My Beauty Favorites Week of June 1-7, 2015

It is truly becoming summer-ish in Kansas City!  It’s very hot and humid.

I am testing so many fantastic products lately, I have quite a hodgepodge of product picks this week! From amazing home fragrances, to lovely Japanese makeup, to a fun, light up headband to a easy temporal thermometer– my faves may seem random, but I love them all!

Antica Farmacista Damascena Rose, Orris & Oud Diffuser ($26 for 100 ml, $66 for 250 ml and $94 for 500 ml) — An exquisite floral fragrance built on fresh Damascus Rose absolute, sensual Violet and rich Tuscan Orris root. Tart rhubarb and dewy apricot add a hint of lush fruit, while the warmth of rare Oud and Amber lend an exotic earthiness. A soft drydown of musk and cashmere result in an intoxicating warmth to this complex floral scent.

Antica Farmacista Orange Blossom, Lilac & Jasmine Hand Wash ($25 USD) — A gorgeous rendition of a classic orange blossom scent. This bright fragrance begins with captivating citrus notes of mandarin and Sicilian lemon blending beautifully with floral notes of orange blossoms, jasmine and lily-of-the-valley. This floral scent is beautifully balanced and exhilarating.

What I think:  Antica Farmacista has some amazing fragrances and products.  The Damascena Rose, Orris & Oud scent is new.  It is sweetly floral and spicy.  The diffuser is quite fragrant and makes my room smell wonderful all day.  The Orange Blossom, Lilac & Jasmine is both fresh and floral and once I wash my hands, the aroma lingers.

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Koh Gen DoMaifanshi Face Powder ($42 USD) — A finely milled translucent face powder to set a silky flawless finish. Silk powder blends well onto skin like amino acids that make up the human skin, and provides an elegant silky softness under lights. Hyaluronic Acid helps retain moisture to prevent dryness. Finely milled and cut, a plate-like powder neatly aligns on the surface of skin, providing natural coverage and reflecting light to give skin a flawless finish.

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Water ($39 USD, 10.15 fl. oz.) –Thoroughly and gently remove makeup and impurities from the skin with skin loving ingredients. Gentle ingredientsprevent skin from irritation and dryness while removing makeup leaving skin feeling clean and refreshed.

What I think:  Both of the products are simple and work very well.  I love a good finishing powder that sets my makeup and gives a flawless finish, and this one does just that.  It goes only translucent and does not settle in my pores or dry out my skin.

I pour a little of the Cleansing Water on a cotton pad and I use it to remove all of my makeup.  It doesn’t dry my skin out at all, which I love.

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Mia Beauty Flashion Flowers Wild Flowers with Purple Lights
Mia Beauty Flashion Flowers Wild Flowers with Purple Lights

Mia Beauty Flashion Flowers Wild Flowers With Purple Lights ($19.99 USD) — Perfect for a festival, concert, or any outdoor events. These Flashion Flower wildflowers will take your outfit to a new level. Simply press the leaf to switch between the four light settings. Each headband has a replaceable battery and a special adjustable strap for a comfortable fit.

What I think:  These are fun and flirty!  Perfect for people of all ages who want a fun summer look!  Really neat for evening summer parties and concerts!

Mia Beauty Flashion Flowers are available at CVS and Target stores. Learn more at

Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner
Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner

Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner ($49.99 USD) — The TemporalScanner™ comes with four ways to make it even easier to take a temperature:

  • A softly illuminated display for easy reading in any light – perfect for checking the temperature of a sleeping infant in a darkened room
  • Beeping sound indicating scanning can be turned off or on to avoid waking a sleeping child
  • Automatically retains the last eight temperature readings for instant recall to check on fever progression
  • Ability to switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius modes

Made in the United States, the Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner™ is the number one preferred thermometer by both nurses and pediatricians, and is backed by more than 50 clinical studies proving its accuracy. 

What I think:  This is so easy to use!  My daughter was happy that she didn’t have to use an oral thermometer and it worked so quickly.  This is perfect for taking on vacations and throwing in the diaper bag!

Sold in major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Costco, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kroger and BJ’s. To see real moms testing the Smart Glow thermometer and demonstrating the new features visit

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