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Amazon Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Guide

Hi all! It’s May! I hope you are excited for a new month. I am.  I love the warmer weather in the spring.

And on top of that, Mother’s Day is next weekend!  It’s time to get our shopping done. Amazon has great beauty products that make wonderful gifts.  Here’s some fab gift ideas for the special mom (or mother figure) in your life:

Crepe Erase Advanced
Crepe Erase Overnight Facial Plumping Treatment

Crepe Erase Overnight Facial Plumping Treatment ($65, Amazon.com) – Be the reason your mom sleeps her way to better-looking skin. Crépe Erase’s exclusive TruFirm Complex helps to visibly smooth and firm fine lines and wrinkles, restoring elasticity, while echinacea extract works with a blend of 9 Super Hydrators to visibly plump and soothe tired-looking skin. She will be delighted to wake up to perfectly balanced, radiant-looking skin that looks and feels years younger. Don’t just take our word; in a clinical study 90% of women said their skin looked more youthful.

WUNDER2 Super-Stay Stick Eyeshadow
WUNDER2 Super-Stay Stick Eyeshadow

WUNDER2 Super-Stay Stick Eyeshadow ($19, Amazon.com) —           Long-lasting creamy eyeshadow sticks that offer all the color payoff without the fuss or fallout are perfect for the mom on the move. Formulated with soothing, smoothing ingredients like Castor Oil, Silk, and Aloe Vera to ensure the result is lightweight and comfortable, the sticks are Water-poof, sweat-proof, and transfer-proof – lasting all day without smudging! Available in 8 neutral, super-wearable shades (for all skin tones) with just enough shimmer for everyday wear.

Vervan Relaxing Healing Balm
Vervan Relaxing Healing Balm

Vervan Relaxing Organic Healing Balm ($18, Amazon.com)  This multi-purpose balm can be used as a body lotion, hand moisturizer, natural chap stick and more! Enriched with a blend of Lavender and Bergamot Essential Oils, this 100% natural anti-stress balm will give your mom the mind peace and relaxation she needs. Enriched with 31% Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Beeswax, and Grapefruit to hydrate and soften skin. What’s best: like all Vervan products, it is cruelty free and comes in recyclable packaging.

nügg Detoxifying Charcoal Face Mask
nügg Detoxifying Charcoal Face Mask

nügg Detoxifying Charcoal Face Mask ($17.09, Amazon.com)– This charcoal face mask helps blackhead removal and promotes a clear, even skin look with less oil and shine without leaving your skin feeling tight and dry. It features a unique, gel-mud texture that will help detoxify and clarify her skin without stripping it of moisture and while soothing it at the same time. The natural tea tree scent is refreshing and promotes an authentic at home spa experience.

Ethique Eco-Friendly Hair Mask
Ethique Eco-Friendly Hair Mask

Ethique Boost Hair Mask  Amazon.com) — – Ideal for the mom who is looking for luxurious condition and shine, all while staying true to her eco-friendly roots. Created for all hair types (including oily), it’s a great treatment to add in to her routine. It contains baobab and jojoba protein, which both retain moisture in the hair shaft and smooth the cuticle, adding shine. Baobab also adds elasticity and strength to hair, reducing breakage. Boost has a sweet citrus scent with lime, lemongrass, mandarin and vanilla oils.


Do you have any other great Amazon-sold beauty product recommendations?  Let me know!

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Shop My Stash — May 2019

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Hi all!  Happy May! It’s time for a new month and a new Shop My Stash! I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) products that I either haven’t used in a while or haven’t used much at all! My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

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As you can see, I haven’t used these much at all!  I chose some brighter colors this month, along with some neutrals, of course! Here’s more info on all of the products:

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This is the BH Cosmetics Festival Palette that came out last year.  There’s a newer one out now, but I haven’t picked it up.  I need to get some use out of this one! I only used it a few times last year and need to give it some love!  I can do neutral as well as colorful looks with this, which I am happy about.  But I am going to make myself dip into the colors!

IMG_E0649IMG_E0650I won the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill vault in a giveaway, and haven’t used the palettes much at all.  This is the Armed and Gorgeous palette. I think the color scheme is pretty, and not usually what I wear.  I usually go for pinks, browns and purples.  The is very warm and it should be fun to try it out.  Those golds and bronzes are calling to me!

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I purchased this Smashbox Cali Contour palette in the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty.  I’ve been wanting it since last year, but I’m glad I waited because it was half off! I have used this a few times and really enjoy it.  I can see using this every day!

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These are the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Roach and the Julep Full Coverage Cream Lipstick in Pirouette. I haven’t been wearing eyeliners for well over a year.  I usually use shadows on my lower lash and I only tightline my top lash line.  I thought it might be time to try a liner again.  this one is so creamy and I love the color!

I used to be a Julep Maven, but since they cancelled the subscription, I haven’t used much of their products.  I found this in it’s box still and thought I would try it out.  It’s a pretty mauve shade.    IMG_0641 Sorry for the blurry swatches! The left is the liner and right is the lipstick.  We’ll see how I like them!

So these are the products I am playing with this month.  It sure looks like I am ready for summer with such bright and shimmery shades! I’ll share at the end of the month how much use I got out of these products and how I enjoyed them.  I’m going to try not to purchase much this month (Ulta has been taking my money with all of their sales), so I should be using a lot of my existing products.  Plus, June is my birthday month, and I will probably treat myself then.

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Are you doing a Shop My Stash this month?  Are you on a low or no buy?  Let me know how it’s going!

 

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Shop My Stash April 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  I’m back with my April Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it!

You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for April. Here’s a photo with the palettes open:

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As I’ve been saying this week, I’ve been suffering severe allergies in April, so I didn’t wear as much makeup as I had hoped.  I do have to say that when I did do my makeup, I tried to use the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette and the Cover FX face palette.  They were my most used this month.

The Violet Voss palette is so beautiful!  It’s perfect for warm toned, neutral looks.  I mostly used the browns and bronzes and really loved them.  I tried to dip into most of the shades.  I will definitely be keeping this beauty!

The Cover FX All in One Perfector Face Palette is really nice.  I love bronzing and contouring with the same powder, but this contour is too cool for me to do that.  So I just used it in the hollows of my cheeks and my nose.  I had to use a different bronzer for the rest of my face.  The blush is nice, but a bit too bright for me.  I did really love the highlighters, brightener and finishing powder.  I will keep this and probably use it more in the summer.

The Rimmel London MAGNIF’EYES Eyeshadow Palette in Electric Violet is so pretty.  The mattes are very easy to blend.  The shimmers are nice, but you need to wet them to get any metallic payoff. My favorite shade is the second from the left.  It’s a nice transition shade.  I also love the lighter purple shimmers.  I didn’t use this too much, but I did get a chance to try most of the shades.  I will keep this because of the few shades I love. I also have a few of these palettes and am starting a little collection of them!

The bareMineral Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer in Can’t Even and Bae are such great spring colors.  They are a bit sticky, which I didn’t realize before.  I will continue to use them because I like the shades, but I don’t know if I would purchase more.

So I’m keeping everything!  What a successful month!

It’s on to my April Empties:

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I had six this month!  I think this is the most I’ve had this year.  Last year I did Project Pan’s instead of Shop My Stash, and I definitely haven’t been going through as many products this year.  But I’m proud of myself this month.  And I hopefully will have as many next month, too.

Of course, it’s mostly skincare.  I used up the H2O+ Elements Jelly Cleanser, The Higher Education Easy A Gentle Resurfacing Pads, The Reclaim Botanical Radiant Recovery Smooth Skin Scrub and the Radiant Recovery Day Cream, Pixi Beauty Rose Ceramide Cream, and the Tarte Maneater Mascara. I liked all of these, but the one I would probably repurchase is the Pixi Rose Ceramide Cream.  It’s so gentle and hydrating!  But I have lots of skincare to go through before I purchase anything new!

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Are you doing a Shop Your Stash or Project Pan this year?  How’s it going?

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April 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  Can you believe April is almost over and May is on it’s way!

With my severe allergies, I didn’t wear a lot of makeup this month.  But I was using a few skincare products that soothed my skin and was testing out some products I purchased in Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty.

Here are the products that I have been using.  If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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For skincare, I have been using the Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream every day and night. It’s moisturizing and gentle on my dry, irritated eyes.  The IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Neck Cream has been keeping my neck smooth and tight.  But. my favorite skincare discovery is the G.M. Collin Hydramucine Optimal Serum.  It contains a combination of high and low hyaluronic acid to provide moisture while an advanced hydrating formula prevents water loss, improves water circulation within the skin, stimulates ceramide production, and boosts skin’s ability to regulate moisture levels.  It makes my dry, uncomfortable skin feel instantly hydrated.  And it sinks right in and doesn’t leave skin greasy.  I’ve been using it day and night!

My fave complexion products include the Beautyblender Selfie Shield primer with SPF 38.  I received all three new primers for review, and I am enjoying them all.  This is my current fave of the three because my sensitive skin has not been liking traditional sunscreen.  This is a dry oil and sinks right into the skin without irritating it.  I also have been loving my bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF 25.  I have it in the shades 1.5 Birch and 2.0 Vanilla. This is creamy and has a nice medium coverage.  I can layer it on for more of a full coverage.

I picked up the Beauty Bakerie HD Flour Setting Powder (Translucent) the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (Painterly (nude beige)) and the Lancome Cils Booster XL Vitamin Infused-Mascara Primer during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale.  I use all three every day now and love them all.  The powder sets without making my skin look cakey.  The paint pot primes my lids very nicely and my shadow lasts all day! I have always loved mascara primers.  It’s nice to use a high end one at half price!

My favorite mascara, which is sadly almost at it’s expiration date is the Nanacoco Outlash Mascara.  It makes my lashes very long and gives some volume and separation, too.  It’s not too bold, so it’s my perfect every day mascara.  The lovely Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette is my favorite palette find of the month. It’s a perfect everyday neutral palette that can be smoked up for evening looks.  And I have also been loving the Urban Decay HI-FI Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss. It is shiny without being sticky, and it smells and tastes minty!


What are you April beauty favorites? Any fun new finds this month?

 

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Ulta Beauty Spring Haul 2019 Week 2

Hi all!  I hope you’re having a great weekend!  The fam and I went to see the Avengers Endgame today.  It was three hours of action and emotion!  So good!

Last weekend, I shared my first weeks haul here.  Ulta Beauty has a drugstore beauty sale two weeks each spring after the 21 Days of Beauty.   Each week had new sales.  This is what I purchased the second week:

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Tree Hut Firming Sugar Scrub Mocha and Coffee Bean

The Body Shop Banana Body Yogurt

Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes

EcoTools Full Powder Brush

Juvia’s Place The Warrior Eyeshadow Palette

ULTA Watermelon Facial Mist

e.l.f. Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer (Light Beige (light with golden beige undertone))

L.A. Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil (Espresso)

L.A. Girl Ultimate Lip Intense Wear Auto Lipliner (Forever Bare)

FLOWER Beauty Petal Pout Lip Mask (Smooch (petal pink))

Not pictured — Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter (Pearl) — It shipped separately, and I haven’t received it yet.

I got everything from 30 – 50% off, which is really great deals!   The only product that was not on sale was the e.l.f. concealer.  But, it is only $5 and I really wanted to try it!

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My most exciting purchase is the Warrior Palette By Juvia’s Place.  I’ve been wanting to try one of their palettes, but some of the color combos confuse me.  This is a neutral palette that is very easy to use and is a safe way for me to try out the formula.  I have done a look with the palette that was so pretty, and I swatched them (see below).  The mattes didn’t swatch as well as the amazing metallics, but they worked well on the eyes.

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So gorgeous!  I am looking forward to playing with this more!

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These are the rest of the color cosmetics I purchased.  I have been searching for an affordable, but awesome concealer.  So far I like this one.  The Flower beauty gloss/mask is very pretty.  I always needs a light lip pencil, and this one is such a pretty shade.  My only miss is the eye brow pencil.  I LOVE the L.A. Girl formula.  I received a free one of this in a GWP I got with last years sale.  The shade has worn off, so I purchased it in Espresso, but I think the one I have is a darker color.  My brows are almost black, so this is a bit light and warm for me.

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Here are swathces of thecolor cosmetics.  The lippies are perfect, the eyebrow pencil a little light, and I think the concealer is a little yellow for me.  But I will still try out the formula!

Let me know if you would like me to review any of this!  I will probably do a Review of some of these and my 21 Days of Beauty Haul.


Did you purchase anything from the sale?  Or are you going to shop the Sephora VIB sale?  I’m a bit broke, so I don’t know if I will pick anything up.

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My Current Favorite Urban Decay Lippies!

Hi all!  I hope you are having gorgeous spring weather like I am.  I think it’s going to be in the 70’s today in Kansas City.  Although my allergies are bad and I don’t spend much time outside, I do enjoy the nice weather!

I’ve received some wonderful Urban Decay products for my honest review lately, including some gorgeous lip products. I wanted to share my favorites!

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Such gorgeous packaging!  I love Urban Decays innovative packaging.  Here’s a shot of the lippies open:

IMG_0609 HI-FI SHINE ULTRA CUSHION LIP GLOSS –($20 each) The top shade is Fuel (light neutral nude cream) and the bottom is Rapture (rose-mauve cream)

LO-FI LIP MOUSSE–($22 USD) The shade is Halo (warm baby pink)

VICE LIPSTICK–($19 USD) On the left is Lovelight (pale peach w/pink shimmer – sheer shimmer) and Oblivion (gray-taupe mega matte)

As you can see, I like lighter shades.  These are all very different, though.  Close up photos below, followed by swatches.

img_0616.jpg The top and left is Fuel and bottom right is Rapture.  These are both beautiful and semi-sheer.  These are gorgeous on their own or over lipstick.  They are shiny, but not sticky at all!  Which I love!

IMG_0614 This is a bit messy, but I have been testing it out.  This is more of a putty formula than a mousse.  This does take a little bit of work to get good coverage, but a lip liner and using the little applicator sponge helps.  It is very matte on.  I’m not the biggest matte fan, but this looks pretty.  It also is nice with one of the glosses layered on.

IMG_0612 The left is the Ultra Matte in Oblivion and the right is the Sheer Shimmer in Lovelight.

Oblivion is very matte, but it’s comfortable on.  Even a bit moisturizing.  Plus, it looks amazing with the Rapture gloss over it!  Lovelight is gorgeous all by itself!  Very sheer and shimmery.  Perfect for spring and summer.

IMG_0617 Here are the swatches — Fuel, Rapture, Oblivion, Lovelight and Halo.  Such different formulas — but all really fun!  I’ll probably be picking up more glosses, lipsticks and if they put out lighter shades in the Lo-Fi, I will be trying those, too!

You can purchase Urban Decay online at http://www.urbandecay.com and at Ulta and Sephora.

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Do you love Urban Decay lippies?  Which are your favorites?

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New Philosophy Skincare!

Hi all!  I hope you are having a great spring and are not suffering through allergies like I am!  I actually had to go to the doctor’s to get a breathing treatment yesterday and am on tons of meds.  Sigh…

But, the reviews must go on!  I was recently sent some fab new Philosophy skincare for my honest review!  Here’s what I received:

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Purity Made Simple Make-up Remover ($26 6.6 fl oz) — Sweeps away stubborn, long-wear makeup without tugging, pulling or drying.

Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker + Line-Correcting Moisturizer ($24 .5 oz travel size) — Help regenerate the look of skin in just 1 week. This anti-aging moisturizer smooths out lines and wrinkles and acts as a de-stressor for your skin.

Renewed Hope in a Jar Peeling Mousse Instant Glow Facial Mask ($35 2.5 oz) — A one-minute mini facial exfoliating face mask for a radiant, healthy-looking glow.

Purity Made Simple Hydra-Essence With Coconut Water ($22 6.7 fl. oz) — Hydrating skin essence for radiant, clarified complexion.

What I think:  I am loving all of these amazing skincare products that Philosophy has recently been releasing. I have already reviewed the larger size of the Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker moisturizer here.  This size will be perfect to take with my on summer travels!  It’s also an affordable way to try it out.

I love the makeup remover for getting every last bit of makeup without irritating my sensitive eyes.  I also wear contacts, and at the end of the day, my eyes don’t want to be messed with! This is gentle and effective.

The Peeling Mousse is a really cool product.  It combiens physical exfoliation and an exclusive enzymatic complex.  You leave it on for 1-minute and it grabs on to debris that can build up causing dull skin, and visibly rolls away those impurities. It makes skin super soft and glowing.  It also helps with skin tone and fine lines.

The Hydra-Essence is a pre-moisturizer step.  I find that it gives an extra layer of hydration under my moisturizer, so my skin feels more hydrated and comfortable longer.  It is light and non-greasy, which I need having combination skin.

All of the gorgeous products can be purchased on http://www.philosophy.com.


Have you tried any of these Philosophy products?  What’s your favorite new skincare?