Hydrating Products For Winter Skin and Hair — Part 2

We had an ice storm in Kansas City today, it was crazy!  And what else is crazy is my skin and hair in this cold weather!

I have been sent some great products for my honest review, and these are some of my favorite to help hydrate skin and style my hair in this harsh winter:

 

TLW Let's Get Tacos Treatment Oil
TLW Let’s Get Tacos Treatment Oil

TLW Let’s Get Tacos Treatment Oil ($20.00 USD) — This light hair oil from Three Little Words has such a fun name, plus it smells amazing, like tropical fruit!  It claims to repair hair from the inside out and helps seal split-ends for smooth, healthy-looking results. It is formulated with grape seed oil, the treatment moisturizes, strengthens, repairs and adds shine while, Kakadu plum oil provides UV protection and heat resistance. I like that it is liquid, not a heavy oil and absorbs quickly into my hair.  I apply it to damp and dry hair and my hair is soft and manageable!

Purchase at http://www.freepeople.com

Dr Teal's Pink Himalayan Body Lotion
Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Body Lotion

Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Body Lotion ($4.97 USD) Delivers deep moisture to the skin plus all the benefits of aromatherapy for the mind. A rich blend of cocoa butter, Shea Butter and Vitamin E is infused with Essential Oils like lavender and eucaplytus to nourish and renew.  This has a soothing scent and is so hydrating!  It’s such a great winter moisturizer, it’s not greasy and hydrates for hours.

Purchase at Walmart.com

Revlon Salon Straight Copper Smooth Flat Iron   ($39.99 at Ulta): features long plates. The XL advanced copper plates provide superior heat transfer and durability, for smooth styles and long-lasting results. Infused with 3x advanced ceramic plate technology, hair will not only be straight, but also silky, shiny, and with less-frizz.  This straightens my hair quickly and leaves it smooth and shiny!

Revlon Essentials Paddle Brush (Ulta, $6.29): Bristles have the perfect separation for working out tangles and knots for every hair type. Detangle, blow dry, or finish your look with this all-purpose brush.  I have been using this every day.  It works well on wet or dry hair and leaves my hair smooth!

What products have you been loving this winter?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

Hydrating Products For Winter Skin and Hair — Part 1

My skin and hair are so dry right now!  The weather in Kansas City has really been fluctuating.  One day it’s 30 degrees F, and the next day its 60.  It’s messing me up!

I received the following products for my honest review:

JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm
JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm

JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm ($20 USD) — This amazing smelling hand balm is really saving my chapped hands and cuticles! It contains Illipe Butter plus Coconut, Candlenut and Buriti Oils.  These really hydrate and heal rough skin.  I also love that this absorbs quickly..

Available now at juaraskincare.com

Jason Calming Lavender Hand & Body Lotion
Jason Calming Lavender Hand &; Body Lotion

Jason Calming Lavender Hand & Body Lotion ($5.60 on Amazon) — This is a rich, non-greasy lotion.  I like to use it on my hands as well as my body because it instantly sinks in and I can work on my computer or phone right away!   It contains a blend of Vitamin C & E and Kukui Nut Oil.  It has a very light lavender scent which is very nice!

Purchase at Amazon.com and learn more at http://www.jason-personalcare.com

Flawless by Gabrielle Union Heat Protection Spray
Flawless by Gabrielle Union Heat Protection Spray

Flawless by Gabrielle Union Heat Protection Spray ($19 USD) — I air dry my hair, but use a straightening iron to style. My hair has been so dry this winter and hot styling doesn’t help!  This product really reduces the damaging effects of this.  This shields hair with a liquid barrier of thermal protection up to 450 degrees. Contains a blend of Argan, Avocado and Marula Oils, alongside naturally-derived Pea Protein, to increase elasticity and to prevent breakage. Once I spray it on, my flat iron glides through my hair and it looks hydrated and smooth.  Yay!

Purchase at https://flawlesshair.com.  Right now use code XOXO for 40% off sitewide!

I have been loving these products.  Since I am getting tired (what a week!), I am going to feature more of my fave hydrating products in Part 2 on Sunday February 18th…stay tuned!

 

Ulta Beauty Mini Haul

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Hi all!  I hope you had a great weekend!  I went to Ulta on Saturday because my 20% off coupon was expiring (and I love my sales)!

I just purchased a few things.  The main thing I went in for is the sponge, but I have been eyeing the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette.

I purchased:

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($5.99) — I purchased this because I just got a new Becca foundation (review coming), and it’s quick-drying and a bit dark/warm for me.  Applying it with my brushes doesn’t really work, but I think the sponge may help give a more natural look.  I have used a beautyblender, but haven’t had one for a while.  This is my first time trying another brand of sponge.  I like that this has a flat edge, I think it will be great for blending around the eyes and the nose.  I’m looking forward to trying this.

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My family loves bath bombs and fizzes, so I’ve been wanting to pick up a few of these. They retail for 3 for $5, and the Fig & Honey one was on clearance, that’s why I picked up four.  I just tried the Fig & Honey fizz.  It is very fizzy and very fragrant.  It’s small, but really fun and worth the price!

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Eyeshadow Palette — I have been thinking about this palette since it first came out.  It’s on sale for  $32 (down from $42) and I had the $20 off coupon on top of that!  I got it for $25.61 before tax.  So exciting!

I think the colors of this are so different and fun!  There are lots of metallics too, which I love.  I’ll be doing a full review of this after I play with it a while.

Have you purchased anything fun lately?

 

 

 

January 2018 Beauty Favorites

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Hi, happy Superbowl Sunday!  I’m not into football, but I will probably catch part of the game (halftime show), and my daughter wants to watch the kitten and puppy bowls!

I have decided to do something different with my favorites post this year.  Instead of posting a weekly favorites of new products I love, I’m going to post monthly about the products I have been using most.  I will still review new products, but this will let you know the products I have been loving daily!

In January, my faves are —

NIP + FAB Glycolic Gentle Pads ($14.95 USD) — These are are such a gentle exfoliator for my ! They keep my skin free from breakouts, love them!”

Bath and Body Works Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Body Butter — This is something I got at the end of last year, during the big semi-annual sale.  It’s no longer for sale on the site.  I am loving the scent, it’s not too sweet and has a little musk to it.  The formula is so hydrating that it perfect for the cold season!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette ($42 USD) — I purchased this at the end of December when it was on sale at Ulta.  I love the formula and pigmentation of these shadows.   Plus, the color range is amazing! You can see my full review here.

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Loose Finishing Powder ($7.99 USD) –This is a nice, light powder that doesn’t settle in my pores. I use it to set my makeup, even under my eyes. I think the quality of this is so nice and I have been using it daily.

Gigi Hadid East Coast Glam Fiber Mascara ($12.99 USD) — I have been loving using this. One side is black mascara and one is fibers. You use the mascara first, then fibers, then mascara again.  There’s been a learning curve, but the fibers really make my lashes so long and thick!

DR. BRANDT SKINCARE pores no more® Luminizer Primer – ($38 USD) — I received this in my January BoxyCharm.  I have just started using primer again, because my skin needs a bit of smoothing help!  My pores are pretty large and this really helps blur them and gives me a little glow too.

What were your favorite products that you loved in January?

 

Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual Sale Haul

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My daughter and I caught the tale end of the Bath and Body Works Semi Annual sale last week and I wanted to share the fun things and amazing deals I got!  I even had a coupon for 20% off if you spend $25, so my haul ended up being only $20!

Here’s what I got:

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Here are the products with the original and sale prices

Marshmallow Magic Body Cream — $13.50, sale $2.70 — Vanilla cream, crisp lavender & marshmallow musk

Mad About You Shower Gel — $12.50, sale $3.16 — A  love-struck pairing of soft peonies & black currant kissed with creamy vanilla musk

Pearberry Shower Gel — $12.50, sale $3.16 — Inspired by the sweet air of a summer picnic, the perfect blend of wild pears & juicy berries

Champagne Apple & Honey Body Wash — $18.50, on sale for $3.70 — You’re the apple of my eye! Cheers to this oh-so-sweet blend of Pink Lady Apple, Sparkling Champagne & Jasmine Honey.

Cabana Breeze Shower Jelly — $16.50, on sale for $3.30 — Key notes: Juicy Starfruit, Banana Leaves, Poolside Orchid, Coconut Musk, Ocean Breeze

Crisp Morning Air PocketBac Hand Sanitizer — $1.75, on sale .35 — Crisp Fall Breeze, White Oak, Golden Amber Wood, Saffron, Soft Sandalwood

Vampire Blood Hand Cream — $4 each, on sale for .80 each — Wicked Plum

The products without links can be found on Amazon.

My total was $20.57!  Crazy!  It’s probably the best deal I’ve got from Bath and Body Works.

Leave a comment and let me know if you got anything from the sale!  I know it’s over (at least until the summer), but I’d love to hear the deals everyone got!

 

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide — Gorgeous Beauty Gifts

Still looking for that perfect beauty gift or stocking stuffer?  I have some great choices for all price ranges today.

I usually do a favorites post on Sundays, but instead I am featuring gorgeous makeup, body care and an amazing skincare set that will makeup perfect gifts for any beauty junkie you love:

The Meaningful Beauty Beyond Starter Kit

The Meaningful Beauty Beyond Starter Kit ($50 USD) — Keep your skin merry and bright this holiday season with Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford. Infused with powerful antioxidants and anti-aging technology, The Meaningful Beauty Beyond Starter Kit includes a 4 step regimen that will keep you glowing all winter long while revealing a perfectly polished, radiant complexion. The kit includes:

Youth Activating Melon Serum harnesses the anti-aging power of Meaningful Beauty while leaving the skin looking and feeling younger with twice daily use.

Intensive Triple Exfoliating Treatment works hard to give you spa-at-home results with no down time. Simply use twice weekly in the shower to banish dull, rough texture, dirt and impurities and reveal more visibly smooth and supple skin.

Environmental Protecting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a multi-tasking moisturizer designed to visibly firm, plump and hydrate the skin and to reduce environmentally induced damage that can lead to the visible signs of premature aging.

Overnight Retinol Repairing Crème is an intensely hydrating overnight that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increases the look of visible firmness and impart a smooth overall texture.

Purchase at Ulta and Ulta.com

 

Merle Norman Holiday 2017

Merle Norman Lush Lips Gift Set ($36 USD) Prep lips for a kiss with Merle Norman’s nourishing Lip Revive and an assortment of lip color treats. Top-selling Lip Pencil Plus in Mocha and Tender Kiss are paired with Creamy Lipcolor in Gold Illusion. This new, innovative limited edition shade adds a shimmer to any lip color or can be worn alone for a light blush of shimmering color.

Merle Norman It’s In The Eyes Gift Set ($66 USD) — Make an entrance with Irresistible Eyes. This set features limited-edition Soft Touch Eye Pencil Duos in
Meteor/Bordeaux and Pacific/Lilac, a full retail-size Mascara Primer and the Fat Lash Mascara Black.

Merle Norman Blissful Body Butters Gift Set ($25 USD) — Soften and smooth skin all over with this ultra-rich set of body butters in 3 delectable flavors that smell like your favorite holiday desserts! Cocoa & Vanilla, Apple & Cinnamon, and Sugar Cookie make the perfect.

Available exclusively at Merle Norman Studios beginning November 1st

 

Sephora Collection Easy on the Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Collection Easy on the Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($36, on sale now for $25 USD) — This palette of 30 shades in not-quite nudes with matte and metallic finishes creates flattering looks that are anything but ordinary. Shades are grouped by tone and depth, making it easy to find a custom color just for you. Large matte pans are used as a base, while smaller pans offer subtle pops of color in matte and metallic finishes. Whether your look is natural or bold, fair or deep, you’ll be sure to find color combinations that must have been made just for you.

Purchase at Sephora

Pixi Beauty Lid Lovelies Eye Shadow ($22 USD)  — A swish of these shadows illuminates eyes while adding depth & dimension. These 18 soft silky eye shades come in a natural mineral formula. Blend with a fluffy eye brush for a sheer natural looking effect.

Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen Trio ($14 USD) — This limited edition kit includes some of our classic bestselling shades. Included is a limited edition colour exclusive to this kit in our bestselling award winning formula. Replace cap after use. Paraben Free

Purchase at http://www.pixibeauty.com

ybf Your Best Friend majestic matte lip collection

ybf Your Best Friend majestic matte lip collection ($28.80 USD) — A glorious girlfriend such as yourself deserves lips that can last while you’re taking names and conquering your dream! From all of us at ybf, we declare that all girlfriends near and far shall love their lips in our new majestic matte lip. Let your lips do the talking, girlfriend; they’ll love the all-day stay! This new formula bonds to your lovely lippies the way girlfriends bond to each other. This lip is going to stay put through your morning (and afternoon!) coffee. That’s a matte-er of fact!

Colours:
peachy keen
proud pink
magnificent magenta
awe-inspiring apple

Available at http://www.ybfbeauty.com

Buxom Lips Off Leash

Buxom Lips Off Leash ($59 USD) — This 15-piece mix of lip plumpers includes shimmer-shine lip polishes and glassy-smooth lip creams for two different finishes. With lip-loving vitamins and richly pigmented color, this collection is formulated with a unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster to help stimulate collagen, build volume, and plump look of lips without irritation.

This set contains:
– 7 x 0.07 oz/ 2 mL Lip Polish in Brooke, Clair, Sophia, Jasmine, Stacy, Jill, Kayla
– 8 x 0.07 oz/ 2 mL Lip Cream in Pink Champagne, Peach Dacquiri, Dolly, Mudslide, Berry Bramble, Wild Orchid, Cherry Flip, Sangria

Purchase at Sephora stores and Sephora.com

Sephora Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder

Sephora Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder ($13 USD) — This shimmering loose powder with subtle color is perfect for lighting up features. With a super-soft brush, it’s easy to apply to the body, face, and hair for a light sparkle that amps up any look for the holidays.

Purchase at sephora.com and Sephora stores

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Mini Sets ($9.99 USD) — Jazz up those tips and get jolly with the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ holiday collection of mini sets; quaint quartets of festive polishes in festive hues. The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ offers 7 benefits in 1 bottle, allowing you to skip the salon, for a party ready manicure. The chip-resistant polish with Keratin features all of the elements you know and need: base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, salon color in chic shades, top coat, and gel shine finish. The Complete Salon Manicure mini sets are ideal for stocking stuffers and holiday gift exchanges- or just a treat for a bit of self-indulgence.
Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil in Peppermint and Vanilla Buttercream, ($6.99 each USD) — For a limited time only, Sally Hansen’s Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oils come in two delicious holiday scents. The oils are available in either tasty vanilla buttercream or refreshing peppermint. Indulge your senses with the creamy and merry aromas that celebrate the holiday spirit. Your cuticles and nails crave moisture and protection during the cold holiday season, so grab these Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oils for the perfect stocking stuffer gift. Enriched with a natural essential oil complex with Vitamin E, its formula leaves skin and nails feeling hydrated, soft, and healthy while helping to protect nails.
Purchase at a mass market retailer near you.
What fabulous beauty gifts are you giving – or wanting – this year?

Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2017 Beauty Deals!

It’s Black Friday!  Yay!  I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, now it’s time to shop!

Below are great bath and body, home and hair deals that will save you some serious cash:

KORRES Head to Toe Hydration
KORRES is hosting some amazing deals on korresusa.com just in time for the holidays with their Black Friday & Cyber Monday discounts; you won’t want to miss out.
BLACK FRIDAY: exclusive discounted bundles up to 60% off for the entire weekend (11/24 – 11/26) Bundles include KORRES Head to Toe Hydration$68 ($137 value). Includes:
  • Two showergels (vanilla guava, white grape)
  • Two body butters (Japanese rose, jasmine)
  • Two Mandarin Lip Butters (Rose, Peach)

CYBER MONDAY: 30% off any purchase for 1 day only with code CYBER.

*Note: Free shipping on any purchase from 11/24 – 11/27.
Josie Maran Whip It Good Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter Duo
Give the gift of hydrated skin this season with Josie Maran’s exclusive Black Friday deal on sephora.com!
“Whip it Good Kit : $15.00 ($24.00 Value):

(2) 2 oz. Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Unscented & Vanilla Pear

For Black Friday through Cyber Monday, lifestyle brand Commodity has partnered with The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund to make the world a bit brighter.  From midnight 11/23 to midnight 11/27, 50% of all sales from Commodity.co.uk will be donated to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria. The program is open to all US, UK and EU residents.

Commodity carefully selected the partnership as The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund is committed to ensuring that 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to support the victims, as opposed to administrative funds to support the charity. Additionally, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund matches all donations that Commodity makes up to $5MM. 

For those who want a little something for themselves, Commodity is offering a covetable gift with purchase – a complimentary 10ml fragrance or bath bar with the purchase of a cozy candle or 100ml fragrance.

Carol’s Daughter Karite Coco Nourishing Gift Set

Carol’s Daughter Black Friday Specials

  •  Date: Mon 11/20 – Thurs 11/23
    • Black Friday Preview – Up to 40% Off + Free Hair Milk Original Travel-Size LIC w/$40
  • Date: Fri 11/24
    • Black Friday – Up to 40% Off + Free Hair Milk Original Travel-Size LIC w/$40 + FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS TODAY ONLY!
  • Date: Sat 11/25-Sun 11/26
    • Black Friday EXTENDED – Up to 40% Off + Free Hair Milk Original Travel-Size LIC w/$40 (limited quantities left!)

Carol’s Daughter Cyber Monday Specials

  • Date: Mon 11/27
    • CYBER MONDAY – Up to 50% Off + Free Monoi Travel-Size LIC w/$35 + FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS TODAY ONLY!
  •  Date: Tue 11/28 – Sun 12/3
    • Cyber Monday EXTENDED – Up to 50% Off + Free Monoi Travel-Size LIC w/$35

Visit the “special offers” section on CarolsDaughter.com for access to savings all season long.

Kneipp

Kneipp’s Black Friday into Cyber Monday beauty sales:

  • Everything in store and online is under $15, excluding gift sets
  • To purchase a Family Loyalty Card, you get an additional 5% off
  • Free Shipping all weekend long!
Every Which OUAI Set

TheOUAI.com: Every Which OUAI Set will be available on TheOUAI.com for Black Friday (11/24) and Cyber Monday (11/27) and they will be offering Free Shipping. It is $85 and includes the Wave Spray, Smooth Spray, Finishing Crème, Rose Hair & Body Oil and clear envelop clutch.

R&Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

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BLACK Friday: 20% off on purchases over $50+ PROMO CODE: BLACK20

Cyber Monday: 25% OFF for purchases over $50 – first 100 receive a free travel DEATH VALLEY

Cheers to getting effortlessly glamorous hair with Cuvée Beauty’s weekend deals on cuveebeauty.com!
  • Black Friday:   Complementary 3-piece travel kit with all orders – $36 value
  • Saturday:       Buy More, Get More –
  • $30 purchase, $5 off
  • $75 purchase, $15 off
  • $150 purchase, $40 off
  • Sunday:  Complementary signature-scented candle with all orders – $20 value
  • Cyber Monday:   All orders ship free & IG exclusive deal – 40% off Première Treatment w/promo code – 4 hours only