Get Your Beauty Routine Ready For Summer, Part 1

I have been so lucky to receive lots of awesome skincare, hair care and makeup samples lately from so many different, fab brands to review for my honest opinion.  So exciting!

The one common thread in these products is that they are a good change-up to my routine.  Winter was so long this year, and spring very short that my makeup products haven’t changed much.  But now that it is HOT in Kansas City (90 and humid) — I am ready to give easy, breezy summer beauty a go, while still looking and feeling put together.

For the rest of this week, I will review the products that I have been using and let you know why I love them so much.  This post will include lovely skin care from Orico London, Stri-Vectin and summer-loving makeup from Gerard Cosmetics, Skindinavia and BeautyADDICTS.

Orico London Transcend Marine Radiance Serum
Orico London Transcend Marine Radiance Serum

Orico London’s Transcend Marine Radiance Serum ($61 USD) — Instant flash of brilliance for the skin. New Transcend organic Marine Radiance Serum has been developed with four of the latest clinically proven anti-aging bioactives to help illuminate, tighten, diminish wrinkles and deeply hydrate. This New organic wonder serum packed with pure and powerful natural Marine Algae and Maca Root extracts help to visibly brighten and instantly lift for super rested and glowing results.
Transcend skin with instant radiance.

What I think: I’ve been using this serum for about a week and am really enjoying it.  The serum is a pearly-pinkish opal color, very iridescent and cool.  I’ve never seen a serum like it. When it is applied, it is very sheer and gives skin a faint radiance.  Since it is so light, it is perfect for the summer as it can be easily layered under moisturizer and SPF.

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StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate
StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate

StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate ($79 USD for 2oz) — Introducing new SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks. Formulated with Collagex-CE Wrinkle Repair Complex, this hydrating moisturizer harnesses the latest advances in skincare science to target Collagen III, also known as youth collagen, for even more powerful anti-aging results.

A series of scientifically designed studies proves the following effects: • Significantly diminishes the number, length and depth of lines and wrinkles • Targets youth collagen and elastin for healthy, younger looking skin • Hydrates and visibly enhances skin texture • Strengthens the skin barrier to maximize skin performance

SD Advanced goes beyond wrinkles to help transform the look of stretch marks, too.

What I think: I have been using this cream at night-time as a treatment.  It has a bit of a minty scent to it and it is a little thick, but not greasy.  And boy does it work!  I have noticed that my skin is so much smoother and even-toned.  And my forehead wrinkles are smoother, too.  Yay!

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Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème
Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème

Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème ($36 USD) — Golden, radiant and healthy skin has always been a girl’s best summer accessory. Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lighting has recently introduced their newest product – the BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème. A twist on a traditional BB Cream, the BB Plus+ Illumination is formulated with light reflecting particles and golden shimmer to add dimension and a youthful glow to any complexion.  This luminous crème is easy to blend, long lasting and comfortable to wear, even in the warm summer months.

What I think:  This is a really pretty cream.  I tried it on my cheekbones and my brow bone like a normal highlighter, and I liked it, but it was a bit sparkly for me to use all over my face.  My 18 year-old daughter wore it all over hers and looked like a golden beach babe — oh, youth!  So I gave it to her and she loves it!  And I love that it has skincare benefits!

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Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Free
Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Free

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Free ($35 for 4 oz, $49 for 8 oz) — anti-shine, vitamin-based primer mist absorbs excess oil while creating a smooth, lightweight canvas for flawless makeup application. Skindinavia’s breakthrough silicone-free formula is clinically proven to even out skin tone, prevent breakouts and reduce the appearance of large pores.

What I think:  I love this!  Just a few sprays on my face and it instantly looks even and smooth.  And makeup goes on so evenly.  And my makeup stays fresh looking for most of the day. I love it in the oil free version for summer, but it also comes in a regular spray.

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BeautyADDICTS MineralSheerTINT SPF 20
BeautyADDICTS MineralSheerTINT SPF 20

BeautyADDICTS MineralSheerTINT SPF 20 ($32 USD) — The perfect “barely there glow” in seven natural shades. A mineral-based, oil-free, ultra-sheer tinted moisturizer with an SPF 20 to protect the skin while appearing flawless and radiant! An outstanding blend of ingredients like Ginseng Root Extract, and Vitamins A, C and E as powerful anti-oxidants. Your skin basks in sheer, gorgeous, safe color!

What I think:  This is a perfect makeup base for the summer as it is sheer and has an SPF!  And the fact that it has skin loving ingredients is a plus in the heat.  And although the tint is sheer, it can be built up for more coverage.


Try a Fresh New Look in 2014

Happy new year!  I try a lot of skincare, makeup, hair care etc. each year.  I am now in my 5th year of my fabulous blog (coming up to my 1000th post!  Giveaway coming sometime this month — stay tuned!). Sometimes, my face takes all of the different creams and cosmetics well, but I am broken out now.  I know, could be post-holiday stress!

So looking towards 2014, I would like to keep it simple, with a few great new products and a fresh look.  Here are some of the items that I’m trying this week.  Here’s to a clear face, shiny hair and a soft, fresh look for 2014!

Bioré Makeup Removing Towelettes
Bioré Makeup Removing Towelettes

Bioré Makeup Removing Towelettes ($7.99 USD): Dissolve away all makeup, dirt, grime and other environmental impurities. Developed with luxuriously soft cotton, the powerfully conditioning formula never leaves behind a greasy residue—meaning no rinse required.

What I think:  I have been using these nightly to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin. I love the fresh scent and they leave my skin clean, but not dried out.

Available at drugstores and mass market merchandisers.  Learn more at

Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($12.49 USD) — Neutrogena Healthy Skin® liquid makeup takes over where your skin care leaves off. Silky-light coverage glides on for a perfectly natural look, while the exclusive blend plus Broad Spectrum SPF 20 work together to visibly improve skin’s luminosity, tone, and texture.

  • Flawless coverage, lightweight, silky formula
  • Exclusive blend of antioxidants and Broad Spectrum SPF 20
  • Maintains skin’s young and healthy look
  • Available in 12 new shades

What I think: This foundation feels so natural on!  It gives light to medium coverage and I love that it is good for my skin!  With twelve shades, its easy to get a great match.

Available at and drugstores near you.

beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction
beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction

beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction ($17 USD) — A luxurious, full-coverage high-shine lip glaze that provides intense, opulent color while nourishing lips with vitamins and plumping lips with peptides. Available in 8 shades as shown above.

What I think: I have this in Naked, the nude shade 4th from the left and the red called Hollywood.  They are full coverage, and feel great on!  Not sticky at all!

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beautyAddicts  GlimmerSHEERS
beautyAddicts GlimmerSHEERS

beautyAddicts  GlimmerSHEERS ($28 USD) — Ultimate duo designed to highlight and luminize eyes, face and cheeks. Unique formulas in complementary shades: Glimmer – a soft focus luminizing luster for a sun-kissed, elegant sheen. Sheer – a crystal clear balm that hydrates and enhances glowing skin.

What I think: This is a cool product!  I have it in Glow, which is a purplish hue.  This makes a great eye shadow and I love to put the clear balm on the top of my cheeks for a little shine.

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Sensai 38°C Mascara
Sensai 38°C Mascara

Sensai 38°C Mascara ($32 USD) — Sensai promises this mascara will resist tears of holiday laughter and watery eyes from gusty winds! The 38°Cstands for 38 degrees Celsius, as it’s the temperature of water required to melt the mascara off your lashes.

What I think:  This is a great waterproof mascara!  It stays on all day and is buildable so you can have a more natural look, or go glam with lots of volume!  This has become my everyday mascara.

Sensai products may be purchased at and

Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Magic Drops Rescue and Repair Treatment
Mark Hill

Don’t forget healthy hair in 2014!  To keep it soft and frizz-free, try Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Magic Drops Rescue and Repair Treatment ($11.99 USD, 50ml) — This magic repair treatment is filled with Micro Wheat Proteins & Keravis to help protect, strengthen and restructure damaged and dry hair.

What I think: I put a few drops of this treatment in my damp hair before styling.  It makes my hair so soft.  Then I use a bit more on my dry hair to keep the flyaways down and to make it very shiny.  Love!

Available at Walgreens stores and online.

What beauty look are you going to strive for this year?  Any beauty resolutions?  Leave a comment!

Gorgeous New Lip Glosses Help Protect Your Pout

Deep, matte lip colors abound this season.  But I have to be honest, I usually wear light color lip glosses all year round. I like that it goes with every outfit and makeup look and lighter colors make lips look fuller.

Here are some of my new favorites that not only look great on, but have good for you ingredients:

Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss
Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss

Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss ($7 USD). Beeswax naturally hydrates and protects for softer, healthier lips.  Choose from these colorful and intoxicating bouquets:  Mint Blossom, Wild Blackberry, and Tupelo Honey.

Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss contains no parabens, no petroleum derived ingredients, and is never tested on animals. It is made from all natural ingredients and is gluten-free.

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Pacifica Enlightened Lip Gloss in Opal
Pacifica Enlightened Lip Gloss in Opal

Pacifica Enlightened Lip Gloss in Opal ($12 USD) Supernatural shine, super smooth and non-sticky with nourishing hydration and long-lasting natural color.  Our Enlightened Gloss Nourishing Mineral Lip Shine is infused with coconut and antioxidants to help support superior lip health.  This gloss is for anyone who wants to hydrate their lips and add gorgeous sheer color with a glossy shine.  As with all of our products, these are 100% vegan & cruelty free.  Formulated without carmine, FD&C color, talc, phthalates, parabens, sorbital and petroleum.

Opal is an opalescent pale peach/ pink.  Just enough pale color.  Pairs perfectly with smoky eyes.

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beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction
beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction

beautyADDICTS Lip ADDICTION ($17 USD) — This creamy, high-shine lip gloss provides intense, opulent color while nourishing lips with vitamins and plumping lips with peptides. Lip Addiction lets you choose from 10 must-have shades to feed your addiction for the perfect, painted pout.

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Glow On With beautyADDICTS

beautyADDICTS has a great system to give your face a glowing summer look without the glitter that is only age-appropriate for the very young.  Here is what they suggest:

First start with a bronzer that is a versatile shade and does not have an abundance of “shimmer”. Hydra SUNRays Bronzing Powder ($28.00 USD) provides buildable coverage in one flawless shade and is formulated with pure pearl powder to stimulate cell renewal. Packed with healthy ingredients such as green tea and Vitamins A, C, D and B5, it contains amino acids that help to exfoliate dead skin cells and bring forth a natural, fresh glow.  Apply HydraSUNRays Bronzing Powder to the cheeks, nose, forehead, ears and neck for an even look.

To complete your sun-kissed complexion you have to subtlely highlight those areas of the face that need a heathy “shine”. If you haven’t tried GlimmerSHEERS ($28.00 USD) then you have never experienced such a multipurpose product that leaves skin looking and feeling radiant and healthy. Each GlimmerSHEERS compact holds two unique formulas in complimentary shades. The Sheer formula is loaded with Jojoba Oil to fight wrinkles and hydrate and enhance glowing skin while the Glimmer formula contains Green Tea for ultimate anti-oxidant protection and stimulates collagen and elastin production for a sun-kissed, elegant sheen. 

Pro Tip: Apply HydraSUNRays Bronzing Powder and GlimmerSHEERS with a flawless makeup sponge like beautyblender.  Moisten your Beautyblender and apply product along the brow bone, cheekbone, décolleté or down the bridge of the nose for a contouring effect.

What I think:  This is the perfect easy summer duo. The matte bronzer is perfect for a natural looking summer glow or a great contour powder.  The S on top highlights and gives face even more dimension.  One color or texture (all matte, all glowy) can make the face appear one-dimensional.  This duo imparts the perfect, healthy look of the sun, without damaging the skin!  

BeautyADDICTS HydraSUNRays Bronzing Powder and GlimmerSHEERS retail for $28 each at a salon near you and is available online at

Make Your Lips Kissable This Valentine’s Day With Napoleon Perdis, beautyADDICTS and L’Oreal


Want to add a little sparkle to your look in time for Valentine’s day? The easiest way to update your look and feel fab is trying a new lip gloss or lipstick. Here are a few new ones to help you change things up and to enjoy your Valentine’s kisses?

Inspired by the fabulous success of the Chandelier Shine nail polishes, Napoleon Perdis introduces 12 ultra glossy lip glosses in a perfectly matched pack.  From top to toe you’re covered with the Chandelier Shine Lip Gloss pack ($15.00 USD), which includes one lip gloss and one nail polish. the perfect accessory to compliment any polished look.  From soft French Pink to the dark hues of Moroccan Velvet and Santorini Sunset, these hues let your lips and nails shine! 

Chandelier Shine Lip Glosses add brilliant texture and glide smoothly (never sticky) for that camera ready pout.  With the added benefit of marine collagen, Chandelier Shine Lip Gloss delivers lip repairing properties, keeping lips moist and full, while contouring for a sweet supple look.  The nail polishes provide long-lasting shine and amazing chip free technology.  The UV protectors prevent yellowing and nail hardening. 
I love this lip gloss. I have it in Ritzy, a dark red with warm undertones. I usually don’t wear red as I prefer softer lip shade, but I really like this one. This can be very opaque, so I just apply a little and press my lips together so it blends sheerly. Very pretty! You can also go for the wow factor by applying it full on.  This kit is available in  12 shades from a pearly pink to a dark red. You can purchase this at
Another great gloss is the beautyADDICTS SweetLIPS Gloss ($17.00 USD). This new high shine gloss hydrates with soothing Vitamin E and Jojoba Butter that moisten and heal battered lips. Not to mention, SweetLIPS will leave you tasting as good as you look with a hint of Vanilla.
Available in four shades that look great on all skin-tones:
Glow – Blush is the perfect special occasion pink
Express – Sheer Peach is a beautifully natural shade with a touch of coral
Motivate – Lilac is a fun lavender-pink
Seduce – Black Cherry is a deep berry shade that creates the perfect glam-lip

This yummy gloss really hydrates my lips! I have the Motivade shade and it is sweet and Spring-y. These glosses are not sticky an feel great on. Visit www.beautyaddicts,com to learn more and to purchase!

Want a lipstick that will withstand Valentine’s kisses? Take your lips to the next level with L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge ($9.99 USD). This revolutionary and innovative formula delivers bold, luscious color that lasts all day long, making it the ultimate beauty indulgence.  Infallible Le Rouge Lipcolour offers up to 10 hours of vivid, hi-definition colour and shine, while hydrating Vitamin E keeps your lips moist and comfortable. Discover the truest color payoff in a creamy, conditioning base.

I have the Perpetual Peach — the color that Jennifer Lopez wore at the Golden Globes. This color is so soft and pretty, perfect for day wear or for night with a bronze smoky eye. Don’t worry if this is not your color — it is available in a whopping 30 shades. Visit to learn more and you can purchase at drugstores and mass market retailers near you!


beautyADDICTS Lash Galore

beautyADDICTS Lash Galore

Cool cosmetics company beautyADDICTS has just lauched a new mascara, Lash Galore. Now, I love mascara and have tons of them, but I enjoy trying new ones. I am always looking for one that lengthen first, then thicken and if it curls that means I don’t need my eyelash curler — so that’s a plus!  

The claim of Lash Galore is since it is formulated with Pro Vitamin B5 and Silk Protein, it gives maximum conditioning, length and definition.  It is also buildable so more coats for more volume – without clumping or flaking.  It is available in 1 shade – Ultra Black – the shade every woman can wear!
Mascara Tips from Lisa Saladino Mihok, beautyADDICTS Makeup Artist: 

1.    Using mascara brush, sweep lower lashes in towards the nose for ultimate length and definition.   

2.    If you have lighter lashes you can still wear that black mascara.  Just be sure to fully coat the lashes.  Place 1 or 2 coats from top of the lashes down and finish by sweeping 1-2 coats up from underneath.  3.    If you touch up your eye shadow through out the day, you will need to sweep a fresh coat of mascara over the lashes to clean them up.  With beauty ADDICTS Lash Galore the amazing non-clumping formula allows you to add a fresh coat of mascara even hours after the first application. What I think: 

Lash Galore thickens and separates very well and I like how it is very buildable — lashes don’t get stiff and goopy. I would like a little more lenthening, but I can layer a lengthening mascara to get the effect I like. The one thing I didn’t love about the mascara is that if you rub your eyes at all, it smears. I have allergies and everytime I looked in the mirror, my mascara was smeared. Still a good mascara if you don’t touch your eyes.  

Lash Galore Mascara retails for $18 at and at salons nationwide.

Try A New Look in 2010 with beautyADDICTS

The Express Collection

beautyADDICTS has the right idea. They have four makeup collections: Glow (icy pinks and lavenders), Express (buff, cream and bronze), Motivate (berry, plum and pink) and Seduce (silver, black and ruby). Each collection includes eye shadow and lip gloss quads, blush and shimmer duos and an eye pencil, lip pencils and lipsticks.    

I think the Express Collection ($169.00 USD for whole collection shown above)  is especially nice for a polished, every day look. I love the eye shadow quad ($35.00 USD). These silky, luxurious shadows go on smooth and stay on all day. It includes a matte off-white for highlighting, a shimmery rose gold for the lid, a shimmery bronze for contour and a matte espresso for lining.  

I also love the lip gloss quads ($28.00) in shades ranging from buff to deep bronze. The glosses are smooth, not sticky and you can blend them together for the perfect shade.  

So if you are looking for a new quality makeup look for 2010, try beautyADDICTS. Visit to purchase these fantastic products. Enjoy!


Looking for a luxury cosmetics line that you may not have tried before? I love discovering beauty lines that many people haven’t heard about and introducing them to you, my fab readers. There are so many great ones that are not for sale at department stores or Sephora. Like beautyADDICTS.   

beautyADDICTS takes a unique approach to makeup. All of their products fit into 4 color families: Glow — soft pinks and lavenders, Express — bronzes and creams, Motivate — berries and plums, and Seduce — rubies and silvers. I tried the following products:
SolutionEYES in Motivate($35.00) — This eye shadow quad is incredibly pigmented and the colors glide on so smoothly. A friend of mine who doesn’t usually wear makeup, fell in love with the flattering shades of pinks and berries in this palette. I think these colors would look great on all skin tones because they are so highly pigmented. The mix of shimmers and matte shadows make it great for day or evening.
SleekCHEEKS in Express ($28.00) — This blush duo includes a shimmering cream and a sheer matte powder to create lots of looks. The formulas are  oil absorbent and include advanced antioxidants. The Express colors are coppery and are a little to warm for my skin tone, but they go on smoothly and give a subtle hint of glow.
Visit the website at, where you can purchase these items and more.