Holiday Gift Guides — Last Minute Natural Beauty Gifts

Hi all!  I’m back with one of my final gift guides this season.  This one focuses on natural skincare and bath and body products.  I love to give products that are so good for us and smell and work amazing!

Here’s a few great brands to choose from:

With a variety of safe, natural products from Garner’s Garden, everyone can live the naturally healthy lifestyle they deserve. Keep your skin healthy and glowing with a variety of body products from Garner’s Garden! I received some  products to review and these are my favorites — plus they all would make great gifts:

Body Butter in Lavender ($15.99 for 10 oz) — This is the most luxurious whipped body butter on the market that you can purchase. Not only does it provide moisture to your skin, but because it is made with beeswax, it will lock moisture into your skin all day long! The body butter is an official product in the Fall 2019 BE KIND. by ellen subscription box.

DIY Detox Face Mask ($5.99 USD) — The DIY detox face mask is made with pure detoxifying bentonite clay, mineralizing kaolin clay, and activated charcoal. It is very simple to use, add three scoops to a plastic or glass container and mix with water until it becomes smooth – then add your favorite ingredient(s) based on your skin type and situation. It is very simple to use this powerful detox mask!

Natural Body Oil in a pack of Citrus, Tangerine and Grapefruit.  ($12.99 USD) — This natural body oil has a variety of scents and aromas that will please all of your senses. Each natural body oil includes ingredients such as, rice bran, sweet almond, jojoba, and vitamin E oil that will serve as a moisturizing blend that not only softens the skin but also rejuvenates the natural glow.

Available at https://garnersgarden.com/

Cannabliss Moisturizing Lotion + Revitalizing Serum Gift Set
Cannabliss Organic Moisturizing Lotion + Revitalizing Serum Gift Set

While many CBD products on the market use cloned cannabis plants which weaken hemp oil’s consistency, Cannabliss Organic takes a “seed to face” approach. They only use certified organic plants grown from seed to harvest each year while using the entire plant to extract the oil. The end result is a highly concentrated form of CBD that provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties far more powerful than vitamins C and E. The brand takes their products one step further blending this full spectrum CBD oil with ancient Korean herbs to help the CBD absorb better. Cannabliss doesn’t use any water, chemicals or preservatives in their formulas. The brand uses an airless pump to keep liquids safe from oxidation and bacteria so your favorite skincare essential stays shelf stable. Rooted in everything natural, all products are packaged in eco-friendly PET plastic.

Moisturizing Lotion + Revitalizing Serum Gift Set ($185 USD) — Give glow! This Cannabliss Organic gift set, Beauty is Bliss, contains 50ml age-defying Moisturizing Face Lotion and 30ml Revitalizing Face Serum. Certified vegan. Gentle enough for all skin types.

Purchase at https://cannablissorganic.com/ and Neiman Marcus, Urban Outfitters, Bergdorf Goodman, Dillard’s and other boutique retailers nationwide as well as the Four Season spa in Beverly Hills and the Waldorf Astoria spa in Orlando.

nyl Organic
nyl Skincare

nyl® skincare focuses as much on what is not in the products as what is, and have found ways to leave the bad stuff out, leaving only the natural active ingredients in. nyl products are free of man-made chemicals, toxins, parabens, animal products and petroleum products. Everything they make is vegan (we don’t use beeswax), never tested on animals, gluten-free, and contains organic ingredients.

Available at https://www.nylskincare.com/

Glitter Skincare Holiday Slay
Sunshine & Glitter Holiday Slay

Glitter just makes everything better, including sunscreen! New this year, Sunshine & Glitter is thrilled to announce an entire Reef Safe Biodegradable Glitter sunscreen line! Yaaass! Sunshine & Glitter have something for everyone this season including the already viral Mermaid SeaStar Sparkle. This gorgeous sunscreen is already flying off the shelves and has everyone bringing out their inner sparkling sea diva with mermaid iridescent turquoise glitter that’s eco-friendly and biodegradable.

Above is the Holiday Slay Moisturizing Gold Glitter Body Gel Warm Sugar Cookie Scent 9 oz bottle ($18.95 USD) — Infused with antioxidants and essential nutrients, this magical lotion will leave your skin feeling radiant. PABA & paraben-free.  Shake well, apply liberally onto skin & glitter on! For external use only. Moisturizing potion with gold glitter. Made with love in the USA.


Do you like to use natural products and/or give them as gifts?  Which brands are your favorites?

 

 

BoxyCharm Premium Review – December 2019

 

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Hi all! I’ve just received my second ever BoxyCharm Premium! This is a fairly new subscription from BoxyCharm.  It’s a little more products than the regular and a little less than the BoxyLuxe.  Here’s the details:

  • It’s $35 a month
  • 6-7 beauty items a box
  • $175+ Value
  • You get to pick one of the items
  • The items will be different from BoxyCharm/BoxyLuxe – you can subscribe to both with no product overlap.

The products I received are:

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My total this month is — $197.  This is a pretty good value for paying $35.  It is over the $175 promised value.

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The shades in this neutral palette are so pretty, but I don’t like the layout of it.  I think nice looks can be created with it, but I think I’ll gift it to someone else.  I have lots of neutral palettes and I’m sure a friend will be happy to get this for Christmas!

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This is a fun little palette.  I’ve never heard of this brand before (Basic Beauty).  I have plenty of highlighters, and these look dark for my skin tone, so I was going to give it away.  But when I opened it, the shade No Spraytan’s had a scratch that looks like someone’s nail got in it.  So, there’s no way I would give this to someone else.

So I swatched it and the shades are gorgeous!  I have used No Spraytan’s as a highlighter.  It is a bit too dark, but it does look a glowy and pretty on.

Here are swatches:

IMG-2356 See how stunning they are.  I can actually use all three of these as eye shadows.  And the texture (and look) is like Colourpop’s Super Shock shadows.  I will be playing with these to see how I like them.

IMG-2360 I don’t usually wear black eyeliner, but I may try this to tightline.  I don’t know.  I might pass it on. Not a thrilling item.

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Three of the products are skincare.  It’s so interesting because when I first started BoxyCharm a few years ago, it was only makeup.  Now half of the products are skincare.  I’m not sure how I feel about that yet.

My eyelids have been dry and flaky lately, so I’m happy to get the Laneige eye sleeping mask.  And I have a small bottle of the Glow Recipe Pink Juice, so I am happy to have a full size one.  I haven’t used it for long, but it seems like a nice moisturizer.

I’m going to give my daughter the Skinfix balm because she has Ezcema.


I am pretty happy with this month.  I am giving away two products and will keep the rest! Nothing is super exciting to me, but I’ll use them and maybe I’ll find a new favorite.

Do you get BoxyCharm Premium?  How was your box this month?

 

 

 

Colourpop Black Friday Haul

Hi all! I did a little bit of shopping for myself during the Black Friday week. I have a couple of makeup hauls to share.

The first one is from Colourpop.  They had 30% off most of their site for about a week.  Here’s what I got:

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The Going Coconuts palette, the Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer in Fair 4N, the Super Shock Shadow in Flying Circus and the Pressed Powder Blush in Enchanted Mirror. Everything was on sale except for the Super Shock Shadow.  The shade was so pretty that I had to get it.  As always, you get free shipping with orders of $30 or more.  

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Here are the palette, Super Shock Shadow and blush opened.  I am loving all of these shades!

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I picked this up because I saw a lot of reviews saying that it’s an amazing palette.  It’s really pretty.  I’ve used it a couple of times and like it okay.  I’m going to try it some more and review it.  I actually am going to do a palette review series in 2020.  I’m going to review my older palettes that I haven’t reviewed yet.  I think I’ll review 20.  That will be fun and this one will be included!

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I have also heard a lot of great things about this tinted moisturizer.  I’ve tried it a few times and I like it.  It doesn’t cover my redness well, so I only use it when my skin is good that day.  I need something with a higher coverage when my skin is red or has any issues.

But it does feel really nice on. I love hyaluronic acid!

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These are both so pretty!  I don’t use Super Shock shadows often, but this one was too pretty to pass up.  I love purple!  It wasn’t on sale, so it was $6,  which isn’t bad.  Colourpop is so reasonably priced.  Here are swatches:

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I love both of these shades!  The Super Shock is easy to apply with my fingers.  It makes any look more special.

The blush is so gorgeous!  It really brightens my pale skin.  So pretty for this time of year!

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Did you buy any beauty products during the sales?  Do you purchase Colourpop?

FHI Heat Rose Gold Collection Review

Hi all! The luxe hair tools brand FHI Heat has recently come out with their Rose Gold Collection.  It’s so gorgeous.  The collection is designed to deliver professional quality styles at an affordable price. Included in the collection are the Rose Gold Platform 1900 Pro Dryer, the Rose Gold Platform Titanium Iron 1”, the Rose Gold Mini Travel Dryer and the Rose Gold Mini Travel Iron 1”.

I was sent the FHI Heat® Rose Gold Platform Pro Dryer for my honest review:

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The FHI Heat® Rose Gold Platform Pro Dryer (MSRP $139.99)  

  • Ultra-Light Weight dryer, utilizing high performing tourmaline ceramic technology, this dryer is the go-to and must-have for all hair types
  • Moisture-locking negative ions seal in moisture, repel humidity, reduce frizz and help eliminate static
  • Far-infrared heat dries hair from the inside out for healthier results.

Here’s a close up of the dryer:

 

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It’s so pretty!  But looks aren’t everything, and luckily this works amazing, too!  I find that it dries my hair very quickly, and my hair is smooth and soft after drying.

So many dryers leave my hair brittle and frizzy.  This doesn’t and gives me salon quality blow outs! The attachments are easy to use and help direct the airflow how you want it.

Also included in the collection are:

The FHI Heat® Rose Gold Titanium Pro Styler (MSRP $159.99)  

  • Features titanium plates infused with magnesium to heat up quicker and transfer heat to the hair faster for smooth, silky results.
  • Extra-long plates (20% longer than regular flat irons) allow for easier styling while moisture locking negative ions keep hair healthy and hydrated.
  • LED temperature settings up to 450°F for all hair types

The FHI Heat® Rose Gold Mini Travel Dryer (MSRP $32.99)

  • Ultra-Light and powerful dual voltage DC motor dryer is ideal for home or travel
  • Ergonomically designed with folding handle providing easy storage
  • Includes: Speed dry nozzle and carrying pouch

 The FHI Heat® Rose Gold Mini Travel Iron (MSRP $40)

  • Fast heat-up and even heat distribution in a convenient compact size
  • Allows you to create multiple styles and seal in vital moisture
  • Dual 120/240 voltage for worldwide use

 


This collection would make a great gift for anyone who loves luxe hair tools that work so well.  Plus, they are so pretty!

You can purchase these in Kohl’s stores nationwide, www.kohls.com, and www.fhiheat.com

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Gummies, Gadgets and Games, Oh My!

Hi all! I’m back with a short gift guide for people who may be hard to find gifts for.

I have a few products here that might be just the thing for those friends and family members who would like something different:

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IT’SUGAR Cocktail Flavored Gummi Bears Gift Set($49.99 USD) — Now Serving! Level-up your candy game with our exclusive Beary Buzzed gift set filled with cocktail flavored gummy bears! Sure to get the party started, this gift set includes 8 5oz. bags in Mudslide, Strawberry Daiquiri, Rum and Coke, Margarita, Pina Colada, Maple Bourbon, Mimosa, and Cosmopolitan flavors. Does not contain alcohol.

IT’SUGAR has a ton of great gift ideas here.

PSO-RITE - holiday gift

For this one, I thought I would show the photo that shows what the item does.  This is the PSO-RITE self-massager.  Its patented design mimics the hand and elbow of a deep-tissue massage therapist and is used to release aches, pains and tightness in the neck, hips, shoulders, back, knees,  and more!   It can be used virtually anywhere from home to office, in waiting rooms or on the seat of a car.

This holiday season, the PSO-RITE also offers a perfect stocking stuffer portable version, the PSO-MINI.  Designed to replicate two fingers or the thumb, it works deep into muscles and can be used on sensitive areas including the temples and jaws, back of neck, elbows and the bottom of feet.

Off Topic Card Game - for Those Slightly Off

Off Topic Card Game – for Those Slightly Off ($29.99)

  • CREATIVITY RULES: Off Topic is a fun board game that gets the brain juices flowin’ and stirs up some hilarious conversations. Creative White Elephant / Secret Santa Gift Ideas!
  • HOW TO PLAY: Draw a card to set the topics, and roll the die to set the letter that your responses must begin with. Flip the sand timer and you’re off! Race against time to write down answers for each topic that begin with the letter rolled.
  • DEFEND YOUR ANSWERS: Coming up with answers is only part of the game. Debating answers with your friends and family is where the real fun happens!
  • WHAT’S IN THE BOX?! Each game box comes with everything you need for endless rounds of fun: a 20-sided die, 16 game cards, 8 white boards, 10 dry erase markers, and a 2 minute sand timer.
  • FAST PACED FUN: The perfect adult party game to play with 2-8 players. Those who have short attentions spans (read: everyone). The pace is quick, the rules are simple, and games can be as quick as 30 minutes, or as fun as 90 minutes!

I hope you liked this quick gift guide and got some ideas!  What fun gifts are you giving this year?

 

 

Jane Iredale Holiday Collection 2019

Hi all!  I hope you’re having a great December so far! I have some gorgeous holiday makeup to share with you.

What makeup are you wearing for holiday parties and special occasions this year?  Jane Iredale is a clean beauty brand that  I love.

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The collection includes an eyeshadow palette, a blush, and two hydration sprays.  There is also a makeup bag and empty powder palette not pictured.

Here’s a photo of the boxes, it shows the theme of the collection, and they are so pretty:

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Here are the products:

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Limited Edition Come Fly With Me Eye Shadow Kit ($59 USD) — Five shimmering shades of the long-wearing PurePressed® Eye Shadows. Come Fly With Me: shimmery soft pearl sheen; shimmery gold; light terra cotta brown subtle shimmer; shimmery plum brown; shimmery charcoal.  They are neutral, but really pretty for the holidays.

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Limited Edition Queen Bee PurePressed® Blush ($30 USD) — Soft fuchsia with subtle gold shimmer. Defines and highlights cheekbones and provides a soft wash of just-blushed color. Formulated with minerals and antioxidants.

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D2OLimited Edition Hydration Spray Mini ($10 USD) — Contains Ylang Ylang to help hydrate, calm and protect the skin. Helps calm skin after laser skin resurfacing. Best for normal to dry skin.

POMMISST Limited Edition Hydration Spray Mini ($10 USD) — Contains Pomegranate Extract to hydrate and condition the skin. Powerful antioxidants help fight free radical production caused by sun exposure. Fresh, clean scent soothes and uplifts. For all skin types.

Not only is this makeup gorgeous, purchase of the limited-edition holiday collection will help HoneyLove Urban Beekeepers build beehives for more than 500,000 honeybees and educate urban beekeepers and gardeners about creating bee-friendly spaces.  Such a worthy cause!


Have you tried Jane Iredale makeup?  What makeup are you wearing this holiday season?

 

 

 

 

Shop My Stash — December 2019

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Hi all!  It’s  time for my December Shop My Stash! I’m looking forward to the holidays.

I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) color cosmetics that I either haven’t used in a while or haven’t used much at all! My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

This month I have chosen one palette that I have barely used, if at all.  And one palette that I used a lot last year at holiday time, but haven’t used much since. Plus a fairly new cheek palette and lipsticks that I haven’t played with in a few months.

Here are close ups of the products:

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The Urban Decay Elements Eyeshadow Palette was their holiday palette from last year. I got it last year for the holidays and used it a lot then.  But I haven’t really touched it since (I really have too many palettes).  I’ve already used the browns and purples, but I’ll didp in to the greens, golds and pinks for the holidays.  I don’t know about those blues…we’ll see!

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The Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry palette — I just realized that I never reviewed this palette.  I got it on sale earlier this year, I think.  And since it is no longer for sale, I can’t link it. I opened it up and realized how stunning it is!  Today I used Birch in the crease, Twig in the outer corner and under my eye, Rose Quartz on the lid and pearl in my inner corner.  So gorgeous!  I will be using this one a lot!  I might combine this with my Tati Beauty palette for a holiday look!

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This is the Ofra x Madison Miller Miller Squad Midi Palette.  I got this in my September Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.  It’s very pretty.

Here’s a swatch:

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The highlighters seem like they would be too dark for me, but they do work. The left one is a little more pink and the right one is little more peachy gold.   The blush is a pretty matte rosy pink. I think these shades will be perfect for the holidays.

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Sorry these are messy! They are the BAREPRO Longwear Lipsticks in Peony and Spicel  They go on very creamy, but dry down matte.  They are pretty on their own or with a gloss over them.  Here’s swatches: IMG-2220

They are pretty on their own or mixed together.  They also work nicely over a lip liner.


I’m really excited for this month!  I have already started using all of these and intend to use them as much as I can.  I do have two new palettes (hauls coming), but I will use these, too.

Next year I hope to shop less and use more of what I have.  And, I think I’m changing my Shop my Stash a bit.  I might add complexion products and make it every two months instead of monthly. What do you think?  Any other suggestions?  I’m up for a change.

Do you do a Shop My Stash?  How do you do it?

 

Shop My Stash November 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

Hi All!  I’m back with my November Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for November.

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I have been feeling much better this month, so I tried to wear makeup as much as possible in November. 

I’m happy to say that I used all of these products a good amount. 

I really enjoyed using the lip products.  The Becca lipgloss is so creamy and hydrating.  And, the color is a little out of my comfort zone, which is good.  I usually wear nudes. The Profusion lip pencil is a perfect match for the gloss!

Here’s photos with the  palettes open:

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I really have enjoyed this (and all of these palettes) more than I thought I would. I used the Terracotta and Desert bronzer/contour almost every day! I used all of the shadows at least once.  I think this is an essential neutral matte palette and I’ll be keeping it.

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I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this palette.  Most of the shadows are shimmers. But, I did test it out and I like it!  It pairs really nicely with the tarte palette, or with another matte palette.  But, it can also be used alone.  One of the shimmers can be popped all over the lid.  I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of this, so if I don’t use it at least a few times in the next few months, I’m giving it away.

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I really enjoy this highlighter formula!  I’ve been mixing Santorini and Azores, and it makes a really pretty shade for my fair skintone.  Ibiza is a nice blush topper for me.  I’ll keep it for now and see if I use it often.

On to my empties:

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I had a lot of empties this month!  There are three lip balm/masks.  My lips have been so dry.  Most of these products are skincare, as usual!  The makeup items are a  face primer, mascara primer and mascara.

I have a backup of the Laneige mask, the Pixi Vitamin-C lotion and have one of the Kopari Lip Glossy on it’s way to me.  I would also repurchase the Laneige lip balm in the tube.  I am also using a full size of the Thrive Causemetics mascara.  Thrive is now in some Ulta stores, so I’m happy that I can purchase it and get my points!  Hopefully it will be online soon!


That was a successful Shop My Stash!  I used everything and used up a lot of products!  I’m ready to use some makeup and skincare in December!  I’ll be posting my new Shop My Stash soon!

 

November 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving!    Can you believe the first of December is tomorrow?  The year is almost over!

Below are my beauty faves for November. As usual, If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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I think this was the first time in months that I was loving more makeup than skincare!

Here’s the star of the month:

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The stunning Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Volume 1 palette.  I love this palette and have been enjoying it this month.  I definitely recommend this when it goes back in stock.  Plus, I’m excited for Tati’s next release whenever it comes out!

IMG-2199 I’m obsessed with all of these products!  For my makeup base each day, I use the Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation in Rose Beige,  the Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer in No. 2 and the Urban Decay The Ultimate Brush Off Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

I love this combination!  They give a natural finish, which is my favorite! The foundation is gorgeous!  I will probably be reviewing that and the concealer soon.

The lipgloss is the Iconic London Lip Plumping Gloss in Nearly Nude. I received this in my October BoxyCharm and fell in love!  It’s lightly minty and plumping, but my favorite thing about it is the gorgeous nude shade.

I picked up the Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define at the Ulta Faul 21 Days of Beauty Sale.  It’s such a popular product, but my first time trying it.  I have the shade 5, Warm Black Brown.  It might be a bit too dark for me, but I like it anyway!

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My favorite skincare this month are hydrating and refreshing!  On top is the Skinfood Peach Sake Toner.  It smells just like peaches and sake. I got this in the Ulta Fall Haul (the one with drugstore products on sale).  Yes, I shop at Ulta a lot!

The Innisfree Green Tea Seed Intensive Hydrating Serum is lovely!  I won it in a giveaway in September and have been using it ever since.  I still have a ton left because it’s a whopping 2.7 oz!  So much for a serum.  It’s light in texture and scent.

I just received the QMS Medicosmetics Intensive Eye Care Cream in my November BoxyCharm Premium. It’s very hydrating which is perfect because with this cold weather, my eyelids are dry.  So weird, but I really love this cream to hydrate them.


So let’s bring on December!  I’m trying not to shop as much (yes a couple of small Black Friday hauls are coming LOL), so I don’t know what my favorites will be for this month…but that’s fun!

What have you been loving lately?

Morgan Taylor’s Champagne & Moonbeams Holiday/Winter 2019 Collection

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Hi all! I’m excited to share Morgan Taylor’s new collection.  I was sent this for my honest review. It’s Champagne & Moonbeams for Holiday/Winter 2019.  Silver, gold, reds, and nudes in metallics, cremes and glitters … you can change your look with every festive outfit!

 

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  • Tell Her She’s Stellar – Nude Crème
  • Let There Be Moonlight – Soft Gray Crème
  • Sprinkle Of Twinkle – Silver Glitter
  • A Starry Sight – Indigo Pearl
  • Walking On Stardust – Red Glitter
  • See You In My Dreams – Red Crème
  • From Dusk Til Dawn – Mauve Crème
  • Dancing & Romancing – Soft Pink Crème
  • Copper Dream – Copper Metallic
  • Gilded In Gold – Gold Metallic
  • Shooting Star – Chocolate Pearl
  • A Kiss In The Dark – Black Purple Crème

Here are close up photos of the shades:

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From left to right —  Tell Her She’s Stellar, Let There Be Moonlight, Shooting Star, Sprinkle Of Twinkle and Walking On Stardust.

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From left to right From Dusk Til Dawn, A Starry Sight, A Kiss In The Dark, Gilded In Gold, See You In My Dreams and Copper Dream.

I didn’t receive the shade Dancing & Romancing, but it’s very pretty too!

I have been wearing some of these and will be giving others as gifts. These would make a gorgeous gift for the nail polish lover in your life!

Morgan Taylor has such a gorgeous formula.  It is free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP, plus it’s so smooth to apply and looks gorgeous for days!


Have you tried Morgan Taylor Lacquer?  Which shades do you have?

 

Skincare Sunday — Derma E Fall Skincare

Hi all!  Happy Sunday! I hope you have been able to enjoy a long weekend. Can you believe it’s December???

I recently received a box of amazing Derma E skincare for my honest review.  Derma E is such an affordable brand that has such effective skincare for so many skin types and issues.  Here’s what I received:

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These are such cute products to use this fall, or to give as a gift. Here’s more info:

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The Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Treatment Oil ($13.95) — Formulated with skin-renewing Vitamin A plus antioxidant-rich Vitamin E helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful glow. This fragrance-free, potent concentrated oil blend absorbs quickly to soften and smooth the appearance of dry, aging skin.IMG-2164IMG-2167

The Perfect Travel Kit ($12.95) — This TSA-approved mini travel case includes three top selling travel-friendly products and a compact mirror for on-the-go quick fixes. Purifying Daily Detox Scrub gently exfoliates skin while removing impurities. The Vitamin C Concentrated Serum brightens while boosting hydration. Hydrating Night Cream replenishes and nourishes your skin while you sleep! Travel with DERMA E to maintain beautiful skin.

Derma E is currently having sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday so check out their website at https://dermae.com/.  You can also find Derma E at Ulta.


Have you tried Derma E before?  Which products do you love?

Walmart Beauty Box Review — Fall 2019

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Hi all!  I’m here with a review of a beauty box that I have been getting for a couple of years, but haven’t reviewed it on my blog before.

It’s the Walmart Beauty Box.  It’s a $5 quarterly subscription box. This review is of the Fall 2019 box.  Here’s what I received:

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Here’s a closer look at the products:

IMG-2172IMG-2173 This is a bright and pretty palette.  I can’t believe I got it in a Walmart box and it was basically free!  I’ve never heard of this brand, but it looks really pretty.

I don’t know if these are shades I would reach for, so I will probably gift this to a friend this Christmas.

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I was also happily surprised to see a full size lip product!  I haven’t tried this yet, I don’t wear many liquid lips, but I might try the formula out.  And I love the Jergens lotion, plus this is perfect travel size.

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I am very impressed with this month’s Walmart Beauty Box! For $5 — what a great deal!  I might continue reviewing these in the future, if they are fun and exciting.


Do you get Walmart Beauty Box each quarter?  What did you get in your Fall box?

 

 

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

Hi All!  Today I’m posting some amazing Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals. These are mostly beauty, but I want to start with a deal that is local to Kansas City:

 

 

Kendra Scott

Nov 27-Dec 2: Yellow Friday, Cyber Week Celebration

  • 25% Off Everything, 30% Off $300+ (And a few extra surprises along the way!)
  • True to the Kendra Scott brand, we are planning some exclusive deals and surprises for our customers throughout Cyber Week!
  • 11/29: In-store only Yellow Friday offer, “Two iconic styles for $30 each” (Ever Necklace and Everlyn Bracelet)
  • 12/2: Cyber Monday Steals: Exclusive marked-down products that will be $30 for one day only when combined with 25% offer.
  • When everyone else is celebrating Black Friday, at Kendra Scott, it’s Yellow Friday! Because we believe shopping for the ones you love should always be a celebration.

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Daily Concepts Deals:

Black Friday – Buy 1, get 1 70%OFF

Cyber Monday – Buy 2, get 1 free

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EmmaHardie.com has a deal whereby you if spend £75.00 ($96.00) on 2 full size products excluding cloths you will get the 2 x 15 ml Midas Touch Free.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend will start 11/28 and finish midnight 12/2.

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Lashify.com has 15% off site-wide with Code CYBERX15 valid from 12/2 12 am to 12/2 11:59 pm. Free shipping for orders over $150 USD.

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Pausewellaging.com has a free starter kit ($27) + free-shipping on orders over $185 – This will run from 11/24-12/2.

On Amazon – there will be a 15% off coupon from 11/14-12/2


Are you doing any online Black Friday shopping, or are you braving the crowds?

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Thoughtful Gifts To Give This Year

Hi All! I hope you are having a great weekend! I’m back with another gift guide the focuses on a few items that you may not have thought about gifting — but that someone in your life may really love!

I was sent the following items for my honest review:

 

I have severe pollen and dog allergies (and we have a Great Dane), so I was excited to try these.  And they both work so well.  Our air is so much cleaner and we can tell when the quality is low and we need to use the air purifier or to open a window.

IQAir Atem 5 in 1 Personal Air Purifier ($399 USD).  It comes in white or black. It is perfect for a bedside, on a desk, in a nursery, in a car or in a hotel room.  Atem 5 in 1 is the most versatile air purifier on the market, and it has won two awards including the TWICE VIP award and the GIA Innovation award. Atem is perfect for those concerned about poor air quality because air quality affects everything from mental health to beauty.

IQAir AirVisual Pro ($269 USD) is also a great gift for anyone who is concerned about the health and well-being of themselves and their families.  The AirVisual Pro gives air quality readings and also actionable information about how to improve your air quality, whether it is a good idea to exercise outdoors, an air quality forecast, as well as temperature and humidity readings.  AirVisual Pro is accompanied by the AirVisual App, the most popular air quality App in the world, which allows the monitoring of outdoor air quality as well as indoor air quality regardless of where the user is.

These have really helped my families air quality!  They can be purchased at IQAir.com or Amazon.

A great idea for those who are into healthy skin, hair and joints are NeoCell products:

NeoCell Super Collagen ($16.95 for 7 oz) — Nourish your skin from within, with Super Collagen Powder. Benefits: Healthy Skin, Hair, Nails & Joint support. Supports healthy collagen formation.
Ingredients: Collagen Type 1 & 3. Advanced manufacturing process called hydrolysis breaks down large collagen molecules into small peptides.
How to Use: Collagen Drink. Dissolve one scoop daily in 8 oz. glass of water, orange juice or your favorite beverage. For best results, drink on an empty stomach.

NeoCell Joint Bursts ($19.95 for 30 Chews) —  Power up and boost your body on the go, with convenient Joint Bursts.
Benefits: Joint Health. Joint specific collagen that contains key components for joint cartilage support.
Ingredients: Collagen Type 2, Hyaluronic Acid, Turmeric. These three-powerhouse ingredients work together to provide joint support.
How to Use: Collagen Chews. Enjoy one chew daily for comprehensive joint support.

Purchase at https://www.neocell.com/

FACTORFIVE Eye Lash Cream
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FACTORFIVE Eye/Lash Cream ($145 USD) — Putting on fake lashes can be a hassle at times and it’s something a lot of women will be doing for holiday parties and New Years in the next few months. Now you can put down the glue, tweezers and falsies because Stanford scientists have discovered how to stimulate thicker, longer lash growth. They’ve created FACTORFIVE, a patent-pending skincare lines that captures growth factors, polypeptide complexes and cytokines from adult stem cells harvested from fat tissues to create an eyelash cream that will generate a 15% increase in eyelash volume and a 23% increase in length in four weeks.

Growth factors help replenish a more youthful-looking eye area, where biotin and redensyl work together to quickly and safely enhance your lashes and brows. Plus, FACTORFIVE will NOT change the color of your eyes and is formulated to absorb quickly, leaving your eyes free of unnecessary irritation.

Available at factorfiveskin.com


Are you planning on gifting any of these items?  What’s on your wish list this year?

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Philosophy Fragrance, Skincare and Bath and Body Sets

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Hi all!  Looking for some gorgeous fragrance, bath and skincare gift ideas? I was sent these amazing holiday Philosophy products for my honest review.

Philosophy products are amazing quality and smell wonderful!  They would make very nice gifts for the beauty lover in your life.

Here’s what I received:

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Snow Angel Shower Gel, EDT & Hand Lotion gift set ($35 USD) — A fan-favorite, this transportive scent inspired by freshly fallen snow is perfectly paired and packaged in this holiday gift set to celebrate the season in an eau-so heavenly way. opening with a whisper of fresh air accord, notes of watery melon, jasmine petals and gentle orange blossom settle in its heart, and come to rest atop a warm base of creamy vanilla, rich sandalwood and sugared musk. use individually or layer for an even longer-lasting experience.

  • 6 oz. shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath
  • .5 oz. spray fragrance
  • 4 oz. hand cream

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Miracles All Year Long 3-Piece Skin Care Set ($65 USD) — Experience skin miracles all year long with this skin care gift set trio must-haves for smooth, radiant, healthy-looking skin. Contains:

  • Purity Made Simple Cleanser
  • Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker+ Moisturizer
  • Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Primer

Experience skin miracles all year long with this skin care gift set. great skin begins with America’s #1 cleanser to gently dissolve makeup, lift away impurities and gently tone and hydrate, for a comfortable clean that never feels dry. follow morning and evening with anti-wrinkle miracle worker+. the silky texture melts into skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, improving texture instantly and over time. The multi-tasking primer helps blur imperfections, visibly fills in wrinkles and smoothes skin for a more even makeup application and a visible improvement in skin’s appearance. miraculous!

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Amazing Grace Two-Piece Fragrance Holiday Set ($50 USD) — Celebrate with a little extra grace! this gift set duo of philosophy’s beloved icon of fragrance is paired just for the holiday in classic 2 oz. and 0.5 oz. sizes, perfect for on the go. great for gifting (or receiving), this fragrance gift set of the whisper-soft floral fragrance is always appropriate—the perfect must-have on every list.

This is my signature scent, so I’m happy to have a refill!  It’s so nice to wear everyday.  Very soft and feminine.

IMG-2127 These are the wonderful Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Baths.  I love these so much and always look forward to what scents they release each season.  The scents are Warm Apple Cider Donut and Vanilla Chocolate Crumble.  Yum!  And the packaging is so pretty this year! They sell for $18 each.


I recommend all of these products for gifts for someone special or yourself (you’re special, too!).  Do you love giving bath, fragrance and/or skincare gifts for the holidays?

 

Get Gorgeous Flatlays with SnapIt Boards!

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Hi all!  I have a really cool product for review today.  When it comes to creating visual content, having the ideal backdrop is a must. For bloggers and those in the creative industry, SnapIt Boards are the easy, affordable solution in capturing incredible content. Each board is printed at 300 dpi for a photorealistic reproduction of the original background image.

Here’s some info on these amazing boards:

They’re durable: No photographer wants to worry about thin, rippable paper or wrinkled fabric sheets when it comes to staging the perfect flat lay. SnapIt Boards provide you with a trusted thickness that’s not easy to damage made with a quarter inch thick PVC foam.

They come with an impeccable finish: SnapIt Boards don’t stain or bubble. For those photoshoots that require food and beverages, just wipe them off if spills and messes occur.

Capture photos with backgrounds a normal backdrop can’t provide: Finishes like Alabaster and Rustic Rainbow add sophisticated touches to your content. Save yourself the time and investment scouting out unique backgrounds. Snapit boards are non-reflective, non-glare and satin finished.

Snapit Boards come in one size: 26 inches by 20 inches. Create, snap and share your best with the secret to a perfect backdrop.

Here’s photos of the two boards I have:

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This is Alabaster.  It’s a white an gray marble effect.  It looks really nice under all types of products.

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This is Rustic White.  I think it’s my favorite one.  I love it under makeup.  It’s the board that’s in the first photo above.

Available at Amazon.com for $60/board.  You can also buy it at https://snapitboards.com/.  You can get both of these boards in a bundle for $99 here.


What do you think about SnapIt Boards?  Is this something that you would use for photos?

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Makeup and Skincare Sets

Hi all!  Happy Saturday!  I’m doing some home remodeling today, anyone want to help me remove old wallpaper?  No?  I do not blame you!

I’ve included sets from Milk Makeup, Pixi Beauty, Laneige and Farsali.  I love these products and these they would make amazing gifts for the skincare and makeup junkie in your life!

Milk Makeup MVPs

MILK MAKEUP MVPs, $45 ($109 value), available 9/16 at milkmakeup.comsephora.com & 10/4 in Sephora stores.
  • DELUXE KUSH MASCARA (BOOM – blackest black): High volume mascara with conditioning cannabis seed oil, heart-shaped fibers and pure pigments for clump-free, intense black finish.
  • MINI HYDRO GRIP PRIMER: Primer with hemp-derived cannabis seed extract to hydrate and blue agave extract to grip makeup for all-day hold.
  • MINI COOLING WATER: Cooling, under-eye-de-puffing stick packed with soothing seawater and caffeine for instantly energized skin.
  • MINI WATERMELON BRIGHTENING SERUM: Solid serum with Swiss garden cress sprout extract to brighten and watermelon fruit extract to hydrate for more even skin tone and texture.
  • GLOW OIL LIP + CHEEK – (GLIMMER – mauve shimmer): Shimmering, sheer multi-use lip + cheek with rice bran oil to hydrate for a lit-from-within glow.
  • MINI HIGHLIGHTER – (BLITZED – rose gold): Dewy, multi-use highlighter with mango butter and avocado oil to hydrate and blend seamlessly for an everyday glow.
  • MINI BRONZER – (BAKED – bronze): Creamy, multi-use bronzer stick with mango butter and avocado oil to hydrate and blend seamlessly for a sun-kissed glow.Milk Makeup Triple the KUSH Set
Milk Makeup TRIPLE THE KUSH, $25 ($41 value), available 9/16 at milkmakeup.comsephora.com and 10/4 in Sephora stores.
  • KUSH MASCARA (BOOM – blackest black): High volume mascara with thickening heart-shaped fibers, conditioning cannabis oil and pure pigments for a clump-free, intense black finish.
  • MINI KUSH CLEAR BROW GEL (HYDRO – clear): Clear brow gel with conditioning, hemp-derived cannabis seed oil to tame and set brow hair without stiffness or flaking.
  • MINI KUSH LIP BALM (GREEN DRAGON – clear): Hydrating, soothing daily balm with conditioning, hemp-derived cannabis seed oil to soften lips and improve texture.

Milk Makeup is Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Paraben-Free and Gluten-Free

 

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Duo

Pixi Beauty Liquid Fairy Lights Duo ($24 USD) — This limited edition kit includes two of our long wearing liquid glimmer eyeshadows. Wear solo or on top of eye shadow for an instant sparkle effect. Kit includes Liquid Fairy Lights in BareBrilliance & SunRay.

I really recommend these.  I have the BareBrilliance shade and it’s gorgeous!

Pixi Best of Tonics

Pixi Beauty Best of Tonics ($22 USD) — Discover 3 of our cult status skin tonics! Use after cleansing, before serum & moisturizer. Kit contains: Deluxe travel sizes of Rose Tonic, Glow Tonic, and Vitamin-C Tonic.

Pixi products are available at pixibeauty.com

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Farsali Skin Goals – Blur, Prime, Hydrate & Soothe Set ($25, $33 value) — Skin Goals contains four mini versions of FARSÁLI faves. Skintune Blur blurs, Unicorn Essence primes, Rose Gold Elixir hydrates, and Volcanic Elixir soothes.

This Set Contains:
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Unicorn Essence Antioxidant Primer Serum
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Skintune Blur Perfecting Primer Serum
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Rose Gold Elixir – 24K Gold Infused Beauty Oil
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Volcanic Elixir Polynesian Beauty Oil

Just to let you know, these are tiny.  You only get a few uses with each little bottle.  You can buy a mini of most of these for $22 each, and it’s about twice the amount of product.  So if I like one of these, I might purchase a mini.

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Laneige Kiss Me at Midnight Set ($28 USD) —  A sweet midnight treat for your lips—indulge yourself in this Lip Sleeping Mask trio featuring two limited-edition flavors. Craving a berry cocktail, minty rush, or a sweet candy treat? Choose the Lip Sleeping Mask flavor that best fits your mood. A formula that’s both rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, with Moisture Wrap™ technology that coats lips in a protective film. Apply it before bed to lock in essential moisture and wake up with soft, supple lips.

I use these before bed, but also in the daytime, too.  They are really great lip balms!

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I hope you’ve been enjoying all of my gift guides this year.  And there’s more to come!

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Hair and Bath Gifts

Hi all! Here’s another amazing holiday beauty gift guide!

Today I have some cool gift sets for hair care and body care.  There’s some wonderful travel kits, but each brand has larger sets as well.  You can check out the websites listed for more sets for each brand.

Here are my suggestions for those who love trying new hair and bath products:

R+Co Big Trip Set

R+Co BIG TRIP Set ($45, Value: $64 USD) – This travel set includes your must-haves for a voluminous mane no matter the destination – DALLAS Biotin Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner Travel Size, OUTER SPACE Flexible Hairspray Travel Size and RODEO STAR Thickening Style Foam Travel Size.

Purchase at RandCo.com

 

Seen Travel Kit

SEEN Travel Kit ($29 USD) – A customizable trio of travel-sized favorites for great hair and skin on-the-go. SEEN is a dermatologist-designed, non-comedogenic hair line formulated to keep your skin and hair breakout-free Choose your combination of Skin-Caring Shampoo, Skin-Caring Conditioner and Skin-Caring Blow-Out Creme, packaged in a canvas travel pouch.

Available at HelloSEEN.com

Travel Size Côte d'Azur Body Wash & Crème Set

Oribe Côte d’Azur Body Travel Set ($25; Value: $35) – Upgrade bath time on-the-go. Lather and luxuriate in Oribe Bodycare collection. Infused with Oribe’s signature Côte d’Azur scent of sun-drenched notes of Calabrian bergamot, white butterfly jasmine and sandalwood. Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Wash gently cleanses skin while adding silky softness. The Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Creme blend of sweet almond, meadowfoam & starflower oils and shea butter smooths, softens while delivering the deepest hydration.

Purchase at oribe.com and luxury stores such as Nordstrom and Beautylish.

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Joanna Vargas The Ritual Kit ($47, Value: $52; available at JoannaVargas.com) – This kit includes two of Celebrity Facialist Joanna Vargas’ holy-grail and celebrity-loved products for a complete head-to-toe detox and exfoliation. Begin each morning with a Ritual Brush dry brush session then cleanse with the green tea Ritual Bar.

Available at shop.joannavargas.com


Have you started shopping yet?  I’m getting ready to. I’m hoping I find some good deals this year!

 

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — November 2019

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Hey all! I recently received my November BoxyCharm! This month there was a change in the cost and value of the box.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for over two years now and really enjoy it. BoxyCharm is now $25 a month plus tax for 5 full-sized beauty items. The value is going to be at least $125 each month.

I’m now only getting this box, BoxyLuxe four times a year and the new BoxyCharm Premium (see my first review here).  I have cancelled my Ipsy Ultimate. I’m not very interested in Ipsy at the moment, but I think BoxyCharm is doing such a great job with their boxes.

My version is 15. This month I received:

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The value of my box this month is $192. That’s a great value for spending $25

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I was pretty happy to see this in the box.  I have been wanting to try the Dominique Cosmetics eye shadow formula.  I have tried a lip gloss from the brand and really love it.  The only thin is these colors are so dramatic.  I’m trying to decide if I should keep it to try the formula or pass it on to someone else.  If I do keep it, I can pair some of the shades with a more neutral palette.

IMG-1962 I have tried self-warming eye masks before, but not this brand.  I will give them a try, or I might gift them.

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I am very excited to try the Farsali mist.  I have been wanting to try this brand, and it’s so exciting that I received it in my BoxyCharm.  It might be my favorite item in the box this month!

The Dose of Colors lipstick is in the shade Date Night.  I already receive a red DOC lipstick from BoxyCharm earlier this year, and I don’t wear red lipstick.  I was really hoping I would get one I could wear because I like the formula.  I will be gifting this.

The Kypris serum is very fancy.  It’s so expensive!  I’ve heard that it has organic ingredients that once you open, you need to use it in 6 months so it won’t go bad.  So I’m going to wait until I’m out of current hydrating serum then I am going to use it.

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This Pretty Vulgar concealer blister pack is for me to test out. Then I’ll take a quiz on BoxyCharm’s website to let them know what my shade is.  That way, they can send foundations and concealers in the future.  That’s very exciting!

I’m really happy with my box this month!  I am most excited about the Farsali mist, the Kypris Serum and the Dominique Cosmetics palette (if I decide to keep it).  I will gift the lipstick and maybe the eye masks.

I am so excited for my December BoxyLuxe and BoxyCharm Premium boxes!

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Do you get any BoxyCharm boxes?  What did you get this month?

IT Cosmetics IT’s Your Season to Give Love! 7pc Grand Collection — QVC TSV

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Hi all! QVC and IT Cosmetics are having another amazing Today’s Special Value! It begins Saturday, November 9, 2019 at midnight (ET).  The price is $69.96. After the sale the price will be $97 and the retail value is $243.33.  That’s an amazing deal.

This 7-piece collection features one complexion favorite, two color essentials and one lip must-have in a brand-new Love shade, plus a game-changing mascara and two Heavenly Luxe brushes! Experience natural-looking full coverage that moves with your skin by applying Bye Bye Foundation with SPF 50+ all over your face with your new Heavenly Luxe Buffing Foundation Brush. Add a pop of color to the apples of your cheeks with Bye Bye Pores Blush, then instantly add warmth and highlight to areas you’d like to bring forward by sweeping Hello Cheekbones onto your skin using the included Heavenly Luxe Hello Cheekbones Contour Brush. Transform the look of your lashes with Superhero Mascara, and give your lips a naturally pretty flush of color with Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment Serum.

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About Each Product:

Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara — Transform the look of your lashes! Formulated with unique Elastic Stretch Technology to wrap lashes, making them look fuller and longer.

Heavenly Luxe Buffing Foundation Brush — Featuring ultra-plush Heavenly Luxe hair, this innovative foundation brush reaches every corner of your face—and is so easy to use, it does the work for you to help deliver an even application of your color-infused skincare and foundation products, including your Bye Bye Foundation

Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer™ with SPF 50+ — The first-ever full coverage moisturizer from IT Cosmetics gives you the power to say “bye bye” to beauty imperfections and hello to instant complexion perfection! Infused with full-coverage pigments and SPF 50+ sunscreen, Bye Bye Foundation is formulated to give you weightless-feeling, natural-looking coverage that moves with your skin.

NEW SHADE! Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment Serum — now in a new shade, Love! It’s infused with nourishing butters and oils and hyaluronic acid, plus it hydrates to help give you soft, smooth lips.

Bye Bye Pores Blush Poreless Finish Airbrush Brightening Blush —  Featured in a brand-new Love shade, this blush delivers buildable color, and helps give your skin a flawless-looking finish. Suitable for all skin types, it’s time to discover the look of airbrushed skin with a natural-looking soft pink hue!

Hello Cheekbones Matte Bronzer & Highlighter Contouring Duo — Discover your life-changing duo, featuring a matte bronzer and highlighter in a new Love shade! Suitable for all skin types and tones, this two-in-one compact instantly defines and lifts the appearance of your cheekbones for natural-looking results.

Heavenly Luxe Hello Cheekbones Contour Brush — Your revolutionary dual-headed brush does the work for you to apply your highlighter and bronzer exactly where you want it—in one sweep! The custom-cut brush heads and shortened handle help give you the power to contour effortlessly, and it pairs perfectly with your included Hello Cheekbones Matte Bronzer & Highlighter Contouring Duo. While the angled “Highlight” brush head reaches the curves of your face to deliver a flawless, soft-focus effect, the rounded “Contour” brush head helps to evenly and smoothly apply your bronzer for an airbrushed-looking finish.

Here’s close up pics of the products:

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These products are gorgeous for holiday makeup looks, or for gifting to someone special. And the brushes are so soft and amazing quality!

Superhero is one of my favorite mascaras, and the blush formula is gorgeous.  This is almost like a full face of makeup and it would be so nice for any beauty lover!

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Are you picking this up today?  What’s your favorite IT Cosmetics product?

BoxyCharm Premium Subscription Box Review — November 2019

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Hi all! I’ve just received my very first BoxyCharm Premium! This is a new subscription from BoxyCharm.  It’s a little more products than the regular and a little less than the BoxyLuxe.  Here’s the details:

  • It’s $35 a month
  • 6-7 beauty items a box
  • $175+ Value
  • You get to pick one of the items
  • The items will be different from BoxyCharm/BoxyLuxe – you can subscribe to both with no product overlap.

The products I received are:

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Natasha Denona Bloom Blush and Glow Palette – $55
Dragun Beauty Dragunfire Skin Perfecting Potion – $25
Becca Cosmetics Glow Gloss in Champagne Creme – $22
QMS Medicosmetics Intensive Eye Care Cream – $150
Kopari Beauty Coconut Rose Toner – $25
BoxyCharm 5 Piece Brush Set — $65

My total this month is $342!  That’s crazy for spending only $35!

Here’s another photo:

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I do think this feels like a luxury box.  Here’s some close ups of the products:

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I’ve been interested in this palette since it came out.  I love Natasha Denona products and thinks this looks so pretty, especially for the fall with my pale skin tone.  I haven’t swatched it yet, but I will do a separate review of this with swatches.

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These BoxyCharm brushes are really interesting.  They are very soft.  The oval shape of the larger brushes are not something I’ve tried before.  I think I’ll use those for foundation and cream products, like the blush in the palette.

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Here’s the skincare from the box.  These are some of my favorite products this month.

The eye cream is very expensive ($150!). But, I’m looking forward to trying it.  I think I’ll use it after I’m done with my current night eye cream.  It better make me look 10 years younger at least! LOL!

The Kopari toner smells amazing.  It’s supposed to make my pores look smaller, so I hope that’s true.  I’ll use it once my current rose toner spray is used up.

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These last two products are my least favorites in the box.  The Dragun Beauty corrector is so dark!  I’ve seen light skin gals use it, but it’s still a bit scary.  I’m going to give it a go, but I’m going to read up on how to use it.

The Becca gloss is in Champagne Creme.  It’s really pretty, especially for the fall and holidays.  But I have so many glosses that I need to use.  I think I’ll give this away to someone for Christmas.

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I think this was a great first month for BoxyCharm Premium!  I will use almost every product in the box, which is pretty rare.  I’m looking forward to what next month brings!

Did you get BoxyCharm Premium this month?  What did you think?

I’ll be reviewing my regular November BoxyCharm soon, so we’ll see how it compares to Premium.

Urban Decay Stay Naked Foundation Review and More!

Hi all!  I have been testing out some new Urban Decay products that were sent for my honest review!

I love Urban Decay (I have also just purchased the Urban Decay Naked Honey palette and will be reviewing it next week).  Their products are innovative and cruelty free, and the ingredients are good for you! Here’s what I received:

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The main product I wanted to review is the Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation ($39 USD) — The claims for this foundation are:

This lineup of 50 shades with 9 shade intensities, 3 mastertones, and 7 undertones to dial in precise color match. The waterproof, longwear foundation feels like wearing nothing, thanks to a breathable, flexible formula that moves with you (all day and all night, up to 24 hours!). It not only feels better, it even looks better with its stay-true color, which minimizes the appearance of pores—so you always look like you.

My shade is 20CP, so it is light with a cool pink undertone.  It might be a little light for me, but I make it work with bronzer and blush.  I LOVE the finish of this foundation on me.  At 51 (yep), it’s important that I achieve a natural finish that doesn’t settle in wrinkles and pores.  This glides on my skin and makes me look flawless, but not like I’m wearing makeup. And it feels so light on (I hate greasy feeling foundation).  It’s so good and I’ve been wearing it everyday.  I need to start reviewing another foundation, but I only want to wear this.  LOL!

I also really love the The Ultimate Brush Off Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($36 USD)  — a finely-milled vegan powder that blends seamlessly to extend the wear of your foundation without adding any weight or texture (forget that old-school cakey feel). It sets makeup while absorbing oil and shine for a totally blurred-out effect, blending seamlessly without causing flashback, so you can take as many selfies as you want. Touch-ups on the go are easy thanks to the portable powder and its built-in, cruelty-free brush.

This powder is so good, it really is smooth and doesn’t cake at all.  I like using a sponge for my under eye area, but I do use this brush on the rest of my face.  It buffs in the powder and makes everything smooth and even.  I sometimes use a fluffier brush for a lighter application.  It’s lovely either way.

The last two items are lippies — Vice Lip Chemistry Lasting Glassy Tint in Pink Slip ($22 USD) and the Lip Plumper in Honey.

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On the left is the Lip Chemistry and on the right is the lip plumper.  Here’s more info about the lippies:

Vice Lip Chemistry is a vegan, high-gloss lip tint that reacts to your pH and creates a custom shade unique to your tone. Its lightweight, balm-like texture gives your lips a hit of hydration, so they feel moisturized. The lasting glassy tint adjusts to you; the color fully develops and reveals itself after just a few minutes and lasts up to 5 hours. Vice Lip Chemistry’s vegan formula goes on smooth and glossy (never sticky!) and does not transfer.

The vegan lip plumper gloss combines high shine with microfine, multidimensional glitter and a tantalizing scent. This formula has an almost-instant, refreshing tingly effect, creating fuller-looking lips minus that sticky feel. Caffeine, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil combine to give you smooth, intense shine with a cooling and plumping sensation.

My favorite of the two formulas is the lip plumper.  It’s a little tingly, but doesn’t hurt. It’s glittery, but will be nice for the holidays. It tastes like honey, too! The Lip Chemistry is cool.  It does change color and it feels really comfortable on.  I don’t think I will wear it everyday, but I’m having fun testing it out.

Purchase these at https://www.urbandecay.com/, Ulta, Sephora and other great beauty stores and websites.

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Have you tried any of these Urban Decay products?  What do you think?

Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol 1 Palette Review!

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Hi all!  I’m back with a palette review.  I was excited to pick up the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol 1 ($48 USD) when it launched.

I really enjoy Tati’s YouTube channel and was so happy to see when she launched this.

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So gorgeous!  This is such a pretty, everyday palette!  There are 6 tones and 4 textures.  You can make so many different looks!

Here are swatches by the tones:

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This is Memory and Ritual in the Glitter, Metallic, Sequin and Matte.  They all swatched really nicely.

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Story and Soothe in Glitter, Metallic, Sequin and Matte

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Aura and Poet in glitter, Metallic, Sequin and Matte.

I can see myself using the Ritual, Soothe and Aura shades the most.  But I will play with all of them.  I love the metallic texture and the mattes are beautiful and so easy to blend. I’m not the biggest glitter fan, but these are so pretty!

I really think Tati did an amazing job with this palette, especially for her first makeup launch.  The shades are universal and so nice for all different looks.  I’ve only used it a couple of times, but I really like it so far!

What do you think of the palette?  Did you pick it up?

 

Madam Glam’s Give Glam Collection

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Hi all!  Happy Monday!

Madam Glam has a gorgeous new collection that just launched for the Thanksgiving season.   The shades are a mix of warm, fall tones, and cooler ones, too.  There’s a lot to choose from:

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From Left to Right in the photo are:

Sweather Weather — Grape mauve

Sweet November — Soft pink

Maze — Dark green

Give Me Pie! — Bright orange

Feast Your Nails! — Deep Pink

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Haystack — Soft peachy-pink

Busy Avocado — Gray

Butter Up — Soft yellow

Corny — Brick Red

Harvest Party — Pecan brown

I have been enjoying using gel polish.  It’s a time and money saver to be able to do it myself!  And the Madam Glam polishes last on my nails and don’t chip!


What do you think of these shades?  Do you enjoy gel nails?

 

Skincare Sunday — BeautyStat Brand Review

Hi all!  Happy Sunday.  I’m back with a skincare brand review.

BeautyStat started as a beauty review blog and now are creating skincare.  BeautyStat Cosmetics mission is to scour the planet for new beauty ingredients and technologies. Their goal is to continually develop beauty. innovation with high-performance, and bring it directly to the consumer. Here’s what I received:

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BeautyStat Universal Pro-Bio Moisture Boost Cream ($50 USD 1 oz) : An ultra-lightweight moisturizer, the NEW Universal Pro-Bio Moisture Boost Cream contains skin-boosting Hyaluronic Acid that binds moisture to the skin to maintain its optimum moisture level. Skin is instantly quenched, keeping it smooth, supple, and hydrated all day. A proprietary barrier moisture-repair complex with ceramides and pomegranate sterols protects and repairs to seal and boost your skin’s moisture mantle, minimizing premature lines and wrinkles.

What I think:  I love this cream!  It has a gel-like consistency so it sinks right into the skin, but it is so hydrating!  I love to use this at night over potent treatments and serums because it calms and hydrates the skin. I apply it over the Vitamin C Refiner and it helps calm my skin afterwards.

BeautyStat Universal C Skin Refiner ($80 USD 1 oz): A powerful, clinically-tested Vitamin C-based skincare product, very different from the others, formulated with 20% pure Vitamin C (L ASCORBIC ACID) and a patented encapsulated delivery system that continues to work its magical full-strength results throughout use with no degrading of color or formula. Immediately and over time improves skin smoothness and radiance and is safe for all skin types including sensitive skins. Skin tone and texture become more even, lines, wrinkles and dark spots are diminished, and skin becomes firmer. Skin glows with the refreshing look of health.

As part of a daily skincare regimen, this crème/gel glides onto skin improving smoothness and radiance from first use to last. In addition to lightly hydrating skin, it brightens, helps even tone, and re-texturizes from day one. The Skin Refiner also results in fine lines, wrinkles, and dark/sun spots appearing diminished. Redness and pore size will be reduced, and skin will appear refreshed and firmer with an overall healthier look and feel.

What I think:  I love Vitamin C products for brightening my skin.  This is very strong Vitamin C, and I have very sensitive skin.  The first time I tried this, I took a few pumps and spread it all over my face in a thick layer.  It instantly irritated my skin and I had to wash it off.  I love my Vitamin C, so I didn’t give up! Now, I pump out about two pumps on my hand then lightly tap the cream on the areas that need it — my cheeks, forehead, chin and any dark spots I might have.  And that works so nicely.  Just a little goes a long way!  I’ve noticed a more even skin tone with using this product.

Both products are allergy and dermatologist-tested. Fragrance-free. You can purchase these products at beautystat.com


I’m really enjoying these products and will continue to use them.  The Vitamin C Refiner is a treatment that I use about twice a week.  I do use the cream every day, because it is so nice!

Have you heard of BeautyStat?  What do you think of these products?

Shop My Stash — November 2019

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Hi all!  It’s  time for my November Shop My Stash! I’m looking forward to the holidays.

I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) color cosmetics that I either haven’t used in a while or haven’t used much at all! My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

This month I have chosen products that I have barely used, if at all.  I really don’t know if I like them. I’ve decided that I really need to go through my collection.  I’m going to declutter in January, but I need to figure out if I want to keep some products or pass them on.

Here are the palettes open:

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So pretty! I’m excited to really test these products out!

IMG-1849IMG-1850This is the Tarte Clay Play Eye & Cheek Palette Vol. II.  I received this in my September BoxyLuxe.   It looks like there’s a couple of versions of this palette.  Mine has eye shadows and contour, the one on the tarte website has the exact same shade names, but the bottom row is a bronzer, blush and highlight. 

I think this will be perfect for matte eyeshadow looks and I’m looking forward to trying out the contours. It also smells like cocoa.  Yum!

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It Cosmetics Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette– I love IT Cosmetics, but I haven’t really played with their eye shadows a lot.  These are so pretty.  The shades are nice for everyday wear.

I was only going to have one eye shadow palettes in my Shop My Stash this month, because I have purchased a few new palettes, and I know I’m going to want to use those when I get them.  But, since the tarte one is all mattes, I thought I should use one with shimmers and color.

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Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette in Pink Sand — I received it in my July Ipsy Glam Bag Plus. I keep forgetting about it.  So, I thought I would really give it some use and see how I like it.

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And finally, I have a couple of lip products.  The top on is the Becca Champagne Cocktail Lipgloss.  I received this in a Becca set I purchased on QVC in February. It’s a really pretty berry shade, which will be perfect for this time of year.

I purchased the Profusion lip liner in a kit with a matte liquid lipstick and shimmery gloss.  I didn’t care for those, but I did keep the lip liner because I love the shade.  It’s called Imagine. It’s a nice pinky nude.

Here are swatches:

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Sorry this is blurry.  I do really like these shades, and I’m looking forward to using them!

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I am going to be using these as much as possible this month.  I’ll let you know how it goes at the end of the month.

Do you do a Shop Your Stash?

Shop My Stash October 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

Hi All!  I’m back with my October Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for October.

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Unfortunately, I was sick for the last two weeks or so, so I didn’t wear makeup all month,

My most used products were the eyeshadow palettes and the essence highlighter. I used each palette a few times, the same with the highlighter.

The essence highlighter is so gorgeous! It can be worn sheer for a soft glow or built up to really shine!

I already let go of the Laura Geller blush.  It was too dark for my skin tone, and it’s too old. And I have to say that I’m not really a fan of the Colourpop lipsticks, especially the Blur formula.  It is pretty drying on my lips and the Creme formula isn’t much better.

Here’s photos with the eye shadow palettes open:

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I really do love this Natasha Denona palette.  I created a pretty pumpkin spice look with the orange and yellow shades a few times and also really love the red and purple shades.  I am definitely keeping this beauty!

IMG-1845  I love this Huda Beauty Smoky Obsessions palette, too! I create really pretty everyday looks with the brown mattes and the lighter shimmers.  And the black and silver made a fun Halloween smoky eye!  I love the quality of these shades and will be keeping it!

I think this is the first month this year that I’m getting rid of more than one item! I guess that’s good because my collection has really grown this year!

Now on to my empties:

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As usual, my empties are mostly skincare, but  I do have two makeup items.  I’ve had my Tarte Shape Tape for over a year, and it’s finally empty. I might purchase it again in the future.  It’s a nice concealer, but I have a few I’m using now and probably won’t need to purchase a new concealer well into next year!  The Flower Beauty Seal the Deal matte spray is okay, but smells like perfume, so I won’t purchase it again.

I used up two cleansers. Skin & Co Whipped Cleansing Cream and Dr. Brandt Yogurt Cleanser.  The Skin & Co cleanser is amazing at removing makeup and it so hydrating.  I would purchase it again.  The Dr. Brandt one was okay.  I got it in a BoxyCharm.  It’s expensive so I wouldn’t purchase again.

For the rest of the skin care, The Skin & Co Truffle Toner is amazing — so cleansing and hydrating.  I would purchase again (and if you want to purchase from https://skinandcoroma.com/ and use code LORENA20, you’ll get 20% off your order!).

The StriVectin Neck Cream is lovely and so is the Mamonde eye cream!


October was quite a month.  Since I was sick for over half of the month, I’m glad it’s over and I’m looking forward to November.  Bring it on!

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Carli Bybel Palette Review

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Hi all!  I hope everyone had a great Monday!  I’m here with a review of the new Anastasia Beverly Hills x Carli Bybel palette ($45 USD).  I picked this up in my recent Ulta points haul.  I saved up my Ulta points and raked in some free makeup — it was amazing!

I thought this palette looked so pretty, so I picked it up!

Here’s the palette open:

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Isn’t it pretty!  Such a lovely, feminine color story. I think these colors are soft, but with all of the metallics, you can make a really bold look.

The shades are:

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  • Boli (metallic champagne)
  • Bybel (matte reddish-purple brown)
  • Mandala (metallic/duo chrome light purple)
  • Libra (metallic goldish)
  • Jode (shimmer teal)
  • OA (duo chrome blue + purple)
  • Boie (matte ash brown)
  • Bear (Matte beige)
  • Moo (metallic light gold)
  • Chai (matte light brown)
  • *Cindy (matte bright orange pressed pigment)*
  • Stev (matte dark red)
  • Aura (metallic red pink shimmer)
  • My Angels (metallic gold)

Swatches:

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From left to right — Boli, Bybel, Mandala, Libra, Jode, OA and Boie.

Bali and Mandala are very sheer and glittery.  The are nice eyeshadow toppers, but I wish they weren’t so glittery, because there is so much fallout.  And another issue I have is that Jode and OA are so similar, I don’t know why Carli chose to do that.  It’s hard to tell in the photo, But Jode is more gray-blue and OA has more purple in it and a bunch of glitter –but  I don’t think you need both.

From this row, I do really like the mattes and the shade Libra.

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From left to right — Bear, Moo, Chai, Cindy, Stev, Aura and My Angels.

I am a fan of all of these shades.  The metallics are all gorgeous!  I’ve worn all three and love them.  And the mattes blend very well and are so pretty.


I am glad I have this palette.  The shades are good quality and look very nice on the eyes. And they are fun, but still neutral enough for every day wear.

Did you pick up this palette?  What do you think?

Fall Fragrance and Beauty Reviews

Hi all!  Today I’m reviewing products I’ve been testing out this fall.  I was recently sent these products for my honest review.

They include fragrances, skincare and more that are perfect for this time of year:

 

Molton Brown Geranium Nefertum Eau de Toilette ($120 for 3.3 oz and $80 for 1.7 oz).  There is a new bottle online, but the one above is the one I have. Discover the empowering allure of this unconventional eau de toilette. Fig leaf accord and bergamot is crowned with geranium and jasmine, while oakmoss accord in the base gives an androgynous scent profile. Housed in a collectible and refillable glass flacon.

Molton Brown Geranium Nefertum Body Lotion ($42 for 10 fl oz) — Discover the empowering allure of this full-size body lotion, in a fragrance comprising fig leaf and oakmoss accord, geranium and labdanum.

This is a part of Molton Brown’s chypre fragrance family.  It is describes as beautiful and sophisticated – warm and dry, with fruity floral notes. I think it’s very nice for this time of year.  I love the warmth of the fragrance!

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Goutal Paris Etoile D’Une Nuit ($211 for this 3.4 oz, $133 for 1.7 oz and $92 for 1 oz) — soft & comfortable with notes of face powders and sweet, sensual, seductive notes of lipstick, iris, rose & raspberry. Just a few minutes before heading out to embrace the night. She throws a silk scarf over her shoulder, her bare skin imbued with the scent of makeup. A powdery cloud as elegant as her lipstick with a soft and creamy cosmetic scent that highlights her colorful personality. In just a few moments, all eyes will be on her.

This is a beautiful evening scent!  It’s really glamorous.  It’s a sultry floral.  I will definitely be wearing this all fall and winter long!

 

 

More amazing fragrances are these Perfume Oils form C.O. Bigelow!  The are $15 each. The scents I have are:

Cinnamon Orange — A juicy, spicy, zesty scent. Our perfume oils are concentrated fragrances that have a longer lasting scent compared to EDT’s and EDP’s. May be worn alone or combined to create a unique signature fragrance.

Lily of the Valley — A romantic, white floral scent. Our perfume oils are concentrated fragrances that have a longer lasting scent compared to EDT’s and EDP’s. May be worn alone or combined to create a unique signature fragrance.

Patchouli — A seductively warm, earthy scent. Our perfume oils are concentrated fragrances that have a longer lasting scent compared to EDT’s and EDP’s. May be worn alone or combined to create a unique signature fragrance.

IOPE Plant Stem Cell Creme
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IOPE Plant Stem Cell Cream ($60 USD) Visibly revitalize and nourish skin with the power of Rock Samphire Plant Stem Cells. Multi-functional anti-aging cream is infused with Plant Stem Cells to deeply nourish, moisturize and brighten the look of skin and address the appearance of early signs of aging. Peptides help replenish for plumper and more radiant complexion, while the soft, creamy texture envelopes skin with vital nutrients.

This is a very hydrating cream, which is what I like to use when the weather get’s colder. It isn’t greasy at all and it sinks right into the skin. Plus, when I use it at night, my skin is so soft in the morning.

Pause Well Aging Hot Flash Cooling Mist

Pause Well Aging Hot Flash Cooling Mist ($39 USD) — Hot flashes are the most common symptom of hormonal changes during menopause. While they can’t be prevented, our Cooling Mist provides instant relief from the discomfort of hot flashes by creating the sensation of lowering your body’s surface temperature, cooling and calming skin, reducing redness and evaporating sweat. Formulated with our proprietary Pause Complex, it also helps support collagen production to lift, firm and tone skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And not to worry: It won’t disrupt makeup or stain clothes.

I’m really liking this spray. It’s so refreshing and minty.  When I do get a hot flash, I spray it on the back of my neck and wrists first, then on my face and neck.  It instantly cools and makes me feel much better! Even though it’s getting cooler, I still need relief from hot flashes!


What products have you been loving lately?  Let me know!

 

 

Brand Review — Cloud 10 CBD-Infused Hair Care

Hi all! I hope you are having a great weekend! I have ear infections so I am staying home and resting this weekend.

I have recently been sent nourishing products from Cloud 10 CBD-Infused Hair Care for my honest review.

Cloud 10’s innovative CBD-Infused Hair Care line is rich in CBD thanks to Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract, also known as Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil, from organically grown hemp that provides nourishing Cannabinoids, Protein, Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and essential nutrients that work in synergy to enhance hair and scalp health.

Plant-based PhytoKeratin Plus promotes the hair’s strength, body and elasticity and is made from hemp and rice through a patented extraction process. The powerful, first-of-its-kind combination of Organic CBD and PhytoKeratin Plus within the Cloud 10 line delivers nutrient-rich formulas that help to revitalize hair, soothe and tone the scalp, while providing better manageability, moisture and super shine.

 

Here are the products I received:

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  • Cloud 10 CBD-Infused Shampoo ($27 for 8.4 oz) revitalizes hair by combining hydrolyzed proteins and plant extracts to provide volume, shine and softness, especially for chemically and physically damaged hair.
  • Cloud 10 CBD-Infused Conditioner ($27 for 8.4 oz) with the nourishing, protective and moisturizing properties of Shea Butter, Avocado Oil and Baobab to revitalize, fight frizz and detangle hair.
  • Cloud 10 CBD-Infused Leave-in Scalp Toner ($31 for 5 oz) strengthens hair, soothes and hydrates the scalp, and helps protect hair and skin from damaging free radicals.
  • Cloud 10 CBD-Infused All-in-One Hair Lotion ($30 for 5 oz) is a leave-in formula that protects hair from heat styling while helping to detangle, nourish, and reduce frizz, leaving hair feeling smooth, silky, revitalized, and more manageable.
  • Cloud 10 CBD-Infused Glossing Mist ($29 for 5 oz) is an ultra-hydrating, lightweight conditioning mist formulated to provide a gloss finish while leaving hair feeling soft and silky.

Each formula is delicately scented with a hint of jasmine, and  all are sulfate free, paraben free, cruelty free, and safe for color-treated hair.

I have used all 5 products.  First of all the scent is amazing!  It’s a soft, exotic floral and it leaves a light fragrance in my hair.  I feel that these products work so well with my color treated hair.  They don’t fade my color at all.

The shampoo is light and cleansing, but doesn’t strip my hair.  I do get lots of volume from it.  The conditioner is very creamy — a little goes a long way.  I love how hydrating it is.

My favorite product is the Leave-in Scalp Toner.  When the air gets dryer in the fall and winter, my scalp gets itchy. This instantly soothes my itchy scalp. And the more times I’ve used it, the better my scalp feels.  Amazing!  Plus, I love how it protects hair and the skin on my scalp from free radicals.

After the scalp treatment, I use the Hair Lotion while my hair is still damp and concentrated towards the ends of my hair.  I use the Glossing Spray when my hair is dry as a finishing spray.  Both hydrate and tame my frizzies!

I am so happy I got to try these Cloud 10 CBD-Infused Hair Care products!  I feel I’ve discovered a brand that is so good for my hair!

These products can be purchased here.

Ulta Fall Haul Mini Haul!

Hi All!  I shopped the Ulta Fall Haul sale a couple of weeks ago.  I usually go crazy on these, but I was extremely restrained this fall!  I did do a large Ulta Fall 21 Days Of Beauty Haul — so I need to not go crazy on this sale!

Ulta has these haul sales twice a year — a Spring Haul and a Fall Haul.  They follow the 21 Days of Beauty and focus on the drugstore or affordable half of the store.  I usually love to stock up on my favorites and try new things!

Here’s what I got this fall:

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Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes — I got this half off. I love these wipes.  They are really nice for those with sensitive skin. 

Skinfood Peach Sake Toner – I needed a new toner, and this one was 30% off.  This smells amazing!  Just like peaches and sake. This is a refreshing toner made with rice sake and peach extracts, rich in vitamins A and C, which minimize shine and the appearance of pores. The bottle is gorgeous frosted glass!

Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer — I’ve heard such great things about this foundation.  I have tried it and like it.  I chose a shade called Nude, which is a bit warm for me.  But I mix it with a cooler foundation and it seems to work.  I like the natural finish it gives!

The Body Shop Limited Edition Vanilla Pumpkin Body Butter — This luxe body butter is in special edition seasonal packaging inspired by the traditions of Central and South America’s Dia de los Muertos. The indulgently rich formula provides 24hr moisture, infused with Madagascan vanilla and the aroma of roasted pumpkins. This smells amazing! This was half off!


I’m really happy with my purchases.  Did you pick up anything from the sale?

Right now until October 26th, Ulta has a 20% off everything coupon.  So of course, I used my points that I’ve saved up.  That haul is coming Monday and I will show you what I got!  I will be doing separate reviews of some of the products I got as well, so stay tuned!

 

 

 

NARS Makeup Your Mind Eye & Cheek Palette Review

Hi All!  I’m here with a palette review – The NARS Makeup Your Mind Eye & Cheek Palette.  I’ve had this for over a month now and really love it!

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I purchased this at Ulta for $35 a few weeks ago, the original price was $49. Here’s a photo of the inside of the palette:

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The palette includes three blushes, one bronzer and 8 shadows.  The blushes from clockwise are Luster, Orgasm and Dolce Vita.  The bronzer is Laguna.  These are all classic shades, but the only one I own is a sample of Orgasm blush.

The eyeshadows going in rows of two from the top are Hammamet I and Nepal, Pattaya and Fuse, Fex and Tropical Express I, and Sophia and Mekong.

Unfortunately, this is no longer for sale on Ulta.com, and it was an Ulta Exclusive.  But, maybe they’ll restock it at Ulta.

Here’s swatches of the blushes and bronzer:

IMG_1572 From Left to Right — Luster, Laguna, Orgasm a Dulce Vita. I love all of these products! Laguna is such a gorgeous blusher and all three blushes are so pretty! The powders are very easy to blend.

Here are the shadows:

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The shimmers and glitters obviously swatch better than the darker mattes.  But the mattes do work nicely on the eyes.  You can build them up nicely.


I use this palette everyday! I at least use the bronzer and blushes and I use the eye shadows often.  LOVE!  And it was such a good deal at $35.

Did you pick this up?  What did you think?

 

 

Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate Review — October 2019

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Hey all!  It’s time for my October Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate review! Here’s some info on the new subscription:

  • Glam Bag Ultimate is a new subscription with 8 full-sized & 4 deluxe samples, personalized for you, for $50/month. You’ll get to choose one of your full-size products with the new choice feature!
  • There will be a makeup bag, every month.
  • You can now add up to 5 Add-Ons for your bag. Previously you were limited to 3.

This subscription is $50 a month.

I have pretty much enjoyed Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, so I wanted to get this new subscription a try.

Here’s what I received for September:

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Here’s close up looks at the products:

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I chose the Green Clean this month.  I haven’t used it before, but I am looking forward to trying it out.

The Biorace serum looks interesting.  I can always use hydration.  I will be trying this out when I’m out of my current hydrating serums.

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The Cela creme contains “A potent blend of Canadian botanicals—blueberry, elderberry, evening primrose, juniper berry, rosemary, and lavender—team up to deeply hydrate your skin.”  I will be keeping this and trying it out in the winter, when my skin needs more hydration.  It’s supposed to work well before makeup.

I’m not really interested in the Eggplant mask or Unicorn Glow primer, so I’ll save those to give as holiday gifts.

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The Saem is a Korean skincare brand.  I will probably save these to give as stocking stuffers. I may try one out.  Not too exciting.

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These F.A.R.A.H brushes look nice, but I don’t really need face brushes right now.  I will probably give them away.

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Neither of these are very exciting to me (the theme of the box, LOL.  These will probably be stocking stuffers.

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I haven’t tried anything from Makeup Geek before, so I am going to test this out. It has a pink duochrome flip, so it’s probably not an everyday highlight for me. It might be nice for Halloween or just dressing up.

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This is a pretty blush trio.  I don’t really need it and think this will make a nice gift for someone.

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Besides the Farmacy Green Clean, this is the other product I was excited about.  It’s very pretty and perfect for fall.  I have a few of these Huda Obsessions palettes and really enjoy them! It will go well with my Smoky Obsessions palette that’s in my October Shop My Stash.


So, I was very excited to try the Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate out, but I’ll only use a few of the 12 products I received.  For $50, I don’t think it was a great deal.  I’m not sure I will continue this subscription.  You would think that for their first box, it would be amazing.

Did you try Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate this month?  What do you think?  Did you get different products than I did?

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — October 2019

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Hey all! I recently received my October BoxyCharm! This month there were so many different variations.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for over two years now and really enjoy it. BoxyCharm is now $21 a month for 4-5 beauty items, most of them full-sized. Next month, in November, it increases to $25 a month. The value is supposed to be a little more, though.  There is also a new BoxyCharm Premium starting in November.  It’s $35 a month for 6-7 products. I haven’t decided if I want to try that one yet.  I might cancel my Ipsy Ultimate (review to come), and get that instead.

My version is 39. This month I received:

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Total — $140 — great for paying $21!

I am in love with this box!  Probably one of the best ones I’ve gotten in a long time.  The Touch in Sol balm was the item I chose this month, so I’m excited to use it.  I’m already using the lip gloss and it’s beautiful — not sticky at all.  I don’t think I’ve noticed plumping, but it’s minty and nice.

I’m really looking forward to trying the Illuminati sponge.  I’ve never heard of the brand before, but it’s soft and I wonder how it will feel once wet.  I’m going to hold on to it for when I need a fresh sponge.

The only product I may give away is the Tarte highlighter.  I don’t really wear liquid highlighter.

My favorite item of the box is definitely the Dose of Colors palette.  I’ve been wanting to try one of their 5-pan palettes.  Here is a close up of the palette:

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So pretty!  And the shades are so smooth.  Here’s swatches:

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All of these shades swatched really nicely.  I’m excited to use it!

I’m very happy with my box this month.  Next month will be a more expensive box and it’s also supposed to be worth more.  I’ve seen a couple of spoilers and it looks like it will be a great box!


Do you get BoxyCharm?  What did you get this month?

Nourishing Beauty Products For Face, Hair and Body!

Hi all! I hope you’re having an amazing weekend!

I’m back with a review of some products I’m loving this fall.  These products are so nourishing for face, hair and body.  I received these for my honest review:

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Crepe Erase Hydrating Body Toning Mist in Citrus ($25 (USD) — Formulated with water-binding trehalose, as well as their exclusive TruFirm Complex, this light mist acts like a magnet for moisture, making it a perfect layering essence that preps skin for and amplifies the results of their Advanced Body Repair Treatment. I think this smell so nice and feels really hydrating on the skin.  This is so nice for colder weather.  It locks moisture in. Purchase at Ulta.com

Sky Organics Organic Rosewater Facial Mist ($14.95 USD) — Made with 100% pure Rosewater steam distilled from Lebanese roses.Full of natural anti-inflammatory properties, Rosewater instantly soothes redness and balances skin’s pH, all while providing lightweight hydration to soften, moisturize, and balance skin. I like using this as a hydrating toner and as a makeup setting spray.  This can also be used to soothe scalp dryness.  I just tried it and it did help my dry scalp!  Very cool.

Sky Organics Organic Castor Oil 16 oz ($15.95 USD) — The Organic Castor Oil is cold-pressed from ethically sourced Castor Seeds from Kerala, India. Naturally high in Ricinoleic acid, Castor Oil is known for its ability to fortify and restore dry, damaged or thinning hair, and promote hair growth. Its anti-inflammatory properties and fatty acid content help nourish and treat the scalp to promote growth and strengthen hair at the root.  This is a nice scalp treatment as well and can also be used to naturally lengthen and thicken eyelashes and brows!

Both products can be purchased at  skyorganics.com

Dr. Natural Pure-castile Liquid Soap ($10.86 USD) – Eucalyptus 32 Oz — Dr. Natural is a multi-purpose, pure Castile liquid soap, made from coconut and olive oils, shea butter and other high-quality ingredients to effectively cleanse while keeping skin moisturized for total body care. With no animal ingredients, artificial colors, parabens or sulfates, it can be used for multi-purposes such as a body wash, hand soap, shampoo, facial cleanser, shaving and bath soak. All items are made in the USA. Made with Organic Shea Butter. Sulfate Free, Paraben Free, Dye Free, Cruelty Free, No artificial colors. 

This is a very nice soap and it comes in other scents as well — Almond, Lavender and Peppermint.

Available at Amazon.com


What new beauty products are you loving this fall?

 

Shop My Stash — October 2019

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Hi all!  It’s  time for my October Shop My Stash! I am looking forward to cooler weather and Halloween!

I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) color cosmetics that I either haven’t used in a while or haven’t used much at all! My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

This month I have chosen products that will scream fall to me!  The eye shadows I chose are dramatic and smokey and are perfect for this time of year.  I think the rest of the products will compliment them well.

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Natasha Denona Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette — I purchased this as a birthday gift for myself in June. I think this will be so pretty for fall (and Halloween)! The shimmers in this are stunning and the mattes are s pigmented!  I haven’t used it a lot, so I’m looking forward to playing with it!

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I purchased this Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions palette s an add on in my March 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.  I’ve swatched it, but I haven’t used it yet.  I am going to try it out this month.  It’s so pretty that I think I’ll love it!

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I’ve had both of these products in my collection for a couple of years and haven’t used them for a bit.  They are the Laura Geller Baked Blush and Brighten in Cherry Truffle and the Essence Pure Nude Highlighter.  I am going to test these out to see if I still like them (and if they’re still good and not too old)!

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These are the only two Colourpop bullet lipsticks I own. The left one is Hey Mr. DJ (soft petal pink), a Blur Lux Lipstick and Appy (warm pinky beige), a Creme Lux Lipstick.  I’ve only worn them each a few times and I want to test them out more to see if I like the formula.


I’m excited to gets some use out of these products this month.  Do you do a Shop your Stash? What are you including this month?

 

Shop My Stash September 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

Hi All!  I’m back with my September Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for September.

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I enjoyed most of these products.  The Jane Iredale face makeup kit and the IT Cosmetics Hello Cheekbones bronzer and highlighter are both really nice!  I used both of them a few times each week. The bronzer is very warm, but it worked well as I was losing my summer tan.

The PUR lip gloss is so pretty.  It’s hydrating and not sticky.  And I love the shade, Focused.  It looks nice on it’s own, over a lip liner and over a lipstick.  Also, it lights up and there’s a mirror on the side.

The only item I will probably let go of is the MGS Accessories Matte Liquid Lipstick in Posh.  It’s very drying.  I’ve never really been a fan of liquid lipsticks, but I keep trying!

Here’s photos with the eyeshadow palettes open:

 

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The Urban Decay Naked Reloaded is my most used item this month.  I really enjoyed using this palette.  I’m pretty sure I tried almost every shade in the palette.  It’s so nice for everyday wear.  You can also make a more dramatic look for evening.    The mattes are really easy to blend and the shimmers are gorgeous!

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This is also and Urban Decay palette and the formula is just as beautiful as the Naked Reloaded. It’s the  Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Shortcut. I have made soft pink looks and dramatic, sparkly looks with this.  I will be keeping both palettes.

Now on to my empties:

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I have a few empties to share this month.  I used up a few body creams that I have been working on over the summer. I loved the Body Shop Banana scent, but the gel texture of the Body Yogurt is not my favorite.  I would purchase this scent in the Body Cream. I would repurchase both Sol de Janeiro creams.  They are so silky and both smell amazing!

I enjoyed all three serums I used up.  I am working on other serums, so I probably won’t buy a new one for a while.

I also like the Koh Gen Doh wipes and may purchase them in the future. I like the Urban Decay Troublemaker mascara just fine, but I have ton’s of mascara to try out.


Stay tuned for October Shop My Stash — I’m hoping for cooler weather soon!

 

September 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  It’s almost October, which means it’s time for my September favorites!

Below are my beauty faves for September. As usual, If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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My favorites this month include a good mix of makeup and skincare, plus a hair care item!

I’ve been trying out loads of new skincare the last few months and love to spotlight my favorites each month.  Plus, a few of these favorites are from subscription boxes.

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I received the Glow Recipe Pineapple-C Bright Serum in my BoxyLuxe for September. I use it every morning after cleansing and toning.It really brightens my skin!

The Primera Alpine Berry Water Cream is so hydrating. 

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion has made such a difference in my fine lines.

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I purchased the Smashbox Primerizer during the spring Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty. I didn’t want to wear it in the summer heat and humidity, but now that it’s cooler, I’m really enjoying this.  It smooths and hydrates the skin.  Perfect before foundation to create a moisturized base.

I also got the MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Scents in Creamy Coconut in the Ulta’s Spring 21 Days. I only have about a third of this left.  I like the soft coconut set and it performs just like the original spray.

The IGK Hair Mistress Hydrating Balm was also included in my September BoxyLuxe.  This is a gorgeous balm that works to smooth damp or dry hair. I use this every day to tame my frizzies.

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The Wander Beauty Frame Your Face brow pencil was in my September Ipsy Glam Bag Plus. The shade is Dark Brown and it works well for me.  The pencil is a bit of a dry formula and takes a little pressure to use, but I like the effect I get with it.

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This pretty face palette is the Ofra x Madison Miller Miller Squad Midi Palette. I also received this in September Ipsy Glam Bag Plus. The blush is really nice for fall and I enjoy the highlighters, although they are very similar to each other.

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I’ve had the Sigma Beauty Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette for a couple of months.  I’ve posted about it on my Instagram (fortyflirtyfab), but I haven’t reviewed it here yet. I do plan on reviewing it soon.  It is unfortunately sold out on the Sigma Beauty website, but I have found it on Amazon here.

This is a stunning palette!  You can create ethereal or even very dramatic looks with it.  The shadows blend nicely.  Some of the shimmers need to be built up, but that’s fine with me.

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty — Fall 2019 Haul

Hi all! 21 Days of Beauty is now over — so sad! I did enjoy shopping over the last three weeks stocking up for fall.

As I gathered everything I purchased, I realized I got much more than I did in the spring. I picked up items I wanted to try and items for an upcoming Instagram giveaway. It’s hard to pass up such great deals!  And, I have purchased great drugstore items from Ulta’s Fall Haul this week and will probably pick a few up next week, too!

I love shopping at Ulta this time of the year, and I have been racking up the points!  I will probably do a points haul at the end of the year.

I picked up:

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Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define   

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator — 1 oz

Kylie Cosmetics Bare Velvet Lip Kit

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

Urban Decay Online Only Travel Size Summer Solstice All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Origins Fresh-Faced Faves Set

Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy in Clear

Too Faced Natural Face Highlight, Blush and Bronzing Veil Face Palette

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick Cream in Creme In Your Coffee

The items I’m most excited to use are the Benefit Precisely My Brow, the Origins set because it has a full sized eye cream and the Kopari Lip Glossy. A lot of this will go in my giveaway.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to keep the Too Faced palette.  It is so pretty!

Did you pick up anything during the sale?

Allure Beauty Box September 2019

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Hi all!  I just received my September Allure Beauty Box.  The Allure Beauty Box is $15 a month.  And you receive deluxe and some full size products.  Not bad!

Here’s the September box:

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The Nutrafol Core For Women is a bonus item.

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These are the two makeup items I got in my box this month.  I’ve never tried a NARS lip product, so I’m excited to use this.  I really like the shade.

I’ve heard a lot about the Dewy Stick and it is really nice.  It gives a glow without shimmer and it doesn’t emphasize texture.

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Here’s a closeup of the skin and hair care.  The Nutrafol is a bonus.  I don’t take supplements so I will pass it along to someone.  I will keep the shampoo and conditioner for traveling.

I’m also going to try the Brightening Facial Scrub.  I don’t have a scrub right now and need one.  I’ll give the Eczema cream to my daughter.


This was a pretty good box.  I’ll use at least half of the products.  I liked getting two full sized makeup product, too! Do you get Allure Beauty Box?  What did you get this month?

 

Morgan Taylor’s Forever Marilyn Polish Collection

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I’m so excited to review the Morgan Taylor Lacquer Forever Marilyn fall collection.  I love the quality of Morgan Taylor polishes, and I think these are perfect for the season.

“There is no fashion or beauty icon that is more well-known than Marilyn Monroe,” says Danny Haile, CEO and Founder of Morgan Taylor Lacquer. “We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to release a brand new collection with six shades all inspired by Marilyn. Her timeless glamour and unapologetic attitude fit well with the energy of Morgan Taylor. Forever Marilyn includes:

  • Some Girls Prefer Pearls – White Shimmer
  • All American Beauty – Sheer Soft Nude
  • A Girl and Her Curls – Eggplant Shimmer
  • That’s So Monroe – Cool Brown Shimmer
  • Flirty and Fabulous – Teal Crème
  • Classic Red Lips – Tomato Red Crème

 

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I love these shades!  I especially need to wear Flirty and Fabulous! LOL!  It just needs a Forty and it would be me! I am wearing A Girl and Her Curls on my toes right now and it’s really rich and pretty.

The collection is available now for a limited time at Ulta.com ($9.50) and SallyBeauty.com ($9.50). Are you thinking of picking some of these up?

 

Beverage Review – H2rOse

Hi All!  Happy weekend!  I am ready for some relaxing time, that’s for sure!

I have a cool review today. I was sent samples of H2rOse Rosewater beverage for my honest review.

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Here’s info on the beverage:

H2rOse is a specialty beverage uniquely made of rose water, saffron and other natural ingredients. Rose water was initially created exclusively for royalty. As time passed, rose water became a healthy beverage used by an increasing number of people around the world. The scent of rose water is beautiful and offers a number of scientifically proven therapeutic benefits. It has also been used for centuries in cuisine and in skin care as the ultimate fountain of youth.

Benefits of rosewater and saffron

  1. Improves skin appearance and complexion
  2. Promotes better sleep at night
  3. Decreases occasional temporary stress, anxiety and will enhance your mood
  4. Decreases appetite
  5. Improves emotional health stability
  6. Helps reduce bloating and menstrual cramps
  7. Eases digestion
  8. Relieves irritable stomachs
  9. Strong natural antioxidant
  10. Reduces inflammation

Here’s a fun photo of the PR box:

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H2rOse comes in 4 flavors — Apple, Wild Berry, Peach and Mango.

When it comes to tastes, it’s very interesting.  You can definitely taste the rose water and saffron, plus the flavor of the drink.  It tastes almost savory, with the saffron and rose.  It did take me a few drinks to get use to the flavor, but i enjoy them.  They are very hydrating — perfect for the hot Missouri weather.

You can purchase the variety 4-pack here.for $18.  You can also purchase four packs of one flavor.  The website is www/drinkh2rose.com.


Have you tried H2rOse?  What unique beverages are you enjoying?

 

 

 

Shop My Stash August 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  I’m back with my August Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for August.

I am very happy with all of these products.  I used them all a fair bit, and really enjoyed them.

Here’s photos with the palettes open:

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I have decided to keep all of these products as I got good use out of them this month and I really like them all.

The Benefit Hoola bronzer worked for me when I had a tan.  I’m kind of letting it fade so it’s becoming too dark for me.  The Galifornia blush is so pretty, great for summer looks.  I’ll keep these and give them a try again in the future.

The Em Cosmetics Infinite Lip Cloud in French Nude is so gorgeous.  I wore it on it’s own  and with a gloss over it and I like how it looks both ways.

Here are the palettes I focused on this month:

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I used this Huda Beauty Coral palette a few times this month and really enjoyed it.  The two shimmers are so gorgeous, and I enjoyed using them with the browns and coral mattes.  This is a very nice quality palette.

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The BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis palette was my most used one this month.  I really love this palette and tried to use most of the shimmers in it, because they are just so stunning.  I love how the mattes Canyon and Dune are larger pans because I did use them with almost every look. I also used the highlighters as highlighters and eye shadows.

I’m really happy with the products I used and had so much fun with my makeup this month.  Now on to my empties:

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Last month I had a ton of empties, but I still think I did pretty well this month.  It’s mostly skincare with one hair care and one makeup item.

I will definitely repurchase the Lancome Cils Booster and the Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel.  I really love both of those products.

I can also see myself repurchasing the Klairs Everyday Sun Protector SPF 50, the Laneige Bright Dew Original Essence and the L&I Apothecary Rose Facial Toner .

I also enjoyed the Briogeo Rosarco Milk.


I am not a fan of the heat, so I’m happy that summer is almost over.  I love fall!

What products do you love to use out of your stash?

 

August 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  It’s almost September, which means it’s time for my August favorites!

Below are my beauty faves for August. As usual, If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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I have really been into skincare the last few months, and I have been continuing trying out new skincare and loving it!

I also have been loving a few makeup products, and some of them have been favorites before:

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These are the skincare products I’ve been enjoying this month.  I purchased the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice a few weeks ago. It’s so refreshing!  It’s a bit sticky, but works nicely under makeup.

The Skin & Co Truffle Therapy Face Toner is amazing!  It tones my skin and gives me a glow, but doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I’m almost out of it. You can purchase it and other amazing items from Skin & Co here, and by using my code LORENA20, you’ll get 20% off your purchase!  It is an affiliate code, so I will get something if you do buy!

I am also loving the Pixi Beauty Retinol Eye Cream and the Emma Hardie Lift & Sculpt Firming Neck Treatment.  The eye cream smooths the area and really helps with fine lines, and the neck cream firms my neck!

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I believe I’ve had the beautyblender Bounce foundation in my favorites before this year.  I had a lighter shade. This is 2.5 and it’s my summer shade.  I have fallen in love with the foundation all over again! It’s so long wearing, even in the summer heat.

I have also had the Urban Decay Brow Blade and Brow Finish in past favorites, but have been using them again recently and love the look they give to my brows. I prefer more natural browns, but I can get a more dramatic look with the Brow Blade if I want.

The Em Cosmetics Infinate Lip Cloud in French Nude is in my August Shop My Stash   I don’t usually wear liquid lipsticks, but I really love the formula of this one.  It feels really light on, but it does dry down matte.  And luckily, it’s not drying on.  I really love the shade, too!

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I purchased the NARS Summer Lights Face Palette in June as a birthday gift to myself and have been enjoying using it. I have used all of the shades.  The bronzer is a little light, but it’s a gorgeous transition shade for the eyes.  The highlighter is very glowy and the eye shadows are very pretty.


That’s my August favorites.  Bring on September! What have you been loving this month?

Brand Review — Moon Oral Care

Hi all!  I hope you’re having a great weekend! I’m back with a new brand review.

I was sent products from Moon Oral Care for my honest review.

The claim for the brand is oral care reimagined with better design and only the best ingredients. Taking care of your teeth shouldn’t just be something you have to do – it should be something you want to do. Finally. A routine worthy of your countertop.

I do really love the packaging of this.  Below are the products I received:

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Clean Slide Flossers ($4.99) — Durable waxed material is strong but flexible to easily clean around teeth and gums. Comfortable, no slide grip and invigorating fresh mint flavor.

Graphite Gray Clean Slide Floss ($3.99) — Clean sliding, PFA-free waxed dental floss that cleans deep and doesn’t tear.  100% Vegan and not tested on animals

Stain Removal Fluoride-Free Whitening Toothepaste ($7.99) —A whitening toothpaste that works for a brighter smile and long-lasting fresh feeling. Multi-dimensional peppermint blend to deliver the ultimate flavor experience. An elevated look and velvety smooth feel you’ll love. 100% Vegan and not tested on animals. Made in the USA with globally-sourced ingredients.

Teeth Whitening Pen by Kendall Jenner ($19.99) The ultimate on-the-go whitener. Made with their proprietary Elixir III blend of antioxidants and essential oils for an elevated, powerful whitening experience.

Activated Charcoal Mouth Rinse ($8.99) The ideal balance of activated charcoal and antioxidants for the best alcohol-free mouth rinse.

Soft Bristle Toothbrush 2 Pack ($6.99) An adult toothbrush designed for simplicity, sophistication and visible results.

What I think: I really enjoy these products from Moon Oral Care. The flavor of these is a delicious mint.  It is refreshing but not too strong.

My favorite product is probably the teeth whitening pen.  I’ve only been using it for a few days, and I can already see a whitening effect.  The directions say to use it twice a day for two weeks.  I’m going to keep using it for a full two weeks and I hope to see great results.

I also love all of the other products!  I like the toothpaste and although this one doesn’t have fluoride, they do sell one that does. The mouth wash is amazing as well.  It tastes great and is so refreshing.  The floss and flossers work well and are very affordable.  And the toothbrushes are cute and really effective!

Probably my favorite part of using these products is that they don’t irritate my extremely sensitive gums and teeth.  Most teeth whitening products do irritate and I have to stop using them after a few days. I am using all of these together and my teeth and gums feel fine.

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I really recommend Moon Oral Care!  It’s affordable and very effective.  You can purchase these products on https://moonoralcare.com.

 

 

 

Allure Beauty Box August 2019

Allure Beauty Box August 2019

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Hi all!  I just received my August Allure Beauty Box.  The Allure Beauty Box is $15 a month.  And you receive deluxe and some full size products.  Not bad!

Here’s the August box:

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This is such an affordable box and it always introduces me to new brands, which I like!  This month, I received three full sized items.  I will use everything except fr the lip color, which is too bright for me. I may pass along the Laritzy liquid beam to my daughter.

I item I’m most excited about is the Nuria eye cream.  It looks really nice.

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Do you get Allure Beauty Box?  Did we get the same products this month?

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — August 2019

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Hey all!  It’s time for my August Ipsy Glam Bag Plus review! This is a subscription box that will always include 5 full-sized items. And the items included are mostly luxe or higher end items. This is such a great value for the high quality items included.

I have pretty much enjoyed this subscription. I usually only use a couple of the items I receive each month, and so I’ve been debating keeping it. Unless I get tired of it, I think I’ll keep it until at least the end of the year.

Here’s what I received for August:

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I realize this is a lot of products for an Ipsy Glam Bag Plus — I got three add-ons this month.  Those are the top three products and I’ll talk about them later.  Here’s what I received in my basic box:

Total — $204.50 — Wow! That’s an amazing value for a $25 box.

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They usually have a little booklet, but this month it was a fold out card.  It does give details of all of the products I received.

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The product of these three I’m most excited about is the Purlisse Blue Lotus Moisturizer. I am almost out of my current SPF moisturizer, so this came at a great time!

I have quite a few peel off masks I’m not using, so I will probably gift this one away.  I do want to try other products from Hey Honey.  It looks like a great brand.

I have been wanting to try the foundation.  The shade is Light which might be a little dark one me normally, but it might be a good summer shade.

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These brushes are gorgeous!  I’m excited to use them. From top to bottom is 10F Concealer, 65EM Mini Shading, 105E Pencil, 15E Angled Brow and 35EM Mini Tapered.

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I am so glad I received this gorgeous palette! I’ve used it a couple of times already and love it.  I’ve never tried a palette from TheBalm, I’ve only had a small sample of the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter.  I was going to swatch it, but forgot, so I’ll do a palette review for it.IMG-1327

These are my three add-ons this month!  I usually don’t do add-ons, but these were $3 each and I have been wanting to try the Coco Cabana Cream and the Thrive Causemetics Mascara. So far, I am LOVING the mascara. It’s a fiber mascara so it doesn’t smudge.

I might try the gorgeous Pixi blush or I might save it for a giveaway…we’ll see!

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I’m really happy with this month! Last month’s box was also good, so I’m on a roll!

I’ll use the palette, the brushes and the moisturizer.  I might try out the foundation and will probably give the mask away.  I am also happy with my add-ons.

Do you get Ipsy Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get in your box this month?

 

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — August 2019

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Hey all! I recently received my August BoxyCharm! I always watch for the spoilers so I basically knew what I am getting. There were a couple of different variations this month. Read on to find out what I got (and if I got the variation I wanted)!

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for almost two years now and really enjoy it. BoxyCharm is just $21 a month for 4-5 beauty items, most of them full-sized.  It is a nice way to try new makeup and beauty tools.

My version is 2. This month I received:

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The total of this box is $144.  Not bad for only paying $21!

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I have been wanting to try this since it came out!  It’s a powder that contains water.  A lot of people say that it feels wet when you apply it.  To me it just feels really cooling.  I have tired it.  I find that it’s not great for under the eyes, it cakes up.  But a light layer can set the rest of my makeup and it looks really natural.   I’m going to continue testing it out, it’s so much fun to use!

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This oil and the powder were two items I think everyone will get this month.  I already have a few oils I’m not using, so I will probably give this away. Plus, I think it has shimmer or glitter in it and I don’t enjoy that in my skincare.

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So the big variation this month was either this mascara or the Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum (which is what I wanted).  I did get a deluxe size of this mascara with the tarte Unleashed palette I recently purchased.  It’s okay.  It gives a lot of volume, but it smeared badly under my eyes.  So I will be giving this away and I am envious of those who received the serum!

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The top photo is the nude lip liner and the bottom are shimmery shadows.  I’ve used the lip liner a couple of times.  It’s pretty hard, so I hope it will soften up.  I do like the shade.

The shadows I received are in the shades Iced Latte and Cotton Candy.  They remind me of Colourpop Super Shock Shadows.  The texture is the same.  Here are swatches of these products: IMG-1284

The shades of these eye shadows are so pretty!  My only issue is that there is a lot of glitter in them.  I don’t know if you can see that, but here are specks of glitter in each one.  While I love metallic eye shadows, I’m not the biggest fan of glitter in my shadows.  I’ve worn the pink one (Cotton Candy) and it is gorgeous on.  My only issue is that I have glitter all over my face.  Next time I wear them, I’ll put on a glitter glue first and see if that helps.  If not, I’ll pass them along to my daughter.


This was an okay box for me.  Not as good as the last few BoxyCharm’s I received.  But I will use the powder — it kinds of makes the box for me.  I also will use the lipliner and hope it gets softer and I might continue to use the eye shadows.  The face oil and mascara will be given away.

What did you get in your BoxyCharm this month.  If you got the serum — lucky dog!!!

I’m really looking forward to my BoxyLuxe in September.  I hope it’s as good as the June one.

July 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  It’s almost August, which means it’s time for my July favorites!

Below are my beauty faves for July. As usual, If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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Like last month, I don’t have a lot of color cosmetic favorites.  I’ve been really into trying out new skincare.

In my last month’s faves, four of the products were from my June BoxyLuxe.  It was such an amazing box! None of these products are from my July subscription boxes.  I did like some of my Ipsy Glam Bag Plus this month and  couple of Boxycharm products.  I am still testing them out, so maybe we’ll see them in my next month’s favorites.

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These have been my favorite skincare this month.  Two are from Skin&Co Roma.  I reviewed them here. The Whipped Cleansing Cream is amazing!  My skin instantly looks smoother after washing.  I’ve never had a cleanser improve the appearance of my skin before. I also love the serum.  It’s creamy and sinks right into the skin.  It also instantly hydrates and I love it!

You can purchase Skin&Co Roma items here, and by using my code LORENA20, you’ll get 20% off your purchase!  It is an affiliate code, so I will get something if you do buy!

I also reviewed the DHC Urumai Cream this month.   It’s a beautiful hydrating cream that I love to use at night.  It hydrates all night and when I wake up my skin is soft and glowing.

I purchased some The Ordinary skincare from Ulta a few weeks ago.  This is my first time trying products from this brand and I am enjoying them!  I’m especially loving the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. At first I thought it might be breaking me out, but it wasn’t.  It’s very hydrating, but a little sticky, so I apply it after toner and layer on other serums (like the Skin&Co Roma one above) so I don’t have sticky skin when I go to bed.  It really helps in hydrating and plumping up my skin.

IMG-1221 These products are a bit more makeup-y.  I purchased the MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ in Creamy Coconut during the Ulta 21 Days of beauty spring sale this year.  I love purchasing staples like sprays. primers and powders during the sale.  This was half off!  I started using it when I ran out of my regular Fix+.  It works the same, it just has a soft coconut scent.

I got the NYX Pore Filler primer last year.  I just used up my Cover FX pore filling primer so I’m giving this a go. It works pretty well to fill in my pores.  I use a more hydrating primer, then this one in my t-zone.

My favorite recent purchase is the PÜR 4-In-1 Love Your Selfie Longwear Foundation & Concealer. I haven’t reviewed this yet, but I might do a review soon.  Would you like to see that?  I can say that this foundation works so well for me.  It is full coverage, but melts into the skin and looks so natural on.  The shade I have is LP4.  It’s a little light for me now, because I have a bit of a tan, but will work will for fall and winter.

My Buxom Lip Creams are in my Shop My Stash for July.  This is the shade Hot Toddy.  I have been wearing them a lot, especially this shade.  They are so shiny and just a little bit tingley.

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Last but not least is a fun new palette.  My friend Angie gave me a gift card to Ulta for my birthday, and I picked this up!  It’s the  Tarte Unleashed Eyeshadow Palette.  I love the shades in these — the names are so fun!  And it smells amazing!


Have you tried any of these? What products have you been loving in July?

 

Brand Review and Code — Skin&Co Roma

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Hi all!  I recently received a fun skincare package from Skin&Co Roma for my honest review.

IMG-1068IMG-1070 Such pretty packaging!   I’ve been loving the Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Refresh Mist I received in my June BoxyLuxe.  Skin&Co Roma contacted me and asked to send me the following amazing products for review:

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Truffle Therapy Face Toner — Gentle, powerful, soothing, and healing. Truffle Therapy Face Toner deeply cleanses and purifies pores with the antiseptic power of Witch Hazel and Sage, effectively removing impurities, clogged pores and dead skin cells to treat, heal, and prevent blemishes. The natural extracts and antioxidant properties of Black Winter Truffle, Rosemary, Calendula, and Cucumber soothes and protects from environmental and free radical damage.

What I think: I have very sensitive skin, and this gentle toner doesn’t irritate my skin at all.  I use it after my cleanser, and it really cleans out my pores plus it leaves my skin soft and smooth!

Truffle Therapy Whipped Cleansing Cream – This is a highly concentrated gel-crème cleanser formulated to deeply cleanse skin, remove makeup, dirt and impurities, effectively keeping pores free and clear from congestion and blemishes while soothing and calming sensitivity-prone complexions. Formulated with pure Black Winter Truffle Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Mallow Leaf, and Chamomile, this gentle cleanser delivers intense hydration, nourishing moisture, while improving skin’s resilience and tone.  Complete with essential fatty acids, skin’s natural moisture barrier is restored to maintain a supple and radiant complexion.

What I think:  I am enjoying all of these products, but this one is my favorite of the bunch! Everytime I wash my face with this cleanser, it looks smooth, fresh and it glows.  And I look YOUNGER!  I have never looked this good with just washing my face, ever! It does have a soft, whipped texture and feels so gentle while cleansing my skin.  And it doesn’t irritate my skin at all.  LOVE!

Truffle Therapy Serum – Formulated around the antioxidant properties of the Black Winter Truffle, Truffle Therapy™ Serum is infused with potent skin-renewing botanicals, vitamins, essential fatty acids and vitamins to restore skin’s natural vibrancy and radiance.  Masterfully crafted in Umbria, Italy, this powerful, multitasking skin perfecting treatment soothes and refines the appearance of uneven textured skin, revealing a healthier complexion.

Ideal for all skin types, Truffle Therapy™ Serum prepares and protects skin from daily environmental and free radical damage, and doubles as a primer to create the perfect base for makeup application.

What I think: I really enjoy this serum.  It has a milky texture and a soft, natural scent.  I apply it after my toner and it really smooths out my skin and helps with texture.  It can also be used as a primer, for those days that you want an easy skincare/makeup routine. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and find that my skin is looking more even and brighter.  I’m looking forward to seeing what type of long-term results I see!

I am really loving these Skin&Co Roma products! You can purchase the items here, and by using my code LORENA20, you’ll get 20% off your purchase!  It is an affiliate code, so I will get something if you do buy!


Have you tried Skin&Co Roma?  Which products do you like from the brand?