anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

April 2019 Beauty Favorites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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Beauty, cosmetics

Beautyblender Pre-Touch Primer Collection Review

Hi everyone! I hope you are having an amazing week!  I have been testing out lots of fun spring makeup and skincare, and of course, having a blast doing it!

Some of my favorite new products are the new primers from Beautyblender. I recently reviewed the Beautyblender Bounce Foundation here, and really enjoy it. The Beautyblender Pre-Touch Primer Collection includes 3 perfecting primers to prep and balance skin so your makeup lasts way longer and looks even better.

Here is info on the primers:

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The Leveler Pore Minimizing Primer — Suitable for Normal to Oily Skin
Lightweight texture. Contains niacinamide and manuka honey to help blur the appearance of redness and witch hazel to help minimize pore size. This primer comes in 2 skin-loving tints so you’ll never get a chalky finish. I have it in Light-Medium and it is also comes in Tan-Deep.

Opal Essence Serum Primer — Suitable for Normal to Dry Skin
Adds radiance and moisture. Unique nourishing, triple transforming texture: goes from a gel to an oil to cream. Powerful blend of fermented botanical extracts helps soothe and brighten skin.

Selfie Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 38, Dry Oil Primer — Suitable for All Skin Types
A sunscreen that actually works with makeup. Totally invisible, quick-absorbing dry oil helps both protect and prep skin with no residue. Multi-spectrum protection from UVA, UVB and HEV (high energy visible) light to help fend off damage from both the sun and your tech devices.

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The swatches are the Selfie Shield, Opal Essence and the Leveler. I have tested out all three.  I have combination skin.  I do like pore-filling primers, and glowy ones, too!

I was surprised that the Selfie Shield is an oil.  I’ve never tried an SPF primer oil before.  I put a lot on in the photo above, but it absorbs in the skin really quickly and does not feel oily at all.  I have layered other primers on top of it, or just used it alone with foundation.  Makeup applies nicely over it.

The Opal Essence primer is hydrating and a bit glowy.  I’m not one for the super dewy look, but this is a subtle glow that I really like.  It gives foundation and extra bit of dewiness and also looks nice on it’s own.

The Leveler is great for those with large pores and oiler skin types.  It can be worn all over the face or only in the t-zone. It has a light texture and just a bit of a tint to it.  Worn alone, it gives the skin a soft matte finish.  And it helps foundation stay matte and flawless all day, too!

None of these really have a scent, which I really like. I enjoy these for different makeup looks and finishes.  Plus, they can be combined with the Leveler in the t-zone and Opal Essence on the outer part of the face.  They all work well with the few different foundations I have tried them with.

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Have you tried the Beautyblender primers?  What is your current favorite primer?

Beauty, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

March 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  March is almost over!  It was a very long month.  It was fairly warm towards the end of the month, but it’s snowing today.  Yuck!

I have chosen skincare, hair care and makeup for my March favorites.  If I have reviewed them, I will link the post.

My favorites this month are:

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Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave in Spray — I received this in my January BoxyCharm.  It’s what I use when I air dry my hair.  It leaves it so soft and shiny.  I have another one on reserve, that I won in a recent giveaway (with the lip products below).

Mamonde Floral Hydro Eye Gel Cream — I have been enjoying this eye gel.  It’s fairly light on the eyes and hydrates well.  It’s not very quick absorbing, so I use it as an eye treatment.  In the morning my eye area is bright and hydrated!  But, this has a very strong floral scents, so if you don’t like scented creams, this might not be for you.   

Pixi Beauty Milky Tonic — I have just received this and some other Pixi Skintreats a couple of weeks ago for review.  I will be doing a full review next weekend.  I have already decide I love this.  It calms my sensitive skin.  I use it after cleansing and it leaves my skin toned and hydrated.     

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Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette — This is from a recent Colourpop haul.  This is such a pretty pink and purple palette.   To me it leans more pink than purple.  I don’t wear a lot of pink eyeshadow, but I have been using the metallics with brown mattes for really wearable looks.

L’Oreal Unlimited Length and Lift Mascara — So, funny story.  Last week I left my house to run errands.  When I was close to the store, I looked at myself in the rear view mirror and saw I only put mascara on one eye!  It was very noticeable.  So I pulled in to CVS and chose this one.  It’s so nice!  I put it on in the car and it matched my other eye nicely (I think I was wearing the Colourpop mascara).  I like this one more than the Colourpop mascara.  It gives length and volume and you can adjust the wand.  I’ve been using it ever since!

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These are both by Nudestix.  The top one (and right in the swatch), is the Intense Matte lip and cheek in Purity.  The left one ( and left in the swatch) is the Gel Color lip and cheek in Rebel.  I won these in a recent giveaway (there is a photo of the giveaway products up on Instagram @fortyflirtyfab. Let me know if you’d like me to post it here).  Both of these are so nice on the lips.  The nude one is mat ant the coral one is more creamy.  Both formulas are gorgeous!  I will continue to use these during the spring and summer.

Beautyblender Bounce Foundation — I am still loving this foundation that I reviewed a few weeks ago.  My shade is 1.50.  It’s a fair/light foundation with a cool undertone.  It’s a perfect match for me and looks natural, but flawless on.

Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer — I received this in my February BoxyCharm.  I was so excited to try it, because I’ve heard such good things.  And…I love it!  Just a little goes a long way and it smooths out my skin and prepares it for foundation.  I apply sunscreen before primer, and my skin can get a bit greasy.  This primer brings that extreme glow down and makes my wrinkles and pores less noticeable. And my foundation looks amazing over it!

What products were you loving in March?  Any new discoveries?

 

Beauty, cosmetics

Beautyblender Bounce Foundation Review

Hi all! I’m here today with a foundation review!  I’ve realized that I don’t review a lot of foundations. I usually only have a couple open at a time, since I just have one face.  LOL!

But I do feel like I’m in sort of a foundation/concealer rut and want to try some new ones this year.

I was recently sent the beautyblender Bounce foundation for my honest review. I was excited because I have been wanting to try this foundation for a while.

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Beautyblender Bounce Liquid Foundation ($40 USD) — The beautyblender website claims:

A weightless, full-coverage foundation in 40 shades that easily blends for a flawless finish and a revolutionary bare-skin feel. The whipped liquid glides and bounces easily so it never looks cakey or fake- no matter how little or how much you layer on. Never chalky or lifeless, the velveteen matte finish has a multidimensional effect, like naturally gorgeous, healthy skin. The lightweight, buildable formula addresses not just tone but also skin texture so your complexion looks smooth and even. Skin looks picture perfect- IRL and on-screen for up to 24 hours.

Here’s a closeup of the product:

 

To use this foundation, you slide the button (photo left) over to the left, then squeeze the top and the foundation comes out of the spout (photo right). Then you take a beautyblender (or other sponge or brush) and take the foundation that’s come out with the tool and apply it. It’s very easy to use.  The only downfall is that the spout on the pump gets a bit messy.

I have tried the foundation with both a beautyblender and a flat top foundation brush. It works well with both, but even if I use a brush, I finish the application by bouncing the beautyblender over my skin to blend it out. My shade is 1.50, which is a fair/light with cool undertones.

The texture of the foundation is very silky and mousse-like.  The claim on this is that it’s full coverage.  I’d say it’s more medium, but can be built up to full.  It melts into my skin and doesn’t even look like I’m wearing foundation — the coverage and finish is so natural! And my skin looks very flawless.  It does give a soft matte finish,  but it doesn’t dry down, so I do need to powder my skin.  That’s fine with me.

The biggest pro with this foundation is that it doesn’t show texture and it looks like I’m not really wearing makeup.  My skin is aging and combination.  It’s also sensitive. This foundation covers my redness and uneven texture.

I’d say the only con for me is the packaging.  The spout gets really dirty and it’s tough to clean.

I definitely recommend this foundation!  I’ve been wearing it everyday since I received it.  It just makes my skin look so nice.

Have you tried beautyblender Bounce? What foundation are you loving right now?

 

 

 

Beauty, cosmetics, Gifts

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide

Hey all! Ready for Valentine’s Day?  I think I am! I have shopped for those special people in my life (including some beauty products, of course).

I though I would post some products that can either be nice gifts, or used in getting ready for V-Day– and beyond:

 

beautyblender BBF Kit
beautyblender BBF Kit

This would be a gorgeous gift to share with your bestie (or keep both for your self)! This is the beautyblender BBF kit ($40 USD).  beautyblenders are such an amazing sponge, so this would be quite the treat!

To make this even sweeter, beautyblender is proud to announce its partnership with American Heart Association.  The world’s favorite pink makeup applicator is blending for cause – to help improve the quality of life of people who have heart disease….one bounce at a time.

Throughout the entire month of February, 25% of all sales from the  best-selling BBF kit on beautyblender.com will be donated to American Heart AssociationPLUS every BBF kit sold will receive a free 10oz liquid blendercleanser ($30 Value)!

Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Shortcut
Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Shortcut

Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Shortcut ($25 USD) — This stunning eight-shade eyeshadow palette highlights blush-tone neutrals that play well with a rose hue and a chocolate matte. Get lost with a coppery pink transformer shade, which adds a little ice to any look. This palette will be perfect for romantic or sultry Valentine’s Day looks!

Shades:

  • Sin (pale nude shimmer)
  • Laced (pinky-taupe matte)
  • Shortcut (medium rose-pink matte)
  • Afterhours (soft black satin with iridescent micro-sparkle)
  • Back Alley (chocolate brown matte)
  • Rendezvous (bordeaux matte with blue-sparkle)
  • Gash (metallic brick red)
  • Zone (metallic pink-red with copper micro-sparkle*)

Purchase at http://www.urbandecay.com, Ulta, Sephora and other great retailers.

Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Fresh Face Paint Palette
Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Fresh Face Paint Palette

Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Fresh Face Paint Palette ($42.00) For the final touch, and ultimate ease, add some color to your look with this multipurpose palette. Each blendable shade is perfect for eyes, lips, and cheeks!

Purchase at http://www.josiemarancosmetics.com, Sephora and other luxe stores.

Nanacoco Luxe Lipstick in Sweetheart
Nanacoco Luxe Lipstick in Sweetheart

Nanacoco Luxe Lipstick in Sweetheart ($8.50 USD) This full pigment, long-lasting formula, and silky finish, make a memorable statement with your lips. The shade Sweetheart allow for you to say goodbye to smearing and fading, and hello to a comfortable and rich lip color. And it is a fresh and pretty alternative to red.  But if you do want a red shade, check out this lipstick Red Riches or Cranberry!

Available at Nanacocoinc.com

Ethique Face Sampler

Ethique Face Sampler ($18.50 USD) — If you want to dip your toe in and try out Ethique’s range of face products (the world’s first zero waste beauty brand), their Face Sampler is for you! It contains the following five samples: Bliss Bar is a luxuriously creamy, gentle face cleanser created for normal to dry skin types; The Perfector is a solid face cream; Saving Face Serum is made with cupuacu and shea butters and rosehip & pomegranate oils; Gingersnap is a creamy, facial exfoliator and In Your Face Cleanser created for skin that is prone to breakouts. Plus, the heart shape products are so cute and such a fun gift.

Purchase on Amazon

Jergens Flawless Effects Moisturizer

Jergens Brilliance Flawless Effects Moisturizer

Jergens Brilliance Flawless Effects Moisturizer (Amazon; $11.99): This skin perfecting moisturizer will give you all the confidence to wear that little red dress this Valentine’s Day! Going a step further than hydration, this moisturizer instantly perfects skin by blurring imperfections and improving overall skin tone on the spot.

Purchase on Amazon or a mass market retailer near you.

I know Valentine’s day is just a couple of days away, but these would be nice at any time.  I love fresh makeup and body care — plus I love pampering myself!

I hope you all have an amazing Valentine’s Day, whether you are going out with friends, celebrating with a significant other, or having a self care night at home (don’t forget the wine)!

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, Beauty Tools, Candles, Fragrance, Skincare

Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Guide!

Hi!  Have you started thinking about what to give mom for Mother’s Day? I am, and actually need to send a package to my mom soon!

Beauty gifts are always I hit! I have some great gift ideas for the amazing women in your life. They include fragrance,  skincare, candles and more:

 

Philosophy Moments of Grace Mother’s Day Trio

Philosophy Moments of Grace Mother’s Day Trio ($57 USD) –gift her moments of amazing grace. this exclusive collection includes 3 ways to enjoy the beautifully crafted floral, universally loved and lauded scent. the experience opens with the award-winning shampoo, bath & shower gel featuring a rich, grace-infused lather that leaves skin and hair clean, soft and delicately scented. next, a nourishing treatment of firming body emulsion conditions and moisturizes as it tones, for skin that feels pampered and renewed. a finishing spritz of eau de toilette will accompany her through the day with grace. set includes an 8 oz. shampoo, bath & body shower gel, a 2 oz. eau de toilette and an 8 oz. firming body emulsion.

Available at http://www.philosophy.com

beautyblender summer.fling

beautyblender summer.fling ($49 USD) — This limited-edition set includes the best-selling, award-winning original beautyblender, and two brand new blenders – beautyblender pop, in a vibrant orange, and beautyblender glow, in a show-stopping neon green. Use each blender damp when applying foundation products to get that perfect complexion that just might make the summer last a little longer!

Purchase at http://www.beautyblender.com

Volition Beauty The Ultimate Anti-Aging Trio

Volition Beauty The Ultimate Anti-Aging Trio ($149.00 on sale for $74.50 USD) — contains a Dual Cream Base that cushions the skin with moisture. Mix it with either the Day Active to deliver maximum anti-aging benefits to plump your complexion. Or switch to the Night Active that is packed with a natural form of retinol, a stable form of Vitamin C and soothing Chamomile designed to brighten and soothe skin while you sleep.

Purchase at volitionbeauty.com

 

Glamglow Super Mud Clearing Treatment

Glamglow Super Mud Clearing Treatment ($68.99 USD) — The SUPERMUD® Clearing Treatment was clinically developed to address common skin concerns, which include blemishes, redness, scars, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. The potent mud formula supports skin’s natural oil balance, while a proprietary blend of six acids works to dramatically brighten and soften the complexion. Activated-X charcoal lifts away dirt and other skin congestions, resulting in a refined, healthy-looking complexion.

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

Rosemary & White Sage Candle

Rosemary & White Sage Candle ($20.99 USD) — This massage & aromatherapy soy candle is a stimulating & warming blend with moss agate gemstone. This candle is perfect for an out of office day perfect for mom.

Purchase at http://www.fragrancenet.com

Philosophy Hope For The Best Coffret

Philosophy Hope for the Best Coffret ($146.99 USD) — 1x Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser (For Face & Eyes) 60ml/2oz 1x Hope In A Jar High-Performance Mositurizer (For All Skin Types) 60ml/2oz 1x Multitasking Eye Cream (For Dark Circles, Puffiness & Lines) 15ml/0.5oz 1x Hands Of Hope Hand & Cuticle Cream 30ml/1ozIdeal both for personal use & as a gift.

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

 

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

My Beauty Favorites — Week of November 9-15, 2015

Can you believe that we are getting close to Thanksgiving?  As it gets colder outside, I have to make sure that my skin is healthy.  Because of that, I am focusing on skincare as my favorites this week.

This week I am loving cool dragon’s blood eye masks, amazing beauty oils, a firming serum and a reusable sponge, and a moisture cream that is perfect for oily skin!

Rodial Dragon's Blood Eye Masks Pack of 8 Sets of Two
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks Pack of 8 Sets of Two

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks ($39 for 8 sets of two) — Dragon’s Blood Eye Mask by Rodial is an innovative mask that uses the brand’s dragon blood complex to intensely hydrate and moisturize your eye area. It works as a second skin while soothing and repairing cells, and added hyaluronic acid helps plump and hydrated for a firmer, younger look. Additionally, arnica extract helps reduce the look of under-eye puffiness and dark circles for an instant, brighter-eyed appearance.

How to use: Remove each eye mask from the plastic sheet and apply directly to the under-eye area. Place the narrow side toward the nose and the wider side to the outer corner of the eye. Remove the protective fabric sheet. Leave on for 20-30 minutes and peel away. Gently massage any residue into skin.

What I think: These are so neat!  You apply them under eyes, and leave them on for about 20 minutes.  When removed, skin is soothed and firm.  They stay on really well, so you can walk around the house and do chores if you need to! They also helped my dark cirlces.

Available at shop.nordstrom.com

Desert Essence Organic Coconut, Jojoba, & Coffee Oil ($16.99 USD) — NEW! This pure blend of USDA-certified Organic and Non-GMO oils enhances natural beauty while awakening the senses. Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Organic Jojoba Oil penetrate deeply into skin to moisturize and tone, without leaving an oily residue. Coffee Oil, with its invigorating scent, helps keep skin smooth and firm –

Desert Essence Moringa, Jojoba, & Rose Hip Oil ($13.99 USD) — NEW! This extraordinary oil, formulated specially for face, neck and hands, helps revitalize skin with a rich combination of nutrients. Known as The Tree of Life, Moringa helps fight skin fatigue by delivering a healthy supply of fatty acids, Vitamins A, B, C, & E, and antioxidants. Considered to be one of the greatest cosmetic oils discovered, Moringa Seed Oil is blended with Jojoba Oil to help enhance skin’s texture and glow. Rose Hip Oil, rich in GLA fatty acids, adds remarkable skin-restorative properties to this powerful natural trio. –

Desert Essence Organic Coconut & Jojoba Oil ($16.99 USD) – NEW! Two ultra-moisturizing oils help bring out the natural beauty of skin and hair in this USDA-Certified Organic, Non-GMO oil blend. Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil penetrates deeply into skin and hair, delivering rich moisture and a delicious, tropical scent. Organic Jojoba Oil mimics the structure of skin’s natural oils to quickly absorb and balance moisture levels.

What I think: These are so hydrating and sink right in to the skin. My favorite is the once with the coffee oil.  It smells amazing!  It is like rubbing coffee on my skin!  The scent does fade, which is probably good, but the moisture remains on my skin all day.  These are also great for the hair and the moringa oil is very good for hands and cuticles.

Available at http://www.desertessence.com

beautyblender and REN
beautyblender and REN

In anticipation of winter skin woes now would be a great time to revamp a step in your beauty routine.

·       Take your beautyblender pure, wet and squeeze out water

·       Apply 2 ­ 3 drops of REN’s Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot

·       Before you make up, gently bounce your Beauty Shot-filled pure sponge all over your face and neck.

Often touted by makeup artists and dermotologists alike as botox in a bottle, REN’s Instant Firming Beauty Shot ($54 USD) acts as a makeup primer and anti-aging serum in one. The liquid matrix of Hyalurons (yeast-derived form of Hyluraonic Acid) supercharges the skin with firming moisture.  A dramatically smother, tighter and a more youthful complexon is immediately revealed ­ making for the perfect canvas for makeup application.  But the benefits don’t stop there.

This unique formula also encourages elastin synthesis to firm and remodel the skin over time. Re-apply for a mid-day refresher by applying with beautyblender pure again over makeup.

beautyblender pure ($20 USD), the famed pink sponge’s white counterpart, was made for a product-conserving, silky application of skincare.  Ideal for sensitive skin, this dye-free sponge is made of the same beautyblender material and works to evenly and impeccably apply skincare with a silk-like feel (without the dirt and oils of your fingers).

What I think: As a fan of beautyblender, I was excited to try pure.  It makes skincare application so easy! I added a couple of drops of the REN Beauty shot to the sponge and applied it to my skin. It works well to get even coverage on my face.  I aslo like how the Beauty shot instantly firms my skin!

Both are available at Sephora and Nordstrom stores nationwide.

Korres Pomegranate Moisturising & Balancing Cream-Gel
Korres Pomegranate Moisturising & Balancing Cream-Gel

Korres Pomegranate Moisturising & Balancing Cream-Gel ($34 USD) –is a pore-minimizing and mattifying moisturizer delivers immediate and lasting hydration while simultaneously balancing oily to combination complexions. The unique lightweight cream-gel texture is formulated with a blend of 15 percent pomegranate water, pomegranate extract, alpine willowherb, tannins, and polyphenols. These ingredients help reduce the appearance of pores and rejuvenate the look of skin while providing a matte finish. Hyaluronic and salicylic acids combine to offer an immediate moisture boost while conditioning skin for an overall smooth appearance.

What I think: This is such a light cream it can be used day or night. It is great for people who have oily skin, but still want to add some moisture to their skin. It smells really nice, too!

Available at http://www.sephora.com

What products are you loving this week?  Have you tried any new skincare?