My Beauty Favorites — Week of September 25 – October 1, 2017

Happy Sunday!  I hope your Fall is going well!  It’s still a bit warm in Kansas City, but hopefully it will cool down soon!

This week I’ve been loving a shimmery cream eye shadow, under eye primer (different) and a gorgeous tanning mousse to keep my summer glow going:

Ellis Faas Ellis Lights for Eyes

Ellis Faas Ellis Lights for Eyes ($42 USD) –The lustrous metallic of Ellis Lights delivers lavish results in new metalised shades that bring a radiant spin to your eyes.  The luxurious liquid formula dries beautifully, coating lids in a shimmery smooth, crease-free finish. The new shades are:

E306 in Beige: Beige goes bold, with high-intensity, statement-making lustre. Glide on solo for a gorgeously subtle, reflective shimmer, or layer atop your favourite shadow for a luminous highlight.
E307 in Chocolate Brown: Delicious, rich chocolate brown radiates immediate warmth and sexiness. Fierce and smooth, it glistens with multi-dimensional sheen.
E308 in Dark Metal: This superior gunmetal brings the smoky eye into a whole new light. The bold graphite hue is hit with black undertones, ideal for instant drama.

What I think:  These creamy shadows are very easy to use.  I apply with the brush applicator, then blend with my finger.  They dry fairly quickly and are so pretty on.  They are shimmery, but not too glittery.  The shades are beautiful for Fall and the packaging – that silver bullet – is cool and elegant!

Purchase at http://www.ellisfaas.com

Korres Greek Yoghurt Under Eye Priming Moisturiser

Korres Greek Yoghurt Under Eye Priming Moisturiser ($36 USD) — This advanced nourishing eye cream is formulated with Yoghurt, a centuries-old Greek skin soothing solution, and myrtle and rhodiola rosea extracts to reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and puffiness. The cooling treatment perfectly primes the delicate eye area for flawless concealer application and is ideal for sensitive eyes prone to allergies. The ceramic cooling tip gently massages eyes with each application, giving eyes a refreshed and rested look.

What I think: This is a neat product!  It primes under the eye for fresh-looking and long-lasting concealer.  It does cool my skin and make it very smooth. Concealer applies very smoothly afterwards.

Available at http://www.korresusa.com

MineTan Caramel Self Tan Foam

MineTan Caramel Self Tan Foam (34.95 USD) — Not too light and not too dark, Caramel is perfect for those looking for a classic, sun kissed, golden skin finish in as little as one hour. This easy to apply, streak free and self adjusting formula ensures a streak free, natural looking finish every time. Quadruple dark bronzers work with tan extending multi-vitamins and oils to deliver a picture perfect tan in an instant that continues to develop into a natural golden skin finish without the fake tan smell.

What I think:  I don’t wear as much self tanner going into the cooler months, but I do like a bit to give my pale skin a glow.  This shade of MineTan is perfect because it is not too dark, plus it’s customizable.  I can leave it on for 1-3 hours, I just need to rinse it off after the time I want.  It does continue to develop, but gets to the color that I like.  It’s a beautiful tan shade and isn’t orange! MineTan also comes in darker shades like their Coconut and Violet tanners.

Purchase at  us.store.marqueofbrands.com/

What products have you been loving this week?

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VineOh! Wine Subscription Box Review: Oh! For Me! Fall Box

I received my very first Vine Oh! subscription box!  I was so excited to try this.  It consists of two bottles of wine and fun and pampering products.

Vine Oh! is $59.99 for a $120+ Value.  It is delivered 4x per year and includes free shipping.  Right now you can get $20 off your first box (like I did) with the code WineForMe.

It comes in one big box, but the surprises are in a smaller box on the top and the wine is packaged well on the bottom.

The box with the goodies!

Here’s what’s included, plus two bottles of wine!  Here’s the wine I got:

2016 New Crush California Pinot Grigio ($18.99 USD) — New Crush Pinot Grigio is an aromatic and complex wine that presents aromas of white peaches and white flowers, sea spray and oyster shell. The fresh and light flavors rang from casaba melon to citrus zest with a hint of Creme Fraiche in the finish. Perfect wine for all white wine enthusiasts.
2014 Speechless Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon  ($24.99 USD) Speechless Cabernet Sauvignon is a fantastic cabernet from the Lodi region in California. With aromas of toasted oak, jam, and tea leaves, this wine has rich dark fruit flavors with firm tannins. Great wine to enjoy on a quiet night; a night when being speechless is not only a nice treat, but a well-earned reward.
I have not tried the Pinot Grigio yet, but I can say that the Cabernet Sauvignon is very tasty!  It does have a deep, fruity flavor.  I don’t know much about wines, but reds are my favorite and I really enjoyed this one!
Now on to the box of goodies.  This was a big reason I got the box, because it included both wine and other treats:

Wei Mung Bean Sprout Stress-Relieving Smoothing Mask – $12 USD

Wei Millet Sprout Instant Smoothing Nourishing Mask – $12 USD

I have tried the Millet Sprout mask already and loved it.  These come with tongs to get the masks out of the serum.  The masks come in a tube.  Once you use the mask, you are left with lots of serum in the tube.  I have been using that on my face, neck and hands and love how smooth my skin looks!  I will try the Mung Bean Sprout mask soon.

Fizz and Bubble Milkshake Bath Bombs – $15 USD (Listed on card as $14)

These 12 bath bombs come packaged in a plastic drink cup with a straw inside and a loofah too!  It’s so cute and the Lavender Fields scent is very nice.  My daughter loves bath bombs, but I’ve already tried them out so she can have the rest if she wants!

This cute little tray is great for jewelry, lip balms etc.  It’s very sweet and will make a nice gift, if I decide not to keep it.
This is a really sturdy canvas bag with a fun saying on it.  I will use this to take packages to the post office.
Metropolis Gourmet Popcorn, 3.5 oz – $6 USD (Listed $5)
Well, these are gone! They were eaten by the second day I had them.  They were so tasty and sweet, but not too much so. This was a really nice treat!

Capabunga –  $5 USD

One of these little toppers comes in every VineOh! box.  They are so cool and handy! You slide them onto the top of the wine bottle and they can even be stored on their side in the fridge or counter without fear of leakage.

What do you think of this fun subscription box?  I think it’s really fun and I’m looking forward to the Winter box!

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Fall Beauty Essentials For Gorgeous Skin and Hair!

Fall’s here and for me it’s time to switch up my beauty routine!  I especially like to experiment with new skin and hair care that will work well in the cooler weather.
Below are products that will really make a difference in how my skin looks and feels this Fall and into Winter!
DDF Ageless Anti-Aging Preventative Starter Kit
DDF Ageless Anti-Aging Preventative Starter Kit ($49 USD)  — This 4-pc set is designed to minimize fine lines & wrinkles and improve skin’s texture for a more healthy, youthful look. Includes 2 oz. Glycolic 5% Exfoliating Wash, 2 oz. Glycolic Toning Complex, .5 oz. Pro-Retinol Complex 3 Moisturizer & .5 oz. Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum.
Purchase at kohls.com
MakeupDrop+
MakeupDrop+ ($20 USD) — Have you tried one of these.  It claims better blending for advanced makeup looks. Contour, highlight and blend like a professional makeup artist while saving product. This one has a textured surface that can be used on makeup-free skin to blot away oils and excess grime, elevating your skincare game.
Purchase at makeupdrop.com
Philip B. Weightless Conditioning Water
Philip B. Weightless Conditioning Water ($38 USD) — A first-of-its-kind, air-light conditioning mist that lets you spray on hair-healthy moisture, restoring bounce and smoothness while leaving your hair with a healthy gleam. This gives the softness of a rinse-out conditioner and shine spray without the weight. Enriched with water-based, nutrient-rich organic plant extracts, this light revitalizing spray leaves hair smooth, silky and cashmere-soft.
Available at at philipb.com
Scünci Classic Scrunchies
Scünci Classic Scrunchies ($8.99 USD) — Yes, the scrunchie is back! Or maybe this 90’s staple hasn’t gone anywhere, I just haven’t been looking for them.  These scrunchies do help to keep your hair dent free.  And since the 90’s are in…these are perfect to complete your look!
Purchase at ulta.com
Conair Ultra Detangling Wood Cushion Brush
Conair Ultra Detangling Wood Cushion Brush ($12.99 USD) — The Conair Ultra Detangler is a professional quality wood cushion brush with a luxurious look and feel that glides through wet or dry hair. It detangles hair with ease without snagging or pulling, leaving hair smooth, polished and tangle free with each brush stroke. Flexible, ball-tipped bristles gently massage and stimulate the scalp.
Available at at ulta.com
What products are you using to get ready for Fall?

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul!

Hi all!  I wanted to share a few things I picked up during Ulta’s recent 21 Days of Beauty.  I didn’t go crazy, which is good.  I picked up a couple of things I needed and a couple of impulse buys as well!

I actually shopped in the last couple of days of the sale.  I had been tempted buy other items, but I waited for the one main item I wanted to get, Laura Geller’s Balance-n-Brighten Baked Color Correcting Foundation!

I bought this last year in Fair and loved it!  I used it up in a few months and hadn’t purchased it since.  I have been using other liquid and powder foundations, but this one has been on my mind.

It is so silky and glides across the skin.  And I love that it doesn’t settle into my pores.  The regular price is $32, but it was on sale for $16.50.  Amazing!  That’s all I was going to get that day, but then I saw this:

  So pretty!  I love Laura Geller’s packaging!

Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Palette!  This is normally $32 and was on sale for $19.50.  (I love it so much when prestige makeup brands on sale!)

I’ve been wanting to try these for a while and they are so pretty.  I think my favorite is Gilded Honey, it will be perfect for Fall, but Ballerina surprised me.  It’s really pretty on.  I usually wear more ivory highlighters, so these are a nice change! (swatches below)

I ended up also visiting Ulta on the last day of the sale for this mascara!

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara.  This is $24 and was on sale for $12.  This was on sale earlier in the 21 Days, but they added it for the last day.

I’ve been wanting to try this for a while and it did not disappoint.  The brush grabs all my lashes and curls and extends them.  It also adds so much volume! I think I may have found one to rival my current faves — IT Cosmetics Superhero and L’Oreal Lash Paradise!

I had also seen in the add that this was going to be on sale — but I had the hardest time choosing a shade!

butter LONDON Glazen Eye Gloss in Oil Slick.  Normally $24, it was on sale for $12.  This was the darkest color in the bunch.  I loved that the color shifts in the light.  I have swatched it below so you can see.

The texture of this is so weird! It’s like a slimy mousse.  I apply it with my finger onto my eye lid.  It dries very quickly, so if I want a more dramatic look, I have to layer it.

This was a total impulse buy!

Benefit Cosmetics ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Color With Brush.  This is also $24 and was on sale for $12.

I have dark, thick brows.  The most I usually do with them is tweeze and use clear brow gel. But as I get older, my brows are becoming sparser, so a little color probably should be used.  I got shade 4, which is medium to dark brown with a neutral undertone.  If I use black brow products, it’s way to dark on my fair skin, so this is very nice.  It looks natural on and it easy to use with the brush.

Here are my swatches:

The top row is the Laura Geller Swirled palette in Ballerina, Gilded Honey and Peach Glow.  The bottom row is the eyebrow and the Glazen shadow.  The first is two layers and the second is one sheer layer.

Did you shop Ulta’s 21 days of Beauty?  What did you get?

Pumpkin Spice Hued Beauty for Fall

Fall is truly here in Kansas City!  Today was finally cooler, although rainy.  I guess you can’t have everything!

I have to say, I do like the occasional pumpkin spice latte and really love fall pumpkin goodies!  I don’t wear a lot of orange, but I do love accents this time of year.  Here are some fun pumpkin spine beauty ideas:

Lauren B. Beauty Runyon Canyon

Lauren B. Beauty Runyon Canyon ($18 USD) — A luscious deep caramel glaze with red undertones, this shade warms up even the palest skin. This formula is non-toxic, eco and vegan friendly!

What I think:  I love this nail color! It’s a warm orangey brown and perfect for fall nail looks.  I love that this is non-toxic.  It lasts at least a few days with at top coat.  So pretty!

Available at Laurenbbeauty.com

Avon True Color Lipstick in Silky Peach

Avon True Color Lipstick in Silky Peach ($8 USD) — Lip-nourishing formula with Shea Butter, Omega-3 Oil and Vitamin E conditions and moisturizes lips for the upcoming windy months. With over 40 different shades and two finishes you can match your lip to all your favorite holiday drinks.

What I think: This is more of a spicy peach and is perfect for the Fall! It has a bit of shimmer to it, which is fun. This is a hydrating color that feels so nice on!

Available at Avon.com or through your local Representative

Finding Ferdinand Custom Mini Lipstick

Finding Ferdinand Custom Mini Lipstick ($6 USD) — In just three days you can have your very own PSL LIP. Finding Ferdinand allows you to mix and match colors to create your very own custom shade! Afraid of commitment? Order a mini sample to make sure you love the color! You simply select up to 4 colors, choose the intensity of each, pick a creamy, matte or sheer finish and name your custom shade. It’s that easy.

What I think: I haven’t tried this custom service yet, but I think it’s so cool that you can make the exact color of lipstick that you like! The color above is so pretty, and if you’d like it, you can create it yourself!

Available at FindingFerdinad.com

Rituals Good Luck Scrub

Rituals Good Luck Scrub ($29 USD) — This sugar scrub out-sweets the pumpkin spice with aromas of orange and cedar wood. Specially developed to revitalize and nourish even the driest of skin. Its luxurious combination or organic sugar and softening oils, leaves your skin ulta-nourished ready to bare the cold.

What I think: Although this doesn’t smell like pumpkin spice, it is sweet and spicy!  Not only does this fun orange scrub smell amazing, it leaves my skin very soft after use.

Available at Rituals.com

What Fall beauty items are you loving?

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?

Colourpop Haul — Featuring the Yes, Please! Palette!!!

I did some Colourpop shopping a few weeks ago.  I’ve been wanting to try their pressed shadows and since I got an email saying that the Yes, Please! palette was back in stock, I went for it!

Here’s a better look at everything I purchased:

Besides Yes, Please!, I got a buy 2 get one free liquid lip colour sale. I bought one satin lip, one regular glossy, and one metallic glossy.  I also purchased a Supershock shadow to bring my total up to $30 for free shipping.

And, lucky for me, Colourpop was also having a grab bag giveaway for their 5 million Instagram followers.  I got to choose 2 out of 5 free products that were made just for the event!

 

Right now (Sept 22nd), Yes, Please! is restocked — so go purchase it if you’d like! It’s $16 USD.

I was really surprised how small the palette is. It can fit in my hand!  But that’s fine, it still gives lots of color choices and it is enough product for me.

The colors are:

Full-Zip: matte warm ivory
Big Cocktails: matte orange
Champs: matte pale peachy nude
Bling: metallic rust
Louie: metallic duochrome red with a gold flip
Butter Cake: metallic pale yellow gold
Spoiled: matte brick red
Gno: matte burnt orange
Mischief: matte warm yellow
Note to Self: matte warm caramel
Chauffeur: metallic duochrome bright orange with a gold flip
French Kiss: matte deep red brown

The colors swatched so easily!  The mattes are very buttery.  Which is great, because chalky mattes really bug me.  As someone who’s older, a chalky eye is not great, it emphasizes wrinkles.

Since this was the first time I tried Colourpop’s pressed shadows, I didn’t know what to expect.  I am really happy with the pigmentation and formula.  They are really pretty on, too!

The Lip Colors I got are Aquarius Ultra Glossy, a soft pinky nude in a crème finish, My Jam Ultra Glossy, a golden nude metallic and 951 Ultra Satin, a mid-tone warm nude.  Ultra Satin is my favorite Coulourpop finish, but I hadn’t tried Ultra Glossies yet, so I thought I would pick a couple up!

I purchased the Super Shock Shadow in Reversible, a satin goldy beige.  Next to it is Party of Five Super Shock Shadow, a pale rose gold with pink shimmer and Super Shock Highlighter in High Five, a mauve with a golden shift. Those I received free in Colourpop’s 5 million instagram followers giveaway.  There were 5 items to choose from.  I qualified to receive two.  The rest were lip colors, but I wanted to try something different (I have lots of Colourpop lips)!

Here are the swatches of the lips, blush and eyes.  Left to right is 951, My Jam, Aquarius, High Five, Party of Five and Reversible.

951 is perfect for Fall.  It’s a bit dark for me, but I think it will be great for going out.  My Jam is so pretty on!  It’s subtle for a metallic and the color is very autumnal.  I think it will look amazing over 951!

High Five is so pretty, but I almost think of it as a blush, more than a highlighter. I usually wear more neutral highlighters, but it is very pretty and sparkly.  Both Party of Five and Reversible will look great this Fall.  I’m going to try to get my 17 year old to wear Party of Five to her boyfriend’s homecoming tomorrow.  It would match her dress really well, but she isn’t that into makeup (I know!)

I think I got quite a haul for a little over $30!  I usually love to shop Colourpop when they have great deals and free gifts.  They are so affordable anyway, this is even better.

Do you like Colourpop?  What have you purchased from them lately?

 

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