Beauty Prep For Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day is just around the corner.  It’s time to prep skin and get makeup ready for the big day.

Below is a brightening skin serum plus pink and red liquid lipstick and nail polish to help get ready for a big night out — and in!

ISDINCEUTICS Flavo-C serum
ISDINCEUTICS Flavo-C serum

ISDINCEUTICS Flavo-C serum ($84 USD) —  This serum protects against damaging free radicals caused by UVA, UVB rays and pollution. The serum evens skin tone for a firmer, brighter complexion thanks to the extremely powerful combination of two anti-oxidants: Vitamin C and Gingko Biloba.

Available at Isdin.com/us

Get ready for a bold, matte lip-look that stays on. Rimmel London introduces Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour, ($5.79 USD) a new liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, a velvety matte finish and a long-lasting, comfortable wear. Shades shown are Fire Starter and Heartbeat.
Purchase at mass market retailers near you

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri® Nail Color ($4.99 USD) — This newly upgraded 3-in-1 formula with built-in base and top coat offers shiny, extended wear in a single step. The new Insta-Dri is housed in an updated bottle adorned with a gorgeous new logo and comes complete with color-matched caps for a modern, sleek feel and easy shade navigation. The revamped formula delivers an extra day of wear and chip resistance, so you can take that nail look to go- anywhere, anytime. With up to 33% longer wear and chip resistance, up to or almost 3x as many consumers preferred the new formula versus the former. Get ready on the go with Insta-Dri’s brush that covers in one stroke. One stroke, one coat, and you’re done! Shades shown are Peppy Le Fuchsia, ASAP Apple, Watermelon Wizz

Purchase at mass market retailers

Review — Sally Hansen Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors

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I received a sample of Sally Hansen Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors ($5.99 USD) for my honest review.  What are they you ask?
“They’re the newest innovation in at-home manicures. Just wrap your cuticles, paint on color and then peel away any mishaps. This means each hand (yes, both) will get the same, flawless results. It’s really that simple. Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors give you the freedom to paint your nails at home, mess-free.”
I was super excited to try them! Here’s a close up look:
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There are 24 in the box, 4 strips of 6.  I guess this is for if you mess up applying one.  I decided to paint my nails and use the guards on my right hand and not use them on my left to compare.  Here is my hand after I applied the guards:
IMG_0358 The guards are fairly thick, so I questioned whether I would get a clean line of polish.  I did try to press them down on my cuticles as the instructions said, and this is as close at they would get.
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Now, I don’t usually paint my nails like I’m 2, but I thought it would be a great indicator if this worked!  LOL!
These came of very easy!  Here  is the result:
IMG_0362And here are my nails!  I think it worked pretty well.  I had to clean up my index finger, but besides that, it is pretty even and neat.  Here is my other hand:
IMG_0366 Yes, it is a bit messy!  But the messy cuticles did wear off by morning.  The guards took a few minutes to apply, but they did work pretty well.  Hmmm…I don’t know if I would by them again, maybe if I had a special occasion to go to.
Have you tried these guards or anything like them?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Julep Maven January 2018 Subscription Box Review

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My Julep Maven box recently came!  This is the January subscription box. The cost is $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription).

I have been a subscriber for almost 5 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 skipped December, because I was a bit short of cash and I didn’t really need any of the products.

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 polishes and a new face oil.

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The polishes are Geri, blushing beige cream and Shiloh, stormy aqua shimmer. I half I had to get Geri because it’s my sister’s name, but she spells it Jeri. It’s a really pretty soft neutral. But I think my favorite is Shiloh because it’s really shimmery and gorgeous for winter.

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I also chose the Boost your Radiance Rosehip Seed Facial Oil. I’ve only tried it once so far and it was very hydrating. It’s a really good night treatment for me. I will be trying it more to see if it helps with the appearances of fine lines, which is one of its claims.

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

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.