My Beauty Favorites — Week of November 6-13, 2016

It finally feels like fall in Kansas City!  It has been much cooler the last few days and I have finally been able to wear my boots and sweaters.  Yay!

This week I am loving a variety of products including a lush fragrance, purifying hair care, nail polish with gold and a very fall body wash:

Molton Brown Rosa Absolute Eau de Toilette
Molton Brown Rosa Absolute Eau de Toilette

Molton Brown Rosa Absolute Eau de Toilette ($65 USD) — An opulent, floral eau de toilette, evoking romantic femininity with Italian red rose, spicy pink pepper and sweet vanilla.

The fragrance
Top notes: blackcurrant, pink pepper and raspberry.
Heart notes: rose, violet leaf and geranium.
Base notes: patchouli, labdanum and vanilla.

What I think:  This smells amazing, really sweet and floral, but it has a little spice to it, too. I think it’s perfect for the fall and winter, it’s a substantial scent.

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Dessange Paris Purifying Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask ($8.99 USD) — This first of its kind, clay-in-mask pre-shampoo regulating treatment incorporates a breakthrough skin purifying technology that targets an oily scalp. The unique formula, containing mineral clay concentration, works to absorb sebum excess and regulate oil production over time while the professional application brush allows for targeted, even coverage. The scalp is left deeply purified, helping to drastically reduce excess oil production. Dating back to ancient times, the virtues of clay have been used for centuries in cosmetic and therapeutic remedies to absorb sebum and eliminate toxins.

Dessange Paris Purifying Clay Balancing Shampoo ($9.99 USD) — The second step in the Purifying Clay system, the pro-vitamin b5 enhanced balancing shampoo, helps to minimize oily roots while moisturizing ends, producing balanced hair from root to tip. The pro-vitamin b5 is known for its protective properties of the fiber capillary, helping repair and soften the hair. Hair and scalp become re-balanced, with the added benefit of a light cherry, violet, and vanilla scent.

What I think: This is a really cool system. My hair gets oily sometimes so it’s nice to treat it to a great deep cleaning.  You use the mask first, then the shampoo.  I brush the mask on my scalp and leave it on for about 5 minutes then rinse it out and use the shampoo.  The system leaves my hair so soft and clean, without drying it out.

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Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener ($7.49 USD)  locks in moisture and strengthens nails. This eye-catching treatment combines real 18-karat gold with peptides and amino acids—ingredients known to promote healthy growth. The breakthrough complex envelopes the gold, creating a shatter-proof shield that protects nails so they can grow longer and stronger.

Sally Hansen 18K Gold Cuticle Eraser ($7.49 USD)  is a must for healthy-looking, smooth cuticles. Meant to reduce and improve the appearance rough, ragged, parched cuticles, this decadent treatment renews and softens instantly while preparing nails for a flawless manicure.

What I think:  the hardener is really nice on.  It leaves nails with a soft gold glitter.  It does leave nails harder and protects them. The cuticle eraser treats my dry cuticles and makes my nails look much smoother.

Purchase at mass market stores


Philip B. Chai Latte Soul & Body Wash
Philip B. Chai Latte Soul & Body Wash

Philip B. Chai Latte Soul & Body Wash ($35 USD) — Soothe your soul and celebrate your body with Philip B chai latte soul and body wash, a purifying magical potion of 20% pure botanicals. An herbaceous, spicy and aromatic deep-stimulating active cleanser that replenishes, energizes, and tones your skin. Honey, milk proteins and black tea extract, combined with cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger and black pepper, work synergistically to stimulate and warm your skin for over-all beneficial health and glow. Chai latte soul and body wash is an active formula that leaves you feeling heavenly, silky, warm and stimulated.

What I think: This smells just like chai to me!  It’s very spicy and sweet and leaves such a nice scent.  It also softens my skin after showering.

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