My Beauty Favorites — Week of January 4-10, 2015

This week, it has grown colder in Kansas City.  It really feels like winter now!  Since I have been staying inside, I have been trying various fun new products!

I have been loving a cleansing foam, an acne treatment, a flawless foundation, a breath drop and lip balm combo, and a cool new toothbrush:

Lumene’s Bright Touch Refreshing Cleansing Foam
Lumene’s Bright Touch Refreshing Cleansing Foam

Lumene’s Bright Touch Refreshing Cleansing Foam ($10.99 at CVS, 5.1 fl. oz.) — Hydrating and caring cleansing foam for gentle yet efficient cleansing of makeup and impurities. Leaves skin perfectly clean, soft and balanced. Detoxifying, unique arctic cloudberry nectar helps to boost your skin’s natural radiance.

What I think:  I am loving this gentle cleanser.  It foams nicely, but doesn’t dry out my skin at all.  It’s great to use day or night before my serums and lotions.  I also love how affordable it is.

Purchase at CVS stores and other mass market retailers

DDF Acne Control Treatment
DDF Acne Control Treatment

DDF Acne Control Treatment ($46 USD) — A night treatment that fights, controls, and normalizes acne. Contains the Clarifying Neutralizing Complex with skin conditioners and glycerin that moisturize to soothe skin and restore balance. Salicylic Acid helps keep pores clear and helps fights and prevent blemishes for restored clarity. Non-comedogenic and paraben-free.

  • Fights and controls acne
  • Helps keep pores clear
  • Soothes and restores clarity

What I think: I get occasional breakouts, and when I do this is the perfect product to use.  It is great on my pores and any area that I am experiencing a breakout in.  In the morning, my skin feels smoother and looks clearer.

Purchase at http://www.ddfskincare.com

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation
Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation ($42 USD) — Bring on the flawless! The first-ever foundation with 100% Liquid Light Technology completely evens out skin for a totally natural, luminous finish. (Think gel-covered pigments that mimic photo filters to blur imperfections.)

Created in Smashbox studios, this HD formula was developed to keep up with advancing photo technology by giving you flawless coverage that’s undetectable to the naked eye.

•    Works with all undertones
•    Buildable sheer-to-medium coverage
•    Long-wearing
•    Moisturizing
•    Sweat and humidity resistant

What I think: I love this foundation.  It is very light on the skin, but gives full coverage.  It feels like skincare on, it leaves my skin soft and looking flawless!
Kissamint
Kissamint

Kissamint ($19.50 USD each) — Conveniently packaged together for the first time ever, Kissamint combines a luxe conditioning gloss with breath freshening drops so you are ready for anything. Available in a sheer (Miss Independamint) or tinted lip gloss (Spearamint Ur Ex), lips stay hydrated and breath is fresh so you will never be caught unprepared again!

What I think:  I have never tried a product like this before, it is such an original idea!  I love the Miss Independamint, because the balm is sheer and the drops are peppermint.  The Spearamint Ur Ex would be great for going out.  The color is a sheer red and it would be nice to have the drops when you meet new people!

Available at http://www.kissamint.com

Evolve Toothbrush
Evolve Toothbrush

Evolve Toothbrush ($15 USD) — Created with a patented Triple Flexing brush head design which helps thoroughly and easily clean surfaces of teeth and gums, especially the hard to reach areas, it’s a dramatic evolution in brush design with results that can benefit not just oral health, but overall health as well. EVOLVE toothbrush is design to work for people of all ages beginning at 6 years old. It’s fantastic for everyday use for people across all spectrums of dental needs.

It not only brushes at or below gum level, but it is a great tool for people with braces, gum problems and people with disabilities. It’s a SMART toothbrush that knows what to do even it you don’t!

What I think:  I love using this toothbrush! It covers so much surface that I know that I am really getting my teeth clean! Since it is so big, it takes a bit of getting use to, but is easy to use.

Purchase at  evolveoralcare.com

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

Beauty Products in Pantone’s Colors of the Year 2016 — Rose Quartz and Serenity

Happy New Year!  It is a new year.  I hope 2016 is starting off great for every one!

Do you follow the Pantone color of the year each year?  I do!  The fun thing about this is that we see the color (or colors) in makeup and other items all throughout the year.

Last year it was Marsala, and the color was prevalent in beauty products for each season.  This year there are two colors — Rose Quartz and Serenity.  These colors are so different from last year’s, they are very soft and pretty.  I think everyone can wear them in some way to bring soft color to your look!

Here are a few picks in makeup, nail polish and skincare that you can easily incorporate in your routine and stay on trend:

Smashbox Art. Love. Color Kit in Pout
Smashbox Art. Love. Color Kit in Pout

Smashbox Art. Love. Color Kit in Pout ($29 USD) — Make someone pout with 4 studio favorites in a Smashbox signature shade. This set features our bestsellers for lip and cheek in ultra-wearable and flattering soft pink —all wrapped up in painter Yago Hortal’s one-of-a-kind, hypnotic artwork.

Includes:
•   Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Pout (pale blue pink)
•   Travel-size Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout (bubblegum pink)
•   L.A. Lights in Pacific Coast Pout (bubblegum pink)
•   Always Sharp Lip Liner in Frenchie (bubblegum pink)

Available at http://www.smashbox.com

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Pink and Bella Sky ($4.49 USD) — This rich color glides on in a single stroke, delivering a stunning multi-dimensional effect. This eye shadow can be used wet or dry as a shadow or highlighter. The incredibly innovative, weightless formula blends easily with the fingertips to light up the eyes.

Available at CVS stores nationwide and MilaniCosmetics.com

 

eos Visibly Soft Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
eos Visibly Soft Smooth Sphere Lip Balm

eos Visibly Soft Smooth Sphere Lip Balm ($3.29 USD each) — For immediately softer, more beautiful lips, the NEW eos Visibly Soft Smooth Spheres contain hyaluronic acid to help improve the texture of lips with each swipe leaving lips ultra-soft, smooth and beautiful.  Enriched with Vitamin C, these lip balms help hydrate and moisturize lips from the inside out. 

Available in two delicious soothing flavors, Coconut Milk and Vanilla Mint  at Target, Walmart, Ulta, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Drugstore.com and EvolutionOfSmooth.com

The above Sally Hansen polishes are gorgeous and perfectly on trend!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Set Sail

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Arm Candy

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Sugar Fix

Prices vary.  Learn more at http://www.sallyhansen.com and purchase at mass market retailers such as Target and Ulta.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare New Awakenings Anti-Aging Day Treatment Discovery Gift Set
Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare New Awakenings Anti-Aging Day Treatment Discovery Gift Set

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare New Awakenings Anti-Aging Day Treatment Discovery Gift Set ($49 USD) — Featuring anti-aging properties, this Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare kit revitalizes your skin. 3-piece set includes: 0.5-oz. Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream, 3.0-oz. Complete Clarity Facial Cleansing Wash & 3.0-oz. Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish.

Purchase at http://www.kohls.com

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Makeup Gift Ideas

Still looking for the perfect gift for the makeup lover on your list? It is such a fun gift to receive!  When I give makeup, the recipient is always excited to have new colors to play with!

Don’t be afraid to give adventurous colors as gifts, too.  It gives the lady license to try something new and bold!

Below are some great gift ideas:

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set
Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set ($29 USD) — At Smashbox we’re all about sharing hot new talent. For our Holiday collection, we partnered with breakthrough artist Yago Hortal to bring you these mega-vibrant, limited-edition kits featuring all of our bestsellers in a range of shades—from bold pops of color to always flattering neutrals.

Includes:
•   Full Exposure Mascara (black)
•   Be Legendary Lipstick in Primrose (mauve pink)
•   Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Disco Rose (rich rose)
•   Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Spectral [Platinum (matte warm nude)
•   Bare (shimmery goldish brown)
•   Aubergine (dark matte plum)
•   Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Callback: Fortune (soft copper), Nude (matte soft caramel), Cocoa (metallic deep brown)

Available at http://www.smashbox.com

Maybelline Gilded in Gold Makeup Kit
Maybelline Gilded in Gold Makeup Kit

Maybelline Gilded in Gold Makeup Kit ($14.99 USD) Get a luminous look. This kit has everything you need to light up the night with a luxurious glow. The kit features shimmery and matte nude shadows, eyeliner, blush, highlighter and a red lip gloss. For flawless application, the kit includes step-by-step instructions and face charts to follow.

Available at select mass market retailers

It Cosmetics The Heavenly Luxe 6 pc Essentials Brush Collection ($50 USD) is a set of 6 essential must-have brushes and travel case that truly sets a new standard in the brush category by creating an ultra-luxurious, ultra-plush collection of brushes that work with all of your favorite products, but take them to a whole new level of airbrush application! We designed the sophisticated travel case to protect your brushes and allow for ease of storage and travel. The case also flips around and velcros, becoming a vanity stand for your brushes!

It Cosmetics Limited Edition Your IT Girl Lips! ($24 USD) — Experience the gift of youthful vitality with your perfect red lips that last! This limited-edition, 2-piece set includes your cutting-edge Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick in IT Girl™ and a bonus Travel-Size YLBB™ Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Cherry Flush. While Blurred Lines™ lipstick drenches your lips in rich color, lip-smoothing collagen and hydrolyzed filling spheres, the creamy YLBB™ lip liner enhances your lipstick and locks it in place with budge-proof definition. For skin as beautiful as your lips, this set also includes free samples of No. 50 Serum™ Primer, Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ and Bye Bye Under Eye™ Concealer—try IT, love IT, believe IT!

IT Cosmetics Your Je Ne Sais Quoi Limited Edition ($28 USD) — Treat yourself or someone special to our award-winning, cult-favorite Vitality Lip Flush™ 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain and Vitality Lip Blush™ Hydrating Gloss Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi®—your perfect flush of pink! Tucked inside a luxe-looking makeup bag that doubles as a clutch, this limited-edition duo also comes with bonus samples of No. 50 Serum® Primer, CC+® Cream with SPF 50+ and Bye Bye Under Eye® Concealer—try IT, love IT, believe IT!

Available at http://www.itcosmetics.com

MUA Makeup Academy Holiday
MUA Makeup Academy Holiday

MUA Makeup Academy Holiday sets — Tis the season to share the glam with NEW Makeup Academy holiday offerings, available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy! The sparkly and festive makeup kits are perfect stocking stuffers for beauty enthusiasts and help achieve flawless eye, lip and face looks!

Whether it’s the Sultry Eyes kit, featuring the Smokey Eyeshadow Palette for nighttime looks, the All About Brows set for killer arches, or Shades of Plum lip set for a defined pout, there’s an option for everyone – beginners and pros alike! Additionally, the kits are affordably priced at $15-$20.

Available at CVS stores.

Côte Shop Limited Edition 9-Polish Gift Set
Côte Shop Limited Edition 9-Polish Gift Set

Côte Shop Limited Edition 9-Polish Gift Set ($144 USD) — This specially curated set of nine luxurious, hand-poured, “five-free” polishes which are made in the United States, cruelty–free, vegan, FDA approved and free of the five major toxins associated with nail polishes: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, camphor and formaldehyde resin. Including a luscious trio of nudes, a bold trio of red hues, and a fresh trio of neutral pinks.

Purchase at coteshop.myshopify.com.

Lipstick Queen Galactic Gorgeous
Lipstick Queen Galactic Gorgeous

Lipstick Queen Galactic Gorgeous ($24 USD) — Take your lips into a fuller dimension with this travel-sized selection of Big Bang glosses formulated with light-reflecting shimmer particles for an otherworldly shine.
This set contains:

  • Infinite 3ml
  • Energy 3ml
  • Creation 3ml
  • Black Hole 3ml

Purchase at us.spacenk.com

My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 5-11, 2015

We are already well into October, can you believe it?  It was 85 today, but I’m hoping it cools down soon and stays cool!

This week, I’m loving a long wearing brow pencil, a volume-building hair product, an ultra-moisturizing hand cream and a supplement that will help prevent sun damage in skin.

Leave a comment and let me know what you are loving now.  I am excited to hear!

Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil
Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil

Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil ($21 USD) –A brow pencil with an ultra-fine point that allows you to mimic hairs to extend your brows and fill in sparseness. Benefits are that it’s long wearing, non smudging, water resistant, sweat & humidity resistant.

Umbreen Sheikh  of Wink Brow Bar in NYC has shared her tips on shaping / perfecting your brows which can helpful when using the Smashbox items. They include not overdoing it even though bold brows are in.

What I think:  This is very easy to use.  I use feathery stroke.  The main thing I do is fill in the tail of my brow, and then use the spoolie brush to blend it in and make it look natural.

Purchase at http://www.smashbox.com

 

L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper
L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper

L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper ($40 USD) — Fattens skinny hair strands and gives hair a bold, robust appearance. Bulks-up hair without weight and delivers fullness & density. Defines & separates and gives hair added dimension.  Provides internal bounce and delivers flexible support.

What I think: I really like using this product, it gives great volume and leaves my hair soft and shiny!  I use it on dry hair, but want to see what it does when I apply it on wet hair, too. It also smells really nice and holds style well.

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

KORRES Hand Cream with Almond Oil and Calendula
KORRES Hand Cream with Almond Oil and Calendula

KORRES Hand Cream with Almond Oil and Calendula ($14.50 2.54 fl. oz.) — is enriched with nourishing almond oil and antioxidant-rich calendula to help relieve dry hands. Calendula, combined with almond oil and aloe, helps retain natural moisture of the skin, leaving hands smooth and supple. A blend of natural butters and antioxidants provides additional comfort. Use the 91.9 percent natural formula daily for immediate and long-term relief.

What I think:  I love the scent of this!  It’s wonderful!  Plus, it is so moisturizing and not greasy at all, which is perfect for a hand cream. It leaves my hands soft and silky all day!

Available at http://www.sephora.com and Sephora stores.

Heliocare Ultra Dietary Supplement
Heliocare Ultra Dietary Supplement

Heliocare Ultra Dietary Supplement ($72 for 36 capsules) — contains a powerful blend of antioxidants, including Fernblock Polypodium leucotomos extract (PLE), Vitamin C and Pomegranate extract. These dietary supplements help defend your skin from the inside out. Like the original Heliocare, this Ultra formula helps maintain the skin’s ability to protect itself against sun-related effects and aging. Heliocare Ultra’s extra strength formula contains twice as many antioxidants as the original Heliocare.

What I think:  I really like the idea of this product.  The effects of sun damage on skin can be severe, and if this helps skin stay smooth and supple, that’s amazing!

Available at select dermatology offices and LovelySkin.com

My Beauty Favorites Week of September 7-13, 2015

Even though it still isn’t boot weather (and I have a gorgeous new pair to break in), it is getting cooler in Kansas City.  I went to the zoo today and the weather was beautiful, and a little chilly in the morning!

This week, as I begin reviewing new Fall products I am loving and innovative BB water foundation, new nail polish and top coat, Fall body mists, and a quick teeth cleanser and whitener.

Leave a comment and let me know what you are loving this week!

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 30
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 30

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 30 ($42 USD) — Your skin needs a drink. Meet our first and only BB with a water-like texture that delivers multiple benefits in just one drop. Why get wet? Our built-in primer water technology means a liquid silk-consistency—it literally glides onto your face, blends easily and moves with your skin. Because it’s alcohol-free, there is no drying, cracking or caking during wear. The ultra-hydrating, oil-free formula also creates a sheer, radiant finish that makes you really love your skin in every conceivable light. Here come the compliments.

What I think:  I needed a new foundation and was really excited to try this.  And I am extremely pleased with it!  It is very liquidy — I put a dropper full on the back of my hand and immediately need my BeautyBlender to apply it on my face.  It feels like I have nothing on, but it covers my dark circles and red spots.  It actually gives me a medium coverage and is full coverage for me with two coats.  It also gives a beautiful glow to my skin.

Available at http://www.smashbox.com

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tribal Vibe and Top Coat
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tribal Vibe and Top Coat

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tribal Vibe and Top Coat – Following the major success of the first Miracle Gel launch, Sally Hansen has done it again, developing  the new & improved volumizing Miracle Gel Top Coat – adding to the award-winning Sally Hansen Miracle Gel collection: the most buzzed about at-home nail system and the closest thing to a salon gel manicure at home.

When partnered with the Miracle Gel shades, Miracle Gel Top Coat volumizes as it protects. The Top Coat formula delivers 2x the volume to your manicure – creating dramatically fuller-looking nails with a high-gloss, mirror shine finish.

The Tribal Vibe collection adds seven new sun-baked shades to the permanent line up: Cream of the Crop (ivory with a hint of warmth), Tribal Sun (fiery coral like the setting sun), Rhythm & Blue (mirrors the hue of a bright blue sky), Totem-ly Yours (an appealing dusty rose),  Per-Suede ( the color of rich reddish leather), Terra-Coppa (melds the gleam of copper with the earthy appeal of pottery) and Buffalo Nickel (a cool, classic silver white).

What I think: I am very hard on my nails.  I work on a computer all day and wash dishes, fold laundry, review products…my hands are always busy! The combination of the polish and top coat lasted a full week without major chipping.  That’s amazing.  And the colors are gorgeous, too!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Essence of Beauty Dark Violet Fine Fragrance Body Mist ($6.99 8 oz) — With notes of bergamot, violet, jasmine, and rose, warmed by sensual musk and a hint of sandalwood and vanilla, Dark Violet is an evocative, striking scent.

Essence of Beauty Kiss of Honey Fine Fragrance Body Mist ($6.99 8 oz) — Opening on a note of sweet nectarine blended with honey blossom, water jasmine and a hint of sensual cashmere woods, Kiss of Honey is soft, warm and enveloping.

As an added bonus helping keep skin at its best when temperatures drop, both Body Mists feature skin-nourishing vitamins and aloe, and are free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, and gluten.

What I think: Both of these are fab Fall scents, but are so different from each other. The Dark Violet is a deep floral.  It’s warm and I can really smell the vanilla, but it is sweet and floral, too.  Kiss of Honey is rich and sweet, with refreshing nectarine and soft cashmere. I’ll enjoy wearing both of them!

Available now at CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide.

The Supersmile Quikee
The Supersmile Quikee

The Supersmile Quikee ($18 USD) — invented by Dr. Irwin Smigel is a fast on-the-go teeth whitening polish. It is designed to remove staining, freshen breath, and clean teeth with Supersmile’s formulated proprietary form of calcium peroxide, CALPROX®. The Quikee is made for those moments where brushing your teeth isn’t an option-in between your work day, last-minute meetings, before a date, whatever the occasion, Quikee’s are there to save the day.

What I think: This is so cool!  Squeeze a little on your teeth and move it around with your tongue.  Breath is fresh and teeth are cleaner and a little whiter.  Mostly, it freshens up your mouth after lunch, for an interview, etc.  Keep it in your purse and go!

Purchase at http://www.supersmile.com

My Beauty Favorites Week of August 17-23, 2015

It may be the end of summer, but it is still pretty warm out!  I went to the zoo today with my family, and I had to make sure I had my SPF!  I know, though, that my simple summer make up regimen is going to become more intensive as fall rolls around.  That’s okay, I am ready for it!

My faves this week include a fresh facial cleanser, a gorgeous highlighter, a primer sampler set, a brow marker, and hair care that will give you beachy end of summer waves!

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser ($32 USD) — This antioxidant rich formula exudes a light strawberry aroma, which brightens the skin and the senses without overpowering. When applied to face and left to sit for 5-10 minutes (before rinsing), this complexion clearer acts as an exfoliating mask. It gently removes makeup without stripping the skin of necessary nutrients. It’s also a great formula for cleaning makeup brushes!

What I think: This cleanser has a light, natural fragrance, which I love.  It isn’t overpowering at all.  It cleanses really well without leaving my skin dry.  My skin glows after use!

Available at http://www.indielee.com

Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders
Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders

Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder in Audrey ($29 USD) — Whether you’re going to a breakfast at Tiffany’s or taking a Roman Holiday this will be the highlight for you. Inspired by one of the world’s most celebrated Hollywood icons, this Star Powder will make you feel your prettiest. Audrey is a warm champagne gold that is reflective and high shine. Build it up for an intense glow or dust it lightly on your cheekbones for a subtle sheen. Pure pigment and an ultra smooth and blendable formula will make this your go-to highlight.

Also available in Lucy, a rosy hue and Marilyn, a golden powder.

What I think:  This is so pretty!  It’s has an almost creamy texture and it is perfect for the new strobing trend, where you intensely highlight your cheekbones to create a contour.  By “popping” the cheekbones, the face looks slimmer.  This is shimmery, but yet subtle too.

Available online via www.whiteninglightning.com

 

mashbox Travel-Size Products
Smashbox Try It Kit Primer Authority

Smashbox Try It Kit Primer Authority ($28 USD, a $53 Value) –  See why Smashbox is the primer authority with this collection of our superstar primers in irresistible try-me sizes! These are infused with vitamins A & E, grape seed extract, and green tea.

INCLUDES:
Photo Finish Primer Water
Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer
Hydrating Under Eye Primer
Photo Finish Foundation Primer

What I think:  I have tested the Photo Finish Primer Water and the Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I love how light the primer water feels, and it is really effective, my makeup stays on for a while.  The Photo Finish Foundation primer feels really silky on and makeup last all day!

Purchase at http://www.smashbox.com

TouchBack Brow Marker
TouchBack Brow Marker

TouchBack Brow Marker ($19.99  USD) –Achieve bold, full eyebrows with TouchBack Brow Marker. This patented marker lasts all day and won’t rub off. The fine tip is designed to deposit the perfect amount of color for even, natural-looking coverage. Comes in the following shades: Soft Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Blonde, Auburn.

What I think: Dark Brown is my perfect match and it blends in effortlessly into my brow hair.  It gives a really natural look as it defines my brows.  My makeup also looks more finished with perfect brows!

Purchase at http://www.touchbackbrow.com

TRESemme Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray<!–
3.6
5.0
–> ($5.49 USD) –Get an effortlessly sexy, undone beach look all year-long – no matter when and where.  This non-sticky formula, infused with Sea Kelp Extract, helps you create a sexy, full-bodied, tousled style in every strand.  Featherlight polymers give you a natural-looking, sexy style without salty stiffness.

TRESemme Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Wave Perfecting Gelee<!–
5.0
1.0
–> ($6.29 USD) — Add soft control and definition to your Perfectly (un)Done style, when and where you need it. This lightweight gelee helps define and control waves, without being heavy, greasy or sticky. So your waves can move naturally, yet always stay in control.

What I think:  Sea salt sprays are usually so spendy, but this one is affordable and it works.  I spray it on damp hair and air dry it.  My hair looks beach and wavy.  For extra curl, ad a bit of the gelee, twist hair and dry.  Hair is curly, shiny and not sticky!

Purchase at mass market retailers near you.

My Beauty Favorites Week of August 9-16, 2015

My kids started school last week and I can’t believe that summer is over for us!  But, it is still hot and I want to enjoy the last of these hot days by enjoying some new makeup that is perfect for summer!

This week, my faves include a tinted body balm, metallic tattoo jewelry, a summery pink lipstick, and a fun glitter nail top coat.

Miracle Body Transformer Tinted Beauty Balm
Miracle Body Transformer Tinted Beauty Balm

Miracle Body Transformer Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 ($34 USD) is a high performance tinted body beauty balm, with a silky smooth feel, formulated to address your body’s skincare concerns and give your body a total transformation. It’s definitely not just another moisturizer.

What I think: I have been letting my faux tan fade and I can really see the imperfections in my skin. This smooths my skin and makes it look flawless! I will be using this well into the fall.

Purchase at www.miracleskintransformer.com and www.kohls.com

Infinity Sun Goddess Glitz Tattoo Jewelry
Infinity Sun Goddess Glitz Tattoo Jewelry

Infinity Sun Goddess Glitz Tattoo Jewelry ($25 for 3 sheets) — Eirene – Goddess of peace and diplomacy (a mixture of tribal/ethnic/exotic jewelry including pieces for hands/feet) . There are bracelets, necklaces, feet and ring tattoo jewelry in this collection.

What I think: These are so fun and pretty! All the girls in my house are loving them, as they work for all ages. Plus, they are great adornments when you don’t want to bother with jewelry.

Available at shop.infinitysun.com

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pink Petal
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pink Petal

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pink Petal ($20 USD) — Just one swipe and you’ll see this is the stuff beauty legends are made of. From modern mattes to hydrating creams, our ultra-luxe formula glides on for show-stopping, saturated color every time.

What I think: This is a beautiful lipstick. It glides on so smoothly and is very moisturizing. The color is well pigmented and lasts a long time. The pink is bright and lovely, too.

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

 

OPI On Pinks & Needles
OPI On Pinks & Needles

OPI On Pinks & Needles ($8 USD) Polish spreads quick, even, and leaves itself streak free. The brush also has stacked bristles which apply more polish than regularly spaced bristles. OPI polishes are designed with quality and excellence in mind, and almost exclusively sold only to nail professionals.

What I think: As a top coat, this polish enhances any polish with pink glitter of various sizes. It can also be worn on its own. Just a few coats and it will be so pretty!

Available at salons and beauty supply stores.

What summer beauty products are you loving?  Leave a comment and let me know!