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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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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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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My Beauty Favorites — Week of September 25 – October 1, 2017

Happy Sunday!  I hope your Fall is going well!  It’s still a bit warm in Kansas City, but hopefully it will cool down soon!

This week I’ve been loving a shimmery cream eye shadow, under eye primer (different) and a gorgeous tanning mousse to keep my summer glow going:

Ellis Faas Ellis Lights for Eyes

Ellis Faas Ellis Lights for Eyes ($42 USD) –The lustrous metallic of Ellis Lights delivers lavish results in new metalised shades that bring a radiant spin to your eyes.  The luxurious liquid formula dries beautifully, coating lids in a shimmery smooth, crease-free finish. The new shades are:

E306 in Beige: Beige goes bold, with high-intensity, statement-making lustre. Glide on solo for a gorgeously subtle, reflective shimmer, or layer atop your favourite shadow for a luminous highlight.
E307 in Chocolate Brown: Delicious, rich chocolate brown radiates immediate warmth and sexiness. Fierce and smooth, it glistens with multi-dimensional sheen.
E308 in Dark Metal: This superior gunmetal brings the smoky eye into a whole new light. The bold graphite hue is hit with black undertones, ideal for instant drama.

What I think:  These creamy shadows are very easy to use.  I apply with the brush applicator, then blend with my finger.  They dry fairly quickly and are so pretty on.  They are shimmery, but not too glittery.  The shades are beautiful for Fall and the packaging – that silver bullet – is cool and elegant!

Purchase at http://www.ellisfaas.com

Korres Greek Yoghurt Under Eye Priming Moisturiser

Korres Greek Yoghurt Under Eye Priming Moisturiser ($36 USD) — This advanced nourishing eye cream is formulated with Yoghurt, a centuries-old Greek skin soothing solution, and myrtle and rhodiola rosea extracts to reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and puffiness. The cooling treatment perfectly primes the delicate eye area for flawless concealer application and is ideal for sensitive eyes prone to allergies. The ceramic cooling tip gently massages eyes with each application, giving eyes a refreshed and rested look.

What I think: This is a neat product!  It primes under the eye for fresh-looking and long-lasting concealer.  It does cool my skin and make it very smooth. Concealer applies very smoothly afterwards.

Available at http://www.korresusa.com

MineTan Caramel Self Tan Foam

MineTan Caramel Self Tan Foam (34.95 USD) — Not too light and not too dark, Caramel is perfect for those looking for a classic, sun kissed, golden skin finish in as little as one hour. This easy to apply, streak free and self adjusting formula ensures a streak free, natural looking finish every time. Quadruple dark bronzers work with tan extending multi-vitamins and oils to deliver a picture perfect tan in an instant that continues to develop into a natural golden skin finish without the fake tan smell.

What I think:  I don’t wear as much self tanner going into the cooler months, but I do like a bit to give my pale skin a glow.  This shade of MineTan is perfect because it is not too dark, plus it’s customizable.  I can leave it on for 1-3 hours, I just need to rinse it off after the time I want.  It does continue to develop, but gets to the color that I like.  It’s a beautiful tan shade and isn’t orange! MineTan also comes in darker shades like their Coconut and Violet tanners.

Purchase at  us.store.marqueofbrands.com/

What products have you been loving this week?

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul!

Hi all!  I wanted to share a few things I picked up during Ulta’s recent 21 Days of Beauty.  I didn’t go crazy, which is good.  I picked up a couple of things I needed and a couple of impulse buys as well!

I actually shopped in the last couple of days of the sale.  I had been tempted buy other items, but I waited for the one main item I wanted to get, Laura Geller’s Balance-n-Brighten Baked Color Correcting Foundation!

I bought this last year in Fair and loved it!  I used it up in a few months and hadn’t purchased it since.  I have been using other liquid and powder foundations, but this one has been on my mind.

It is so silky and glides across the skin.  And I love that it doesn’t settle into my pores.  The regular price is $32, but it was on sale for $16.50.  Amazing!  That’s all I was going to get that day, but then I saw this:

  So pretty!  I love Laura Geller’s packaging!

Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Palette!  This is normally $32 and was on sale for $19.50.  (I love it so much when prestige makeup brands on sale!)

I’ve been wanting to try these for a while and they are so pretty.  I think my favorite is Gilded Honey, it will be perfect for Fall, but Ballerina surprised me.  It’s really pretty on.  I usually wear more ivory highlighters, so these are a nice change! (swatches below)

I ended up also visiting Ulta on the last day of the sale for this mascara!

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara.  This is $24 and was on sale for $12.  This was on sale earlier in the 21 Days, but they added it for the last day.

I’ve been wanting to try this for a while and it did not disappoint.  The brush grabs all my lashes and curls and extends them.  It also adds so much volume! I think I may have found one to rival my current faves — IT Cosmetics Superhero and L’Oreal Lash Paradise!

I had also seen in the add that this was going to be on sale — but I had the hardest time choosing a shade!

butter LONDON Glazen Eye Gloss in Oil Slick.  Normally $24, it was on sale for $12.  This was the darkest color in the bunch.  I loved that the color shifts in the light.  I have swatched it below so you can see.

The texture of this is so weird! It’s like a slimy mousse.  I apply it with my finger onto my eye lid.  It dries very quickly, so if I want a more dramatic look, I have to layer it.

This was a total impulse buy!

Benefit Cosmetics ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Color With Brush.  This is also $24 and was on sale for $12.

I have dark, thick brows.  The most I usually do with them is tweeze and use clear brow gel. But as I get older, my brows are becoming sparser, so a little color probably should be used.  I got shade 4, which is medium to dark brown with a neutral undertone.  If I use black brow products, it’s way to dark on my fair skin, so this is very nice.  It looks natural on and it easy to use with the brush.

Here are my swatches:

The top row is the Laura Geller Swirled palette in Ballerina, Gilded Honey and Peach Glow.  The bottom row is the eyebrow and the Glazen shadow.  The first is two layers and the second is one sheer layer.

Did you shop Ulta’s 21 days of Beauty?  What did you get?

Pumpkin Spice Hued Beauty for Fall

Fall is truly here in Kansas City!  Today was finally cooler, although rainy.  I guess you can’t have everything!

I have to say, I do like the occasional pumpkin spice latte and really love fall pumpkin goodies!  I don’t wear a lot of orange, but I do love accents this time of year.  Here are some fun pumpkin spine beauty ideas:

Lauren B. Beauty Runyon Canyon

Lauren B. Beauty Runyon Canyon ($18 USD) — A luscious deep caramel glaze with red undertones, this shade warms up even the palest skin. This formula is non-toxic, eco and vegan friendly!

What I think:  I love this nail color! It’s a warm orangey brown and perfect for fall nail looks.  I love that this is non-toxic.  It lasts at least a few days with at top coat.  So pretty!

Available at Laurenbbeauty.com

Avon True Color Lipstick in Silky Peach

Avon True Color Lipstick in Silky Peach ($8 USD) — Lip-nourishing formula with Shea Butter, Omega-3 Oil and Vitamin E conditions and moisturizes lips for the upcoming windy months. With over 40 different shades and two finishes you can match your lip to all your favorite holiday drinks.

What I think: This is more of a spicy peach and is perfect for the Fall! It has a bit of shimmer to it, which is fun. This is a hydrating color that feels so nice on!

Available at Avon.com or through your local Representative

Finding Ferdinand Custom Mini Lipstick

Finding Ferdinand Custom Mini Lipstick ($6 USD) — In just three days you can have your very own PSL LIP. Finding Ferdinand allows you to mix and match colors to create your very own custom shade! Afraid of commitment? Order a mini sample to make sure you love the color! You simply select up to 4 colors, choose the intensity of each, pick a creamy, matte or sheer finish and name your custom shade. It’s that easy.

What I think: I haven’t tried this custom service yet, but I think it’s so cool that you can make the exact color of lipstick that you like! The color above is so pretty, and if you’d like it, you can create it yourself!

Available at FindingFerdinad.com

Rituals Good Luck Scrub

Rituals Good Luck Scrub ($29 USD) — This sugar scrub out-sweets the pumpkin spice with aromas of orange and cedar wood. Specially developed to revitalize and nourish even the driest of skin. Its luxurious combination or organic sugar and softening oils, leaves your skin ulta-nourished ready to bare the cold.

What I think: Although this doesn’t smell like pumpkin spice, it is sweet and spicy!  Not only does this fun orange scrub smell amazing, it leaves my skin very soft after use.

Available at Rituals.com

What Fall beauty items are you loving?