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¬ģ 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‚Äôs 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

 

My Beauty Favorites ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs Blood Eye Mask by Rodial is an innovative mask that uses the brand‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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) РNEW! 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?

 

 

Product Round-Up ‚ÄĒ My Fave Beauty Things Week of September 8, 2014!

We are a couple of weeks into September and it is cooling down and feeling like fall.¬† I am into pumpkin spice lattes,¬†candy corn and… tropical fragrances! I guess I’m not yet ready to let go of summer.

This week I am loving a mini makeup applicator, a quick skin smoothing facial, yummy bath and fragrance products that smell like coconut, a tropical scented perfume and a fresh facial mist.

beautyblender¬ģ micro.mini
beautyblender micro.mini

beautyblender micro.mini ($17.95 for two) — This makeup blender lets you perfect makeup application in the inner eye corners, brow bones, sides of nose, cheeks, and more. Designed with exclusive beautyblender¬ģ material and one fourth the size of the original sponge, these non-disposable micro.mini sponges are the perfect tool for concealing small areas. Simply wet them so that they increase in size so that you can highlight and contour your face and ensure less makeup waste.

What I think:  I love my regular sized beautyblender.  I use it for primer and foundation each day.  These micro.minis make applying concealer and highlighter so easy.  And they are too cute!

Available at http://www.sephora.com

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial
REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial ($48 USD) — Formulated with potent water-activated vitamin C, this one-minute facial gives immediate spa facial results, leaving skin firm, toned, and smoothed. It reduces signs of fatigue, photo-aging, and skin imperfections, and skin instantly glows with renewed health and radiance.

What I think: This is so easy to use.  Just apply it to a dry face, massage it in, add water that will activate the Vitamin C in the gel.  Leave it on a minute and rinse off.  Skin is so soft and firm!  I think I will use this once a week for younger looking skin.

Available at http://www.sephora.com

Pacifica¬†Indian Coconut Nectar Take Me There ($18 USD, $26 value) –Pacifica Take Me There Sets are the ideal gift for everyone. Perfectly portable products that are easy to carry with fragrances that will carry you away! Each Take Me There Set contains the purse-ready 2.5oz Body Butter, .33oz Perfume Roll-on and delicious NEW Color Quench Natural Moisture Lip Tint.

Desert Essence Coconut Travel Kit – ($8.24 USD) — Four of our most popular Coconut products come together in travel-friendly sizes so you can take your natural favorites wherever you go. Ultra-hydrating Coconut Oil and natural moisturizers like Shea Butter and Jojoba leave skin and hair nourished and gently cleansed. Each 1.5-oz tube comes individually packaged‚ÄĒno pouch or box included‚ÄĒto more easily fit into your getaway.

What I think:¬† I know it’s almost fall, but I am still loving the scent of coconut!¬† I love to use coconut scented lotion all year-long.¬† The Pacifica kit lets you layer your coconut scent and the Desert Essence set is perfect¬†for fall getaways.¬† Both smell amazing!

The Pacifica set is available at http://www.pacificabeauty.com and the Desert Essence set is available at http://www.desertessence.com.

Lavanila The Healthy Roller-Ball  in Vanilla Summer
Lavanila The Healthy Roller-Ball in Vanilla Summer

Lavanila The Healthy Roller-Ball¬† in Vanilla Summer ($19 USD) –Tropical mango, juicy pineapple, creamy coconut milk, and island sugar cane are steeped in base of warm Madagascar vanilla for the ultimate summer scent. Breathtaking sunsets meet the sounds of lapping waves in this limited-edition must-have fragrance.

What I think:¬† I know, I know, another summer scent and it is almost fall.¬† I can’t help it, though, it smells fantastic.¬† It’s really¬†sweet and tangy, like a pina colada. Love!

Available at http://www.lavanila.com

Amarte Aqua Mist
Amarte Aqua Mist

Amarte Aqua Mist ($68 USD) — Aqua Mist¬ģ provides an uplifting citrus spritz for an instant complexion boost. This antioxidant spray mist toner contains a uniquely elegant formulation of arbutin, elemental sulfur, and six botanical¬†extracts to clarify, brighten, and soften skin.

What I think:  What a luxe face mist! The scent is so refreshing and when I spray it on, it feels amazing!  I find that my skin is soft and bright, and ready for my creams and makeup once I spritz it on.  A really fun splurge!

Available at http://www.amarteskincare.com

What are you loving this week?  Are you trying any fun new products.  Please leave a comment and let me know.

Prep Your Skin For The Warmer Months Ahead!

Is your skin looking good for Spring?  Is it ready for lighter, brighter makeup, self-tanners and the lot?  Time to use great products with healthy ingredients to get your skin in shape!

I have been testing the products below and love what they are doing for my skin!

Cle de Peau Makeup Remover Sheets
Cle de Peau Makeup Remover Sheets

Cle de Peau Makeup Remover Sheets ($38 USD) — Effectively lifts away hard-to-remove eye makeup while pampering delicate eye area skin with the feeling of a luxurious silk.

What I think: These are the fanciest makeup wipes I have ever used.  I love the soft scent and the fact that they remove my waterproof eye makeup without irritating my skin or eyes.  LOVE!

Available at www.barneys.com and www.neimanmarcus.com

Pixi Glow Tonic
Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic ($29 USD) — Exfoliating facial glow tonic. It helps tone, firm and tighten the skin. It removes dead skin cells for healthier looking skin. For normal to dry, aging and sensitive skin. Alcohol free.

What I think: First of all, this smells amazing!¬† It is a light floral and so good.¬† After application, my skin is firmer and feels really soft. ¬†I like using it morning and night and love that it’s alcohol free.

www.pixibeauty.com

Algenist Algae Brightening Mask
Algenist Algae Brightening Mask

Algenist Algae Brightening Mask ($59 USD) — The Algae Brightening Mask is a skincare powerhouse that harnesses the power of Algae to instantly smooth and brighten skin. This luxurious mask combines six different sources of algae with Alguronic Acid, Algenist‚Äôs patented ingredient which helps rejuvenate the skin for a more youthful appearance.¬† After use, skin feels clean and detoxified with a boosted radiance, tone and texture. Within just 10 days of use those pesky pores are refined and fine lines appear softened.

What I think: I have used this mask once, and really like the results.  My skin was firmer and my pores look reduced.  I am going to try it a few more times and hope to get even better results!

Available at www.algenist.com, QVC, Sephora and Sephora.com

illuMask‚ĄĘ Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask
illuMask‚ĄĘ Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask

illuMask‚ĄĘ Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask ($30 USD) — The illuMask‚ĄĘ Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask uses gentle red and infrared light wavelengths and uniformly distributes the light over the entire face for a short 15 minutes a day. Containing 30 treatments in one convenient, lightweight mask, the Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask is an ultra-affordable step in your skincare routine that delivers clinically proven results. Safe for all skin types and tones, the gentle treatment does not emit any damaging UV rays. Clinical results showed illuMask‚ĄĘ Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in as little as two weeks.

What I think:¬† I have tried this once and have a hard time leaving it on my face for 15 minutes, I can’t see out of it and there is a fairly bright light.¬† I didn’t see any results so I will try it again a few times to see if it helps my wrinkles.

Where to buy: February 2014 at Walmart, Ulta, Target, Walgreens, or via www.illuMask.com

beautyblender¬ģ Royal
beautyblender¬ģ Royal

 

Beautyblender¬ģ Royal ($19.95 USD)– A makeup sponge applicator in royal purple, the it color of 2014. Beautyblender¬ģ is the first ergonomically designed non-disposable sponge applicator that allows you to flawlessly apply your makeup. It’s designed to be cleaned with its partner blendercleanser¬ģ‚ÄĒmaking it super eco-friendly. It comes with an instructional pamphlet so you can quickly master your application technique.

When wet, beautyblender doubles in size and becomes even softer, returning to its original size when it air dries. Its package can serve as a pedestal for drying it on your vanity. Not only is the smaller end the best applicator for concealer under the eyes and around the nose, but it’s also ideal for achieving dramatic results with your eye shadow. Feel free to use the beautyblender with all types of makeup, including loose powder and mineral cosmetics.

What I think:¬† I love the beautyblender.¬† It is a perfect way to apply primers, bb creams, concealers, foundations…anything you use!¬† I like to use mine dry, but many love to use it wet to soften the look of foundation.¬† Any way you use it, your skin looks flawless and you can layer on your color cosmetics.

Www.sephora.com Beautyblender Royal retails for $19.95 at Sephora stores nationwide and Sephora.com

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer
Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer ($30 USD) –is a skin-perfecting and silicone-free face primer enriched with ultra nourishing Greek yogurt for the smoothest makeup application and long-lasting wear.¬†Paraben and Sulfate free, this primer helps makeup stay put longer by smoothing the surface of the skin.

Recommended for all skin types and ideal for sensitive skin, this incredibly nourishing primer is powered by a Greek yogurt concentrate with two and a half times the protein of regular yogurt. This super-protein is blended into a breathable gel texture that glides onto skin leaving a dewy finish, leaving skin with a perfectly soft, even canvas for the smoothest makeup application and long-lasting wear.

What I think:  This is a very creamy primer, very different the normal silicone primer.  It does smooth my skin and allow foundation to be applied very smoothly.  I like that this is paraben and sulfate-free.

Purchase at www.sephora.com

 

What new products are you loving for your skin?

Perfect Fall Makeup — Smooth Skin and Smokey Eyes

Fall makeup is a great time to amp up the drama.  To do so, it is essential that your skin looks flawless.  Once that is achieved, a perfect smoky eye can create a dramatic look for evenings (holiday parties are coming).

The following products were sent to me for my honest review.¬† They can help you look smoking’ this fall and holiday seasons!

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder ($45 USD) —¬†Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder is a breakthrough formula that promises a flawless complexion with its customizable wet and dry coverage. This silky-smooth innovation offers a natural veil that imparts a colour true finish. Details are:

·        Blurs fine lines Рnever settles into them

·         Oil free, natural matte finish

·         Long-wearing, all day wear (8 hours), waterproof

·         Instantly reduces the look of shine at application and smoothes away the look of lines and pores

·         Feels creamy, light and fresh on skin throughout the day

·         In 20 shades of extraordinary

What I think:  This is a gorgeous powder foundation. Worn dry, you get a soft, natural look.  Apply wet and it lasts hours and hours.  Either way, you get a comfortable feel and beautiful finish.

Learn more at www.lauramercier.com.

Hard Candy Mod Quad
Hard Candy Mod Quad

Hard Candy Mod Quad ($6 USD on www.walmart.com)¬†— Hard Candy Mod Quad Baked Eye Shadow Compact offers four baked eye shadows in a palette that creates sultry smokin’ hot looks. With a little bit of water, these eye shadows go from sheer to high foil metallic finish.

Hard Candy Mod Quad Baked Eye Shadow Compact:

  • Highly pigmented
  • Apply dry and get a sheer finish
  • Add water and get a high-foil metallic finish

What I think:¬† I have tried the Smoke Mirrors Grey Palette.¬† It’s really pigmented.¬† The two lightest colors work well for days, but all four shades can be layered and wet for a high-shine evening smoky eye!

Available at Walmart stores and www.walmart.com

Maybelline Volum Express Colossal Smoky Eyes
Maybelline Volum Express Colossal Smoky Eyes

Maybelline Volum Express Colossal Smoky Eyes ($7.77 USD) The most colossal lashes in just one coat. Lush collagen-enriched plumping formula and Mega Brush instantly build 9X volume, without clumps

‚ÄĘ Contact lens safe and ophthalmologist-tested

‚ÄĘ Washable, also available in Waterproof formula

Sweep brush from root to tip to plump lashes and achieve dramatic volume. Do not let dry between coats. Removes easily with soap and water or Maybelline¬ģ New York Expert Eyes¬ģ 100% Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover.

What I think: I love the length and¬†fullness that this mascara gave me.¬† My lashes looked amazing!¬† The only problem is, at the end of the day I had raccoon eyes.¬† Which is sad!¬† But, if you don’t mind that, this is a great mascara!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Sensai Eyebrow Pencil
Sensai Eyebrow Pencil

Sensai Eyebrow Pencil ($28 USD) — Eyebrows frame the face and a well-manicured brow can enhance your look that much more. With Sensai‚Äôs Eyebrow Pencil (available in black and brown) you can easily and minimally recreate this stylish look and transform your appearance.

This special oval-shaped lead has soft, powdery consistency and a spiral brush to perfectly articulate the brows. Ideal for natural-looking lines.

What I think: This is a very nice, good quality eyebrow pencil.  It is easy to apply, the lead is fairly soft and you can blend it if you need to.

Sensai products may be purchased at http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/ and http://www.neimanmarcus.com/.

Beautyblender Single
Beautyblender Single

Beautyblender ($19.95 USD) — Now you can look like a movie star without¬†¬† the pricey services of a major make up artist. Introducing Beautyblender, the¬†¬† ultimate make up sponge applicator. Invented by top Hollywood make up artist¬†¬† Rea Ann Silva, Beautyblender has been created to leave you¬†¬† with a professional finish and a flawless complexion. Silva knows that¬†¬† the key to a perfect face is simple: a perfect blend. So forget your fingers or¬†¬† sharp-edged triangular sponges, these application methods waste make up and can¬†¬† leave visible streaks.

Beautyblender’s patent-pending elliptical shape makes application foolproof   by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. Its suede   texture is sensual to the touch and its unique curves fit the contours of your   face, leaving your make up dazzling and undetectable. Beautyblender is latex   free, non-allergenic and odor free.

What I think:  This is my favorite way to blend primers, foundation, BB Creams, and even powder foundation.  Gives a flawless look!

Available at http://www.shop.beautyblender.net/

What’s your new fall look this season?¬† Leave me a comment and let me know!

 

Get Ready For Valentine’s Day Romance With New Beauty Products

Ready to glam up your look for V-Day?  Need some ideas for prepping for a big night out (or a hot night in)?  Check out the following products:

Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off

Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off mask (Approximately 1.99 USD each).Prepare yourself for a perfect, passion filled Valentine’s this year with this gorgeous lust-have lovely from Montagne Jeunesse! Reveal your inner seductress and bask in confidence of your cleansed, clear complexion with the Passion Peel Off face masque from Montagne Jeunesse.

This blissful blend of Pomegranate and Passion Flower, infused with delicious raspberry, grape and cranberry banishes blemishes, and leaves your skin feeling fresh, and perfectly purified and primed to get up close and personal! Simply smooth the masque onto your face and let it set, peel back, and get ready for gorgeous, kissable, totally irresistible skin.  And with a perfectly packaged passion price, there’s no excuse for not having a loved up Valentine’s this year.

Available at drug stores and mass market retailers near you.

Beautyblender Makeup Sponge Applicator

Beautyblender ($19.95 USD) — Now you can look like a movie star without the pricey services of a major make up artist. Introducing Beautyblender, the ultimate make up sponge applicator. Invented by top Hollywood make up artists Rea Ann Silva and Veronica Lorenz, Beautyblender has been created to leave you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion. Silva and Lorenz know that the key to a perfect face is simple: a perfect blend. So forget your fingers or sharp-edged triangular sponges, these application methods waste make up and can leave visible streaks.

Beautyblender’s¬†patent-pending elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. Its suede texture is sensual to the touch and its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your make up dazzling and undetectable. Beautyblender is latex free, non-allergenic and odor free.

For a pretty Valentine’s look,¬†apply your favorite highlighter or blush with beautyblender to get that perfect glow! Simply wet your beautyblender sponge and apply highlighter to the top of cheekbones and t-zone for an unexpectedly glamorous sheen. Apply your blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend well!

Available at www.beauty.com.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($24 USD) — Longwearing, water-resistant, creamy shadow with an innovative light weight texture that glides on and adheres to the eyelid, leaving an even finish. The product can be applied directly to the lash line for a liner effect, or all over as a blendable cr√®me shadow.

This is a beautiful, long-wearing shadow.  I have it in Sandglow and Orchid and they are both gorgeous shades!

Available in eight new shades, Orchid, Sugar Frost, Seashell, Sandglow, Grey Pearl, Pink Opal, Mint Snow, Rosegold (16 shades total)

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner

Laura Mercier Cr√®me Eye Liner ($22 USD) — Ultra-smooth, water-resistant creamy eye liner that applies with ease and precision. The unique formulation provides a beautiful semi-matte, non-oily finish with full coverage in just one stroke.

The product is available in six colours including Noir, Espresso, Violet, Canard, Indigo and Cobalt (pictured to the left).

The liner and shadow sticks are available at www.lauramercier.com.

vbeauté Lip Spread

vbeaut√© Lip Spread ($28 USD) — For soft, perfectly tinted, luscious lips this Valentine‚Äôs Day, use vbeaut√©‚Äôs Lip Spread Anti-Age Tinting Lip Gloss! Formulated with self-adjusting vBotanicals¬†that react with your lip chemistry to create your very own afterglow, the formulation also boasts Cherry and Pomegranate Fruit Extracts to keep your lips feeling soothed and hydrated, while BioCellular Peptide works to correct and prevent environmental damage. Pucker up for your man while Lip Spread delivers silky smooth, lightweight moisture to your lips!

Price/Availability: $28 at www.vbeaute.com, Bergdorf Goodman, www.bergdorfgoodman.com

Mineral Fusion Nail Lacquer

Mineral Fusion Nail Lacquer ($7.99 USD) — Boasting naturally beneficial ingredients to keep nails healthy and strong, this long-lasting, chip-free formula is infused with anti-oxidant-rich ingredients to protect the nails from harsh environmental elements. Sleek packaging and a custom extra-thick brush allows for smooth, flawless and easy application to ensure a naturally chic look.¬† Available in 30 shades.

The shade above is called Sizzle.  It is a shimmery red that is perfect for V-Day!

Available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, as well as other fine health stores.

Any of these products will help you feel sexy and glamorous on Valentines Day!  Enjoy!

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

Here are a few cool stocking stuffer ideas for the ladies on your list:

EOS Holiday Box ($8.99 USD) eos’ 3-pack of organic lip balm makes a great gift for the holidays. Or treat yourself to supple lips with each delicious scent and flavor: strawberry sorbet, sweet mint, and passion fruit.¬†¬†¬†Purchase at a mass retailer near you.

Josie Maran Set of 3 Argan lip Treatment Pots ($40 USD) Treat your lips right with nourishing argan oil for a pout that’s lush, supple, and smooth. This trio helps restore youthful-looking fullness in three lovely shades and scents. From Josie Maran.
Includes:

  • 0.24-oz lip treatment in Rosey, a deep rose pink with pomegranate scent
  • 0.24-oz lip treatment in¬† Heaven, a glittering sheer peach with tangerine scent
  • 0.24-oz lip treatment in Kiss Me, a light pink with lime scent

Purchase at www.qvc.com.

beautyblender¬†pure kit ($49.95) — For the beauty maven that‚Äôs always travelling, pure‚ĄĘ kit includes everything needed for the perfect skin care application regimen both at home and on-the-go! pure‚ĄĘ kit contains 1 new beautyblender¬†pure sponge and 1 solid cleanser in a mesh pouch that allows light and air to pass through, allowing your beautyblender to dry thoroughly and completely. It is the perfect travel companion for both your pure‚ĄĘ and solid‚ĄĘ products when you are on-the-go!

pure‚ĄĘ is designed to be used with moisturizers, eye treatment serums and lotions, makeup primers and makeup removers to be a truly hygienic, gentle way to ensure optimal use of the most advanced skin care products. Not only can pure‚ĄĘ be used as an essential must-have tool in your skin care routine, but you can even use it to apply your makeup for flawless coverage. The elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. This multi-purpose sponge magically allows you to cover up dark circles and blemishes, achieve an airbrushed foundation finish, brighten your skin with bronzer and blush, apply and blend eye shadow effortlessly, and add some strategic shimmer on the top of your d√©colletage. No need for a glam squad when you have beautyblender¬ģ pure‚ĄĘ!

Included in the pure kit is the new solid‚ĄĘ cleanser. This travel friendly alternative to the original liquid blendercleanser¬†provides the same cleansing results and the soothing lavender fragrance for your beautyblender¬†applicators and make up brushes.

pure‚ĄĘ kit retails for $49.95. For a list of retailers please visit www.beautyblender.net.

Pamper Her With Last Minute Beauty Gift Ideas

Still looking for the perfect gift for the beauty lover on your list? Below I have listed products from Kate Somerville, Beautyblender and Macadamia Natural Oil. All of them are great items to help the recipients get smooth skin and hair. They are:
 
Kate Somerville¬†Celebrate ExfoliKate¬†—¬†The Ultimate ExfoliKate¬†Kit ($162.00 USD $240.00 Value). This holiday season, give the gift of great skin with this limited-edition kit, featuring ExfoliKate¬†for the face and ExfoliKate Body. These treatments use fruit enzymes to eliminate dead skin cells instantly, revealing healthy, glowing skin after just one use. This set contains:
Р5 oz ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
Р5 oz ExfoliKate Body Intensive Exfoliating
Both products polish skin, revealing a smooth, glowing complexion. Highly effective in combating acne, including stubborn blackheads, these products also help fade discoloration while promoting healthy skin, a healthy glow, and a healthy you. 
 
This is my favorite exfoliator ever because it makes skin glow and pores appear smaller!  I use this twice a week and it really makes my skin clearer and smoother. I know that it is pricey, but it is so worth it. Exfoliation is so important to youthful skin, so go ahead and splurge!   Visit www.katesomerville.com to learn more and purchase.
 
The Beautyblender¬†Holiday Set ($30.00 USD) — This ultimate make up sponge applicator has been created by celebrity makeup artist Rea Ann Silva who specializes in HD-Ready makeup for her stars. Beautyblender‚Äôs patent-pending elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. Its suede texture is sensual to the touch and its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your makeup stunning and undetectable ‚Äď it‚Äôs no wonder why makeup artists and celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Brandy, Kat DeLuna, Cassie, Erin Andrews, Kirsty Alley, Wanda Sykes and Tiffany Evans love it! Not to mention, the Beautyblender Holiday Set comes complete with the Blendercleanser, a lightly lavender-scented cleanser that‚Äôs free of dyes and skin irritants, to keep your new favorite makeup tool fresh and clean. Visit www.beautyblender.net to purchase this fab set in a pretty red pouch.¬†¬†
 
Macadamia Natural Travel Kit ($29.95 USD) — This fantastic hair¬†care¬†line combines the miracle properties of Macadamia Nut Oil and Argan Seed Oil with special blends of nature‚Äôs most nourishing botanicals, providing the ultimate in hair rejuvenation and maintenance for all hair types. Benefits include improving hair strength and manageability, radiant shine, eliminating frizz while reviving hair damaged by heat, wind, oxidation and over-processing. Travel Kit consists of:
 
Rejuvenating Shampoo: Sulfate free, Paraben free and Color Safe, this coveted shampoo gently cleanses and replenishes moisture.
Moisture Rinse: Everyday conditioner for all hair types that gently nourishes, detangles, moisturizes and protects hair.
Nourishing Leave-In Crème: Tames unruly locks, improves shine and adds texture, while providing an extra dose of nourishment.
Deep Repair Masque: Provides the ideal, intense revitalization for dry, damaged hair, while improving elasticity and shine.
Healing Oil Treatment: This can’t-live-without therapeutic wonder product is ideal for all hair types, providing nourishment, smoothing and a long-lasting, tangle-free, frizz-free finish with intense shine.
Oil Infused Comb: The first-of-its-kind, this revolutionary comb is infused with Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment, dispensing oil (and all of its benefits)on the hair
with each use.
 
Don’t let hair oil scare you away! Instead of making hair greasy, Macadamia Oil actually makes hair soft and manageable, and very shiny. ¬†Available in at professional salons nationwide and Ulta Beauty Stores.¬† For specific salon locations, visit the Macadamia Salon Locator at www.macadamiahair.com.

Beautyblender blender + cleanser duo pack

blender + cleanser duo pack

I love finding cool makeup tools that make application easier. And when its good for the environment? Well, that’s even better! So of course I LOVE the Beautyblender makeup sponge (blender and cleanser is $34.95).

The website explains, “Invented by top Hollywood make up artists Rea Ann Silva and Veronica Lorenz, Beautyblender has been created to leave you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion. Silva and Lorenz know that the key to a perfect face is simple: a perfect blend. So forget your fingers or sharp-edged triangular sponges, these application methods waste make up and can leave visible streaks.”

The ¬†pre=”The “>Beautylender is an egg-shaped (elliptical), velvety sponge¬†that because of the shape, blends with out streaking. Stippling it¬†around the face creates a smooth surface and even helps my pores seem smaller. The pointed side is for around eyes, mouth and nose and the base is for broader areas like forehead, cheeks and chin.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

The really cool think about this sponge is that it is reusable. Use it, then wash it¬†with the Blendercleanser.¬†This will keep¬†the skin healthy and extend the life of the sponge. “Blendercleanser is a lightly lavender-scented cleanser that‚Äôs free of dyes and skin irritants. It‚Äôs soothing soy-based, low-suds formula breaks down rapidly, making it earth-friendly and fun to use. Soy has the added benefit of being one of nature‚Äôs finest moisturizers, so by all means, clean up with class and do it often.”

I clean it after each use by applying a small amount to the soiled areas of the Beautyblender. I lather, then rinse. When it is wet, it is twice the normal size. I then place it on the pedestal on the top of the cleanser and let it air dry. Even if you use it a little wet, it still works great!

To learn more and to purchase the Beautyblender, visit www.beautyblender.net. Have fun with this great product!