My Beauty Favorites Week of August 17-23, 2015

It’s getting hot again in Kansas City, but I have Fall on the brain!  I am excited for cooler weather, deeper colors and the new boots I just ordered!

This week for beauty, I’m loving amazing skincare that works overnight, a lip crayon that’s like a balm, a sultry new fragrance and a shampoo that is safe for my color-treated hair.

Sustainable Youth Super Boost Night Serum
Sustainable Youth Super Boost Night Serum

Sustainable Youth Super Boost Night Serum ($150 USD) —   is a super-charged sleep serum that boosts skin’s natural nocturnal regenerating powers. It prepares the skin for maximum moisturization and helps to visibly restore the skin’s natural, youthful bounce and elasticity. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps lift and firm sagging skin.

What I think: This is a light, soothing serum.  I apply it at evening, under my night cream and it instantly makes my skin look smoother.  In the morning, my skin looks brighter, hydrated and the texture is soft and smooth!  I love that it contains natural ingredients, too.

Learn more and purchase at http://www.sustainableyouth.com

Christie Brinkley Skincare Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment
Christie Brinkley Skincare Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment

Christie Brinkley Skincare Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment ($69 USD) — you can repair the damages from the sun and turn back signs of aging overnight. This night cream works with the skin’s circadian cycle to revitalize the skin, reduces wrinkles while improving firmness, smoothness and elasticity and increases cellular energy for a rejuvenated appearance.

What I think: I have been using this over the night serum above, and I love how it feels and how great it makes my skin look! The texture is creamy, but not greasy at all.  A little does go a long way.  I love how it works overnight and gives me hydrated and soft skin by morning!

Available at http://www.kohls.com

Doll 10 Beauty Lip Crayons
Doll 10 Beauty Lip Crayons

Doll 10 Beauty Lip Crayons ($14.50 each) combine the shine of a gloss with the nourishment of a balm to create an ultimate hybrid without compromise. The perfect combination of color and care, these gel lip crayons are formulated with benefit-boosting, anti-aging ingredients, dousing your pout with intense hydration. Lightweight, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear, the balm-like texture glides effortlessly over lips for a wash of sheer color.Twist to swivel up – Doll 10 Gel Lip Crayons never needs sharpening!

 The colors in the photo above from left to right are:

Pinky Swear, a warm shimmering pink shade

Sheer Bliss, a champagne pearl shade

Wild Card, a cool pink shade

What I think: I have Sheer Bliss and Pinky Swear and they both work well for a natural and sheer lip!  They aren’t sticky at all and are very moisturizing.  They do feel like a light balm.  I now keep Sheer Bliss with me when I want a lip product with a little sheen, but not a lot of color.  It’s perfect!

Purchase at http://www.doll10.com  

0.2 Fragrance
0.2 Fragrance

0.2 Fragrance — 0.2 is more than a fragrance – it is an experience, a moment in time.  To capture that first glance, that first rush, that first moment when eyes lock and passion ignites.  For men, for women, 0.2 is a fragrance for us all.

Top notes of Italian Bergamot and Spearmint introduce you to a fresh musk accord that is both clean yet earthy.  Notes of White Amber, French Vanilla, and Tunisian Amber are grounded by a hint of Oakmoss to keep you in that moment, and take you deeper.

What I think:  I like this fragrance, it is both sweet and spicy.  I think that it will be perfect for the cooler months.  I can really pick out the spearmint, musk and ambers.  It’s very sexy!

Available at 0point2.com

Philip B. African Shea Butter Gentle & Conditioning Shampoo
Philip B. African Shea Butter Gentle & Conditioning Shampoo

Philip B. African Shea Butter Gentle & Conditioning Shampoo ($27 for 7.4 oz) — Mild cleanser drenches strands in light-weight moisture, protecting color and taking hair to a whole new level of softness and shine. A perfect daily shampoo for the whole family: Gently lifts away oil and product build-up.

Active botanical agents (African Shea Butter, Hops, Nettle and Comfrey) condition and silkify without weighing hair down. Panthenol (Vitamin B5) restores elasticity and bounce. Paraben free; color & keratin-treatment safe.

What I think:  I’m always looking for a shampoo that is safe for my color-treated hair.  This is and it cleanses and moisturizes my hair in one step!  My hair is so soft afterwards and has lots of shine.  Love!

Learn more and purchase at http://www.philipb.com

What products are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

My Beauty Faves Week of March 30-April 5, 2015 Part 2

Happy Easter!  I hope you all had a wonderful day with family and friends!

This is part 2 of my weekly favorite products review.  You can read part 1 here. I have been testing and loving so many great products this week that I had to add a second post!

I have been loving a gentle shampoo, fresh bath and body products, a renewing skincare collection, and great new brow products!

Philip B. Lavender Hair and Body Shampoo
Philip B. Lavender Hair and Body Shampoo

Philip B. Lavender Hair and Body Shampoo ($30 USD, 7.4 fl. oz) — Gentle, sulfate-free cleanser protects and preserves hair color, while your skin soaks up moisture and softness. Mild blend of botanical cleansers creates a dense, luxurious lather—gentle enough for the whole family. Exclusive L-Amino Acid complex strengthens hair and magnifies shine, for healthy, gleaming color and soft, glowing skin. Pure Lavender Oil light, fresh, naturally calming scent. Paraben & sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) free; color & keratin- treatment safe.

What I think: This is a mild, soothing shampoo that is good for all the hair in my family, from my 11-year-old daughter’s long hair to my aging 40+ hair!  And it leaves it soft and doesn’t strip it.  It also works well as a body wash.

Available at http://www.philipb.com.

Freshly scented and richly moisturized RITUALS bath and body works will pamper skin this spring!

Wu Wei Calming Cream Bath ($19 USD) — Experience a sense of ultimate relaxation in this soft, fluffy foaming cream bath.  Your skin will feel nourished and silky soft.  Enriched with calming White Lotus and Green Tea, the symbols of purity and spiritual growth.

Mei Dao Rich Nourishing Body Cream ($29 USD) –Rich, creamy moisturizer for nourishing the skin.  Leaves the skin feeling silky soft. Combines the gentle fragrance of White Lotus with the nourishing properties of Yi Yi Ren, traditionally used in Chinese medicine.

What I think: Both of these products smell amazing!  So fresh, I love the scent of white lotus.  The cream bath gives lots of foamy bubbles and is really fun to use and I like to use the body cream after my bath because it locks in the moisture.

Learn more and purchase at http://www.us.rituals.com.

Burt’s Bees Renewal Collection
Burt’s Bees Renewal Collection

Burt’s Bees Renewal Collection — Wrinkle-smoothing White Hibiscus and intensively hydrating Apple take center stage in our Hibiscus and Apple Rejuvenating Complex. In our Renewal Face Care line, this remarkable interaction plumps up cells to help reduce the look of lines and wrinkles, improve firmness, and make skin appear smoother and more hydrated.

·         Renewal Refining Cleanser ($9.99)

·         Renewal Intensive Firming Serum ($19.99)

·         Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30 ($19.99)

·         Renewal Firming Night Cream ($19.99)

·         Renewal Smoothing Eye Cream ($19.99)

What I think:  I have been testing the cleanser.  It is a gentle way to clean the face morning or night and I don’t have to worry about my skin drying out when I use it. I love that it has natural ingredients and is so good for my skin.

Learn more at http://www.burtsbees.com

BRETT BROW DuoShade Brow Powder in Dark Brunette ($18 USD) — Can be used dry or with a damp brush to create a perfectly blended brow shade for maximum definition.

BRETT BROW DualSided Eyebrow Brush ($18 USD) — Part angled brush to fill in sparse brows and part blending spoolie to feather brows, creating the ultimate brow tool.

What I think: I was happy to receive these new products for review.  I found that the brow powder was the perfect color for me and covered really well.  The angled side of the brush laid the pigment down very well and the spoolie blended the product perfectly!

These will be available at Sephora stores in April 2015.

Do you know of any great new products I should review or ones that you are loving now?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Get Your Beauty Routine Ready For Summer, Part 2

Part two of my summer prep spectacular brings body care and hair care!  Time to moisturize that parched skin and hair!

In this post, I review body skin care from NeriumFirm, SeabuckWonders, Teadora, and L’Occitane plus hair care from John Frieda and Phlip B.

NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream
NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream

NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream ($98 USD) –NeriumFirm  is formulated to reduce the appearance of cellulite and dimpling to help smooth, tighten and firm loose skin and to help restore the appearance of youthful contour, tone and texture – perfect to get beach body ready!

What I think:  My body definitely needs firming and contouring so I have been using this for a few weeks now.  I have noticed that my skin on my thighs seem smoother and my waist seems a little tighter — nice!  I will definitely continue to use this!

Available at www.mynerium.com

Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion
Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion

Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion ($14.97 USD for 6 fl. oz.) — Intensely moisturizing, Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion rejuvenates and replenishes the skin’s natural balance, softening and nourishing for silky, touchable skin. Its high concentration of sea buckthorn oil allows for superior moisture retention while protecting the skin from signs of aging and the effects of exposure to the sun.

What I think:  This is so moisturizing without being greasy at all.  It also soothes my dry skin.  Our air conditioner wasn’t working for the last couple of days and as I work from home, I was stuck in front of a computer in 85 degrees.  Well, my skin dried out, and this made it much softer.  After my shower, I smoothed this lotion on and my skin went “aaaah”!  Love!  The only downside is that is smells kind of like hay.  Not very fragrant, but good for my skin!

Available at http://www.seabuckwonders.com.

Teadora Nourishing Body Butter
Teadora Nourishing Body Butter

Teadora Nourishing Body Butter ($45 for 8 oz.) — has a unique blend of Brazilian ingredients protects and helps repair your skin’s moisture barrier—to keep skin smooth and supple 24 hours a day. We use stem cells from the Argan tree—one of the oldest species on earth—to help rejuvenate your skin’s middle layer, where wrinkles start.

Teadora comes in two scents so that everyone can find a product that suits them.  Rainforest at Dawn is vibrant & woodsy—yet floral—it awakens your senses and readies you for the day ahead. Rainforest at Dusk is flowery & smooth—with a hint of fruit—it soothes and revitalizes your senses after a long day.

What I think:  I have been using this all over at night, especially on my dry elbows and knees, and I have found that in the morning, my skin is so much softer.  Both scents are extremely woodsy. I like the Rainforest at Dusk the best.  I wouldn’t call it flowery, more herbal and spicy.  I don’t care for the Rainforest at Dusk because it smells a bit like soil, very foresty, though.

Available at http://www.teadorabeauty.com.

 

L'OCCITANE Mer & Mistral Body Milk
L’OCCITANE Mer & Mistral Body Milk

L’OCCITANE Mer & Mistral Body Milk ($20 USD, 6 fl. oz.) — This energizing gel moisturizes and refreshes the skin, leaving behind the aquatic and aromatic scent of the Mer & Mistral fragrance. Enriched with shea butter, skin is left smooth, supple and perfumed with the aromatic chord of cypress, pine and rosemary.

What I think:  This is a very light gel lotion and smells fantastic, really fresh and clean.  It is a unisex scent, either for women or men, and I can see why.  And it’s light enough for that guy who doesn’t like greasy lotions.

Available at usa.loccitane.com.

Philip B. Katira Hair Masque
Philip B. Katira Hair Masque

Philip B. Katira Hair Masque ($40 for 6 oz)– a versatile rejuvenator is for all hair types. The clear-gel formula sinks right in to plump up fine, limp strands or calm and smooth course, hard-to-manage hair. Think of it as an amped-up, squeaky-clean version of a deep-conditioning treatment. A high-tech L-Amino Acid Complex infuses your hair with a perfect dose of moisture and nourishing proteins for enhanced control and elasticity. Coat clean, wet or dry hair with the masque comb it through from roots to ends evenly. Leave on until dry or overnight. Rinse well after use!

What I think: I think that this is a cool hair mask.  You can leave it in as long as you like.  Once you rinse it out,

Available at http://www.philipb.com.

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Satin Finish Flat Iron
John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Satin Finish Flat Iron

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Satin Finish Flat Iron ($54.99 USD) — John Frieda Sleek Finish 1 1/2″ Flat Iron offers extra-long straightening plates with advanced ionic conditioning and true ceramic heater. Plus, it has ceramic titanium-coated plates that take only 15-seconds to heat up to 455 degrees Fahrenheit.

What I think:  Love this flat iron!  It works very well on my wavy hair.  Plus it straightens and shines!  I think this is an affordable way to really straighten hair and not damage it.

Available at beauty stores such as http://www.ulta.com

 

Enjoy!

 

Prepare Your Hair For The Warm Days Ahead!

With spring around the corner, I am looking to turn up the volume, create beachy waves and tame my tresses. Since I live in Kansas City, I also have to worry about the coming humidity and how it affects my hair.

I have been testing the great hair products and tools below and am loving what they are doing for my hair:

Carols Daughter® Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage and Anti-Frizz Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Carols Daughter® Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage and Anti-Frizz Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Carols Daughter® Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage and Anti-Frizz Sulfate-Free Shampoo  ($12 USD 12 fl. oz., Conditioner $14 USD) — Only healthy, fortified hair can be frizz-free hair. That’s why this sulfate-free, color-safe strengthening shampoo is a must-have to reinforce damaged hair that’s prone to breakage and frizz. Made with strand-strengthening Coprah Coconut Oil, this sacred, protein-rich ingredient is blended with the Tiare Gardenia Flower, frizz-stopping Shea Butter and Moringa Seed Oil, so it not only cleanses and detangles, but restores strength for smooth, flyaway-free hair.

Available at Target stores and http://www.target.com

Mark Hill Love Big Hair Viva La Volume Volumising Blow Dry Mousse
Mark Hill Love Big Hair Viva La Volume Volumising Blow Dry Mousse

Mark Hill Love Big Hair Viva La Volume Volumising Blow Dry Mousse 250ml ($11.99)This light-weight non-sticky mousse adds body, fullness and shine to any style, leaving hair voluminous and bouncy.

Available at Walgreens stores and http://www.walgreens.com.

Mark Hill Gorgeous! Work It Girl! Shine, Protect and Control Spray
Mark Hill Gorgeous! Work It Girl! Shine, Protect and Control Spray

Mark Hill Gorgeous! Work It Girl! Shine, Protect and Control Spray 200ml ($11.99) — This combination spray protects hair from heated styling tools such as straighteners and tongs up to 455°F, all while adding amazing shine, and firm, flexible hold through the infusion of bamboo/fern extract

Purchase at Walgreens stores and http://www.walgreens.com

CATWALK by TIGI Session Series Salt Spray
CATWALK by TIGI Session Series Salt Spray

CATWALK by TIGI Session Series Salt Spray (SRP $18.95) — For a more natural look, try the off-duty model go-to of done-undone tresses. First, embrace your natural texture! This look is slightly bed head-esque and has natural movement, so less is definitely more. A few pumps of sea salt spray and you’re good to go!

Available at salons around the country and fine stores such as drugstore.com and Amazon.

TIGI Bed Head Headrush
TIGI Bed Head Headrush

BedHead Headrush (SRP $20.99) — Superfine super shine spray that will go straight to your head.  This lightweight spray that gives your hair extreme gloss with all-over coverage.

Available at salons around the country and fine stores such as drugstore.com and Amazon.

Philip B. Restorative Detangling Toning Mist
Philip B. Restorative Detangling Toning Mist

Philip B. Restorative Detangling Toning Mist ($24 USD) is a genius blend of plant-based, gossamer-light conditioners and apple cider vinegar which seals the cuticle of your hair for effortless combing and detangling in just 6 to 8 sprays!

Available at http://www.philipb.com

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair’s Sleek Finish Vent Brush
John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair’s Sleek Finish Vent Brush

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair’s Sleek Finish Vent Brush ($12.99 USD) — has silicone bristles that smooth tangled hair and reduce frizz every time you use it! This brush is ideal for getting out even the toughest of knots!

Available at http://www.amazon.com and many mass market retailers near you!

Enjoy your gorgeous hair!

Is Your Hair Ready For Spring?

I have been wearing my hair in buns and ponytails so much lately.  It’s so easy to do in the dark, cold, winter days.

But we had a beautiful day today!  It was 72 degrees in Kansas City.  I didn’t even wear a coat.  The nice weather makes me want to change-up my whole look, including my dry, dull hair.  I need some help, and the following products are awesome for making my winter hair look fresh!

TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth Collection
TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth Collection

TRESemmé 7 DAY KERATIN SMOOTH SYSTEM — Enjoy salon-gorgeous, frizz-resistant hair that lasts!  Introducing NEW TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth, a non-damaging hair care system that helps create smooth, frizz-free styles, that last for up to 7 days*!  Made with the revolutionary Thermal Technology, combined with conditioning and strengthening polymers, TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth is the brand’s first heat-activated smoothing treatment that works with the heat of your flat iron to transform unruly hair and lock in your style between washes. Reap the benefits, which include post-wash durability, smoothness, humidity resistance and convenient re-styling between washes.

What I think — I have tried the system once.  I followed the directions, which is basically wash, condition, use the treatment, blow dry then straighten hair.  My hair usually gets so frizzy when I blow dry (I usually air dry).  This helped a little bit, but I want to try it again to see if I really notice a difference.  The system is affordable, which is a plus.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Philip B. Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist
Philip B. Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist

Philip B. Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist ($22 USD)This must-have mist is a lightweight styling product that infuses your hair with body and brings out its natural wave. Maui Wowie keeps your hair looking fresh, effortless, and sophisticated, especially when the weather turns sticky.  Perfect for all your spring break travel!

What I think:  LOVE this spray!  This light spray with a lovely light scent is perfect for everyday use.  I use it after I shower.  I like to air dry my hair and this helps give my slightly wavy hair lots of beachy waves.  if I spray on damp hair and put in a bun, when my hair dries, it looks very glamorous.  And spraying it on dry hair refreshes my waves.

Available at www.Philipb.com

John Frieda Volume Curls 1 1/2” Curling Iron
John Frieda Volume Curls 1 1/2” Curling Iron

John Frieda Volume Curls 1 1/2” Curling Iron ($32.99 USD) – This curling iron is engineered with Titanium Ceramic Technology and Advanced Ionic Conditioning to seal in moisture and reduce frizz. With 11 digital heat settings offering high heat up to 400°F/205°C, it’s easy to select a safe heat level for your hair type. Designed for quick, easy styling, the Volume Curls curling iron banishes dull, heat damaged locks and ushers in soft, gorgeous hair.

What I think: This is great for curls or soft waves.  And the technology makes my hair so shiny and polished, this is a great tool to use every day.

Where to find it: Ulta, www.ulta.com, CVS, Best Buy and Target

UMBERTO Beverly Hills Dry Texture Spray
UMBERTO Beverly Hills Dry Texture Spray

UMBERTO Beverly Hills Dry Texture Spray ($12.99 USD) —   This unique texture spray can be used on dry hair allowing for maximum volume and style.  Use the Dry Texture on short or long hair for that “just stepped out of the salon” look.

What I think:  This finishing spray creates texture in hair and holds your style.  I like it to create a piecey look.

Purchase at Target and www.target.com

What are you using in your hair for the spring?

 

Keep Hair Looking It’s Best this Winter

My hair has been in a sad, limp pony tail for a few months now.  I do need to get it cut, but that won’t solve all of my problems.

As I age, I notice that my hair has been getting dull and thinner.  But, luckily, there are lots of great products that can help with aging hair.

I was sent the following products for my honest review.  Check them out!

Focus Rejuvenating Shampoo and Conditioner
Focus Rejuvenating Shampoo and Conditioner

— A scientifically formulated shampoo to be used as part of the FOCUS hair care system. We use our proprietary blend of natural herbs, trace minerals and essential amino acids, providing you with a SLS and Paraben free shampoo to maximize the vitality of your hair. Focus shampoo is formulated for all hair types and will not affect chemically treated hair and it is color safe.

FOCUS™ long lasting conditioner gives a rich, luxurious texture and appearance to hair and is designed to deliver necessary moisturizers, natural herbs and essential amino acids that complement the organic effects of FOCUS™ Shampoo. FOCUS™ Conditioner is formulated for all hair types and will not affect chemically treated hair.

What I think:  I love that this pair is color safe and is Paraben-free.  It has a nice herbal scent and the conditioner is very moisturizing.  I haven’t noticed much extra volume with this duo, but my hair does appear healthy and shiny!

Available at focushaircare.com.

Philip B. Russian Amber Imperial Dry Shampoo
Philip B. Russian Amber Imperial Dry Shampoo

Philip B. Russian Amber Imperial Dry Shampoo ($28 USD) — A unique, featherweight treatment that refreshes tired, unwashed hair in minutes so it feels clean and fresh between shampoos. Use it to create gorgeous body and lift anytime. Morning,  noon or night, this product works quickly and effortlessly to absorb excess oil, neutralize unwanted product build-up, and leave dirty hair bouncy and gleaming.

What I think:  For me, dry shampoo is a must to have around on days that you can’t shampoo your hair.  This one has a sexy amber scent and gives volume with the freshness.  LOVE!

Available at www.philipb.com.

Thicker Fuller Hair Thickening Serum
Thicker Fuller Hair Thickening Serum

 

Thicker Fuller Hair Thickening Serum ($8.99 USD) —  is an essential formula the enriches the hair shaft to build body and strength for incredible volume.

Naturally advanced and formulated with caffeine to prop up the hair strand to invigorate and energize the scalp. Designed for both men and women, Thicker Fuller Hair is formulated with Cell-U-Plex, a synergistic blend of pure plant extracts, vitamins, and protein that infuses that hair shaft to thicken, improving hairs overall vigor to instantly bodify and amplify fine, thin hair!

What I think:  I apply this on damp hair starting at the roots, down to my ends and blow or air dry.  I have noticed that my hair is fuller after it dries and is so soft!

Available at www.folica.com

 

Zero Frizz Correcting Hair Serum
Zero Frizz Correcting Hair Serum

 

Apply a dime size amount of Zero Frizz Hair Serum (Approx. $4.99) evenly onto wet or damp hair and blow dry for added shine. Afterwards, apply a small amount of serum to your ends, for added softness and bounce. Zero Frizz coats the hair before styling, to protect it from heat and allow the natural oils to shine without the frizz.

What I think:  I also like to use this on the ends of dry hair to separate and to and shine.  Great product and so affordable!

Available at mass market retailers like KMart and Walmart and at www.folica.com.

LA Looks Define & Shine Hair Gel
LA Looks Define & Shine Hair Gel

LA Looks Define & Shine Hair Gel ($1.94 at www.walmart.com) –  Love the shine of a serum but need the hold of a gel? This advanced formula coats and seals the hair cuticle to tame frizz while offering humidity-resistant resins that help smooth hair and Micro-Crystalline shine enhancers to deliver a luminous shine.

What I think: This is an affordable way to get hold and shine.  I suggest that you use very little or it could get sticky.  Great on damp hair before drying.

Available at mass-market retailers

What are you using on your hair right now?

 

Blush Mystery Beauty Box — A Fab Beauty Subscription Box!

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I was sent this wonderful July Blush Mystery Beauty Box to Review for my honest opinion.  What is the Blush Mystery Beauty Box, you ask?  From the website:

Monthly Beauty Picks Delivered Straight to Your Door!

Love beauty products? Join the club to sample the latest and greatest products in skin care, hair care and makeup handpicked by a team of beauty pros!
  • Each month, we’ll be offering a different blush Mystery Beauty Box, featuring mostly full- and (some) travel-size products worth at least $100.
  • Products are handpicked by our panel of beauty experts, so you know you’re getting only the best.
  • Enjoy a Free Gift with your Beauty

The Mystery Beauty Box is only $34.95 (a $100+ value!), or as low as $24.95 with monthly subscription.

Here is a peak inside of my July box!  I know it’s August, but I was very happy to receive this awesome bag full of goodies!  I received:

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Philip B. Self Adjusting Hair Spray– ($22 for 5.07 fl. oz, full-sized) — Gives you touchable, adjustable hold – never sticky or tacky. Enriched with Panthenol (Vitamin B5) and Phytantriol (Amino Acids) to strengthen and condition your hair while adding body and shine. Doubles as a fantastic root volumizer.

What I think:  I love how the more you use, the stronger hold that you get, but it never makes the hair stiff.  Available at www.philipb.com.

Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance 24H Lotion  ($20 for 1.7 fl. oz. full-sized) — Natural radiance & detox for brighter skin! Refreshing lotion invigorates and balances the skin’s functions. The lotion leaves a matte surface on the skin. Regular use normalizes sebum production and helps to reduce the appearance of pores.

Arctic cloudberry seed oil, which is bursting with natural antioxidants, protects the skin from stress factors. The detox properties of cloudberry nectar help to make the skin look brighter and more radiant. Ideal for women especially 25+ who are in the middle of the “rush years”. Ideal for normal to combination skin. Paraben-free. Synthetic colorant-free: the colour of the cream comes from cloudberry. Product contains over 90 % natural ingredients.

What I think: This is a really nice lotion!  I love the 24 hours, but I would love it more if it had SPF.  It does give the skin a nice glow.  Learn more at www.lumene.com and it can be found at mass market retailers near you!

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Bioelements Quick Refiner – (.25 oz Value $3.83, $46 for 3 oz) – Eliminates dead surface cells, uncovers smoother, softer skin, targets the appearance of pores and used once a day will last almost 4 months!

What I think:  This really makes my skin smooth!  It is also unscented, which I really like. This is a good-sized sample, because you don’t need a lot. Available at www.bioelements.com

Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex SPF 15 ($50 for .5 oz) – By employing the most advanced beauty research technology, Hydroxatone products conclusively deliver rapid, safe and long-term visible results. AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex SPF 15 is a unique moisturizer specifically designed to increase skin hydration and soften the appearance of visible wrinkles by helping the skin stimulate the production of collagen. Increased collagen produces a long-term reduction in visible wrinkles, crow’s feet, and facial lines. Your multi-functional anti-aging powerhouse and moisturizer in one! Hydroxatone is formulated for all skin types, both women and men, and all ethnicities.

What I think:  I haven’t tried this yet, but I have always wanted to try Hydroxatone, so I am really excited about it.  I also think it is a great item to find in the bag! Available at www.ulta.com and www.hydroxatone.com.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pad ($18 for 10 pads) — Alpha Beta Glow Pads provide a radiant, sun kissed glow year-round, without exposure to the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays. Formulated with the sun vitamin, Active Vitamin D, these pads give the face believable, natural color.

What I think:  I have tried one of these and I love the natural color you get.  Also, it is not smelly (lots of self tanners are).  Available at Sephora stores and www.qvc.com.

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Deborah Lippmann 3D Holographic Luxurious Nail Color in Ray of Light ($19 USD, full-sized) – This is an indigo jelly polish with a little copper red holographic glitter.

What I think:  VERY pretty!  This is the first thing that I tried on when I received the bag.  I love blue polishes and think that this is perfect for fall! Avaialbe at beauty.com and other fine beauty stores.

Emani Organic Lip Shine in Blush ($16 full-sized) — Cover your lips with spectacular color. EMANI Organic Lip Shine is a long-wearing formula that enhances lips without leaving a sticky finish. Fruit oils and vitamin E moisturize to maintain a pout that’s soft and in kissable condition.

What I think:  I love that this is organic.  The shade is so pretty too, and it is very moisturizing. Available at blush.com

I believe this awesome July 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box had almost $150 worth of products in it!  Such a great deal!  I highly recommend the Blush Mystery Beauty Box!  Visit www.blush.com to sign up.

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