lip Tints ($9.99 USD ) — This sheer, hydrating formula composed of natural ingredients smoothes lips with moisturizing cocoa butter while delivering vibrant color with staying power. Its sleek automatic packaging allows for easy application, buildable color and an always-rich pout for chic, on-the-go women. The lip-firming peptide locks in moisture for luscious lips and a perky pout while the natural Vanilla Mint flavor leaves fresh breath for any occasion.

What I think: I have been testing this in the shade Glisten, which is a shimmering nude.  The vanilla mint flavor is tasty and the color is sheer and pretty.  I like this as an everyday lip color since it moisturizes and does not dry out the lips.

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Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss Tangerine
Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss Tangerine

Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss Tangerine ($24 USD) — If you’d rather have a gloss than a tint, this is perfect! This has a luxurious formula that feels lusciously creamy on the lips with Moringa butter and avocado oil that make lips feel conditioned, moisturized, quenched and nourished. It is remarkably long‐lasting and is free of petroleum‐based products.

What I think: I do love my lip gloss!  This is such a pretty soft, coral and it’s perfect for the summer.  The gloss itself does last a long time and is makes my lips soft — and isn’t sticky.  Yay!

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Laura Geller Makeup Celebrates 10 Years of Beauty!

I love Laura Geller makeup.  It is very high quality and it helps you look polished, not too made up.  Laura is a classy, fun lady and her makeup reflects that.

As shown in the photo above, you can get 10% off your oder and free shipping.  Sweet!

In honor of this anniversary, Laura Geller Facebook fans are encouraged to show photos of their past makeup looks from the past few decades.  Each week will highlight a specific decade, starting with the 1970’s all the way through present time.   10 lucky winners who share the best photos will win a free All-Stars Kit, worth over $60.  Visit to learn more and enter.

On Twitter, fans are asked to tweet with @LauraGeller all month long using the hashtag #LGM10YRS. 10 Geller Girls will be selected to win Laura’s fan-favorite Spackle Under Makeup Primer!

You can also watch Laura this month on QVC and get some great deals!  Showtimes are available at

And I am going to be offering a Laura Geller giveaway!  Yay!  Stay tuned and I will announce it soon!

Enjoy Laura Geller this month!

Pixi Cosmetics and Disney’s PixiGlow — Get Tinkerbell’s Look!

Inspired by Disney’s most iconic fairy, Pixi cosmetics has recently unveiled a unique collaboration with Disney to launch its new PixiGlow collection.

Drawing inspiration from Tinker Bell’s ever youthful and illuminating beauty, PixiGlow tells the story of a grown-up version of this charming, playful, ageless pixie and her enchanted world.

The collection took shape as Petra Strand, makeup artist and Pixi creator, worked with Disney character artist, John Quinn, to re-imagine the Tinker Bell of fond childhood memories into a classic, vintage-inspired, beaming beauty.

The PixiGlow extension line offers that final sprinkle of twinkle for eyes, lips and cheeks, allowing women to turn an ordinary look into an extraordinary one while celebrating every day with a touch of magic.

“In collaboration with Disney, we created a unique Tinker Bell collection that captures the fresh-faced, glowing, and timeless beauty of both a Disney icon and the Pixi brand by reinforcing that makeup simply enhances and perfects your natural look,” says Strand.

Pixi Catching Shadows Crayon

I tried the Catching Shadows Crayon ($18 USD) in Beaming Reflection.  Dance with the light & catch those shadows with this beaming cream-to-powder eye crayon. Light reflecting pigments play with the shade, defining and highlighting, bringing out the natural beauty in eyes like never before.

What I think:  This is a pretty neutral shimmer shadow that can be used as a lid shadow, highlighter, or smear it all over your lids for a pretty, daytime shimmer.

Pixi Fairy Dust

I gave Fairy Dust ($14 USD) in Moonlight Shimmer to my teenage daughter because it was a bit too glittery for me.  But it is perfect for her!  You can use the loose pigments at the inner corner of the eye or under the brow bone for subtle shimmer or apply them to the upper and lower lash lines for sparkly drama!

There are other cool products in the collection that I would like to try — like a deep golden green eyeliner and a pink lip balm that reacts to the wearers ph levels and supposedly delivers a personal color.  Fun.  Also, the Fairy Face Palette looks gorgeous — pretty colors!

The PixiGlow collection is available at a Target store near you!  Enjoy!

Get Glowing With Smashbox Soft Lights

I know this season is about bright pops of color on the face such as fuschia, orange and coral.  Those shades may be great for special occasions, but I am loving pale pearls and golds for everyday wear.  They remind me of soft sand beaches and shell, making me long for hot summer days on a beach…

I know, wake up Lorena!  It’s only March.  But at least I can make my skin glow with these two pretty Soft Lights powders from Smashbox.

Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights

I am in love with the Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Stardust.  It is a palette wheel of 2 of each shade — bronze,golden tan, soft pink, pale sand and soft white shimmer.

You can use this so many ways.  Mixed all together as a light bronzer, just mixing the light shades for a highlighter over the cheekbones, nose, under the eyebrows.  Using the darker colors as contour.  But, one of my favorite tricks is to use the separate shades as very soft eyeshadow.  This is a beautifully subtle day look and I love it for running to the store or to my kid’s school — so pretty!

Smashbox Soft Lights in Shimmer

The Soft Lights in Shimmer is a pretty peachy nude that is perfect for the face and body.  Brush this on your cheekbones, breast bone, shoulders…anywhere you wish to emphasize.  And it is shimmery, NOT glittery.  Perfect for spring and summer!

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