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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Boxycharm Review — August 2017

My very first Boxycharm is here!  I haven’t subscribed to this box before, but I caved when I saw the amazing spoiler of a tarte palette!

Boxycharm is $21 a month and it is a makeup box, which means you receive mostly makeup and tools.  Yes, please!  To subscribe, visit boxycharm.com

There were a few different variations. The products in my August box are:

PUR Pro Eyelashes in Diva – $14

The Beauty Crop #GRLPOWER Liquid Lipstick in Date Night – $15

BellaPierre Gel Eyeliner in Ebony – $15

Royal & Langnickel Moda Pro Brush Set – $26

tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette in Volume II – $36

My total box value is $106!  Amazing for a $21 box!

PUR Pro Eyelashes in Diva

I don’t normally wear false eyelashes, but I will probably keep these around for a special occasion or Halloween.  They are pretty.

The Beauty Crop #GRLPOWER Liquid Lipstick in Date Night

I will keep this.  I really like the color.  I usually wear nudes or lighter pinks, but this is good for a nice pop of color.  It also dries quickly and doesn’t budge.  The packaging is pretty, too!

BellaPierre Gel Eyeliner in Ebony

I only wear black eyeliner to go out, and then I like an eyeliner pen.  I will give this to a friend who will use it!

Royal & Langnickel Moda Pro Brush Set

This is a very nice brush set!  The bristles are really soft and I am looking forward to trying them out.  I received the Pointed Brush BMX-130 (good for blush or powder), the Chisel Brush BMX-250 (nice to highlight or contour) and the Crease Brush BMX-430 (for eye shadow).  I will keep these and use them all.  I definitely don’t have one like the chisel brush, so that will be fun to try.

tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette in Volume II

This is a beautiful neutral palette!  The colors are a bit shimmery and I think will be perfect for fall.  I also like the size, this can travel well and fit in purses easier than a long palette.  I love tarte and am excited to try it!

So, my first Boxycharm was a hit!  I will use the tarte palette, the brushes and the lip color.  The other two items I might use later or give away.  But, I think this was really nicely curated.

Do you get Boxycharm?  If so, what items did you get in this month’s box and which is your favorite?

 

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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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Jane Iredale Naturally Glam Fall 2017 Collection

Today the new Naturally Glam collection from jane iredale has launched! The collection includes rich, vibrant neutrals that are fantastic for day or night! The colors are on trend for fall, deep lips and neutral eyes. Even the packaging evokes the trends for the season, with the eye shadow palette housed in a stunning rose gold compact. Here are the products:

Clearly Pink PurePressed Blush  – ($30 USD) A cheerful wash of color that creates a just-blushed look to define and highlight cheekbones. Formulated with minerals and antioxidants, non-comedogenic, and free of chemical dyes and irritating ingredients. This shade is Bubblegum Pink with a subtle Golden Shimmer.

Naturally Glam Eye Shadow Kit ($59 USD) – These highly-pigmented shadows are simple to blend, sensitivity-tested, and stay put for gorgeous, crease-free, long-lasting eye color. The compact is sized to fit recommended application—a generous base shade, plus perfectly sized detail shades. For added intensity, use a Hydration Spray or water with PurePressed Eye Shadow to amplify the color. Adding to the glam experience is an elegant rose gold mirrored compact with a dual-ended applicator.

Gwen PureMoist Lipstick (Apple Red) ($25 USD) – Vivid pigments blend with nourishing natural oils and superfruit extracts for petal-soft lips that feel, look, and taste amazing. Moringa Oil saturates the lips with Vitamins A & C while Coffee Seed Extract infuses with even more antioxidant protection. Orange Peel Wax protects the delicate lip area while ultra-moisturizing Avocado and Sunflower Seed Oils give a luxurious conditioned and quenched feel to the lips. Organic Pomegranate and Blackberry Fruit Extracts deliver luscious flavors that stimulate the senses. Sleek tube is designed for easy and precise application.

Paris Just Kissed Lip Plumper (Sheer Light Port Wine) ($25 USD)– Top-selling Just Kissed formula delivers moisture and contributes to the appearance of a fuller lip. Tinted lip plumper with unique, time-released peptides designed to increase hydration. Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, and Avocado Oil soften and hydrate. Essential Oils of Lemon and Tangerine help to exfoliate dead skin cells. Beeswax for antioxidant protection.

What do you think about this gorgeous collection?  Are you picking anything up?

Available now at janeiredale.com

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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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GlossyBox July 2017 Review

Hi all!  This is the second of my three GlossyBoxes in my 3 boxes for $30 deal.

That deal is over, but for a limited time, use coupon code COOLVIBES to save 50% off of the August box AND get a free FREE Josie Maran Argan Illuminizing Powder with your first month of GlossyBox!

GlossyBox is a monthly beauty subscription that sends 5-6 makeup, skincare, and hair care products in deluxe or full sizes. It costs $21 per month, less if you purchase 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions.

This was supposed to be my first box, but I received August before July.  You can read that review here.  Here are the products that I received for July:

Plus an extra not on the fold out —De Bruyere Jumbo Eye Pencil in Bubble 07

Aerin Tangier Vanille Body Wash

Aerin Tangier Vanille Body Wash is a very nice luxury product.  I was very happy to receive it.  I haven’t used it yet and am trying to decide if I should keep it or give it as a nice gift!  I haven’t tried anything from Aerin, so maybe I’ll keep it!

Doucce Freematic Blush

Doucce Freematic Blush with compact.  The color is Summer Sunset.  It’s a pretty coral color.  It has a bit of a pearl finish.  It’s a little bright for me without a tan.

Doucce Freematic Blush Duo

This is the Doucce blush with the shade I got from my August GlossyBox called Pink Beach.  The Pink Beach shade is very light and needs building up to give some color.  It’s okay, but I have better blushes.

NCLA Clean Up Your Act

Sorry that this photo is blurry.  NCLA Clean Up Your Act polish removing pen is my least favorite product in the box anyway… It doesn’t have product in it.  It may have dried out before I received it.  I won’t use this.

The LaRoche-Posay Hydrating Gentle Cleanser is right up my alley!  I’ll save it for a trip this fall or winter.

De Bruyere Paris After-Sun Lotion smells amazing, like being in Hawaii.  It’s a very strong Monoi scent, but I like it. The lotion isn’t very thick, which is good for an after-sun lotion.  It will sink right into the skin. It’s a decent size, too.  1.76 fl. oz.  I will be using this for the rest of the summer.

I will also be using the Dr. PawPaw Original Balm.  When I got it, I used it on my sad cuticles and it instantly made them softer and feel better.  I will be using this on chapped lips, elbows, etc.  It’s fragrance-free.  I like fragrance, but I know lots of people don’t.

De Bruyere Paris Pearly Eyeshadow Pencil

De Bruyere Paris Pearly Eyeshadow Pencil.  Sorry about the blurry photo.  I definitely need a new phone (and better glasses)!  This wasn’t on the information fold-out, but I found it on the GlossyBox website.  It’s a medium shimmery shade and will work well as an eye shadow.  I have swatched it below the blushes:

 

 

Here are swatches of the color cosmetics I received.   The first one is the Doucce blush in Summer Sunset, then second is Pink Beach.  And I also have swatched the eye pencil.

I think this was a pretty good box, better than August’s.  I will use most of the products.

Do you subscribe to GlossyBox?  What do you like about it?  I’m trying to decide if I will keep it past the 3 months.  I guess it will depend on my September box. I might do three more boxes to see how the holidays go. We’ll see!

Stay Shine-Free And Glowing This Summer With LORAC!

LORAC Cosmetics is currently one of my favorite brands.  Their color cosmetics are gorgeous and have great staying power.

I was recently sent products to test for my honest opinion that are keeping me fresh and glowing this summer.  They are:

LORAC TANtalizer Buildable Bronzing Powder

LORAC TANtalizer Buildable Bronzing Powder ($32 USD) — Discover your inner glowing goddess with LORAC Los Angeles TANtalizing Buildable Bronzing Powder. Highly pigmented and formulated to offer long-lasting, natural-looking warmth for radiant skin from sun up to sundown. Featuring finishes and hues in matte, satin, high-shine, warm, and cool, there’s a sun-kissed color for every shade of skin.

What I think:  The color above is called Pool Party and it is a light color with a matte finish.  I’m letting my (faux) tan fade away, so this is perfect for lighter skin.  It is warm toned and really pretty on.  I can see myself wearing this in the cooler months when I am pasty white and need some warmth.  It blends really well, too.

These come in 5 shades with different finishes, so if you like a shimmery bronzer — I like both matte and shimmer — there is one for you!

LORAC PRO Blurring Translucent Loose Powder

LORAC PRO Blurring Translucent Loose Powder ($32 USD) — This innovative formula contains natural peppermint and brightens, absorbs oils, and keeps your skin cool and shine-free throughout the day. The silky texture of the finely milled formula applies smoothly and evenly, and helps makeup stay fresh all day by instantly blurring pores and imperfections.

What I think:  I use a setting powder every day, so I was excited to try these powders.  This applies smoothly and doesn’t settle into pores or lines.  I like how it goes on clear and it is not cakey and doesn’t discolor my makeup.  It sets my face and helps the makeup last!

LORAC PRO Blurring Translucent Pressed Powder

LORAC PRO Blurring Translucent Pressed Powder ($32 USD) — This formula is the same as the loose powder, but in pressed form.  Because this paraben-free, weightless formula is translucent, it works on every skin tone and refreshes makeup throughout the day by absorbing excess oils without looking chalky.

What I think:  I love to throw this one in my purse.  Since it is solid, it doesn’t make a mess and is so easy to take out and refresh my makeup. Like the loose powder it applies seamlessly and looks like I don’t have any powder on!

LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain

LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain ($19 USD) — This sexy and playful stain coat your lips in highly-pigmented color and hydrates with nourishing Jojoba Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Shea Butter and Mango Seed Butter for all day pigment, shine and hydration. Embrace your every identity and dress up your lips with LORAC.

What I think:  These lippies are so hydrating, I think they are somewhere between a stain and a tinted lip balm.  They are very pigmented and look like a cream lipstick on, but last a longtime and feel amazing on. They are available in 10 gorgeous shades.  The one shown is Activist, a pretty berry shade.

LORAC products are available at loraccosmetics.com

Have you tried any of these? What’s your favorite LORAC product?  I know they have new Pro Satin Lip Colors and POREfection Complexion Pens that I hope to try.  Here are my reviews of LORAC’s Beauty and the Beast and Pirates of the Caribbean collections.