My Beauty Favorites — Week of January 18-24, 2015

It definitely is the time of the year to try new, hydrating skin care.  I have been trying to keep my skin moisturized in the cold weather. It feels like the moisture has been sucked out of my whole body and I have been drinking lots of water as well as hydrating my skin!

My faves this week include products that will keep your skin, body and lips hydrated:

 

Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 1 Face Cream
Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 1 Face Cream

Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 1 Face Cream ($75 USD) — A revolutionary patented anti-aging treatment, Vita-A-Kombi 1 combines 1% active oxygen and vitamins A&E to assist in normalizing and detoxifying the skin while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Includes 1% hydrogen peroxide, vitamin A, vitamin E.

What I think:  This is a lovely night cream.  It is very moisturizing without being heavy on. In the morning, my skin is so soft and supple.  Plus, it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I love the potent natural ingredients used.  I feel that I am doing something great for my skin when I use this.

 Available online at www.karinherzog.com

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense
Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Cream SPF 30 is formulated with a bio-copper complex that helps correct the most visible signs of aging. It uses three effective technologies to revive, improve and protect your skin while recapturing a youthful appearance.

What I think:  I only use day creams with SPF so I was happy to get this one.  It is so hydrating and great for my aging skin! I notice that my skin looks smoother when I use it.  That is my main issue.  I use so much anti-aging skincare that I don’t have a lot of wrinkles (knock on wood)!

Purchase at Kohl’s stores and http://www.kohls.com

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion
Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion ($42 USD) — A spicy, nourishing body lotion blended with pink pepperpods for antioxidant protection. The fragrance Top note: Fiery pink pepper. Middle note: Ginger. Base note: Rich patchouli.

What I think:  This is a very soothing body lotion.  It sinks right into your skin and keeps it soft all day!  Molten Brown makes a variety of different scent that are all so interesting.  If you love a spicy fragrance, this lotion definitely fits the bill!

Purchase at www.MoltonBrown.com   

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla ($19 6.7 fl. oz)-packs pure shea and cocoa butters with skin saving essential oils to deliver instantly softer skin. While other Body Butters use synthetic preservatives and chemicals including parabens, silicone & mineral oils that can clog pores, prevent absorption of beneficial ingredients and accumulate in the body, we pack our natural formula with smart, natural ingredients that that allow for faster absorption of body beneficial vitamins and immediate hydration

What I think:  I have tried this in Pure Vanilla,  a blend of fresh Madagascar vanilla and tonka bean.  It’s a sexy scent, more spicy than sweet, perfect for the cold weather.  I love that it is natural and it keeps my skin hydrated.

Purchase at Lavanila.com

Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm Stick SPF 15 Cherry ($1.59 USD) — Cherry flavored protecting lip balm. Moisturizing protection from sun & water. With broad spectrum SPF 15.

Carmex Original Jar ($1.59 USD) — Generations have relied on this hardworking original lip balm formula. Soothes dry, chapped lips.  Creates a long-lasting water barrier with petrolatum, which acts like a bandage so healing can take place. Contains lanolin, which mimics the way your skin naturally retains moisture.Provides cooling pain relief with camphor and menthol.

What I think: I have been using the original pot of Carmex since the 1990’s. I love how moisturizing it is.  I have to say that although I love using the pot at home, the stick is so convenient to carry!  And it works just as well

Learn more at http://www.carmex.com and purchase at mass market retailers near you.

Have you tried any of these hydrating products?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

 

 

 

My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 26-November 1, 2015

Happy Halloween!  I am doing my weekly favorites post today, because tomorrow I start my holiday gift giving guides.  I am very excited about all of the wonderful gift ideas I will be sharing with you!

But today, it’s about my favorite beauty products from this week. I am loving a combo nail top and base coat, an elegant soap-on-a-rope and two different, but amazing lip balms:

Lauren B. Dual Base Top Coat
Lauren B. Dual Base Top Coat

Lauren B. Dual Base Top Coat ($22 USD) — Lauren B. Beauty’s multi-tasking Dual Base/ Top Coat acts as both a primer and a sealant for your nails. Paint on this quick-drying formula to create a smooth foundation for your color. The results are a high-gloss, chip-resistant finish that also guards against dryness, breakage and peeling.

What I think:  I have been using this as my base and top coat for a couple of weeks now.  It’s amazing!  My weekly manicures have been staying fresh for at least a day or two longer than usual.  My nails are shiny and chip free.   And the fact that one product does two jobs, it’s less stuff for me to have to use!

Available at http://www.laurenbbeauty.com

Senteurs D'Orient Hamman Soaps Orange Blossom
Senteurs D’Orient Hamman Soaps Orange Blossom

Senteurs D’Orient Hamman Soaps Orange Blossom ($38 USD) — Infusing the fresh Mediterranean air with soft sensuality, Orange Blossoms uplift the spirit with a clean and floral yet woodsy perfume.  Selecting only the very best of what is offered by nature, all products have been carefully created with patience and determination over many years.

What I think: This smells amazing!  I love the smell of orange blossoms.  Plus it is very beautiful, from the packaging to the soap itself.  With the attached rope, it is easy to hang on the shower and use.  This would be a really fun holiday gift or stocking stuffer.

Available at usa.senteursdorient.com

Mandarin Lip Butter Stick in Peach
Mandarin Lip Butter Stick in Peach

Mandarin Lip Butter Stick in Peach ($16.50 USD) — Repair and protect with this deeply nourishing lip treatment formulated with a luxurious blend of softening oils, butters, and waxes. Mandarin oil refreshes and soothes dry, chapped lips while rich shea butter and sunflower waxes deeply nourish for long-lasting care and comfort. Each healing stick also features vitamin E, known for its advanced antioxidant properties. This 88 to 99 percent natural formula is available in four tints and one colorless option, all of which can be worn alone or layered under a lipstick or lip gloss.

What I think: Colored lip butters are wonderful on days that I don’t want to be fussy, but I still want a little color.  Plus, it glides right on and hydrates well.

Available at http://www.sephora.com

Carmex Winter Mint
Carmex Winter Mint

Another great lip balm, Carma Laboratories, Inc., the manufacturer of Carmex® Lip Balm products, announced the debut of NEW Limited-Edition Carmex® Winter Mint Lip Balm Click Sticks. Rolling out now and available until supplies last, the new seasonal flavor combines the invigorating freshness of winter with a kiss of mint and comes in convenient click sticks that glide on lips easily.

Carmex® Winter Mint Lip Balm Click Sticks are available to consumers as part of specially marked two-pack BOGO (Buy-One-Get-One-Free) promotion and four-pack B3G1 (Buy-Three-Get-One-Free) promotion, giving Carmex® fans the chance to stock up just in time for the winter season. Both of these offers combine the best-selling Carmex® Original Lip Balm Click Stick or Carmex® Original Lip Balm Tube with a bonus Winter Mint seasonal stick.

What I think:  Loving the new minty flavor.  It is refreshing and keeps lips very soft.  I have been a fan of Carmex since the 1990’s when it was only offered in a pot.  And I still love how great it works for chapped lips still.

The specially marked packages will be available at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and other fine retailers ($1.59 – $4.29 USD).

What products are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of July 28th!

How’s your summer going?  Mine is heating up again and I am on vacation this coming week — yay!  I am going to hang out with my kids before they go back to school the week after.  Fun!

My fave picks this week are all about summer beauty.  From a cool lip balm with SPF, to a sweat-proof foundation, an unscented spray sunscreen, a matte cream bronzer and a refreshing toner — there is something here to help extend your summer fun! Enjoy!

Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Lime Twist
Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Lime Twist

Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Lime Twist ($1.69 USD) — It soothes. It heals. It protects. Discover how this new ultra smooth, extra moisturizing formula makes your lips feel incredible. This fun, fresh new flavor is unlike anything you’ve ever tried before. Tested on family members – not on animals.

What I think:  I have been using Carmex in the pot since the ’90’s and love how it moisturizes my lips.  I didn’t know it came in different flavors and am enjoying the Lime Twist.  It is a refreshing addition to the Carmex line and is perfect for the summer, especially with SPF 15!

Available at mass market retailers near you!

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide ($48 USD) — This ultra-modern, lightweight, long-wear liquid foundation magically blurs imperfections. It is formulated for all skin types, comes in 24 oil-free shades and is designed to be humidity-proof and sweat-proof.  It’s the perfect solution for women who are endlessly searching for a light yet effective foundation that will achieve the “no makeup” makeup look and leave their skin looking flawless!  Magically blurs imperfections for a smooth, seamless complexion. Bi-phase formula activates fresh color with every use.

What I think:  Need an awesome summer foundation that will stay all day?  This is it! It is very light, but covers extremely well and makes my complexion look flawless. I have been testing it in the shade Buff, which is a medium shade, but there are 24 shades to choose from, which is pretty amazing!

Available in July at Sephora and September 2014 nationwide at Laura Mercier retailers

Coola Sport SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen
Coola Sport SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen

Coola Sport SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen ($32 USD, 6 fl. oz.) — Spritz your sunscreen on the go with this clear, unscented continuous spray. Offering broad spectrum SPF 50 protection, this farm to face sourced spray will nourish and hydrate skin with 70%+ certified organic ingredients like Cucumber, Algae and Strawberry Extracts. Also available in SPF 15.

What I think: I love spray sunscreen, but have never tried an unscented one before. I like it because it is sheer and not greasy at all.  And it is nice to get a break from heavily scented sunscreen.  Just spray and go!

Available at http://www.coolasuncare.com

butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer
butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer

butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer ($24 USD) –butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer

What I think:  This matte cream bronzer is an easy way to add some color this summer (or all year ’round).  It is very natural looking.  You can use it all over for a sunny glow.  I like to use it as contour.  I apply it in the hollows of my cheeks and along my jawbone for definition and shadows.  It is easy to build up darker color if you wish.

Available at http://www.butterlondon.com

Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner
Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner

Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner ($25 USD 5 fl. oz.) –This hydrating toner combines alguronic acid with witch hazel and chamomile to tone and soothe skin gently, creating a complexion that appears revitalized, brightened, and softened. The formula replenishes and balances skin’s moisture levels, purifies, and prepares skin to absorb serums and moisturizers more efficiently.

What I think: I love using toners in the summer. I have been keeping this in the refrigerator to keep my skin cool. I have noticed that my kin feels cleaner and softer while using this.

Available at Sephora stores and http://www.sephora.com.

What’s your favorite new product this week?