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?

Avon NutraEffects Skincare Review



Avon has just introduced their NutraEffects collection, which uses Chia Seeds and other potent natural ingredients to hydrate skin.  I was sent some of these products for my honest review.
A seed is one of nature’s most powerful creations, it’s the source of life itself. Avon NutraEffects has harnessed this power into its breakthrough Active Seed Complex.  The complex is made with Chia Seeds which are used as the hydrating base ingredient across all of the products within the range. The powerful hydration quality comes from the blend of Chia Seeds which can hold up to 12x their weight in water and are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. In addition to this, each NutraEffects formula is then blended with other nutrient rich seeds and skin loving antioxidants to target one of four skin care needs: hydration, balance, radiance, and signs of aging.  The combinations deliver healthier, more beautiful skin from day one. All products are suitable for sensitive skin, hypoallergenic, and paraben- and dye-free. The collection includes:
Avon NutraEffects Active Seed Complex Hydration Daily Cream SPF15 and Gel Night Cream ($18.00 each) — Formulated with the antioxidant-packed Chia Seed, which is one of nature’s superfoods and known for its ability to hold moisture, these deeply hydrating creams improve texture and provide 48-hour hydration to soften dry, rough skin. Designed for dry to normal skin.
Key Ingredient: Chia Seed
Key Benefit: Hydration
Key Result: Dramatically improves appearance of rough, dry skin*
Avon NutraEffects Active Seed Complex Balance Daily Cream SPF15 and Gel Night Cream ($18.00 each) — Made with a formulation of Chia Seed and specialized mattifying powders working together to reduce oil, minimize the appearance of pores, and help keep skin balanced and shine-free. Designed for combination to oily skin.
Key Ingredient: Chia Seed and Mattifying Powders
Key Benefit: Balance
Key Result: Dramatically reduces the appearance of pores*
Designed to rejuvenate dull skin, even out skin tone, and restore the complexion’s natural glow, these radiance-boosting creams are formulated with Birds of Paradise Seed, an ingredient known for its ability to brighten and reduce the look of pigmentation.
Key Ingredient: Birds of Paradise Seed
Key Benefit: Radiance
Key Result: Reduces the appearance of discoloration**
These anti-aging products are all fortified with pomegranate extract, which is known for its powerful age-defying properties and packed with vitamins and antioxidants. All three creams firm skin, nourish the complexion, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Key Ingredient: Pomegranate Extract
Key Benefit: Combats signs of aging
Key Results: Skin looks and feels younger; youthful fullness is restored**
Visibly diminishes the look of crow’s feet (eye cream)**
I was sent products from the Balance and Ageless collections to try:

The Ageless collection products are creamy and hydrating, but don’t leave my skin greasy. They are also fragrance free, and very gentle on my sensitive skin. The Day cream is lighter than the night cream, and I love that it has SPF in it. The eye cream sinks right into my skin and smooths the skin on my eye area.

I have noticed that my skin is smoother and has better texture. My fine lines do look less noticeable, too.

My skin is combination as well sensitive and aging (fun). So the Balance collection works for my skin when it is a bit oily.  It’s more of a gel texture and lighter than the Ageless collection, and will be perfect for me when it gets warmer.  But for those who are oily all of the time, I think it would be a great everyday collection.

This has a light fragrance, but it doesn’t irritate my skin at all and it does give a nice matte finish!

I think for what these products do for the skin, the price is amazing!  Natural and potent skin care usually comes at a much higher price point.

Learn more and purchase at http://www.avon.com or ask a representative.

Have you tried these products? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!






Black Friday/Cyber Monday Beauty Deals!

Have you started shopping yet?  I have, but there are still tons of great deals left.

Below, find some fab Black Friday/Cyber Monday beauty sales:

L'Occitane ULTIMATE Black Friday Beauty Sampler
L’Occitane ULTIMATE Black Friday Beauty Sampler

L’Occitane ULTIMATE Black Friday Beauty Sampler — Make a purchase of $150 or more and shoppers score our ULTIMATE Black Friday Beauty Sampler for FREE. Stocked with over 15 mini best-sellers, this set is the perfect gift for long-time L’Occitane lovers, travelers, friends, family and those who’ve always wanted to try our productsJ. Valid nowonline usa.loccitane.com on 11/20, and in all L’Occitane boutiques nationwide on 11/23.

With any purchase of $45 or more, shoppers can take home our coveted Luxury Travel Sets for only $18! The perfect stocking stuffers, these sets are complete with our bestselling formulas! Valid online at usa.loccitane.com on 11/20, and in all L’Occitane boutiques nationwide on 11/23.

Two Black Friday LORAC launches are: Black Tie Attire Eye Shadow Palette and Tails & Top Hats Eye Shadow Palette as well as a Cyber Monday launch: Dance ’Til Dawn Eye/Cheek Palette that will all launch exclusively at Ulta.com.

Avon – Stock up on all of Avon’s staple products from Color and Fragrance, to Skincare and Jewelry too!

  • Black Friday: From Thursday 11/24 through Saturday 11/26 receive free shipping on all orders, 20% off a $45 purchase, and receive a free Tote Bundle with a $60 purchase after discount
  • Cyber Monday: From Sunday 11/27 through Tuesday 11/29 receive free shipping on all orders, 20% of a $45 purchase, and receive a free Makeup Bag Bundle with a $60 purchase after discount
  • 12 Days of Deals: Each day from 11/30 through 12/11, receive amazing Avon products with your purchase. Some gifts include a perfume with any $45 purchase, Anew Ultimate Supreme Performance Cream with a $45 purchase, and a makeup palette with any $60 purchase!
  • Where to purchase: avon.com

Rituals – For New Yorkers or anyone visiting the city over the holiday weekend, Rituals is opening their 10th NYC store on Black Friday! Located at 489 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, discover a wide range of luxury home and cosmetics products, including body care, skin care, fine fragrance, mineral makeup, and scented candles and diffusers. Each product is inspired by an Ancient Eastern tradition or ritual that transforms your everyday routines into more meaningful moments.

Black Friday: Take 20% off on everything in the shop and be sure to stop by as they are giving away special prizes all day long.

Robin McGraw Revelation
Robin McGraw Revelation

Robin McGraw Revelation –Have your own Revelation with any of Robin McGraw’s products during her “Spend More, Save More” campaign during the holiday weekend. Choose from her fun-filled Me O’ My and brand new Luxury Skincare Collections and discover ways to live a more beautiful, happy and healthy lifestyle!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: From 11/25 through 11/28 the “Spend More, Save More” campaign includes:

o   $5 off of $50 or more

o   $15 off of $100 or more

o   $50 off of $250 or more

Where to purchase: robinmcgrawrevelation.com

PUR Cosmetics
PUR Cosmetics

PUR Cosmetics – Be sure to grab the best PUR has to offer during their holiday season promotions. Known globally for intelligent beauty solutions, PUR’s signature complexion, skincare, and on-trend color products provide immediate flawless results that nourish and improve the skin over time.

  • Black Friday: Early Black Friday BOGO sale begins 11/17 and includes a site-wide buy one get one deal on all items excluding kits and palettes

On 11/25 only the entire website is 20% off

  • Cyber Monday: On 11/28 only the entire website is 20% off
  • 12 Days of Deals: Promotion begins 12/2 and lasts through 12/13
  • Where to purchase: purcosmetics.com


  • Receive 40% off the entire BRÖÖ Collection (3 Shampoos and 3 Conditioners) on Target.com on Cyber Monday (November 28th 2016).


H2O+ Beauty

  • Receive 40% off the entire H2O+ Beauty site (h2oplus.com) and also receive a gift with purchase (it’s a surprise gift). Discount begins (November 24th at 3pm ET) and continues to Cyber Monday (November 28th )
  • Customers must enter promo code: GOBBLEUP

Yes To

  • Customers can take advantage of the BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) at any Rite Aid (Promotion Runs: November 23rd – November 26th)
  • This sale only applies to the following Yes To products:

–        Yes To Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes

–        Yes To Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Wipes

–        Yes To Coconut Cleansing Facial Wipes

–        Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes

–        Yes To Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes


It’s Time To Celebrate National Lipstick Day!

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Collection
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Collection

It’s National Lipstick Day!  I love lip products and am always excited to try new ones.  So I decide that in honor of National Lipstick Day, I would give you ideas of awesome new lip products to try!

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Collection ($20 USD) — Lustrous finish, Shea butter for lasting moisturization and Vitamins C and E (antioxidants) to protect.

Available shades: Legendary, Pink Petal, Primrose, Pout, Posy Pink, Melondrama, Mandarin, Nylon Nude, Honey, Cognac, Fig, Vivid Violet, Chestnut, Infrared Matte, Plum Scene, Pretty Social, Mulberry, Shock Me Pink

Learn more and purchase at http://www.smashbox.com and also available in a Matte version.

Avon Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15
Avon Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15

Not afraid to rock a bold lip? Prefer a more demure pale pink? The first of your friends to experiment with a non-traditional shade like deep plum or dark brown? Believe it or not, your preferred lip shade and your personality may go hand in hand!

In honor of National Lipstick Day, Avon is sharing a Lipstick personality quiz – a series of seven questions designed to help you identify the perfect lip shade for you. And, just in time to celebrate, Avon’s newest launch – Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15 – available in ten full color shades, for any and every lip personality.

To find out what lipstick is perfect for you, check out the quiz at http://beautyforapurpose.avon.com/lipstick-personality-quiz/. My perfect lipstick shade is Peach Petunia and it is really pretty!

Purchase att www.avon.com.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick ($32 USD) — According to Charlotte herself, this is a lipstick for every woman to fall in love with. The unique formula features seed extracts from ‘The Lipstick Tree,’ a rare, exotic tree with nurturing and protective properties were originally discovered by Native American women who used the seeds to paint and protect their lips, since it contains an anti-oxidant that naturally protects lips from UV damage and external pollution, leaving lips cashmere-soft and irresistible. With a wide range of ten ultra-luxe shades, these lipsticks are blended with special waxes and clever light-diffusing pigments for pert, full-bodied, ultra-brilliant lips that are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Shades: Stoned Rose, So Marilyn, Love Bite, Hepburn Honey, Bitch Perfect, Night Crimson, Penelope Pink, Coachella Coral, Nude Kate and Velvet Underground.

Available at CharlotteTilbury.com

butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons
butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons

butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons ($20 USD) –Precise and easy to use, these high-shine, long-wear crayons provide the full coverage and pigment of a lipstick and the intense shine and smoothness of a gloss. The long-wearing formulation contains Mango Seed Oil and Marula Oil to improve lip moisturization, as well as Niacinamide which helps the skin barrier for a smoother, more even lip tone. Each lip crayon comes complete with a built-in sharpener, so you can keep the slim-line applicator sharp, even on-the-go.

Shades: Tea With The Queen, Disco Biscuit, Toff, Primrose Hill Picnic, Teddy Boy, Ladybird, Trout Pout, Ruby Murray

Purchase at http://www.butterlondon.com

Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow
Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow

Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow ($22 USD) — These powerful velvet pencils work like a lipstick and liner all-in-one and will give you long-lasting color with precision application.

Available at http://www.spacenk.com

Rodial Glamsticks
Rodial Glamsticks

Rodial Glamsticks ($28 USD) — Infused with cocoa butter and vitamin E to hydrate and protect, your lips will never feel softer or look better.

Purchase at http://www.planetbeauty.com


Makeup Gifts That Will Make Her Holiday Bright!

Makeup sets are such a fun gift to give (and to receive).  The great thing about them is that there’s so many choices in different price ranges — it’s easy to find a gift for a friend, babysitter or teacher. Or mother, sister…the list is endless!

So grab a few of these great gifts below and pass out the pretty this holiday season!

Pür Minerals Let It Glow! Makeup Stick Trio
Pür Minerals Let It Glow! Makeup Stick Trio

Pür Minerals Let It Glow! Makeup Stick Trio ($24 USD) Give your skin a rosy glow with this limited-edition set that offers three twist-up makeup sticks that highlight your features for natural radiance. Define, contour and brighten while conditioning for smoother, softer skin.

Available at www.purminerals.com.

Lancome All Over Face Palette
Lancome All Over Face Palette

Lancome All Over Face Palette ($55 USD) — Take your makeup look from day to night with the ‘All Over Face’ palette that features nine new eyeshadow shades, plus two contouring essentials.

COLOR DESIGN Sensational Effects Eye Shadow  X 9 —  In Blizzard, Starlight, Onyx Eve, Warm Cocoa, Fox, Smolder, Cashmere, Fawn and Mink Me.

BLUSH SUBTIL Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush in Everything Nice

STAR BRONZER Long Lasting Bronzing Powder in Cinnamon and Spice

Available at http://www.lancome-usa.com.

Robin McGraw Revelation Pure Joy Lip Gloss Collection
Robin McGraw Revelation Pure Joy Lip Gloss Collection

Robin McGraw Revelation Pure Joy Lip Gloss Collection ($49.95 For all for or $15.95 USD) — A collection of four high-shine lip glosses with brilliant color and subtle shimmer makes a special gift for a loved one – or for yourself. A luxurious, non-sticky formula creates the perfect look for any celebration. 

The set contains:

Frosty Glaze: A Champagne Shimmer

Rainbow Rose: A Sparkling Blush

Confetti Red: A True Ruby Red

Sprinkle Pink: A Bright Berry Pink

Available at http://www.robinmcgrawrevelation.com.

Avon Makeup Studio Palette
Avon Makeup Studio Palette

Avon Makeup Studio Palette ($24.99 USD) — Perfect for a girl on the go, this palette is a holiday hit. It’s sized to carry everywhere, for touch-ups, or transitioning makeup from day to night. The set includes 25 eye shadows, 12 lip glosses, 2 blushes, 2 bronzers and 3 brushes.

Available at visit Avon.com to locate a Representative or shop online.

ck one has great gift sets for the holidays:

ck one eye essentials gift set ($25 USD) — For a great bargain, the ck one eye essentials gift set features everything needed to create a complete eye look, including volumizing mascara in black 800, powder eyeshadow in ambitious 710, and double-ended eyeliner in genius/radical 800.

ck one high-shine gloss trio holiday set ($20 USD) — A great stocking stuffer, the ck one high-shine gloss trio holiday set features three high-shine gloss tubes in wearable shades for every occasion.  the line includes two existing shades, proper 300, tender 810, and one limited-edition shade, faithful 910, a sparkling, translucent shade.

Available at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

Are you picking up a makeup kit for someone special this holiday season?  Which one?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Last Minute Bath, Body and Home Holiday Gift Ideas

Have you found all of your gifts yet for friends, family and teachers?  Below are some great gift sets that anyone would be happy to receive!

Le Couvent des Minime Hand Cream Trio
Le Couvent des Minimes Hand Cream Trio

Le Couvent des Minimes Hand Cream Trio ($19.50, $24.00 Value) — This essential gift sets includes the brand’s best-loved hand creams. Made with treasured heritage recipes, Le Couvent des Minimes hand creams are both natural and restorative.

The trio includes:

Gardener’s Hand Cream (0.8 oz.): The award-winning, best-selling cream with Shea Butter and seven skin beneficial plant extracts.

Nourishing Hand Cream (0.8 oz.): A Honey and Shea infused cream with a delicate Honey aroma.

Soothing Night Hand Cream (0.8 oz.): A calming cream that’s perfect for bedtime with soothing Lavender and Acacia.

Available at usa.lecouventdesminimes.com

 Mary Kay Winter Wishes Shimmeriffic Shower Gel and Shimmeriffic Body Lotion Gift Set
Mary Kay Winter Wishes Shimmeriffic Shower Gel and Shimmeriffic Body Lotion Gift Set

Mary Kay Winter Wishes Shimmeriffic Shower Gel and Shimmeriffic Body Lotion Gift Set ($25 USD) — For skin that shimmers with a scent that shines, it’s everything she could wish for in one perfectly packaged set. The set includes Shimmeriffic Body Lotion, Shimmeriffic Shower Gel and a decorative tin.

  • Features cheerful, fruity notes like snow apple and citrus sparkle.
  • Warms the heart with floral notes of jasmine petals and cozy musk.
  • Body lotion adds a subtle shimmer to skin.
  • Ideal for gift-giving – packaged in a festive holiday tin.

Available at http://www.marykay.com

Avon Femme Fragrance Gift Set
Avon Femme Fragrance Gift Set

Avon Femme Fragrance Gift Set  ($30 USD) —  The essence of glamour is captured in an alluring blend of rich jasmine petals, magnolia and amberwoods, all packaged in a beautiful gift box. The set includes an Eau de Parfum spray, Body Lotion and Fragrance Compact.

Available from an Avon representative and http://www.avon.com

Whish Holiday Set in Vanilla Spice
Whish Holiday Set in Vanilla Spice

Whish Holiday Set in Vanilla Spice ($20 USD) — Is soft skin on your list for the holidays? Luxuriate in a bath or long shower with our moisturizing body wash. Indulge your senses while you refine, polish, and pamper with our sugar scrub. Replenish and prepare for moisturized perfection with our triple antioxidant body butter. Now take that winter skin.

Holiday Set is made in the USA with Earth friendly packaging and ingredients. Tested on us, not animals.

Set includes:
Body Wash: 3 oz/265 mL
Body Butter: 3 oz/265 mL
Sugar Scrub: 3 oz/265 mL

Available at http://www.whishbody.com

Robin McGraw Revelation Light Of My Life Candles
Robin McGraw Revelation Light Of My Life Candles

Robin McGraw Revelation Light Of My Life Candles ($16.95 each or $49.95 for the set of 4) — The “Light of My Life” candles are made with a soy wax blend and 100% cotton wicks, giving you 10 hours of burn time to enjoy each unique scent.

  • 3 oz. net. / 85 g.
  • No animal testing


The Phillip: An Evening at Home

  • Spicy cardamom in a jasmine base is lifted by a green floral finish.
  • Deep and complex.

The Jay: A Day on the Ocean

  • Rose, lilac and jasmine are balanced by fenugreek and vanilla to conjure sunny days at the beach.
  • Light and refreshing.

The Jordan: A Night on the Town

  • Vetiver top notes are grounded by cedar, vanilla and cloves.
  • Clean and woodsy, but intense.

The London: Summers of Our Youth

  • Citrus top notes of grapefruit and bergamot paired with a mellow leather and amber accord.
  • Clean and sweet.

Take care. Give care. We are committing 100% of the net proceeds from the “Light Of My Life” Candles Collection to support domestic violence prevention programs through When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation.

Available at http://www.robinmcgrawrevelation.com

Fab New Makeup Looks For Fall

Have you switched up your makeup look for fall yet?  I know fall is still in a few days, but I am wearing deeper, shimmery colors and going for a more dramatic and made up look (now that my fake tan is fading, I can’t just wear a lot of bronzer and lip gloss and call it good).

The fab below products are great suggestions for your new fall look.  Have fun!

Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded
Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded

Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded ($24.99 USD) — Metallic eyes are the perfect complement to a bold outfit or accessory for a night out. Push the limits with color and mimic this look with Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded, a green and silver smoky eye kit for a perfect way to dress up a simple outfit. The colors include an emerald shimmer,  sage green, and a matte cream.

What I think:  What a beautiful eye shadow trio!  If you have been afraid to try color on your eyes, try this.  It is easy to blend and is pretty, but muted enough to be a new kind of neutral for your fall lids.  Very well-pigmented.

Available at http://www.mineralfusion.com

Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara
Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara

Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara ($9 USD) — Go bold with 5X the explosive volume for our most daring lash look yet! DYNAMITE WIRE BRUSH: Curved brush with multi-level patented bristles combs through and captures every lash while sculpting and filling in gaps. LASH BUILD TECHNOLOGY: Plumping Complex and innovative crème-gel formula delivers 5X the volume and a clump-free, smudge-free, flake-free build. Sweep on from root to tip for 24-hour.

What I think:  This is a great mascara for everyday (1 coat), or special occasions (2 or more coats).  It really builds for a dramatic look — lengthening and volumizing.  Love!

Available through an Avon representative or http://www.avon.com

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream
Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream ($24 USD) — Decadent and drop dead gorgeous, meet the perfect, creamy pink nude: Butter Cream. A new creation from Beauty expert, Jaclyn Hill. This feminine and flirty lip gloss is a sweet way to glam up your look. Smooth like butter and ridiculously pigmented, Butter Cream will delight any makeup lover.

What I think:  This is my new favorite lip gloss!  I usually love, sheer and shimmery glosses, but this creamy, full-coverage gloss is perfect!  It is creamy and not sticky, plus the color is gorgeous.  And the mirrored and lighted packaging is really fun to use.

Available at www.whiteninglightning.com and www.gerardcosmetics.com.

Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green
Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green

Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green ($28 USD) — Soft and creamy, they glide on smoothly for a defined or smudgeable line, then set to stay just how you like. Highly pigmented, water resistant and long lasting.

What I think: First of all, I love this army green, it is really pretty and appropriate for fall.  Second, it’s super easy to apply with an eyeliner brush.  But, make sure it’s perfect quickly, because once it dries it will stay on for hours!

Purchase at http://www.janeiredale.com/us

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks
Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks


Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks ($16 USD) — Is it a gloss, is it a pencil, or is it something better? Pur’s megawatt Lip Gloss Sticks give you the jaw-dropping bold lip look you expect from a gloss with application ease of a jumbo pencil. Bursting with rich emollients and vitamin E, these buttery smooth sticks condition lips as they colour. Now that’s something to smile about. Paraben free.

What I think: The color above is called Honey Pie.  It is a great fall nude and applies creamy and smooth.  The feel of this is almost like a balm.  This is a really nice product for days that you just want to slick on your lip color and go!

Available at http://www.purminerals.com

Liven Up Your Bath or Shower With Fresh New Bath Products This Spring


Lately I have been sent some fab bath and body products for my honest review.  And I love it!  The scents this spring are so refreshing, florals mixed with fruit is a big trend as are tropical notes.

Below are some great suggestions if you are looking for spring-y bath and body products to get you ready for the wonderful warm weather coming (80 degrees in KC tomorrow, what?!?):

Caldrea Essentials Collection Mango Lily Body Wash
Caldrea Essentials Collection Mango Lily Body Wash

Caldrea Essential Collection is excited to debut their first ever Personal Care Collection. The line-up will include a range of 5 products perfect for getting your body iand mind nto shape this spring/summer – Body Oil, Body Lotion, Body Wash, Hand Balm and Exfoliating Scrub – retailing from $6.99-$12.99 in the following three fragrances:

Apple Mint – Add a spring in your step with natural essential oils of Spearmint and Cedarwood
Ginger Honey – Natural Essential oils of Ginger and Nutmeg offer a mix of a zing of good clean health with a deliciously awake sensation
Mango Lily – Juicy tropical notes find white freshness in the clean and floral notes of lily, with this mix of natural essential oils of Orange and Vanilla
My favorite is the Mango Lily, because I am loving mango scented products right now, but they are all wonderful! This collection is exclusively created for/sold at Target.
Aqua Spa Collection
Aqua Spa Collection
Make your bath work for you! There is no better combo than relaxation paired with anti-aging benefits, right? Toss your current suds for the newly launched Aqua Spa ($9.99 USD for each product), a trio of bath and body collections designed with a hydrating cocktail of deep sea minerals to transform a traditional bath into a spa inspired experience.

Combining the power of aromatherapy and its Marine Youth Complex, an exclusive anti-aging formulation, Aqua Spa invites you to mix and match the Energize, Relax and Soothe collections to alter your current mood. The three available scents include:

  • Energize- a fusion of citrus and ginger that sharpens the senses
  • Relax- a mixture of lavender and chamomile for calming relief
  • Soothe- a combination of eucalyptus and mint

Quench your skin and help to diminish the signs of aging with Aqua Spa Bath Soaks, Bath Oils, Body Cleansers and Body Crèmes, all available at Walmart stores and online at http://www.amazon.com.  I have tried the bath soak and body cleanser in Energize and really enjoy the crisp scent.

Fairway Market Castile Soap
Fairway Market Castile Soap

Fairway Market Castile Soap  — Introducing Fairway’s veggie-based and all-natural Castile Soap. Originating in Castile, Spain, this multi-purpose and olive-oil based soap is gentle but tough, and can be used as an everyday body wash, shampoo, bubble bath, facial cleanser and hand soap.

Fairway’s newest product is sold at all Fairway locations and in six different varieties including: Almond, Baby Unscented Mild, Black Soap w/ Vitamin E, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Peppermint.

Fairway’s Peppermint Castile Soap is sold for $8.99 and all other varieties are sold for $9.99. in all Fairway Markets.  The Castile Soap can also be purchased online  for $7.99 – http://www.fairwaymarket.com/shop/fairway-castile-soap/

I think the fact that this is a multi-use soap is brilliant.  I am using it as a hand soap in my kitchen and have used it to clean my face and body.  I have it in Almond, which is one of my favorite bath scent.

Korres White Grape Showergel
Korres White Grape Showergel

re day dreaming of sparkling blue seas and sunny destinations, transport your basic shower into a Greek escape with Korres Natural Products Showergels ($19.50 USD). beautifully scented, rich showergels provide a moisturizing effect and help maintain the natural moisture level of the skin. They contain emollients and humectants that provide a lasting moisturizing effect and help to maintain the natural moisture level of the skin.

Available in Basil Lemon, Guava, Fig, Jasmine, Japanase Rose, Vanilla Guava for at Sephora.com.  This April, Korres is introducing its newest scent White Grape from the Vineyards of Santorini on HSN.com.

Avon Naturals Kids Rio2 Collection
Avon Naturals Kids Rio2 Collection

And for the kids…Get wildly excited for the new exclusive Avon’s Naturals Kids Rio 2 collection, developed just in time for the highly anticipated movie in theaters April 11, 2014. Colorfully decorated with the vivacious and memorable Amazonian animal characters from Rio 2, Blu, Jewel, Gabi, Pedro, Nico, Luiz and Rafael, this limited edition collection includes deliciously scented hair and body care items designed specifically for kids ages 3 and up. With gentle formulas for young, sensitive skin, the fun and irresistible collection will delight young fans of the movie and keep parents worry-free with its dermatologist tested formulas.

Magnificent Mango Body Wash & Bubble Bath ($5): Make bath time your little one’s favorite time of day with this tropical mango-scented formula that doubles as a cleansing body wash and a fun bubble bath. The hypoallergenic formula works into a rich lather and is ophthalmologist tested, helping you avoid a single tear.

Crazy Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner ($5): This gentle, tear free formula turns a daily bath into a tropical getaway while keeping hair happy, smooth, and shiny. The 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner is ophthalmologist tested and hypoallergenic, perfect for children’s hair and scalps.

All Avon products are available exclusively through Avon Representatives. To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit www.avon.com.

Magnificent Mango Hair Detangling Spray ($5): Formulated specifically for your children’s hair, this hydrating spray instantly detangles hair while leaving it ultra-shiny and free of flyaways and frizzies. Safely keep delicate young hair smooth and soft with the ophthalmologist tested, tear free formula.

Rio 2 Detangling Comb ($3): The comb is perfect combination with the detangling spray making hair prep stress free.

Magnificent Mango Lip Balm ($.99): This mild and gentle moisturizing lip balm glides onto little lips and provides immediate hydration.

Crazy Coconut Body Paint ($1.99): Add exciting color to your children’s day with this gentle body paint. Roll the hypoallergenic formula over the body for quick designs and then easily rinse the paint off with water. No mess for you, and tons of smiles for little ones.

My daughter has been using these products.  She loves them!  And I have noticed that since she has been using the Mango detangling spray, her hair always smells amazing!  And I love that the products are natural, so important for kids products.

Brrr…It’s Cold. Take Care of Your Skin!

My poor skin has been suffering in this crazy cold weather!  I swear that my forehead was so dry at one point, it looked like I had scales!

I have been blessed to receive some great skin products to help me get through the winter.  And I have more to review as well — a part 2 will be coming soon!

Maijan Nourish Healing Herbal Facial Steam for Dry Skin
Maijan Nourish Healing Herbal Facial Steam for Dry Skin

Maijan Nourish Healing Herbal Facial Steam for Dry Skin (Reg. Price: $23.95, Sale Price: $16.77) — gives skin a natural boost of moisture as it deeply cleanses pores removing toxins and impurities.  The pure and natural blend of ingredients is naturally astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.  The nourishing steam restores elasticity and improves skin vitality, leaving skin healthier, moisturized and refreshed.  Simply add to warm steaming water and take in the nourishment.
Product Features:

  • 2 oz
  • Helps to alleviate dry skin
  • Add to warm steaming water
  • Clarifies pores and promotes glowing skin
  • Blend of nourishing herbs and essential oils
  • Gives skin a boost of moisture
  • Removes toxins & impurities
  • Naturally astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial
  • Pure & natural
  • Also available for Acne Prone Skin and Oily Skin


  1. Add two tablespoons to a bowl containing 4 cups of warm steaming water.
  2. Trap steam by covering head and bowl with a bath towel.
  3. Those with oily or combination skin should steam for 10 to 15 minutes; those with dry to normal skin should steam for 5 to 10 minutes; and those with sensitive skin should steam for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Use once weekly or every two weeks.

Ingredients:  Organic Rose Petals, Organic Rosemary Leaves, Organic Peppermint Leaves, Fennel Seeds, Pelargonium Odoratissium (Geranium) Oil.

What I think:  I love this aromatic steam.  I have sensitive skin so I steamed my face for about 4 minutes.  I noticed that afterwards, my skin was refreshed and soft.  I did it at night and followed with a serum and night cream.  I woke up with very soft skin the next day!

Available at www.stylebell.com

Kesh Beauty Moroccan Argan Oil with Rosewater Essence
Kesh Beauty Moroccan Argan Oil with Rosewater Essence

Kesh Beauty Moroccan Argan Oil with Rosewater Essence ($27.99 USD) — Infused with rosewater in traditional Moroccan fashion, this 100% organic cold-pressed argan oil has a fresh floral scent. Its high concentration of antioxidants offers head-to-toe protection from environmental damage, and its abundance of essential fatty acids instantly smooth and soothe dry skin and rough spots. This Moroccan beauty secret also doubles as a deep conditioning treatment and pre-styling product that repairs damaged hair, increases manageability and reduces frizz without greasy residue.

How to use: Apply to the face and body in place of moisturizer as needed. Apply to hair before styling, or as a finishing touch to enhance softness and shine.

Ideal for all skin types, Moroccan Argan Oil with Rosewater Essence will not clog pores. Made in Morocco.

Ingredients:  100% organic cold-pressed argan oil with Rosewater Essence

What I think:  First of all this smells fantastic, it is very lightly scented with rosewater.  This can be used on skin and hair — a great multi-tasker.  I love using this oil after cleansing and exfoliating, it doesn’t irritate my skin.  It is perfect for a night time treatment, as well.  Skin is soft and smooth in the morning!

Available at keshbeauty.com.


Avon Avon ANEW CLINICAL SKINVINCIBLE Protect & Repair Duo ($59.99 a $72 value)– Protect. Repair. The #1 cause of visible aging is environmental aggressors, which can lead to wrinkles, sun spots and dryness. Now you can protect skin against environmental assaults. Repair the look of age damage.

This ANEW Duo includes:
Skinvincible Multi-Shield Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – Lightweight lotion with our highest SPF available. Use AM. Can be used under makeup. 1 oz. net wt.
Skinvincible Deep Recovery Cream: Diminish the look of lines, wrinkles and sunspots. A moisturizing night cream formulated with the world’s 1st SmartRepair™ Technology. Intensive repair cream. Use PM. 1 oz. net wt.

What I think: I am loving both of these products, but especially the sunscreen.  It is so moisturizing and I love the high SPF.  It is a bit greasy, so a little goes a long way.  The night cream is so decadent and feels fantastic on.  These products are a great day/night duo and are affordable.

Purchase at www.avon.com or your neighborhood Avon representative.

Algenist Genius Cream
Algenist Genius Cream

Algenist Genius Cream ($110 USD) — Genius is a scientifically advanced formulation designed to address the signs of aging skin. Youthful suppleness and radiance is restored, skin density is increased, facial contours become more defined and deep wrinkles are visibly minimized leaving skin firmer, softer and smoother. Alguronic Acid is combined with the breakthrough Microalgae Oil to create a powerful and highly active formula which addresses the accelerated signs of aging caused by hormonal changes, environmental stress and the natural aging process.

The actives harnessed in Genius are delivered in a luxurious, emollient formula that instantly absorbs into the skin, softening and smoothing upon contact. Results are apparent in just 10 days, and even more visible after 28 days of usage.

What I think:   I love Algenist and really love this fantastic cream.  It is super rich and soothing on my chapped, scaly skin.  I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and my skin is noticeably softer and younger looking.  I will keep using it and hopefully will see even more results!

You can purchase at Algenist.com, QVC, Sephora and Sephora.com

HYDRA-CHRONO+ Rich Moisturizing Cream
Lierac HYDRA-CHRONO+ Rich Moisturizing Cream

Lierac HYDRA-CHRONO+ Rich Moisturizing Cream ($48 USD) A rich and sensual cream that works to durably regulate hydration and to protect, nourish and comfort dry to very dry skin deep down. Protective and softening effect.

Ideal for dry to very dry skin, this velvety cream contains LIERAC-exclusive moisturizing & multi-protecting technology:

  • 11% hydration reprogramming botanical complex: based on the latest discoveries made by LIERAC research, this complex results from the combination of 2 complementary active ingredients (a natural amino acid and Ophiopogon japonicus extract) with NMF. This complex is capable of complementing and stimulating the skin’s two types of water channels.
  • 2.5% anti-oxidant rich water hyacinth: this botanical active ingredient is capable of protecting the skin from environmental assaults thanks to its anti-oxidant, detoxifying and purifying abilities.
  • 2% rose and cherry flower extracts: these two flower extracts were selected for their moisturizing, anti-oxidant and nutritive properties

What I think:  This is another great night cream (or day cream under SPF if your skin is very dry).  It is so silky and quickly absorbs into skin.  It has a nice light scent and leaves skin so soft.


Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Charity Hand Creams
Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Charity Hand Creams

Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Charity Hand Creams ($1oz ($6.99) and 2.5oz ($10.99) — With an ultra-rich creamy feel and the healing nutrients, vitamins, and valuable phytonutrients of pure unrefined shea butter, these hand creams will revive parched dry hands, providing a silky smooth finish that absorbs quickly and is never greasy to the touch.

As pure hydration helps to heal dry and damaged skin, this luxurious natural formula is made with 20% of the finest pure and unrefined shea butter for the ultimate skincare treatment. Most other brands contain 1 or 2%, Out of Africa’s Pure Shea Butter Hand Creams provide the highest percentage of pure, unrefined shea butter on the market. Naturally rich in vitamins and antioxidants A, E and F, these creams provide exceptional dermatological and cosmetic healing properties, deeply penetrating to moisturize and nourish the skin. Your hands will instantly feel soft and supple.

The shea butter in Out of Africa’s Hand Creams can also help to prevent premature aging and other skin ailments like blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, stretch marks, scars and dermatitis. No Parabens, Sulfates, Petrolatums or Phthalates.

Your purchase will contribute 15 cents to help provide education to women and children in West Africa.

What I think:  There are three scents available; Vanilla, Olive with Aloe or Lemon Verbena.  I really love the Lemon Verbena, it is light and fresh.  And the hand cream is perfect! Softens skin instantly without any greasy feeling at all!  It has the look and feel of an expensive cream.

Purchase at www.outofafricashea.com

butter LONDON Hydrating Balm
butter LONDON Hydrating Balm

butter LONDON Hydrating Balm ($24 USD)– Formulated with shea butter and infused with the highest concentration of nature’s most powerful emollients, this fragrance free, non-greasy balm is sure to take permanent residence in your handbag. The Hydrating Balm knocks out chapped lips, dry cuticles, fly-away hair, freshly waxed or chaffing skin, sunburn, and other skin irritants.

What I think:  I have been smoothing this on my cuticles, elbows and the ends of my hair.  It is easy to throw in my purse or keep in my desk — and it can be used everywhere!  Awesome product!

Available at www.butterlondon.com

Zim's Heels & Feet Foot Cream
Zim’s Heels & Feet Foot Cream

Don’t forget your feet! Zim’s Heels & Feet Foot Cream ($8.99 USD) — From the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Zim’s CRACK Creme comes Heels & Feet Foot Cream. A NEW blend enhanced with L-Arginine for dry, cracked, tired feet.

What I think:  This natural foot cream has a very strong odor.  It may be the tea tree oil, but it is a little strong for me.  I do like how light the cream is.  It is not greasy at all and leaves my feet soft and refreshed!

Purchase at www.zimsusa.com.

What are you using to combat the cold air?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Summer Skin Savers!

Skin can get too oily, blotchy from the sun or dry from sunburn during summer. So I really try to take care of my skin this time each year.  Here are some amazing skin care ideas to help with your skin troubles.

BABOR CLEANSING HY-ÖL and Phytoactive Combination for Oily Skin Conditions

We’ve heard that certain things don’t mix, with oil and water being at the top of that list. In the first step toward beautiful skin, BABOR Cosmetics has a tried and true method that mixes the two perfectly. The brand successfully combines the natural cleansing power of oil and water to create a unique signature bi-phase system that ensures a mild but thorough deep-cleansing experience.

HY-ÖL ($32 USD), the brands signature product first introduced in 1955, is a gentle plant-based hydrophilic (water loving) cleansing oil formulated with pure herbal ingredients and free from preservatives. Suitable for all skin types, this cleansing oil base contains vitamin E to help trap free radicals while bisabolol calms the skin. This multi-purpose product can be used as an eye makeup remover and is meant to be paired with a Phytoactive (a water-soluble cleanser) such as the one designed for combination skin.

Phytoactive Combination ($28 USD) is the second-phase of the BABOR CLEANSING experience formulated to regulate and normalize oily and combination skin. When applied with the HY-ÖL, this herbal extract works to refine pores, regulate sebum production and calm irritation. Elderberry and witch hazel calm and soothe skin while sage and guaiazulene inhibit bacteria and inflammation.

PHASE 1: Massage three pumps of HY-ÖL onto the skin.

PHASE 2: Immediately apply two pumps of Phytoactive Combination on top and massage the two cleansers together. Add water, massage and rinse off. A wash cloth may be used, if desired.

What I think:  I for one love a good cleansing oil.  Some people can be afraid of using oil on the face, but it is great for all skin types (even oily).  I love this system.  I follow the steps above, and after a few weeks of use I find that instantly, my face is clean and refreshed without being too dry. The HY-ÖL is also wonderful by itself as an eye makeup remover! Available at www.babor.com and select spas nationwide.

Radical Skincare’s Age Defying Exfoliating Pads

Radical Skincare ‘s Age Defying Exfoliating Pads ($95 USD). Summer heat often has extreme effects on the skin, either causing dry flaky patches or nasty oily pores. Radical Skincare founders Liz and Rachel Edlich have created the Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads designed to help you remove that run-down top layer of skin, exposing soft beautiful skin. The Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads also combat summers’ effects on aging skin resulting in improved skin firmess and texture. Exclusively sold at Barneys, Radical Skincare ‘s Age Defying Exfoliating Pads are an extreme answer to and extreme problem.

What I think: This is a gentle, but effective exfoliator.  I use one each night and it makes my skin glow without any irritation!  This is for the person who doesn’t want a harsh exfoliator, but needs one that works!  After a couple of weeks using this, my skin looks clearer and my enlarged pores look smaller! Visit www.radicalskincare.com to learn more!

Kate Somerville CytoCell P299 Oil Free Anti-Wrinkle Serum

Kate Somerville CytoCell P299 Oil Free Anti-Wrinkle Serum ($95 USD) — This concentrated treatment serum utilizes P299™, a scientifically advanced stem technology Polypeptide, to diminish the look of wrinkles and help fight the signs of aging by activating the natural renewal process that strengthens skin. Additional anti-aging ingredients—including Hyaluronic Acid and Marine Algae Extracts—not only even out the appearance, but also restore essential hydration. The result is a healthy-looking, radiant complexion that is unbelievably smooth.

  • P299™ is a scientifically proven active ingredient that helps stimulate the production of healthy skin
  • A blend of three advanced Peptides is designed to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • An advanced Moisturizing Complex maintains optimal hydration levels and helps restore the skin’s natural capacity to retain moisture.
  • Oil-free formula is ideal for all skin types.

Results from an Independent Clinical Study include:

  • In just 2 weeks, 77% of women showed improved skin elasticity and firmness
  • In just 4 weeks, 91% of women showed a significant increase in moisture
  • In just 4 weeks, 77% women said their skin’s overall appearance was improved and healthier-looking
  • In just 4 weeks, CytoCell is proven to refine skin texture, improving the smoothness and luminosity of the skin

What I think: This is an extremely moisturizing serum, but is not heavy at all. I have been using it every night for a few weeks and really have seen a difference in my skin! The dry parts of my skin are more moisturized and my skin looks clearer and brighter.  I also think it has been helping with my fine lines on my forehead.  You can purchase it at www.katesomerville.com.

ANEW Genics Treatment Concentrate From Avon

Avon ANEW Genics Treatment Concentrate ($45 USD) — ANEW Genics Treatment Concentrate,with patentedYouthGen™ Technologyis a skincare breakthrough serum that helps you look up to 10 years younger.* Genics Treatment Concentrate can be used with any skincare regimen.

Avon is the first with patentedYouthGen™ Technology– designed to stimulate the Youth Gene to help skin cells act younger.** Anew Genics Treatment Concentrate is also designed with carrot and soy extract to help stimulate a youth protein.

ANEW Genics Treatment Concentrate is formulated with 2X the YouthGen™ Technology of Genics Treatment Cream and provides the following dramatic results:


• Skin looks and feels firmer*

• Boosts skin’s moisture by up to 165%

• Expressions lines appear softer*


• Plumps the look of wrinkles*

• Dramatically reduces the appearance of discolorations*


• Look up to 10 years younger

*Based on a consumer perception study of women 45-59. **Based on in vitro testing.

What I think:  This has been my morning serum for that past couple of weeks because it is very light and soaks right in.  I love the instant brightness my skin receives when I use this.  My skin has been looking plumper and smoother lately, too.  I also love the price of this amazing serum.  I highly recommend it!

To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visitwww.avon.com.