Beauty, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

Fresh Products For Spring Beauty

Hi all!  I hope your are enjoying spring and that your weather has improved.  It’s much nicer now in Kansas City!

I have been testing a lot of new products this spring.  I’ve decided to feature a few here that have been helping my skin and hair this spring, plus a waterproof cream eyeshadow:

 

Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser ($5.99 USD): Developed especially for those with combination skin, this everyday cleanser deep cleans the oily parts while smoothing and conditioning the rough, dry parts— for balanced, conditioned skin. Not only does it remove deep down dirt and impurities from the pores, but it gently exfoliating away dead cells, allowing healthy cells to emerge. With continued daily use, you’ll achieve softer, smoother skin and a more balanced complexion.
Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Instant Warming Clay Mask ($5.99 USD): Sometimes your skin needs a little extra TLC—plus, what better way to take a selfie—if not with a blue mask on! Designed to purify and refine skin by absorbing excess oils, this instant warming mask opens pores and melts away that pore-clogging dirt, oil, and sebum—leaving your skin clean, soft and refreshed. This warming clay mask, formulated to deep clean pores, is pH balanced for comfortably clean skin. This mask has a unique self-heating technology that is activated when massaged into the skin. This thermal formula in conjunction with purifying and skin toning clays optimize the mask’s ability to deep clean and purify.
What I think:  I have combination skin, so these products are great for me! I also think they would work well for normal-oily skin.  The cleanser really cleans my skin without drying it out.  Plus, it doesn’t irritate it.  My skin is sensitive, too, especially during allergy season.  The mask is really fun it use.  Because my skin is sensitive, I can only do this about once a week, and since there are four in the pack, it’s a months worth.  I love the blue shade and how well it cleans out my pores.  It leaves my skin very soft!
Purchase at mass market retailers near you!

ELLIS FAAS CREAMY EYES ($34 USD) This is a coloured cosmetic applied to the eyelids or to the skin around the eyes to accentuate them. applied in a liquid state, the texture soon dries. unlike other eyeshadows, this formula thereby becomes resistant to the effects of humidity such as tears and wet weather; does not build up in the eyes’ creases; and will not smudge when being rubbed. available in 21 shades.

What I think:  I these in the shades E115 Purple and E104 Grey Brown.  I have found that these work so well as base shades.  They are both fairly deep, but I can use them in my crease or all over the lid.  I can keep the look matte or add a shimmer on top.  These also work nicely as liners, because they are smudge and waterproof.  Gorgeous quality!  And, let’s not forget the cool silver bullet packaging!

These can be purchased at http://www.ellisfaas.com

John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks
John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks
John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks ($3.49 USD) Four targeted hair masks that transform hair in a matter of minutes. Designed to treat hair suffering from frizz, fading, damage or dullness, each mask revives hair with a single in-shower application. Simply shampoo, squeeze out excess moisture and massage the Wonder Drops throughout wet hair.
Available in: Frizz Smoothing, Blonde Brightening, Damage Repairing and Vibrancy Enhancing

What I think:  I have already tried the Frizz Smoothing and Damage Repairing.  The Frizz Smoothing mask really helped cut my frizz down a lot!  This will be so nice to have in the summer when the humidity kills my hair.  The Damage Repairing Mask is nice for damaged hair.  Mine isn’t too bad right now, but I do need a haircut to get rid of split ends! The mask did help my hair and made it shiny and more manageable.

I have very dark brown hair, so I’m going to give the Blond Brightening mask to a blond friend and the Vibrancy Enhancing to my redhead daughter!  It seems there’s a mask for most hair types!

Purchase at Walmart and select Grocery Outlets

What new spring beauty products have you been loving?

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Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — February 2019

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Hi all! I received my February BoxyCharm today! I always watch for the spoilers so I basically knew what I am getting. But, I was surprised by a couple of these that I didn’t see spoilers for.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for about a year and a half now and really enjoy it. Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 4-5 beauty items, most of them full-sized.  It is a nice way to try new makeup and beauty tools.

This month I received:

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The two products I didn’t see variation spoilers for are the GrandeLIPS lipstick and the TULA masks.  Here are more info on the products I received:

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I have been wanting to try this for a while.  It is from a Korean beauty brand that I haven’t tried before (I have been loving Korean beauty lately).  My pores need to be smoothed and covered, so I am all for this! And I love trying new primers!

img_2954.jpg I do not enjoy matte liquid lipsticks.  They are so uncomfortable and settle in to my lines. But for some reason, I got this and put it right on my lips. It is a semi-matte and is a little drying.  But then it starts to tingle, plumps up and my lips looks great! It does look better with a gloss over it.  But I was pleasantly surprised!

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This shade of highlighter is Glow Up a rose gold.  It’s very pretty!  This is a very glowy formula.  I haven’t decided if the shade is too dark for me yet.  I need to wear it out in the sun and see.

Here are swatches of the lippie and highlighter:

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The lip color is almost a little light for me, but I wear gloss over it and can change the color a bit.  The highlighter is a very pretty shade.  I hope it works for me.

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I have tried this mascara before.  It’s pretty good (I don’t really remember if I liked it or not).  I gave my last tube to my daughter.  I think I’ll keep this one and try it out once I’m done with the mascaras I am using.

img_2958.jpg I received 2 packs of 2 masks, so 4 masks total!  That’s not bad.  These claim to hydrate and plump skin when it needs it most. The citrus extract in this mask will bring the look of luminosity and vibrance to dull, tired skin.

That sounds really nice, and I do want to try them.  But I haven’t even used my Tatcha masks from last months box! (You can see my January box here).

So, I think this is my first BoxyCharm every that I am going to use all of the products!  I will at least try them before passing them on. The product I’m most excited about is the primer.  But I will at least try everything else.  So this box is a win!

Do you get BoxyCharm?  What did you get in your box this month?

Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

Ipsy Glam Bag Subsription Box Review – January 2019

Hi all!  I hope you’re doing well and having a great weekend!  I signed up for Ipsy again at the beginning of January and was told my subscription would start with the February bag, but I also went on the waiting list for Glam Bag Plus (I’m going to try it again).  I got off of that waiting list and will now be charged and receive February’s Glam Bag Plus, so they just sent me a January Glam Bag!

Ipsy Glam Bag is only $10 a month (Glam Bag Plus is $25)  It’s deluxe samples and some full sized products. You can sign up for these at ipsy.com.

Here’s what I got:

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YENSA PUMPKIN TURMERIC 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask

LUXIE BEAUTY 1010 Small Contour Brush

KASCA Nail Polish in Velvet Black Matte

FLUIDE Lip Gloss in Elsewhere

CIATÉ LONDON Wonderwand Mascara in Black Magic
This is an okay bag.  I think since they packed it last minute, I got the strange leftovers. My favorite items is the Luxie Brush.  It’s really soft and blends contour nicely. I haven’t tried the Ciate mascara yet, because I want to save it for later or if I travel this year.  I will also try the Yensa mask.  I did try the Fluide lip gloss and it is very shiny and minty.  I don’t know how often I use it.  I will give the black nail polish to one of my daughters.
I am excited to get my Glam Bag Plus in February.  I will be posting a review once I do!
Do you get Ipsy Glam Bag or Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get in your January Bag?
Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

Products To Help Clogged Skin and Breakouts in the Winter

Hi All! My skin is so weird right now.  I have combination, aging skin (that can be sensitive) and its both dry and breaking out right now.  So frustrating!

I have been making sure to hydrate my skin every night and morning, but I’m also using scrubs and products to keep it clear.

I’ve been sent the following products for my honest review:

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Oxygenetix Acne-Control Foundation

Clear & Conceal acne with Oxygenetix Acne Control Foundation ($76 USD)  — This revolutionary formula was three years in the making. Oxygenetix founder Barry Knapp is widely respected in the cosmetic industry and has identified the need for a treatment foundation for medical professionals with acne patients, created Oxygenetix Acne Control Foundation. Like the original formula, Oxygenetix Acne Control is Aloe Vera Barbadensis gel based and does not contain added water. It is transfer and water-resistant, so it to stays on for hours even in humid environments. Its oxygen enriched and natural ingredients make it act like a second skin. This Acne Control Foundation at SPF 25 features maximum strength time released with 2% salicylic acid combined with a proprietary patented breathable matrix delivery system. The prime ingredient in all Oxygenetix products is Ceravitae. This super-charged oxygen peptide helps support the skins collagen cell production and connective tissue growth. It attracts oxygen to the skin helping it to breathe keeping it strong and healthy. Ceravitae works synergistically with the time released 2% salicylic acid maintaining effective treatment levels throughout the day.

What I think: I really like this foundation.  I have the shade Ivory.  There are 14 shades.  Ivory is a pretty good match for me.   This has a natural to soft matte finish, but doesn’t looking drying on my skin.  It actually just looks like skin!  Just flawless, healthy skin!  I have been breaking out lately and I use this during breakouts. I do find it helps clear them up, but it also applies so smoothly over blemishes and helps conceal them so nicely!  This foundation wears all day.  I don’t have a lot of oils, so I don’t have to worry about oils coming through.  I will test it in the summer, when I do get sweaty and a bit oily. I definitely will continue to use this.

From my Derma E PR Box this month, I received the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask.

Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($15.50 USD) — Gentle enough for daily use, this detox scrub lifts away micro-pollutants and impurities while promoting oxygenation for a fresh, healthy radiance. Doctor developed and clinically tested, this revitalizing formula contains some of the most powerful minerals and natural toxin fighters from the earth and from the sea. Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals). Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment. Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, helps remove toxins from the skin’s surface. Apricot Seed Powder gently exfoliates away micro-pollutants, and Green Tea delivers potent antioxidant defense. Ideal for oily, active or urban skin types, even safe for reactive skin (minimal ingredients and allergy-tested), this formula boosts skin purity for a refreshed, glowing complexion. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free.

Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50 USD) deeply detoxifies skin of harmful micropollutants in two ways: (1) Natural clays infused with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladerwrack and Activated Charcoal lift out dirt, oil and bacteria to decongest pores as the mask dries; (2) Apricot Seed Powder exfoliates away dead skin cells and captured debris upon removal. Kaolin and Bentonite Clays absorb excess oils and impurities, relieving skin congestion. Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals). Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment. Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, purges pores of deeply rooted toxins, then Apricot Seed Powder gently exfoliates away micropollutants. Ideal for oily, active or urban skin types, even safe for reactive skin (minimal ingredients and allergy-tested), used this formula once or twice a week for skin that looks dramatically fresher, healthier and purely glowing.

What I think:  I already had the scrub and I really enjoy using it.  It’s a pearly dark gray and is not harsh at all.  It actually feels hydrating and scrubbing at the same time. It leaves my skin very soft.  I use it every day and it doesn’t irritate my skin.

The mask gives a deeper clean and is nice to use when I feel that my pores are clogged and my skin looks dull.   It really deep cleans, but also hydrates the skin.  My skin glows afterwards!  And, luckily, it doesn’t irritate my skin.

How’s your skin been this winter?  What do you like to use?

 

anti-aging, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — January 2019

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Hi all! I received my January BoxyCharm this week! The first one of 2019 I see the spoilers each month, so I basically knew what I was getting. There were a lot of variations this month.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for about a year and a half now and really enjoy it. Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 4-5 beauty items, most of them full-sized.  It is a nice  way to try new makeup and beauty tools.

This month I received:

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BRIOGEO Rosarco Milk™ Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray — $9

tarte limited-edition Rainforest of the Sea ™ highlighting eyeshadow palette vol. III — $36 

TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Masks — Set of 2, $24

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick – $20

Billion Dollar Brows Pencil — $18

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I was so glad to get this.  I have a small bottle of the Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair! Leave-In Mask in my October BoxyCharm, and I’m almost out of it. I haven’t used this one before and am really liking it so far.  It leaves my hair very soft.

img_2814img_2818 This is very pretty. There were three variations of this.  All of them has 7 shimmers and 1 matte.  Which is kind of strange, I would have liked a few more matte shades in the palette.  I’ve tried it once, but need to keep testing it out.  I’ll be reviewing it on my blog sometime hopefully soon.  I know I say that each month (Violet Voss palette from December BoxyLuxe for example), but I plan to be reviewing more of my palettes this year! I’m glad I got this, though, and think it’s a nice, neutral palette.

 

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I am so excited about these Tatcha masks! I got two, which is amazing!  I haven’t tried one yet, but I am looking forward to it.  It’s cold and snowy here and my skin is really dry! Hopefully these will help! Tatcha is super luxe and I’ve only tried their primer. I hope to try more from them this year, so this is a nice start!

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I do like Ofra lipsticks, but this is way too dark for me.  And I don’t really wear liquid lipsticks that often. I like creamy lipsticks and glosses!  So I will pass this on.

The eyebrow pencil seems really nice.  It’s supposed to be a universal shade, but it might be a little light for me.  My brows are almost black.  But I will keep trying it out.  It’s a nice texture and has a good spoolie on it.

This month is such a big win for me.  I’m keeping 4 out of the 5 products!  I usually only use just one or two. I will use all of the Briogeo spray, the eyshadow, the amazing Tatcha masks and will try to make the brow pencil work.  The lipstick will go to a friend or family member. Not bad BoxyCharm!

You can sign up here. It is my referral link, so if you sign up, I will receive charms, which is their rewards program.

Do you get BoxyCharm? What did you get and what do you think of this month’s box?

 

Beauty, Skincare

New To Me — Natural Skincare and Innovative Brands

Hi all!  I was recently sent some natural skincare for my honest review.  I love trying new (or new to me) brands and finding new favorites!

Below is a coconut oil based cleansing balm, cool peel off and magnetic masks, and body moisturizer with SPF:

Skinny & Co. Clarifying Facial Cleansing Balm
Skinny & Co. Clarifying Facial Cleansing Balm

Skinny & Co. Clarifying Facial Cleansing Balm ($24.95 USD) — One step makeup remover facial cleanser that unclogs pores and brightens as it eases blemishes and re-balances your skin’s natural oils. The secret is our patented 100% RAW Skinny Coconut Oil that is able to nourish your skin while it protects you from unwanted chemicals and toxins that pollute and cause break outs.

What I think: Cleansing balms are so nice to remove makeup.  This one would be great for someone with oily or combination skin.  I have sensitive skin, so this isn’t for me, but my daughters love it, it removes makeup without leaving their skin oily.  Skinny & Co. has a cleansing balm for sensitive skin.  It’s nice there are choices!

Purchase at shop.skinnyandcompany.com

Biovene Charcoal Magnet Mask
Biovene Charcoal Magnet Mask

Biovene Charcoal Magnet Mask ($28.27 USD ) — Biovène Magnet Mask is an innovative, natural, anti-aging and rejuvenating face mask consisting of iron magnetic particles, activated charcoal and a blend of the most precious oils nature has to offer for a smooth, firm and radiant complexion.

What I think:  This is so much fun to use.  You apply it and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Then you put a cover on the magnet, and it actually removes the mask magnetically!  It leaves my skin soft, smooth and hydrated.  It’s so nice!

Purchase at biovenebarcelona.com

Biovene Pink Peel-Off Mask
Pink Peel-Off Mask

Biovène Pink Peel-Off Mask is the next level peel-off mask utilizing Activated Charcoal in combination with star ingredients such as Sodium Hyaluronate, Strawberry extract, Argan Oil & Collagen.

What I think: Peel off masks are my favorite, and this is no exception! This is a mousse like mask that is very pink and smells like strawberries!  Since it is thick, it takes about 30 minutes to dry.  Then it peels off nicely.  My skin is glowing and soft!

Purchase at biovenebarcelona.com

Trilipiderm Broad Spectrum SPF 30 3oz. Tube
Trilipiderm Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Trilipiderm Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($17.95 on sale for $13.46) — The best dry skin protection under the sun – hydrates as it protects against UVA and UVB radiation and contributes Vitamin D. Available in a handy 3 oz tube for your beach bag, ski jacket or purse. Take it wherever you go outdoors.

What I think:  SPF is so important all year long.  This one is nice because it does double duty as moisturizer and SPF.  I love that combo in facial skincare, so why not for the body.  It’s very hydrating without being  greasy and has a light floral scent.

Purchase at trilipiderm.com

 

Have you tried any good skincare lately?  What’s your current favorite skincare products/

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — Skincare Stocking Stuffers

Hi all! I hope everyone is having an amazing Thanksgiving weekend! I’m back with another holiday gift guide — this time skincare that would make wonderful stocking stuffers – or gifts for someone who loves skincare!

Below are some amazing skincare from drugstore to higher end that she (or he) will be happy to receive in their stocking:

 

 

Enjoy a spin on the traditional lump of coal this holiday season with the beauty essentials that everyone will love – whether they’ve been naughty or nice! Bioré Charcoal Products are the perfect stocking stuffers to pick up during your holiday shopping trips. The invigorating scents of peppermint pays homage to the holiday season while having a fun twist on giving them the gift of char-“coal” that also cleans and smooths skin. 

  • Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar ($6.49)
  • Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask ($7.99)
  • Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips ($6.49)

Purchase at mass market retailers near you.

Erborian Glow Crème

Erborian Glow Crème ($42 USD) — This multi-benefit crème primer combines Korean ingredients with French luxury to create the perfect all-over illuminator, highlighter, and makeup base. The lightweight crème will help skin glowing through the winter as it gives the skin a pearly radiance, and the licorice root extract  in the formula helps leave the skin brighter looking.

Purchase at Sephora and http://www.sephora.com

DERMAdoctor Lucky Bamboo Jukyeom 9x Water Gel
DERMAdoctor Lucky Bamboo Jukyeom 9x Water Gel

DERMAdoctor Lucky Bamboo Jukyeom 9x Water Gel ($54 USD) — Powered by Jukyeom 9x, the result of the 1000-year-old process created by Korean monks, Lucky Bamboo’s rejuvenating electrolyte, antioxidant and mineral-rich composition helps create a cushion of smart hydration and provides the ultimate health and wellness boost for skin. Skin feels soothed, hydrated, and cool and appears luminous with absolutely no sticky residue.

Available at DERMAdoctor.com

Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35
Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35

Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 ($69 USD) — A triple threat product that addresses, corrects and protects the entire eye area and works to improve the overall appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. Help restore skin health while immediately brightening and correcting imperfections to reduce dark circles and puffiness for a refreshed and rested appearance. Protect the delicate eye-area throughout the day with 100% mineral SPF 35 that defends against UVA/UVB and environmental stressors that contribute to skin aging.

Purchase at Colorescience.com and Dermstore.com

 

 

Uncle Bud’s Belize Seaweed Detoxifying Mask ($2.99): Detoxify and moisturize your skin with this creamy, agave-scented mask, formulated with seaweed and antioxidants that leave your complexion radiant, fresh and intensely hydrated.

Uncle Bud’s Topical Pain Reliever ($15.99): This fast-acting pain reliever works faster, penetrates deeper and relieves aches and pains better than any other over-the-counter pain relief product on the market.