Drugstore Haul and My Ulta Birthday Gift!

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A couple of weeks ago, I went into Ulta to get my birthday gift, a min Nars Orgasm blush. I picked up a few other drugstore products (of course).

This is my Ulta birthday gift this year.  I think I’ve tried a sample of this blush years ago when it was first popular, but I haven’t tried it since them.  It’s really pretty on and perfect for the summer.

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CoverGirl Katy Kat Gloss ($7.99 USD) is a lip gloss created by CoverGirl Katy Perry. I have it in the color Cateloup. This claims to give shiny lips, but it is is moussey and shimmery.  I purchased it to wear over the L’Oreal lipstick, and I do, but it is opaque enough to wear on it’s own.  I like the shade a lot, and of course, the cat on the applicator!  There are 11 shades.  Most of them are brights, so this is probably the only shade I would wear.

Enhanced with an indulgent chocolate aroma, Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick Les Chocolats scented provides all day full, matte coverage.  I purchased this in Dose of Cocoa after I saw Youtuber Tati review it.  I love the formula and applicator, but the color I chose isn’t for me.  When I first wore it, my husband said I had blue lips!  It’s not blue, but it is very cool toned.  I do want to purchase this in a warmer shade.

Here are lip swatches:

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Wet n Wild Megaglo Loose Highlighting Powder in Moon Tears. This was $6.99. I could only find it in my nearby Ulta store, and it was the only one left.  I got this because it has received rave reviews and is not easy to find.  I like it.  It’s really sparkly, thought.  I’m going to use it a little more, but might pass it on to one of my daughters.

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Wet n Wild Color Icon Baked Blush in Don’t Flutter Yourself.  This was $4.99 and it’s limited edition.  It’s a shimmery peachy-pink.  It’s a great blush topper and I also like using it on my eyes.

Swatches of the face products:

 

 

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At the left is the highlighter, the middle is the Wet n Wild blush and on the right is the Nars.

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Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad in Flock Party — $2.99.  This is pretty, but not as pigmented as I would like:

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The first two are a bit light on my skin, but the other two look okay.  I’m still playing with this palette.  For the price, it’s a great deal!

I did not take individual photos of the Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Lip Scrub in Citrus Elixir ($3.99) or the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender ($7 for 4 oz), but I am loving both products.  The lips scrub smells and tastes amazing and the spray is so hydrating with a relaxing scent.

Have you picked up any fund drugstore products lately?

 

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Project Pan April-June 2018 — Second Update

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I hope everyone has had a great weekend!   This is the second Project Pan update for my April to June pan.  Just one more month to go! It has been going really well.  I started out with 12 products, but as you can see from my photo above, I only have 5 left!  I panned two in the first month and 5 more the second.  The first two products I panned were IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer and Bye Bye Lines foundation. You can check out my original post here and my second post here.

Of the products left, I am almost finished with the Philosophy Eye Hope eye cream and the the H2O+ day cream. I have only used the face mask a few times, so it’s still half full.  I really like it, but I always forget to use it.  So we’ll see!  The powder still has a lot in it and I have made a dent in the eye shadow.

Here’s what I used up:

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I used up my Ofra Cleanser, Neocutis night cream, Oscar Blandi Glossing Cream, Reclaim Botanical neck cream, and the Philosophy Snow Angel body lotion.  I am really happy with that!

One more month to go! I should use up almost everything. I’m learning so far that like I thought, skincare is much easier to use up than makeup!  I am trying to decide if I’ll do two more pans this year.  It’s a lot of work, but it is really satisfying using products up.

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

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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!

IT Cosmetics It’s Your Most Beautiful Skin Today’s Special Value on QVC

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Hey IT Girls!  There’s an amazing IT Cosmetics and QVC Today’s Special Value on now.  It’s called the IT’s Your Most Beautiful Skin! Life-Changing Skincare Collection and it gives you the power to experience your most beautiful skin—and to look in the mirror and see everything that is right.

This Today’s Special Value is scheduled to debut on QVC Friday, May 18th, 2018 at 10 pm (EST), but is being offered now here for presale.  The price is $69.95 and $3 shipping. The value is $193.50!  This is only until the end of the day on May 19th.

This exclusive four-piece collection features two IT Girl skincare must-haves, plus one new game-changing innovation that delivers life-changing results as well as a revolutionary brush that pairs perfectly with it! While new Bye Bye Foundation with SPF 50+gives you the power to say “bye bye” to traditional foundation, the Heavenly Luxe Bye Bye Foundation Brush No. 22 reaches every corner of your face to deliver an even, streak-free application. Also included is Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream, your solution for a smoother, brighter-looking eye area, and Bye Bye Lines Serum to deeply hydrate your skin and visibly erase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for younger-looking results!

  • Includes 1-fl oz Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50 in Fair, Fair Light, Light, Light Medium, Medium, Neutral Medium, Medium Tan, Neutral Tan, Tan, Rich, Rich Honey, or Deep
  • 1-fl oz Bye Bye Lines Serum
  • 0.5-fl oz Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream; shipments arrive approximately every 90 days for three years
  • Heavenly Luxe Bye Bye Foundation Brush #22

I have tried the Bye Bye Lines Serum and Eye Cream.  They are both amazing!  The serum sinks right into the skin and make my face feel so smooth.  The Eye Cream is hydrating without feeling heavy.  I haven’t tried the Bye Bye Foundation, but I think it looks amazing!

Are you going to pick up this set?  What IT Cosmetics products have you tried?

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Ideas!

Can you believe Mother’s Day is in a week!  I had to face that fact, I just mailed my mom a package (full of beauty goodies) yesterday.  I live in Kansas City and she lives in Oregon, so I have to mail it ahead of time each year.

I also included goodies for my sister and sister-in-law. Beauty gifts are my favorite for Mother’s Day.  Here are some great ideas for little, or bigger gifts to give:

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No7 Matte Liquid Lip ($9.99 USD) —  Switch up your look this season with the NEW No7 Matte Liquid Lips – bold colors that you can really feel good about. Get ready for a long lasting, comfortable wear with an on trend matte finish that will keep your lips moisturized all day. Available in a selection of six motivation-inspired colors:

Inspire (pink)                                                                                                                            Conquer (rich berry)                                                                                                                   Grace (nude)                                                                                                                          Captivate (coral)                                                                                                                       Fearless (red)                                                                                                                           Courage (plum)

This are very pigmented and comfortable on the lips.  If mom (sister, aunt, friend) love long-wearing lipstick, this is perfect for them!  Available at Target, Target.com, Walgreens, Walgreens.com

 

Coming this spring, Morgan Taylor & Gelish’s Royal Temptations Collection. Inspired by the lavish life of Marie Antoinette, the collection includes six delicious shades and an additional special effect glitter top coat that you can’t help but love.

Indulge yourself (or mom) with these seven NEW glamourous shades:

  • My Other Wig Is A Tiara – Sea Foam Metallic
  • Ruffle Those Feathers – Teal Crème
  • All The Queen’s Bling – Purple Pearl
  • All My Heart Desires – Hot Pink Crème
  • Beauty Marks The Spot – Coral Crème
  • Curls & Pearls – Pale Pink Crème
  • Over-the-Top Pop – Multi-Glitter Special Effect

I always send nail polish for Mother’s Day, and these are gorgeous! Purchase at www.morgantaylorlacquer.com

The Beauty of Dirty Skin
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The Beauty of Dirty Skin by Dr. Whitney Bowe ($23.00 at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com).  Celebrity NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe shows readers that skin health is so much more than skin deep. With simple explanations of science, DIY practical at-home tricks and tweaks to make to your diet and beauty routine, and a life-changing 21-day program, this book is your roadmap to glowing skin from the inside out and the outside in.

 

 

Here are a couple of gorgeous Josie Maran kits:

Josie Maran Argan Beauty Canvas ($45 USD) — Includes Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm, Argan Lip Sting Plumping Butter in Be It Boysenberry, and the Argan Moonstone Drops.
Josie Maran Argan Nourishing Kit ($100 USD) — Includes Argan Milk,  100% Pure Argan Oil and my favortie, the 100% Pure Argan Oil Light.
What are you giving the ladies in your life next Sunday? Do you have any fun plans?

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?

April 2018 Beauty Favorites

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It’s almost May!  This is going to be a busy month for my family. Besides Mother’s Day, we are still in lacrosse season for my youngest daughter and my middle daughter is graduating from high school!

I tried a lot of great new makeup in April.  Above our my favorites, and below you can see the shades:

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I purchased the Too Faced Life’s A Festival Eye Shadow Palette and the Better Than Sex Mascara during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale.  The palette was not on sale (but I really wanted it), but the mascara was.  I love them both!  I still have to do a review of the palette.  I’m hoping to post that this weekend.

The gorgeous nude lipsticks are the Lipstick  Queen Nothing But the Nudes Collection.  They are The Truth, a pink nude, The Whole Truth, a peach nude.  There is also Nothing But the Truth, a beige nude.  It’s a bit darker, so I’m saving it for the summer when I faux tan.  These are creamy and so gorgeous on!

The last makeup items is from the ColourPop x Eva Gutowski collab.  It’s the Mermaid Glow Pressed Powder Face Duo.  The shades are:

Golden Hour: matte blush; neutral peach
Ethereal: pearlized highlighter; soft golden champagne

I would think this would be better for a bit darker tones than my light-toned skin But it looks so pretty on.  I love the blush and the highlighter is a soft color that can be built up to blind!

The Merle Norman Skintelligent Cleanser is exfoliating.  It has little beads in it that give a vigorous scrub! It instantly makes my pores look smaller.

The last thing is my Real Techniques Brush Crush 300 Powder Brush.  I’ve had this for a few months and love it so much.  Its so pretty and soft.  It makes me happy just to use it.

What products were your faves this month?