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 ($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:
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 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.
Josie Maran Argan Beauty Canvas
Josie Maran Good for You, Good for Planet Kit
Here are a couple of gorgeous Josie Maran kits:
JosieMaran 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.
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:
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 ($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.
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.
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!
Hi 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?
Target always has amazing beauty boxes each month! They had a really nice Mother’s Day one that had a mix of skincare, hair care and body care products. But I was so interested in trying this Sonia Kashuk beauty tool box.
Here’s what was in it:
Sorry that my photos are so dark! I’m going to work on a new photo taking set up this weekend, so stay tuned!
The blush brush works well for blush, contour or highlighter. The angled brush is pretty large for using in the crease. I tried it and I think it’s best for applying a base colored shadow all over the lid and maybe a shade on the lid. Or, for blending shadows together. I did put my crease color on the edge of the brush and applied it that way. So it’s pretty versatile.
I love the marble pattern on this sponges. It’s the Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender Sponge – Marble ($7 USD). I haven’t used it yet, but it is a pretty solid sponge. I’m sure it will soften once wet. I’ve been loving an IT Cosmetics brush (watch for my May faves) for applying foundation, but I do like using sponges.
Sonia Kashuk Slant Tip Tweezers ($10 USD) — Tweezers are so useful, and these are the price of the whole box! I think I’m going to save these for my daughter. She’s going away to college in a few months and I’m putting together a personal care box for her. I think the gold is really pretty, too.
Sonia Kashuk Quick Dry Makeup Brush Wipes ($9 USD) — I’ve tried one of these in a past Target beauty box and it was nice. It’s good for giving brushes a quick cleanse or switching colors while doing my makeup.
All in all, I really liked this box and think it was well worth the $10 price. I will use almost everything.
Did you pick up a Target Sonia Kashuk box? Or, have you tried any Target Beauty Boxes?
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!
RadicallySmooth® Anti-Frizz Serum
TruCurl Anti-Frizz Oil
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.
Poetic Waxing Hair Removal Kit
Lemon & Sage Refreshing Body Wipes With Natural Deodorant
Bump Attendant Ingrown Eliminating Pads
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
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!
This Today’s Special Value is scheduled to debut on QVC Friday, May 18th, 2018 at 10 pm (EST), but is being offered now here for presale. The price is $69.95 and $3 shipping. The value is $193.50! This is only until the end of the day on May 19th.
This exclusive four-piece collection features two IT Girl skincare must-haves, plus one new game-changing innovation that delivers life-changing results as well as a revolutionary brush that pairs perfectly with it! While new Bye Bye Foundation with SPF 50+gives you the power to say “bye bye” to traditional foundation, the Heavenly Luxe Bye Bye Foundation Brush No. 22 reaches every corner of your face to deliver an even, streak-free application. Also included is Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream, your solution for a smoother, brighter-looking eye area, and Bye Bye Lines Serum to deeply hydrate your skin and visibly erase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for younger-looking results!
Includes 1-fl oz Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50 in Fair, Fair Light, Light, Light Medium, Medium, Neutral Medium, Medium Tan, Neutral Tan, Tan, Rich, Rich Honey, or Deep
1-fl oz Bye Bye Lines Serum
0.5-fl oz Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream; shipments arrive approximately every 90 days for three years
Heavenly Luxe Bye Bye Foundation Brush #22
I have tried the Bye Bye Lines Serum and Eye Cream. They are both amazing! The serum sinks right into the skin and make my face feel so smooth. The Eye Cream is hydrating without feeling heavy. I haven’t tried the Bye Bye Foundation, but I think it looks amazing!
Are you going to pick up this set? What IT Cosmetics products have you tried?
The value of this box is amazing — $170! It’s BoxyCharm’s 5th birthday and they really gave a high value box!
This Pur Cosmetics contour palette is so nice! It smells like chocolate, which is fun. I did swatch this (all swatches are below), but then gave it to my daughter. I didn’t keep it because the contour is way too dark for me, and I have plenty of highlighters. It did swatch nicely though.
I really like the brand Pur Cosmetics. And I have a review of some of their new products coming soon!
We get brushes in almost every BoxyCharm. I don’t use all of them, but I will use these. The P12 is so soft, and is nice for bronzing or blush. I’ve haven’t played with the eye trio yet, but I will. I am excited to try them with the new liner!
This Cover FX primer is my favorite item in the box, and is worth getting this box! It has a light tint and is dimethicone based. It claims to “blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines, and other imperfections for ultra-smooth airbrushed skin.”
A little of this goes a long way. It does blur my pores and makes them appear smaller. It’s really nice under my Flower Beauty Light Illusion foundation!
This little ink pot liner is so cute! And it holds a lot of product! I have swatched it and it glides on very easily. I am going to play with it soon on my eyes. I usually don’t wear black eyeliner, but it’s fun for going out. Plus, the pot is too cute not to keep out on display.
I have’t tried anything from Beauty Creations before. This is called a Matte Lip Gloss in the shade Sweet Heart. But, it’s basically a liquid lipstick. This color is too bright for me, so I gave it to my daughter.
Here are the swatches:
From left to right, the eyeliner, the matte lip gloss, and the Pur contour palette.
So this month was a win for me for the primer alone. I am really loving it. I will also use the brushes and I’ll try the eyeliner. I gave the lipstick and contour palette to my daughter who will love it. So it is a successful box for me!
There are already a couple of spoilers for the June box. We’ll get the colorful Alamar Cosmetics eye shadow palette and a Sol de Janiero product. I’m excited for both!
Do you get BoxyCharm? What was your favorite product this month?
Happy Monday! I was recently sent Flower Beauty products for my honest review. Flower Beauty was founded by Drew Barrymore to give women the best quality makeup at affordable prices.
I haven’t reviewed Flower Beauty for a few years, and have been wanting to try some of their current products.
I was so excited to try this foundation! I’ve heard really good things about it. Light Illusion Liquid Foundation ($13.99 USD) — This claims to have buildable coverage, while imparting your skin with the most flattering soft luminosity imaginable. All with a weightless, nude skin feel. Imperfections and uneven skintone are diminished. Only a flawless, smooth, and incredibly natural complexion is revealed.
I do really like this! I received the four lightest shades (above) They all kind of look the same in the bottle. But they are different. Right now my perfect shade is a mixture of Ivory L2 and Nude L3. The L2 is a bit light and the L3 is a bit warm, so together, they are perfect! I think Warm Beige L4 will work when I faux tan, and I’l probably give Porcelain L1 to my daughter.
This is about medium coverage, which I like. I don’t enjoy full coverage, it feels like I’m wearing a mask. It does have a little bit of an illumination, but it doesn’t make my skin shiny. My skin has felt dry lately, and this is so comfortable on. And it lasts for hours, too!
Available in 12 skin-perfecting shades.
I love trying new concealers. These are the Flower Beauty Light Illusion Full Coverage Concealer ($9.99 USD). This contains blurring pigments to help diffuse dark circles under the eyes. It’s full coverage, dries down quickly and gives a hint of illumination. The formula contains an infusion aloe, chamomile extract and caffeine.
The shades above are Fair on the left and Light on the right. I am using Fair now and will probably use Light in the summer, when I have a bit of a tan. Four darker shades are also available.
This has a fine mister and feels so good when applied. I have noticed that it helps keep my makeup fresh. I’ll probably use it more in the summer, when it’s hot and humid and I need to mattify. My skin is usually a little dry, but not in the Kansas City summers!
Lift & Sculpt Contouring Palette ($14 USD) is the perfect all-in-1 tool to define your face in a flash! The powders blend easily and layer together seamlessly for a professional sculpted effect.
I have the Light to Medium kit. I believe it’s also available in Medium to Deep. Here are swatches:
The bronzer and blush are a bit powdery and there’s some kick up in the pan. They are really pretty, though, and look nice on my cheeks. The highlighter is gorgeous! It’s a creamy powder and can be very blinding!
FLOWER Beauty’s Petal Pout Lip Colors ($8.99 USD) Pure color pigments apply smoothly, while conditioning & protecting lips with healthy antioxidants. Available in a soft matte and cream finish that wear comfortably all day long. With a spectrum of luxurious shades from bold to nearly nude, there is a perfect shade for every look and occasion.
I love the packaging of these, and all of the Flower Beauty products. They are an amazing mix of fun and elegance.
The shades are 015 Peachy Nude, a cream and 120 Fuchsia Flush, a matte. Peachy Nude is more my shade, because I like lighter colors. The formula is very hydrating. The matte one is nice, too. I might pick that up in a lighter shade. There is a matte color called Naked Blush that looks amazing!
Flower Beauty is available at Ulta Stores and Ulta.com
Have you tried anything by Flower Beauty? What’s your fave Flower Beauty product?
I want to show you the back of the palette. There are three different look tutorials:
I have been testing this for about a week, and have been using the same shades each time. So these were helpful in giving me new ideas!
Here is the beautiful palette before I dug into it!
Here’s the swatches:
These swatches are of the top half of the palette. The shades are Sherbet, Berry Ice, Strawberry Lemonade, Sunnies, Lemonade Craze and Main Squeeze. My favorite shade in the palette is Strawberry Lemonade. It’s so gorgeous and shimmery. I love the color. And I want to apply it every time I use this palette!
I first swatched these on my inner arm, but they didn’t show up because I’m so pale! So I swatched these on the top of my arm and the next ones on the inner arm:
These shades are Citrus, Ice Pop, Old Fashioned, Coral Punch, Sugar Coated and Sweet Tea. These are perfect for adding color to the look!
So now to the formula. The shades are gorgeous, but the formula isn’t the best. There is a lot of kickback in the pan, but luckily I don’t get a lot of fallout on my eye. It does take a few layers to get a pigmented look. And the shimmers work best when wet. I use a little Mac Fix+.
I am going to keep playing with this because I really love the shades and think it will be so gorgeous for spring and summer. Plus, the palette has a light citrus scent and I love that!