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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My Beauty Favorites — Week of May 15-21, 2017

It’s been a stormy week in Kansas City, but it’s sunny today!  That makes me think of summer and gorgeous summer makeup!

My favorites this week include new launches from essence cosmetics, Miracle Skin Transformer and Pur Cosmetics.  These products will keep skin glowing and nails shimmering throughout summer:

essence cosmetics Out of Space Stories Nail Polish Collection

 

Out of this world! Introducing the Out of Space Stories Nail Polish Collection ($2.99 USD) by essence cosmetics. These holographic, iridescent and metallic nail polishes are available in 7 bright colors perfect for an intergalactic adventure.

What I think:  These are really fun polishes!  Great for fingers and toes.  They go on smoothly and last a week with a base and top coat.  And they are an affordable option if you’d like to try a holo or other sparkly polish!

Purchase at essencemakeup.com!

Miracle Skin Transformer Pure Reflection Fluid Finish Foundation

Miracle Skin Transformer Pure Reflection Fluid Finish Foundation ($36 USD) —  a color solution with an emphasis on skin, and feature Chroma-Quench, a fusion of peptides to support & strengthen, humectants to draw and bind water for natural hydration, light-reflecting particles and pigment, allowing you to create a cocktail for customized complexion solutions.

What I think: This hydrating foundation smells like a margarita!  At least it does to me.  It applies really smoothly and I’d say it has a medium coverage.  It feels so light on, it will be perfect for summer.  I don’t like to wear anything heavy on my face when it gets hot out, and this will be perfect!  Available in two shades Buff/Light and Honey/Medium.

Available at miracleskintransformer.com

Pur Cosmetics Bronze Your Selfie Skin-Perfecting Face and Body Liquid Bronzer ($26 USD) — Bronze your selfie with liquid gold and added radiance for your entire body. This liquid bronzer veils the skin in PÜR’s skin nourishing and perfecting Energy Complex and a prismatic, imperfection blurring bronzer technology that gives a natural sexy sun-kissed hue. This versatile formula can be worn alone or with makeup and on both the face and body. It easily smooths onto skin and locks into place for long-lasting tropical radiance.

Pur Cosmetics Make It Matte Oil Mattifying Blotting Stick ($26 USD) — Oily skin has finally met its matte. This versatile blotting stick instantly mattifies and perfects without over drying the skin, leaving you with a shine-free look that’s comfortable. Use it before makeup application as a mattifying primer or on-the-go for touchups throughout the day. Breakthrough shine doesn’t stand a chance!

What I think: The bronzer has a slight shimmer to it and it is a really pretty golden color.  I think it’s perfect for arms and legs to smooth skin or enhance a tan.  the blotting stick will be perfect for when it gets hot and humid in KC.  It helps skin stay matte all day.  It works well under makeup or on it’s own for a natural look.

Purchase at http://www.purcosmetics.com

What new products have you been loving this week?

 

 

Sinful Colors Color Rebellious, Color Eccentric and Color Symbolic Collections For 80’s Inspired Nails

Get your neon, lace and drama on with 80’s inspired nail polish! Sinful Colors celebrates the 80’s by introducing three NEW collections for a totally rad flashback!  The collections are:

Sinful Colors Color Rebellious  Strike a pose with the NEW Sinful Colors Color Rebellious collection. Inspired by the blond & ambitious Queen of Pop, this collection of super-saturated shades like electric blue and lipstick red will rock the stage. Perfect the punk rock look and own the dance floor in colors with attitude.

Limited Edition

Cherish Me – hardcore pewter polish with heavy metal glitter accents

Starlight – a star bright glittering gold metallic

Pop Queen – shimmering blue-grey metallic studded with bright blue heavy metal accents

The Classics

Cream Pink – bubblegum pink

Endless Blue – en vogue electric blue

Energetic Red – bright lipstick red with attitude

Feel the Vibe – vibrant orange shade

Yolo Yellow – bright yellow hue

Sinful Colors Color Eccentric  Get out of this world color with eccentric neon brights. Inspired by the electric pop and glam rock music of David Bowie, the NEW SinfulColors Color Eccentric collection makes a star-power statement. Stand out in electric yellow and lime green, or combine unexpected colors for an eccentric, shocking look.

Limited Edition

Diamond Blogs – neon fuchsia

Interglamatic – vivid violet

She’s From Mars – neon bright pink

Eccentricity – neon orange

Out in Space – neon yellow

Jean Queen – vibrant neon teal

Sinful Shine Color Symbolic — From red corvettes to purple rains and mood indigos, Prince’s music is painted with vibrant color.  Inspired by the transcendent and unique persona of the legendary musician, SinfulShine’s NEW Color Symbolic collection is funky, fresh and flamboyant all at once.  With a focus on purple hues from deep plum to velvety violet and raspberry, you’ll want to party like its 1999!

Limited Edition

Cranberry Ca raze – fuchsia pearl with an unexpected violet flash

Funky Fierce – violet metallic with a flamboyant gold flash

Rule My World – decadent gold metallic

So Symbolic – sparkling velvety purple

The Classics

Devious – deep blood red

Pragmatic – feisty shade of lavender

Prosecco – glittering neutral gold

Tutu Thrill – pastel pink

Top these off with Sinful Colors Top Coat  – shockingly shiny top coat to lock in crazy color.  To make the colors pop use the White on Time base coat —  a white shade to be applied under neons for the ultimate vivid effect

Color Symbolic and Color Eccentric are $2.99 per bottle and Color Rebellious is $1.99 per bottle.  The products are Made in the USA and 5 Free (Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DPB and Camphor Free)

Available May 2017 in mass market retailers nationwide!

My Beauty Favorites — Week of December 26, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!  I hope the first day of 2017 has treated you well!

I have been taking a couple of holiday weeks off from blogging, but I am back! I hope to blog more frequently once I have more amazing products to review, like the ones below.

These products are my fave this week.  They include gorgeous lip products, a zesty body soap, a cool round hair styling brush, and fab new nail polishes:

LORAC Alter Ego Lip Liner ($17 USD) –These sexy and playful lip liners are highly-pigmented, smudge-proof and perfect for lining or filling in your lips for color that lasts. Alter Ego Lip Liners contain antioxidants such as Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed Extract, and Vitamin E to help keep lips soft and healthy while preventing color from bleeding, feathering and fading. Whether you wish to be a Goddess, Socialite or a Dominatrix (even if just for a night), Alter Ego Lip Liner comes in a gorgeous range of colors from soft nudes to vivid hues to create any look you covet. Embrace your every identity and dress up your lips with LORAC.

LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick ($17 USD) — Instantly transform your look with LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick. These sexy and playful lipsticks coat your lips in highly-pigmented color with an opaque, matte finish. Alter Ego Lipstick contains antioxidants such as Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed Extract, and Vitamins C and E.

What I think: The lip pencil is amazing!  I have it in Duchess, the color above.  It is my lip color but better, so I can wear it under all colors of lipstick, like the nude above.  The lipstick is a moisture-rich matte, not a drying one.  It looks gorgeous on and is comfortable to wear.  Pair them together and they last for hours!

Available at http://www.loraccosmetics.com

MALIN+GOETZ lime bar soap
MALIN+GOETZ lime bar soap

MALIN+GOETZ lime bar soap ($16 at MALIN+GOETZ flagship apothecaries, www.malinandgoetz.com, Barneys, Bloomingdale’s, Space NK)
Now in a larger 5oz size, the foaming cleansing bar is synthesized with the refreshing lime tonic eau de toilette, gently and effectively purifying and balancing all skin types.  Blended to hydrate while rinsing free of residue without irritation, drying, or stripping; helping to reduce epidermal stress.  Natural color.  Easily integrated into daily maintenance and prevention regimen.

What I think: I love the brisk scent of this soap!  It cleans and hydrates all at once.  It can be used every day!

Purchaes at http://www.target.com

Conair UltraDetangler Medium Nylon Round Brush
Conair UltraDetangler Medium Nylon Round Brush

Conair UltraDetangler Medium Nylon Round Brush ($14.99 USD)
Say goodbye to tangled hair! Conair’s UltraDetangler get out knots in wet or dry hair. Great for thick and unmanageable hair that is unruly.

What I think: This is a very nice brush.  It is large enough to give body and big waves while blowing dry.  I also use it on dry hair to turn my hair under and smooth it.  It leaves my hair soft and shiny!

Purchase at http://www.target.com

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure you love is now even better with amazing new shades. Style starts with a stunning spectrum of high-shine, perfectly pigmented nail polishes in on-trend, elegant hues. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ introduces fashion-forward colors ranging from wearable, sparkle-spiked neutrals to daringly deep tones. The new formula delivers up to 64% stronger nails and up to 10 days of chip-resistant wear.  It’s everything you need to achieve a professional nail look at home.  Here, six dazzling new shades in the Complete Salon Manicurelineup, available in a range of finishes.

Like the perfect wardrobe collection, the shades range from chic neutrals to deeper tones that express your mood:

World Is My Oyster Make moves in this ethereal take on a pearlescent copper nude.

Society Ruler Channel the upper echelons in this rich burgundy.

Hooked On Onyx Vamp it up in this gem of a glossy black polish.

Devil Wears Nada is a nakedly daring neutral pink-beige blend.

Freedom Of Peach Punch up your tips in this fruity, sun-ripened peach tint.

Mauvin’ On Up Decorate those digits with a penthouse-worthy creamy pink-mauve hue.

What I think:  These are all really fresh colors, perfect for all seasons.  Devil Wears Nada is my favorite, because I love nude nails.  With these polishes, I don’t need a base or top coat so they are quick and easy to use and last for days.

Purchase at a mass market retailer near you!

What are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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Go Glam This Holiday Season With Lipstick Queen, AVON and Sally Hansen

Are you starting to think about your glam holiday looks?  I am!  I usually add rich colors, a bit of sparkle and always try to have my nail painted. A complete look is so nice during the festive season.

Below are my new faves, they are all amazing!

Lipstick Queen Saint and Sinner
Lipstick Queen Saint and Sinner

Lipstick Queen’s has released three new Saint & Sinner lipstick ($24 USD each) shades.   For those whose nice side rules, the Saint formulation is for you. With 10% pigment, this formula allows the colors to glide with a touch of sheen that gives lips a lustrous, hydrating look and feel.

For those who land on the naughty spectrum, the Sinner formula will speak to you. Containing 90% pigmentation, the colors are bold and intense, without the worry of lips drying out.

Candy – the perfect hot pink shade for all skin tones, this shade will be sure to turn heads

Mauve – a regal mix of pink and purple inspired by Marie Antoinette

Bordeaux – everything you’ve ever wanted in a rich wine for your lips

What I think:  I love that Lipstick Queen takes one color and makes it in two finishes.  Both formulas are very hydrating.  The Saint is perfect for day while the Sinner is a bold evening choice!  I have these in Mauve and Bordeaux and they are both gorgeous!

Available now at Lipstickqueen.com & Ulta.com 

Feeling tired from your daily beauty routine? Give your look an instant wake-up call with Avon True Color Wide Awake Mascara and newly revamped Glimmersticks!

Avon True Color Glimmersticks ($7 each) – Loaded with pure-color pigment, these long-lasting eyeliners give your eyes a shot of sexy sparkle with ease and precision

Avon True Color Wide Awake Mascara ($5.99) – Made with Avon’s Lift&Lock Technology, this new mascara provides intense color, length, and volume in just one swipe

What I think: The Glimmersticks are almost magical!  They glide right on, set quickly and last all day long.  I applied a vibrant teal one to my top lid in the morning one day, and when I went to bed, it was still on and it looked like I just applied it!  The Wide Awake mascara lifts my straight lashes and lengthens them too!

Learn more and purchased at avon.com

Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Exotic Acai
Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Exotic Acai

Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Exotic Acai ($8.99 each) —  Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy nail polish contains a patented micro-delivery system that delivers an argan oil-enriched 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. Vibrant tones, available in three magnificent palettes, glide on for a radiant, shiny finish with up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear. The Color Therapy nail polish provides the ultimate color that cares while you wear, with everything needed to restore nails without sacrificing luminous color.

What I think:  Amazing!  I love this polish.  It goes on very smoothly and the color is gorgeous.  With 38 shades, there’s a color for everyone.  And the best part, I wore this for a whole week with only a couple of small chips!  The only issue was a little nail regrowth.  Polish never lasts that long for me because I am hard on my hands.  And when I did remove it, my nails were so smooth!  I highly recommend this polish!

Learn more at http://www.sallyhansen.com

Have you tried any of these?  What are your current faves?

 

My Beauty Favorites — Week of November 6-13, 2016

It finally feels like fall in Kansas City!  It has been much cooler the last few days and I have finally been able to wear my boots and sweaters.  Yay!

This week I am loving a variety of products including a lush fragrance, purifying hair care, nail polish with gold and a very fall body wash:

Molton Brown Rosa Absolute Eau de Toilette
Molton Brown Rosa Absolute Eau de Toilette

Molton Brown Rosa Absolute Eau de Toilette ($65 USD) — An opulent, floral eau de toilette, evoking romantic femininity with Italian red rose, spicy pink pepper and sweet vanilla.

The fragrance
Top notes: blackcurrant, pink pepper and raspberry.
Heart notes: rose, violet leaf and geranium.
Base notes: patchouli, labdanum and vanilla.

What I think:  This smells amazing, really sweet and floral, but it has a little spice to it, too. I think it’s perfect for the fall and winter, it’s a substantial scent.

Purchase at http://www.moltonbrown.com

Dessange Paris Purifying Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask ($8.99 USD) — This first of its kind, clay-in-mask pre-shampoo regulating treatment incorporates a breakthrough skin purifying technology that targets an oily scalp. The unique formula, containing mineral clay concentration, works to absorb sebum excess and regulate oil production over time while the professional application brush allows for targeted, even coverage. The scalp is left deeply purified, helping to drastically reduce excess oil production. Dating back to ancient times, the virtues of clay have been used for centuries in cosmetic and therapeutic remedies to absorb sebum and eliminate toxins.

Dessange Paris Purifying Clay Balancing Shampoo ($9.99 USD) — The second step in the Purifying Clay system, the pro-vitamin b5 enhanced balancing shampoo, helps to minimize oily roots while moisturizing ends, producing balanced hair from root to tip. The pro-vitamin b5 is known for its protective properties of the fiber capillary, helping repair and soften the hair. Hair and scalp become re-balanced, with the added benefit of a light cherry, violet, and vanilla scent.

What I think: This is a really cool system. My hair gets oily sometimes so it’s nice to treat it to a great deep cleaning.  You use the mask first, then the shampoo.  I brush the mask on my scalp and leave it on for about 5 minutes then rinse it out and use the shampoo.  The system leaves my hair so soft and clean, without drying it out.

Purchase at http://www.target.com

Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener ($7.49 USD)  locks in moisture and strengthens nails. This eye-catching treatment combines real 18-karat gold with peptides and amino acids—ingredients known to promote healthy growth. The breakthrough complex envelopes the gold, creating a shatter-proof shield that protects nails so they can grow longer and stronger.

Sally Hansen 18K Gold Cuticle Eraser ($7.49 USD)  is a must for healthy-looking, smooth cuticles. Meant to reduce and improve the appearance rough, ragged, parched cuticles, this decadent treatment renews and softens instantly while preparing nails for a flawless manicure.

What I think:  the hardener is really nice on.  It leaves nails with a soft gold glitter.  It does leave nails harder and protects them. The cuticle eraser treats my dry cuticles and makes my nails look much smoother.

Purchase at mass market stores

 

Philip B. Chai Latte Soul & Body Wash
Philip B. Chai Latte Soul & Body Wash

Philip B. Chai Latte Soul & Body Wash ($35 USD) — Soothe your soul and celebrate your body with Philip B chai latte soul and body wash, a purifying magical potion of 20% pure botanicals. An herbaceous, spicy and aromatic deep-stimulating active cleanser that replenishes, energizes, and tones your skin. Honey, milk proteins and black tea extract, combined with cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger and black pepper, work synergistically to stimulate and warm your skin for over-all beneficial health and glow. Chai latte soul and body wash is an active formula that leaves you feeling heavenly, silky, warm and stimulated.

What I think: This smells just like chai to me!  It’s very spicy and sweet and leaves such a nice scent.  It also softens my skin after showering.

Learn more at http://www.philipb.com