My Beauty Favorites — November 6-12, 2017

It has been a busy week, and I’ve been sick.  I am hoping next week is better.  It is my daughter Abby’s 18th birthday today!  The time has flown, she will be in college next year.  Crazy!

This weeks I have two faves I’ve been loving.  And amazing eye treatment and sparkly gem-inspired nail polishes:

Talika Eye Dream

Talika Eye Dream ($57, on sale at Amazon $49.52) — TALIKA Eye Dream transforms bedtime into an 8-hour long spa treatment for the eyes from the moment you drift off to the minute you awake. Regenerative ingredients and biopeptides will help improve the texture of your skin so it will feel and look softer and smoother in the morning.

What I think: This is a real treat for the eyes!  Apply at night around the eye, then rinse with water in the morning.  It smooths the eye area and makes you look younger and wide awake!  It’s perfect for late nights or when you’re not feeling as well.

Purchase at Amazon and other great skincare store.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy  Enchanting Gems Collection ($8.99 each) — Stone cold stunning! Inspired by multi-faceted luxurious gemstones, the Sally Hansen Color Therapy range introduces 6 new opulent shades designed to elevate every autumn look. These contain a patented micro-delivery system that delivers an argan oil enhancing formula, resulting in intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthier-looking nails. The Color Therapy nail polish needs no base coat so the oil complex can directly contact the bare nail. 9 out of 10 women experienced a noticeable improvement in their natural nails after wearing the Color Therapy nail polish. The polish glides on for a radiant, shiny finish with up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear. Colors are:

Opulent Pearl — Opt for over-the-top iridescence in a glossy white pearl hue    Rose Diamond –This dusty pink shimmery shade adds a touch of sparkle to any ensemble                                                                                                                              Pink Sapphire — Pamper your nails with this luxe electric pink                       Brilliant Lapis — This royal blue shimmer is a total gem                                       Orchid Amethyst — You’ll be mesmerized by this dazzling orchid tone            Smoky Emerald Embrace — evening magic with this blackened midnight teal green

What I think: I love this nail polish formula!  It glides on so smoothly and looks so nice one.  And it lasts for days and days!  These shades are shimmery (my favorite) and so pretty on.  Really nice for fall and the holiday season!

Purchase at a mass market retailer near you

What products are you loving this week?

 

Julep Maven November 2017 Subscription Box Review

 

My Julep Maven box recently came!  This is the November 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!  This month I chose a couple of skincare items and a polish:

The items I got are the polish in Talia (a cool shale shimmer), the Triple Quench hydration mask and the No Limits luxe hydrating creme.

  Talia is a dark shimmery greige  nail polish.  It’s so pretty for the fall!

The Triple Quench Deep Hydration Sheet Mask System is supposed to be used before bedtime.  You apply the ampoule gel, then the mask and let it set for 15 minutes.  Afterwards you use the sleeping pack as the final step.  I haven’t tried this yet, but I probably will this weekend.  I’m excited to use it!

The No Limits creme can be used on face, hands or body.  It has a light fragrance, kinda fruity.  It’s really nice.  And it’s super hydrating without being greasy.  I guess it used to be in a jar, but the tube is easier to use and more hygienic.

Do you subscribe to Julep Maven?  What did you get this month?

Have Fun With Your Makeup (and Hair, and Nails) this Halloween!

Halloween is tomorrow — crazy!  This year is zooming by.  I’m not doing much for the holiday, probably just watch scary movies.  My kids are too old to hang with me, even my 13 year old wants to go out with her friends!

But, I’ll probably do something fun with my makeup an nails to mark the occasion.  Here are some great ideas for fun Halloween looks:

 

My Little Pony: The Movie Collection Eyeshadow Palette ($29 USD) — features a kaleidoscope of colors including mattes, shimmers and bold brights. From everyday neutrals to flirty shimmers – all the basics are covered. I will be doing a review with swatches of this soon!

My Little Pony: The Movie Magic of Friendship 3-Piece All-in-One Glow Stick Kit ($22 USD) — these illuminating balms provide an exciting highlight to sculpt and add depth to the whole face. Packed with sheer prismatic pigments in three hues, these multitasking sticks can be used on the lids, cheeks and lips to add a subtle shimmer to your best features. Just swipe on and tap into the skin on-the-go. The shades are Blissful (Holographic Iridescent Blue with Pink Shift), Joyful (Iridescent White with Blue Lavender Shift) and Cheerful (Iridescent Pink with Gold Shift)

My Little Pony: The Movie Mane 6 Brush Set ($49.99 USD) — this six-piece set inspired by My Little Pony: The Movie. Each brush contains incredibly soft, fluffy synthetic fibers which means less fallout, less product absorption and more controlled application. The Mane 6 Brush Set includes a Powder Brush, Blush Brush, Concealer Brush, Eye Shadow Brush, Crease Brush and Eyeliner Brush. It’s everything you need to apply, conceal and blend your way to flawless, professional quality results.

Purchase at http://www.purcosmetics.com

And if you’re more of a “stay in and watch Halloween movies” kind of girl, you can still get in the spirit with Masque Bar’s Pretty Animalz ($3.99 Target.com).

Stay up late and dress down with these cute animal face masks guaranteed to scare away the wrinkles and dark circles.

Panda Character Print Sheet Mask provides intensive hydration while Lavender helps to calm skin with its aromatic and skin soothing properties.

Otter Character Print sheet mask visibly hydrates and soothes to bring your skin into a youthful glow.

Tiger Character Print sheet mask is enriched with extracts that help nourish and hydrate your face.

Purchase at Target stores and http://www.target.com

Don’t forget your nails! Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure ($7.99 USD) — 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.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel ($9.99 USD) — The #1 no light gel system!* In just two easy steps get up to 14 days of color and shine. More chip-resistant than regular nail polish!
Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens ($7.95 USD) — The write way to turn your nails into a work of art. Forget complicated kits with stencils and decals—Sally Hansen lets you effortlessly personalize your nail.  With the Nail Art Pen, your nails can be as creative as you are: Let your imagination guide your designs for limitless possibilities.
Purchase these and other great shades at mass market retailers near you.
L’Oreal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Indigo

L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi Permanent Hair Color ($10.99 USD) allows you to play with COLOR YOUR WAY. Go all out or flirt with color by customizing your look and transforming your style. Colorista has 7 bright shades designed for light blonde/bleached hair and 4 shades with a hint of color designed for brunettes, no bleach required. Mix it up and try the #ClearMixer to create your own custom pastels. Colorista fades in 4-10 shampoos so you can wash it out and play again!

Purchase at lorealparisusa.com, and mass, food and drug retailers nationwide.

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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.

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?

My Beauty Favorites — Week of September 18-24, 2017

Now that it’s officially Fall, I am so excited for the change in season!  I want to wear my boots and sweaters, and drink lots of tea and eat apple and pumpkin treats!

But, since it’s about 90 degrees F in Kansas City today, I’ll have to settle for Fall beauty products like the gorgeous Sally Hansen polishes below.  I’m also loving some great hair products:

Inspired by rich and vibrant colors, the new Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Fall Collection adds the dose of color and vivacity the stylish woman dreams of. Middle eastern fabrics and vivid Moroccan prints are trending both on and off the catwalk. Sally Hansen has infused their 6 hot limited edition shades with all the exotic street style flair you need this fall for you to feel completely bold. The vibrant, limited-edition line-up features the following beautiful shades:
Marrakeshed From A Rose: Play up your femininity when you don this soft pale blush
Tell My Fuchsia: A deep magenta jewel tone to accentuate your bling
Moroccan Roll: The rich cherry red brings the pizazz
Tagine Supreme: Spice up the everyday with a burnt orange-tinted red
Lan-turn Up: Be the ultimate sidewalk siren with this molten metallic chrome
Magic Carpet: Get ready for an adventure in a ceramic-inspired light blue cream
The all-in-one formula with keratin boasts 7 benefits in one bottle — base coat, strength, growth 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.
What I think:  This collection is really pretty.  The three shades in the photo above are the colors that are most like Fall to me.  Gorgeous reds, oranges and golds.  There are also some pink and blue shades for the Morrocan feel.  If you haven’t tried Sally Hansen Salon Manicure, they last so long on the nails and look fresh for days.
Learn more at http://www.sallyhansen.com and purchase at mass market retailers near you.
Macadamia Professional Smoothing Curl Cream

Macadamia Professional Smoothing Curl Cream ($19.95 USD) — A conditioning styling cream that controls and smoothes unruly curls, while still providing a light, touchable-soft feel. Fights humidity for fizz control, tames flyaways and creates a natural-looking shine. Premium blend of hold and styling agents provide long term curl retention. Key Ingredients:

  • Rice and Soy Proteins – Help reduce breakage and tame unruly curls.
  • Vitamins A & E – Nourish and lock in moisture.
  • Coconut Oil – Provides moisture and softness to dry, damaged hair.
  • Olive Oil – Maintains color and provides shine.
  • Grape Seed Oil – Provides hydration and protects against moisture loss.
  • Pistachio Oils – Protects against environmental extremes.

What I think: This is a perfect cream for wavy and curly hair all year round.   It helps keep curls separated and soft and helps keep the frizzies away! I love the natural ingredients they help with shine and moisture!

Available at Ulta/Ulta.com

ColorProof SuperPlump Whipped Bodifying Mousse

 

ColorProof SuperPlumpWhipped Bodifying Mousse (9oz/$26; 2oz/$9 at ) — This ultra-rich, all-over bodifying crème mousse instantly delivers astonishing volume for a full-bodied silhouette. Designed to nourish and keep strands soft and flexible, this incredible, alcohol-free, salt-free formula provides a power boost of body, bounce and shine with lasting style memory and maximum color and heat protection. With this super-concentrated formula, a little goes a long way for instant lift and larger-than-life style.

What I think:  Just one pump of this mousse goes a long way! I love that this gives a ton of volume, without being stiff or sticky.

Available at http://www.ColorProof.com

What products are you loving this week?

Gorgeous Summer Nail Polish Colors!

Happy 4th of July!  I hope your day is going great!

I have received some gorgeous nail polish lately and want to share some of my favorites starting with a patriotic trio from Lauren B.

I also have been loving sheer colors, plus fun brights for my toes:

Lauren B. Beauty Laurel Canyon Lover ($18 USD) — A perfect balance between true red and burgundy, this shade looks sexy, festive and modern all at once. The deeply pigmented formula levels out perfectly, leaving nails smooth and jewel-like.

Lauren B. Beauty HOLLYWOODLAND ($18 USD) — Pure white has a beautiful simplicity. But what’s best about this crisp-as-a-cotton-sheet hue is its wonderful versatility. It makes a great primer so colors pop, yet it can stand alone for a cool, punk-rock effect. It’s also brilliant on fingertips or for almost any kind of nail art.

Lauren B. Beauty PCH ($18 USD) — This stunning freshness of opaque cobalt blue hue is tinged with purple undertones, festive, on-trend and instantly lifts your mood.

Available at Laurenbbeauty.com

 

JINsoon Sheer Gloss Summer 2017 Collection

Jin Soon Choi has launched the JINsoon Summer 2017 Sheer Gloss Collection ($18 each), inspired by clear lip gloss and sheer lace fabric. The collection is made up of two sheer nail glosses and a nail topping made for those looking for an alternate to bright, opaque colors.

“I have always wanted to create colors that represent beauty through pure, fresh looking nail shades.” – Jin Soon Choi.

Colors:

Mist (fairy dust topping)

Pixie (sheer pink nail gloss)

Dew (sheer white nail gloss)

Availability: JINsoon spas, Barneys and select Space NK locations, www.jinsoon.com

Surya Brasil’s Exotic Animals Nail Polish ($12 USD) Bring the exotic animals of the Amazon Rainforest right to your finger tips! Inspired by nature’s wonderful colors, this nail polish collection is all-natural, organic and vegan. Available in 16 vibrant shades and 3 treatments.

Available online via  www.suryabrasilproducts.com 

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Color ($8.99) — 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.

Available in 38 stunning shades. Shown above in Haute Springs, Reflection Pool and Slicks and Stones

Purchase at mass market retailers

What nail polishes are you loving lately?

 

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