Summer Beauty Products to Give a Glow!

Summer is officially here, but it has been scorching hot in Kansas City for about 6 weeks now! Even though it’s hot, it is also humid so I stay inside most of the summer.  That means any tan or glow I get comes from beauty products!

I have received the following products for my honest review from Josie Maran, Jergens and Hard Candy:

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Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self Tanning Body Oil ($38 USD) — This is a self-tanning body oil that features a blend of 100% Pure Argan Oil for intense nourishment and fast-absorbing 100% Pure Argan Oil Light for a semi-matte finish. Natural DHA helps give skin a healthy, even, natural-looking bronzed glow and the included plush mitt ensures streak-free, blissful application.

I have this in Hippie Beach, which I think is a new scent. It includes notes of lavender, sage, chamomile, and rose. It smells no nice! This has a really nice mitt that makes it easy to blend in. This gives a golden tan that looks so natural, which I love!

Josie Maran Argan Lip Sting Plumping Butter ($23 USD) — The subtle sting and proprietary lip-plumping complex visibly enhance lips for a voluptuous, juicy pout. Soothing manuka honey and moringa butter hydrate for smoother and fuller-looking lips.

The shade I have is Embrace It Honey.  It’s a nice nudes shade.  I feel a very slight sting when I apply, but it’s not a pure plumper because it also hydrates the lips. It’s nice for a natural, pouty look.

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil ($48 USD) — There’s only one ingredient in this bottle: 100% pure, 100% organic, 100% natural Argan Oil. This nourishes, conditions, and heals. Absorbs easily into skin, intensely hydrating and leaving behind a dewy glow.

It’s always good to have a bottle of Argan oil on hand, and this one is 100% pure so I know it’s good for my skin.  I use it to remove makeup, on dry skin patches and on the ends of my hair.  Such a multi-tasker!

Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer (#8.99 USD) — Glides smoothly on wet skin to instantly lock in hydration. and I towel dry it in.  It is so easy to use and gives a gradual tan. I love that I pat it dry and I can dress and go! And the color doesn’t rub off of my towel or clothes. Plus it has a light, fresh scent.  Available for Fair to Medium and Medium to Tan skin tones.

Hard Candy Glitteratzi ($6 USD) — Apply to eyes, lips or body. Apply one coat for a sheer layer of sparkle, or two coats for full impact liquid glitter. Available in 7 shades.  The shades I have are Twinkle (pink), Star (gold) and Aurora (white and pink).  These dry down and don’t budge, so I think they are best on the eyes.  I don’t care for drying lipstick, but I love it when my eye makeup stays all day.  Star is more opaque than the other two shades, so it looks amazing on the eyes.  I’ve used the white as face highliter, it’s very glittery! I also might try them on my body or cheekbones.  Glitter is fun to play with, especially in the summer!

What summer products are you loving?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shimmery Summer Lip Products From Maybelline!

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I recently received some really fun lippies from Maybelline for my honest review.  I received shades from three collections, Lip Studio Electric Shine Prismatic Lip Gloss, Metallic Foil Liquid Lipstick, and the Lip Studio Glitter Fix Glitter Lip Gloss. They are all a very reasonable $8.99 each!

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The Lip Studio Electric Shine Prismatic Lip Glosses are my favorite of the three. This is  Maybelline’s first ever holographic gloss. Radiant pearl pigments combined with a water-infused formula create an iridescent shine for a multidimensional lip look. Available in 6 shades.

They are so pretty on!  They can be worn by themselves, or as lip toppers.  My fave shade is the middle one in the photo, Moonlit Metal.  It’s a gold and purple duo chrome.  Here are swatches:  

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The shades are from left to right: Magnetic Ice, Cosmic Light, Moonlit Metal, Midnight Prism and Electric Blue. There is also a purple called Lunar Gem.

The first one is hard to see on my hand, but it’s a sheer pinky gold.  It’s a really good lip topper.  All of these are so pretty, but I can see myself wearing Magnetic Ice and Moonlit metal, and maybe Cosmic Ice.  I’ll probably give the others to my daughters, even thought they are gorgeous!

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The Metallic Foil Liquid Lipsticks are true liquid lipsticks as they dry down.  The shades are very neutral and almost look like cream eye shadows! . The water-based formula includes suspended metallized pigments that fuse to lips to create a full-coverage, second skin lip color and a dimensional end look. Available in 6 shades.

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These shades from left to right are: Zen, Trident, Luna, Calypso and Vortex.  They also have a dark purple called Nemesis.

These are pretty and swatch really nicely.  I only wear liquid lipsticks with gloss over them because I don’t like dry lips.  But I do really like the pink Luna and the rose gold Zen on me. I love the Magnetic Ice gloss over both of them! They will be really nice for the summer with or without the gloss.

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Lip Studio Glitter Fix Glitter Lip Gloss — Glitter is really hot right now, and is super fun for the summer. This gloss is carefully formulated with micro-fine glitters that adhere to the lips’ surface for a remarkably lightweight, full-coverage glitter look. One swipe is all you need for eye-catching sparkle that’s sure to light up any room! Available in 6 shades.

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These shades are Gold Boost, Pink Smoke, Steamy Nights, Shadow Hunter.  There are also two more, Spell Struck, a lavender and Wicked Tease, a dark purple.

This is a really smooth glitter lip gloss, not chunky or uncomfortable.  Both these and the Prismatic glosses are hydrating and not sticky. I don’t know how much I will wear these, but they will be fun to have around!

Have you tried any of these Maybelline lip products?

 

Drugstore Haul and My Ulta Birthday Gift!

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

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

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

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

Here are lip swatches:

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

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

Swatches of the face products:

 

 

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

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

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

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

Have you picked up any fund drugstore products lately?

 

Pixi Beauty Minis and Lip Balm — Perfect for Travel!

 

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I love Pixi Beauty.  It’s luxe beauty at an affordable price.  I didn’t know that they offered mini sizes of some of their hero skincare.  I was excited to receive the following for my honest review!

Glow Tonic (15 ml/.5 fl. oz. $4 USD) — This mini miracle-working toner helps to brighten the complexion resulting in a healthy glow.  Glow Tonic is so refreshing and I really see a difference in my skin when I use this.  I especially love this in the summer.  My skin gets oily with the heat and stressed with the sun.  This brightens my skin without drying it out.

Mini Glow Mud Cleanser (15 ml/.5 fl. oz. $6 USD) — Travel-size version of our deep pore cleansing mud that gently exfoliates while purifying for radiant skin. I like to use this once or twice a week.  I have combination skin and this really cleanses it while keeping it soft and smooth.

Shea Butter Lip Balm ($8.00 USD) –Treat lips while giving them gorgeous colour with this multi-tasking miracle lip balm!

The shades I have are Sweet Peach and Honey Nectar.  They are pretty on, just a light wash of color.  And they are hydrating without being greasy. They contain Shea butter and Vitamin E. They are great to take on vacation because you get the double benefit of color and hydration.

These can be purchased at www.pixibeauty.com.

What products are you taking with you on vacation this year?

Too Faced Life’s a Festival Review

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I purchased the Too Faced Life’s A Festival Eye Shadow Palette ($42 USD) a few months ago and still haven’t reviewed it, so I thought I would review it since I’m wearing it today on my birthday!

So, as I am 50 today, I can say that even us (uh, hum) older ladies can wear fun shadows like these!

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As soon as I saw this I thought it was so pretty and had to have it.  I loved the shade range.  When I got it, I noticed that it smells so good, like citrus or candy (Smarties)!

Here are swatches:

 

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From left to right is Young & Free, Euphoric, Rainbow Life, Desert Vibes, Sunset Dram Fun in the Sun and Beamin’

 

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Unicorn Tears, Fireflies, Mystic Rain, Funtasy, Artist Pass and Dusk Teal Dawn.

The duochromes and shimmers are my favorite shades in the palette.  There are only a couple mattes.  I wish there were more, but only if they could be added to the palette without any of the shiny stuff taken away!

Every shade blends well and are very pigmented.  I use the shimmers and duochromes with a dry brush, and they look great.  They can be wet with a little setting spray, but don’t really need it.

What do you think of this?  Are you all about shimmery shadows or are you more about the mattes?

 

Fun Products For Easy Summer Beauty!

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Happy Friday!  I’ve received samples of some fun products for my honest review.  Some are new and some are new to me, but all are fun for the summer to some degree!

Ola Tropical Apothecary Body Mist ($14 for 2 oz) – The secret ingredient in Ola Tropical Apothecary’s Deep Sea Body Mist is…the water.  Found at 3000’ below the ocean surface off the Kona Coast, each Body Mist contains over 90 trace minerals, and is high in calcium and magnesium.  A few simple spritzes to hair, face and skin instantly hydrates and moisturizes. 

I first thought this was like a body cologne spray, but it has a very fine mist and I read that it can be used on the face.  I have the Pikake, which smells like a Hawaiian lei, and the Passion Fruit.  I LOVE the passion fruit one, it’s one of my favorite scents. These are very refreshing and hydrating.

Hotheads’ Mini G Hairbrush ($9.29 USD) – Good things really do come in small packages!  The Mini G conveniently fits in your handbag, gym bag or travel bag.  Use it with your favorite dry shampoo to refresh tired locks.  It’s the perfect little brush to distribute your leave-in products before heading out into the sun.  Great for detangling after a swim, the Mini G also helps remove sand debris from the scalp and hair.  Finishing your day at the beach using the Mini G will reduce frizz and help create the perfect ponytail.  

Mally Beauty More Is More Mascara ($20 USD) has a special brush designed to grip lashes and smooth mascara out to the very tips for exceptional length and definition. Has a rich, creamy, jet black formula. It took me a few uses to get a very voluminous look.  And it only really lengthens if I use a primer underneath. It is very black, though!

Mally Beauty Kiss Me Tinted Lip Oil ($27.21 USD for 3) — I received this in Crystal Clear, but you can get a trio including Crystal Clear, Peach Me and What a Melon. This is a conditioning oil that gives shine like a gloss, but it’s not sticky. It has a minty taste. This is nice when I want something on my lips, but don’t want to wear color.

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Colored Mascara ($5 USD) — Delivers intense opaque color that will not clump or flake. Maximum bristled brush helps give volume and length to all lashes. Available in 8 colored mascaras and two glitter top coats. The two shades I received are the glitter top coats in Disco Ball and Shooting Star.  Disco Ball has silver glitter and shows up more than Shooting Star, which has black and multi-colored glitter. These show up the best in the sunlight.  They are fun, but I will probably be giving them to my daughter.

What products have you been trying out lately?

 

 

Project Pan April-June 2018 — Second Update

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

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

Here’s what I used up:

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

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

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

Macy’s 10 Days of Glam!

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Macy’s is having a huge beauty sale event called 10 Days of Glam, which starts in stores and online today, May 31st through June 9th! The event includes a selection of products that are on sale for the entire ten days, as well as select 50% off Beauty Offers which will change daily.

Click here to see the deals for each day.  Here are some products that look amazing to me:

Smashbox Spotlight Highlighting Palette

The Smashbox Spotlight Highlighting Palette ($35.00, Sale $17.50) — This is still on sale for a few more hours online, so grab it if you want it!  It comes in two shades, Pearl (shown) and Gold.  They include 3 complementary highlighting shades that range from subtle glow to mega sparkle.

Tomorrow Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, 6.7 oz is on sale from $17.50 to $8.75 and the Benefit they’re real! lengthening mascara is one sale from $24 to $12.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eye Shadow Palette

On Saturday June 2nd the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eye Shadow Palette is on sale from $42 to $21!  I might pick that one up.  It’s the only recent ABH eye shadow palette that I don’t have.  I’ve heard the controversy, but I really like the colors and would love to check it out!

Probably the other two I’m super interested in is 8 different shades of Benefit’s Box of Powders are on sale from $29 to $14.50 and

MAC In The Flesh x 15 Eye Shadow Palette

MAC In The Flesh x 15 Eye Shadow Palette is on sale from $65.00 to $32.50! I haven’t tried MAC eye shadows since the ’90’s, but I bet the formula is still amazing!  The colors are very nude, but pretty!

Are you going to check out this sale?  Visit the Macy’s sale page and let me know what’s caught your eyes!

 

 

 

Get Summer Ready With Beauty Essentials

As I write this getting ready for summer post I’m having a little laugh, because it’s already in the 90’s in Kansas City.  And it doesn’t look like it’s cooling down!

So are you ready for summer beauty?  I find that what I need right now is hydration.  The heat and my allergy meds are drying me out!  Here our my current faves (that were sent to me for my honest review):

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Erborian Pink Perfect Crème

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème ($39 USD) —  This is a primer that helps to minimize the appearance of pores with a blurring, soft-focus effect. Enriched with camilla japonica seed oil, skin looks smoother with a subtle glow—and is prepped for makeup application. I like that I can wear this on it’s own or with a bit of powder on top for hot days that I don’t want to wear makeup.

Purchase at Sephora and sephora.com

LAVANILA Laboratories Healthy Body Butter
LAVANILA Laboratories Healthy Body Butter

LAVANILA Laboratories Healthy Body Butter ($19 USD) — These 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters are velvety smooth and instantly absorbed into the skin resulting in deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. Each blend has powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. With super soft scents and a non-greasy formula, prepare for the ultimate indulgence. Available in four variations/scents, including: Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Grapefruit and Fragrance-Free. I love Vanilla Grapefruit and Vanilla Coconut for the summer.

Available at Lavanila.com

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer
Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($7.99 – $10.99) — This unique moisturizer is activated by water on freshly-showered skin and penetrates deeply into the skin’s surface to heal dryness for soft, healthy skin you can only imagine. After showering, apply on wet skin, then towel dry off.  It leaves skin so soft!

Available at all mass retailers & drug stores nationwide

 

LAVANILA Healthy Deodorants
LAVANILA Healthy Deodorants

LAVANILA Healthy Deodorants  — The Elements Collection ($14 USD) features fresh, energizing deodorants where health and wellness collide, inspired by some of the core elements of nature: air, water and earth. These aluminum-free, healthy deodorants are infused with carefully curated blends of pure essential oils to awaken our connection to the Elements and the immense power within them.

Purchase at Sephora.com

Ban Roll-On Antiperspirant Deodorant, Purely Gentle
Ban Roll-On Antiperspirant Deodorant, Purely Gentle

If you’d rather use a roll on, try Ban Roll-On Antiperspirant Deodorant, Purely Gentle ($10.58 on Amazon for two) — With a new, gentler formula, Purely Gentle provides 24 hour protection against underarm perspiration even for those with sensitive skin. The roll-on glides on smoothly providing instant freshness, transforming  hot, overworked skin to smooth and refreshed.

Purchase at Amazon

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo

It is essential to have dry shampoo in the summer! John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo ($6.99 USD) — Give your hair an uplifting boost and touchable body that lasts while you’re on the go with just a spritz of this dry shampoo. The revitalizing formula instantly refreshes, revives and restores limp locks while getting rid of dirt and oil for hair that feels clean, healthy and light.

Purchase at ULTA and food, drug and mass retailers nationwide

What products do you like to use in the summer?

New Pur Cometics Products For Spring and Summer

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Pur Cosmetics are one of my favorite brands.  They always are releasing new, fun and innovative cosmetics and skincare. I received these new products for my honest review.

This weekend, if you shop on their website you can get 50% off the whole site (except for the mystery bag).  I am going to give the retail price of these items, but they will be half that this weekend with the code MEMDAY50 on purcosmetics.com.

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I have wanted this as soon as it came out, so I’m excited I got to try it!  It’s the 4-in-1 Blush Book ($36) — This is such a cool palette.  It is huge and has four full sized blushes in it.  The pans are removable so they can be used in a z-palette. My shade called Passionate came a bit broken, and it’s worse now.  I have to be careful of the palette, I can’t throw it around!  But it’s a pretty color and I still use it.

The blush is formulated with vitamins and botanical extracts and is long-wearing.  Each pan has 3 complimentary shades. You can use them separately, or swirl them together.  Here’s swatches of each pan swirled together:

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From left to right is Honest, Passionate, Determined and Loyal.  I find myself reaching for Honest and Passionate, but Loyal is gorgeous, too!  I have to have the right makeup on to use that one because it’s shimmery and bold. Loyal is pretty, but a little deep for my skin tone. I think there is a shade for almost every skin tone in this palette. The blush formula is very smooth and blend well.

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This is a tiny eye shadow set called On-the-Go Eyeshadow Palettes ($14 USD).  You get both the Day and the Night palettes.  They are small, you can see the scale in the below photo as I hold the Night palette in my hand. IMG_1075

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This is the Day palette.  This feels more cool toned to me, but there are a couple of warm shades in it.  This is very work appropriate

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The Night palette is very warm toned. This can be used to create a really dramatic evening look with the bottom row, but the top row can make a nice day look too.

Here are my swatches:

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This is the Day palette.  As you can see, the two shimmery shades are not showing up well on my arm.  But they do look nice on the eye.

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These swatched better, and also look nice on the eyes.  The formulas of these eye shadows are very butter and pigmented.  There is not a lot of kick up in the pan or fall out on the eye.  They blend well, too.

I think these are very travel friendly and so affordable.  Plus, if you get the set on sale this weekend, it will only be $7!

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Now, to apply this fun makeup, I use the Essentials Brush Set ($39 USD).  These brushes are very soft and densely packed. The packaging and handles are a little industrial for my taste, but they are pretty cool looking.

Do you like PUR Cosmetics?  Are you picking up anything during the sale this weekend?