Get Ready For The Heat With Fresh Summer Beauty Products

It’s not quite summer yet, but it has been hot in Kansas City!  This has me thinking about (and needing) new beauty products for the change in weather and humidity.

I was sent the following products for my honest review.  They will help my hair, body and hair removal this summer.  I think I’m almost ready for it now!

 

ColorProof Radically Smooth Anti-Frizz Serum ($28 USD) This light serum instantly smoothes for long-lasting, frizz-free style with full spectrum UVA/UVB color and heat protection. Feather-light, heat-activated formula effortlessly tames and defies while reducing drying time.  It has a proprietary smoothing blend of Camellia and Abyssinian Oils along with soy lipids and seaweed to seal hairs’ cuticle and provide intense surface smoothing with long-lasting shine. I light using it before I dry my hair and afterwards to smooth any extra frizzies I might have.

ColorProof TruCurl Anti-Frizz Oil ($25 USD) Revolutionary, clear, non-staining, oil nourishes, defrizzes and restores hair to its healthiest condition ever. Provides long lasting exquisite shine, full spectrum UVA/UVB color and heat protection. Proprietary IllumaCurl Complex™ featuring revolutionary polymers, sugar cane and seaweed gives curls structure while Abyssinian, Camellia, and Grapeseed Oils soften and defrizz for the bouncy, beautiful curls of your dreams.  This helps condition and define curls, and it’s perfect for easy summer hair!

Purchase at ColorProof.com.

 

 

 

Bliss Poetic Waxing Hair Removal Kit ($24 USD) This iconic formula developed for Bliss’ spa makes anywhere-hair removal, from eyebrow arches to ankles, a breeze. No strips or appointment needed. The safe, low-temp wax shrink-wraps each follicle to remove even the shortest, coarsest and most stubborn hair from the root without irritation, while Chamomile makes it gentle enough for the most sensitive skin. Includes a microwaveable cup for quick and convenient heating and cleaning. Cruelty-free and Blissfully free of Parabens, Phthalates, Plastic Microbeads and SLS/SLES.  Available at Target, ULTA, and BlissWorld.com

Bliss Bump Attendant Ingrown Eliminating Pads ($22 USD for 25 pads) — These single-use pads are formulated with salicylic and glycolic acids to gently exfoliate and help prevent ingrown hairs for smoother bump-free skin. This straight-from-the-spa secret is soaked in antioxidant green tea and lavender oil to soothe skin and keep redness at bay. I not only use this on my legs and bikini area, I like to use it after I shave my arms to swatch makeup!  Cruelty-free and Blissfully free of Parabens, Phthalates and SLS/SLES. Available at Target, ULTA, and BlissWorld.com

Bliss Lemon & Sage Refreshing Body Wipes With Natural Deodorant ($10 for 30 wipes) This is a new product, not out yet.  It’s a pack of 30 pre-moistened, quick-drying cooling body wipes perfect for post-gym, travel or any time you need an instant refresh. Formulated with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and plant-based deodorant, these body wipes naturally deodorize, refresh and instantly cleanse away dirt, oil and sweat. These smell amazing and are so refreshing on hot days or after working out. Aluminum-free, Cruelty-free, Vegan and Blissfully free of Parabens, Phthalates and SLS/SLES. This will be available in July at Target, ULTA, and BlissWorld.com

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ARM&HAMMER Invisible Spray Body and Foot Powders

Sometimes it’s not always about seeing it to believe it!  The new ARM&HAMMER™ Invisible Spray Body and Foot Powders offer a mess free, invisible application while absorbing sweat and moisture.  That’s right, this formula tackles harsh odor without leaving any white mess on clothing, feet or shoes!  Although these invisible spray powders are not noticeable to the eye, your other senses will certainly pick up on their fresh aroma.

ARM & HAMMER™ Invisible Foot Spray Powder ($6.99 USD) — This is such an interesting product.  It sprays on clear and doesn’t transfer anything to my shoes.  It instantly freshens my feet, even after a long day.  The only thing is that my feet feel a little dry when I spray it on.  It does make my feet less sticky and smelly!

ARM & HAMMER™ Invisible Body Spray Powder ($6.99 USD) — This is nice to spray on the body on hot days.  I like to spray it before I go out, and when I get too hot and sweaty during the day. Both of these smell fresh, like deodorant.

The ARM&HAMMER™ Invisible Spray collection is available in May 2018 in the foot care aisle at Walmart and other select retailers.

What are your go to summer products? I will definitely have more summer beauty posts coming!

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Project Pan April-June 2018 — First Update

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Hi all!  This is the first Project Pan update for my April to June pan.  It has been going well!  I started out with 12 products, but as you can see from my photo above, I only have 10 left!  I panned two.  You can check out my original post here.

Of the products left, I am almost finished with the Reclaim Botanical neck cream, the Philosophy Eye Hope eye cream, the Ofra Cleanser and the Neocutis night cream.  And maybe the H2O+ day cream.  I’m also doing well with the body lotion.  The eye shadow, powder, hair cream and face mask weren’t used as much as the other products.  I have to make a point to use those more this month!

Here’s what I used up:

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I used the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer and Bye Bye Lines foundation.  Plus I have two empties that I didn’t include in my haul — the IT Bye Bye Pores loose powder and the No7 Early Defence Serum.  I used up my Bye Bye Pores before I really dug into the Fit Me! powder, but now I am using it exclusively.  The Fit Me! had more in it than I thought.  There is a lot in the container!

Two more months to go! I should pan more products by the end of May  I love doing these because I’m forcing myself to use my skincare and other products.  And I can tell that my skin looks better for it!

Are you doing a project pan?  How’s it going?

Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is a couple of weeks away.  I always give my mom the gift of beauty. I love sharing my favorite products and ones I think she will love.

Below are wonderful skincare, makeup and other beauty ideas for the lovely ladies in your life:

Pamper your Mom this year by giving her the gift of radiance with the Eve Lom Radiance Range:

Purchase at Sephora stores and Sephora.com

Give the gift of flawless skin like Cindy Crawford with her amazing skincare line, Meaningful Beauty:

These are available at Ulta stores and Ulta.com

EO Ageless Skin Care Collection
EO Ageless Skin Care Collection

EO Ageless Skin Care Collection ($124.99 USD. or you can purchase each item separately) — Complex in formulation, simple in use. Based on the essential principles of synergy, performance and simplicity, the EO Ageless Skin Care Collection brings over eighty of the Earth’s most powerful botanical extracts into one simple daily regimen. Over twenty years of expertise culminates in a collection of skin care essentials that will transform the way you see yourself.

Enjoy 3.3 oz. cleansing milk, 2 oz. face moisturizer, 1 oz day face oil, 1.5 oz. scrub, and 1 oz. night face serum.

Availability: www.eoproducts.com

The perfect nude lip lies within the Nothing But The Nudes collection by Lipstick Queen.  I love these and think these would be great gifts for the lady who likes classic or natural looks/  Here are the shades:

  • The Truth — Pretty pink nude
  • The Whole Truth — Perfect peachy nude
  • Nothing But The Truth — Beautiful beige nude

Purchase at Ulta stores and Ulta.com

Daily Concepts DAILY HAIR TOWEL WRAP
Daily Concepts Daily Hair Towel Wrap

Daily Concepts Daily Hair Towel Wrap ($18 USD) — This hair towel wrap is great for any length hair. With the soft cotton material, it makes getting ready after your shower super easy and pain free without having the hassle of a heavy towel on top of your head. The super soft cotton fabric also allows for quicker hair dry time giving your hair less time under the use of a hot blow dryer.

Purchase at dailyconcepts.com

 

Everyone Pure Essential Oils Kit with Ultrasonic Diffuser
Everyone Pure Essential Oils Kit with Ultrasonic Diffuser

Everyone Pure Essential Oils Kit with Ultrasonic Diffuser ($64.99 USD) — The Everyone Aromatherapy Kit is the perfect gift for aromatherapy first-timers and experts alike! Included in this set is an Everyone Aromatherapy Ultrasonic Diffuser, 2 single note essential oils: PeppermintLavender, and 4 blends: UpliftBalanceFocus, and Fresh.

$64.99 Availability: www.eoproducts.com

 Do you give beauty gifts for Mother’s Day?

Hair Color Review — ONC Natural Colors

ONC Natural Colors 3N Natural Dark Brown
ONC Natural Colors 3N Natural Dark Brown

Hi all!  I was recently sent a box of ONC Natural Colors 3N Natural Dark Brown ($24.95 USD) for my honest review.  I do color my hair at home (cover those grays) — and I enjoying trying new brands.

This is a natural, healthier, hair color that  contains a spectrum of  29 shades.  Since it’s pH is low, it holds both hair color and hair care in one bottle. The claims of this product are:

“NATURALCOLORS is the healthier hair color dye with certified organic ingredients and perfect gray coverage. It is applied using heat to open the cuticles. This method protects the hair from damaging, unhealthy ammonia used in chemical color dye to open the cuticle. The pH value of NATURALCOLORS is much lower than chemical color dyes and many “natural” hair colors dyes. After rinsing the hair’s pH value is closer to a neutral value. The scale layer of the hair, the cuticle, is closed, and the color does not fade, providing a more natural, permanent solution.”

This was a bit more complicated to use than other hair dyes.  You apply to scalp, then cover with a plastic hair cap and blow dry for 10 minutes. Then remove the cap, apply the rest of the product to the hair and let sit for 20 more minutes. I have to be honest, I didn’t stand in my bathroom for 10 minutes drying my scalp.  But I did it for a few minutes and did wait the whole 10 before applying the rest of the product.

I like that this didn’t sting or stain my skin.  It smelled nice, too.  The shade I bought was the third darkest shade after Black and Darkest Brown.  My hair is dark brown, so I thought Dark Brown would match.  It was almost black! But after a few days, it wore down to my natural Dark Brown. And, it covered my gray really nicely.

I really liked the results with this.  My hair was dark and shiny.  And I was happy to use natural hair dye without all of the chemicals.  Plus the color has stayed fresh for weeks!

Do you color your hair? What products do you like?

 

Project Pan April-June 2018

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I’m doing another Project Pan!  It’s my second one ever and the second one this year.  I’m going to do quarterly Project Pans in 2018 and see how it goes.

My first one (you can read about here)

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I included makeup this time!  I don’t have any pressed powder products, and don’t know when I will.  I’m not close to pan on any pressed shadows, blushes, bronzers etc, because I have so many and like to use different products every day.

Starting with my much loved Maybelline Fit Me! loose powder.  I have recently purchased a new powder (and new foundation and concealers)  and want to start trying them, so I need to use this up.  I’ve been using it for months.  Same with the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines foundation and Bye Bye Under Eye concealer.  I received all of these in the fall and have been wearing them on and off.  It’s time to finish them.  They are all so nice and I have been loving them.

I was looking through my stash and saw that I hit a little pan on my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Reversible.  I’m going to try to top off my eye looks with this and maybe even use it as a highlighter.

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I also have a body lotion and and hair glossing cream.  The Philosophy Snow Angel smells so good.  It’s a fresh floral scent and is actually really nice for spring.  I received it before Christmas and I haven’t used it up because it is thick and hard to squeeze out of the bottle.  I need to leave it on it’s side to be able to use it.

The Oscar Blandi Glossing Cream smells amazing! I use it on wet hair to make it manageable and on dry hair for shine. I’ve had it for a while. It’s close to being finished.

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The majority of the pan is skincare.  These are the first three products I need to use up.  The Ofra Peptide Cleanser is about half full, the H2O+ Waterbright moisturizer is about 3/4 full and I’m not sure about the Neocutis night cream.  I’ve had these since last summer/fall so it’s time to use them up!

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Here are the last three products!  The eye hope is about half full.  The Reclaim Botanical neck cream and the Perfectly Posh the ritual mask have both only been used a few times.  I need to start using neck cream every day again and I need to give the mask a good try!

I will be doing the first update at the end of April.  Wish me luck!

Are you doing a Project Pan this year? How’s it going?

February 2018 Beauty Favorites

Happy Sunday!  I hope you had a great week and are getting ready for March.  I am so excited that spring is coming!

This year, I have decided to do something different with my favorites posts.  Instead of posting a weekly favorites of new products I love, I have begun to post monthly about the products I have been using most.

In February, my faves were —

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Flawless by Gabrielle Union Heat Protection Spray ($19 USD) — I have to use a heat protection spray when I straighten my hair or it gets so dry. This shields hair with a liquid barrier of thermal protection up to 450 degrees. Contains a blend of Argan, Avocado and Marula Oils, alongside naturally-derived Pea Protein, to increase elasticity and to prevent breakage. Once I spray it on, my flat iron glides through my hair and it looks hydrated and smooth.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Breathable Foundation ($7.99 USD) — I love this foundation!  I have been wearing it every day.  It’s so light and looks like I don’t have makeup on, yet it covers redness and other imperfections well.

Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer ($6.49 USD) — This oil-free formula conceals redness, flaws, and blemishes. I love using it on my red patches, under the eyes (if my eye area isn’t too dry) and on my lid as a primer.  It covers well and looks natural.

Becca Champagne Cocktail Lipgloss. — This was in a kit that is sold on QVC.  You can read my review of the kit here.  I don’t think this gloss is for sale separately.  Which is too bad, because it’s amazing.  The shade I have is Sparkling Rose.  It’s sheer, but does leave a bit of color. I love that it’s hydrating and not too sticky.  I’m a big fan of lip glosses as I hate lip color that dries out my lips!

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 USD) —  This was in the same kit as the lip gloss, but it can be purchased separately.  This isn’t a full coverage concealer, but it instantly brightens under my eye and it does conceal a bit.  It gives my eye area a glow and makes it look younger.

Winky Luxe Kitten Palette – ($25 USD) — I received this in my November 2017 BoxyCharm. You can see a  review of this palette with swatches here.  I love most of these shades and can make lots of looks with it!  Gorgeous!

What have you been loving this month?

Hydrating Products For Winter Skin and Hair — Part 2

We had an ice storm in Kansas City today, it was crazy!  And what else is crazy is my skin and hair in this cold weather!

I have been sent some great products for my honest review, and these are some of my favorite to help hydrate skin and style my hair in this harsh winter:

 

TLW Let's Get Tacos Treatment Oil
TLW Let’s Get Tacos Treatment Oil

TLW Let’s Get Tacos Treatment Oil ($20.00 USD) — This light hair oil from Three Little Words has such a fun name, plus it smells amazing, like tropical fruit!  It claims to repair hair from the inside out and helps seal split-ends for smooth, healthy-looking results. It is formulated with grape seed oil, the treatment moisturizes, strengthens, repairs and adds shine while, Kakadu plum oil provides UV protection and heat resistance. I like that it is liquid, not a heavy oil and absorbs quickly into my hair.  I apply it to damp and dry hair and my hair is soft and manageable!

Purchase at http://www.freepeople.com

Dr Teal's Pink Himalayan Body Lotion
Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Body Lotion

Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Body Lotion ($4.97 USD) Delivers deep moisture to the skin plus all the benefits of aromatherapy for the mind. A rich blend of cocoa butter, Shea Butter and Vitamin E is infused with Essential Oils like lavender and eucaplytus to nourish and renew.  This has a soothing scent and is so hydrating!  It’s such a great winter moisturizer, it’s not greasy and hydrates for hours.

Purchase at Walmart.com

Revlon Salon Straight Copper Smooth Flat Iron   ($39.99 at Ulta): features long plates. The XL advanced copper plates provide superior heat transfer and durability, for smooth styles and long-lasting results. Infused with 3x advanced ceramic plate technology, hair will not only be straight, but also silky, shiny, and with less-frizz.  This straightens my hair quickly and leaves it smooth and shiny!

Revlon Essentials Paddle Brush (Ulta, $6.29): Bristles have the perfect separation for working out tangles and knots for every hair type. Detangle, blow dry, or finish your look with this all-purpose brush.  I have been using this every day.  It works well on wet or dry hair and leaves my hair smooth!

What products have you been loving this winter?  Leave a comment and let me know!