My Beauty Favorites — Week of July 31-August 6, 2017

Another week’s gone by.  My kids go back to school next week and we have been getting ready for that.  We’ve also been having big summer storms in Kansas City, so it is very humid outside!

This week, I have been loving products to clean, refresh and protect my skin in this weather.  They include sweet-smelling bath products, cleansers that will hydrate parched skin and botanical SPF.

Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Recipe of Love Exfoliating Shower Gel – Orange Blossom ($12, 6.7 fl oz.) — Le Couvent des Minimes Cologne of Love Exfoliating Shower Gel in Orange Blossom combines the exfoliating power of fruit extracts with vegetable-based antioxidants and petitgrain essential oil.

Le Couvent des Minimes Cloister Shower Cream ($12, 6.7 fl oz.) — The blended scent of roses and ripe berries invokes images of a quiet stroll through a blooming garden, the air warm and heavy with late summer.  Essential oils work with vitamin E to support the natural recovery methods of your skin while shea butter delivers intense moisture. Fruit and vegetable extracts exfoliate away dead skin. The creamy formula of this luxurious body wash will leave you feeling silky smooth and smelling as fresh and sweet as a dozen roses.

Le Couvent des Minimes Cloister Body Gel Cream ($18, 7 oz.) — Roses have long signified romance, femininity, passion and even the perfect beauty of nature. But a rose is more than just a pretty face. In fact, roses have been used as an effective antibacterial agent, an antidepressant and even to moisturize dry skin. Blended with the rich antioxidants of ripe berries, these benefits are captured in this cream

What I think: Both of these scents are very fresh and summery! I use exfoliator on my body a lot in the summer.  The orange blossom scent in this one is gorgeous, and it leaves my skin very soft.   The rose and berry products smell so nice.  The rose is the stronger scent, but you can detect the berries as well.  Both hydrate my skin and keep it glowing!

Available at Ulta stores

CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleanser Cloths: ($7.97 on Amazon) —
gently removes dirt, oil, and makeup while ceramides help restore the skin barrier. All CeraVe products contain the vital ceramides healthy skin needs to help restore and maintain its natural protective barrier. Gentle on skin, non-drying, non-irritating.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar: ($4.25 at Amazon) — gently removes dirt, oil and makeup without disrupting skin’s natural protective barrier. Unlike any other cleansing bar, it also contains CeraVe Moisturizing Cream to hydrate and nourish so skin is left soft. In a clinical study, CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar was shown to lock in moisture 3 times longer than the leading brand. Non-comedogenic, non-drying and non-irritating. With ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Fragrance free.

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser:  ($9.97 on Amazon) — It gently removes dirt, oil, and makeup without disrupting the skin’s natural protective barrier. It patented MVE formulation helps essential ingredients penetrate deep into the skin to hydrate and nourish.

What I think:  All three of these products are really gentle on my skin.  I love the cleanser cloths because I am very lazy at night and love using a cloth that will remove makeup and hydrate my skin in one step.  I keep the bar in my shower to easily clean my face.  And the facial cleanser is my perfect first step in the morning to deep clean but leave my face so soft!

Learn more at cerave.com and purchase on Amazon.com or a mass market retailer near you.

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 30 & SPF 50 ($14.99; SPF30 – Ulta.com, SPF 50-Ulta.com, ) Feature a non-greasy, antioxidant rich formula that provides UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. Formula uses Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to provide a non-chemical sun protection option, with a powder-like matte-finish that’s never greasy.

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Natural Spray SPF 30 & SPF 50 ($14.99; SPF30 – Ulta.com, SPF 50-Ulta.com) A natural spray that delivers a refreshing, powdery-clean feel in a convenient 360° continuous spray. Features a non-sticky, antioxidant rich formula that provides UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection with Certifi­ed Organic Alcohol for a naturally luxurious sunscreen experience.

What I think:  First, these smell really fresh and natural, which I love.  More of a soft floral than a beachy scent, which can be a nice change from other sunscreens.  They both dry down to a matte finish without being greasy.  That’s so nice for doing normal outside activities like shopping and working outside.  It looks like I don’t have sunscreen on when wearing it.  Plus they are water resistant up to 80 minutes, so if you are going swimming, these work so well!

These can be purchased at Ulta, CVS, and Walmart

What products are you loving as we are well into summer?

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Brand Review: Perfectly Posh

Perfectly Posh is a company that uses natural ingredients and has fun names and packaging, which are both wins in my book!  Everything smells amazing, too!

They use independent consultants, like my friend Britt, to sell the products all over the US.  I tried a few of her products for my honest review:

Bare it All Micellar Tonic
Bare it All Micellar Tonic ($20 USD)– Cleanse and tone with this no-rinse, 3-in-1 makeup remover, facial cleanser, and moisturizer with a skin-calming blend of lavender, sage, and peppermint essential oils. Reishi mushroom extract helps promote cell renewal while saw palmetto, chamomile, and calendula deep clean, so you can take it all off. Gentle enough for everyday use. Apply cleansing tonic to a cotton pad and gently wipe until skin is completely clean. Use daily, morning and night. No rinsing required.
What I think: I’m a big fan of Micellar cleanser because they are so easy to use, not water required.  Also, they remove all dirt and makeup from my face.  This one smells really fresh, and cleans very deeply.  But, it leaves my skin really soft.  This is a perfect summer cleanser!
All I’ve Avo Wanted Face Mask

All I’ve Avo Wanted Hydrating, Nourishing Face Mask ($19 USD) — If you’re looking for soft, bright, youthful-looking skin, this creamy face mask is all you’ve avo needed. Avocado oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter nourish and moisturize while milk helps soothe and rejuvenate. Apply a thin layer on your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 5–10 minutes. Rinse well and follow with your favorite moisturizer.

What I think:  This mask hydrates so well.  It’s very creamy and really moisturizes skin.  I think this will be perfect for the colder months when my skin becomes dry.  Also nice for aging skin, because it plumps and smooths skin.

Go West Face Mask

Go West Detoxing, Exfoliating Face Mask ($19 USD) — Red clay and gritty volcanic ash help detox pores and exfoliate dry skin, while antioxidant-rich rosehip oil and calming licorice root extract nourish. Apply a thin layer on your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 5–10 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Follow with moisturizer to keep your freshly exfoliated face looking soft and lovely.

What I think: I love the smell of this mask.  It has a spicy citrusy scent.  Very earthy.  The texture is like a thin clay.  It’s a little irritating for my sensitive skin, but it did clean out my pores.  I would say that it is amazing for those with normal to oily skin.

Field Better Soon Chunk

Field Better Soon Chunk ($9 USD)–Calm your skin and your mind as you get clean. This big bath bar is filled with oatmeal and lavender to help reduce irritation and inflammation so your skin feels soothed and hydrated. Plus, the scent of rolling lavender fields will put your mind at ease, too. Use daily in the shower or bath and wash from head to toe for a peaceful clean.

What I think:  I love this lavender scented bar.  It has bits of dried lavender in it and it smells so clean and soothing.  Its a really moisturizing bar and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.   This is such a nice bath soap to have, and I am excited to try other scents of Chunks.

Hello Sweetie Big Fat Yummy Hand Crème
Hello Sweetie Big Fat Yummy Hand Crème ($9 USD) — Say hello to skin that is sweet-smelling and oh-so-soft. Our rich blend of apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, vitamin E, and aloe nourishes tired, dry hands without leaving them feeling greasy. Apply anytime to enjoy a big dose of hydration and a sugared vanilla scent you’re sure to be sweet on. The fragrance is sweet and sunny sugared vanilla.
What I think:  If you love sweet vanilla scents, this hand lotion is for you.  It has a rich and creamy formula, which is perfect for hands.  And it smells so yummy!
Hippie Hooray Body Creme

Hippie Hooray Body Crème  ($19 USD) — Summer calls for intensely soft and supple skin without feeling weighed down. Infused with rejuvenating pomegranate seed oil to help promote cell turnover and reveal younger-looking skin, this body crème features French plum oil to moisturize without any greasy residue and a light, not-too-sweet fruity vanilla scent. Apply generously from neck to toes as needed. The fragrance is light fruits, delicate flowers, and woody, decadent vanilla.

What I think:  This is a sultry and sweet fragrance.  It is not a heavy cream, which is perfect for summer.  It absorbs  quickly and leaves my skin soft, not greasy.

I really like the product that I used.  I think they are a little pricey, somewhere between drugstore and high end skin and body care prices.  But I love that they are all natural and you can purchase them from great people!  I intend on buying a few and reviewing more in the future.

Have you tried Perfectly Posh? Let me know what you think!

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of July 17-23, 2017

It has been extremely hot this week in Kansas City!  I have been staying inside as much as possible.  Thank goodness for air conditioning!

My faves this week include body lotions to hydrate skin and help with issues, a great detangler and round brush for smooth hair

Malin+Goetz vitamin b5 body lotion

Malin+Goetz vitamin b5 body lotion ($34 USD) — Smooth on our vitamin b5 body lotion and instantly feel hydrated. Light in weight, yet heavy in performance, provitamin b5 and essential fatty acids deliver deep, long lasting moisture and nourishment. The quick-absorbing formula leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated.

What I think:  This is a light lotion with a soft citrus scent.  It’s perfect for the summer, because it has a non-greasy texture and leaves skin really soft.  I love using it after a shower.

Purchase at http://www.malinandgoetz.com

DerMend Mature Skin Solutions

DerMend Mature Skin Solutions is a line of three dermatologist-recommended products designed specifically to address the unique skin conditions we experience with the passage of time. The line features DerMend Fragile Skin Moisturizing Formula, DerMend Moisturizing Anti-Itch Lotion and DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula. Depending on your skin’s particular needs, one of the three products in the line, used in a daily skincare regimen, can help every inch of your skin keep pace with the years and stay healthy this summer.

What I think: I think these products are genius ideas for taking care of aging skin.  I have been using the Moisturizing Anti-Itch Lotion on some dry patches of skin and it hydrates and helps it feel better.

Learn more at http://www.dermend.com. CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Meijer. All three products can also be purchased online at LovelySkin.com.

Philip B. pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist

Philip B. pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist ($27 USD) –Weightless, daily detangling mist leaves hair glossy and frizz-free. Perfect for all hair types. Water-light leave-in toner adjusts the pH of tap water to seal the cuticle of your hair, for a remarkably smooth, shiny finish. Boosts manageability and shine with Apple Cider Vinegar, a natural astringent and pH balancer. A featherweight blend of essential oils detangles, obliterates frizz and static, and imparts a light botanical scent.

What I think:  I like to use leave in products to keep hair manageable.  This one fights frizz and makes hair really shiny.  This is amazing for year round soft and gorgeous hair!

Available at http://www.philipb.com

Conair Carbon Smooth Large Round Brush

Conair Carbon Smooth Large Round Brush ($8.39 USD) — Combination of boar and nylon bristles distributes scalp’s own oils to leave hair silky and shiny. The Carbon Barrel and bristles help dry hair quickly, add shine and reduce static, providing professional results. New wavy bristle technology helps grab hair firmly, making blow-dry styling easy. Smoothes and straightens coarse, curly or wavy hair Creates soft waves or curls.

What I think:  I love this for blow drying my hair.  It helps smooth it and give volume.  It also helps hair dry quickly!  I like that it has boar and nylon bristles too.  It detangles well.

Purchase at Walmart and other mass market retailers

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of July 3 – July 9, 2017

Another hot week has gone by!  I hope you had a great holiday weekend!  I enjoyed some sun and fun!

This week I am loving products that are good for my skin and make a difference in it’s appearance.  They include a duo of products to rid you of crepey skin, an amazing group of SPF moisturizers from H2O+, a combo hand creme and lip balm, and fab anti-aging skincare:

Crepe Erase Exfoliating Body Polish — This luxurious body scrub is your first step to visibly smoother, firmer, more radiant skin. It’s specifically developed to target dull, saggy, crepey skin on areas like your neck, chest, arms and legs. It’s free of plastic micro beads and uses exfoliators like rice bran wax and lactic acid to gently buff away dead skin cells and other skin-aging impurities for visibly smoother, younger-looking skin. Its fresh, clean fragrance invigorates the senses while leaving your skin lightly scented.

Crepe Erase Intensive Body Repair Treatment — The powerhouse of the Crepe Erase system, this deeply hydrating, nutrient-rich formula with TruFirm Complex helps to visibly repair and condition the appearance of dry, aging, crepey skin on the neck, chest, arms and legs. It’s developed to help restore your skin’s youthful bounce, and it’s clinically shown to provide all-day moisture for satin-smooth skin. When paired with the Exfoliating Body Polish, it’s clinically shown to improve the look of crepey, sagging-looking skin.

What I think — This set is $39.95 online.  The Body Polish is gentle, but really scrubs thoroughly.  It leaves my skin very smooth.  The Body Repair Treatment is a creamy moisturizer that instantly hydrates and softens.  I notice that my skin on my neck is much smoother and look younger.

Purchase at /www.crepeerase.com

H2O+ Beauty SPF Moisturizers

Aquadefense Protective Matcha Moisturizer SPF 40 ($44 USD) — SPF 40 blocks 97.5% of UVB rays while broad spectrum coverage also protects against UVA rays which can accelerate skin aging. Featuring Matcha Green Tea and Rice Bran extracts, it protects against skin damage and moisture loss without leaving any white residue.

Oasis Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 30 ($42 USD) — This moisture-packed SPF offers protection from the sun’s harmful rays while remaining lightweight to the touch. It’s infused with Sea Grass and Water Lily extracts because you should be rewarded for being so responsible.

Infinity+ Wrinkle Delay Cream SPF 30 ($58 USD) — Broad-spectrum sun protection with an anti-aging kick, this day cream contains age-defying peptides and a daily dose of SPF to help ward off the appearance of wrinkles. Its silky texture features Camellia Japonica Oil and Red Algae extract.

Waterbright Radiating Moisturizer SPF 30 (54 USD) — This powerhouse daytime moisturizer is infused with Vitamin C, known to combat dull, uneven skin tone. The fast-absorbing formula boasts an infusion Pomelo and Snowflake Flower extracts and broad spectrum coverage to decrease the risk of early skin aging caused by the sun.

What I think:  These SPF moisturizers from H2O+ are awesome multitaskers!  They are your day cream and SPF in one.  Right now, the one I am using most is the Aquadefense since it has a SPF of 40.  It’s perfect for the summer.  I also love the Infinity+ for aging skin, it smooths and softens skin.  They all are amazing and theirs one for all skin types!

Purchase at http://www.h2oplus.com

Votre Vu Bébé Duette

Votre Vu Bébé Duette ($24 USD) — If one is good, two is better… A Duette sung in perfect harmony. Beautifully moisturized hands always rate in the Top 10 on the charts and Lovely Lips sing sweetly in every language. A clever little pair to keep everywhere – in fact you may want more than one! Includes:

tarte d’amande (almond pie) hand crème — This intoxicating hand crème leaves a soft veil of almond and coconut fragrance lingering on the skin.  This succulent recipe of nourishing and protecting sunflower, grape seed and jojoba oils combined with moisturizing and healing aloe, wheat proteins and natural sun filters develops into the perfect treat, anytime of the day.

clair (clear) lip balm — This nourishing lip balm made from coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax gently protects, nourishes and softens lips in every condition. A deliciously light and natural coconut flavor delivers a guiltless treat to your mouth with every application. Intensively nourishing, your lips will become supple and shiny again.

What I think: I am so in love with this!  The two products that I always need in my purse are hand cream and lip balm.  This combines them into one handy product.  Plus, they are both very hydrating and smell delicious!

Available at votrevu.com

Meaningful Beauty Antioxidant Day Créme SPF 20 ($40 USD) — Suitable for all skin types, this lightweight moisturizer is fortified with the Exclusive Microencapsulated Melon Complex and dual action Vitamin C to provide free radical damage and helps to brighten complexions while smoothing out fine lines.

Meaningful Beauty Glycolic Treatment Pads ($48 USD) — Designed to exfoliate and rejuvenate skin, these pads help skin look fresh and evenly toned. 10% glycolic acid revitalizes and minimizes pores, while removing surface skin oils. The result? Youthful, glowing, more vibrant skin.

What I think:  Both of these products can help to achieve glowing summer skin.  The Glycolic Treatment Pads make my skin look clearer, and more pores much cleaner.  The Day Creme protects while hydrating and looking smooth.

Purchase at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

What products are you loving this week?

 

My Beauty Favorites — Week of June 26 – July 2, 2017

I can’t believe it’s already July!  This year is flying by so fast.

My favorites this week are products for the face and body that smell great and hydrate so well.  They include rosewater toner and exfoliators, a Vitamin C peel, gentle skin bath products and sweet smelling body products.

 

Gülsha – Ultimate Rosewater ($20 USD) — gülsha Ultimate Rosewater, produced drop by drop by the gentle steam distillation of fresh rose petals in pure copper alembics, is more than a rosewater. Usually, rosewater is a by-product of rose essential oil distillation. By keeping the valuable rose essential oil, gülsha has created the Ultimate Rosewater which contains all the vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids of the precious rosa damascena flower.

Gülsha – Purifying Rose Dust ($20 USD) — enhances the cleansing ritual with this gentle-yet-powerful cleanser and manual scrub you can use daily without irritation. The sulfate-free formula dissolves dirt and everyday impurities. Unique dried rose buds powder based formula activates upon contact with water, releasing mild cleansing surfactants that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter. Thanks to pure rosa damascena essential oil with its anti-ageing properties and the toxin absorption capacity of pink clay, the skin is visibly soft, fresh and luminous.

What I think: I use these together by adding the rosewater to the rose dust.  It creates a paste.  I then add a bit of water to get a foam and massage into my face.  Once I rinse it off, my face feels really soft.  I also use the rosewater as a toner afterwards.  It has a very strong scent, but the rose dust is softly scent, which I like.

Purchase at http://www.bigelowchemists.com

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel ($23 USD) –The Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel specifically targets pollutants that are left sitting on the skin at the end of the day. This transforming gel-to-peel texture peels away dull, tired city skin for a happy healthy glow. The PH of the gel helps to release surface cells.  Contains our most potent Camu Camu Berry. 60 times more Vitamin C concentration than an orange!

What I think:  This peel is really fun to use.  Apply 1-2 pumps to the face then massage it in for about 20 seconds.  The dead skin comes off with the clumps of peel and leaves my skin so soft afterwards.  It smells really bright and cleans.

Purchase at http://www.thebodyshop.com/en-us

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Bath Milk ($15, on sale for $9) — Formulated to respect your skin’s natural moisture barrier with a delicate yet decadent blend of natural oils, this creamy bath milk gently cleanses, soothes and reduces the sensation of tight, itchy dry skin. Enriched with almond milk from Spain and Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, Almond Milk & Honey is specially formulated for sensitive, dry skin.

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Shower Cream ($5, on sale for $3) — Soothe as you cleanse with this gentle, soap-free shower gel – specially formulated to respect your skin’s natural moisture barrier and pH. This gentle formula won’t strip your skin of moisture. Enriched with organic almond milk from Spain and Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, Almond Milk & Honey is specially formulated for sensitive, dry skin.

What I think:  I love the scent of these bath products!  The Bath Milk bubbles nicely and soothes irritated skin.  The shower cream is also really gentle on the skin.  I love that the ingredients are natural, too.

Available at http://www.thebodyshop.com/en-us

Zoella Beauty Bath Latte ($8.95 USD) — Indulge in Zoella’s Bath Latte, a deliciously scented, creamy bath and shower milk. Enriched with nourishing sweet almond, cacao and honey, it will leave your skin feeling beautifully soft, silky and smelling totally irresistible.

Zoella Beauty Le Fizz Fragranced Bath Fizzer ($7.95 USD) — This irresistible macaroon scented Zoella Le Fizz Fragranced Bath Fizzer will transform your bath into an indulgent experience.

Zoella Beauty Life is Sweet Cosmetic Bag ($9.95 USD) — Zoella’s Life is Sweet cute little coin purse to keep all your beauty essentials safe on the go.

What I think: The packaging of these products are really fun.   The bath latte smells yummy and makes skin so soft.  The bath fizzer bar is ingenious, but it doesn’t really fizz much.  You have to hold it under running water, and it fizzes a little.  And the cosmetic bag is cute, perfect for small makeup items.

Available at Ulta and http://www.ulta.com

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Summer Beauty Must Haves

Hi All!  I just got back from a big road trip with my family a few days ago and have lots of products to review!  I thought I’d start with fun summer beauty picks since I was gone for the first day of summer.

I am loving the following products:

Tan-Luxe The Butter Illuminating Tanning Butter

Tan-Luxe The Butter Illuminating Tanning Butter ($36 USD) — Revolutionise the way you tan with our most luxurious, nourishing formula yet. A  multitasking 4 in 1 replenishing and hydrating body treatment, skin perfecter, illuminator and gradual tan.

A lightweight, quick-drying formula with a unique complex of Vitamin E, Raspberry Seed Oil, Oat Oil and Coconut Oil combined with Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter. THE BUTTER delivers increased moisture to the skin that is clinically proven to last for 24 hours along with a natural-looking tan glow that develops within 4-6 hours.

What I think: This is such a hydrating body butter that also gives a beautiful tan.  I apply it to exfoliated skin and let it develop for at least 4 hours.  The color is very natural and not orange at all.  I would love to try their tanning oils next!

Purchase at http://www.tan-luxe.com

Finishing Touch Flawless

Finishing Touch Flawless ($19.99 USD) — Introducing the NEW Finishing Touch Flawless, this year’s must-have addition to your beauty routine. The new gold-standard in women’s facial hair removal, Flawless instantly and painlessly sweeps away unwanted hair with a new spinning technology destined to make painful plucking or waxing obsolete. Flawless is so gentle it can be used every day without risking redness or irritation to your skin, and there is no downtime waiting for regrowth to remove hair The sleek and discreet white and rose gold façade is a serious upgrade to any vanity. With a built-in light and battery-operated design, Flawless is ideal at home or on-the-go. It’s also TSA-approved for convenient travel. The 18-karat gold-plated head is hypoallergenic and removable for easy cleaning.

What I think:  I took this on my vacation.  I popped it in my makeup bag, and whenever I needed to remove facial hair, it was easy and painless.  Just use circular motions over the area to be treated and hair is removed.  It takes a little bit to get all of it, but hair is removed (as well as dead skin).  It is easy to clean, just pop the top of the device and clean with included brush.  This is a neat little device.

Available at Walmart, Walgreens, Bed Bath and Beyond, CVS, Rite-Aid, Sally Beauty, Ulta.  For additional information, visit FinishingTouchFlawless.com 

Mally Beauty brings shimmering summer makeup:

Mally Beauty Shimmer, Shape & Go Blush Single ($24) — This formula is weightless, creamy and super blendable. This product allows you to create a soft blush for radiant skin. The design of the blush allows you to apply the product quickly by simply swiping it on the cheeks, creating the perfect summer look.
Available in Lighter and Darker

Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra Eye Shadows ($25) — Provides quick application and long-wearing color that looks incredible all day. It is a multifunctional product – your primer, shadow base and eye shadow all in one. Once your look is complete, it will stay fresh all day long! Available in Autumn Shimmer, Bliss, Brownstone, Moonlight, Pink Champagne, Shimmering Mauve, Timeless Taupe and more.

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner ($18) — is a high performance eyeliner that glides on easily and lasts all day. It’s perfect for those who want a long lasting product that can be smudged or worn alone. Try them in Caribbean Blue, Pink Champagne, Ice Blue, Starshine and Sparkling.

What I think:  Mally’s products are always high-performing and gorgeous! I have the blush in the Lighter shade.  It’s a shimmering coral pink that looks amazing this time of year.  It can be blended for a softer look, but it’s also buildable.  The eyeshadow and eyeliner are both very pigmented and blendable, but once they set, they will stay all day!

Available at www.mallybeauty.com 

Treets Traditions The Alps – Healing In Harmony Collection

Treets Traditions The Alps – Healing In Harmony Collection– The Healing In Harmony collection is inspired by the medicinal ingredients found in the Alps, where weather challenges everything that lives. With a powerful blend of rosemary, lavender, grapeseed, and beeswax, the Healing In Harmony collection conditions skin and leaves behind a fresh and soft scent. This collection includes Foaming Shower Gel, Shower Gel, Body Salt Scrub, Body Butter, Bath Fizzers, Hand Wash, Hand Lotion, and Bath Tea.

What I think:  I tried the Body Salt Scrub.  It comes with a little spoon to help scoop the product out, which I liked.  The scrub itself it perfect for pre-tanning or just getting rid of dead skin.  My skin was soft and glowing afterwards.

This and other collections from Treets Traditions is available at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

EO Certified Organic Deodorant Sprays

EO Certified Organic Deodorant Sprays ($6.99 USD) — The best way to stay fresh all day is to eliminate odor at its source. The certified organic deodorants contain no aluminum salts, propylene glycol, zinc salts, or triclosan that can potentially clog pores. Pure essential oils and organic Ethanol neutralize and eliminate the sources of unpleasant body odors to keep you fresh, cool, and clean all day long and can be used safely multiple times per day. Available in: Lavender, Citrus, Vetiver, and Tea Tree

What I think:  I received this in Vetiver.  It smells amazing, really fresh.  It cools the body when sprayed under the arms.  I think this is perfect for those who can wear natural deodorants.  I need the extra strength stuff, so this only lasted a couple of hours on me.  But if you don’t need clinical deodorants, this is a perfect choice!

Purchase at www.eoproducts.com 

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My Memorial Day Beauty Favorites!

Are you enjoying the long weekend? I love the chance to get things done and to relax!  Plus of course barbecues and fun!

For my favorites this week, I’ve chosen products that work with the fun and sun that this weekend brings:

Senteurs d_Orient NEW Oriental Gardenia Hammam Soap

Senteurs d’Orient NEW Oriental Gardenia Hammam Soap ($36 USD) — Moisturizing your skin is key, especially after your first time in the summer sun. Don’t leave for your Memorial day weekend beach vacation without the new handcrafted Oriental Gardenia Hammam Soap. Infused with a moisturizing blend of Olive Oil, Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Glycerin, this Hammam Soap leaves skin looking dewy and feeling smooth.

What I think: I love the new scent of this soap on a rope!  It’s very fresh and floral.  Hanging this in my shower made my whole bathroom smell amazing.  The soap itself is very hydrating and leaves skin so soft!

Available at www.net-a-porter.com

Hairdo 23” Long Wave Pony

Keep your hair up and out of your face in the summer sun, while still looking chic with the Hairdo 23” Long Wave Pony ($59 USD) – which clips right over your own ponytail! This 23” Long Wave Pony features Tru2Life® heat-friendly synthetic hair that can be flat-ironed, curled or blown out, and has a long, smooth band of wrap-around hair that securely attaches with a hook-and-loop fastening strip for a look that’s seamless.

What I think: This is such a cute look for the summer.  My hair is a lot shorter, so I have to get used to the weight.  I think it’s perfect for going out, and would look nice for events like wedding.

Purchase at Ulta stores and Ulta.com

KMS HAIRPLAY Sea Salt Spray

KMS HAIRPLAY Sea Salt Spray ($23.50 USD) Get your beach waves ready with KMS HAIRPLAY Sea Salt Spray, infused with salt from the Dead Sea, this texturizing spray provides fullness, creates just-out-of-the-ocean texture, enhances waves and provides a matte finish. This easy to use spray can be applied to towel-dried hair and air dry.

What I think: Sea salt sprays are nice in the warm weather when I don’t want to style my hair.  I just spray this one on damp hair and let it air dry.  My hair is wavy without having to try!  I also like the matte finish.

Available at KMS Salons Nationwide

Burt’s Bees Baby Nourishing Mineral Sunscreen; $14.99

Burt’s Bees Baby Nourishing Mineral Sunscreen ($14.99 USD) –Treat your skin with the delicateness of a baby with Burt’s Bees Baby Nourishing Mineral Sunscreen. This lightweight, fast-absorbing formula spread evenly, leaving behind water-resistant, broad spectrum SPF30 protection, without thick or sticky white residue. Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, this nourishing mineral sunscreen is gentle on vulnerable skin, while immediately improving skin hydration with wholesome natural ingredients, such as Beeswax, Vitamin E, and Coconut Extract.

What I think: This unscented sunscreen definitely isn’t only for babies!  It’s really gentle on my sensitive skin.  When I applied it for the first time, it seemed thick, but it spread well and absorbed fairly quickly.  I like that it isn’t greasy and leaves my skin soft, but not shiny.

Available at Whole Foods, Amazon.com and Burtsbees.com

Lavanila Laboratories Mini Sport Luxe Deodorant

Store the Lavanila Laboratories Mini Sport Luxe Deodorant ($9 USD) in your beach bag for long lasting freshness all weekend long. This deodorant was created for life in motion. Lavanila’s proprietary, award-winning beta glucan technology is infused with SmartSport™ for high-performance defense and nourishment, and bursts with long-lasting vanilla breeze freshness to break down sweat molecules and deliver superior, invisible, all-natural odor protection.

What I think: This fresh little deodorant is so easy to take with you. The scent is amazing and it’s a great natural deodorant for all the sweating that comes with more activity and warmer weather!  I usually need a clinical deodorant, but this works pretty well for me.

Available at Lavanila.com

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