Beauty, Nail Care

Morgan Taylor Lacquer Rocketman Summer 2019 Collection

Hi all! I hope your Monday is going well!

I received some fun products for my honest review from the Morgan Taylor Lacquer  Rocketman Summer 2019 Collection.  These beautiful brights polishes work so well with the fun new Elton John movie!

Morgan Taylor Rocketman

This adorable mini set is the Rocketman Nail Laquer Mini 4 Pack ($14.95 USD) — In celebration of Rocketman, the story of Elton John’s rise to fame. The collection features iconic shades complemented by Bedazzle Me, a luxe glitter overlay that gives each shade its own moment to sparkle and shine.

This mini pack:
It’s The Shades (hot pink crème)
Tickle My Keys (bright pink crème)
Sir Teal To You (teal shimmer)
Bedazzle Me (glitter overlay)

I love this little set!  It’s great for trying out the Morgan Taylor formula in a few different shades or just for a fun treat for yourself or a gift for someone who loves polish — and Elton John.

Here are the polishes in the collection:

 

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  • Just Me & My Piano – Purple Crème
  • Sir Teal To You – Teal Shimmer
  • Put On Your Dancin’ Shoes – Red Crème
  • It’s The Shades – Hot Pink Crème
  • Tickle My Keys – Bright Pink Crème
  • Glow Like A Star – Yellow Crème
  • Bedazzle Me (below) – Glitter Overlay

 

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This shade looks gorgeous over all of the other shades in the collection!

The full size polishes retail for $9.50. They are available at Ulta.com and SaltEarthSpa.com. All Morgan Taylor Lacquers are fast-drying, 5-free and easy to apply.  I definitely recommend these polishes!


Have you seen Rocketman?  What do you think of this collection?

 

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Skincare Sunday — Julep Korean Skincare Made Simple Set

Hi all!  I hope everyone had a great weekend! Welcome to my second Skincare Sunday in a row!

I recently purchased a new Korean skincare set from Julep.  I used to be a Julep Maven, which was their monthly subscription box, but they cancelled it in February.

I received an email a month or so ago saying that they were having a final sale for Mavens.   I saw this set, and was really interested in it.  It was originally priced at $76 and it was marked down to $57, and I got 70% off so I only paid $17.10!   Here’s the set:

Julep Korean Skincare Made Simple

Set includes:

  • Travel Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil, 1.5 fl oz.
  • Kaolin Clay Konjac Sponge (full size)
  • What Your Skin Needs Restorative Facial Milk 1 fl. oz. (full size)
  • Night Shift Deep Sleep Mask 1 oz.

Here’s photos of the box and the products I received:

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This is a great deal for $17.10!  I have tried the cleansing oil and the facial milk before and love both of them.  The cleansing oil removes all of my makeup and leaves my skin soft and clean.  The facial milk contains five oils in it, but because of the milky formula, it absorbs into the skin immediately.

I haven’t used a konjac sponge before and was surprised how soft it is. It gives a very gentle exfoliation.  The Night Shift sleep mask can be used over serums and treatments.  And it’s washed off in the morning.  I find it gives extra hydration, which is nice when my skin is dry.

This set is on sale now for $44.  It’s not the price I paid, but it is still a good deal for what you get.  I do recommend this set if you would like to try Korean beauty skincare for hydration.


Were you a Julep Maven?  Have you tried their products before?

Beauty, cosmetics

Natasha Denona Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette Review

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Hi all! I hope you are having a great weekend!  I am, it’s storming right now in Kansas City, but I have a pretty new palette to play with, so that’s okay!

I bought myself a birthday gift — the Natasha Denona Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette ($65 USD). I’ve been wanting to try a Natasha Denona palette, but the normal sized ones are $129, and I can justify spending that much on eyeshadow.  $65 is still a lot, but it is half the price. I have heard that the quality of these shadows are amazing, so I was excited to try it out!

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Isn’t she gorgeous?!  The shades are:

  • Poppy (crimson bronze metallic)
  • Citrine (warm yellow matte)
  • Phlox (burnt warm crimson metallic)
  • Awakening (lavender nude duo-chrome)
  • Laurel (peachy champagne metallic)
  • Aster (violet mauve duo-chrome)
  • Glory (fuchsia matte)
  • Azalea (pink copper duo-chrome)
  • Morgan (pastel coral creamy matte)
  • Agate (champagne apricot metallic)
  • Clove (dark maroon creamy-matte)
  • Carnelian (burnt light orange creamy-matte)
  • Jasper (bright terracotta creamy-matte)
  • Morning (light apricot creamy-matte)
  • Day Spring (nude bronze metallic)

Here’s a close up of each side of the palette:

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And here are the swatches:

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Top Row left to right — Poppy, Citrine, Phlox, Awakening and Laurel

All of these shimmers and metallics are gorgeous and so buttery!  I had to swatch Citrine twice.  It does blend out nicely, I just wanted a very bright swatch so you could see the color.  My favorite shade of this row is Awakening.  It’s a stunning duo chrome that is described as lavender nude.  It looks amazing all over the lid.IMG_0981

Second row left to right — Aster, Glory, Azalea, Morgan and Agate

My favorite shades in the row are Aster and Morgan.  Morgan is gorgeous in the crease as a transition shade with any of the other shadows in the palette.  It’s so versatile.  And Aster is just purpley goodness!IMG_0982

Third row left to right — Clove, Carnelian, Jasper, Morning and Day Spring

Such pretty warm shades!  Clove was the hardest shade to blend.  It’s a bit patchy.  but it is a nice color to deepen a look.  Day Spring is a beautiful bronze and is perfect for topping the oranges and yellows.

This palette was quite a splurge, but I’m so glad I got it.  The quality of the shadows are so luxe and blend very well.  I’m having fun creating bright looks for the summer.  I also think that this will work well in the fall, too!


Have you picked up the Sunrise palette or do you have a Natasha Denona palette?

Beauty, cosmetics

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Collection!

 

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Hi all!  I hope you are doing well and ready for the weekend.  I was sent these items from Urban Decay for my honest review.

Speaking of the weekend, The Urban Decay Heavy Metal Collection includes all of the fun, glittery products that are perfect for weekend festivals and of course, Pride! Create a gorgeous rainbow look, or duplicate the trans or pan flags!  There are so many fun looks to create.

Or, just wear these for every day.  A little glitter adds a lot of fun!

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Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Gel ($22 USD) — The shades from left to right are Party Monster, Distortion, Saturday Stardust, Soul Love and Disco Daydream.  There is also a golden shade called Dreamland.

This super-pigmented, high-coverage formula suspends hyper-reflective glitter in a non-sticky, water-based gel. This can be used on eyes, body, and face.  It applies really easily, but when it dries, it dries down and stays for hours!  These are gorgeous and fun for the summer!IMG_0964

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner ($21 USD) — These have been around for a while, but they have come out with new shades.  From left to right — Disco Daydream, Starfire, Gunmetal, Stage Dive, Studio, Goldmine and Stonewall. There’s also a pinky/orange called Volume.

This eyeliner features superfine, multi-dimensional glitter in a clear, water-based formula that’s buildable, dries down quickly, and stays put for long wear without any fallout.

You can use the thin tip for an eyeliner.  I also love to use the side of the brush to sweep the sparkle all over my lids. It’s a pretty shadow topper.

Plus, 25% of the purchase price from the limited-edition Stonewall* shade will benefit Stonewall Community Foundation—an organization that strengthens the LGBTQIA+ community through grantmaking and scholarship programs.  So important!

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($22 USD) — This is a bestselling product, and there are 4 new shades!  From top to bottom is Wild Side, Roxy Electric Empire and Viper.

This eyeliner goes on smoothly, stays soft and super-creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries to a long-lasting finish that won’t budge. Line your eyes with a hint of color or opt for a graphic, dramatic look.

Created with 50 percent moisturizing ingredients suspended in a waterproof formula, 24/7 Eye Pencil gets a boost from vitamin E, jojoba oil, and cottonseed oil. IMG_0963

Urban Decay HI-FI SHINE Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss ($20 USD) From left to right Hot Love, Star Stunner, Disco Queen and Wildside.

These are new and very sparkly additions to this lip gloss line. Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss glides on cushiony-soft and leaves lips feeling comfy and plush without any stickiness. Laced with vitamin E and peppermint oil, the hydrating formula leaves lips feeling nourished, creates the look of fuller, plumper lips, and comes in a fresh vanilla-mint flavor.

I have a couple of these in cream and sheer formulas, so it was fun to try these shimmery ones!

Here’s a swatches of one shade of each product:

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These are the Glitter Gel in Distortion, the Liquid Liner in Stonewall, the 24/7 Eyeliner in Roxy and the Lip Gloss in Wildside.  And yes, the glitter gels are as gorgeous in person as the swatch!

All of these products are fun to use and gorgeous on!  And the eye products are all very long lasting, which is the norm for Urban Decay!


 

Have you picked up anything from the Urban Decay Heavy Metal collection? Is anything speaking to you???

 

Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare, Subscription Boxes

Allure Beauty Box June 2019

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Hi all!  I just received my June 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 June box:

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I think this is a pretty good box.  I have already used the Moroccanoil and the Avene mist.  They are both wonderful products.

I am also going to be trying out the eye cream.  I haven’t tried anything from the brand Context before, but I am looking forward to using it.

I will probably also try the Floss lip gloss. Or I might give it away.  And the BrowGal pencil is in Medium Brown and I have dark brown hair.  I might give it a try.

The SGX NYC texture spray looks fun, but I might pass it along.

This is such an affordable box and it always introduces me to new brands, which I like!  For the price, I use a good amount of the products and give away some.  I do enjoy it!

Do you get Allure?  Did you get the same products this month?

 

bath products, Beauty, Candles

Bath And Body Works SAS Haul — June 2019

Hi all! I hope you’re having a wonderful week!  I finally got to the Bath and Body Works Semi Annual Sale!

I was almost out of hand soap and body wash, so it was definitely time to stock up!

This is what I received (and the great deals I got plus my $10 of $40 coupon):

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  • Salted Pretzel Milkshake Candle — $8.21
  • Barcelona Sunwashed Citrus Candle — $8.21
  • Seaside Breeze Body Wash — $3.09
  • Cherry Blossom Body Wash — $3.09
  • Mango Mandarin Body Wash — $3.09
  • London White Tea & Sage Foaming Hand Wash — $2.54
  • New York City Champagne Toast Foaming Hand Wash — $2.54
  • Island Papaya Foaming Hand Wash — $2.54
  • Lavender Marshmallow Foaming Hand Wash — $2.54

Total — $35.85 before tax and a savings of $76.65 — Yay!  I hit a candle sale.  The candles were $10.50 before my coupon and only $8.21 afterwards.

I might go back before the sale ends.  My store didn’t have a wide variety of products, so I might try a different one.

Have you shopped the sale this month? What did you get?

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Skincare Sunday — Meaningful Beauty New Eye Masks and Deluxe Starter Kit

Hi All!  I started this series a couple of months ago and only posted once.  Oh well! I still think focusing on new or amazing skincare products each week is a great idea!

This Sunday I’m featuring Meaningful Beauty.  This is Cindy Crawford’s skincare brand (with French anti-aging specialist Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh).  I have reviewed Meaningful Beauty before, but they have new eye masks and a fun travel size kit that will be amazing for summer trips!

Here is what I received for my honest review:

Meaningful Beauty Revive & Brighten Eye Masques

Meaningful Beauty Revive & Brighten Eye Masques ($52 USD) –This new product claims:

  • Awaken eyes to appear more youthful and gorgeous with Meaningful Beauty‘s Revive & Brighten Eye Masque – ultra-hydrating gel eye patches.
  • Each pair is infused with powerful anti-aging ingredients to visibly smooth and plump eyes – and can also be used on smile and frown lines!
  • Cindy’s supermodel secret: Use daily or as a quick pick-me-up when on the go.

What I think: I don’t usually wear eye gel masks, but I am really enjoying these! They can be worn right under the eyes, at the side of the eyes where crows feet form or even on the smile lines. I find that they firm and brighten wherever I place them, especially under my eyes. Plus, they come with a spatula to make them easy to get out of the jar.  They are a bit slippery, so I press them on to make sure that they stay on the full 10 minutes.

Available at Ulta.com

Meaningful Beauty Deluxe Starter Kit
Meaningful Beauty 7-Piece Deluxe Starter Kit

Meaningful Beauty 7-Piece Deluxe Starter Kit ($79 USD) — This kit targets the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and dark spots. This comprehensive kit is packed with everything you need day and night for ageless, beautiful skin in every climate or vacation destination.

  • The Meaningful Beauty 7-Piece Deluxe Starter Kit includes:
    • Skin Softening Cleanser
    • Dark Spot Correcting Treatment
    • Youth Activating Melon Serum
    • Environmental Protecting Moisturizer SPF 30
    • Overnight Retinol Repairing Crème
    • Lifting Eye Crème
    • Ultra-Lifting and Filling Treatment

What I think:  This is a great set to try a variety of Meaninful Beauty products and it’s so  nice for travel! My current favorite product in the bunch is the Dark Spot Correctly Treatment.  I apply it on dark spots at night and they fade a bit each morning. I also love the Melon Serum, Overnight Retinol cream and the eye cream.  This is such a beautiful anti-aging line!

Available at Ulta.com

Here’s my photo of the products I received:

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I am posting this on my Instagram @fortyflirtyfab if you want to check it out!

I really am enjoying these products!  Have you tried anything from Meaningful Beauty?

bath products, Beauty, Haircare

Davines SU Collection For After Sun Body and Hair Care.

Hi all! I hope you are having a great weekend!  I did some shopping, so my day is going great!

Today I’m reviewing some relaunched products from Davines, Their summer SU Collection. The SU family of products is a complete routine to protect your hair and skin before and after sun exposure.

I received the entire collection for my honest review.  Here’s what I received:

IMG_0899Davines SU Hair and Body Wash ($24 USD) — A multi-benefit shampoo that moisturizes and protects hair and skin exposed to the sun. Its formula, characterized by a rich full-bodied foam, gently cleanses and hydrates.

What I think: I have used this for my hair and skin. It cleanses my hair well, while hydrating it, plus it leaves my skin soft, too!  I love that this is a multi-tasker.  I’ll be using this all summer!

SU Hair Mask ($27.50 USD) — Restorative and hydrating anti-aging treatment for hair damaged by the sun, chlorine and salt. Hair is left soft, hydrated, and glossy.

What I think: I love to use this after the hair and body wash. It’s so creamy!  I apply this after shampooing and just leave it on a couple of minutes to use it as a conditioner.  If my hair has been exposed to the sun, I leave it on longer.  My hair is so soft and healthy when I use this mask.  Love it!

SU Aftersun ($29 USD) — A soothing, mineral-rich gel that moisturizes and restores the skin’s hydration level after exposure to the sun. With extract of Chinotto from a Slow Food Presidium and extract of Aloe Vera, it is rich in minerals and substances with a soothing action that, together with Argan oil, ensure hydration and nourishment.

What I think: This is a wonderful creamy gel moisturizer for after sun. My daughter went to a theme park last week and got sunburned despite wearing SPF all day.  She said she repeatedly applied it (but she’s a teenager, so who knows.  LOL!). This moisturizer really helped soothe her burnt skin and in a few days it was a nice tan and not painful anymore.  Even if we don’t get a sunburn, this is nice for after a day in the sun.

SU Hair Milk ($29 USD) — Leave-on spray cream for hair, ideal both during and after exposure to the sun. Protective filters maintain the hair’s integrity during exposure to the sun, and the light texture conditions the hair without weighing it down.

What I think: I have been using this as leave-in moisturizer after I wash my hair. It helps with hydration and makes my hair so manageable.  I also spray it on before I go out to protect my hair.  It doesn’t weight it down.

Also, the scent for all of these is very soft.  It’s hard to describe, it’s part floral and part baby care scent.  It’s really nice.

I recommend all of these products for the summer months and beyond.


Have you tried these products or anything by Davines?

 

 

Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare, Subscription Boxes

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — June 2018

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Hey all!  It’s time for my June 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 enjoying this subscription. I usually only use a couple of the items I receive each month, so I’m not sure how long I will keep it.

Here’s what I received for June:

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The total is $276.  That’s mostly because of the 111Skin booster.

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I enjoy PUR’s products, but I am very stocked up on mascara.  I will add it to the pile or give it to one of my daughters.

The Trestique crayon and balm are way to dark for me.  I don’t wear berry shades.  I will be giving this to a friend.

img_0930.jpg This is a black cake liner.  It’s dry, so you ad water to activate it.  I don’t wear black liner, so I will give this away to my daughter.

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Now this is a product I will use!  On the 111Skin website, it states:

Now formulated with increased Vitamin C levels, this concentrated treatment targets signs of hyper pigmentation, age spots, and uneven skin tone. The booster utilises actives which are designed to inhibit tyrosinase production, both reducing and preventing discolouration.

You can mix this with moisturizer or use it alone like a serum.  That’s probably how I will use it at night.  Actually, I will try both ways.  I’m looking forward to looking younger in a few weeks (I hope)!

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This is an Ipsy collab with Tetris. Which is a little strange. This is a cute palette, but not something I will use.  I have so much eyeshadow (and have splurged on a couple of new palettes as birthday gifts for me)  I have a friend in mind who might like this.

So, I will be using one of the 5 products this month.  Sigh.  I’ve been trying to decide if I want to keep this box as I’m not very happy with it. I really like BoxyCharm more.  My June BoxyLuxe box had of course more products, but I could grab out any 5 products and love them more than these.

I’ve decided to give it one more month to wow me.  I’ve seen July spoilers for Pixi Beauty, Huda Beauty and Purlisse.  So I hope I get the Pixi and Huda products, then I’ll be happy.  But, I’ll probably get some weird makeup product I won’t use, LOL!

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

Beauty, Beauty Tools, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

BoxyCharm BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review — June 2019

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Hey all! I received my third BoxyLuxe!  I’m so excited! I’ve been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for almost two years. The regular BoxyCharm box is $21 a month. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $21-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $28.99, you’ll get the Luxe items, and be paying a total of $49.99 for that quarterly box.

I saw the spoilers for this box, I just didn’t know what variations I would get.

The theme for this month is Getaway. It’s very skincare and hair care heavy this month.  Here’s what I received:

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Total cost for June BoxyLuxe = $352! Wow, great value for paying $50!

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I have heard good things about the Living Proof volume spray.  My hair is a bit flat, so I am looking forward to trying it! Living Proof is a great brand, too.

The mini hair dryer is adorable, and I’m so glad I got the purple one!  Purple is my favorite color.  It also could have come in blue, coral, or pink.  Any of the shades would have been fun.  It is very powerful for a little dryer!  Plus, it can switch from 120 volts to 220 volts if you are going overseas!

IMG_0920I love facial sprays! Skincare sprays, primer sprays, setting sprays — yes please!!! I’ve tried this on my bare face and it’s really refreshing. I will be also trying it over my makeup as a setting spray.

The Dr. Brandt cleanser looks really nice.  It’s supposed to melt away makeup, which I love!  I have a backlog of cleansers, so it will probably be a while before I get to this one, but I will try it.

I have tried the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Serum.  The claim is “A 3-in-1 night serum that resurfaces, hydrates and clarifies dull skin while you sleep, formulated with a 14% AHA/BHA/gentle flower acids blend. Hyaluronic acid and our proprietary honey blend deliver intense hydration. Salicylic acid derived from willow bark helps minimize the appearance of pores.” I didn’t see any improvement in my skin, but I just tried it once.  It will use it a few times a week for the next few weeks and see how I like it.

IMG_0922.JPGThe lip gloss is very nice.  Non-sticky and smells like vanilla.  The shade is Peach Tea.  I have swatched it below.

I have the original No Poreblem primer and really like it for filling my pores.  This one is very thin and is supposed to tighten pores.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I will.  I have lots of open primers, so it might be a bit before I try this.  (I’m on product overload)!

The treSique mascara is really a fun idea.  It has a curler on the top.  I have tried this, because I couldn’t help myself!  The curler takes some practice, but it does work.  The mascara formula is separating.  It’s pretty nice.  I have to keep using it and will let you know how much I like it.

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I am very excited about this palette! I have the original Pro Glow and like it a lot. That one has highlighters and contours in it.  This has blushes, highlighters and bronzers.  It is so nice to have all face products that I can use in one palette.  I have swatched it (below), but haven’t tried it on my face yet.  I have been sick this week, but hope to be trying it soon!

IMG_0925.JPGAren’t these products gorgeous!  All of the shades in the palette will work for me, and the highlighters are so beaming!  The gloss is pretty, too.  They are all perfect for summer!

This is the first month for BoxyLuxe (or regular BoxyCharm) that I am going to keep all of the products!!! Wow! I’m a little bummed that there isn’t more makeup, but the fact I will use everything (even if not right now) is amazing! It’s not a very flashy month, but everything is useful.

I was thinking of canceling BoxyCharm or Ipsy Glam Bag Plus after this month.  Well, it won’t be BoxyCharm!  That’s for sure!  But will I cancel Ipsy?  Stay tuned, that review will be next!

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Do you get BoxyLuxe or BoxyCharm at all?  What did you think of this month?

bath products, Beauty, Skincare

Natural Skincare From L&I Apothecary and the Henna Guys

Hi All! I hope your June is going well so far!  Mine is! I’m enjoying nice weather.

I have some wonderful natural skincare products from the brands L&I Apothecary and the Henna Guys!

L&I Apothecary organic skincare line is developed by professional estheticians using ingredients obtained from fresh fruits & vegetables. Each ingredient is either produced in their farms or responsibly sourced from ethical producers. The products are up-to 100% natural & organic, each product is packaged into carefully selected environmentally friendly and re-useable glass packaging.

The Henna Guys source the finest quality ingredients from ethical producers around the world. They understand the need for hair & skin care that keeps its promises and constantly in search of excellent natural ingredients to enhance the natural beauty. The product line is developed using finest natural ingredients.

On to the review!

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L&I Apothecary Arista Pumpkin, Mild Peel/Facial Mask ($21 USD) — This mask is made with pumpkin and has Vitamin C and Vitamin E, plus the ingredients are organic. It also contains -5% Glycolic Acid. The claim is that it leaves skin feeling brightened, replenished and renewed.

I enjoy using this mask. It smells like fresh pumpkin!  I apply it after I clean my skin and leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse it off.  It leaves my skin smooth and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I have used this a few times and can see myself using it a few times each week.  It’s difficult for me to find a good brightening mask that doesn’t irritate my skin.  This one is a winner!

L&I Apothecary Rose Facial Toner ($23 USD) —  This is an amazing facial toner spray!  This claims to hydrate the skin, give it a glow and brighten it up.  It has a fresh rose scent.

I love using a rose spray after cleansing and toning my skin in the morning.  This one is also a toner, so I can spray it on after I cleanse, and my skin is refreshed and glowing.  I also use it to freshen my skin during the day.  It’s nice over makeup or bare skin.

The Henna Guys Pre Shave Oil – Geranium & Lavender ($12.95 USD) — This is a moisturizing Pre shave Oil, mildly scented with geranium & lavender essential oil. It contains Grapeseed, Avocado, Argan & Marula Oil.

First of all, this smells amazing — so fresh and clean. To use it, I take a few drops of oil, massage it on the shaving area to prepare for the shave.  Then I use shave cream or soap and lather it, then I shave.  I get a very close shave and my skin isn’t irritated.  So smooth!

I am really enjoying these products. I love all of the amazing ingredients and the fact that all of the products work well and have fresh, delicious scents!

Purchase these at http://www.lniapothecary.com and http://www.thehennaguys.com Plus, I have a (non-affiliate) coupon code for these websites — FORTYFLIRTYFAB10 for 10% off your entire order!

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Have you tried anything from these brands?   What are your favorite natural products?

 

Beauty, cosmetics

Shop My Stash — June 2019

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Hi all!  Happy June! It’s time for a new month and a new Shop My Stash! I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) products 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.

June is my birthday month!  So in honor of me (LOL), I’m choosing product that I really enjoy and haven’t used in a while.

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I have loved on all of these palettes! I wanted to choose some of my favorite products for my birthday month!   Here’s more info on all of the products:

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This is the Too Faced Life’s a Festival palette that came out last spring.  I love the shades in this!  It’s so much fun! It’s mostly shimmers, but the next palette I chose has a lot of mattes and I can use them together.  I love the shades in this and am looking forward to playing with it!

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I love Anastasia palettes!  I have a few, and Soft Glam is one of my favorites.  The shades will be perfect for bronzy, summer looks!  And it will pair well with the Life’s a Festival palette.

IMG_E0889IMG_E0888 I received this palette last year for review.  It’s the Pixi Glow Cake in GildedBare Glow. This is nice all over, or the highlight, blush and

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To round off my Shop my Stash are two products from Colourpop! First is a collab with  Kathleen Lights The Twins (I’m a Gemini!) Loose Pigment.  It’s a gorgeous copper and pink duochrome.  This will work with both of the palettes I’ve pulled this month.

The second is the So Juicy Plumping Gloss in Round About.  These are fairly new, I’ve had this for a few months (same with the pigment), but I haven’t got a lot of use out of either of these gems yet!

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Here are swatches of the pigment and lip gloss.  Both really pretty for summer!

So these are the products I am playing with this month.  I am ready for summer with bronzey and shimmery products! I’ll share at the end of the month how much use I got out of these products and how I enjoyed them.

I might be doing some shopping this month (since It’s almost my birthday!), but it’s still good to use a lot of my existing products.

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Are you doing a Shop My Stash this month?  Are you on a low or no buy?  Let me know how it’s going!

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CBD Living — Anti-Aging Products Review

Hi all!  I hope your long weekend is going well!

I have recently received more wonderful products from CBD Living for my honest review.  I received some of their products in March and featured them here.

The products below are to help fight chronic pain associated with aging.  And they smell amazing, too.  They are:

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CBD Living Matcha Instant Green Tea ($30 USD) — This is a new product to me. This is a convenient, delicious way to enjoy a daily dose of CBD. Each serving of Matcha Instant Green Tea is infused with 7.5mg of nano-CBD for maximum bioavailability. One 2oz. package of Matcha Instant Green Tea contains 150mg of CBD. Each individual serving of tea contains 7.5mg of CBD.

This is nice to drink alone if you like matcha. I like to add it to smoothies.

CBD Living Bath Bombs ($14 each) in Amber Bergamot and Eucalyptus.  I have tried this before in Coconut Lime.  I loved that one and like these too! They are fast fizzers and have really nice scents.  They leave my skin soft and I am relaxed with lesser pain when I use  these!

Each CBD Bath Bomb is vegan-friendly and contains 60mg of CBD per 8 oz. bath bomb. Bath Bombs are made from natural ingredients and will not stain your bathtub.

CBD Living Lotion ($30 USD) in Lavender.  I also have this in Eucalyptus. It’s a rich lotion that helps treat dry skin while getting a daily CBD dose. It is made from the finest natural ingredients and is infused with nano-CBD for maximum absorption.

CBD Lotion is absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream, providing your daily dose of CBD. It is great for relaxing after a long day or invigorating the senses and treating dry skin.

CBD Living Freeze ($30 USD) This is also a new product to me. CBD Living Freeze is great for sore muscles, arthritis, chronic pain and stiffness. The roll-on applicator makes getting relief simple. I have used it on my back and have found that it does relieve pain.

CBD Living Freeze is infused with 120mg of full-spectrum CBD per 88mL bottle. When applied, CBD freeze mimics the application of ice, increasing blood flow to the affected area. It is helpful for sore muscles, chronic pain, inflammation and sore joints.
This CBD Living Freeze also incorporates other natural anti-inflammatories such as Arnica and Tea Tree Oil.

I really love this brand!  I feel that the products are really high quality and are enjoyable to use.  Plus, they do make me feel better!  You can purchase these and more products from CBD Living at cbdliving.com.


Do you use CBD in products?  Have you tried this brand or what are your favorites?

 

 

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IT Cosmetics’ QVC TSV IT’s Your Summer Essentials! 4-Piece Collection

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It’s that time again! IT Cosmetics and QVC are having their May Today’s Special Value IT’s Your Summer Essentials! 4-Piece Collection.  It is a four piece collection that is a value of $129 and is going for $49.98.

I love IT Cosmetics.  It’s such a nice brand and the products have beautiful ingredients and amazing quality!  I think it’s gorgeous for all ages, but I think it’s perfect for older ladies like myself.  The products contain anti-aging ingredients and their shades of color cosmetics are so lovely!

You can purchase this on QVC.com or buy watching and calling in.  It starts today, Friday, May 24, 2019 at midnight (ET) and will be offered for one day only! As a reminder, each day, QVC picks one special item they believe shoppers will love, and offers it at an exceptionally low price from midnight (ET) until 11:59 p.m. (PT) that day.

Here’s another  photo of what you get:

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IT Cosmetics’ IT’s Your Summer Essentials! 4-Piece Collection contains life-changing products that transform your complexion, lips and lashes for summer—and beyond!

About Each Product:

NEW! Heavenly Skin Skin-Hugging Foundation Brush No. 707 — This brush features a unique brush head that hugs the contours of your face to flawlessly apply your CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 and other favorite complexion products!  It’s a very soft brush and it’s a fun shape.

Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 Poreless Finish Full Coverage Cream —  hydrating, color-correcting breakthrough is oil-free and available in 12 shades. Plus, it’s infused with charcoal, known for its detoxifying properties, colloidal clay and Moroccan lava clay, known for their oil-absorbing effects, and tea tree extract, known to combat blemishes. I love the SPF 40 and I’d say it’s more of a soft matte.  It’s really comfortable on.

Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment — Featured in a beautiful rose shade, this lip-loving innovation gives you intense hydration, plus a natural-looking pretty flush of color—and is infused with essential butters, oils, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants.

Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara —  This is one of my favorite mascaras! It gives your lashes the look of super volume, super length and super elastic stretch, all while wrapping them in super black pigment. The effortlessly buildable formula features Elastic Stretch Technology and gives your lashes Superhero powers in just one coat!


This is such a great value!  Are you going to pick this up today?

 

 

 

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Allure Beauty Box May 2019

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Hi all!  I just received my May 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 May box:

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LUE by Jean Seo Erase Cleansing, Exfoliating & Brightening Powder (full size)

Laneige Waterbank Moisture Cream

St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Gel & Applicator Mitt

Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets

Model Co Rose Gold Eyelite in St. Barth’s (full size)

Laritzy Lip Gloss in Vibe (full size)

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I enjoy Laneige.  I have the lip sleeping mask, the face sleeping mask and a serum.  I am looking forward to trying this cream.

I’m not sure about the Anti-Frizz hair sheets.  I might try them in the summer when it’s humid.

The LUE powder looks interesting.  I’ll probably give it a go.

IMG_0767 I will be using this.  I have tried the St. Tropez tanning mousse and really liked it.  I’ve never tried a product like this before, so I hope it works well.

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The lighting on this photo is a little off.  They are more warm nude products.  You can see in the swatch below:

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The Laritzy gloss is a nice sheer nude. It’s very glossy and just a little bit sticky.  I like it, though.  I think it will be really nice in the summer.

The eye shadow is so pretty!  I tried it out and it dries down fast and is very glittery!  It’s nice for days where you want a little drama, but want a quick look.

I’m happy with this box.   I think it’s worth the $15.  I’ll definitely use the lip gloss, eye shadow, Laneige cream and bronzing water gel.  I will also try the cleansing powder and the hair sheets.  I love it when everything in a box is useful!


Do you get Allure Beauty Box?  What did you receive this month?

 

 

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Brand Review — Lit Cosmetics

Hi all!  I hope you had a great week.  I’m ready for the weekend!

I recently received a credit to pick out some fun Lit Cosmetics products for my honest review. Lit Cosmetics offers one of the largest selection of glitter products sold in the market today.  Check out what I chose to try:

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The products I received are:

Lit Metal Kit in Risque + Gold ($28 USD)

Afternoon Delight Size #2 Glitter (Shimmer) ($16 USD)

Spring Flin Size #2 Glitter ($16 USD)

Glitter Camo “Commander in Glitter” (Silver) ($34 USD)

You can purchase Lit Cosmetics at http://www.litcosmetics.com.

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This photo has the Glitter Camo open, you can see a closer pic below:

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LIT COSMETICS, the authority in glitter has just launched GLITTER CAMO, a new single-step, aloe-based glitter product designed to highlight show-stopping facial looks and acts as a stunning body glitter.

The launch starts swith three shades:

Sergeant Sparkle – multi-sized rainbow shimmer with pink silica base

Commander in Glitter – multi-sized holographic silver with blue silica base

Major Gold – multi-sized gold glitter with silica base

I have Commander in Glitter.  It’s so pretty.  Great for festivals, going out, costumes, or if you just want to sparkle!

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Spring Fling and Afternoon Delight are their size two glitters.

The lit kit includes A metallic eye shadow, a Daily Wear Glitter Base to adhere loose product to the eyes with ease and a the Mini Application Brush

The liquid base works so well with these loose glitters.  I dip my brush in the liquid, then the glitter, and it creates almost a cream glitter eye shadow, or highlighter, whatever you want to use it for.

Swatches are below:

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The first one is the Camo Glitter.  It is blue and silver with various glitters.

I mixed the other 3 glitters/metallic with the mixing base to create a liquid.  It makes it easier to swatch and easier to apply on eyes.  All of these shades are so fun for spring and summer looks!

I’m really impressed with Lit Cosmetics!  Their glitters are stunning and the new Glitter Camo is so much fun to use!

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Do you like to play with glitter makeup?  What products do you like to use?

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April 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  Can you believe April is almost over and May is on it’s way!

With my severe allergies, I didn’t wear a lot of makeup this month.  But I was using a few skincare products that soothed my skin and was testing out some products I purchased in Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty.

Here are the products that I have been using.  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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For skincare, I have been using the Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream every day and night. It’s moisturizing and gentle on my dry, irritated eyes.  The IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Neck Cream has been keeping my neck smooth and tight.  But. my favorite skincare discovery is the G.M. Collin Hydramucine Optimal Serum.  It contains a combination of high and low hyaluronic acid to provide moisture while an advanced hydrating formula prevents water loss, improves water circulation within the skin, stimulates ceramide production, and boosts skin’s ability to regulate moisture levels.  It makes my dry, uncomfortable skin feel instantly hydrated.  And it sinks right in and doesn’t leave skin greasy.  I’ve been using it day and night!

My fave complexion products include the Beautyblender Selfie Shield primer with SPF 38.  I received all three new primers for review, and I am enjoying them all.  This is my current fave of the three because my sensitive skin has not been liking traditional sunscreen.  This is a dry oil and sinks right into the skin without irritating it.  I also have been loving my bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF 25.  I have it in the shades 1.5 Birch and 2.0 Vanilla. This is creamy and has a nice medium coverage.  I can layer it on for more of a full coverage.

I picked up the Beauty Bakerie HD Flour Setting Powder (Translucent) the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (Painterly (nude beige)) and the Lancome Cils Booster XL Vitamin Infused-Mascara Primer during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale.  I use all three every day now and love them all.  The powder sets without making my skin look cakey.  The paint pot primes my lids very nicely and my shadow lasts all day! I have always loved mascara primers.  It’s nice to use a high end one at half price!

My favorite mascara, which is sadly almost at it’s expiration date is the Nanacoco Outlash Mascara.  It makes my lashes very long and gives some volume and separation, too.  It’s not too bold, so it’s my perfect every day mascara.  The lovely Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette is my favorite palette find of the month. It’s a perfect everyday neutral palette that can be smoked up for evening looks.  And I have also been loving the Urban Decay HI-FI Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss. It is shiny without being sticky, and it smells and tastes minty!


What are you April beauty favorites? Any fun new finds this month?

 

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Ulta Beauty Spring Haul 2019 Week 2

Hi all!  I hope you’re having a great weekend!  The fam and I went to see the Avengers Endgame today.  It was three hours of action and emotion!  So good!

Last weekend, I shared my first weeks haul here.  Ulta Beauty has a drugstore beauty sale two weeks each spring after the 21 Days of Beauty.   Each week had new sales.  This is what I purchased the second week:

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Tree Hut Firming Sugar Scrub Mocha and Coffee Bean

The Body Shop Banana Body Yogurt

Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes

EcoTools Full Powder Brush

Juvia’s Place The Warrior Eyeshadow Palette

ULTA Watermelon Facial Mist

e.l.f. Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer (Light Beige (light with golden beige undertone))

L.A. Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil (Espresso)

L.A. Girl Ultimate Lip Intense Wear Auto Lipliner (Forever Bare)

FLOWER Beauty Petal Pout Lip Mask (Smooch (petal pink))

Not pictured — Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter (Pearl) — It shipped separately, and I haven’t received it yet.

I got everything from 30 – 50% off, which is really great deals!   The only product that was not on sale was the e.l.f. concealer.  But, it is only $5 and I really wanted to try it!

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My most exciting purchase is the Warrior Palette By Juvia’s Place.  I’ve been wanting to try one of their palettes, but some of the color combos confuse me.  This is a neutral palette that is very easy to use and is a safe way for me to try out the formula.  I have done a look with the palette that was so pretty, and I swatched them (see below).  The mattes didn’t swatch as well as the amazing metallics, but they worked well on the eyes.

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So gorgeous!  I am looking forward to playing with this more!

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These are the rest of the color cosmetics I purchased.  I have been searching for an affordable, but awesome concealer.  So far I like this one.  The Flower beauty gloss/mask is very pretty.  I always needs a light lip pencil, and this one is such a pretty shade.  My only miss is the eye brow pencil.  I LOVE the L.A. Girl formula.  I received a free one of this in a GWP I got with last years sale.  The shade has worn off, so I purchased it in Espresso, but I think the one I have is a darker color.  My brows are almost black, so this is a bit light and warm for me.

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Here are swathces of thecolor cosmetics.  The lippies are perfect, the eyebrow pencil a little light, and I think the concealer is a little yellow for me.  But I will still try out the formula!

Let me know if you would like me to review any of this!  I will probably do a Review of some of these and my 21 Days of Beauty Haul.


Did you purchase anything from the sale?  Or are you going to shop the Sephora VIB sale?  I’m a bit broke, so I don’t know if I will pick anything up.

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My Current Favorite Urban Decay Lippies!

Hi all!  I hope you are having gorgeous spring weather like I am.  I think it’s going to be in the 70’s today in Kansas City.  Although my allergies are bad and I don’t spend much time outside, I do enjoy the nice weather!

I’ve received some wonderful Urban Decay products for my honest review lately, including some gorgeous lip products. I wanted to share my favorites!

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Such gorgeous packaging!  I love Urban Decays innovative packaging.  Here’s a shot of the lippies open:

IMG_0609 HI-FI SHINE ULTRA CUSHION LIP GLOSS –($20 each) The top shade is Fuel (light neutral nude cream) and the bottom is Rapture (rose-mauve cream)

LO-FI LIP MOUSSE–($22 USD) The shade is Halo (warm baby pink)

VICE LIPSTICK–($19 USD) On the left is Lovelight (pale peach w/pink shimmer – sheer shimmer) and Oblivion (gray-taupe mega matte)

As you can see, I like lighter shades.  These are all very different, though.  Close up photos below, followed by swatches.

img_0616.jpg The top and left is Fuel and bottom right is Rapture.  These are both beautiful and semi-sheer.  These are gorgeous on their own or over lipstick.  They are shiny, but not sticky at all!  Which I love!

IMG_0614 This is a bit messy, but I have been testing it out.  This is more of a putty formula than a mousse.  This does take a little bit of work to get good coverage, but a lip liner and using the little applicator sponge helps.  It is very matte on.  I’m not the biggest matte fan, but this looks pretty.  It also is nice with one of the glosses layered on.

IMG_0612 The left is the Ultra Matte in Oblivion and the right is the Sheer Shimmer in Lovelight.

Oblivion is very matte, but it’s comfortable on.  Even a bit moisturizing.  Plus, it looks amazing with the Rapture gloss over it!  Lovelight is gorgeous all by itself!  Very sheer and shimmery.  Perfect for spring and summer.

IMG_0617 Here are the swatches — Fuel, Rapture, Oblivion, Lovelight and Halo.  Such different formulas — but all really fun!  I’ll probably be picking up more glosses, lipsticks and if they put out lighter shades in the Lo-Fi, I will be trying those, too!

You can purchase Urban Decay online at http://www.urbandecay.com and at Ulta and Sephora.

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Do you love Urban Decay lippies?  Which are your favorites?

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New Philosophy Skincare!

Hi all!  I hope you are having a great spring and are not suffering through allergies like I am!  I actually had to go to the doctor’s to get a breathing treatment yesterday and am on tons of meds.  Sigh…

But, the reviews must go on!  I was recently sent some fab new Philosophy skincare for my honest review!  Here’s what I received:

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Purity Made Simple Make-up Remover ($26 6.6 fl oz) — Sweeps away stubborn, long-wear makeup without tugging, pulling or drying.

Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker + Line-Correcting Moisturizer ($24 .5 oz travel size) — Help regenerate the look of skin in just 1 week. This anti-aging moisturizer smooths out lines and wrinkles and acts as a de-stressor for your skin.

Renewed Hope in a Jar Peeling Mousse Instant Glow Facial Mask ($35 2.5 oz) — A one-minute mini facial exfoliating face mask for a radiant, healthy-looking glow.

Purity Made Simple Hydra-Essence With Coconut Water ($22 6.7 fl. oz) — Hydrating skin essence for radiant, clarified complexion.

What I think:  I am loving all of these amazing skincare products that Philosophy has recently been releasing. I have already reviewed the larger size of the Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker moisturizer here.  This size will be perfect to take with my on summer travels!  It’s also an affordable way to try it out.

I love the makeup remover for getting every last bit of makeup without irritating my sensitive eyes.  I also wear contacts, and at the end of the day, my eyes don’t want to be messed with! This is gentle and effective.

The Peeling Mousse is a really cool product.  It combiens physical exfoliation and an exclusive enzymatic complex.  You leave it on for 1-minute and it grabs on to debris that can build up causing dull skin, and visibly rolls away those impurities. It makes skin super soft and glowing.  It also helps with skin tone and fine lines.

The Hydra-Essence is a pre-moisturizer step.  I find that it gives an extra layer of hydration under my moisturizer, so my skin feels more hydrated and comfortable longer.  It is light and non-greasy, which I need having combination skin.

All of the gorgeous products can be purchased on http://www.philosophy.com.


Have you tried any of these Philosophy products?  What’s your favorite new skincare?

 

 

 

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Allure Beauty Box April (and March) 2019

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Hi all!  I recently resubscribed to Allure Beauty Box.  I was subscribed a couple of years ago and decided to give it another go.  They were advertising an amazing collaboration box with You Tuber Carli Bybel.  Plus $5 off the first box and a free La Mer gift.  So they got me!

The Allure Beauty Box is $15 a month.  And you receive deluxe and some full size products.  Not bad!

I actually received the March box a couple of weeks ago, and thought that’s what they sent instead of the April box.  But I just got the April box, too and thought I’d share both.

I didn’t get all of the spoilers that were advertised, but I think it’s a pretty great box.

Here’s the April box:

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Juvia’s Place Nubian Mini Limited Edition

Vita Liberata Phenomenal Tan Infused Towels (2 pack)

Briogeo Farewell Frizz Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Creme

LA Splash Cosmetics ART-KI-TEKT Slim Eyeliner Pen — Full Size

LUXIE 205 Tapered Blending Brush Rose Gold –Full Size

Natasha Denona Eye Shadow in  Bronzage

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I have tried Vita Liberata mousses before, but never the cloths.  I will try these out and see how I like them.

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I haven’t tried this Briogeo product before, but will definitely give it a go.  I love heat protection products.

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The Luxie Brush is very pretty and soft.  I will use that.  My daughters usually steal any liquid liners I get, but I might try this out before they find it.  I don’t use a lot of liner, but I would like to see how this works.IMG_0579IMG_0580

The first shadow swatch is the Natasha Denona Bronzage, there is also a closer swatch of that below.  I think it’s fun how well it goes with the Juvia’s Place palette.

This is my first time trying Juvia’s Place.  It’s a cute, mini palette and will be really good for travel.  I have tried it and make a complete look with it.  It was very nice quality and blended out well.

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Here’s a close up of the Natasha Denona Bronzeage.  It’s sooooo pretty!  I’ve tried it with some of my favorite neutral mattes in the crease and outer corner, and it looks so pretty all over the lid.  I think this will be a go to for summer.  It’s really soft and buttery, too.  I want to buy a larger Natasha Denona palette, but they are very expensive.  Maybe in the future…

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Here is my March box. I’m not going to show close ups of all of the products, but here’s a group shot:

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This is my March box with my La Mer free gift.  I received:

Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in OG or Bestie – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $20

The BrowGal Instant Brow Gel

Wander Beauty Mascara – FULL SIZE (Retail Value $24)

Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Oil 

Mamonde Rose Water Toner 

ModelCo Metallic Eyeshadow Trio in Mykonos

Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask

I think this is a very good box.  Even though I wasn’t expecting it, I’m glad I got it.  I’ll use everything except for maybe the ModelCo palette and the brow gel is not in my color.  I’ll try everything else.

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Do you get Allure?  What was in your April box?

 

 

 

 

 

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Ulta Beauty Spring Haul 2019 Week 1

Hi all!  Happy Easter! I hope you are having an amazing holiday with family and friends.

I just wanted to pop on here really quickly and share my latest Ulta Haul.  The last two weeks, there have been sales on drugstore and affordable products at Ulta.  Each week had new sales.  This is what I purchased the first week (I just put an order in for the second week’s haul):

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Yes to Coconuts Coconut Cleansing Wipes 

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub (Passion Fruit & Guava)

da Bomb Bath Fizzer in Earth Bomb, Unicorn Bomb and Glow Bomb

Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Stick Foundation (Soft Ivory)

Catrice Prime & Fine Multitalent Fixing Spray

Revlon PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer

I got everything from 30 – 50% off, which is really great deals!

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I also received this FREE 10 Piece Sampler with any $40 Spring Haul online purchase.  I love it when they have free gifts with purchase!  I’m excited to try all of this, as well as what I bought!

Let me know if you would like me to review any of this!  I will probably do a Review of some of these and my 21 Days of Beauty Haul.

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Did you pick up anything from the Ulta Spring Haul?

 

 

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Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette Review

Hi all!  Happy Easter weekend! I hope everyone is having a nice holiday weekend!
I was so excited to receive the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded  ($44 USD) palette for my honest review.
I love Urban Decay shadows.  The Born to Run palette is one of my favorite palettes of all time!   (And have you seen the new Game of Thrones palette — gorgeous)! So, I had high hopes for this one.  Read on to find out my thoughts on Naked Reloaded.
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This palette was created to be an essential Naked palette, featuring 12 all-new eyeshadow shades that redefine neutral with Urban Decay’s signature formula. Urban Decay recently retired their original Naked palette.  This new palettes’ eyeshadows claim to be flattering for any age, gender, and skin tone. The four outer pans are bigger for the shades you’ll use the most. A bright peach hue stands out among warm and cool mattes, metallics, and iridescent micro-shimmers.
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So pretty! The shades are:

  • Bribe (warm ivory matte)
  • Barely Baked (soft gold metallic)
  • Angel Fire (pale rose-gold w/iridescent micro-shimmer)
  • Retro (bright peach matte)
  • Reputation (deep rose-gold w/ iridescent micro-shimmer)
  • Burn (copper-burgundy metallic)
  • End Game (chocolate brown matte)
  • Dreamweaver (cool brown w/ iridescent 3D sparkle)
  • Distilled (bronze metallic)
  • Bucked (warm brown matte)
  • Boundaries (warm terracotta matte)
  • Blur (light nude matte)
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Beautyblender Pre-Touch Primer Collection Review

Hi everyone! I hope you are having an amazing week!  I have been testing out lots of fun spring makeup and skincare, and of course, having a blast doing it!

Some of my favorite new products are the new primers from Beautyblender. I recently reviewed the Beautyblender Bounce Foundation here, and really enjoy it. The Beautyblender Pre-Touch Primer Collection includes 3 perfecting primers to prep and balance skin so your makeup lasts way longer and looks even better.

Here is info on the primers:

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The Leveler Pore Minimizing Primer — Suitable for Normal to Oily Skin
Lightweight texture. Contains niacinamide and manuka honey to help blur the appearance of redness and witch hazel to help minimize pore size. This primer comes in 2 skin-loving tints so you’ll never get a chalky finish. I have it in Light-Medium and it is also comes in Tan-Deep.

Opal Essence Serum Primer — Suitable for Normal to Dry Skin
Adds radiance and moisture. Unique nourishing, triple transforming texture: goes from a gel to an oil to cream. Powerful blend of fermented botanical extracts helps soothe and brighten skin.

Selfie Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 38, Dry Oil Primer — Suitable for All Skin Types
A sunscreen that actually works with makeup. Totally invisible, quick-absorbing dry oil helps both protect and prep skin with no residue. Multi-spectrum protection from UVA, UVB and HEV (high energy visible) light to help fend off damage from both the sun and your tech devices.

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The swatches are the Selfie Shield, Opal Essence and the Leveler. I have tested out all three.  I have combination skin.  I do like pore-filling primers, and glowy ones, too!

I was surprised that the Selfie Shield is an oil.  I’ve never tried an SPF primer oil before.  I put a lot on in the photo above, but it absorbs in the skin really quickly and does not feel oily at all.  I have layered other primers on top of it, or just used it alone with foundation.  Makeup applies nicely over it.

The Opal Essence primer is hydrating and a bit glowy.  I’m not one for the super dewy look, but this is a subtle glow that I really like.  It gives foundation and extra bit of dewiness and also looks nice on it’s own.

The Leveler is great for those with large pores and oiler skin types.  It can be worn all over the face or only in the t-zone. It has a light texture and just a bit of a tint to it.  Worn alone, it gives the skin a soft matte finish.  And it helps foundation stay matte and flawless all day, too!

None of these really have a scent, which I really like. I enjoy these for different makeup looks and finishes.  Plus, they can be combined with the Leveler in the t-zone and Opal Essence on the outer part of the face.  They all work well with the few different foundations I have tried them with.

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Have you tried the Beautyblender primers?  What is your current favorite primer?

cosmetics

Rimmel London Stay Matte Products and Natural Shades For a Flawless Spring!

Hi all! I hope you’re spring is bright and sunny!  It’s been pretty nice in Kansas City and is getting warmer!

I received some fun Rimmel London products to create spring looks with.   The Stay Matte Line has a new concealer I’m excited to be trying and Rimmel has beautiful neutral and coral makeup that’s perfect for spring.  Here are the products I received for my honest review:

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Scandal’eyes WOW Wings Mascara ($6.99 USD at Walgreens)
Stay Matte Concealer ($5.49 USD at Walgreens)
Stay Matte Foundation ($5.49 USD at CVS)

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I received 001 Fair Porcelain in the foundation and 011 Porcelain in the concealer.  The foundation is a little light for me, but I still tried it out.  It has a mousse-like texture, but it feels really light when blended out.  I’d say it’s a medium coverage. And, I get more coverage with a brush than a sponge.The finish is soft matte.  It does not completely dry down and it’s so comfortable on.  I have combination, aging skin, but it does tend to get oily as the weather gets warmer.  I think this will be nice when my skin is oily, because it stays looking fresh all day, and not shiny.

The concealer is new. I’d say it’s also medium coverage.  It’s thick and just a bit dry, so I make sure to blend it out quickly.  But I have to say it stays on all day, and I didn’t see much creasing, which is really nice.  The shade I received is good on me now, but if I tan, it might be a bit light.

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Sorry this is so blurry!  But the swatch on the left is the foundation and theswatch on the right is the concealer.  They are both creamy, with a soft matte finish. 

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Maxi Blush in 004 Sweet Cheeks and Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color in Be My Baby.

This is a buildable cheek color that lasts all day.  It has a velvety matte finish and blends really nicely. The color Sweet Cheeks is a soft coral-orange shade. It’s perfect for spring.

This matte lipstick is one of my favorite formulas.  It is very matte, so I love it with a light gloss over it.  It stays on so long!

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These products really define the eyes.  The mascara has a winged wand that flares out corner lashes for a perfect winged out look. It also lifts lashes and gives lots of volume. I really like that it doesn’t flake or smudge.  Rimmel makes such nice mascaras.

I don’t usually wear eyeliner.  I usually use eyeshadow as liner, but I do like liner for tightlining.  I’ve used this to tightline my upper lashes and placed it in my waterlines. It’s very soft and creamy and easy to blend, but it does also break easily because it is so soft.  It is waterproof and stays all day.

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I’m a big fan of the Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Palettes.  I have been enjoying the Nude Edition.  It’s a mostly cool toned palette, with a few warm tones lighter shades.

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Here’s swatches from the palette.  It has a good selection of mattes and shimmers, and I can create a good smoky eye if I want.  I normally do a more natural look, and this gives a good day look, too. The shadows are very easy to blend.  The mattes are a little powdery and there’s a bit of kick up in the pan, but not a lot.  The shimmers are very creamy.  I’m looking forward to playing with it more!
Rimmel London products are available at chain drug stores and mass retailers nationwide. Visit www.RimmelLondon.com for store locations and to try the newest products with Rimmel London’s exclusive Get The Look App available on iTunes and Google Play.
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Have you tried any new Rimmel London products lately?

 

Beauty, Beauty Tools, cosmetics

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — April 2019

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Hi all! I received my April BoxyCharm this week! I always watch for the spoilers so I basically knew what I am getting. But, there were a few different variations this month.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for about a year and a half 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 6. This month I received:

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PUR Cosmetics Festival Pressed Pigment Palette –  ($36 USD)

Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Purple Dream –  ($27 USD)

Bodyography Eye Pencil in Bali Bronze — (14 USD)

Appeal Trendsetter Holographic Lip Gloss ($21 USD)

Luxie Summer Daze Brush Set – ($28 USD)

The total value for this box is $126.  Not too bad for a $21 box.

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This is the theme and list of what I got. It’s a very festival themed box. There is a lot of shimmer and bright products in here.  I think someone who loves glitter and going to festivals will LOVE this box!

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I was happy to get more Luxie brushes.  The are from top to bottom 245 Small Shader, 512 Small Contouring, and 209 Large Shader.  They are nice quality, but I would love to see some other brands of brushes in BoxyCharm. I will use these, though.  I really need to clean my brushes and having back ups are helpful!

IMG_0431I received the shade Purple Dream. Which is funny, because it looks golden peach in the container.  It does have a purple flip to it.  You’ll see the swatch in the photo below. It’s really glittery, and I don’t think I will wear it as a highlighter.  I might try it as an eyeshadow or give it to my daughter.

IMG_0432This lip gloss is actually pretty nice.  It feels smooth and not sticky.  It’s a soft holographic and I think it would nice over a pink or nude lipstick, or just on it’s own.

The eyeliner is a shimmery brown.  I will use it, brown eyeliner is my favorite.

Here are swatches:

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From left to right is the highlighter, eye pencil and lip gloss. I’m going to try these out more and see if I enjoy them!

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This is very fun!  There are shimmers, mattes and pressed glitters.  Here’s a few swatches:

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These swatched okay.  The glitters feel wet almost and swatched nicely, but I don’t really wear glitters.  The shimmers on the bottom on my hand are the four on the top pf the palette.  They swatched okay, but not the best.  I’m going to have to play with it, and I might end up passing it on. Also PUR is a very nice brand, but they are in BoxyCharm a lot.  I think BoxyCharm needs to bring in some other brands.

This box didn’t really thrill me, but I’ll use the brushes, and will test out everything else before I pass them on.  Last month, I decided that in June, I’ll be choosing between BoxyCharm/BoxyLuxe and Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.  You can see my April Ipsy GBP review here. I think Ipsy wins this month.  I think the products are a bit better quality for the price.  We’ll see what I think about May and June boxes.  Also, BoxyCharm is supposed to be coming out with a limited edition skincare box in May.  Hmm.

Do you get BoxyCharm?  What did you receive this month in your box?

Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare, Sunscreen

Festival Beauty Essentials!

Hi all!  It’s music festival season! Are you going to a festival this spring or summer? I haven’t been to one in years, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun with my beauty products during the warmer months!

I’ve put together a few makeup and skincare faves for a fun and safe (don’t forget your SPF) time.  My picks aren’t as glitter as they could be, but if I was going to a festival, these are the types of products I would take with me:

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Urban Decay always has very fun makeup products that is perfect for festival looks. A few I love are:

Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Detour ($25 USD) — This is a perfect travel sized palette.  I have included a photo of it opened below, so you can see the shades.  They are bronzes and couple of blues.  There is also the rosy toned Shortcut palette and the Bailout palette, which has cool toned browns and a couple of purples.  I also have the Shortcut palette and love it, too.

Urban Decay Double Team Special Effect Colored Mascara ($24) — The teal above is the shade Deep End.  It’s be really pretty paired with the palette. One end is a cream formula and the other is a glitter.  There is also a blue, pink, purple and one that’s gold on one end and silver on the other.

Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss ($20 USD) — The shade above is a holographic called SPL.  It’s a pretty shimmery pink.  I’ve just received some of these for review and am excited because I have heard how good they are.  The holographic shade is pretty for fun looks, but the creams are amazing for every day!  I’ll be reviewing them soon.

Urban Decay Cosmetics are available at http://www.urbandecay.com and beauty retailers like Ulta and Sephora.

For on-the-go coverage… FRÉ Skincare’s GLOW ME Tinted Moisturizer ($45 USD) is a revolutionary 3-in-1 formula designed specifically for skin that sweats, and we know there’s a lot of that during festival season. It’s formulated with Argania Active Complex for moisturizing, SPF 15 for protection, and with a universal nude tint for a sheer finish to blur unwanted blemishes and even skin tone.

Available at www.freskincare.com

For healthy sun protection that works… Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Mineral Sunscreens  are safe for use on your face and body and provide 80 minutes of water and sweat resistant protection.

Available in lightly scented or fragrance free and in 2 different sizes (6.76 OZ for $32.00 or 3.38 OZ for $21.00) at lovesunbody.com/collections and Amazon.com.

For Flower Power nails… Morgan Taylor’s Spring 2019 Collection – The Color of Petals will have you pretty from head to toe! Inspired by your favorite flowers, these gorgeous pastels are the perfect finishing touch to any spring festival look. Available at Ulta.com and SaltEarthSpa.com beginning February for $9.50 per bottle.

Just for fun, here’s a photo with the Urban Decay palette open:

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Oh yes, that’s gorgeous!  This is nice for all year round, but will be especially perfect for bronzey, summer looks! 

Are you going to any festivals this year?  What products will you take with you?

Beauty, Beauty Tools, cosmetics, Skincare, Subscription Boxes

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — April 2018

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Hi All!  It’s time for my April 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.

Here’s what I received:

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Benefit Cosmetics High Brow Highlight & Lift Pencil($22 USD)

IT COSMETICS Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush #704 ($48 USD)

Paris Hilton ProD.N.A. Dual Action Cleansing Gel ($29 USD)

GOLDFADEN MD Bright Eyes ($55 USD)

Laura Sanchez’s Moods Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette($35 USD)

The total value for my box this month is $189.  That’s amazing for $25!

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I haven’t tried many Benefit brow products, but I am excited to try this. The packaging is so cool. The color is a soft pink.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m looking forward to giving it a go!

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I haven’t taken this out of the tube, because I already have it and might give this one away.  It’s a really nice brush for cream or liquid products. IT Cosmetics makes really gorgeous brushes.

img_0444.jpg I honestly didn’t know that Paris Hilton had a skincare line.  I haven’t tried this yet, but it claims to “effectively cleanse and gently exfoliate without stripping the skin of moisture.”

I’m not sure if I’m going to keep this or pass it on, I have a lot of cleansers open right now and won’t really need a new one for at least a couple of months. It’s interesting, though.

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This looks like such a nice eye cream. It’s supposed to brighten under eye circles, depuff eyes and reduce appearance of wrinkles.  That’s a lot of claims!  I’ll probably keep this for when I need a new eye cream and try it out.

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This palette is full of lots of fun colors! Very festival vibe-y. This month, BoxyCharm also has a brightly colored palette.  I’ll be testing that one out and reviewing it, too!

Here are some swatches:

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The two highlighters are on the top and the eye shadows are below.  The shimmers are really pretty, especially the green pink and blue.  The mattes didn’t swatch the best (the yellow isn’t even showing up), but they worked okay on my eyes.  The shimmers just as nice on the lids.  The highlighters didn’t show up well when I swatched them, but they are shimmery on.  I’m going to play with the palette a few more times and then hopefully give a full review.

I’m pretty happy with my box this month.  I will keep the Benefit High Brow and the eyeshadow palette, and will probably keep the eye cream, I might keep the cleanser and I will give away the brush, since I have it already.  I might put it in my 5000 follower Instagram Giveaway that I’m planning, so stay tuned.  My IG is @fortyflirtyfab.

Do you get Ipsy Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get?

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Skincare Sunday — Pixi Beauty Skintreats Review

Hi all! Happy Skincare Sunday! This is a new series for me that I’ll tried to do every week or every other week.

Today I have a review of Pixi Beauty Skintreats that I received for my honest review.  I love the brand, and their skincare and makeup! I’ve been trying them out for a few weeks.  Here is what I received and my thoughts:

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Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel ($18 USD) — This hydrating cleansing gel removes impurities without stripping the skin of essential moisture. With Moisclean™ and a unique blend containing glycolic acid, horse chestnut extract, aloe and ginseng, it helps refine and brighten complexion leaving skin energized and smooth.

What I think: This is one of my favorite products of the bunch.  It smells really fresh and it cleanses my skin sow well.  It leaves it feeling really clean, but not dry or tight. My skin is so smooth and soft and glows!  I like using this in the morning before makeup, because it preps my skin for makeup.

Milky Tonic ($15 3.4 oz) — Calming and hydrating milk enriched tonic to comfort complexion. This tonic is infused with oat extract to help soothe and balance.

What I think:  This toner does sooth my skin, which I need especially during allergy season.  It’s hard for me to use a lot of my skincare because everything irritates my skin when I have allergies (I have extreme seasonal allergies).  This helps my skin calm down and gets it ready for serums and moisturizers.  And it has a soft floral scent that I really like.

Collagen & Retinol Serum ($24 USD) — Unique concentrated formula of collagen, retinol and vitamins to help restore natural plumpness & elasticity. Helps to soften fine lines and revive skin’s natural radiance.

What I think: This is a very light serum that sinks into the skin right away.  And to me it smells like unripe bananas.  I know that’s so specific, but that’s what it reminds me of.  LOL!  I use this every other night.  I haven’t used retinol for a while, so I thought I would ease myself into using this.  I have found that the mornings after I use this, my skin is so much smoother and younger looking.  Maybe that’s also because of the collagen.  I don’t know about that, but I do know that I will continue to use this!

Vitamin-C Lotion ($24 USD) — Skin brightening moisture lotion. Vitamin C has potent antioxidant power, promotes healthy collagen production and is known to boost skin luminosity.

What I think: The first thing to say about this is I don’t like the scent of this.  It smells like overripe fruit.  And it’s kind of hard to get past it.  But I only use it at night, so I don’t have to deal with the scent for long, before I fall asleep. The lotion has a light texture and absorbs into my skin fairly quickly. It’s nice for those who don’t wear heavy creams. I can’t wear anything too heavy at night because I get very warm.  This feels nice on.  I wear it over the serum, and I do wakeup with glowing skin, so this may help with that!

I really enjoyed trying all of these.  I will definitely continue using the cleanser, tonic and serum.  I’m still on the fence about the cream. But, I really love Pixi Beauty products and will continue loving and trying new products from the brand!

These are available at pixibeauty.com. Target stores and Target.com

Do you love Pixi Beauty and their Skintreats?  What products do you recommend?

 

Beauty, cosmetics

New bareMinerals Products For Face and Lips

Hi all!  I hope you are having an amazing weekend so far!  It was in the 70’s today in Kansas City, and that’s so exciting. So in honor of the warm weather, I thought I would review some fresh new products from bareMinerals!

I was sent the following products for my honest review:

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The products I was sent for review are:

Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF 25 ($32 USD) — A clean, water-based liquid foundation in a stick that combines hydrating skincare benefits and SPF with naturally radiant medium coverage.

Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Spot Concealer ($22 USD) — A non-drying, full-coverage targeted spot concealer that reduces the appearance of blemishes and redness and helps to prevent future blemishes.

BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick ($20 USD) — The long lasting lipstick that provides up to 8 hours of wear with a weightless, matte finish.

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Here’s a close up of the products — I received the foundation in the shades Birch 1.5 and Vanilla 2, the concealer in Fair/Light 1.5N, and the lippies in (from top to bottom) Petal, Spice and Peony.

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I have been using these two shades together.  Birch is a bit light and Vanilla is a bit deeper for me, so blended together, they look amazing on!

The coverage on this is light for me, but I can build it up to medium. I find applying it with a brush gives the best coverage. It gives a natural finish, which is what I like.  I don’t like to be too matte or too glowy. And it feels light on the skin, not too creamy or heavy!

The foundation wears all day and looks so nice on!

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I don’t break out often, but I have a bit lately and have been trying this concealer on my acne.  It covers it well.  I’m not sure how well it treats my acne, but it does make my skin look better.

The consistency is creamy, but a bit dry, so it won’t slide of the skin.  It definitely stays put all day!

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I was so excited to try these, because I heard they have an amazing formula.  I don’t like matte liquid lipsticks, but I do like a soft matte lipstick.

This feels very hydrating and creamy when applied. It dries down just a bit to a matte finish, but it’s still comfortable and not drying.

I love all three shades.  You can see that I love nudes and pinks, and these colors will work so well all year round.

Here are swatches of all of the products:

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From left to right is the foundation in Birch and Vanilla, the concealer in Fair/Light and the lipstick in Petal, Spice and Peony.

I’m enjoying all of these products, especially the foundation and the lipsticks.

Have you tried any of these new bareMinerals products? What do you think?

Beauty, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

Fresh Products For Spring Beauty

Hi all!  I hope your are enjoying spring and that your weather has improved.  It’s much nicer now in Kansas City!

I have been testing a lot of new products this spring.  I’ve decided to feature a few here that have been helping my skin and hair this spring, plus a waterproof cream eyeshadow:

 

Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser ($5.99 USD): Developed especially for those with combination skin, this everyday cleanser deep cleans the oily parts while smoothing and conditioning the rough, dry parts— for balanced, conditioned skin. Not only does it remove deep down dirt and impurities from the pores, but it gently exfoliating away dead cells, allowing healthy cells to emerge. With continued daily use, you’ll achieve softer, smoother skin and a more balanced complexion.
Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Instant Warming Clay Mask ($5.99 USD): Sometimes your skin needs a little extra TLC—plus, what better way to take a selfie—if not with a blue mask on! Designed to purify and refine skin by absorbing excess oils, this instant warming mask opens pores and melts away that pore-clogging dirt, oil, and sebum—leaving your skin clean, soft and refreshed. This warming clay mask, formulated to deep clean pores, is pH balanced for comfortably clean skin. This mask has a unique self-heating technology that is activated when massaged into the skin. This thermal formula in conjunction with purifying and skin toning clays optimize the mask’s ability to deep clean and purify.
What I think:  I have combination skin, so these products are great for me! I also think they would work well for normal-oily skin.  The cleanser really cleans my skin without drying it out.  Plus, it doesn’t irritate it.  My skin is sensitive, too, especially during allergy season.  The mask is really fun it use.  Because my skin is sensitive, I can only do this about once a week, and since there are four in the pack, it’s a months worth.  I love the blue shade and how well it cleans out my pores.  It leaves my skin very soft!
Purchase at mass market retailers near you!

ELLIS FAAS CREAMY EYES ($34 USD) This is a coloured cosmetic applied to the eyelids or to the skin around the eyes to accentuate them. applied in a liquid state, the texture soon dries. unlike other eyeshadows, this formula thereby becomes resistant to the effects of humidity such as tears and wet weather; does not build up in the eyes’ creases; and will not smudge when being rubbed. available in 21 shades.

What I think:  I these in the shades E115 Purple and E104 Grey Brown.  I have found that these work so well as base shades.  They are both fairly deep, but I can use them in my crease or all over the lid.  I can keep the look matte or add a shimmer on top.  These also work nicely as liners, because they are smudge and waterproof.  Gorgeous quality!  And, let’s not forget the cool silver bullet packaging!

These can be purchased at http://www.ellisfaas.com

John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks
John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks
John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks ($3.49 USD) Four targeted hair masks that transform hair in a matter of minutes. Designed to treat hair suffering from frizz, fading, damage or dullness, each mask revives hair with a single in-shower application. Simply shampoo, squeeze out excess moisture and massage the Wonder Drops throughout wet hair.
Available in: Frizz Smoothing, Blonde Brightening, Damage Repairing and Vibrancy Enhancing

What I think:  I have already tried the Frizz Smoothing and Damage Repairing.  The Frizz Smoothing mask really helped cut my frizz down a lot!  This will be so nice to have in the summer when the humidity kills my hair.  The Damage Repairing Mask is nice for damaged hair.  Mine isn’t too bad right now, but I do need a haircut to get rid of split ends! The mask did help my hair and made it shiny and more manageable.

I have very dark brown hair, so I’m going to give the Blond Brightening mask to a blond friend and the Vibrancy Enhancing to my redhead daughter!  It seems there’s a mask for most hair types!

Purchase at Walmart and select Grocery Outlets

What new spring beauty products have you been loving?

Beauty, cosmetics

Shop My Stash — April 2019

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Hi all! It’s time for my April Shop My Stash!  I love the beginning of the month when I choose new products from my stash to use.  My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

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I think my choices for April are so pretty!  And they all look new, so I need to give them some love and mess them up a bit!

Here are close ups of the products:

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I received this Violet Voss Pro HG palette in my December BoxyLuxe — and it’s really gorgeous!  I have only used it a few times, so I am excited to focus more on it this month.  I will be able to do neutral brown looks and more warm/coral looks for spring.  The metallics in these are gorgeous!  I haven’t reviewed it yet — and I will try to do it this month.  I say that every month with my palettes, and haven’t done it yet, but hopefully soon I will start reviewing my palettes!

IMG_0354IMG_0353 This is the Rimmel London MAGNIF’EYES Eyeshadow Palette in Electric Violet.  It is so pretty!  I have been choosing more neutral palettes so far this year in my Shop My Stashes, so I decided I needed a colorful one in this month!  I’m going to try to add a palette with color through spring and summer — it’s definitely the season for fun eye looks!  I haven’t played with this one yet, but it swatches so nicely, so I’m excited! And, I love purple!

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I received this CoverFX All in One Perfector Face Palette in my March BoxyLuxe.  I love that it takes care of my face color cosmetics in just one palette.  This will be nice if I travel this year, too.  This is the lighter palette and it works perfectly for my skin tone.

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These are the BareMinerals Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer in Can’t Even and Bae.  This is a high gloss liquid lipstick.  I received these lasts fall for review, and I thought these would be perfect in spring.  And they are!  I’m excited to wear them alone, over a lip liner or over a lipstick.

I am so excited to play with these product! Have you tried any of them? What do you think of them?

 

 

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

Shop My Stash March 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  Can you believe it’s almost April?  It’s a nice, warmer day today (yesterday it snowed in Kansas City), and Easter is in a few weeks!

I’m here with the results of my March Shop my Stash.  I had a fun time using products that I haven’t either used in a while or it’s newer to my collection and I want to give it a go.  If I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room!

My most used item from my stash was the Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation Eyeshadow Palette.  I used the mattes in the palette all month long!  Like I suspected, the metallics are too glittery for me.  When I use them, all I see is glitter!  And that’s not my everyday look.  I am going to keep it, though, because the neutral mattes are so nice!

I used the tarte Rainforest of the Sea highlighting eyeshadow palette vol. III’s shimmer shades with my Friendcation palette.  They are very pretty, but kind of boring.  All the shades are so similar.  I might end up passing this one on to my daughter.

The Laura Geller  Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Palette is so pretty, but the shades are a bit dark for my skin.  I might keep it and try again in the summer if I tan, or pass it along.

I am not a fan of the Becca Glow Gloss in Malibu Soleil.  The shade isn’t very flattering on me.  I probably won’t keep it.    

The Julep Eyeshadow 101 in Champagne Shimmer is so pretty!  I haven’t really given it a chance before.  It’s nice for the inner corner, under the brow or even all over the lid. I paired it with the Friendcation palette and used it all over my lid — it was gorgeous!

Here are my empties for February and March:

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I just have four empties for the last two months. I didn’t post empties in February because I only had the Smashbox spray then. I have been trying lots of new skincare, so I haven’t used up a lot.  I’m almost out of a few more skincare items, so I should have more next month!

This month I used up the Derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift, The Smashbox Photo Finish So Chill Coconut Primer Water, Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Chamomile and Lavender and Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub.

The Derma E eye cream is amazing!  It really smooths my eye area.  I also really love the Derma E scrub.  It makes my skin so soft!  The two sprays were also so nice.  Especially the Smashbox So Chill Coconut.  I’m sad that it was a limited edition.

This was a fun month. I found a couple of products I will continue to use and a few I’ll move out of my collection and let someone else love them!

I will be posting my April Shop My Stash tomorrow. Do you like to shop your stash?

Beauty, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

March 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  March is almost over!  It was a very long month.  It was fairly warm towards the end of the month, but it’s snowing today.  Yuck!

I have chosen skincare, hair care and makeup for my March favorites.  If I have reviewed them, I will link the post.

My favorites this month are:

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Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave in Spray — I received this in my January BoxyCharm.  It’s what I use when I air dry my hair.  It leaves it so soft and shiny.  I have another one on reserve, that I won in a recent giveaway (with the lip products below).

Mamonde Floral Hydro Eye Gel Cream — I have been enjoying this eye gel.  It’s fairly light on the eyes and hydrates well.  It’s not very quick absorbing, so I use it as an eye treatment.  In the morning my eye area is bright and hydrated!  But, this has a very strong floral scents, so if you don’t like scented creams, this might not be for you.   

Pixi Beauty Milky Tonic — I have just received this and some other Pixi Skintreats a couple of weeks ago for review.  I will be doing a full review next weekend.  I have already decide I love this.  It calms my sensitive skin.  I use it after cleansing and it leaves my skin toned and hydrated.     

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Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette — This is from a recent Colourpop haul.  This is such a pretty pink and purple palette.   To me it leans more pink than purple.  I don’t wear a lot of pink eyeshadow, but I have been using the metallics with brown mattes for really wearable looks.

L’Oreal Unlimited Length and Lift Mascara — So, funny story.  Last week I left my house to run errands.  When I was close to the store, I looked at myself in the rear view mirror and saw I only put mascara on one eye!  It was very noticeable.  So I pulled in to CVS and chose this one.  It’s so nice!  I put it on in the car and it matched my other eye nicely (I think I was wearing the Colourpop mascara).  I like this one more than the Colourpop mascara.  It gives length and volume and you can adjust the wand.  I’ve been using it ever since!

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These are both by Nudestix.  The top one (and right in the swatch), is the Intense Matte lip and cheek in Purity.  The left one ( and left in the swatch) is the Gel Color lip and cheek in Rebel.  I won these in a recent giveaway (there is a photo of the giveaway products up on Instagram @fortyflirtyfab. Let me know if you’d like me to post it here).  Both of these are so nice on the lips.  The nude one is mat ant the coral one is more creamy.  Both formulas are gorgeous!  I will continue to use these during the spring and summer.

Beautyblender Bounce Foundation — I am still loving this foundation that I reviewed a few weeks ago.  My shade is 1.50.  It’s a fair/light foundation with a cool undertone.  It’s a perfect match for me and looks natural, but flawless on.

Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer — I received this in my February BoxyCharm.  I was so excited to try it, because I’ve heard such good things.  And…I love it!  Just a little goes a long way and it smooths out my skin and prepares it for foundation.  I apply sunscreen before primer, and my skin can get a bit greasy.  This primer brings that extreme glow down and makes my wrinkles and pores less noticeable. And my foundation looks amazing over it!

What products were you loving in March?  Any new discoveries?

 

bath products, Beauty

Brand Review — CBD Living

Hi all! I’m here with a different type of brand review for me.  I recently received bath products from CBD Living for my honest review.

I haven’t tried many products infused with hemp-derived CBD, so I was curious to try these.

I do know that claim with this ingredient is that it helps with physical pain and mental issues such as depression and anxiety.  As a women going through the change of life, I have plenty of both, so I was excited to try these!
The products I received are:

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CBD Lavender Soap ($14 USD) is made from 100% natural ingredients and coconut oil, and is infused with nano-CBD for easy absorption. Lavender is used for relieving stress, promoting a sense of calm, helping with sleep and reducing skin irritations, such as sunburn and eczema.

I really enjoy this soap.  It’s creamy and lathers nicely.  The scent is such a nice mild lavender.  And it’s a really pretty color!

CBD Living Lotion ($40 USD) is a new product for the company. It comes in three scents: Invigorating eucalyptus, relaxing lavender and unscented for those with sensitive skin. A 16 oz bottle contains 250 mg of nano-CBD, created from 100% organic hemp grown in Colorado, and is vegan and cruelty-free.

I received this in Eucalyptus.  I thought the scent might be too strong for me, but it’s really nice.  It’s refreshing and very herbal scented.  The lotion itself is a thinner consistency, and it absorbs really quickly and softens my skin so nicely!  I use it all over after a shower or bath and I use it on my hands at feet at night.  As it’s getting warmer out, I don’t really want a very heavy cream, so the lotion is perfect for a lighter hydration.

Each CBD Coconut Lime Bath Bomb ($14 USD) contains 60mg of nano-CBD for maximum absorption. Enhance your bathtime ritual with luxurious CBD Bath Bombs in a pleasant tropical scent.

This smells amazing!  It has a faster fizz, but it does last a few minutes, which I love. I found that it left a moisturizing kind of a film in the bath, but that’s okay, because I always rinse off in the shower after a bath (I do a lot of bath bombs).  My skin was very hydrated afterwards.

After trying these products for a little bit, I really do like them.  I noticed that my back didn’t hurt as much after my bath with the bath bomb. I’m not quite sure if the CBD is helping my anxiety, but I do feel calmer lately.  That could be why! I so enjoy the scents and how soft these products make my skin feel.  I also love that they are natural.

Have you tried CBD Living or other CBD products?  What do you think?

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Brand Review — Emma Hardie Skincare

Hi all! I hope you’re having a great weekend! Time for a new brand review and this time it’s skincare!

I was sent some amazing Emma Hardie skincare for my honest review. Emma Hardie is a facialist based in the UK. In 1996, Emma debuted her Natural Lift & Sculpting Facial to rave reviews from the beauty press and celebrity clients. Her goal was to deliver firmer, plumper skin without harsh ingredients or invasive techniques, and to end the search for a ‘miracle in a bottle’. Emma has achieved this by empowering her clients to treat their own skin at home, using unique massage and application techniques to make it more resilient to the passing of time.

Here’s the products that I received:

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm with Cleansing Cloth
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm with Cleansing Cloth

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm with Cleansing Cloth ($64 USD) — Enriched with Moringa Seed Oil, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E, this purifying balm-to-oil cleanser removes all traces of face and eye makeup, while leaving skin moisturized and conditioned. Use as a gentle purifying cleanser or leave on as a mask. Also wonderful as a nourishing, protective balm on lips, cuticles, and other areas of dry skin on the face and body. 

Dual-sided cleansing cloth helps wipe away toxins and tackle areas of congestion. Use the microfibre side first to massage balm into the skin and break down impurities, then repeat using the exfoliating muslin side for skin polishing.*Uplifting essential oils (orange, neroli, mandarin, jasmine and rose) and omegas 3, 6 & 9 help strengthen the look of the skin and impart a full sensory experience.* No parabens, silicones, synthetic colours and fragrances, petrochemicals, mineral oil, sulphates and skin-sensitising ingredients such as Retinol and Glycolic. This product is vegetarian (contains beeswax), with no animal testing.

What I think:  I believe this is Emma Hardie’s hero product.  It smells amazing!  It reminds me of a jasmine bush we had at our last house. And, this removes ALL of my makeup at night–even eye makeup. I also love how the muslin side of the cleansing cloth exfoliates skin.

Emma Hardie Protect & Prime SPF 30

Emma Hardie Protect & Prime SPF 30 ($63 USD) — Gives the skin eight hours of daily protection against UVA and UVB. Specially formulated with Mongongo Oil, Oat Extract and Vitamin E, to help protect and guard the skin, from premature aging, sun damage and environmental exposure. Doubled with a unique light diffusing formulation to help prime the skin and even out the complexion, and blur the appearance of fine lines and pores.

What I think:  The idea of a primer with SPF is so innovative! I love blurring primers, to help with my fine lines and pores. This has a nice texture and does blur my skin. My makeup applies nicely over this, too. I’m not sure if it makes it last longer, I haven’t noticed that.  But I do love the extra SPF!

Emma Hardie Amazing Face by Emma Hardie Lift & Sculpt Firming Neck Treatment
Emma Hardie Lift & Sculpt Firming Neck Treatment

Emma Hardie Lift & Sculpt Firming Neck Treatment ($89 USD) — A deeply hydrating and age-defying serum that performs a lifting effect on vulnerable skin around the neck and décolletage. Rich and moisturizing, the serum combines Hyaluronic Acid with Liftonin-Expert to plump skin with moisture while encouraging collagen to promote firmer, younger-looking skin. Working in synergy with a unique rolling applicator, the formula delivers a lifting effect while cooling, tightening and firming the look of skin. It also contains Neoderyml to improve density, and an Omega 3, 6, 9 complex of Inca Inchi Oil and Raspberry Oil to protect skin and lock in moisture. With continued use, neck and décolletage skin appears firmer, supple and hydrated.

What I think: I’m always into firming my skin as I age.  And my neck area needs firming! I love how this feels as I apply it.  I haven’t noticed any firming yet, but it does look smooth. I will continue using it to see if it firms.

Have you heard of Emma Hardie skincare? What new skincare have you been trying?

Beauty, cosmetics

IT Cosmetics Palettes That Are New To Me!

Hi all! Happy first day of spring!  Didn’t it feel like it would never come after that cold and snowy winter?!?

I’m excited to be reviewing IT Cosmetics products that I haven’t tried before.  I love the brand, but I have mostly tried their skincare and base products.

I was sent these products for my honest review:

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Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette ($42 USD)

IT Girl Vol. 2 Makeup Palette ($38 on sale for $25)

Hello Cheekbones Contour Palette ($36 USD)

Heavenly Luxe Hello Cheekbones Contour Brush #19 ($48 USD)

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Here are the palettes opened. I did noticed that the eyeshadow shades in both palettes are fairly similar.  But they are pretty and good for every day looks.

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I have been wanting to try this palette and am so glad I did! The top row are eye foundations, which are bases for under shadow.  The first two are matte, and the last one is a shimmer.  The first six shadows are shimmers and metallics and the last three are matte liners.

These are so gorgeous!  The shadows are creamy and blend nice.  The only thing I wish there was is a matte transition shade.  I am going to do a full review on this palette with swatches soon!

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I believe this was It Cosmetic’s limited edition holiday palette.  It is on sale right now so if you want it, it’s the time to pick it up!

This palette has some of the same colors as the Superhero palette, but it does have more mattes.  The left shadows are shimmer and the right shadows are mattes.  The blush is a pretty pink ombre.

It’s a great palette for everyday, or use some of the darker shades for a nice smokey eye!

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This contour palette and brush is so fun!

The brush is very soft, like all IT Cosmetic brushes.  They’re such great quality.  This is easy to use.  Just sweep it as shown above and then apply it to the cheekbone.  It blends out easily.  The bronzer is pretty warm, but can be used as contour.  I also take this with a fluffier brush to bronze my whole face.

The highlighter is pretty, but not very blinding.  It does give a nice glow and for more impact, I wet my brush and it did give more shine.

Have you tried any of these IT Cosmetics products?  What do you love from the brand?

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Skincare Sunday — G.M. Collin Skincare

Hey all! I hope you are having a great weekend!

I’ve decided to start a new series to run on Sundays called Skincare Sundays.  I am going to post something skincare related on (most) Sundays. I’ll focus on a skincare review or my skincare routine…it will just depend on what I have been using.

I have recently received a couple of G.M. Collin products for my honest review and I wanted to share what I think of them:

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G.M. Collin Hydramucine Optimal Serum ($60 USD) — G.M. Collin Hydramucine Optimal Serum instantly relieves dehydrated skin with a surge of moisture that penetrates deep into the skin. A combination of high and low hyaluronic acid provides moisture while an advanced hydrating formula prevents water loss, improves water circulation within the skin, stimulates ceramide production, and boosts skin’s ability to regulate moisture levels. Perfect for dry environments and colder months, G.M. Collin Hydramucine Optimal Serum plumps skin to minimize fine lines and restores a supple, hydrated complexion.

What I think:  I have been loving this for hydrating my skin this winter.  Hyaluronic acid is know for moisturizing and I feel that this does give moisture without irritating my sensitive skin.

Not only is my skin hydrated, it feels smoother and more plump.  I enjoy using this once or twice a day, at least in the evening.  So when I wake up, my skin is hydrated and plump.

GM Collin Sun Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 60

G.M. Collin SPF 60 Mineral Sunscreen Sun Protection Cream ($32 USD) — G.M. Collin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60 covers skin with a ultra-light sunscreen that will keep the skin optimally protected. With is SPF 60 this lotion protects from UVA&UVB rays that can cause skin damage including premature aging, age spots and dryness. Free from parabens, PABA, fragrance and color it is formulated with Titanium Dioxide and and Zinc Oxide.

What I think:  I use sunscreen every morning on my face.  It’s so important to use to keep sun damage to the skin at a minimum. This is a very lightweight sunscreen that I can layer with my skincare and under makeup.  I love that it is fragrance free and I love that the SPF is 60.  I feel very protected when I use this.

These can be purchased on Skin1.com & Select Spa Locations

What skincare are you using now? Have you tried G.M. Collin?

 

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

BoxyCharm BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review — March 2019

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Hey all! I received my second BoxyLuxe yesterday!  I’m so excited! I’ve been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for over a year. The regular BoxyCharm box is $21 a month. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $21-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $28.99, you’ll get the Luxe items, and be paying a total of $49.99 for that quarterly box.

I really enjoyed my December box.  You can see that review here.  I saw the spoilers for this box, I just didn’t know what variations I would get.

The theme for this month is La Vie En Rose.  Here’s what I received:

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I have tried this cream before.  It’s very nice, especially as a night cream.  It’s extremely hydrating without being greasy.  And my skin always looks beautiful the next morning after use. This is a great product to get in the box!

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These Moda Brushes are gorgeous.  And they are really soft.  They can be used for face powder, highlighter, bronzer — whatever I need them for.  I love getting nice brushes in boxes, so I will definitely use these!

IMG_0101 I have tried a few things from Wander Beauty, but I haven’t tried this mask.  I actually think they created this Rose Gold peel off mask for BoxyCharm. I’m excited to try this!  I’ll test it out this weekend.

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I knew I was getting a Becca Lipstick and was very excited.  But, I got the shade Chocolate — and it’s almost spring. I usually only wear nudes or lighter pinks, so this will not be used.  And, it’s disappointing because I wanted to try the formula, but I don’t want to use it just one.  I will give it away or sell it.

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This is the Cover FX palette.  This was created for BoxyCharm.  This is the Light-Medium shade.  There is also a Medium-Deep I believe. This is my favorite item in the box from my first impressions.  The packaging may not look like it, but it’s really good quality and it has a nice mirror.  The shades are all perfect for my light skin.  But…

Speaking of skin tone, BoxyCharm make an announcement that everyone should fill out the profile questionnaire so that we will get the correct shade for our skin tone.  But, I guess that they sent the incorrect shades to a lot of subscribers.  They did apologize, but they aren’t sending out a new palette, they gave the subscribers charms instead.  So hmmm. I’ll talk more about this at the end of the blog.

IMG_0094IMG_0095 So, this is the Morphe Day Slayer palette.  There were four different palette variations.  These others had purples, corals and pinks.  This one has oranges and browns.  It was the one I didn’t want because it reminds me of fall and it’s almost spring.

I will either keep this until fall and then try it out or give it away.

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These Deborah Lippman polishes look really pretty. The one on the left is Oh Donna, a sparkly rosy mauve and the one on the right is Modern Love, a classic mauve creme. I am going to use these, maybe even together, this weekend.

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These are very pretty, but I don’t wear false lashes.  So I might add these to my Instagram giveaway I’m doing when I hit 5000 followers (follow me @fortyflirtyfab to see that giveaway later, and my fun posts now!).

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I haven’t tried Iconic before, but they are a luxe brand. I am trying out some new brow products, so I don’t know if I’m going to keep this.  That’s why I’ve kept the seal on it.  I love brow pencils, but I’m sure this is nice. The color is Medium, but I’ve seen some photos and it looks pretty dark.  My brows are almost black, so it would be fine for me.

I just realized that I forgot to take a photo of the bag alone. You can kind of see it in the first photo.  It’s too lake to take one now, but I might tomorrow and if I do, I will put it here.  It is a really pretty train case style bag.

So that is a lot of products, whew! The total is $301.98 which is pretty great for spending $49.99.  I think this is a really good deal, if you don’t mind not knowing if you will enjoy the variations you get.  I’m glad I got the correct face palette, but I’m not going to use the lipstick or probably the eye shadow palette.  And I think it stinks that many subscribers can’t use their face palette (or not use it as intended.  It can probably be used for eyeshadows).

I will keep and enjoy the face palette, the brushes, the mask, polishes, train case and maybe the face cream.  I have so many right now, I don’t know if I will keep it.  The other products I will either giveaway or sell.

I have so much makeup and skincare right now, and I am also getting Ipsy Glam Bag Plus soon.  So, I think I’m going to give both of the subscriptions until June (which will give me one more month of BoxyLuxe, plus it’s my birthday month) and then I will choose which one to keep.  These are my only current subscription boxes, but I don’t really think I need both. But we will see…

Do you get BoxyLuxe or BoxyCharm?   What were your variations this month?

 

 

Beauty, cosmetics

Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette Review

Hi all! I’m here with a review of the new Colourpop It’s My Pleasure palette.  It’s a gorgeous purple and pink palette.  I picked it up in my recent haul that you can see here.

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My photos aren’t the best, I took some at night and some at daytime, but hopefully you can see how pretty this is!

Here’s the palette with flash:

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Without flash:

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The shades from left to right are:

Kittenfish: matte cool lavender
Do or dough: metallic bright lavender with blue duo chrome flip
Pretty cruel: matte berry mauve with gold flecks
Bare minimum: metallic berry violet
Earthshine: metallic pinky lavender with a blue duochrome flip
Chick lit: metallic deep amethyst
Mr. Sandman: icy rose with a silver sheen
Fan fiction: matte dusty pink
Sleeper: matte eggplant

Swatches:

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This palette swatches so well! I’m not surprised because Colourpop’s shadows are such great quality! I like all of these shades, but I wish the third one (Pretty Cruel) didn’t have glitter flecks in it, because is the perfect crease color.  I did still use it in my crease, though. The mattes in this palette are pigmented and creamy and the metallics are gorgeous! They work well with a wet brush or your finger.

I have used these with neutral colors, but I am going to do a full purple eye soon.  You can also do a pretty pink eye look.  And like I do, you can pair this with other shades.  This is a very versatile palette!

I also love that this is only $12 and comes with a mirror! Colourpop has more of these 9 shadow palettes, including a brand new green one called Just My Luck.   It’s really fun, but I don’t know if I would use that one.

Have you purchased any of these 9 pan Colourpop palettes?  Would you purchase It’s My Pleasure, Just My Luck or one of the others?

Beauty, cosmetics

Early Spring Colourpop Haul!

Hi all!  I hope everyone is well!  I have been very good this year when it comes to purchasing makeup!  This is my first haul of the year!  I’m not really on a no or low buy, but I’m trying to be careful in what I get.  I did purchase a lot last year! I have purchased the new L’Oreal foundation (let me know if you would like a review) and I just got the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry palette on sale and I will be reviewing that palette.

I decided to make a Colourpop order because they are always coming out with cool new products, and I wanted to try some.  I also looked at my order history, and foudn that I hadn’t ordered from Colourpop since last June!  That’s crazy!  It’s definitely time to try some new makeup!

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I purchased:

Blur Lux Lipstick in Hey Mr. DJ ($7 USD) – Soft petal pink

Lippie Pencil in Brink ($5 USD) – Terracota rose

It’s My Pleasure Palette ($12 USD)

The Twins Loose Pigment ($6 USD)

BFF Mascara in Black on Black ($8 USD)

Brow Boss in Ash Brown ($5 USD)

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I have heard great things about the lip liner and have been wanting to try the Lux Lipstick.  The Blur formula is new.  I probably should have tried the regular formula first.  Both of these products are nice, but the lipstick is way to bright for me.  It’s supposed to be a soft petal pink, but It looks very bright on my fair skin.  The pencil is nice, though I wish I got that in a lighter shade. It is not as bright as the lipstick, so I can still use it under nudes.

I have swatched these below.

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This is a collaboration between Colourpop and YouTuber Kathleenlights.  I picked up The Twins because I’m a Gemini! It is an intense pink with a coppery duochrome.  This is really pretty.  I apply it with a damp brush, so I don’t get all of the fall out.  It’s so gorgeous, as you can see below:

IMG_3018 Left to right is the lipstick, lipliner and pigment.  You can really tell that the pigment has a pink to orange duochrome.  It’s very pretty! I do like the liner, but I probably won’t wear the lipstick.

img_3031.jpg I also picked up their new mascara in black. It’s okay.  It gives a lot of volume, but I like mascaras that give my lashes length.  I will continue wearing it, and with a primer under it, I get better length.  They also have these in bright colors, so if you love colorful mascara, you might want to check this out!

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I’ve been doing more with my brows lately, so am happy to try a new pencil.  This one is pretty nice.  It’s very waxy, so if that’s the type of pencil’s you like, you will love it.  I have used it a couple of times and like it.  I think I need more practice with it, but will keep trying it out!

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I love purple, and so I had to pick it up.  Plus, it’s only $12, which is so affordable. I will be posting a review this month with swatches.

I also have purchased another one of these for a future Instagram giveaway.  I just hit 4000 followers and will post my giveaway when I get to 5000.  So check it out at @fortyflirtyfab on Instagram!  I also picked up a pigment and one of the new lip glosses from Colourpop.  I will be adding more makeup items to the giveaway, of course.  Stay tuned!

Have you made any recent purchases from Colourpop?  What did you get?

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Skincare To Help Transition From Winter To Spring

Hi all! I hope you are having a great weekend!  It snowed again today, but I am hoping it’s the last snow of the season.  I am ready for Spring!

And speaking of Spring, I am looking forward to warmer weather for my skin.  The cold weather makes my combo skin so dry and flaky.  I have been trying new skincare (sent for my honest review)  that I have been loving for my winter worn skin!  They are from Burt’s Bees, Higher Education Skincare and Mamonde.  Here are the products I’ve been loving:

 

 

Burt’s Bees Hydrating Overnight Mask ($14.99 USD) Provides 24 hour moisture and leave skin looking refreshed and healthy. This is a thick cream.  The instructions say to apply a layer and leave on for 10 minutes, then rub the rest in and leave on overnight.  My skin did look very hydrated in the morning.

Remove oil and impurities with this Exfoliating Clay Mask ($14.99 USD). Made with Kakadu Plum and Vitamin C, this gentle exfoliator cleans skin while also holding in moisture leaving skin clear and soft.  This is gentle enough to use every day.

Detoxifying Clay Mask  ($14.99 USD) With the power of charcoal, Burt’s Bees created a mask that will remove dirt, oil and toxins that can clog pores and can cause skin to look dull. Infused with acai, the rich antioxidents will leave skin balanced and healthy-looking. This mask really deep cleans the skin.  I have to follow up with a moisturizer, but I do like that it cleans out my pores.

Available: Target, CVS and Walgreens Stores

Higher Education Skincare Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydration Lotion

Higher Education Skincare Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydration Lotion ($33 USD) -Loaded with vitamin A, C and E, this super hydrating lotion will fill your skin with the vitamins it needs during the dry weather. Cram Session is also made with melanin, which protects skin from blue-light emitted from digital devices.

I like using this in the morning, before makeup.  It smooths my skin so nicely.  It is very hydrating and helps with the dry patches on my skin.  I love that it contains vitamins and that it is good for my skin.

Mamonde Hydro Eye Gel Cream
Mamonde Hydro Eye Gel Cream

Mamonde Hydro Eye Gel Cream ($32 USD) — This eye cream is made with narcissus flower extract that will keep your skin smooth and hydrated. Its very nice for morning and night.  It is hydrating, but is also light enough to wear under makeup.

Available: Ulta Stores
What skincare have you been trying lately.  I’d love to know!

 

Beauty, cosmetics

Shop My Stash — March 2019

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Hi All!  It’s time for my March Shop My Stash!  I’m ready to dive into a different set of products I want to play with.

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I’m so excited about all of these.  Some are very new to me and some I purchased last year.

Here are closes-ups of each item:

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This is the Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation Eyeshadow Palette.  I purchase this on sale in December.  It is usually $55, it was on sale for $27.50, plus I had a 20% coupon!  It’s a nice palette, but I have to say I only purchased it because it got such great reviews.  I have yet to review this on my blog, but I will this month.  I’m looking forward to trying it out.  I’ve only used it a couple of times, but the shimmery shades are sooooo glittery (not my fave).  I am going to pair the mattes with the next palette.

IMG_3091IMG_3092 I received this tarte Rainforest of the Sea ™ highlighting eyeshadow palette vol. III in my January BoxyCharm. I have to be honest, I’ve swatched this, but haven’t tried it yet.  It’s all shimmers and one matte.  These swatch really nicely, so I’m going to pair this with the Friendcation palette.  I think it will look nice with the neutral mattes in the palette.

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This is probably my oldest product in this Shop My Stash. I’ve had the Laura Geller  Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Palette for about a year and a half.  I bought it at Ulta’s 21 Days of beauty.  You can see that haul here. I don’t really use this. I think the shades are just a bit dark for me, but I’m going to give all three of them a good go this month.  And if I don’t enjoy them, I’ll pass it on.

IMG_3089 I haven’t really tried this Becca Glow Gloss in Malibu Soleil which is a mauvy rose.  I got this in the BoxyCharm Charm Room last fall. This is a little darker than I usually wear, but I thought I would give it a shot!

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I was a Julep Maven since 2012, until they shut down the subscription in February.  That is so sad!  So I thought I would pay homage to Julep by including one of their products this month. This is the Eyeshadow 101 in Champagne Shimmer.  When apply it lasts all day! I swatched it below and I wiped all of the other swatches off, but it would not budge.

This is so nice on the inner corner of the eye or all over the lid.

Here are some swatches:

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From Left to Right — The highlighers in Ballerina, Gilded Honey and Peach Glow.  Next to them are the Becca Gloss and the Julep cream shadow.

So these are the products in my March Shop My Stash.  I think they will be fun to play with this month!

Have you used any of these products?  What do you think of them?

Beauty, cosmetics

Shop My Stash February 2019 Results

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Hi all!  Happy March!  I am excited for a new month.  To wrap February up, I’m going to give my thoughts on how the latest Shop My Stash went. Each month I will usually add my empties to this post, but I only had one this month.  So I will hold on to it and post it with my March empties.

I chose the five products above.  You can read more about them and see close up photos here.

My goal in these is to use some of my products more frequently, and also decide if I need to keep them all or pass them along to someone who will get more use out of them than me.  Of course some of these I knew I was going to keep (Modern Renaissance), but others I wasn’t sure about.

I think it was a fairly successful month.  I haven’t been feeling well, so I didn’t wear makeup every day.  But when I did, I tried to use at least one of these products.

Out of the three eye shadow palettes I chose, I used the Chocolate Bar and Modern Renaissance the most. I stated at the beginning of the month that I hadn’t yet reviewed the Chocolate Bar or Venus III yet on my blog, and that’s still true.  I will try to review the Chocolate Bar this month.  I think I may be passing Venus III on to someone else.  The shadows aren’t very easy to work with and the shimmers are so glittery.  It is pretty though, and I think my daughter will love it!

I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep the LORAC bronzer or the Wet n Wild highlighter, but I found that I love them both!  The bronzer is really nice, especially while I’m still fair.  If I get a (faux) tan this year, I can use another bronzer, but for now I’ve moved it with my every day makeup next to my beloved Butter Bronzer.  It’s so good!

The highlighter is so gorgeous — it’s the perfect tone for my skin!  It is a bit glittery, so I will use it for evenings and special occasions.  But I do really love it, too!

I’ve chosen my five products for March and will hopefully have that up tomorrow.  I’m excited to get started on giving some love to some different products!

Have you done a Shop My Stash?  How did it go for you?

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

February 2019 Beauty Favorites

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Hi All!  Can you believe that it’s the end of February?  That means it’s time for another favorites post! I have been enjoying trying new products this month and have selected a few that I have been enjoying using.

Here are my current faves:

Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Shortcut — I have been enjoying this cute little palette.  Although it’s small, it contains 8 shadows and I can create whole looks with just the one palette.  The quality is as good as my beloved Born to Run palette.  Love!

107 ONEOSEVEN Oil-In-Gel Cleanser — This is a Korean Skincare brand and I have been enjoying trying their products.  This cleanser is really cool.  It comes out a clear gel that you massage into your face to remove all makeup.  Then when you add water, it emulsifies and rinses off easily.  It completely removes my makeup and leaves my skin soft and clean.  I use this every night.  This would be the first step if you double cleanse.  I don’t really, I just use this, then a toner after cleansing.

Philosophy anti-wrinkle miracle worker primer — Wow!  I am loving this primer.  I smooth it over my entire face and let it dry.  Once it does my wrinkles and pores are way less noticeable.  It works so well under all of my foundations. My review of the new anti-wrinkle collection is here.

Higher Education Skincare Easy A Gentle Resurfacing Pads — I use these once a day to exfoliate my skin, usually at night.  But the pads are nice to use before makeup to smooth the skin.  They are very gentle on my sensitive skin.  Check out my review of this cool brand.

Nanacoco PRO. HD Pressed Blush in Shimmery Dusty Rose and Magnu-Matte Lip Crayon in Roasted Chestnut. This is a new brand to me.  I did a brand review here. The blush is a shimmery rosy shade and I love it.  It gives a pop of color and freshness in the cold, cold winter!  The lip color is a gorgeous mauvey-nude and although it is matte, it is not drying on my lips (I’m not a fan of drying matte lippies).  These are both so nice and are affordable, too!

Urban Decay Brow Blade and Brow Finish — I received the new Urban Decay brow products for review, and are really impressed with these two!  I use the pencil end in the Brow Blade to define my brow shape, then use the brush tip end to create hair strokes.  I seal it with the Brow Finish, and my brows look amazing all day long!

What products did you love in February?  I would love to know!

 

 

bath products, Beauty

C.O. Bigelow The Iconic Body Care Collection Review

Hey all!  I can’t believe February is almost over!  I am so looking forward to spring!  I just went out to lock up our chickens and stepped in snow, ice and mud…so tired of winter!

But I’m excited to tell you all about C.O. Bigelow’s new The Iconic Body Care Collection. This has been carefully crafted to “deliver a unique sensorial experience while caring for, and treating, skin. Four aromatic, iconic fragrances were thoughtfully culled from the vast, storied C.O. Bigelow archives and then married with the historically most popular personal care products, creating a new range of expertly blended hand washes, hand creams, body washes, body lotions and body creams.”

I received a few of these amazing products to try out for my honest review.

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Here are the products and the scents you can get each in:

Hand Wash ($18): Formulated with aloe vera, shea butter and panthenol, this rich-lathering hand wash combines the most effective cleansing with skin-conditioning ingredients, leaving hands soft and smooth.

Hand Cream ($16): This silky, smooth, non-greasy cream contains shea butter, avocado oil and olive oil, leaving hands soothed and nourished after each use.

Body Wash ($20): Luxurious and refreshing, this body wash features coconut oil and aloe vera, providing a silky, cushioning lather while gently cleansing the skin. The hydrating and soothing ingredients help to maintain moisturization levels for healthier skin.

Body Cream ($30): This ultra-nourishing, restorative body cream is formulated with kukui seed oil, coconut oil and shea butter, providing intense moisture and leaving the skin delicately fragranced.

Body Lotion ($24): Nourishing and conditioning, this lightweight lotion contains borage oil, panthenol and grape seed oil to replenish the skin while leaving it delicately fragranced.

THE SCENTS:

AQUA MELLIS
Olfactive – Fruit
Top Notes – watermelon, citrus and pear
Heart notes – clean French lavender, watery orchid, geranium and violet
Bottom notes – honey, woods, vanilla and musk

MUSK
Olfactive – Floral/musk
Top notes – bergamot, orange and muguet
Heart notes – bay leaf, dianthus, orange flower and orris
Bottom notes – musk, cedarwood, sandalwood and warm amber

BERGAMOT
Olfactive – Citrus
Top notes – bergamot, petitgrain and lemon
Heart notes – white flowers
Bottom notes – rich vetiver, amber, musk and beechwood

WEST VILLAGE ROSE
Olfactive – Floral, woody
Top notes – anjou pear, mandarin, sparkling bergamot and thyme
Heart notes – violet petals, magnolia rose and earthy geranium
Bottom notes – oakmoss, amber, vanilla, white cedar, musk and sandalwood

I was lucky to try each fragrance.  Aqua Mellis and Bergamot are my favorites.  Aqua Mellis is a soft, fruity scent.  I have it in a hand cream.  The hand cream is very hydrating, which is really needed in the winter!

I have hand wash and body cream in Bergamot. It is a fresh scent and I love the smell of citrus!  The hand wash is moisturizing and so pretty!  It’s pearly, and really, all of the products are packaged so elegantly! I think my favorite product is the body cream.  The bergamot scent is so yummy and the cream is hydrating without being greasy.

Next, I like the West Village Rose body wash.  It has a really nice lather, but doesn’t dry out the skin.  The scent is nice. Rose scents can be overpowering, but this one isn’t  We are enjoying using it.

The last scent I tried is the Musk in a hand wash.  I haven’t smelled musk in a while, and this is fine.  It is not something I would seek out, though.  I’m not the biggest musk fan, but if you are, this one is good.

The prices range from $16-$30.  Purchase at http://www.bigelowchemists.com

I think this is a gorgeous, luxe collection.  These would make beautiful gifts, as well (Mother’s Day?).

Have you tried C.O. Bigelow?  What is your favorite bath and body products?

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Philosophy Miracle Worker Anti-Wrinkle Line Review

Hey all!  I hope you had a great weekend and that it’s not too snowy where you are!

I recently received samples from philosophy’s new Miracle Worker anti-wrinkle line for my honest review.  I love trying anti-aging skincare, and philosophy has gorgeous products!

This collection was created to help counteract signs of stress on skin and fight wrinkles
faster! The claim is that these products will help counteract the signs of stress and in just two weeks, reduce the look of wrinkles.

Here are the products I received:

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anti-wrinkle miracle worker+ line-correcting moisturizer ($64 USD) — Silky texture melts into skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, improving texture instantly and over time. formulated with a powerhouse wrinkle-fighting complex of peptides, hyaluronic acid, indian gentian extract and potent forms of vitamin c plus an innovative complex of saponins and enhanced hyaluronic acid to help counteract stress-induced damage on skin instantly.

This is such a nice product to wear under makeup. It absorbs instantly in my skin, as it is very light. It smooths my skin and I have notices that my skin texture looks better when I use it.

anti-wrinkle miracle worker night+ line-correcting overnight cream ($68 USD) — This overnight cream helps virtually erase the look of fine lines as you sleep, while recharging skin and helping counteract the signs of stress on your skin.  a powerhouse wrinkle-fighting complex of peptides, hyaluronic acid, indian gentian extract and potent forms of vitamin c an innovative complex of saponins and enhanced hyaluronic acid to help counteract stress-induced damage on skin silk tree extract to help support skin’s natural antioxidant defenses at night.

This cream is a bit more hydrating than the day cream, perfect for a night treatment.  It doesn’t feel greasy at all. I smooth it on at night and in the morning my skin is brighter and looks more even in tone.  I don’t have a lot of heavy wrinkles, but the ones I do have look less noticeable.

anti-wrinkle miracle worker eye+ line-correcting eye cream ($60 USD) — Clinically tested eye cream targets lines and wrinkles around the eyes while diminishing the look of dark circles and puffiness, so your eye area can look more ageless. Instantly the eye area feels comforted and deeply hydrated. this makeup-friendly, velvety formula is a powerhouse wrinkle-fighting complex of peptides, sodium hyaluronate, Indian gentian extract and potent forms of vitamin c + a retinol-like complex powered by alfalfa extract and coconut oil.

I use eye cream twice a day, so I love testing out new ones!  This helps with puffiness and eye bags in a few days and with longer use it helps with wrinkles and dark circles.  And I love that it glides right on without tugging the delicate skin around my eyes!

anti-wrinkle miracle worker primer+ line-correcting primer ($38 USD) — The multi-tasking primer helps blur imperfections, visibly fills in wrinkles and smooths skin for a more even makeup application. featuring a powerhouse wrinkle-fighting complex of sodium hyaluronate, indian gentian extract, tripeptide and a potent form of vitamin c.

I’m always looking for a good primer for my aging skin. This is a blurring primer, which I need for my pores and texture issues. It gives my skin a velvety finish.  Plus makeup applies so nicely over it!  I love that this helps fight wrinkles, too!

I’m so glad I’ve tried this line.  I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks, but will continue testing it out. But so far, I recommend it for wrinkle fighting and anti-aging.

Have you tried philosophy skincare?  What are your favorites?

 

Beauty, cosmetics

Urban Decay Street Style Brow Collection Review

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Hi all!  I hope everyone is having a great week!

I have recently received brow products for my honest review from the new Urban Decay Street Style Brow Collection. I was so excited to get these, because I have wanted to try them.  I love Urban Decay and I have been trying to get my brows on point.

This collection is gorgeous, I love the metallic purple and black packaging.

Here are the products I received:

 

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BROW BLADE Ink Stain + Waterproof Pencil ($26 USD) –A double-ended ink stain and waterproof pencil that gives you microblade definition and precision without the commitment.

This is probably my favorite product of the collection. I have this in Dark Drapes, which is the perfect shade for me. I have almost black brow hair (my hair color is very dark brown). To use, I start with the waterproof pencil to shape, shade, and fill in, then I use the microblade ink stain to create hair-like strokes and add dimension.

I usually only use a pencil, then a clear brow gel over it.  So this has taken some practice, and I’m still trying to perfect the technique.   Both of the products are soft and can be built up. This is not a waterproof product and does wash off easily.  So I like to use the brow finish (below) over it.

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BROW ENDOWED Brow Primer + Color ($28 USD) — A double-ended tool that volumizes and sets brows in two easy steps: A primer fluffs and holds, while a tinted cream fills and shapes.

I have this product in Neutral Nana.  Although it looks fairly light in the photo, it applies much darker. That works for me, since my brow hairs are so dark. I apply the primer for volume, then brush on the tinted brow cream to intensify brows. It makes my brows look very fluffy and bold.  I’ve tried this alone, but do prefer to also use a brow pencil to define the brows.  I do find that this is very long-lasting!

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BROW FINISH Waterproof Brow Gel ($21 USD) A lightweight, waterproof brow gel that holds your look in place. It’s like brow magic—set it and forget it.

This is my second favorite product in the collection! It is a lightweight, waterproof brow gel.  It claims to stay in place for 16 hours.  I use this over the Brow Blade, which isn’t waterproof, so this seals my brows in! Plus, I really love the brush on this.  It makes it quick and easy to apply. This is probably the best clear brow gel I’ve ever used!

Choose from two shades: Ozone goes on clear for everyday brows, while Midnight Cowboy adds shimmer for more drama. I have Ozone, it is a nice, clear gel.

 

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DOUBLE DOWN BROW Waterproof, Smudge-Proof Brow Putty ($29 USD) — A buildable, waterproof putty duo for multi-dimensional brows that won’t budge.

This has a putty-to-powder formula, for smudge-proof brows that last up to 16 hours.  Shape brows with the putty, then seal in long-lasting, customized color with the powder. The mini double-ended brush has an angled brush on one end and a mini spoolie for blending on the other.

This is in the shade Taupe Trap.  It is way too light for me, so I haven’t tried it.  I am going to pass it along to someone with lighter hair and brows.  I think it looks very nice.  I’m more of a pencil gal, but I’m sure this is easy to work with, too.

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BROW GUIDE Brow Stencils ($12 USD) — A kit featuring eight sets of reusable adhesive stencils—the cheat sheet to your best brow.

Urban Decay partnered with Audrey Glass, Los Angeles’s top microblade artist, to create eight ultimate brow shapes for easily transforming arches. Correct and perfect with these brow stencils—apply the stencil (they gently stick to skin), then use your favorite products to fill in the shape.

Choose from a multi-style kit with four of UD’s favorite brow shapes (8 sets total: 2 of each shape) or a single-style kit with eight sets of the same shape. Each stencil is reusable up to 3-5 times.

I have the double tap.  It’s really fun to use!  It’s a little dramatic for every day, but fun for going out!

I really am enjoying using these products.  The packaging is absolutely gorgeous! Plus the products are so nice to use. Again, my favorites are the Brow Blade and the Brow Finish, but I think the entire collection is worth checking out.

Have you tried any of Urban Decay’s new brow collection?  What do you think?

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — February 2018

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Hi all!  I started back up with Ipsy Glam Bag Plus ($25 USD) in February. I subscribed in October and November.  It is a box that will always include 5 full-sized items.

I was very happy with my October box, but not so happy with November’s, so I cancelled. but thought I would give it a go again!

Here is what I received:’

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IT COSMETICS Your Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection Face Palette

TARTE Dream Big Eyeshadow Palette

SON & PARK Beauty Filter Cream Glow

HANALEI Sugar Lip Scrub

FINDING FERDINAND Lip Stick in Nob Hill Red

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This is a complete face palette for those with fair to light skin (like me). I have tried this once since I’ve got it and really like the blush and bronzer.  I have the Bye Bye Pores powder in a compact and really like it.  The highlighter is pretty subtle, but I want to try to make it work.

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This tarte palette is very pretty.  But, I have all of these shades in other palettes, so I’ve decided to give it away or sell it.  It would make a really nice gift.  It’s also very compact, so will be great for travel.  I’m just not a fan of tarte shadows.

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I was very excited to try this cream.  Son & Park is a Korean Beauty brand, and I have been loving Korean skincare lately!  I have tried this.  It is highly fragranced, like perfume, which I am not a fan of.  But, I do like how it feels on my skin.  It makes my skin smooth and soft.  It’s not really glowy, though. It is really nice under foundation.  I am going to continue to use it.

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Oops!  I forgot to take a close up of the Hanalei Sugar Lip Scrub.  I do really like this.  It’s gentle and has a sugary-lemon taste.  It leaves my lips very hydrated!

As for the lipstick, I don’t wear red lipsticks, so I will be giving this away.  It’s a little irritating, because in the beauty survey for Ipsy, I put that I only wear nude lips.  This also came in a nude, so I don’t know why I got red!

This was a pretty good box!  I will use the IT palette, the cream and the lip scrub.  That makes the box worth it to me.  I’m looking forward to the March box!

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

 

Beauty, cosmetics, Gifts

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide

Hey all! Ready for Valentine’s Day?  I think I am! I have shopped for those special people in my life (including some beauty products, of course).

I though I would post some products that can either be nice gifts, or used in getting ready for V-Day– and beyond:

 

beautyblender BBF Kit
beautyblender BBF Kit

This would be a gorgeous gift to share with your bestie (or keep both for your self)! This is the beautyblender BBF kit ($40 USD).  beautyblenders are such an amazing sponge, so this would be quite the treat!

To make this even sweeter, beautyblender is proud to announce its partnership with American Heart Association.  The world’s favorite pink makeup applicator is blending for cause – to help improve the quality of life of people who have heart disease….one bounce at a time.

Throughout the entire month of February, 25% of all sales from the  best-selling BBF kit on beautyblender.com will be donated to American Heart AssociationPLUS every BBF kit sold will receive a free 10oz liquid blendercleanser ($30 Value)!

Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Shortcut
Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Shortcut

Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Shortcut ($25 USD) — This stunning eight-shade eyeshadow palette highlights blush-tone neutrals that play well with a rose hue and a chocolate matte. Get lost with a coppery pink transformer shade, which adds a little ice to any look. This palette will be perfect for romantic or sultry Valentine’s Day looks!

Shades:

  • Sin (pale nude shimmer)
  • Laced (pinky-taupe matte)
  • Shortcut (medium rose-pink matte)
  • Afterhours (soft black satin with iridescent micro-sparkle)
  • Back Alley (chocolate brown matte)
  • Rendezvous (bordeaux matte with blue-sparkle)
  • Gash (metallic brick red)
  • Zone (metallic pink-red with copper micro-sparkle*)

Purchase at http://www.urbandecay.com, Ulta, Sephora and other great retailers.

Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Fresh Face Paint Palette
Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Fresh Face Paint Palette

Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Fresh Face Paint Palette ($42.00) For the final touch, and ultimate ease, add some color to your look with this multipurpose palette. Each blendable shade is perfect for eyes, lips, and cheeks!

Purchase at http://www.josiemarancosmetics.com, Sephora and other luxe stores.

Nanacoco Luxe Lipstick in Sweetheart
Nanacoco Luxe Lipstick in Sweetheart

Nanacoco Luxe Lipstick in Sweetheart ($8.50 USD) This full pigment, long-lasting formula, and silky finish, make a memorable statement with your lips. The shade Sweetheart allow for you to say goodbye to smearing and fading, and hello to a comfortable and rich lip color. And it is a fresh and pretty alternative to red.  But if you do want a red shade, check out this lipstick Red Riches or Cranberry!

Available at Nanacocoinc.com

Ethique Face Sampler

Ethique Face Sampler ($18.50 USD) — If you want to dip your toe in and try out Ethique’s range of face products (the world’s first zero waste beauty brand), their Face Sampler is for you! It contains the following five samples: Bliss Bar is a luxuriously creamy, gentle face cleanser created for normal to dry skin types; The Perfector is a solid face cream; Saving Face Serum is made with cupuacu and shea butters and rosehip & pomegranate oils; Gingersnap is a creamy, facial exfoliator and In Your Face Cleanser created for skin that is prone to breakouts. Plus, the heart shape products are so cute and such a fun gift.

Purchase on Amazon

Jergens Flawless Effects Moisturizer

Jergens Brilliance Flawless Effects Moisturizer

Jergens Brilliance Flawless Effects Moisturizer (Amazon; $11.99): This skin perfecting moisturizer will give you all the confidence to wear that little red dress this Valentine’s Day! Going a step further than hydration, this moisturizer instantly perfects skin by blurring imperfections and improving overall skin tone on the spot.

Purchase on Amazon or a mass market retailer near you.

I know Valentine’s day is just a couple of days away, but these would be nice at any time.  I love fresh makeup and body care — plus I love pampering myself!

I hope you all have an amazing Valentine’s Day, whether you are going out with friends, celebrating with a significant other, or having a self care night at home (don’t forget the wine)!