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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review –August 2018

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I received my August BoxyCharm so early this month. I’m very excited about that!

Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 5-6 beauty items, most of them full-sized.  It’s an amazing way to try new makeup and beauty tools!

This month I received:

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I was so happy to get these eye masks! I have seen them reviewed and thought they looked fun!  They are gold foil on the outside and a cellulose fiber that delivers hyaluronic acid and more! They look so cute on and when I removed them, my eyes looked amazing!  Very smooth, bright, and my dark circles were reduced! Love!

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The style of these lashes are Siren.  I don’t wear lashes, but they are pretty.  The band is really thin and I think these would actually fit my eyes.  These might come in handy later, so I’ll hang on to them.

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This Adesse New York oil includes Vitamin E, shea oil, sweet almond, and jojoba oils.  This has a light scent.  I haven’t used it yet because I have a cuticle oil I forget to use. I think I might give this away.

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After I received this palette, I told my daughter who is leaving for college that I had a nice, neutral palette for her.  Then I showed her this.  She laughed so hard!

This palette is very good quality.  It has sturdy packaging and a really nice mirror. The colors are obviously very bright.  I am going to try them out soon and may do a review of the palette alone.

I will have swatches of this, the brow cream and the lipstick below.

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Bang Beauty Chocolate Eyeliner — I don’t usually use eyeliner.  I use shadow to line my eyes.  But I do like gel eyeliner.  I don’t wear black often, so this might be nice for every day. I will try this out.  (But I don’t think it will work with the bright Laura Lee palette)!  IMG_1798

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Action, vivid orchid cream.  This is such a creamy lipstick that feels so good on! And the color is so pretty.  But it’s not really for me.  I like nudes or pinks.  I have tried it out, so I will keep it.  Who knows, I might use it (and this will go with the Laura Lee palette!)

Here are my swatches:

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On the left is the eyeliner.  I should have applied it with a brush because it was hard to do with my finger.  You can see the color and it was really difficult to remove so it  would probably last a long time on the eyes.

The lipstick is next.  It’s really pretty.  The next 6 shades are Laura Lee’s palette. From left to right is Issa Party, Damage Control, Karaoke, Dranks, Bottoms Up and Hungover.  I have tried one shade, Hungover in my crease, outer corner and under my eyes.  And it was gorgeous!  So I’m kind of excited about the crazy colors.

I think this month was okay.  I will use all of the eye masks and I’ll try out the palette and eyeliner.  I’ll keep the lipstick or give it to my daughter.  I’ll hold on to the lashes just in case I need them.  I will probably give the nail oil away.  I usually don’t keep as many products out of my BoxyCharm. So while I’m not blown away by anything, I will use some of it.

What do you think of these products?  Do you get BoxyCharm?  What did you receive?

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette Review

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Hi All! I’m excited to be reviewing the new Norvina palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This palette was created by Anastasia’s daughter Norvina.

“I have always wanted to create a palette that embodies my spirit. I’m a dreamer at heart and get lost in my own fantasy world daily. It’s a whimsical place that leaves you feeling carefree. If I had to explain how these colors made me feel, I would say “happy”.” – Norvina
I was so excited when I first saw this palette!  Purple is my favorite color and I thought it was so gorgeous!  I have a few ABH palettes, and I noticed that this one has more glitters — which I love!
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The packaging of this is the soft velvet of all of the ABH palettes.  It’s pretty, but does get dirty really fast.
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The inside has a large mirror and comes with a double-ended brush that is good quality.

Shades:

  • Dreamer (metallic pink champagne)
  • Base (matte eggshell)
  • Summer (metallic foiled golden topaz)
  • Soul (matte wisteria)
  • Wild Child (duo-chrome frosty pink w/ a magenta shift)
  • Incense (matte dusty terracotta)
  • Rose Gold (metallic rosewood)
  • Love (matte mid-tone cool pink)
  • Celestial (duo-chrome plum w/ a violet shift)
  • Volatile (matte warm charcoal)
  • Dazzling (duo-chrome cool-tone bronze w/ a violet shift)
  • Eccentric (matte dark burnt orange)
  • Drama (duo-chrome aubergine w/ a cool bronze shift)
  • Passion (matte deep garnet)

Here are swatches:

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Here are the mattes — Base, Soul, Incense, Love, Volatile, Eccentric and Passion.  You can’t really see it in the photo, but Base, Soul and Love all have a little shimmer in them. I still use them in my crease and on my lid, but they are a bit shimmery.  The other mattes are pigmented and a little powdery like normal Anastasia mattes.
There is kick up in the pan on most of the shadows in this palette. But all of the Anastasia palettes I have do this, so I’m just careful while applying.
So I have been using this for about a week, and honestly am still deciding how much I like it.  It isn’t as bright and fun as I had hoped, but it is a really pretty neutral palette with a few pops of purple.  And I have created natural glam and smokey eye looks using it.
I will keep playing with it and I think it will transition nicely into the fall months.
Have you picked up the ABH Norvina palette?  What do you think?
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Gorgeous Lippies for National Lipstick Day on July 29, 2018!

Today is National Lipstick Day! It’s time to wear your favorite lip product — or maybe buy a new one!

I thought I would spotlight some of my fave lip products. Need some ideas? Lipstick-Method-In-The-Madness-Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Method In The Madness Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Method In The Madness Lipstick ($25, on sale today for $17.50) Lipstick Queen invites you to experience the magical chaos of Method In The Madness as swirls of ultra-luxe creamy hues combine into one bold lip color of its own.

Featuring several uniquely stunning shades, this rich and hydrating formula is infused with vitamin E leaving lips soft and supple to the touch.

The entire Lipstick Queen brand is on sale today for 30% off at Ulta.  Also check out another fave, the Nothing But the Nudes collection each shade is $16.80 today!

 

Rimmel London has amazing lip products!

Lasting Finish Lipstick ($4.99) — Intense long lasting color for up to 8 hours wear.  +25% color impact, smooth creamy texture and all day comfort

Stay Glossy ($3.99) –These are high shine lip gloss.  Gorgeous alone or over a lipstick.

Stay Satin Liquid Lipstick ($4.99) — A new vivid satin liquid lip color with superior color payoff! High-intensity color that delivers a bold satin finish in one stroke,lasts up to 8 hours and is comfortable on the lips. Available in 14 bold shades

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Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

Maybelline has some of the best lipsticks out there!  The SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick is a hit and is on sale today at Ulta!

This liquid lipstick features a unique arrow applicator for precise application and is available in a range of super saturated shades. It features a flawless matte finish, highly-pigmented color and is a long-lasting, saturated matte.

Select Maybelline lip products are on sale today for 30% off at Ulta.

WUNDER2 WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER
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Define your glossy lip look with our ‘first of its kind’ WUNDER2 WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER ($11.95) to be used specifically with your favorite lip gloss! Use our unique glossy formula on the outside of the lips to create a beautiful, long-lasting lip contour that keeps your lip gloss in place. Available in 3 shades to perfectly complement the WUNDERKISSLip Plumping Glosses, create the most precise & perfect pout with gloss-rich lips.

What are your favorite lip products?  And what are you wearing today for National Lipstick Day?

 

 

 

 

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IT Cosmetics CC Your Most Beautiful Skin Anti-Aging Set QVC TSV!

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It’s time for a new and IT Cosmetics and QVC’s Today’s Special Value.  It is on for one day only, Friday, July 27th.

The price is $49.20 plus $3 shipping and handling.  Tomorrow it will be $59.75 and the value of all of the products is $121!  This is a really good deal.  You can purchase it here.

You can also purchase it on auto-delivery so you can continue to receive the CC+ Cream and Powder here.  This is available on qvc.com or you can watch it on TV and call in to make an order.

In this set. you get the following products:

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Includes 1.08-fl oz Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil Free Matte with SPF 40 in Fair, Fair Light, Light, Light Medium, Medium, Neutral Medium, Medium Tan, Neutral Tan, Tan, Rich, Rich Honey, or Deep; 0.33-oz Your Skin But Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder with SPF 50 in a corresponding shade; and Heavenly Skin CC Skin Perfecting Brush #70

Customer Choice Beauty Award-winning Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream–the game-changing beauty innovation that is complete skin care, SPF 40, and full coverage all in one step–is now oil free! As skin care, new CC+ Oil Free Matte contains peptides, niacinamide, and hydrolyzed collagen. As color-correcting full coverage, you won’t need to wear a separate foundation or concealer to cover the look of skin imperfections. Available in your choice of 12 shades, it looks like your skin, but better, with a natural-looking matte finish.

To airbrush the look of your skin, new CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder is sheer to full-coverage finishing veil in a corresponding shade. This talc-free powder is infused with peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, and silk powder, and provides buildable color-correcting coverage and SPF 50 sun protection!

The Heavenly Skin CC Skin Perfecting Brush is custom-cut and perfect to use with CC+ Oil Free Matte and CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder.

To airbrush away the look of pores and imperfections, buff CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder all over your skin using the CC Skin Perfecting Brush. Wear alone as your buildable coverage or over your CC+ Oil Free Matte as a finishing veil.

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I’ve been really loving the CC+ Matte cream.  I have it in Light. It’s full coverage foundation that is a comfortable matte.  It’s not too drying on my combination skin. I like to apply this with a sponge, rather than a brush so that I can control the amount of coverage I get and how matte it gets. I think the only issue I have is that I probably should have got it in the shade Fair Light.  It looks very dark on my skin in natural light even though it looks okay when I apply it indoors.  It either is a shade dark or it oxidizes.  It doesn’t go orange, thank goodness, but I look very, very tan (for me).  So I either make sure I apply it to my face, neck and chest, or I mix it with a lighter foundation.  So that’s something to keep in mind.

I use the included brush to set the CC+ cream with the powder. My powder is in the shade Light to match the CC+ Cream. It starts out sheer, but can be built up.  I love that both the powder and cream have SPF.  I feel so protected when I wear them.

I have to say that I like this more than the original CC+ cream.  The original cream is a bit heavy on my skin, but this feels so light on and gives a beautiful soft-matte finish!  I love this for summer.

Are you planning on picking this up today?

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New Summer Releases From Pixi Beauty

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I was so lucky to receive some new Pixi by Petra Products for my honest review. I got a fun mix of skincare and makeup.

The first three products are some amazing Skintreats. The first one I want to talk about is the Retinol Tonic (in the middle of the photo above).

This is not on the website yet, but I did get some PR materials about it. It will retail for $15 and is 3.4 fl. oz. It features a unique time-release Retinol to help rejuvenate the skin for a natural glow.  Powerful antioxidants and botanicals replenish the skin for  a smoother, softer appearance.

I have only been using this and the other two Skintreats for about a week, but I am enjoying it.  It doesn’t have much of a scent, so if you are sensitive to scent, this is a good choice.  I apply it every night before serum and moisturizer and I like how smooth my skin looks in the morning! I will keep using and report what results I see.

There are also two new products in the Rose Skintreats line — Rose Ceramide Cream and Rose Glow Mist:

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Rose Ceramide Cream ($24 USD) — This ultra-rich cream is infused with Ceramides and Rose Oil to deeply hydrate the skin for a healthier, more supple appearance and feel. Antioxidant-rich botanicals help to improve skin’s elasticity while protecting against environmental aggressors.

This is a very hydrating cream.  A little goes a long way.  I over did it the first time I used it and it felt a little heavy.  For me, this is a night cream. In the morning, my skin is well hydrated. It has a soft floral scent and smells really nice.

Rose Glow Mist ($15 USD) — Infused with 7 types of Rose Flower extracts and antioxidants, this lightweight mist helps soothe and strengthen the skin. Helping to moisturize, improve elasticity and provide free radical protection, skin’s complexion is left with a naturally enhanced glow.

I’m in love with this mist!  I use this after cleansing and before serums and moisturizer.  I also use it over makeup for a little hydration and glow.  It smells like fresh roses and gives my skin a healthy glow.  LOVE!

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These are the stunning PixiGlow Cakes ($28 each) –This light-diffusing palette helps to achieve a naturally healthy, radiant complexion with flushed apples of the cheeks, subtle contouring and glowing highlights. The shades in the gradient make it easy to create a sheer wash of luminous colour that enhances your PixiGlow!

This comes in two shades, GildedBare Glow on the left in the photo above and the PinkChampagne Glow on the right.

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Here is a swatch of the GildedBare Glow.  It’s kind of hard to see, but I swatched the lightest end, in the middle and the darker end.

This is very shimmery/glittery, but when applied it gives a glow and the glitter doesn’t show on my face. I tried it two ways: swirling a big fluffy brush in it and applying it all over my cheek, and applying the lightest end as highlighter, the middle as blush and the darkest end as bronzer.  Both ways are so pretty, but I think I like applying it all together.  It gives a gorgeous flush!  The more bronze end doesn’t work well bronzing the rest of my face, though.  It’s way too shimmery!

I have to say, though, I really recommend this.  It can be built up easily and gives my face the perfect summer glow!

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This is the LashLift 188 Mascara in Beyond Black ($15 USD) — This unique 2-in-1 dual chamber contains a larger wand for volume and a finer precision wand to coat every one of your +188 lashes. Together, the brushes create volume, length and curl for an eye-opening effect and the ultimate false-lash look!

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Here is how it looks with both of the wands. I use it this way first and it gives great volume.

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Here is what the smaller wand looks like when removed from the larger one.  I have never seen anything like this before!

I use the skinny wand to define my lashes and on my lower lashes.  It works really well!  All in all, this is a great mascara.  It doesn’t smudge or flake. I really like this and will continue to use it.

I am really liking all of these products.  I will continue testing out the skincare, but so far are enjoying using them — especially the mist.  The GlowCakes are perfect for the summer and I will be using both of them.  The mascara is really fun to use and gives a dramatic look.

What do you think of these products?  Will you be picking any of them up?

 

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Beat The Heat With Fun Summer Products!

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Yes, it’s still summer and it’s still HOT!  And I have more amazing summer products to share!

I received the following products for my honest review:

NaturaBrasil Acai Body Scrub ($25 USD) — this is a gentle way to slough off dry skin after being at the pool or beach. Or, before self tanning. And, it smells amazing! This scrub has natural açaí seeds and sugar, as well as moisturizing shea butter and olive oil.

Love Sun Body SPF 30 Lightly Scented ($32 USD) —  This is a 100% natural mineral sun screens. It is very lightly scented with tiare & vanilla. It’s kind of hard to detect the scent. It claims to absorb with a matte finish that doesn’t feel sticky.  It is VERY thick.  And white.  I have to really rub it in to get the matte finish.

Certified by EcoCert Cosmos Natural and is recipient of EWG’s highest ranking. Love Sun Body is available in two sizes and scents at Credo, Amazon and lovesunbody.com.

Cricket’s wide tooth Ultra Smooth Coconut Conditioning Comb ($6.99 USD) helps gently detangle wet hair and is great for pulling a hair mask through to the ends. Coconut oil and keratin protein are baked into the plastic of the comb which also helps to smooth and de-frizz from the summer humidity. Available at Target and Ulta.

My favorite products of this bunch are these bright Morgan Taylor Lacquer:

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This is a celebrity nail tech favorite and has 130+ phenomenal colors that are available  at Ulta. These are perfect for pedis or manis this summer!

These shades are Girls Love Buoys (on my nails and in my hand), Tokyo a Go Go, Orange Crush, Go For The Glow and Gotta Have Hue.  These are so bright and gorgeous, but they don’t last long, so make sure to use a bottom and top coat!

What are your current favorite summer beauty finds?

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June 2018 Beauty Favorites

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I can’t believe tomorrow is July!  June (and the first half of the year) has just flown by! That means it’s time for my June favorites!

Since this was my birthday month, I got a lot of new products.  Most of them I haven’t used enough to include in my favorites, but a few I instantly loved!

I loved two hydrating sprays this month, the Smashbox So Chill Coconut primer water and the Pacifica Crystal Power Hydro Mist.  They both smell so nice and I like using them before makeup and for refreshing during the day.  The Pacifica one is a bit lower in price, but the Smashbox one is my fave.  It smells so amazing!

I bought the Fenty Beauty lip gloss in a set with a highlighter.  The highlighter is pretty, but not really a shade I wear, it’s kind of peachy.  But the gloss is amazing! It gives such a pretty shine and it’s sticky or goopy.  I wear it almost every day either over lipstick or alone.

The NARS Orgasm mini blush was my birthday gift from Ulta.  I’ve never really tried this and I love the shade. It’s shimmery and a coral-pink shade, which is perfect for summer.

The TATCHA The Silk Canvas Protective Primer was the item I’ve been wanting the most.  It glides on and blurs my pores and fine lines.  Plus it looks amazing under makeup and helps my foundation last.  I don’t use it every day, because I want to make it last, but I love how I look when I do.

PIXI Beauty Jasmine Oil Blend smells amazing!  It smells just like fresh jasmine flowers. I love this at night.  It contains a jasmine flower extract, evening primrose and grape seed oil.  It is so hydrating and it calms my red skin.  In the morning my skin is bright and smooth.

My last favorite is Jergen’s  Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer.  I’ve been using this in the lighter shade (which is in my shower), but I’m ready to go darker and use the medium to tan one shown.  This is SO easy to use.  You put it on when your skin is wet and pat it dry with your towel.

What are your faves for June?

 

 

 

 

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Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette Review

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Hi all!  I’m excited to be reviewing the Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette!  When I saw it was about to be released, I had to have it!  I drove to my nearest Sephora last Sunday to pick it up as soon as it came out.

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The first picture is the front of the box and this si the back.  I like how it shows all of the gorgeous shades! Here is the front and back of the palette:

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I love all of the travel photos!  They are really fun.  I haven’t seen a palette designed like this before. Plus, its made of a sturdy plastic and has a really nice mirror.

Lets look inside:

IMG_1401IMG_1400The top photo shows the amazing mirror, but in the bottom photo the light was better.  In the bottom photo, the shades look truer to life.

I love the shade selection!  I think a lot of palettes being released right now look very summery — lots of bronzes, blues and oranges.  And they are really pretty.  But this palette has those shades and so much more, plus I think the shades will work so well in the fall and winter, too!

On to the swatches (I’ll be going by rows):

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From left to right —  Breakaway (warm ivory shimmer), Stranded (pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer), Blaze (light metallic peach with pink shift), Weekender (light neutral beige matte), Still Shot (bright peach), Riff (brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle), Good As Gone (deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer)

IMG_1411.JPG Hell Ride (deep fuchsia matte), Baja (burnt orange matte), Accelerate (reddish copper metallic), Guilt Trip (smoky purple shimmer), Ignite (rose gold metallic), Smog (deep coppery bronze shimmer), Wanderlust (forest green with gold micro-shimmer)

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Wildheart (bright fuchsia), Punk (red-brown matte), Double Life (metallic rust), Jet (black with deep shimmering purple shift), Drift (charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle), Radio (deep emerald satin), Big Sky (frosted green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle)

So pretty!  I was excited to play with the different colors, but of course I have been reaching for the bronze and purple shades because they are so easy to use.  I have just  tried out the blues and greens on, and they are amazing, too!  I can get SO MANY looks with this palette!

And for the quality, they are very pigmented and blend well.  The quality reminds me of my Anastasia palettes.  I don’t have a lot of Urban Decay, but if this is what their shadows are like, I need to get me some more.  Any suggestions?

Have you picked up this palette or are you planning on it?

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FabFitFun Summer 2018 Subscription Box Review

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My Summer FabFitFun box has arrived! I subscribed in 2016, but stopped at the end of the year.  My last box was Winter 2016.  I liked the subscription but wanted to try something else.

I’m back now.  I saw a spoiler (I’ll tell you which one below), and had to resubscribe!  You can join FabFitFun here.  This is a referral link.  You will get $10 off with it!

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FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription box. Each season they send you a box of $200+ worth items in categories like beauty, fashion, and fitness. Ir Reatils for $49.9.  You can get and annual subscription $179.99 for 4 boxes. You can also choose a lot of your items with an annual subscription. This month, I received:

 Summer & Rose Beach Towel — $55.00                                                                                         tarte tarteist™ PRO glow highlight & contour palette — $45.00                                                 Pier 1 Imports Marble Ring Dish — $14.99                                                                                     Erth TU Y YO Ring — $55.00                                                                                                         FOREO LUNA! fofo — $89.00                                                                                                       COOLA Classic Face SPF 50 White Tea — $32.00                                                                     Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator — $29.00                                             ELEMIS Papaya Enzyme Peel — $45.00

Summer & Rose Beach Towel — This is a microfiber towel.  It’s very soft, but I don’t know how absorbent it is.  I’ll have to test it out at the pool!

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Pier 1 Imports Marble Ring Dish — This is gorgeous!  I like that it’s very classic looking and will work with all room decor.  The ERTH x Fab Fit Fun “Tu Y Yo” Ring is really cute.  I don’t know if it’s something I will wear, I may give it to my daughter for her birthday.

Foreo Luna Fofo — This is why I purchased the box.  I had a Foreo original size (a little bigger) before and loved it!  It cleans the face so nicely!  This is a brand new model.  It is powered by Bluetooth technology and advanced skin sensors to create a totally personalized profile, which is sent straight to the newly launched FOREO LUNA™ app. I’m excited to try this out!

tarte tarteist™ PRO glow highlight & contour palette — First of all, this smells amazing!  I think it’s supposed to be chocolate scented (I LOVE the scented makeup trend).I’ve just used this a few times.  I like the powder sculpt shade.  It’s a nice cool toned contour.  The top two shades match my skin tone and I really like them. I might try the other two as eye shadows.

I’m almost out of my SPF moisturizer, so I will be using the Coola face sunscreen.  It feels really nice on.  I haven’t tried the Elemis peel yet, but I will this weekend.  I did try the Vasanti scrub, and it left my skin so soft!  I think all of this skincare is amazing for the summer, my skin will be smooth and protected.

I really liked this box.  The value was amazing for $49.99.  The total of what I received was worth $364.99! I think this is the best box I received from them.  I definitely think I will stick around for the fall box.  I might even upgrade to annual to be able to choose more of my items.  We’ll see!

Do you subscribe to FabFitFun?  What did you get this month?

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My 50th Birthday Beauty Wish List!

You saw is correctly, I am turning 50 this month!  It feels unreal, but I have decided to (somewhat) embrace it!  I’ve never done a wish list or a products I’m interested in buying post, but I thought this might be fun!

First, from my Sephora loves list:

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer
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Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer ($58 USD) — This is a “velvety priming balm of pressed silk that smooths and makes makeup last longer while keeping it out of skin, helping to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.” It is currently out of stock at Sephora.  It is very expensive for a primer.  But, I have huge pores, especially during allergy season, and I’ve heard this is excellent!

Other Tatcha products I would love to try is the Bestsellers Set or just the Luminous Dewy Skin Mist on it’s own.

Benefit Cosmetics Blush Bar Cheek Palette
Benefit Cosmetics Blush Bar Cheek Palette

Benefit Cosmetics Blush Bar Cheek Palette ($58) — This cheek palette includes Benefit’s new Gold Rush warm golden-nectar blush, as well as the iconic Hoola matte bronzer, the bestselling Dandelion brightening baby-pink blush, and more. With shades to flatter all skin tones, this must-have palette has everything you need to contour, bronze, brighten, and define your features. It comes complete with a soft powder brush, mirror, and Benefit’s signature Tips & Tricks.

I think this is beautiful and I think these shades will be perfect for summer.  Macy’s is currently having a 10 days of Glam sale I blogged about here.  On June 8th Benefit’s boxes of powders — including ones in the palette — will be half off.  So I might pick up a couple there.

Fenty Beauty Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set
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Fenty Beauty Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set ($23 USD) — I have still not tried anything from Fenty!  It’s crazy, because I really like Rihanna and think the line looks amazing.  This is “a must-have set of FENTY BEAUTY’S most coveted luminizers for the face and lips in travel-friendly sizes for killer radiance on the fly.”  This sounds amazing for summer!  I love highlighter and lip gloss.  I think I might pick this up when I go into Sephora to get my birthday gift.

In the future, I would love to try Fenty’s foundation and maybe some of their other products.  Any suggestions???

Next are some picks from Ulta that I need:

 

Dose Of Colors Block Party Single Eyeshadow ($20 each) — The shades above are:

Sky’s the Limit (soft brown base w/ icy lilac reflects)

Shell We Dance (pink champagne base w/ platinum reflects)

Lock & Key (medium brown base w/ gold reflects)

I know that $20 for a single shadow is steep, especially in the age of affordable palettes with lots of shades to choose from.  But I have seen makeup tutorials on YouTube with these and they are so gorgeous!  I would love to try one or two.

Physicians Formula Online Only Butter Collection Box
Physicians Formula Online Only Butter Collection Box

Physicians Formula Online Only Butter Collection Box ($29.99 USD) — Escape to the beaches of Brazil with Physicians Formula’s Butter Collection – an assortment of Physicians Formula’s most sought-after, skin-loving products.

Limited Edition Butter Collection Box includes:

  • Butter Bronzer (bronzer) (0.38 oz)
  • Butter Blush (natural glow) (0.26 oz)
  • Butter Highlighter (pearl) (0.17 oz)
  • Limited Edition Body Butter (0.5 oz)
  • Butter Paradise Eau De Toilette (0.5 oz)

There’s another set sold at Walmart for less than half the price of this, but you

Morphe Laura Lee's Favorite Brush Collection
Morphe Laura Lee’s Favorite Brush Collection

Morphe Laura Lee’s Favorite Brush Collection ($54 USD) — This is available at the Morphe website, not Ulta.  I have been eyeing this for a few weeks.  The selection has brushes that I would use daily. It inclused 11 brushes chosen by YouTuber Laura Lee.

Now, of course this isn’t all of the makeup that I want, these are just splurges that I would need to save up for.  I’m also interested in some fun brand new eye shadow palettes like Laura Lee’s Nudie Patootie, Dominique Cosmetics The Latte palette  and one that is launching tomorrow, Lunar Beauty’s Life’s a Drag.

So that’s my big 5 0 birthday wish list!  What makeup are you wanting this year?

 

 

 

 

 

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Macy’s 10 Days of Glam!

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Macy’s is having a huge beauty sale event called 10 Days of Glam, which starts in stores and online today, May 31st through June 9th! The event includes a selection of products that are on sale for the entire ten days, as well as select 50% off Beauty Offers which will change daily.

Click here to see the deals for each day.  Here are some products that look amazing to me:

Smashbox Spotlight Highlighting Palette

The Smashbox Spotlight Highlighting Palette ($35.00, Sale $17.50) — This is still on sale for a few more hours online, so grab it if you want it!  It comes in two shades, Pearl (shown) and Gold.  They include 3 complementary highlighting shades that range from subtle glow to mega sparkle.

Tomorrow Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, 6.7 oz is on sale from $17.50 to $8.75 and the Benefit they’re real! lengthening mascara is one sale from $24 to $12.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eye Shadow Palette

On Saturday June 2nd the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eye Shadow Palette is on sale from $42 to $21!  I might pick that one up.  It’s the only recent ABH eye shadow palette that I don’t have.  I’ve heard the controversy, but I really like the colors and would love to check it out!

Probably the other two I’m super interested in is 8 different shades of Benefit’s Box of Powders are on sale from $29 to $14.50 and

MAC In The Flesh x 15 Eye Shadow Palette

MAC In The Flesh x 15 Eye Shadow Palette is on sale from $65.00 to $32.50! I haven’t tried MAC eye shadows since the ’90’s, but I bet the formula is still amazing!  The colors are very nude, but pretty!

Are you going to check out this sale?  Visit the Macy’s sale page and let me know what’s caught your eyes!

 

 

 

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Sol de Janeiro Glow Oils and Brazilian Kiss Lip Butter Review

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Since it’s been in the 90’s in Kansas City for the past couple of weeks, I have been getting ready for summer beauty-wise.  I have been thinking up summer makeup looks and other beauty products that I love during the hotter months.  I haven’t started self-tanning yet, so when I received these goodies from Sol de Janeiro, I thought “these will help me glow without the mess of sunless tanning!”

I received (for my honest review) the new Glow Oils in Copacabana Bronze and Ipanema Sunset and my favorite lip balm, the Brazilian Kiss lip butter.

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Copacabana Bronze Glow Oil

Sol de Janeiro has just released two Glow Oils ($35 USD). Copacabana Bronze has a subtle bronze tint with golden shimmer to warm and illuminate the skin. It is infused with the signature Cheirosa ‘62 Bum Bum Cream fragrance, leaving skin deliciously scented with notes of pistachio and salted caramel.

I like this oil a lot! The bronze color gives my skin a sun-kissed glow. It’s so pretty and shimmery, not glittery. It also deepens my skin tone a bit so I don’t look as pale. It is a little sticky and doesn’t sink into my skin unless I use a small amount and rub it in really well. Also, the bottle doesn’t have a pump and I have to pour it in my hand.

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Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil

Ipanema Sunset has a translucent champagne shimmer to create a romantic sunset radiance. It is infused with the new tropical dream Cheirosa ‘77 fragrance, with romantic notes of pomelo, wild fig, and Brazilian gardenia.

This give my skin a light shimmer and a super pretty glow. It also looks so hydrated. This oil sinks into my skin better than the bronze oil and doesn’t leave it sticky.

Both oils have different scents. The bronze oil has the same fragrance as Sol’s Bum Bum cream. It’s sweet and spicy, but a little too strong for me. I like the Sunset oil’s scent a little better. If you don’t like strong fragranced oils, these probably aren’t for you.

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Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter

Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter ($18 USD) nourishes lips for a soft, supple feel. Powered by a blend of extraordinarily nourishing cupuaçu butter, antioxidant powerhouse açaí, and super-conditioning coconut oil, it leaves lips traced with a Brazilian caramel scent.

I tried this for the first time last year. It’s so amazing! It has a caramel and nutty scent which is so warm and yummy. And it’s creamy and hydrating.

 

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Get Ready For The Heat With Fresh Summer Beauty Products

It’s not quite summer yet, but it has been hot in Kansas City!  This has me thinking about (and needing) new beauty products for the change in weather and humidity.

I was sent the following products for my honest review.  They will help my hair, body and hair removal this summer.  I think I’m almost ready for it now!

 

 

ColorProof Radically Smooth Anti-Frizz Serum ($28 USD) This light serum instantly smoothes for long-lasting, frizz-free style with full spectrum UVA/UVB color and heat protection. Feather-light, heat-activated formula effortlessly tames and defies while reducing drying time.  It has a proprietary smoothing blend of Camellia and Abyssinian Oils along with soy lipids and seaweed to seal hairs’ cuticle and provide intense surface smoothing with long-lasting shine. I light using it before I dry my hair and afterwards to smooth any extra frizzies I might have.

ColorProof TruCurl Anti-Frizz Oil ($25 USD) Revolutionary, clear, non-staining, oil nourishes, defrizzes and restores hair to its healthiest condition ever. Provides long lasting exquisite shine, full spectrum UVA/UVB color and heat protection. Proprietary IllumaCurl Complex™ featuring revolutionary polymers, sugar cane and seaweed gives curls structure while Abyssinian, Camellia, and Grapeseed Oils soften and defrizz for the bouncy, beautiful curls of your dreams.  This helps condition and define curls, and it’s perfect for easy summer hair!

Purchase at ColorProof.com.

 

 

 

 

Bliss Poetic Waxing Hair Removal Kit ($24 USD) This iconic formula developed for Bliss’ spa makes anywhere-hair removal, from eyebrow arches to ankles, a breeze. No strips or appointment needed. The safe, low-temp wax shrink-wraps each follicle to remove even the shortest, coarsest and most stubborn hair from the root without irritation, while Chamomile makes it gentle enough for the most sensitive skin. Includes a microwaveable cup for quick and convenient heating and cleaning. Cruelty-free and Blissfully free of Parabens, Phthalates, Plastic Microbeads and SLS/SLES.  Available at Target, ULTA, and BlissWorld.com

Bliss Bump Attendant Ingrown Eliminating Pads ($22 USD for 25 pads) — These single-use pads are formulated with salicylic and glycolic acids to gently exfoliate and help prevent ingrown hairs for smoother bump-free skin. This straight-from-the-spa secret is soaked in antioxidant green tea and lavender oil to soothe skin and keep redness at bay. I not only use this on my legs and bikini area, I like to use it after I shave my arms to swatch makeup!  Cruelty-free and Blissfully free of Parabens, Phthalates and SLS/SLES. Available at Target, ULTA, and BlissWorld.com

Bliss Lemon & Sage Refreshing Body Wipes With Natural Deodorant ($10 for 30 wipes) This is a new product, not out yet.  It’s a pack of 30 pre-moistened, quick-drying cooling body wipes perfect for post-gym, travel or any time you need an instant refresh. Formulated with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and plant-based deodorant, these body wipes naturally deodorize, refresh and instantly cleanse away dirt, oil and sweat. These smell amazing and are so refreshing on hot days or after working out. Aluminum-free, Cruelty-free, Vegan and Blissfully free of Parabens, Phthalates and SLS/SLES. This will be available in July at Target, ULTA, and BlissWorld.com

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ARM&HAMMER Invisible Spray Body and Foot Powders

Sometimes it’s not always about seeing it to believe it!  The new ARM&HAMMER™ Invisible Spray Body and Foot Powders offer a mess free, invisible application while absorbing sweat and moisture.  That’s right, this formula tackles harsh odor without leaving any white mess on clothing, feet or shoes!  Although these invisible spray powders are not noticeable to the eye, your other senses will certainly pick up on their fresh aroma.

ARM & HAMMER™ Invisible Foot Spray Powder ($6.99 USD) — This is such an interesting product.  It sprays on clear and doesn’t transfer anything to my shoes.  It instantly freshens my feet, even after a long day.  The only thing is that my feet feel a little dry when I spray it on.  It does make my feet less sticky and smelly!

ARM & HAMMER™ Invisible Body Spray Powder ($6.99 USD) — This is nice to spray on the body on hot days.  I like to spray it before I go out, and when I get too hot and sweaty during the day. Both of these smell fresh, like deodorant.

The ARM&HAMMER™ Invisible Spray collection is available in May 2018 in the foot care aisle at Walmart and other select retailers.

What are your go to summer products? I will definitely have more summer beauty posts coming!

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Ideas!

Can you believe Mother’s Day is in a week!  I had to face that fact, I just mailed my mom a package (full of beauty goodies) yesterday.  I live in Kansas City and she lives in Oregon, so I have to mail it ahead of time each year.

I also included goodies for my sister and sister-in-law. Beauty gifts are my favorite for Mother’s Day.  Here are some great ideas for little, or bigger gifts to give:

No7 Matte Liquid Lip
No7 Matte Liquid Lip

No7 Matte Liquid Lip ($9.99 USD) —  Switch up your look this season with the NEW No7 Matte Liquid Lips – bold colors that you can really feel good about. Get ready for a long lasting, comfortable wear with an on trend matte finish that will keep your lips moisturized all day. Available in a selection of six motivation-inspired colors:

Inspire (pink)                                                                                                                            Conquer (rich berry)                                                                                                                   Grace (nude)                                                                                                                          Captivate (coral)                                                                                                                       Fearless (red)                                                                                                                           Courage (plum)

This are very pigmented and comfortable on the lips.  If mom (sister, aunt, friend) love long-wearing lipstick, this is perfect for them!  Available at Target, Target.com, Walgreens, Walgreens.com

 

Coming this spring, Morgan Taylor & Gelish’s Royal Temptations Collection. Inspired by the lavish life of Marie Antoinette, the collection includes six delicious shades and an additional special effect glitter top coat that you can’t help but love.

Indulge yourself (or mom) with these seven NEW glamourous shades:

  • My Other Wig Is A Tiara – Sea Foam Metallic
  • Ruffle Those Feathers – Teal Crème
  • All The Queen’s Bling – Purple Pearl
  • All My Heart Desires – Hot Pink Crème
  • Beauty Marks The Spot – Coral Crème
  • Curls & Pearls – Pale Pink Crème
  • Over-the-Top Pop – Multi-Glitter Special Effect

I always send nail polish for Mother’s Day, and these are gorgeous! Purchase at www.morgantaylorlacquer.com

The Beauty of Dirty Skin
The Beauty of Dirty Skin
The Beauty of Dirty Skin by Dr. Whitney Bowe ($23.00 at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com).  Celebrity NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe shows readers that skin health is so much more than skin deep. With simple explanations of science, DIY practical at-home tricks and tweaks to make to your diet and beauty routine, and a life-changing 21-day program, this book is your roadmap to glowing skin from the inside out and the outside in.

 

 

Here are a couple of gorgeous Josie Maran kits:

Josie Maran Argan Beauty Canvas ($45 USD) — Includes Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm, Argan Lip Sting Plumping Butter in Be It Boysenberry, and the Argan Moonstone Drops.
Josie Maran Argan Nourishing Kit ($100 USD) — Includes Argan Milk,  100% Pure Argan Oil and my favortie, the 100% Pure Argan Oil Light.
What are you giving the ladies in your life next Sunday? Do you have any fun plans?
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Fresh and New Spring Makeup Part 2

Happy Sunday!  It’s snowing in Kansas City, the second weekend in a row!  We don’t get a lot of snow, so this is pretty irritating.  My daughter’s lacrosse game has been cancelled again — she’s still waiting to play the first game of the season!

I did a new (and new to me) Spring makeup post last week.  You can read it here.  I still have  more products I have been trying for the first time that I wanted to share.  Here are some of my new faves:

 

Hard Candy Fox in a Box
Hard Candy Fox in a Box

Hard Candy Fox in a Box Scented Marbleized Baked Powder ($7 USD) The packaging on these powders are so fun and they smell good, too! The packaging has a scratch and sniff sticker, so you can see what the powder smells like.

There are five shades, 3 bronzers and two blushes. That’s what the Wal-Mart website shows. I do have the lightest bronzer called Girl Boss. It’s so light and shimmery that I use it as a highlighter. It’s very glowy. I also have the blush Girl Next Door. It’s a pretty soft pink.

The Hard Candy Fox in A Box Scented Marbleized Baked Powder are available at Walmart and Walmart.com.

Pixi Beauty Palette Chloette
Pixi Beauty Palette Chloette

Pixi Beauty Palette Chloette ($24 USD) — This palette is a collaboration between Pixi and You Tuber Chloe Morello.  The palette contains Chloe’s favorite shades inspired by love and romance.  Super silky blush and eye shades bring that “in-love glow” to your complexion & lids. Plus, there is a trio of matte eye contour & liner shades that double as brow powders to define.

This colors are really soft and pretty.  The shimmery eye shadows can double as highlighters.  This will be really nice in the summer and it will be great to have one palette that takes care of most of a makeup look.

Purchase at http://www.pixibeauty.com, Target.com and Target stores

 

Maybelline New York Eye Liners
Maybelline New York Eye Liners

Maybelline New York Master Precise Ink Metallic Eyeliner ($8.99 USD) — This broad range of eyeliners provides brilliant metallic, pop and glitter finishes for show stopping eyes. The high impact shades come in 7 vibrant colors that last up to 12 hours!  This works well for a cut crease or a pop of color.  I have the Solar Gold shade and it looks really nice over a black liner.

Maybelline New York Curvitude Liner  ($8.99 USD) Maybelline’s first angled eyeliner hugs tightly to the curve of the lash line for the most sensationally refined eyes. The angled pen reaches over the lid and effortlessly fills above and behind lashes, while the 0.2MM flex tip precisely glides between every lash to create a fuller lash line.  I haven’t tried this one yet, but I think it would make doing a winged liner easier.

Maybelline New York Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner ($9.99 USD) Combining the precision of liquid eyeliner with the ease of a gel formula, Lasting Drama gives intense color that stays all day. The gel formula holds more pigments than a traditional liquid liner, to create the most intense color. This comes in 4 shades — Blackest Black, Brown, Charcoal and Eggplant.  I don’t usually wear black liner, but this one is so pigmented and rich!  I love it for waterlines and tight lining and the other shades for definition and color. You could definitely do a wing with these, too.

***NEW Maybelline New York Master Fixer Makeup Remover Pen*** ($7.99 USD) Everyone makes mistakes! See mishaps disappear in the blink of an eye with Maybelline’s makeup corrector tool. Now, correct liner mistakes instantly, all without ruining your look. Maybelline’s makeup remover pen touches up any smudges or marks without leaving behind a greasy feeling.

Available at Maybelline.com

 

ybf Fall in Love Lipstick & Lipgloss duo
ybf Fall in Love Lipstick & Lipgloss duo

ybf Fall in Love Lipstick & Lipgloss duo ($22 USD) — This lightly scented, hydrating lipstick and lip gloss duo is suitable for every skin tone and will leave lips looking bold and voluptuous. With a creamy paraben-free formula infused with Smart Active Complexes, lips are rich, luminous and smooth for a soft n’ silky, pout.

The lipstick comes with a convenient case with a protractible mirror attached, making it the perfect lip essential to take and apply on the go.

The shades are Passionate Pink (in the photo above), Bloomin’ Berry/Rockin’ Raspberry, Regal & Romantic Red, & Kissable Coral.  The lipsticks are very creamy and moisturizing. My favorite is the gloss.  It is gorgeous, hydrating and not sticky at all!

Available at ybfbeauty.com

What products have you been loving this spring, and are looking forward to using in the summer?

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Project Pan January-March 2018 Final Results

IMG_0738Hi everyone! I finished my first Project Pan!  You can read about the start of it here and my update here. I started this in January to focus on using up some skincare I’ve had for a while.

I began with ten products, but used most of them up quickly. So I added a few more at the end of January. I didn’t do a check in at the end of February because I thought I was  almost done. But I had a Pur Cosmetics mask that took longer to use up than I thought it would.

I’m not going to list the products here, but you can go back to my original posts to see what was included.  I used up all of the products in the photo above and am pretty proud of myself!

The big thing I got out of doing this is that I made sure to use the products every day.  Before this,  I hadn’t been great about removing makeup and using my skincare at night.  I now take of my makeup and use my skincare almost every night and I think my skin looks better!  I also make sure to use skincare, including one with SPF in the morning, too.

I’m going to start another 3 month Project Pan this weekend.  This time, I’m going to include some other products as well as skincare.  Probably not any pressed powders yet, because I’m not even close to pan on any of my eye shadows, blushes, etc!  But this will help me use up some of my stash!

Have you done or are you doing a Project Pan.  How’s it going?

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Hey all! I’m back with my third project pan of the year! I’ve been doing quarterly pans, but I took a month off.  So this third pan is only two months.

The products below are mostly skincare, with some makeup and other products thrown in!

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I have chosen 10 products for my 2 month pan.  Most of these are at least half way full, so I should be able get through most of them!

Here is a description of each product and what I think of it.  Buckle up, this is going to be a long one!

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Both of these are from Victoria Principal’s natural skincare line Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical.  I have been loving products from this line.  So great for aging skin and I love that they are good for me! They are almost used up so they should be empty by the end of the pan.

Synant Peptide — gives skin a botanically based serum specially infused with exclusive Synant Peptide. This formula helps improve the appearance of skin elasticity, hydration and radiance while visibly minimizing fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical Radiant Recovery Fluid Eye Cream — This botanically based eye formula is designed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and undereye puffiness. Superior botanicals from the Brazilian Rain Forest work alongside scientifically advanced ingredients plus a special light refractor to operate as an instant concealer that visibly diminish imperfections.

You can check out these products on www.reclaimbotanical.com

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Philosophy hope in a jar — lightweight daily moisturizer hydrates and provides antioxidant protection while improving skin texture and tone, leaving it smooth and radiant. this high-performing moisturizer contains lactic acid, a gentle alpha hydroxy acid that helps remove surface dead skin cells, and beta-glucan to promote overall skin health by helping to strengthen skin’s natural rejuvenation potential.

yes to superblueberries RECHARGING GREEK YOGURT &PROBIOTICS 3-IN-1 MASK, SCRUB & CLEANSER — Cleanse, exfoliate and treat your skin with this supercharged 3-in-1 Mask, Scrub & Cleanser. Formulated for stressed skin, this rich, creamy formula provides customized use…can be used as a mask, scrub or cleanser separately or all together to recharge and rebalance skin. 

I have had the  the hope in a jar for a while now and need to use it up.  It looks thick, but turns into a lighter cream once applied.  It’s really nice for the summer.  This jar is pretty full (as is the Yes to mask) so I need to make an effort to use it up.

The yes to superblueberries mask/scrub/cleanser is really creamy and sticks to my skin, so it works best as a mask, then wiped off with a damp towel.  It leaves my skin so soft and glowy!

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Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz — Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz, a generous spritz of this organic rose-water toner purifies and refreshes skin after cleansing, as it delicately yet effectively removes traces of make-up, leaving the skin feeling revitalized.

Pacifcia Crystal Power Hydro Mist — Your skin will look amazing and your soul will love the aromapowers. Watermelon, lemongrass and rose crystal extracts unite with aloe to bring you hydration and a refreshing boost with Pacifica’s Crystal Power Hydro Mist. This is your moment to shine bright.

I love both of these mists, but I have SO many mists right now, I need to use some up!  I use the Botanics mist (which smells like rose) after I wash my face and before my skincare, and the Pacifica mist (which smells like watermelon) before and after applying makeup.  They smell amazing and are so refreshing!

Both of these are available at Ulta.

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PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer — PÜR’s unique primer with prismatic blurring micro-pearls helps to color correct while age-defying skin care ingredients nourishes the skin and a vitamin-rich Energy Complex with moisturizing agave and essential fatty acids prep the skin for makeup application. 

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation — Rimmel’s most lightweight long-lasting formula. It perfects your skin with medium buildable coverage whilst enriched with breathable skin technology that doesn’t clog pores. Moisturizes for up to 25HRS. With SPF 18.

The primer is looks shimmery first, but when applied well, it blurs all imperfections and skin looks so smooth! It’s really hydrating, too.

The foundation is a medium coverage which I love for everyday. It’s a little glowy and hydrating, which I need right now.  My skin is a little dry.

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Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit —  A crisp blend of sparkling grapefruit and vanilla softly scents skin. This super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. With super soft scents and a non-greasy formula, prepare for the ultimate indulgence.

Tigi Bed Head After-Party — The perfect party favor for TIGI’s frizz prone friends. After-Party hair creme for silky, smooth, shiny, healthy looking hair. Control the funky fly-aways and silk-ify your hair.
I love Lavanila Body Butter.  It is super hydrating and always smells amazing. This is about half full.
The Tigi hair cream is so good on my frizzy hair! It also makes my hair soft and shiny. I have been using this for a while, and there isn’t a lot left.
So there are my products for my third Project Pan of 2018.  I have less than two months to use these up.  I should be able to do it!
Are you doing project pans this year?  How’s it going?

 

 

 

 

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Gorgeous Glowing Summer Products!

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Hi All!  August is here and summer is still going strong. I’m not a big fan of the heat and humidity, but I do like the glow of summer makeup and fun colors on my eyes and nails.

Here are some of the products I have been enjoying using:

Rimmel London Wonder Wing Eyeliner Stamp ($6.99 USD) — I have not mastered winged eyeliner.  In fact, I’m pretty terrible at it.  That’s why I was excited to try this liner. The end of the liner has a long triangle shape to stamp a wing.  And that does work, but it takes practice. There is a point at the end to use it as a liner, but it bleeds onto my eye.  My trick is to use the stamp for the wing and connect it with a gel pen or eyeliner pencil.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Summer Solstice Collection features 8 new, exotic shades.  Plus, it’s great to wear on vacation and it lasts and lasts.  Here are the shades:
●       After Altar Take it to the dancefloor post-vows in a soft & subtle light nude
●       Forever Together It’s fate! Raise a glass to a go-with-anything dusty purple
●       Golden Glow Extend your summer glow with this metallic gold
●       I Lava You Whisper sweet nothings donning a perfectly pearly pink (available in a duo pack with Miracle Gel™ Top Coat)
●       Just Wanna Have Sun Enjoy bright, sunny days in a red-orange tint that evokes a tropical sunset (available in a duo pack with Miracle Gel™ Top Coat)
●       Koi Coral Spend days snorkeling in a cool coral shade
●       Ocean Daze Pick a marital-minded mint crème shade for your seaside escape
●       Sea Gals Make it a magical mermaid moment in this shimmery aqua blue
I have the shades Golden Glow, Koi Coral, and Sea Gals. They are all gorgeous on! The Sally Hansen Summer Solstice Collection Retails for $9.99 each and is available at Walgreens.
Jergens Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse ($11.99 USD) —  I love this easy to use self tanner! Just apply this mousse to the body and let dry.  Then you can dress and go.  
Color will develop instantly and deepen over the next several hours. Use once for natural-looking color and repeat the next day if deeper color is desired. Availalbe in two shades — Light Bronze and Deep Bronze.
WUNDER2 Perfect Selfie HD Photo Finishing Powder ($22 USD) — I have this powder in the Bronzing Veil.  It is a buildable finish that smooths the skin and has a nice warm tone.  Perfect for a summer glow.  This is also available in a Translucent finishing powder.

WUNDER2 Super-Stay Liquid Eyeliner ($15.95 USD) — This liquid liner is so easy to use.  Waterproof and smudge-proof, the highly pigmented liquid eyeliner has a precision tip to create ultra-thin lines.  It comes in 6 fun shades.  The shades I have are Gold Mine, Red Velvet, Orange Pop and Electric Blue. Purchase WUNDER2 products at Ulta.com or www.wunder2.com

What new products have you been using this summer?

 

July 2018 Beauty Favorites

I can’t believe it’s August!  It has been hot in Kansas City since mid-May so I am ready for summer to be over.  My youngest daughter is starting high school in two weeks as my middle daughter goes off to college.  So many changes!

And so many choices — at least for my fave July products.  I loved so many makeup products this month.  Here they are:

IMG_1707.JPGI have been testing so much awesome new makeup in the last couple of months, so I chose more favorites than usual this month.

Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette — I received this for my birthday in June and have been loving it since! There is such a great variety of shades.  The shadows are so buttery and blend well, too. It will work nicely in the fall and winter months because there are some gorgeous plums and greens.

Alamar Cosmetics Reina del Caribe  Vol.1 — This bright palette came in my June BoxyCharm.  These are normally not shades I would wear — orange, red, blue — but these shades are so creamy and pigmented, it’s hard not to love them.  I use them with a light hand and they are so pretty!

H2O+ Beauty Oasis Smart Tint Lip Color — This is a self-adjusting lip color. It has two sides.  The dark blue shade turns rosy on my lips and the light blues turns a shimmery pink.  Very fun and hydrating!

Urban Decay Chill Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray — I have been using this all summer. This has Temperature Control Technology that actually chills the surface of my makeup to keep it looking fresh for up to 12 hours.  This also helps powders melt into my skin and I look dewy, not dry!

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 — I really like this.  It is a comfort matte so it is not too drying, but stays in place all day.  I need it in a lighter shade, but I have been mixing it with a light foundation and it looks great!

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer — I LOVE this!  I got a sample in a free gift from Ulta this spring and bought the full sized one last month.  I use it every time I wear mascara.  It gives length and fullness to my lashes.  My lashes are very short, so they need this! L’Oreal now has a  rose gold primer that’s a part of their Lash Paradise collection, so I’ll pick that up, too!

Pixi Beauty Glow Cake in GildedBare Glow — I received this for review and ever since, I have used it every day. It gives me the perfect summer glow.  I swirl my brush in the whole pan and cover my cheek with it.  I then use the lightest shade as a hilghighter on my cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow.  Gorgeous!

Pixi Beauty Rose Mist — I love using this in the morning after I wash my skin, before serums and creams.  It helps soothe my sensitive skin and gives a glow. It also helps hydrate, which I love.  Plus, it smells amazing!

What products were you loving in July?

 

Yes to Peel Off Masks Review

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Hi all! July is almost over, can you believe it?  I’ll be posting my July favorites soon, but today I am reviewing fun peel off masks from Yes to.  I was sent these for my honest review.

I love peel masks.  These help to target impurities, while helping hydrate, calm and brighten skin. Each mask is made with 95% or more natural ingredients, formulated without parabens, SLS and silicones and is Leaping Bunny Certified.

Each mask is $2.99 and you can purchase at yesto.com. Here is the info on the masks and what I thought:

Yes To Cucumbers Calming Peel-Off Mask 
Cucumber: A soothing vegetable extract to calm skin

Yes To Coconut Energizing Coffee Peel-Off Mask  
Coconut: A tropical moisturizer.
Coffee: Helps skin look tighter.

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask — Formulated with charcoal and tomato extract to help peel away impurities and excess oil, this LBM
(Little Black Mask) helps leave skin naturally clear.
Charcoal: A natural detoxifier and impurity remover to deep clean skin.

Yes To Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow-Boosting Peel-Off Mask
Grapefruit: Rich in vitamin C and lycopene (antioxidant heavy hitters), it naturally helps visibly even skin tone and enhances glow.

Directions: Smooth an even layer of the mask over clean forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, avoiding the eye area, eyebrows and hairline. Build up an edge around the mask. Relax until the mask is fully dry, at least 8 to 10 minutes, then lift edges and start peeling! Rinse off any remaining pieces and moisturize.

I tried all of these except for the charcoal one.  My teenage daughter tried it and like it.  It cleaned out her pores and left her skin smooth!

The three I tried all smelled amazing!  Really fresh, natural scents.  And they did what they claimed.  I have sensitive skin and the cucumber mask calmed and hydrated my skin.

The coffee/coconut mask was also hydrating and my skin was smooth after I used it.  The grapefruit mask did brighten my skin, but irritated it a bit.  Which is fine, the redness went away a few minutes later.

I think that these are so nice and affordable.  They were kind of hard to peel off, so building up an edge on the the outer part of the face is a good idea. And I try to do a thick layer, but it does take longer to dry.

If peel off masks aren’t your thing, Yes to has lots of other types of makes including sheet, bubble and mud masks.  Check them out!

Have you tried any cool masks lately?

Paperless Post Review — Cool Customizable Greeting Cards and Invitations

Hi All!  I recently tried Paperless Post for my honest review.  It is a company that designs customizable online stationery, to show that communication can be personal and well-designed regardless of the medium.

Paperless Post has partnered with several world-famous designers and lifestyle brands, including kate spade new york, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler, and Rifle Paper Co., and has delivered over 85 million cards to date. Which I think is really cool.  But I really didn’t know what to think until I tried it.

I thought it might be an animated card, like you see on Facebook.  But, it’s actually like a paper card, you just send it online.

So, to try it out, I created an account, which was fast and easy to do. I was given some Paperless Post coins.  To use this service, you need to purchase coins to create cards.

I made a birthday card for myself. I chose one from Rifle Paper Co. It was super cute and easy to customize.  Here is the card:

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First, there is a backdrop to the card that shows when you open it (but did not show up when I tried to copy it).  I chose a gold one that matched the font color of the card, but there are many colors and prints to choose from.

Next was the greeting.  You can edit the format, typeface and color.  You can also change the message. It was quick and easy.  It only took me a couple of minutes to do this.

Next, I was able to customize an envelope:

Lorena I chose the color, stamp, postmark and the inside of the envelope.  That only took a minute or two as well.

After I was done, I entered my recipients name and email address, plus my email address and a subject line.  Then I sent it to myself.

When I received the card, it showed the envelope.  I “opened” it and the card appeared! It was so much fun to receive.

This card costed a total of 6 coins.  The basic card was 5 coins and the unicorn stamp was 1 coin. 20 coins cost $10.  Some invitations and cards start at 2 coins each, so you can get quite a few for $10.

I think this service was fast and easy to use, and really cute to receive.  It’s a lot easier than buying a card, filling it out and mailing it off!  And it’s less money.  A birthday card can cost up to $10, and the one I created was 6 coins or about $3.

I definitely recommend Paperless Post!  Check it out at www.paperlesspost.com