My Beauty Favorites — December 11-17, 2017

As we inch toward Christmas, I have been trying products that help me look and feel better during the hectic season!

They include a luxe primer and setting spray, cruelty-free makeup that makes you look glowy, luxe skincare, a fun steam mask and hair care that will help with dry, winter hair:

Elcie Cosmetics Pearl Radiance Primer ($38 USD) — An oil-free, water-based primer that acts as lingerie for your skin, providing a smooth, seamless and satin-like finish. The formula brightens the complexion with a touch of pearl, boosting luminosity for a healthy and radiant glow. Minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

Elcie Cosmetics Hydra Enhancer Setting Mist ($35 USD) — An innovative hydrating and setting mist that balances the complexion, sets makeup and refreshes the skin. This alkaline facial water is an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals. It has smaller molecules than tap water, so it absorbs more easily into your skin giving you maximum hydration with a quicker effect, while holding your makeup in place all day. Suitable for all skin types.

What I think:  I love the packaging of these products.  They are very luxe! The primer smoothes skin for makeup and leaves a soft glow.  It so nice under foundation, or on it’s own for a bit of polish.  The mist is so refreshing! It’s a soft mist and instantly hydrates and sinks into the skin.  It holds my makeup in place all day!

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Did you know the amazing and affordable line essence is cruelty-free?  A lot of their products are gluten-free and/or vegan, too:
essence blushplay sculpting blush palette ($5.99 USD) — This palette includes three tonal shades for individual use or the perfect blend to create a multidimensional look. Available in 2 fresh color combinations.
essence shine shine shine lipgloss ($2.99 USD) — This high-shine, wet-look gloss glides on smooth with a highly-pigmented finish. The flocked applicator ensures precise application. Available in 6 shades.
What I think:  I do love a blush palette, and this one is fresh and fun to blend and use together, or separately.  The one above is the Play in Peach, and it also comes in Play in Pink.  The glosses are very shiny, but pigmented too.  There’s also a nice clear gloss for a more natural look, or to wear over other lip products.
Vertere Skincare Travel + Discovery Kit

Vertere Skincare Travel + Discovery Kit ($51 on sale for $28 USD) — This set includes Travel + Discovery sizes of our patented Dramatic Transformation Cream SPF 18 and Refining Treatment Cleanser. This two-week introduction to VERTERE is a perfect companion for traveling, or to gift to friends in need of portable yet highly effective and hydrating wrinkle smoothing and dark spot brightening that won’t clog pores.

What I think: This little kit comes in a cute bag!   The cleanser is so nice, it comes in a handy pump despenser and has a refreshing citrus scent. It leaves my skin clean, but hydrated, too.   The night cream is not greasy at all, it actually hass a bit of a matte finish, which is interesting for a night cream.  In the morning, my skin looks amazing!  My skin tone in more even and looks younger!

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Erborian Pate au Ginseng Concentrated Black Mask

Erborian Pate au Ginseng Concentrated Black Mask ($61 for 1.7 oz) — Formulated with Ginseng root, used for ages in Korea to help fight visible signs of aging, PÂTE AU GINSENG helps improve the appearance of skin’s firmness and elasticity through its tensor effect. With a concentrated dose of Ginseng, and its instant tensor effect, this mask helps your skin feel firmer and smoothes out the appearance of the skin, providing immediate comfort and vitality for tired complexions. As if plumped from within, the skin looks visibly smoother, more luminous and younger.

What I think:  This is so hydrating, but I can also feel it firming my skin.  It makes it look smoother and younger.  This is amazing before going out or photos, too!  It’s also great for those of us who are older and need a bit of help firming skin.

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MegRhythm Lavender Gentle Steam Eye Mask
MegRhythm Lavender Gentle Steam Eye Mask ($10.99 for a pack of 7) — MegRhythm self-heating eye mask is the perfect way to relax the eyes and hydrate surrounding skin. Its advanced self-heating technology heightens relaxation and relieves hard working eyes with the warm and soothing sensation of steam heat.
What I think:  This is such a fun product.  It’s very easy to use, just open, unfold and place the tabs around your ears.  It does get pretty warm, so fair warning.  It’s very relaxing and soothing on my eyes.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Shampoo and ConditionerJohn Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Shampoo and Conditioner ($5.99 USD each) — Cold, dry air also dries out your hair. Quench your hair’s thirst and give it a daily dose of intense hydration with this duo that provides humidity resistance, breakage reduction and improved conditioning. This shampoo and conditioner will help keep your hair continuously soft, silky and smooth through the winter months.

What I think: I love this hair care duo!  It’s so great when my hair needs extra moisture.  I find that my hair is soft and manageable afterwards. They smell nice, too, but not an overpowering scent.
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