My Beauty Favorites — Week of August 14-20, 2017

Tomorrow is the Solar Eclipse!  How exciting!  Kansas City is in the path.  But, I couldn’t find glasses, so I will probably stay inside and experience the darkness without looking directly at it.  Then I’ll run outside and check on our animals (goats, chickens, rabbits)!

This week I have been loving a luxe new gel balm cleanser, a mascara that you shake and sandy nude nails:

Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser

Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser ($60 USD) — Fortify, purify and beautify your complexion with Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser, an innovative skincare formulation with ameliorative and regenerative properties. This hybrid gel-to-balm solution melts away makeup and impurities before enhancing the skin with intensely moisturising and hydrating active ingredients.

It is formulated with clove oil, utilised for its antiseptic properties, while eucalyptus oil works to banish toxins and purify the complexion. Energizing Egyptian chamomile oil works alongside shea butter to enhance the skin’s moisture levels. Grapeseed oil is included for the regulation of oil production, maintaining a healthy balance of natural oils while antioxidants defend against environmental stressors. Emulsifying lecithin and botanical extracts such as argan oil and olive oil soothe and nourish, establishing a radiant complexion.

What I think: This cool new cleanser feels so good on!  The natural oils and extracts cleanses my skin well and keep it hydrated throughout the day.  I love that I’m doing something good for my skin!

Purchase at spacenk.com

Rimmel London Shake It Fresh Mascara

Rimmel London Shake It Fresh Mascara ($6.99 USD) — The freshest mascara on the block that won’t dry out or cause clumps. Shake it up to keep it fresh from start to finish. Rock ultra-smooth, clump-free volume from first to last use.

First-to-market Shake-Shake technology makes Shake It Fresh Mascara last longer than normal mascara. Patented shaker system refreshes the formula when needed. Formula stays good as new and clump free from first to last day of use.  Volume Defining brush with flexible fibers adds volume and separates lashes from corner to corner for a mess-free, defined look.  Enjoy flawless, clump-free, smudge-free volume with every application.  Shades: Extreme Black,  Black and Very Black

What I think:  This is a really fun mascara to use.  I shake it before each use to freshen the product.  It applies really smoothly without clumps.  I use about two or more coats to get the length and volume I need.

Purchase at mass market retailers near you.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy sandy nudes ($8.99 USD) — Color that cares while you wear. Intensive nourishment for healthy looking nails. Up to 10 days fade-proof, Chip-Resistant Wear. 9 out of 10 Women experienced a noticeable improvement in their natural nails.

What I think:  I love nude nails all year round.  They are fresh and classic looking.  Color Therapy is one of my favorite polishes because it covers well, lasts for days and leave my nails looking healthy after removal!

Available at mass market retailers like Target.

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No7 Fall Skincare and Makeup Releases!

Wanting a new fall look? No7 has come out with some amazing skin care and cosmetics to change up your look for the fall!

I was sent the following products to test for my honest opinion.  They are all affordable and perform very well:

No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence

No7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi-Action Serum ($33.99 (30mL) and $43.99 (50mL) -This serum has five clinically proven results for the face and neck. It adresses concerns of wrinkles, face firmness, and neck crepiness, and is targeted towards women in their 50s and 60s. The serum’s building block technology features the protein-strengthening ingredient Matrixyl 3000 Plus complex found in No7’s existing serum ranges, along with an additional complex of Calcium Amino Acids and Ceramides to help boost epidermal strength.

What I think:  I always apply serum in the morning and evening before moisturizer, so I was happy to try this one.  I haven’t been using it for long, but I have found that my skin tone seems clearer and smoother.  I’m using it on my neck, too and it seems a little firmer. The formula is very hydrating and a little goes a long way.

Available at select Walgreens stores, Walgreens.com, Ulta, Ulta.com, Target and Target.com in September.

No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence

No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence ($24.99 USD) — Smooth and even out skin tone with this new essence and its innovative delivery system. This breakthrough product guarantees to leave skin looking brighter and healthier than ever. In a recent study, 93% of women agreed their skin looked brighter after just two weeks! After first use, skin feels softer, refreshed and more radiant through use of the potent Vitamic C raw ingredient.

What I think: To use this product, you mix the powder in with the essence. This is a glowy combo!  I like using it at night and in the morning my skin looks smooth and bright.

Available at Target, Target.com, Ulta, and select Walgreens and Duane Reade locations in July.

No7 City Light Tinted Moisturizer

No7 City Light Tinted Moisturizer ($14.99 USD) — City-proof your skin this summer. This skin-perfecting tinted moisturizer not only quenches thirsty skin, but is full of skin loving ingredients and No7s innovative Double Defense technology, designed to boost the skin’s natural defenses and neutralize damaging free radicals. Available in three shades: Fair, Medium, and Medium/Dark.

What I think: This multitasker is a great combo of skincare and coverage.  It’s sheer when applied, but covers really well and leaves skin smooth and with a subtle glow.  It doesn’t look like I’m wearing any foundation!  It also has SPF 15 to protect skin.

Available at Ulta.com, Walgreens.com, Ulta, select Walgreens and Duane Reade locations in July, available in Target and on Target.com in August.

No7 Lash Impact Ultra Instant False Lash Volume Mascara

No7 Lash Impact Ultra Instant False Lash Volume Mascara ($10.99 USD) — Push your lashes to their highest potential. With a creamy texture and unique application brush, this mascara will last all day and night. Available in two shades: Black, Brown/Black

What I think:  This mascara not only gives great volume, it curls and lengthens my lashes, too.  This definitely gives a dramatic look!

Purchase “Black” at Ulta.com, Walgreens.com, Ulta, select Walgreens and Duane Reade locations. “Brown/Black” at Walgreens.com, select Walgreens and Duane Reade locations in July.

No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Collection

Achieve flawless eyelids that look perfectly smooth and velvety soft with the new No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Palettes & Trios. With these eyeshadows, you’ll have options that will last you from day to night, without having to worry about fading or creasing.
Palettes ($14.99 USD)– Available in two shade ranges: nude and smoky.
Trios ($9.99 USD)– available in eight shade ranges: Plum, Warm Nudes, Golden Sands, Smokey Grey, Cool Nudes, Emerald Stones, High Seas, and Pink Blossom

What I think:  All of these palettes and trios give a mixture of shimmer and matte shades to create pretty fall eye looks.  The trios are fun because they can fit in a purse or small makeup bag and can give lots of different looks.  The palettes are very pretty and have great color selections.  The pigments are pretty good, they can be layered for more “wow”.

Available at Target, Target.com, Ulta, Ulta.com, and select Walgreens and Duane Reade Locations

Have you tried any No7 products?

 

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Arbonne Clear Future Collection — 25% Off in August!

Arbonne’s Clear Future Collection

My kids went back to school this week.  I work from home so the house is quiet, finally!

Besides the excitement of new clothes and school supplies, new beauty products are important, too! Arbonne is having a “back to school” deal to help keep everyone’s skin clear. The brand has a full line of amazing botanically-based acne products and they are all 25% off for the month of August. Here’s info on the collection:

Arbonne’s Clear Future Collection is your answer for kicking blemishes to the curb for good. Beyond traditional salicylic acid to treat new blemishes, this system contains several nourishing botanicals like sage leaf extract and witch hazel to condition and soothe skin. Daily, consistent use will help skin appear more even-toned, healthy, and of course clear! The line is complete with a Deep Pore Acne Cleanser, Treatment Pads, Mattifying Lotion, Spot Treatment and Soothing Overnight Mask so you can customize your own unique routine.

I think this sounds amazing!  I should be reviewing some of these soon.  But for now, all of these products sale price is reflected in the price on Arbonne’s website.

Have you tried Arbonne’s Clear Future Collection?

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Masqueology 24K Gold Collection

Masqueology 24K Gold Group
Have you tried Masqueology beauty products?  I love their masks and was excited to try new products!  I received samples from their 24K Gold-based skincare line.  So exciting!  The products are:

24K Gold Under Eye Gel Masks: 15 pairs ($9.88 USD) of single-use, hydrogel undereye patches with gold and collagen will lift and firm the eye area while reducing the appearance of dark circles. The hyrdrogel increases moisture and elasticity in the skin.

What I think: I love the fun gold tin they are in.  The masks are a light gold and have a mild lotiony scent.  I leave them on for ten minutes or so and they do firm my eye area.  I haven’t seen a difference in my dark circle yet, but will keep using them.

24K Gold Eye Cream  ($10.83 USD) — with Gold and Adenosine will work to lift and firm the eye area while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also contains anti-aging superstar ingredient Niacinamide.

What I think: This is a firming eye cream that leaves the under eye area looking smooth. I use it all around my eye to keep my lids firm.

24K Gold Serum ($12.72 USD) is an anti-aging formula that promises to give moisture and elasticity to the skin while helping to restore a more youthful complexion. Skin is left feeling smooth and refreshed.

What I think: This serum has flecks of gold in it.  It leaves the skin with a subtle sheen, but not  glitter. The scent when first applied is almost like an old time face cream, but that dissipates pretty quickly. Skin is glowy when applied.

24K Gold Cream ($13 USD) with shimmer is formulated with gold and hyaluronic acid to help hydrate the skin for maximum moisture. Gold pearls give an all-over sun-kissed glow. Key ingredients include Gold, Adenosine, Vitamin A and Vitamin E.

What I think: This cream smells really great! Kind of sweet and citrusy.  The gold in this is fairly noticeable on, but it is since it is rich, it makes a great night cream. So I don’t worry about the glitter.In the morning, my skin is soft and so hydrated.

I have to say that all of the products are beautifully packaged in gorgeous containers, especially for the price point.  They are so affordable for anti-aging products and the gold is a nice touch!  I recommend picking up a piece or two and trying it!

Available at Walmart stores.

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of August 7-13, 2017

It is getting hot again here in Kansas City, and humid.  Our backyard is a swamp because it has been raining and the bugs are out, so I say inside.

This has giving me a change to try new products. My faves this week  include two new breakthrough skincare items and a cool foundation:

Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi-Rejuvinating Retinol+Superfood Oil and Pads

Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi-Rejuvinating Retinol+Superfood Oil and Pads ($75 USD) — the nighttime solution specifically formulated to help combat key signs of aging including lines, wrinkles, discoloration,
pores, roughness, firmness and radiance. this nourishing nighttime formula delivers clinically proven anti-aging power.

What I think:  To use this product, pour the entire bottle over the pads.  Then, this it to be applied every night after cleansing and before hydrating skin.  After using,  skin feels firmer and pores are visibly reduced. This is easy to use and really tightens skin and gives a youthful glow!

Purchase at http://www.philosophy.com

StriVectin Multi-Action Active Infusion Youth Serum

StriVectin Multi-Action Active Infusion Youth Serum ($89 1 oz) –Visibly smooths lines, firms and unifies overall texture. Instantly infuses skin with sophisticated luminosity. Clinically proven to strengthen the skin barrier 2x.

What I think:  First of all, the product in the bottle is so pretty!  This is gorgeous for morning and/or evening use before moisturizer.  Once applied, skin is brightened and looks smooth and clear.  This definitely makes you look younger!
 
Julep Cushion Complexion

Julep Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector with Turmeric ($30 or $24 if you are a Julep Maven) — This multitasking skin perfector has a natural, demi-matte finish with buildable medium-to-full coverage that conceals, corrects, illuminates, blurs & brightens. The convenient cushion tip applicator allows for easy and precise application, even on the go. Use it to spot correct and conceal, or all over as a foundation.

What I think:  This product is unlike anything I have tried before!   I received it in my August Maven box.  I have been subscribing for years (I usually don’t review the box, because I only get a couple of items in it a month).

This has a sponge applicator, which is not new, but the fact that this can be a full face foundation is, plus it dries down to a matte finish almost immediately.  If is full coverage and really pretty on. You only get a few minutes of play because it sets too, and I have found that I don’t need finishing powder with it.  There are 18 shade available, so there’s a shade for almost everyone!

Purchase at http://www.julep.com

 

 

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Brand Review: Nia (Not Into Aging)

I recently was sent samples of a great new (to me) skincare brand called Nia (Not into Aging).

Nia was designed not only to stop early signs of aging, but to help skin withstand all the stressors that come its way like getting little sleep to looking down at your phone.  The product include patented NIA-114 strengthens skin’s moisture barrier and keeps it radiant.

Here are the products in the line:

Nia Fully Charged Serum X Moisturizer

Nia Fully Charged Serum X Moisturizer ($39 USD)–  This potent, serum-infused moisturizer is a supercharged dose of high-impact hydration and nutrients delivered in one simple, power-packed step. Formulated with skin optimizing NIA-114™, this lightweight, breathable formula strengthens the moisture barrier, smoothes fine lines, brightens skin and fights visible signs of aging.

What I think: I love that this is two steps in one.  Especially in the summer when the humidity makes it uncomfortable to have too much on my face.  The one thing is that this is a bit sticky on, especially the first time I used it.  I shook it up the second time and it was much better.  I can see myself using this every day for brighter skin.

Available at Ulta and Ulta.com

Nia Fake Awake Triple-Action Eye Gel

Nia Fake Awake Triple-Action Eye Gel ($36 USD) — This triple-action gel is a power nap for tired eyes, instantly brightening, smoothing and de-puffing.  Light-reflecting optics visibly diminish dark circles, while a blend of skin optimizing NIA-114™ + lifting agents help reduce the look of fine lines.  Formulated to absorb in a flash, with a ceramic tip applicator to cool on contact, so you can fake awake and get on with your life.

What I think: I love eye products that brighten the eyes as they are giving skincare benefits!  I do notice that my dark circles look lighter and brighter.  The ceramic tip applicator is pretty neat, it does cool tired eyes!

Nia Glow On Demand Energizing Illuminator

Nia Glow On Demand Energizing Illuminator ($28 USD) —  This unique, double-duty formula features a breathable matrix of light-reflecting ingredients that brightens and illuminates, restoring natural glow, while a fusion of caffeine and ginger instantly rev up dull, lifeless skin.   Skin optimizing NIA-114™ rehydrates, soothes and smoothes on contact.

What I think:  I really like this.  It gives a really soft glow. I have been using it as a primer under my makeup.  It smooths my skin so my foundation goes on easily and looks flawless.  And a bit of the brightening shines through.

Nia Tech Neck Line Smoother

Nia Tech Neck Line Smoother ($36 USD) —  The repeated motion of looking down at your phone throughout the day can actually cause neck lines.  Keep your neck in check with this lightweight serum and on-the-go massage roller that glides on gently to instantly firm and smooth skin. Skin optimizing NIA-114™ + a blend of lipopeptides help reduce the look of horizontal lines and fortifyskin against Tech Neck.

What I think:  I am pleasantly surprised with this product!  I though it might be sticky like the serum/moisturizer, but it’s not. I love the roller, it feels cool against my skin.  I can apply the product and help it absorb in once step.  And my neck feels a bit firmer with each use.

Nia Wash + Glow Hydrating Cleansing Foam

Nia Wash + Glow Hydrating Cleansing Foam ($22 USD) — Wash away the signs of long days + late nights. Soothing, silky-foam cleanser removes makeup + impurities without stripping skin of moisture to reveal a fresh-faced, natural glow.

What I think:  This hydrating foam cleanser removes all of my makeup without drying it out.  It is easy to use and cleanse day and night.  I like to keep it in my shower.  My skin is glowing and ready for skincare and makeup once I am done!

Nia Sunday Deto Whipped Clay Peel-Off Mask

Nia Sunday Detox Whipped Clay Peel-Off Mask ($36 USD) — This first-to-market purifying foam-to-peel mask is a double detox for skin showing signs of a long week or epic Saturday night.  Rich clay mousse draws our dirt and debris from pores to reduce the appearance of blackheads, then dries to a peel-off mask to lift away dead skin cells for smooth, radiant skin.  Infused with skin optimizing NIA-114™ + exfoliating fruit extracts to reset skin for the week ahead.

What I think:  This is a really fun mask!  I’ve never used a peel off clay mask before and didn’t know what to expect.  It comes out as a mousse and is a bit thin.  I apply plenty so that I can remove it easily.  It only takes about 15 minutes to dry down and peels off quickly.  My skin is soft and my pores are clearer.

These products are available at Ulta and Ulta.com.

Have you tried any Nia products.  Leave a comment and let me know!

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Brand Review: OFRA Cosmetics Part 2 — Skincare

I was so lucky to be sent some wonderful OFRA products to review for my honest opinion.  I reviewed gorgeous OFRA cosmetics here. Now, it’s on to the skincare!

I received 4 products to test: Peptide Cleanser, Peptide Silk-C Serum, OFRA X Kim Thai Wanderlush and the Peptide Brightening Mask.

OFRA Peptide Cleanser

OFRA Peptide Cleanser ($24 3.3 fl. oz) is designed to provide gentle yet thorough results for normal and combination skin types. It combines quality ingredients for a deep cleansing of the skin.

I find that this cleanser is amazing for nighttime cleansing.  It removes waterproof and long-lasting makeup well.  It leaves my skin clean and ready for serum and moisturizer.  It has a slight, clean scent to it and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.

OFRA Peptide Silk-C Serum
OFRA Peptide Silk-C Serum ($79 1 fl. oz) is a highly advanced product with a premium Peptide base designed to help hydrate the skin producing significant anti-aging results. It includes Kinetin, a plant hormone, to promote regeneration of skin cells.
This is probably my favorite product of the four.  It has a smooth texture, almost like a cream.  It absorbs into my skin right away and leaves a nice sheen.  It also smooths my skin and makes my pores look less noticeable. I have also noticed that the fine lines around my eyes are harder to see!  I use this morning and night under moisturizer. 

OFRA X Kim Thai WanderlushOFRA X Kim Thai Wanderlush ($29 2.2 fl. oz.) —  an extremely velvety, soothing and lightweight moisturizer that quenches skin with intense moisture for long-lasting hydration.  This fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic cream is suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. Wanderlush replenishes dry, dull skin increasing elasticity for a fresh, youthful appearance. ​

This hydrating cream is fragrance free, which I love.  It is very moisturizing.  It isn’t greasy, but takes a little while to sink in.  I think it will be perfect for the colder weather, when my skin gets drier.  Right now, it’s a nice evening treatment.  When I wake up, my skin is glowing!  And it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.

Also, $2 of each unit sold will be going to a charity of Kim Thai’s choosing, which is amazing!

OFRA Cosmetic Laboratories Peptide Brightening Mask

OFRA Peptide Brightening Mask ($59 6.8 fl 0z) — Give combination and normal skin the ultimate beauty boost with this pigmentation reducing treatment mask. It has an oil-absorbing formula with a rich texture. The mask refines and smoothes as it reduces pigmentation revealing clear, refreshed skin.

This is really easy to use. Apply twice a week on a clean face and neck and allow to stand at least ten minutes, then wash off. It has a cooling effect and feels really nice on my skin! Once I remove it, my skin is glowing.  I haven’t used it long enough to see the lightening effects, but will continue using it.

These and much more fab skincare is available at www.ofracosmetics.com

Have you used any OFRA skincare?  What are your favorites?