My Beauty Favorites Week of September 7-13, 2015

Even though it still isn’t boot weather (and I have a gorgeous new pair to break in), it is getting cooler in Kansas City.  I went to the zoo today and the weather was beautiful, and a little chilly in the morning!

This week, as I begin reviewing new Fall products I am loving and innovative BB water foundation, new nail polish and top coat, Fall body mists, and a quick teeth cleanser and whitener.

Leave a comment and let me know what you are loving this week!

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 30
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 30

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 30 ($42 USD) — Your skin needs a drink. Meet our first and only BB with a water-like texture that delivers multiple benefits in just one drop. Why get wet? Our built-in primer water technology means a liquid silk-consistency—it literally glides onto your face, blends easily and moves with your skin. Because it’s alcohol-free, there is no drying, cracking or caking during wear. The ultra-hydrating, oil-free formula also creates a sheer, radiant finish that makes you really love your skin in every conceivable light. Here come the compliments.

What I think:  I needed a new foundation and was really excited to try this.  And I am extremely pleased with it!  It is very liquidy — I put a dropper full on the back of my hand and immediately need my BeautyBlender to apply it on my face.  It feels like I have nothing on, but it covers my dark circles and red spots.  It actually gives me a medium coverage and is full coverage for me with two coats.  It also gives a beautiful glow to my skin.

Available at

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tribal Vibe and Top Coat
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tribal Vibe and Top Coat

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tribal Vibe and Top Coat – Following the major success of the first Miracle Gel launch, Sally Hansen has done it again, developing  the new & improved volumizing Miracle Gel Top Coat – adding to the award-winning Sally Hansen Miracle Gel collection: the most buzzed about at-home nail system and the closest thing to a salon gel manicure at home.

When partnered with the Miracle Gel shades, Miracle Gel Top Coat volumizes as it protects. The Top Coat formula delivers 2x the volume to your manicure – creating dramatically fuller-looking nails with a high-gloss, mirror shine finish.

The Tribal Vibe collection adds seven new sun-baked shades to the permanent line up: Cream of the Crop (ivory with a hint of warmth), Tribal Sun (fiery coral like the setting sun), Rhythm & Blue (mirrors the hue of a bright blue sky), Totem-ly Yours (an appealing dusty rose),  Per-Suede ( the color of rich reddish leather), Terra-Coppa (melds the gleam of copper with the earthy appeal of pottery) and Buffalo Nickel (a cool, classic silver white).

What I think: I am very hard on my nails.  I work on a computer all day and wash dishes, fold laundry, review products…my hands are always busy! The combination of the polish and top coat lasted a full week without major chipping.  That’s amazing.  And the colors are gorgeous, too!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Essence of Beauty Dark Violet Fine Fragrance Body Mist ($6.99 8 oz) — With notes of bergamot, violet, jasmine, and rose, warmed by sensual musk and a hint of sandalwood and vanilla, Dark Violet is an evocative, striking scent.

Essence of Beauty Kiss of Honey Fine Fragrance Body Mist ($6.99 8 oz) — Opening on a note of sweet nectarine blended with honey blossom, water jasmine and a hint of sensual cashmere woods, Kiss of Honey is soft, warm and enveloping.

As an added bonus helping keep skin at its best when temperatures drop, both Body Mists feature skin-nourishing vitamins and aloe, and are free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, and gluten.

What I think: Both of these are fab Fall scents, but are so different from each other. The Dark Violet is a deep floral.  It’s warm and I can really smell the vanilla, but it is sweet and floral, too.  Kiss of Honey is rich and sweet, with refreshing nectarine and soft cashmere. I’ll enjoy wearing both of them!

Available now at CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide.

The Supersmile Quikee
The Supersmile Quikee

The Supersmile Quikee ($18 USD) — invented by Dr. Irwin Smigel is a fast on-the-go teeth whitening polish. It is designed to remove staining, freshen breath, and clean teeth with Supersmile’s formulated proprietary form of calcium peroxide, CALPROX®. The Quikee is made for those moments where brushing your teeth isn’t an option-in between your work day, last-minute meetings, before a date, whatever the occasion, Quikee’s are there to save the day.

What I think: This is so cool!  Squeeze a little on your teeth and move it around with your tongue.  Breath is fresh and teeth are cleaner and a little whiter.  Mostly, it freshens up your mouth after lunch, for an interview, etc.  Keep it in your purse and go!

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