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 ($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!
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.
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!
I was luck enough to be sent a Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Sonic Pulse Battery Toothbrush for my honest review. I have been testing it for about a week now. Here’s the info on it:
ARM & HAMMER Spinbrush™ Sonic Pulse battery-powered toothbrush delivers sonic pulsing action that gently removes 2X more plaque in hard to reach areas. The extra slim handle design fits easily into your hand, and has the power of a battery toothbrush with the same control as a Manual brush.
Removes 2X more plaque in many of the hardest to reach areas*
Extra slim handle design that fits easily into your hand
Sonic pulsing action
Replaceable head and battery included
Available with Soft bristles
Learn More About Spinbrush™ Battery Powered Toothbrush And Your Oral Health!
What I think: I have been using a manual toothbrush, so I was so happy to try this vibrating toothbrush. It’s very easy to use — it has a button touch. It is a portable size, and is perfect to take on vacation. And it cleans my teeth so much better than a manual toothbrush! I find that it removes my plaque and leaves my teeth smooth and clean.
This can be purchased at mass market retailers near you.
Whitens: CalproxÂ safely lifts surface stains such as coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine and other stains without harsh abrasives or the risk of sensitivity. Maintains and enhances the vibrancy of professionally bleached teeth. Restores bonding, caps, veneers and dentures to their original whiteness.
Freshens: Sodium Bicarbonate provides long-lasting germicidal protection for fresher breath.
Strengthens: The combination of Calcium, Phosphates and Magnesium re-mineralizes tooth enamel.
What I think: I love this toothpaste! It is a very gentle way to remove stains. The Original Mint flavor is fresh, but mild. After a couple of weeks use, I really noticed a difference in the color of my teeth — much whiter!
HydroPeptide Lash ($96 USD) — Eyelash Fortifying + Hair Volumizing Peptides, Biotin, Folic Acid – A natural lash enhancer, Lash is formulated with a drug-free peptide complex that visibly improves the appearance of lashes and brows by strengthening them for a fuller, longer, less brittle appearance.
– 3 peptides including Eyelash Fortifying Peptides and Hair-Fullness Peptide for superior lash results
– Biotin, Folic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, and Lemon Peel Extract to help prevent breakage and strengthen hair
– Soybean oil and Sodium Hyaluronate to hydrate and nourish the brow and lash area
What I think: This is a natural way to condition and nourish brows and lashes. I have been using it for a short while, but my lashes do feel softer and a bit fuller. I will continue using it and hope they get longer, too!
Available at shop.hydropeptide.com
TouchBack Marker in Dark Brown ($14.95 4 mL /.13 fl oz in 5 shades, $24.95 8 mL /.27 fl oz in 8 shades) –TouchBack actually bonds to the hair, blending seamlessly with permanent hair color for a totally natural look. (Unlike hair mascaras, crayons, gels and powders, which dull the hair and flake off.) TouchBack’s patented formula uses temporary hair colors, but without harsh chemicals — no ammonia or peroxide — so, it’s gentle on your hair.
What I think: I love this marker! I really need to color my gray roots, but I have been so lazy lately. This works like magic. I just “color” the grays with the marker, then comb the area with the little comb included. It is so natural looking and the Dark Brown color is a perfect match for my hair. It lasts until I wash it out and doesn’t rub off.
Available at CVS and Walgreens
Senteurs d’Orient Hammam Soap ($38 USD) — Handmade in Lebanon, these luxurious soaps use essential oils and moisturizing ingredients to give the user a relaxing yet hydrating experience in shower. Available in five sensuous fragrances, the uniquely oversized, exquisite soap offers unmatched elegance and charm. After using, hang in your shower and enjoy the scent that envelops your bathroom! The scents are Orange Blossom, Jasmine of Arabia, Amber, Rose of Damascus and Tuberose.
What I think: I was sent these wonderful soaps in Rose of Damascus and Tuberose. They both smell amazing and really fresh. They come on a small rope and can be hung up in the shower. Beautiful, fragrant and functional — very luxurious!
This week, it has grown colder in Kansas City. It really feels like winter now! Since I have been staying inside, I have been trying various fun new products!
I have been loving a cleansing foam, an acne treatment, a flawless foundation, a breath drop and lip balm combo, and a cool new toothbrush:
Lumene’s Bright Touch Refreshing Cleansing Foam ($10.99 at CVS, 5.1 fl. oz.) — Hydrating and caring cleansing foam for gentle yet efficient cleansing of makeup and impurities. Leaves skin perfectly clean, soft and balanced. Detoxifying, unique arctic cloudberry nectar helps to boost your skin’s natural radiance.
What I think: I am loving this gentle cleanser. It foams nicely, but doesn’t dry out my skin at all. It’s great to use day or night before my serums and lotions. I also love how affordable it is.
Purchase at CVS stores and other mass market retailers
DDF Acne Control Treatment ($46 USD) — A night treatment that fights, controls, and normalizes acne. Contains the Clarifying Neutralizing Complex with skin conditioners and glycerin that moisturize to soothe skin and restore balance. Salicylic Acid helps keep pores clear and helps fights and prevent blemishes for restored clarity. Non-comedogenic and paraben-free.
Fights and controls acne
Helps keep pores clear
Soothes and restores clarity
What I think: I get occasional breakouts, and when I do this is the perfect product to use. It is great on my pores and any area that I am experiencing a breakout in. In the morning, my skin feels smoother and looks clearer.
Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation ($42 USD) — Bring on the flawless! The first-ever foundation with 100% Liquid Light Technology completely evens out skin for a totally natural, luminous finish. (Think gel-covered pigments that mimic photo filters to blur imperfections.)
Created in Smashbox studios, this HD formula was developed to keep up with advancing photo technology by giving you flawless coverage that’s undetectable to the naked eye.
• Works with all undertones
• Buildable sheer-to-medium coverage
• Sweat and humidity resistant
What I think: I love this foundation. It is very light on the skin, but gives full coverage. It feels like skincare on, it leaves my skin soft and looking flawless!
Kissamint ($19.50 USD each) — Conveniently packaged together for the first time ever, Kissamint combines a luxe conditioning gloss with breath freshening drops so you are ready for anything. Available in a sheer (Miss Independamint) or tinted lip gloss (Spearamint Ur Ex), lips stay hydrated and breath is fresh so you will never be caught unprepared again!
What I think: I have never tried a product like this before, it is such an original idea! I love the Miss Independamint, because the balm is sheer and the drops are peppermint. The Spearamint Ur Ex would be great for going out. The color is a sheer red and it would be nice to have the drops when you meet new people!
Evolve Toothbrush ($15 USD) — Created with a patented Triple Flexing brush head design which helps thoroughly and easily clean surfaces of teeth and gums, especially the hard to reach areas, it’s a dramatic evolution in brush design with results that can benefit not just oral health, but overall health as well. EVOLVE toothbrush is design to work for people of all ages beginning at 6 years old. It’s fantastic for everyday use for people across all spectrums of dental needs.
It not only brushes at or below gum level, but it is a great tool for people with braces, gum problems and people with disabilities. It’s a SMART toothbrush that knows what to do even it you don’t!
What I think: I love using this toothbrush! It covers so much surface that I know that I am really getting my teeth clean! Since it is so big, it takes a bit of getting use to, but is easy to use.
Even though it still isn’t boot weather (and I have a gorgeous new pair to break in), it is getting cooler in Kansas City. I went to the zoo today and the weather was beautiful, and a little chilly in the morning!
This week, as I begin reviewing new Fall products I am loving and innovative BB water foundation, new nail polish and top coat, Fall body mists, and a quick teeth cleanser and whitener.
Leave a comment and let me know what you are loving this week!
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 30 ($42 USD) — Your skin needs a drink. Meet our first and only BB with a water-like texture that delivers multiple benefits in just one drop. Why get wet? Our built-in primer water technology means a liquid silk-consistency—it literally glides onto your face, blends easily and moves with your skin. Because it’s alcohol-free, there is no drying, cracking or caking during wear. The ultra-hydrating, oil-free formula also creates a sheer, radiant finish that makes you really love your skin in every conceivable light. Here come the compliments.
What I think: I needed a new foundation and was really excited to try this. And I am extremely pleased with it! It is very liquidy — I put a dropper full on the back of my hand and immediately need my BeautyBlender to apply it on my face. It feels like I have nothing on, but it covers my dark circles and red spots. It actually gives me a medium coverage and is full coverage for me with two coats. It also gives a beautiful glow to my skin.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tribal Vibe and Top Coat – Following the major success of the first Miracle Gel launch, Sally Hansen has done it again, developing the new & improved volumizing Miracle Gel Top Coat – adding to the award-winning Sally Hansen Miracle Gel collection: the most buzzed about at-home nail system and the closest thing to a salon gel manicure at home.
When partnered with the Miracle Gel shades, Miracle Gel Top Coat volumizes as it protects. The Top Coat formula delivers 2x the volume to your manicure – creating dramatically fuller-looking nails with a high-gloss, mirror shine finish.
The Tribal Vibe collection adds seven new sun-baked shades to the permanent line up: Cream of the Crop (ivory with a hint of warmth), Tribal Sun (fiery coral like the setting sun), Rhythm & Blue (mirrors the hue of a bright blue sky), Totem-ly Yours (an appealing dusty rose), Per-Suede ( the color of rich reddish leather), Terra-Coppa (melds the gleam of copper with the earthy appeal of pottery) and Buffalo Nickel (a cool, classic silver white).
What I think: I am very hard on my nails. I work on a computer all day and wash dishes, fold laundry, review products…my hands are always busy! The combination of the polish and top coat lasted a full week without major chipping. That’s amazing. And the colors are gorgeous, too!
Available at mass market retailers near you.
Essence of Beauty Dark Violet Fine Fragrance Body Mist
Essence of Beauty Kiss of Honey Fine Fragrance Body Mist
Essence of Beauty Dark Violet Fine Fragrance Body Mist ($6.99 8 oz) — With notes of bergamot, violet, jasmine, and rose, warmed by sensual musk and a hint of sandalwood and vanilla, Dark Violet is an evocative, striking scent.
Essence of Beauty Kiss of Honey Fine Fragrance Body Mist ($6.99 8 oz) — Opening on a note of sweet nectarine blended with honey blossom, water jasmine and a hint of sensual cashmere woods, Kiss of Honey is soft, warm and enveloping.
As an added bonus helping keep skin at its best when temperatures drop, both Body Mists feature skin-nourishing vitamins and aloe, and are free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, and gluten.
What I think: Both of these are fab Fall scents, but are so different from each other. The Dark Violet is a deep floral. It’s warm and I can really smell the vanilla, but it is sweet and floral, too. Kiss of Honey is rich and sweet, with refreshing nectarine and soft cashmere. I’ll enjoy wearing both of them!
Available now at CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide.
The Supersmile Quikee ($18 USD) — invented by Dr. Irwin Smigel is a fast on-the-go teeth whitening polish. It is designed to remove staining, freshen breath, and clean teeth with Supersmile’s formulated proprietary form of calcium peroxide, CALPROX®. The Quikee is made for those moments where brushing your teeth isn’t an option-in between your work day, last-minute meetings, before a date, whatever the occasion, Quikee’s are there to save the day.
What I think: This is so cool! Squeeze a little on your teeth and move it around with your tongue. Breath is fresh and teeth are cleaner and a little whiter. Mostly, it freshens up your mouth after lunch, for an interview, etc. Keep it in your purse and go!
It has been so warm in Kansas City the last couple of days that it feels like Spring! My skin is still trying to get over the cold and it is so dry! So I am still loving products that moisturize and get me ready for the longer days ahead! My faves this week include a hydrating facial mask, a velvety eye cream, floss picks that whiten, affordable luxury makeup brushes and a cool light-up lip gloss!
Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask ($14.99 USD) — This sheet mask is the perfect option for a spa treatment at home. In 10 minutes this mask delivers an immediate boost of hydration using Hyaluronic Acid to keep skin looking smooth and restored. The box included 4 masks! What I think: This hydrating sheet mask is so easy to use. I just apply it to clean skin and 10 minutes later, I have super soft skin! And it doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin! Available at http://www.ulta.com
Volante Transformative Eye Crème ($85 USD) — Supple, lightweight and luxurious, this crème was specifically designed for the delicate eye area. The crème is infused with a new peptide that’s clinically proven to help reduce dark circles, and special light diffusers visibly reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. Independent clinical tests showed that 90% of women reported their eyes instantly felt more refreshed, with more than 80% of women reporting that their eyes looked and felt healthier with fewer lines after four weeks of use. With a blend of 7 VITAE, this crème will leave your skin smooth, refreshed and younger-looking. What I think: This is such a luxe eye cream — it instantly smoothes my skin and it helps me look wide awake, even when I’m not! It is very lightweight and absorbs quickly. Available at www.VolanteSkincare.com
DenTek Fresh & White Silky Whitening Floss Picks ($2.47 USD for 75) — The FIRST and ONLY floss picks on the market that provide advanced whitening with micro-crystals, to polish away food and plaque and promote a whiter, brighter smile! They feature Gentle Silk Floss for easy cleaning between tight teeth and have a built-in tongue cleaner to keep breath fresh.
What I think: These are so good for cleaning in between all teeth (even my recent crown). They also really freshen my breath. Plus, they are very affordable! DenTek has a wide range of oral hygiene products such as Floss Picks + Travel Case ($1.50 for 2ct) and DenTek Interdental Cleaners ($4.49).
Available at Walmart stores.
Makeup Academy’s premium brush collection, the perfect accessories to create flawless makeup looks easily and affordably! Innovatively designed with a mix of natural and synthetic fibers for use across face, eyes and lips, the 15 brushes feature precision-cut heads and sleek, gunmetal finishes and are now What I think: I love these brushes! They are very luxe and affordable! I have tried the Pro BB/CC Cream Brush ($18), which diffuses cream over the skin to create a feather-light, no-makeup finish, the Pro Smudger/Detailer Brush ($8) with a dome shape ideal for blending out a dark smoky eye, and the Pro Point Liner Brush ($10) is uniquely shaped to achieve a precise cat-eye, without hands or fingers getting in the way. Available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy and http://www.cvs.com/muapro
Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss Sugar Mama ($24 USD) — A deliciously pale pink gloss that will be an essential for all of our girly girls out there. Wear it alone or top your favorite nude lipstick to create the perfect wash of color. A deliciously pale pink gloss that will be an essential for all of our girly girls out there. Wear it alone or top your favorite nude lipstick to create the perfect wash of color. What I think: This color is so pretty and soft, perfect for natural day looks or at night with a dramatic eye. And the lid of the gloss has a mirror and it lights up when opened — so fun! Available at http://www.gerardcosmetics.com What are you loving this week?
We have had a pretty hot week here in Kansas City, but it is finally cooling down a little, yay! I am still trying out new summer products to help me with the heat.
This week, I have been enjoying a facial cleansing oil, a gorgeous makeup up palette inspired by a new film, a refillable brush for my favorite powders, natural dental hygiene products, crunchy dried fruit snacks, and a cooling face cream.
NUDE Skincare Perfect Cleansing Oil ($35 USD) — This omega-rich oil deeply cleans and removes all impurities, including eye makeup. All-natural plant oils, including meadowfoam and jojoba, support skin health and hydration. Skin is left radiantly clean, comfortable and soft.
What I think: This is so healing on my parched summer skin. I like to use this oil at night to remove makeup and restore my skin’s natural balance. I feel that the heat, sweating and being in the sun makes my skin feel really uncomfortable. This not only removes all dirt and makeup, it leaves skin soft and definitely not greasy!
Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending Collection ($29 USD) — This has just landed at ULTA Beauty from Pür Minerals. They have created an exclusive, limited edition collection for the highly anticipated film, Jupiter Ascending starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum.
The collection is designed to help you achieve the flawless on-screen looks with:
Eye Shadows: Six stunning shades of shadow from subtle neutral to dramatic shimmer help you get Jupiter’s striking look. The talc-free eye shadows come in matte, satin, and metallic textures for a wide range of looks from day to night.
Galaxy Lip Gloss: Housed in futuristic light-up packaging, the iridescent pink gloss comes with a built-in touch-up mirror for beauty on the go.
Space Eyeliner: This liquid precision eyeliner in inky black features a user-friendly felt tip for easy application. Get sharp, clean definition for flawless eyes with this daily must-have.
What I think: This is a gorgeous makeup kit! My daughter was going out for her 19th birthday with friends and used the eyeliner and shadows to create a dramatic look. She loved the color payoff of the shadows and said that the liner was easy to use. I kept the awesome lip gloss for myself. The pale, sheer pink is one of my favorite lip color looks. And it lights up as you use it. Cool!
Exclusively found at ULTA and ULTA.com.
Jane Iredale Refill-Me Refillable Loose Powder Brush ($35 USD) — A mess-free way to apply loose powder and get exceptional coverage on-the-go.
Self-contained, ready to be filled, with a locking mechanism that prevents spilling.
Ideal for travel.
Easy to refill.
Only one jar of Jane Iredale’s Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder is needed to fill the brush two times!
Can be used with Jane Iredale’s Amazing Matte and Powder-Me SPF, as well as your fave powder, too.
What I think: I have been using this with the Jane Iredale Golden shade of Powder-Me SPF powder and I find it easy to use and it gives great coverage. You can easily lock it so it won’t get messy if you take it on trips. I thinks this is a really good investment for travel.
Available at shop.janeiredale.com
Hello Mouthwash Pink Grapefruit Mint ($4.99 USD ) — Helps clean and freshen the mouth. This mouthwash is free of alcohol, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, and doesn’t cause mouth pain. It is never tested on animals.
What I think: I’m loving this cool line of dental hygiene products. They currently have mouthwash, toothpaste and breath spray in Pink Grapefruit mint, Mojito Mint and Supermint. I like all three flavors — they are like nothing I have tried before! I love that they are natural, and not too strong. LOVE!
Crispy Green Crispy Fruit ($1.59 USD for 1 .36 oz. bag, you can also buy in larger bags) — Crispy Fruit snacks are 100% freeze-dried fruit slices that are made of real fruit and nothing else. The taste in Crispy Fruit comes from the fresh fruit itself. There is no sugar, sweeteners or other additives used to enhance the taste or appearance! Crispy Fruit is truly guilt-free snacking.
What I think: Yum! I tried all six flavors: Apple, Asian Pear, Tangerine, Banana, Mango and Pineapple and like them all. My favorites were the banana and pineapple. I would definitely purchase these again for myself and my family for healthy snacks!
Available at shop.crispygreen.com.
Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial ($45 USD) –A centuries-old Greek remedy for skin soothing, moisturizing Greek Yoghurt provides a natural source of proteins, minerals, and vitamins to instantly nourish stressed, dry skin. This ultrahydrating facial-in-a-jar contains a Greek Yoghurt concentrate with two and a half times the protein content of regular yogurt, and works overnight to provide skin with intense, long-term moisturization and nourishment to create a smooth, even complexion. You will wake up to noticeable improvements in skin texture and more moisturized, refreshed skin.
What I think: This is such a great evening skin treatment! I apply at night after my serum, and when I wake up my skin feels fresh and so soft! I use it about every other night, but it is so gentle it can be used more often if you wish. Summer skin becomes so stressed and tired and this evens the skin tone and texture by morning.