My Beauty Favorites — November 13-19, 2017

The cold weather is really starting in Kansas City.  To keep my skin hydrated an dlooking good through the cold and holiday stress, I’ve been trying some amazing new products!

Below are some great exfoliating and hydrating products that I have been sent for my honest review:

Looking for the secret behind Kim K’s perfect pout? Recently, Kim Kardashian instagrammed herself wearing the Rodial Dragons Blood Lip Mask ($45 for pack of 8) and has admitted her love for them.

These replenishing bio-cellulose lip masks give an instant moisture boost and comfort and soothe the skin for smoother, younger looking lips. Containing restoring and protecting dragon’s blood extract and hyaluronic acid to plump lip volume through hydration, these masks will mold to your lip shape and take your lip game to a whole new level.

What I think:  This took a little bit to apply.  The gel mask was in between two cloth like papers and it’s very thin.  Once it was on, it felt nice.  It does have a slit in between the lips.  It’s nice that I could move my lips, but the bottom part of the gel kept falling down below my lip and I had to pull it up.  After 15 minutes, I removed the mask and my lips and the skin around them were very smooth. And my lips did look a letter fuller.

Purchase at rodial.co.uk

Skinfix Facial Exfoliating Pads

Skinfix Facial Exfoliating Pads ($24.99 USD) — Banish dullness and reveal smoother, more radiant and healthy skin with Skinfix Facial Exfoliating Pads. Each textured pad is formulated with a blend of natural glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids to gently lift away embedded impurities and spent skin cells. Sugar Cane, Willow Bark and Australian Lime Pearl Extracts deliver natural AHAs to accelerate skin’s own renewal process. Gentle enough for daily use or when skin is tired or dull looking.

What I think: These are used after cleansing the skin.  They are super easy to used, just swipe along face and neck. This leaves skin with a nice glow and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I exfoliate a few times a week, but this can be done every day.

Purchase at shop-us.skinfixinc.com

Kneip Mini Iris & Geranium Bubbling Mineral Bath Salt

Kneipp Mini Iris & Geranium Bubbling Mineral Bath Salt ($4, on sale down from $5) — Close your eyes and forget about everything around you! A bath with the KNEIPP® IRIS & GERANIUM BUBBLING MINERAL BATH SALT – “RELAX”, with valuable iris extract and natural essential oil of geranium provides the body and mind with a sense of well-being. Nourishing oil prevents your skin from drying out.

What I think:  This smells amazing, it’s a soothing floral.  It does give a little bit of bubbles, but not a ton.  I love how soft it makes my skin.  This is really great for dry skin and when you want to de-stress!

Purchase at http://www.kneipp.com

 

 

Jergens Nourishing Honey Dry Skin Moisturizer.

Jergens Nourishing Honey Dry Skin Moisturizer ($5.99 USD) — Contains naturally hydrating, antioxidant-packed honey. Provides all-day nourishment.  Retains moisture deep within the skin. Refreshes with an invigorating floral scent. Softens skin with a smoothing, non-sticky formula.

What I think: This has a light floral scent which is nice, but a bit surprising because I thought it would be more honey scented.  But it is so hydrating and leaves my skin so soft and not sticky or greasy at all.  It also gives my skin a soft glow.

Available at mass market retailers including Target

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter ($35 USD) — A silky, velvety and ultra-hydrating body butter packed with more than 10 plant oils and extracts whipped to a feather-light texture.  100% Pure Argan Oil nourishes and repairs.  Shea Butter moisturizes skin. Avocado Oil helps repair damaged and dry skin. White Tea Extract infuses skin with antioxidants.

What I think:  I love these body butters!  They are super hydrating, but sink right into the skin.  It comes in unscented and lots of choices of yummy scents.  I also like that the argan oil so good for your skin.  It not only instantly hydrates, it continues repairing skin even after application.

Purchase at http://www.josiemarancosmetics.com, QVC and other fine stores.

What products have you been loving this week?

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Luxe Beauty Products

I love receiving beauty gifts.  I usually don’t get them, since I receive lots of fun stuff to review on my blog, so I am the beauty giver!

These are fantastic ideas that maybe the beauty lover hasn’t thought about before:

Demarche Labs Roloxin Lift Gold
Demarche Labs Roloxin Lift Gold ($33 for 3 pack) — Instant Wrinkle Smoothing Mask formulated with opulent 24K Gold to deflect light for exceptional radiance. Roloxin Lift GOLD acts immediately to reduce the appearance of both wrinkles and pores, giving skin a smoother look and texture. For beauty gifters that love to wow, your search is over!
Purchase at shop.dermarche.com
ISDIN Skin Drops
ISDIN Skin Drops ($52 each)  TotalBeauty.com 2017 Editors’ Pick Award Winner! Just a few drops of the foundation conceals skin imperfections, such as vitiligo, discoloration, varicose veins, bruising, scars, burns and even tattoos. Isdinceutics Skin Drops come in two shades, Sand and Bronze and work for Fitzpatrick skin types 1-4. Give the gift of luxury this season.

NEOCUTIS MPC Line ( MicroDay $166, MicroFirm $135, MicroNight $130)

To combat wrinkles and enhance elasticity NEOCUTIS created the MPC™ line which is a patented anti-aging technology that offers Matrikine-like benefits, using a proprietary blend of synthetic peptides. Key players in the MPC line include MicroDay and MicroNight for the face, and MicroFirm for the neck and décolleté. Plus, NEOCUTIS is including a stylish cosmetic bag as a holiday gift with purchase from October 2- December 29 (or while supplies last)! Science driven beauty gifters who like to spend look no further.

Purchase at LovelySkin.com
Foreo Berry Best Friends Set

Foreo Berry Best Friends Set ($39 USD) — A burst of beauty in a super sweet set. The tiny but mighty LUNA play offers big results from its 100 uses to gently remove 99.5% of dirt and oil*, as well as makeup residue and dead skin cells while this Tony Moly lip balm duo offers fruity flavors to freshen up your look!

Berry Best Friends Set includes:

  • LUNA play
  • Tony Moly Mini Peach Lip Balm (0.25 oz.)
  • Tony Moly Mini Cherry Lip Balm (0.25 oz.)
Purchase at Ulta and other fine stores
Milk Makeup The A Team

Milk Makeup the A Team ($39 USD) — The minis are here! Try out all of the best-selling, illuminating, and skin-perfecting sticks in mini size — then, take ‘em with you — in this super giftable, easily portable limited edition box.

SET INCLUDES

Blur Stick to blur pores, prime skin, and leave a smooth, matte finish.

Highlighter in Lit for that dewy, everyday glow.

Matte Bronzer in Baked for summer skin all year long.

Holographic Stick in Mars to highlight lips, cheeks, and eyes in a golden peach holographic hue.

Cooling Water to de-puff eyes + energize skin in an instant.

Speical Edition Glitter Stick for glitter, everywhere.

VEGAN, CRUELTY FREE, GLUTEN FREE

Available at milkmakeup.com.

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Beauty Bonanza!

There are so many amazing holiday beauty sets out this year! Gifts of skincare,  candles, hair care and fragrance are all great ideas for the beauty junkie on your list!

Below are some of my top picks for Holiday 2017:

H2O+ Beauty Oasis Dewy Duo ($30 USD) — Oasis Hydrating Treatment is clinically proven to keep your complexion noticeably softer, smoother, and continuously hydrated for 24 hours
– Oasis Smooth Lip Conditioner nourishes, smooths, and seals in moisture

H2O+ Beauty Oasis Lip Service Trio ($20 USD) — Lip Gels feature a minty fresh flavor and provide rich hydration with their innovative gel texture. Smooth, add shine, and finish with a watercolor tint in blushing pink, cheeky plum, or sheer shine.

Purchase at http://www.h2oplus.com

Yes To Tomatoes Charcoal Detox Skin Care Kit – 2pc ($12.99 USD) — Say Yes to™ your new favorite LBM (little black masks) with charcoal to naturally deep clean and detoxify your skin all winter long (all you need now is a good juice cleanse!) In Just 10 minutes, your clear skin will be revealed. Includes our Charcoal Peel-Off Mask and Charcoal Paper Mask.

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mini Duo – 2pc ($5 USD) — Yes to™ charcoal, a natural detoxifier and impurity remover to deep clean skin! Use the Charcoal Cleansing products to help clear skin and fight breakout prone skin. Kit Includes our Charcoal 10ct Facial Wipes and Trial and Travel Size Charcoal Cleanser.

Purchase at Target and Walmart stores

Commodity 3×3 Exploration Kit

Commodity 3×3 Exploration Kit ($38 USD) — A giftable ensemble that includes a sampling of Commodity’s most-coveted scents – Orris, Oolong and Book. The kit includes a trio of NEW 2.5oz soy-based candles and their corresponding 5ml Eau de Parfum travel-sprays.

  • Orris – A blend of sparkling freshness and warm sensuality.
  • Oolong – A soothing and warm scent that evokes a relaxing afternoon.
  • Book –    A fresh and woodsy fragrance inspired by the great novels of Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

All Commodity fragrances are unisex, paraben-free and cruelty-free. Candles are hand-poured and blended.

Purchase at us.commodity.co.uk

 

 

Hot Tools CurlBar

Hot Tools CurlBar ($99.99) — Unique to the CurlBar is the rotating dial which controls the temperature and timer settings with a digital temperature read out.  It has  variable heat settings up 450ºF and a glowing light ring which flashes while heating up and remains steady when set.  This iron also features a built-in Curl Timer which lets you select the time needed (from 1-30 seconds) for the type/texture of hair being styled with a vibrating notification in the handle when the time is up. CurlBar offers universal dual voltage which is great for travel.  Available in 1” and 1 ¼” 24K GOLD barrels which provides even heat distribution and is ideal for creating long-lasting curls. Additional features are the 9 ft. Professional Tangle-Free Swivel Cord, a heat-resistant glove and a 3 year limited warranty.

Purchase at Ulta and http://www.ulta.com

ColorProof Shiny & Bright CrazySmooth Holiday Kit

ColorProof Shiny & Bright CrazySmooth Holiday Kit ($78 on sale $110 reg. price) — Our revolutionary CrazySmooth® system features our proprietary blend of rare essential oils including Camellia and Abyssinian, as well as seaweed and shea butter, to instantly eliminate unruly frizz, repair and infuse with extreme smoothness, shine and super healthy youthful condition.

Purchase at ColorProof.com

The Hard Candy Fragrance Set ($19.99 USD) — The fragrance Hard Candy Pink is a floral gourmand blend, a luscious, juicy and divine scent that playfully teases and arouses the senses for an overdose of passion and spark. She’s a young woman who is fashion and trend conscious. Her style fits her personality. She’s outgoing and has a great sense of humor. The Hard Candy girl is one of the cool chicks and she likes to stand out.

  • Includes: Hard Candy Pink Eau de Toilette Fragrance Spray 1.7 fl oz, Body Mist Spray 8.0 fl oz and Fierce Effects Lipstick 1.8 oz

Purchase at Walmart stores and http://www.walmart.com

 

 

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?

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Beauty Gift Sets

It’s time!  This is my first gift guide of the season! I have some great gift ideas to share for the person in your life who loves beauty and skincare.  I’ll have more gift guides to come, too!

This post is a collection of skincare and makeup sets that I think would make amazing gifts for the beauty lover:

Dr. Jart+Magical Skin Potions  ($52 USD) — A set of five bestselling lotions, potions, and skin wonders to deliver the gift of clear and radiant skin this holiday season. This set contains:
– 0.84 oz/ 25 mL Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 in 01 Light-Medium
– 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Dermaclear Micro Water
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum
– 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Dr. Jart+ Tarot of Masks ($36 USD) —   The perfect collection of face savers, this set of seven of Dr. Jart+’s most popular sheet masks treats multiple skin concerns, so you won’t be left guessing. It makes the perfect stocking stuffer for a loved one—or a holiday treat for yourself! This set contains:
– 0.8 oz/ 25 g Water Replenishment Mask
– 1.1 oz/ 30 g Micro Jet Brightening Solution Mask
– 0.8 oz/ 25 g Pore Minimalist Mask
– 0.8 oz/ 25 g Pore Master Patch Mask
– 1 oz/ 27 g Micro Jet Clearing Solution Mask
– 0.9 oz/ 25 g Ceramidin Mask
– 1.5 oz/ 43 g Hydration Lover Rubber Mask

Purchase at Sephora stores and http://www.sephora.com

Lipstick Queen Sugar Spice and All Things Nice Trio ($45 USD) — Instantly multiply your lipstick wardrobe with three amazing shades that can be worn alone or paired with any Lipstick Queen Lip hue in Sugar Spice & All Things Nice Trio. Illuminating Ice Queen adds an icy cool look to highlight your lips while glistening Queen Bee is a honey toned nourishing treatment that adds a sun kissed, bronzing effect. Sultry Black Lace Rabbit has a touch of gold shimmer, for a lit-from-within, mysterious, candlelight glow that deepens any shade and creates a smokey veil on the lips. These transformers are enriched with vitamin E and shea butter, leaving lips super-hydrated, soft and sleek. Sugar & Spice kit creates infinite possibilities for a glamourous look with an alluring new twist!

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Duo ($35 USD) — Bring a little fairytale magic to your makeup with Lipstick Queen’s bestselling Frog Prince Lip & Cheek Duo. The remarkable emerald green lipstick & blush duo work with your skin’s pH to transform into your unique shade of rosebud pink. Moisturizing and mesmerizing, these luscious formulas are enriched with vitamin E and shea butter, giving you a petal-soft texture and a translucent finish to both your lip and cheek.

Lipstick Queen Famous Last Words Liquid Matte Lipstick In Cheers ($24 USD) — The last word on liquid matte, Lipstick Queen’s Limited Edition Metallic Famous Last Words Liquid Matte Lipstick in Cheers is a lightweight, highly pigmented formula that glides on smooth and sets to a luxurious, hydrating velvet matte finish. Created with Lipstick Queen’s unique Elastic Matte complex and enriched with vitamin E, Cheers, is the perfect metallic berry that doesn’t dry out your lips. Comfortable yet glimmering, this holiday shade won’t have you sacrificing soft lips for staying power.

Purchase at Ulta and other fine beauty stores

Eve Lom Limited Edition Kiss Mix Cracker

Eve Lom Limited Edition Kiss Mix Cracker ($35 USD) — Keep your lips soft and kissable all winter long with Kiss Mix Original and Kiss Mix Demure. These lip treatments are luxurious, moisturizing, and protective. It will instantly relieve and soften lips, leaving an irresistible pearlized sheen and a cooling sensation.

Available at http://www.neimanmarcus.com

Rodial Hydrate & Freeze Kit ($45) – Contains Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask and Snake Mask to visibly improve skin radiance and texture.

Rodial XXL Lash & Lip Kit ($42) – Contains Dragon’s Blood XXL Lip Plumper and Glamolash XXL Mascara to provide amplified volume for both lips and eyes.

Plus more great kits available!  Purchase at fine department stores.

Philosophy star light, glow bright set ($59 USD) — Skincare set that includes:
2oz/60ml renewed hope in a jar day
1oz/30ml renewed hope in a jar overnight
0.25 oz/7 ml renewed hope in a jar eye cream

Philosophy holiday pajamas shower gel ($18 USD 16 oz) — includes a mix of cotton flower, red velvet accord, sandalwood, and creamy musks.

Philosophy renewed hope in a jar ornament ($16 USD .5 oz) — philosophy’s world-famous moisturizer. This antioxidant-rich formula helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, revealing smoother, healthier-looking skin.

Philosophy snow angel set ($27 USD) — Bath set includes:
8oz/240ml snow angel shower gel
8oz/240ml snow angel body lotion

Available at http://www.philosophy.com

Stay tuned for more fun gift guides!

 

 

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Up Your Skincare Game This Fall With Meaningful Beauty, H2O+ and CeraVe

It snowed a little yesterday (Halloween) in Kansas City!  I think that’s the first time in the 11 years I’ve been here.  A couple of weeks ago, it was in the 80’s.  But that’s KC weather for you…unpredictable!

So now that it’s colder (for a few days at least) my skin is showing it.  I have some dry patches and unevenness, so it’s time to really take care of my skin.

These are the products I have been using lately.  The H2O+ products are new and really cool, the Meaningful Beauty one are great for anti-aging and the CeraVe are great hydrators:

H2O+ Oasis Hydrating Gel Eye Mask 8 Pack ($26 for 8 or $4 for 1) — These single-use, hydrating gel eye masks cool and refresh on contact, pampering under eye circles to help reduce puffiness so eyes appear more awake. These and the face masks are cotton on the outside and gel on the side that touches skin, which I love. The texture for both is very dry though, no serum, just a gel that doesn’t make your face wet.  Strange, but it worked well.  My under eye are was smooth and firm after use.

H2O+ Infinity + Wrinkle Reducing Booster ($38 USD) — When you combine, the customizable Wrinkle Reducing Booster with your favorite H2O+ serum or moisturizer, the results are swift and powerful.

H2O+ Waterbright Brightening Gel Mask 8 Pack ($36 for 8, $5 for 1) — These single-use, brightening gel facial masks will leave your complexion radiant and glowing while feeling smooth to the touch. This left my skin so bright and firm.  It was not wet at all, so no excess serum to rub in, but it was dry and smooth.  Very nice and makeup can be applied right afterwards.

Available at http://www.h2oplus.com

Meaningful Beauty Intensive Triple Exfoliating Treatment ($52 USD) — Formulated with three different types of exfoliating technologies (alpha hydroxy acids, papaya enzymes and environmentally friendly silica beads) and purifying French clays, it works triply hard to give you spa-at-home results with no down time. Simply use twice weekly in the shower to banish dull, rough texture, dirt and impurities and reveal a perfectly polished, radiant complexion. It really leaves skins smooth, too!

Meaningful Beauty Youth Activating Melon Serum ($76 USD) — This evolutionary facial serum harnesses the anti-aging power of Meaningful Beauty’s next generation melon technology. Now featuring encapsulated melon leaf stem cells suspended in the formula for maximum potency and a duo of plant extracts, this technologically advanced formula visibly increases firmness and elasticity while it helps to protect skin from future environmental damage.

Meaningful Beauty Overnight Retinol Repairing Crème ($68 USD) — This intensely hydrating overnight moisturizer features the anti-oxidant properties of Meaningful Beauty’s famous French melon and the well known youth revealing properties of retinol. It really reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and forehead!

Purchase at http://www.meaningfulbeauty.com and Ulta Beauty

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen ($12.15 USD) —SPF 30, sunscreen provides broad-spectrum daily protection against sun’s damaging UV ageing and UV burning rays. Helps to protect and restore the skin, keeping it younger, fresher and healthier looking. The ceramide rich formula provides essential ingredients to maintain a healthy skin barrier. SPF is so important every day, even when it’s cold and cloudy out.

CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion ($7.10 USD) —Moisturizes throughout the night and helps restore the protective skin barrier. Formulated with hyaluronic acid to help retain skin’s natural moisture and niacinamide to help calm skin.Utilizes patented MVE® controlled-release technology enabling steady release of ingredients for all night hydration. Fragrance free, hypoallergenic and non-irritating. This sinks right into the skin while instantly hydrating.  It really help my dry patches.

CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($8.52 USD) —Lightweight formula that provides 24-hour hydration and helps restore the protective skin barrier with three essential ceramides. Formulated with hyaluronic acid to help retain skin’s natural moisture. Free of fragrance and oil, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and non-irritating. I love this for my hands, legs and feet.  It’s not greasy at all, it actually has a pretty light texture, but it’s so hydrating!

 

Learn more at http://www.cerave.com and purchase at Amazon and other mass retailers

What skincare are you using now?