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 ($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.
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.
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!
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
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 ($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.
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
Essence of Beauty Kiss of Honey Fine Fragrance Body Mist
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 ($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!
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 ($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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
TRESemme Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray<!–
–> ($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<!–
–> ($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!
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 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.
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 ($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.
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!
Not afraid to rock a bold lip? Prefer a more demure pale pink? The first of your friends to experiment with a non-traditional shade like deep plum or dark brown? Believe it or not, your preferred lip shade and your personality may go hand in hand!
In honor of National Lipstick Day, Avon is sharing a Lipstick personality quiz – a series of seven questions designed to help you identify the perfect lip shade for you. And, just in time to celebrate, Avon’s newest launch – Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15 – available in ten full color shades, for any and every lip personality.
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick ($32 USD) — According to Charlotte herself, this is a lipstick for every woman to fall in love with. The unique formula features seed extracts from ‘The Lipstick Tree,’ a rare, exotic tree with nurturing and protective properties were originally discovered by Native American women who used the seeds to paint and protect their lips, since it contains an anti-oxidant that naturally protects lips from UV damage and external pollution, leaving lips cashmere-soft and irresistible. With a wide range of ten ultra-luxe shades, these lipsticks are blended with special waxes and clever light-diffusing pigments for pert, full-bodied, ultra-brilliant lips that are sure to leave a lasting impression.
Shades: Stoned Rose, So Marilyn, Love Bite, Hepburn Honey, Bitch Perfect, Night Crimson, Penelope Pink, Coachella Coral, Nude Kate and Velvet Underground.
Available at CharlotteTilbury.com
butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons ($20 USD) –Precise and easy to use, these high-shine, long-wear crayons provide the full coverage and pigment of a lipstick and the intense shine and smoothness of a gloss. The long-wearing formulation contains Mango Seed Oil and Marula Oil to improve lip moisturization, as well as Niacinamide which helps the skin barrier for a smoother, more even lip tone. Each lip crayon comes complete with a built-in sharpener, so you can keep the slim-line applicator sharp, even on-the-go.
Shades: Tea With The Queen, Disco Biscuit, Toff, Primrose Hill Picnic, Teddy Boy, Ladybird, Trout Pout, Ruby Murray
I hope you all had a great weekend! It rained in Kansas City most of the week, but was sunny today. We took advantage of it by going to the zoo today. It was so nice to be outside.
Each week in my favorites round-up this summer, I will try to include some type of sunscreen. It is important to use sunscreen all year-long, but especially during the summer when the sun can be extreme and we are outside more!
My faves this week include anti-aging sunscreen, makeup for a flawless face, floral scents and detangling combs for summer hair.
What are you loving this week? Leave a comment and share!
Obagi Rosaclear Skin Balancing Sun Protection SPF 30
Obagi Gentle Rejuvenation Ultra-Light Repair SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream (approx. $44 USD) — A moisturizing sunscreen that helps repair the skin barrier while providing protection against harmful UV rays, with an exclusive blend of skin-identical ceramides and other ingredients that help diminish the appearance of the early signs of skin aging.
Obagi Medical Professional-C SPF 30 (approx. $54 USD) — UV rays and free radicals are two of the leading causes of skin damage and signs of aging. Obagi Professional-C Sunscare Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 defends against both of these harmful factors to help keep your complexion looking youthful. The formula also contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects the complexion against free radicals. Because the formula is lightweight and elegant, it does not leave skin feeling greasy or oily like many other sun protection products.
Obagi Rosaclear Skin Balancing Sun Protection SPF 30 (approx. $56 USD) — This highly protective mineral sunscreen provides chemical-free protection against UVA and UVB damage. Designed with a soft tint, it effectively disguises redness, blotches and rosacea-related blemishes for a healthier-looking complexion.
What I think: Obagi skincare is very effective in combating aging. All three of the above Obagi moisturizing sunscreens not only treat skin but protect it with SPF 30, which is so important for fighting aging and skin cancer. The Gentle Rejuvenation SPF is great for moisturizing skin, the Professional-C can help repair skin damage and the Rosaclear is a mineral sunscreen that has a soft tint to it to help with redness.
Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting
Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation
Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting ($42 USD) — More than primer = less dark spots! Makeup meets skincare with this primer revolution. 84% of women saw significant improvement in just 4 weeks with the clinically proven formula. It instantly brightens and primes to smooth the appearance of fine lines and pores, while fading dark spots and acne marks over time.
Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation ($42 USD) — The special effects of Light Filter Technology and the performance of long-wear Photoset Polymers blend together to make this powder foundation magic. Not only does it act like your favorite photo filter on your phone, but it also stays true all day.
What I think: I still wear makeup in the summer, even on hot days, but I love products that are multitaskers. These two Smashbox products certainly are that! The primer is moisturizer and a primer and the foundation is foundation and powder in one great product. And they do work well together. After my SPF, I apply the primer than the foundation and my base is done! Easy and flawless, just like I like my summer!
Westmore Beauty Coverage Perfector 2-in-1 Foundation ($32 USD) — With Westmore Beauty’s Coverage Perfector, every woman can now easily experience Hollywood special effects in minutes–and with one product! It’s your sheer-to-full-coverage foundation and concealer in one that magically provides skin with the appearance of a flawless, airbrushed finish. Concealing everything with comfortable long-wearing coverage, the luxuriously creamy and hydrating formula provides a unique glow, leaving your skin looking radiant, and giving you the perfect skin appearance you’d expect from Hollywood celebrities walking the red carpet.
Coverage Perfector is formulated with a unique complex that helps to provide a beautiful glow to the skin. The Tri-Effects technology works on three connected levels of technology to help provide long-wear coverage, ultra comfort, and natural-looking radiance to the skin. This “special effect” will stay with you until you remove Coverage Perfector.
What I think: I was so excited to try this! I haven’t been using concealer lately, because I have been trying to scale down my daily makeup routine. This product claims to be a concealer and foundation — and it is! I start by tapping it under my eyes for concealer, then I apply it on the rest of my face with the fabulous brush that is included. Such a great product with a really good price!
Conair Anti-static Detangling Comb ($3.29 USD) — Anti-static comb prevents flyaway problems. Detangle without causing split ends. Evenly distribute conditioner to hair ends. Use with any hair type for volume. For wet or dry styling.
What I think: I have been using this comb on myself (and my daughters) after baths and during styling. Leaves my hair smooth and soft!
Available at mass market retailers near you.
Essence of Beauty Rose Enhancement Body Mist ($6.99 8oz) — Escape to a vibrant and lush rose garden with top notes of bergamot and radiant orange, mid notes of strawberry, elegant rose and geranium bloom, and base notes of garden rhubarb, sunshine daisy and dewy musk.
Essence of Beauty Luscious Peony Body Mist ($6.99 8oz) — Pretty and playful, Luscious Peony evokes lavish floral gardens in full bloom, bursting with freshness. Sparkling white grapefruit and bergamot blend with notes of soft rose petals, perfectly accentuated by peony, wild poppy and magnolia to create this refreshing, vibrant fragrance.
What I think: Now that our peonies and roses are blooming, it is fun to have similar fragrances to wear that will last all year long (unlike the flowers themselves)! Both of these smell really fresh and are so affordable, and because they are body mists, they will last a long time
Last week went by so fast! I went to two weddings this weekend and it was so busy. So, I am putting out my end of week review a day late!
This week, I have been loving a random mix of items — a blurring primer, a smoky eye shadow trio, a yummy weight loss drink and a cute hair band!
Lumene Bright Now Blur Line and Pore Minimizer ($19.99 USD) — The new Lumene Bright Now Blur Line & Pore Minimizer makes skin instantly more beautiful and even-looking. Helps to control shine and optically diminishes the appearance of fine lines and pores. Skin looks and feels instantly more soft and supple. The innovative texture of the product helps the skin look flawless even longer and keeps skin matte and shine free all day long while delivering a brighter and more radiant look. Oil-Free formulation.
What I think: This is my new favorite primer! Just a little goes a long way to smooth out pores and lines and to make a great base for makeup. I wear it everyday underneath my foundation and my skin looks great all day!
Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.
Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Cover Shoot ($28 USD) — Our fab trios are all playfulness and color! Get rich, bold hues in just one swipe. Each includes 3 coordinated shadows-base shade, contour color and highlighter-so you’ll never wonder which shades to wear together again. You’ll even find application tips on the peel-back label.
What I think: Hello perfect brown smoky eye! These colors are so pretty and can make either a very dramatic eye or a soft every day look. The top two shades are shimmer and the darkest shade is a matte — you can use it as an eyeliner as well!
Celsius Flo Fusion On-the-Go in Berry — a great tasting drink for your active, healthy lifestyle. Studies show that drinking Flo Fusion™ before moderate exercise helps you burn up to 100 calories and more per serving, boosts metabolism, burns up to 93% more body fat, increases endurance and provides lasting energy to accelerate your transformation no matter what diet or training routine you are on. The great tasting Flo Fusion™ Transformation Accelerator Powder has the same benefits as the “ready to drink” Celsius and is available in Berry or Orange flavor.
What I think: I have tried both Berry and Orange a few times before a workout. Both flavors are good, I think I like orange better, but that’s just personal preference. I notice that I get good workout energy with these drinks. I don’t know if it’s helped me lose weight, but I am going to continue using them and see.
Dauphines of New York Front Row Darling Headband ($24 USD) — This glamorous, adjustable hair headband provides tailored fit, comfort, and ease of wear, allowing the creation of multiple hair looks. The timeless and design features an elegant leather centerpiece, miniature crystals on a silver base, a gunmetal link chain, and engraved hardware for the perfect accent piece to almost any outfit. The versatile design can be worn by anyone and the colors complement most hair shades. The included instruction card helps create easy-to-model hair looks.
What I think: This is so cute! I received a sample and gave it to my daughter who is really into the boho look, and she wears it all of the time. It is made very well and is so easy to adjust. And she gets lots of compliments. I also think it is perfect for women of all ages who want a fun look for a night out.