My Beauty Favorites — Week of May 22-29, 2016

Summer beauty is becoming so important as it is getting hot and humid in Kansas City. To me, this means a waterproof mascara (of course), bright nail polish and natural skin and hair care!

Below are my new faves.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you are using:

Lancôme’s Hypnôse Waterproof Mascara
Lancôme’s Hypnôse Waterproof Mascara

Lancôme’s Hypnôse Waterproof Mascara ($27.50 USD) — Our ultimate buildable volume mascara that increases lash volume up to 6 times is now in a waterproof version with 16 hour wear. Tiny, barely-there lashes are no match for the patented POWERFULL™ brush that intensifies lashes from root to tip with custom volume you can control. The exclusive SoftShield™, waterproof formula, enriched with Vitamin B5, wraps and seals lashes one luxurious layer at a time without smearing, smudging or clumping.

What I think: I like this waterproof mascara.  It separates my lashes, and it does stay on all day.  I do find I need more length and volume if I want a more dramatic, evening look.  If so, I put a different mascara on, then layer this on top to define and keep my look waterproof. Or, use it on it’s own for natural summer looks.

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Trust Fund Beauty ($15 per polish) — is transforming the beauty industry with fun, luxe, fabulous colors that come with entertaining, out-of-the box names. Trust Fund Beauty is a nail polish and lipstick line that is free of dangerous toxins, cruelty-free, and 100% vegan.

What I think: The colors above are Flirty & Dirty a deep, dusty rose, Hollywood Hipster a teal crème and Hot in the Hamptons a bright pink, perfect for toes! I tried Hollywood Hipster and it is so gorgeous on.  I only needed one coat, plus a top coat and it is staying on nicely! The color is so vibrant.  I’m looking forward to trying the rest.  And, I love that it is so much better for you than toxic polishes.

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Natural products from TheVitaminShoppe to keep skin and hair glowing this summer:

Nubian Heritage African Black Soap ($3.99 5 oz) — Together, the deep cleansing of African Black Soap blended with 100% Shea Butter deliver an unsurpassed body cleansing experience that exfoliates without stripping skin of essential moisture. Oats and Vitamin E in the formula soothe, condition and prepare skin for moisture. Our traditional African Black Soap recipe Contains palm ash, plantain peel extract, tamarind extract and papaya enzymes

The Vitamin Shoppe Macadamia Oil (5.39 for 1.7 fl. oz.) — The Vitamin Shoppe Macadamia Rejuvenating Skin Care Oil, Balancing, Nurturing, Hydrating

Hobe Labs Avocado Oil ($7.99 USD, 4 fl. oz.) — Avocado Oil is a protein rich moisturizer that is high in Vitamins A and E plus potassium and other minerals. Excellent for dry skin and scalp problems. High antioxidant value improves elasticity and helps reduce fine lines.

What I think: These products are all natural and so nice for the summer.  The soap will be perfect for my oily summer skin.  It balances and keeps skin clean without drying it out.

I use the macadamia oil on my body after shower.  It locks in the moisture and keeps skin soft all day.  The avocado oil is so nice as a scalp treatment, and can be used on the skin as well.  All of these products are affordable, too!

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