Summer Beauty Must Haves

Hi All!  I just got back from a big road trip with my family a few days ago and have lots of products to review!  I thought I’d start with fun summer beauty picks since I was gone for the first day of summer.

I am loving the following products:

Tan-Luxe The Butter Illuminating Tanning Butter

Tan-Luxe The Butter Illuminating Tanning Butter ($36 USD) — Revolutionise the way you tan with our most luxurious, nourishing formula yet. A  multitasking 4 in 1 replenishing and hydrating body treatment, skin perfecter, illuminator and gradual tan.

A lightweight, quick-drying formula with a unique complex of Vitamin E, Raspberry Seed Oil, Oat Oil and Coconut Oil combined with Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter. THE BUTTER delivers increased moisture to the skin that is clinically proven to last for 24 hours along with a natural-looking tan glow that develops within 4-6 hours.

What I think: This is such a hydrating body butter that also gives a beautiful tan.  I apply it to exfoliated skin and let it develop for at least 4 hours.  The color is very natural and not orange at all.  I would love to try their tanning oils next!

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Finishing Touch Flawless

Finishing Touch Flawless ($19.99 USD) — Introducing the NEW Finishing Touch Flawless, this year’s must-have addition to your beauty routine. The new gold-standard in women’s facial hair removal, Flawless instantly and painlessly sweeps away unwanted hair with a new spinning technology destined to make painful plucking or waxing obsolete. Flawless is so gentle it can be used every day without risking redness or irritation to your skin, and there is no downtime waiting for regrowth to remove hair The sleek and discreet white and rose gold façade is a serious upgrade to any vanity. With a built-in light and battery-operated design, Flawless is ideal at home or on-the-go. It’s also TSA-approved for convenient travel. The 18-karat gold-plated head is hypoallergenic and removable for easy cleaning.

What I think:  I took this on my vacation.  I popped it in my makeup bag, and whenever I needed to remove facial hair, it was easy and painless.  Just use circular motions over the area to be treated and hair is removed.  It takes a little bit to get all of it, but hair is removed (as well as dead skin).  It is easy to clean, just pop the top of the device and clean with included brush.  This is a neat little device.

Available at Walmart, Walgreens, Bed Bath and Beyond, CVS, Rite-Aid, Sally Beauty, Ulta.  For additional information, visit 

Mally Beauty brings shimmering summer makeup:

Mally Beauty Shimmer, Shape & Go Blush Single ($24) — This formula is weightless, creamy and super blendable. This product allows you to create a soft blush for radiant skin. The design of the blush allows you to apply the product quickly by simply swiping it on the cheeks, creating the perfect summer look.
Available in Lighter and Darker

Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra Eye Shadows ($25) — Provides quick application and long-wearing color that looks incredible all day. It is a multifunctional product – your primer, shadow base and eye shadow all in one. Once your look is complete, it will stay fresh all day long! Available in Autumn Shimmer, Bliss, Brownstone, Moonlight, Pink Champagne, Shimmering Mauve, Timeless Taupe and more.

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner ($18) — is a high performance eyeliner that glides on easily and lasts all day. It’s perfect for those who want a long lasting product that can be smudged or worn alone. Try them in Caribbean Blue, Pink Champagne, Ice Blue, Starshine and Sparkling.

What I think:  Mally’s products are always high-performing and gorgeous! I have the blush in the Lighter shade.  It’s a shimmering coral pink that looks amazing this time of year.  It can be blended for a softer look, but it’s also buildable.  The eyeshadow and eyeliner are both very pigmented and blendable, but once they set, they will stay all day!

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Treets Traditions The Alps – Healing In Harmony Collection

Treets Traditions The Alps – Healing In Harmony Collection– The Healing In Harmony collection is inspired by the medicinal ingredients found in the Alps, where weather challenges everything that lives. With a powerful blend of rosemary, lavender, grapeseed, and beeswax, the Healing In Harmony collection conditions skin and leaves behind a fresh and soft scent. This collection includes Foaming Shower Gel, Shower Gel, Body Salt Scrub, Body Butter, Bath Fizzers, Hand Wash, Hand Lotion, and Bath Tea.

What I think:  I tried the Body Salt Scrub.  It comes with a little spoon to help scoop the product out, which I liked.  The scrub itself it perfect for pre-tanning or just getting rid of dead skin.  My skin was soft and glowing afterwards.

This and other collections from Treets Traditions is available at Ulta stores and

EO Certified Organic Deodorant Sprays

EO Certified Organic Deodorant Sprays ($6.99 USD) — The best way to stay fresh all day is to eliminate odor at its source. The certified organic deodorants contain no aluminum salts, propylene glycol, zinc salts, or triclosan that can potentially clog pores. Pure essential oils and organic Ethanol neutralize and eliminate the sources of unpleasant body odors to keep you fresh, cool, and clean all day long and can be used safely multiple times per day. Available in: Lavender, Citrus, Vetiver, and Tea Tree

What I think:  I received this in Vetiver.  It smells amazing, really fresh.  It cools the body when sprayed under the arms.  I think this is perfect for those who can wear natural deodorants.  I need the extra strength stuff, so this only lasted a couple of hours on me.  But if you don’t need clinical deodorants, this is a perfect choice!

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What are your current favorite summer products?




My Beauty Favorites — Week of August 1-7, 2016

It’s been cooling down in Kansas City this week and the weather has been pleasant.  My kids go back to school this week, and I am trying to squeeze the last bits of summer that I can!

This week I am loving a hair removal device, a fresh fragrance oil and a self-tanner with natural ingredients:

Me Chic Compact Permanent Hair Reduction Device
Me Chic Compact Permanent Hair Reduction Device

Me Chic Compact Permanent Hair Reduction Device ($199.00 USD) — The chic Compact Permanent Hair Reduction Device uses patented technology clinically proven to be safe and effective on all skin tones, even dark, and the widest range of hair colors, even blonde – something no other at-home hair removal technology can claim.

Compact, professional, at-home hair removal technology in the palm of your hand. Small and lightweight, the chic is convenient to use both at home and away – treat targeted areas in just minutes. With dermatologist recommended technology, the chic Compact Permanent Hair Reduction Device uses the only FDA-cleared technology that targets and permanently disables the hair follicle to stop hair growth on small areas, like the face, underarm, or bikini area, for permanent results.

What I think:  This is an easy to use, and fairly affordable, hair removal device.  I haven’t tried it yet, but am hoping to test it soon.  I think it is amazing that it can be used on any skin tone and hair color!

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Soap & Paper Factory Green Tea Perfume Oil
Soap & Paper Factory Green Tea Perfume Oil

Soap & Paper Factory Green Tea Perfume Oil ($16 USD) — Crafted in small batches, the rollerball Perfume Oils stimulate your mind, body and spirit. Great for personal fragrance, and for maximum benefits use the rollerballs on temples and pressure points such as your crown chakra, bottoms of your feet and solar plexus and when put in the fridge, the stainless steel applicator will revive your senses!! Citrus, Tea Leaves and a hint of Anise will leave you feeling refreshed and happy.

What I think:  Fragrance oils are fun because they last longer in the oil form on the skin.  Just a few swipes of this fresh scent and it last all day.  I love the Green Tea scent, but it also comes in Lavender, Gardenia and Jasmine.

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Skinny Tan Pre-Tan Primer ($24.95 USD) –The perfect way to prep your skin before you tan. Remove any dry or dead skin cells with this crushed walnut shell primer. Help achieve a perfect finish to your tan. Note you should always prime a few hours before you tan, not immediately before.

Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner ($29.95 USD) — A beautiful white body butter cream with lower levels of Natural tanning active so you can layer up each day until you reach the perfect depth of tan. Combined with the natural cellulite active Guarana.

What I think:  This natural duo can really produce a nice warm tan.  The primer is the perfect first step, it readies the skin for the tanner.  The gradual tanner is the perfect way to build a smooth, deep tan.

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Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X — Third Review

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X
Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X

I was given a Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X for my honest review.  It has been almost two weeks since I tried it on my chin and forearm.

I am seeing regrowth on the arm that I used it on, but it is softer and not as coarse as it was.  I am going to use it again on Friday and I am so excited to see the difference a week or two afterwards!

Tria is much more affordable than going and getting laser hair removal and doing it at home is very convenient.  It is easy to use and if you start out at the lowest setting and work your way to higher, it’s not painful.

You can purchase the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X at  The device is normally $449, but is selling now at a sale price of $387 for the laser and 2 oz. of the SmoothStart Calming Gel.

Leave a message if you have tried Tria and let me know how it worked for you!

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X — Second Review

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X
Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X

I was given a Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X for my honest review.  It has been about a week since I tried it on my chin and forearm.

It stung when I used it on my chin, so I didn’t do it as well as I should have and I haven’t seen any difference in the hair growth.  I will be trying it again in a week and hope I do a better job next time.

I also used it on my right forearm.  I used it on the lowest setting and barely felt it at all.  Next week I will try it at a higher setting. I have noticed that my hair is beginning to grow back, but my arm still feels very smooth.  The hair that is growing back is softer and finer already!  I am excited to keep using the Tria to see the hair disappear!  I am supposed to use it once every two weeks for 3 months and the hair should be almost all gone.  So far so good!

You can purchase the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X at  The device is normally $449, but is selling now at a Black Friday price of $387 for the laser and 2 oz. of the SmoothStart Calming Gel.

Leave a message if you have tried Tria and let me know how it worked for you!

Beauty Brands at the Plaza Grand Opening in Kansas City!

Beauty Brands

Beauty Brands at the Plaza in Kansas City has undergone the ultimate makeover!  It’s all part of a national, company-wide transformation.  I was lucky enough to be one of the first to check the new look of Beauty Brands, as well as the exciting new brands joining the existing mix carefully chosen and championed by their experts, along with their expanded menu of luxurious spa and salon services.

The new space is designed with the modern American beauty in mind, and it has a cosmopolitan yet approachable look.  It’s filled with upscale skincare, cosmetics, hair care, nail, bath and body brands, offering ample opportunity for play.  Among them are several new lines to Beauty Brands, including L’Occitane, Origins, Indie LeeMai Couture, Nia 24, NuFace, Ren, Rodial, True Isaac Mizrahi, Nest fragrance, and JulepI will be reviewing some of the fantastic new products I received in future posts.

I luckily was able to tour the store and I received a complimentary blowout service.  The new store has a new blowout bar, which includes three specialty blowout options: the “classic”, the “super sleek” and “the breeze.”  I had the classic, which gave me volume, but my hair is also very shiny and bouncy!  My stylist, Alaina, did a fantastic job!

The salon also offers haircuts, coloring and updo’s.  And besides the fabulous hair salon, there are so many other beauty treatments available.  There is a brow bar at the front of the salon, you can get various luxury facials, body treatments, manis and pedis, hair removal and more!

So go check it out, do some shopping or get a great beauty service treatment.  I highly recommend the remodeled Beauty Brands at the Plaza!

Beauty Brands at the Plaza is located at 438 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO — Call 816-753-8822 to book a services.  The hours are Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of November 3 — November 9, 2014

Today was a beautiful day in Kansas City, in the 6o’s.  But it will really start feeling like November this week with highs in the 30’s…brrr!

I am really thinking about giving extra moisture to my skin and getting ready for winter.

I have been loving a very moisturizing CC Cream, a thickening hair collection, eye serum, fab makeup wipes, fun makeup and ingrown hair inhibitor wipes:

Nordic Beauty Broad Spectrum SPF 30 CC Cream
Nordic Beauty Broad Spectrum SPF 30 CC Cream

Nordic Beauty Broad Spectrum SPF 30 CC Cream ($130 4 oz) — an easy to apply non-greasy, anti-aging, natural coverage, matte Broad Spectrum SPF 30 CC Cream which helps to protect skin from UVA & UVB rays utilizing the safest and most natural form of zinc oxide available without using synthetic sunscreens.

What I think: This is a very luxe, thick cream.  It seems like a tinted moisturizer for dry skin more than a makeup to me.  It would be perfect for someone who wants a heavier day cream with SPF.  It does sink into the skin and leaves a pretty glow.

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Kerastase Densifique 3-Step Regimen
Kerastase Densifique 3-Step Regimen

Kerastase Densifique 3-Step Regimen — ($143.50 USD) — a new collection that
counters the loss of density, shine and resilience for women who are
battling the effects of ‘life stressed hair.’ This can mean physical side
effects of divorce, a stressful career or a multitude of health and
hormonal shifts which occur as women age. Unlike prescriptions or
over-the-counter remedies aimed at hair loss, Densifique’s in-salon or
at-home regimen is suitable for anyone. The at-home collection includes
Densifique Bain Densité, Densifique Masque Densité and Densifique
Densimorphose Mousse, a decadent, skin-care inspired rich mousse instantly
transforms the hair, fiber by fiber for visible voluminous results.

What I think: This is a great system for women who find that their hair is thinning with age.  I have been using it for a couple of weeks, and although my hair isn’t thicker yet, the mousse does help it appear fuller!  I am hoping to see more results in the next few weeks.  I do notice that my hair looks healthier and shinier, which I love!

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AHAVA Dead Sea Osmoter Eye Concentrate Youth & Cellular Energizing Serum
AHAVA Dead Sea Osmoter Eye Concentrate Youth & Cellular Energizing Serum

AHAVA Dead Sea Osmoter Eye Concentrate Youth & Cellular Energizing Serum ($50 USD) — Silk-textured and lightweight, this clinically tested* re-energizing eye serum illuminates, smoothes and beautifies the delicate eye zone. Infused with Persian Silk & Siegesbeckia Orientalis Extracts this formula will help to strengthen the dermal structure, fight signs of fatigue/stress and reduce dark circles. The Cucumber and Aloe Vera will help to calm the skin and reduce puffiness, while the Bird of Paradise Extract corrects discolorations and restores luminosity, promoting radiance for a more rested, youthful appearance.  In a series of independent studies on 36 women over the course of 4 weeks, 81% reported the eye area looked refreshed and agreed the serum visibly improved the eye area.

What I think: This lovely eye serum is so soothing on! I have noticed that my eyes look fresher and smoother after using this product.  I have only been using it for about a week, so I do not see improvement in my dark circles yet, but I’m hopeful.

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butter LONDON Scrubbers Makeup Remover Wipes
butter LONDON Scrubbers Makeup Remover Wipes

butter LONDON Scrubbers Makeup Remover Wipes ($15 for 15 wipes) — Gently cleanse and wipe away dirt, oil and makeup with Scrubbers Makeup Remover Wipes.  Luxourious and ultra-soft, these double-sided wipes contain natural botanical extracts of rice, sunflower and rosemary to cleanse and soothe even the most sensitive skin.  Lightly quilted on one side, these wipes scrub away even the most stubborn shades, while the smooth side cleanses and soothes.  These individually-wrapped world travelers will become the superstars of your cosmetic bag.

What I think: Loving these!  Although these have natural ingredients (which sometimes irritate my skin) and scrubbers on one side, these are so refreshing and calming at the same time.  Plus with the scrubbers, they remove all of my makeup, which is rare with makeup removing wipes.  I will be purchasing these again.

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Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color ($7 USD) — This long-lasting, fade-resistant, mineral-based formula delivers weightless, high-impact color in one swipe with a natural, luminous finish that looks gorgeous on any skin tone.

Mary Kay At Play Eye Crayon ($10 USD) — Lightweight, ultra creamy texture glides on smoothly for intense, true-color payoff that doesn’t fade.

Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss ($10 USD) — Lip sync to full-on glossy goodness with a fun jelly texture.

What I think:  All three of these products together make a fun fall or holiday look.  The silver shadow can be a soft wash of color or layered for more sparkle.  Rim your eyes with the eye crayon for a smoky look, or all over for more drama.  I love the lip gloss for a great everyday lippy.  It is a little bit sticky, but has really good color.

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Whish Flawless Swipes
Whish Flawless Swipes

Whish Flawless Swipes ($7 (8pk) / $22 (30pk)) — Our amazingly effective and popular Flawless Ingrown Hair Serum in a new and easy to use delivery system. Perfect for your entire body or spot treating affected areas, you will easily banish the curse of ingrown hairs and bumps. This deliciously fresh smelling formula uses clinically proven active ingredients that restore your skin’s suppleness and weakens hair follicles, inhibiting future growth. You won’t need to kiss a frog to break the “bump” cures. Just a swipe of Flawless to restore smooth skin.

What I think: These lightly cucumber-scented gel-wipes are so cool.  You smooth them over any red bumps or ingrown hairs in areas that you shave (bikini areas, thighs) and skin is smoother! I have used these a couple of times and have noticed that the bumps are less noticeable.

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What have you been trying this week?



Gillette Venus Embrace

Gillette® Venus® Embrace® and Venus & Olay™ Razors

I was lucky to receive a Venus Embrace razor and a Venus and Olay blade refill complimentary from Influenster to try and review.

Have you tried Venus and do you know that the heads are interchangable with the handles?  I didn’t!

Choose how you get Venus Goddess Skin by trying any Venus blade refill on your existing Venus handle. Mix-and-match and find your perfect shaving match without having to purchase a whole new Venus razor.

Any Venus blade refill fits any Venus handle so you can find your perfect shaving match without having to purchase a whole new razor.

o  Venus Embrace blade refills provide an ultra-close shave with five blades that hug curves to get virtually every hair. Available in 4- and 8- count packages.

o  Venus & Olay blade refills feature Olay Moisture Bars that contain skin conditioners to help lock in moisture and with every smoothing stroke, Venus’ five blades provide an ultra-close shave. Available in 3-count packages.

I tried both blades on my razor.  My favorite is the Embrace blade because it gives a very close shave.  The Olay refill is so moisturizing, so if you love a lot of moisture when you shave, it is perfect!

Learn more at  Available at food, drug, convenience & mass merchandise stores throughout the US. Venus blade refills are as low as $3.50-$4.50 a month.

Try Parissa Wax Products for Smooth Summer Skin

Pretty summer skin seems to take a lot of work. Since we wear less clothes, skin is a focus of summer looks. So we need to exfoliate, moisturize, use sunscreen, maybe apply a sunless tanner or body bronzer and of course, shave. Every day.

But there is an alternate — you can wax. Since salon waxing can be pricey, home waxing is a great alternative.   Parissa creates many different waxing products for anyone from beginners to experienced waxers.

I have recently tried a few Parissa products. They are:  

Wax Strips 3 Assorted Sizes ($12.00 USD) — This is my favorite of the three products that I tried. It is very easy to use. Just warm the strip in your hand, press on the area to be waxed and zip off. To use these, your hair needs to be at least 1/4 an inch long. The strips needs something to adhere to before they will take it off.  You then press the strip down in the direction your hair is growing and remove in the opposite direction. And Voila! No more hair! Your skin will stay smooth for up to 6 weeks.

Warm Wax ($12.00 USD) a microwaveable liquid salon hair remover that comes with strips. This is for coarser hair and larger areas such as the legs. You warm it up in the microwave, apply with the included wooden spatulas, then press down the strip and remove. This method takes more practice than the convenient strips. Skin should stay smooth for up to 8 weeks.  

Wax Strips Mini Eyebrow Design ($9.00 USD) — These are great for keeping your eyebrows in perfect shape. They are also great for stray hairs such as on the fingers and toes. They work just like the 3 Assorted Size strips, just press on and zip off. Easy! 

All of these products come with Parissa’s azulene oil hair inhibitor that helps remove the excess wax from the skin.

Check out  the website at to learn more and to purchase these products.