My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 9-15, 2017

It’s been a good but busy week!  I have lots of work and have been trying to fit in blog posts, too.  Maybe not as many as I’d like, but I got a few in this week!

This week, I’ve been loving a MUA favorite loose powder, a toothbrush that’s bristles floss and ponytail ties in a fun tin:

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Loose Finishing Powder

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Loose Finishing Powder ($7.99 USD) –provides the perfect finishing touch to your makeup base. Mineral-based formula helps to control shine and smooth skin’s texture and helps keep foundation set. Gives a sheer hint of color and is available in 8 shades to fit any skin tone.

What I think: This is a nice, light powder that doesn’t settle in my pores. It’s really great for setting my makeup, even under my eyes.  I can wear the fair and fair/light shades, since the color is sheer.  I really like that.  This is a great drugstore powder and is really affordable, too!

Learn more at http://www.maybelline.com

Doctor Plotka’s Toothbrush

Doctor Plotka’s Toothbrush ($4.99 USD) — As we head into a new season, it’s time for an upgrade to your traditional toothbrush. Complete with a sleek, NEW packaging and name, Doctor Plotka is the leading toothbrush for better health! With naturally antimicrobial, soft flossing bristles that are ultra thin at the tip to properly reach and brush away food and plaque in normally missed areas, you’ll keep the dentist away and sport a stunning smile!

What I think: When I first got this toothbrush, I thought that the bristles were going to be too soft to clean properly.  But, it cleaned my teeth so well and leaved them smooth (just like going to the dentist)!  I could feel the flossing bristles getting between my teeth, too.

Purchase at http://www.mouthwatchers.com

The Cricket Co. Fix Your Ponytail Ties Tin

The Cricket Co. Fix Your Ponytail Ties Tin ($8.99 USD) — Cricket’s Fix Your Ponytail Ties Tin gives you 50 reasons to breathe a sigh of relief after you’ve searched high and low for your last “good” hair tie. In classic black, no metal (no ouch), conveniently packed in a retro style tin case that fits in the palm of your hand, handbag, gym bag, glove box, etc.

What I think:  This is a fun idea!  I really love the packaging.  The fact that their are 50 hair ties is awesome.  They are so easy to lose that it’s great to have back ups.  These don’t have metal so they won’t catch in hair. This is a fun gift ideas for teenagers and young adults, too!

Purchase at http://www.ulta.com

What have you been loving this week?

 

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NEW Bed Head by TIGI Waves & Curls Collection

NEW Bed Head by TIGI Waves & Curls Collection
I have wavy hair that can get very frizzy, so I was excited to hear that Bed Head has introduced the Waves & Curls Collection!  These products are formulated with a blend of ingredients that keeps hair in smooth for up to 72 hours! The range is infused with hydrating coconut water, frizz-fighting Babassu and Brazil nut oils and softening Baobab fruit extract.  The products are:
Calma Sutra Cleansing Conditioner ($22 USD) — Give your curls a wakeup call! This no-foam, sulfate-free formula gently cleanses without stripping essential oils, conditions and detangles, leaving hair smooth, soft, shiny and prepped for styling.
Screw It Curl Hydrating Jelly Oil ($22 USD) — Thirsty curls? This transformative jelly oil is a leave-in styling treat that helps to add intense moisture and shine.
Foxy Curls Contour Cream ($22 USD) — A hero for all types of waves & curls, the formula has been updated with our latest technology to provide light hold and definition so waves retain their shape.
Foxy Curls Extreme Curl Mousse ($22 USD) — The best-selling hero product is back and better than ever to provide definition and strong hold for unruly ringlets for up to 72 hours!
Get Twisted Anti-Frizz Finishing Spray ($22 USD) — Fight frizz with this fast-drying spray that helps to weightlessly lock in curls, for looks that last!
On The Rebound Curl Recall Cream ($22 USD) — Reform rebellious curls into soft and defined ringlets. Our curl recall technology instantly tames unruly styles and springs them back into shape with just a scrunch.
What I think: I received the Screw it Curl, Get Twisted and On the Rebound Curl Recall for my honest review.  The packaging on all of these are amazing as always!  Bed Head by TIGI has some of the cutest hair care packaging around! And they all have fresh, fruity scents which are really fun, too!
The Screw It Curl gel is a light gel that I use on the middle to the ends of my damp hair.  A little goes a long way.  It leaves my waves shiny and soft. This is nice for a soft, tousled look.
The Get Twisted spray is a perfect final step, it keeps my waves bouncy all day.  I like how it isn’t stiff or sticky either.
Ont the Rebound is sticky.  I think that’s because you can use it to help form hair into waves or curls.  It dries nicely, I just make sure I wash my hands after use.  This and the spray really set my hair for all day styles.
Bed Head by TIGI products are available at Ulta stores, Ulta.com and select salons nationwide. Find a salon near you at bedhead.com!
Do you have wavy or curly hair?  What styling products do you use?

Julep Maven October 2017 Subscription Box Review

My Julep Maven box recently came!  This is the October subscription box. The cost is $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription).

I have been a subscriber for over 4 years.  And I love it!  You don’t have to take a box each month, you can skip if you want to.  Which is so nice if I’m short a month or if I’m not feeling any of the items.

I also love that you can customize your box.  When I first started subscribing, I could choose from curated boxes, but now, I get to curate my own!  I usually choose polish and beauty items, but for this month I went for all polish and cute nail stickers.  I always love their polish choices for October:

The colors I chose are Johnny, True Black Crème, Christi, Enchanted Teal Shimmer and Ariel, Planetary Turquoise Glitter.  They are all super fall-ish and Halloween-y to me!

Plus, these fun metallic nail stickers!

Have you signed up for Julep yet?  If you use the code POLISHGIFT when you subscribe, you will get a free polish set when you join Julep Beauty Box. Includes twelve full-size nail polish. A $168 value.

My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 2-8, 2017

As it turns to fall (sort of) in Kansas City, I have been taking care of my skin because the weather has been fluctuating between cold evenings and mornings to hot afternoons.  My skin has been needing TLC!

So, my faves this week include a natural, all purpose balm, hydrating hand and body butter and fall hues of lip and nail colors in plum:

The Body Shop Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm

The Body Shop Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm ($10 USD) — Packed with powerful natural origin oils and waxes, this multi-tasking balm helps to revive the brightness and appearance of tattoos, intensely nourishes dry skin and minimizes the appearance of skin marks with a nourishing, 100% natural-origin formula. Inspired by the Amazonian communities that have relied on natural oils to care for their skin for centuries, Amazonian Saviour™ Multi-Purpose Balm is made with just nine, 100% natural-origin ingredients. Enriched with Community Trade organic babassu oil and organic andiroba oil from Brazil. 100% vegetarian and never tested on animals.

What I think: This works well all over, from lips to hands to knees.  It is fragrance and flavor free so it can be used by those with fragrance allergies.  I love it as a lip balm, but I am using it on my cuticles and skin imperfections, too.  It feels amazing on and the 1.6 oz tin will last me a while!

Available at The Body Shop stores nationwide and here: TheBodyShop.com/En

Karité Crème Corps Hydrating Body Cream

Karité Crème Corps Hydrating Body Cream ($46 USD) –This decadent, dermatologist-developed, hypo-allergenic moisturizer features 30% raw, unrefined shea butter sourced from Ghana (one of the highest concentrations available on the market), organic unrefined coconut oil, sunflower seed oil and an antioxidant-rich blend of rosemary and rooibos extracts.

This helps restore lost moisture and optimizes skin-barrier function while leaving skin smooth, soft and supple. Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E, it’s safe for all skin types and effective for problem spots such as elbows, knees and feet—and it’s the ideal complement to Karité Shea Butter Crème Mains Hand Cream ($36 USD).

What I think: Another all natural item, the body and hand creams are both rich and hydrating.  They have a light scent. Both are safe for sensitive skin and feel really nice on, plus they absorb quickly.

Purchase at http://www.mykarite.com

Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour ($5.79 USD) — Get ready for a bold, matte lip-look that stays on.a new liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, a velvety matte finish and a long-lasting, comfortable wear.
What I think: Shown in Midnight and Plum This Show, two dark plum colors.  Plum This Show has a bit more reddish tones and Midnight is plummy purple.  They are both really pretty on.  They do stay on for a while, but are a bit drying as most matte colors are on me.  I think they are very pretty and affordable, which is great for picking up a few in fun colors!
Purchase at mass market retailers near you.

 

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure ($7.99) — This all-in-one formula with keratin boasts 7 benefits in one bottle— base coat, strength, treatment, salon color, topcoat, chip resistance and gel shine finish. Complete Salon manicure delivers up to 64% stronger nails and up to 10 days of chip-resistant wear. Plum colored shades available are Plums the World, a soft smokey plum and Society Ruler, a more reddish plum.
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Color ($8.99 USD) –The patented argan oil formula fuses intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthy looking nails.Up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear. Shown in Exotic Acai, a deep plum creme.
What I think: I like both of these formula.  The Complete Salon Manicure has everything you need in one bottle, and I like that it’s easy!  But I think Color Therapy is my favorite formula because the color stays on for days and days!  And it is good for my nails.
What products have you been enjoying this week?  Any fun shades for fall?

 

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My Current Fave Bath and Body Products From Le Couvent des Minimes

It definitely is starting to feel like fall in Kansas City. It’s a bit cooler at least.

I was sent the following Le Couvent des Minimes for my honest review. Made in a cloister in the French countryside, these products are crafted with care and love.

Smile Lip Balm Rose and Berries

Le Couvent des Minimes Smile Lip Balm Rose and Berries (Price: $9 USD) — I love the feel and scent of this lip balm.  Inspired by the sisters’ benevolent works, that so often brought a smile back to the faces of convent residents, the smile lip balm rose and berries aroma helps to nourish and repair lips on a daily basis.

The original recipe combines softening marshmallow with nourishing shea butter and protective apricot oil, its formula with a floral rose and berries aroma works to provide lasting moisture and protection for lips!

Botanical Recipe of the Cloister Fresh Moisturizing Body Gel Cream

Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Recipe of the Cloister Fresh Moisturizing Body Gel Cream ($18 USD)–  Shea butter works with rose oil to help your skin retain its natural moisture while other essential oils exfoliate. This smooths and hydrates my skin amazingly and the scent is fresh and romantic!  I love this on my dry skin when it gets colder.

Invigorating Body Splash, Verbena and Lemon

Le Couvent des Minimes Invigorating Body Splash, Verbena and Lemon ($44 USD) –This is a very fresh, lemony scent and is light enough to spray all over. It combines the invigorating properties of Lemon and Verbena with the firming qualities of prele to revitalize and tone the body.  This is nice after a bath or shower.   

Botanical Cologne of the Morning Orange and Basil

Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Cologne of the Morning Orange and Basil ($38 USD) — The fragrance opens with crisp notes of apple that mingle with the freshness of orange and lemon. The heart reveals a delicate pear flower, magnified by fig flower and fresh basil. The base notes of woods, cedar and soft musk give a feeling of serenity.

I think this is a fresh scent for autumn with the fruit and wood accords. It is perfect for those who don’t usually wear extreme floral scents!

Le Couvent des Minimes is currently available at Amazon.com and DermStore.com

What are your favorite bath and body products?

Get Your Shine On With Metallic Makeup For Fall!

Metallic eyes and lips are very on trend this fall. And luckily, we can achieve the look without spending a ton!

I was sent these gorgeous metallic eye shadows, a lip topper and brushes for my honest review:

CATRICE Liquid Metal Eyeshadow
CATRICE Liquid Metal Eyeshadow ($5.99 USD each) — This highly pigmented powder, with a liquid metal finish, instantly creates stand-out eyes. Unique 3D embossment turns this eyeshadow into an absolute highlight.
What I think:  I love these, they are so pretty on.  I apply them with the wand  then blend with my finger.  They blend really well, but they dry quickly so I have to be careful!  Once they dry, they are only coming off when taken off!  The shades are so pretty on and can be built up for a really shimmery metallic look!
essence cosmetics The Metals Eyeshadows
essence cosmetics The Metals Eyeshadows ($3.99 USD each) — This new formula goes on smooth with serious color pay-off and a metallic shimmer. Available in 9 shades ranging from soft bronze to vibrant teal.
What I think:  These are metallic powder shadows in perfect shades for fall!  They apply well and blend out nicely.  I like using a brush for a softer look, but when I apply with my fingers, it’s full glamour!  And the price is hard to beat!  You can stock up with a few shades to make a complete eye look.
CATRICE Million Styles Lip Topcoat
CATRICE Million Styles Lip Topcoat ($5.99 USD each) — The creamy texture provides a shimmering finish, or covers the lips with silver-metallic particles. Simply apply over dried lipstick for an instant transformation – the effect is intensified with every coat.
What I think: This comes in two shades.  I have the shade on the left, Shade 20: Metallic, which is a silver shade.  There is also Shade 10: Highlight – for a iridescent finish.  The metallic one looks really cool alone (Halloween?) and very pretty over lipstick or lip gloss.  This is a really cool way to switch up your look.
MODA Metallics Custom Flip Kit

MODA Metallics Custom Flip Kit ($24.99 USD) — Start with MODA Brushes signature limited edition black studded Flip Kit and add 3 Finishing and Complexion brushes and 3 Eye, Brow and Lip brushes. You’ll be set to slay your weekend travel the Metallic way.

What I think:  I have been testing lots of MODA brushes and really like the quality.  They have soft synthetic bristles that blend really nicely.  The metallic collection is really gorgeous and there are lots so different brushes to choose from to customize your kit!

 Available at beautyusa.royalbrush.com
Are you a fan of metallic beauty?  What products do you love?

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Fall Beauty Essentials For Gorgeous Skin and Hair!

Fall’s here and for me it’s time to switch up my beauty routine!  I especially like to experiment with new skin and hair care that will work well in the cooler weather.
Below are products that will really make a difference in how my skin looks and feels this Fall and into Winter!
DDF Ageless Anti-Aging Preventative Starter Kit
DDF Ageless Anti-Aging Preventative Starter Kit ($49 USD)  — This 4-pc set is designed to minimize fine lines & wrinkles and improve skin’s texture for a more healthy, youthful look. Includes 2 oz. Glycolic 5% Exfoliating Wash, 2 oz. Glycolic Toning Complex, .5 oz. Pro-Retinol Complex 3 Moisturizer & .5 oz. Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum.
Purchase at kohls.com
MakeupDrop+
MakeupDrop+ ($20 USD) — Have you tried one of these.  It claims better blending for advanced makeup looks. Contour, highlight and blend like a professional makeup artist while saving product. This one has a textured surface that can be used on makeup-free skin to blot away oils and excess grime, elevating your skincare game.
Purchase at makeupdrop.com
Philip B. Weightless Conditioning Water
Philip B. Weightless Conditioning Water ($38 USD) — A first-of-its-kind, air-light conditioning mist that lets you spray on hair-healthy moisture, restoring bounce and smoothness while leaving your hair with a healthy gleam. This gives the softness of a rinse-out conditioner and shine spray without the weight. Enriched with water-based, nutrient-rich organic plant extracts, this light revitalizing spray leaves hair smooth, silky and cashmere-soft.
Available at at philipb.com
Scünci Classic Scrunchies
Scünci Classic Scrunchies ($8.99 USD) — Yes, the scrunchie is back! Or maybe this 90’s staple hasn’t gone anywhere, I just haven’t been looking for them.  These scrunchies do help to keep your hair dent free.  And since the 90’s are in…these are perfect to complete your look!
Purchase at ulta.com
Conair Ultra Detangling Wood Cushion Brush
Conair Ultra Detangling Wood Cushion Brush ($12.99 USD) — The Conair Ultra Detangler is a professional quality wood cushion brush with a luxurious look and feel that glides through wet or dry hair. It detangles hair with ease without snagging or pulling, leaving hair smooth, polished and tangle free with each brush stroke. Flexible, ball-tipped bristles gently massage and stimulate the scalp.
Available at at ulta.com
What products are you using to get ready for Fall?