Gorgeous New Lip Glosses Help Protect Your Pout

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

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

Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss
Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss

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

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

Available at www.savannahbee.com

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

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

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

Learn more at www.pacificaperfume.com

beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction
beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction

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

Purchase at www.beautyaddicts.com.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Rich Fall Nail Polish Colors from China Glaze, Seche and Salon Perfect

I love the nail polish shades for Fall.  It’s my favorite time of year to polish my nail — and I try to keep them polishes all season long because there are so many gorgeous rich colors to choose from.

Below are the new collections from China Glaze, Seche and Salon Perfect.  So many colors, so little time…

CHINAGLAZE-AUTUMNNIGHTS

China Glaze invites you to an evening of cocktails, gossip, flirtation and gorgeous nail color with the Autumn Nights collection.  Enjoy a ladies night with your girlfriends with one of 12 luxurious shades.

The China Glaze® Autumn Nights collection includes:

• Charmed, I’m Sure: Gracious purple crème

• Tongue & Chic: Playful emerald shimmer

• Strike Up A Cosmo: Sparkling rose gold shimmer

• Scandalous Shenanigans: Rich blue shimmer

• Rendezvous With You: Shimmery purple affair

• Red-y & Willing: Frisky red shimmer

• Don’t Make Me Wine: Reserve-worthy red-violet shimmer

• Goldie But Goodie: Eternal rust gold shimmer

• Gossip Over Gimlets: Platinum shimmer soiree

• Kiss My Glass: Feisty blue gunmetal shimmer

• Public Relations: Impressionable violet gunmetal shimmer

• Queen B: Regal blue-purple crème

Available now at www.chinaglaze.com, purchase at Ulta or other fine stores.

seche-clever-and-confident-collection-1

I know what some of you are going to say: “Seche color?!”  We’re happy to announce: SECHE IS DOING COLOR!  From the makers of Seche Vite comes Seche Nail Lacquer.  This month marks the launch of Clever and Confident, 6 new highly pigmented, one coat coverage shades in seasonally spot-on colors.  Yes, one coat.  Limited samples are available are on a first request, first receive basis.

Leading a versatile life, the Seche woman is the toast of the town. Her busy schedule and wonderfully witty sense of humor keep her happy, as is. You never know what this silly, but sensible woman will have in store for you… but her intuition assures she is always clever and confident.

Shades in the collection include:

Silly, But Sensible – The perfect fall burnt orange crème

Versatile – A dark teal crème, versatile for anyone

Happy, As Is – A vibrant raspberry red crème

Clever and Confident –A delectable, deep plum crème

Intuition – A rich dark merlot with a slight red shimmer

Wonderfully Witty – A rich navy blue crème

For more information, visit www.seche.com.

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While we know it’s still blazing hot outside in most parts of the country, we’re so ready for fabulous Fall fashion and gorgeous nail polish colors to match!  Enter Salon Perfect’s First Look Fall Polish Forecast collection – 11 gorgeous seasonal shades just right for accessorizing Fall’s hottest styles, plus a limited edition Matte FX top coat to create two very different looks for any one color of polish.

When it comes to accessorizing this Fall’s most fashionable looks, a pop of rich color is the perfect way to spice up otherwise sensible shades for the season. Gorgeous emerald green looks luxe against neutrals while deep berry tones add pizzazz to black. This August, polish off any look with the new Salon Perfect® First Look Fall Polish Forecast.

The colors are:

Look Fall Polish Forecast offers a bounty of manicure options this Fall.

Salon Perfect® First Look Fall Polish Forecast includes:

• Tainted Love – warm rosy peach with a pearlescent gold finish

• Scarlet Enchantment – rich red with a pearlescent finish

• Pink Taffeta – dusty rose with a gold shimmer

• Playful Plum – dark berry sheen

• Royal Knight – deep eggplant

• Nautical Nights – shimmering dark blue

• Ivy League – dark forest sheen

• Dirty Martini – olive green with a hint of gold

• Café Ole – milk chocolate brown with a gold shimmer

• Red Dahlia – dark burgundy

• Raisin the Roof – plum raisin with gold shimmer

• Matte FX – mattifying top coat

Available now exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide for $3.98 each.

Enjoy!

 

Nailapalooza — Spring 2013 Colors and a Cool Nail Art Book!

I have been testing some gorgeous spring nail polishes and I thought I would share some of my favorites from Maybelline New York, Hard Candy, Butter London and L’Oreal. And…I have some swatches!  Cool, huh?  Well…they are a bit sloppy.  But for my first time, I think they turned out okay!

Maybelline Color Show Passionate PlumMaybelline Color Show Pink Shock

Maybelline New York Color Show Electric Nights ($3.99 USD) collection are super-bright colors that are great on fingers or toes! The colors are:

Alluring Rose (right) — Bright rose pink

Blast of Blue — Bright blue frost

Coral Glow — Medium coral

Electric Orange — Bright shocking orange

Flash of Purple — Deep purple

Intense Teal — Bright blue-green

Lustrous Lime — Shocking yellow-green

Mesmerizing Magenta — Deep pink

Passionate Plum (left photo) — Dark bluish purple

Shockwave — Bright turquoise

These polishes are very pretty on.  The bright colors are fun all-year long. Learn more at www.maybelline.com and they are available at mass market retailers near you!

L'OrealL’Oreal has some really pretty spring shades.  Inspired by St. Patrick’s Day, I swatched L’Oreal Colour Riche ($5.99 USD) in New Money with L’Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lingerie in Le Nouveau Riche over it.  I really loved the look, but the nail stickers starting coming off the next day.  But, still a cool idea and very pretty look! The other shades in the collection are:

Royalty Reinvented — Deep lavender

New Money — Lime green

Orange You Jealous? — Soft coral

Crazy For Chic — Magenta

Not A Cloud in Sight — Medium Turquoise

Members Only — Hot pink

Available at mass market retailers and you can check out the range of colors at www.lorealparisusa.com.

Hard Candy Crush On IvyHard Candy JubileeHard Candy Sparked UpHard Candy Hip Hip Hooray

Hard Candy has just launched 45 new shades of Nail Lacquer.  There are 5 new collections with 9 shades in each.  Glitter, Chrome, Rich tones – something for everyone!  The collections are:

Crushed Chrome Collection. Luxurious and timeless hues embellished with a golden textured finish. This collection boasts refinement and sophistication and is infused with a vivacious luster.
Itsy Glitzy Collection. Intense, illuminating, and incandescent hues saturated with the richest and most extreme mica and glitter. Inspired from the runway and now at your fingertips.
Crystal Confetti Collection. A unique collection based on artistic expression. Flourishing, adventurous, full coverage shades with various particle sizes and creative textures. Graffiti is revolutionary; it’s an outlet to create public art. Now take this artistic and creative expression to your nails.
Candy Sprinkles Collection. Suspended in a clear top coat, shimmery flecks sparkle brilliantly with different shapes of shiny glitter. Candy Sprinkles is a fabulous top coat over any color.
Glitteratzi Collection. The combination of confident opposites and intimate tonalities mixed with the right amount of sparkle creates enthusiasm for the vitality of life. The hues are natural and are becoming more evolved and colored. Tasteful tones with all the personality to satisfy every trend setter.
The colors I have swatched are Crush on Ivy, Jubilee (over crush on Ivy), Sparked, and Hip Hip Hooray.  They are all gorgeous and so affordable at $3.97 each!
The Hard Candy collection is exclusively available at Walmart and on walmart.com.

butter LONDON in Molly-Coddledbutter LONDON in JasperThe butter LONDON Sweetie Shop collection is a group of pretty spring pastels.  The colors are:

Molly Coddled (left swatch) – An opaque, orchid crème nail lacquer.

Jasper (right swatch) – Opaque bright pastel yellow crème nail lacquer.

Kerfuffle – Opaque pink coral crème nail lacquer.

Cuppa – This gorgeous toasted opaque tan crème is both your perfect neutral lacquer and statement maker in one!

Fiver – Opaque icy mint crème nail lacquer.

Fruit Machine – Opaque punchy carnation crème nail lacquer.

As always, the butter LONDON ($15 USD) polishes are beautiful on.  Molly Coddled is as beautiful in person as the photo.  Jasper was a bit streaky, even after 3 coats.  But, still a pretty color.  I would like to try Cuppa next, I love a good neutral!

Available at Ulta stores and www.ulta.com, Nordstrom and www.butterlondon.com.

LCN Vintage RoseLCN LilacThis Spring, indulge in a super sweet (guilt‐free!) treat with LCN’s Blossom Sorbet collection.  Inspired by cotton candy dreams and delicate sugary confections, this quad of pastel hues is an enchanting escape
from winter’s dark and mysterious shades.  Feminine and fresh, each shade is sure to charm the senses!

Each polish in the Blossom Sorbet collection features LCN’s professional‐grade, long‐lasting and chip‐
resistant formula.  What’s more, each polish is also 3‐Free (formulated without DBP, Toluene and
Formaldehyde and Cetyl Alcohol).

The LCN Blossom Sorbet collection includes:

Vintage Rose (on the left)– a rosy pink‐coral

Soft Daisy – a delicate, happy yellow

I Love Mint – an invigorating pop of blue‐green

Lilac Blossom (on the right) – a flirty lavender

With colors this irresistible, go ahead and give in to that sweet tooth!

Each polish in the LCN Blossom Sorbet Collection retails for $7.50 and will be available on
www.LCNBoutique.com starting March 15th.

DIY Nail ArtThe cure for the common mani!

Black Lace. Summer Citrus. Hot Pink Zebra. Get ready for nails that will get you noticed!

Catherine Rodgers, creator of the popular nail art YouTube Channel Totally Cool Nails, shares her secrets in DIY Nail Art. Packed with easy-to-follow instructions and helpful tips for recreating Catherine’s stunning looks, you can create one-of-a-kind nail art designs without ever stepping inside a nail salon.

Inside this colorful guide to all things nails, you’ll find seventy-five eye-catching designs including never-before-seen styles like Argyle, Light Burst, and Spiderweb Nails.

Complete with step-by-step photographs so you can nail your look every time, DIY Nail Art will have you saying goodbye to the nail salon–and hello to fashion-forward nails at home!

Available at www.adamsmediastore.com.

Enjoy!

Smize Big With New Fall Eye Products!

Yes, I am watching the new season of America’s Next Top Model, but more importantly, my big brown eyes look fab with my new fall eye products!  My fave’s are:

Eye Majic Instant Eye Shadow ($2.49 for 2 in a box, $$5.75 for 5 $10.95 for 10) and — is the first “hold-and-press” eye shadow applicator that imparts high-pigment colors so anyone can achieve precise, flawless, eyeshadow looks in 10 seconds!

These are very easy to use.  Just press on lid, then take an eye shadow brush to blend it in around the edges.  Fun and really cool!  Currently there are 15 different kits that include matte and pearl colors options. Purchase at www.eyemajic.com.

 

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio ($28 USD) A color-coordinated eye shadow trio. Create beautiful eyes effortlessly with Smashbox’s award-winning eye shadow trios. These perfectly coordinated hues take the guesswork out of choosing what shades to wear together.  Each trio features a base, contour, and highlight shade for mistake-proof application. Plus, three shades in one pot equal a travel-friendly necessity for the girl on the go. Peel back the shade label for easy-to-follow Get-the-Look application tips.

The palette above is called Shutterspeed.  It has been my everyday look for over a week now.  The gray with the beige colors is so pretty!  But if this isn’t the color combo for you, there are 16 to choose from! Purchase at www.smashboxcosmetics.com or www.sephora.com.

Pixi Beauty Shade Quartette

Pixi Beauty Shade Quartette ($22 USD) — A tone-on-tone wheel of coordinated shades for the ultimate natural eye.  Custom mixed formulas from satin to iridescent are super silky and give instant lustre. Suit-all shades transition easily from day to night and blend like a dream. With added coated mineral pigments to reflect the light plus good-for-you nutrients.

This is available in 3 natural palettes — Shades of Nude, Shades of Peach and Shades of Taupe (left to right in photo above).  I have the Shades of Peach which is soft and shimmery on — perfect for the current trend of pale, sheer eyeshadow.  Pare it with a strong eyeliner, lots of mascara and a stronger lip — pretty for fall!   You can purchase at Target stores or www.pixibeauty.com.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette ($44 USD) — A stylish mirrored clutch featuring eye and cheek essentials formulated with Tarte’s biggest beauty breakthrough: Amazonian clay.  So pretty you’ll want to take it out of your purse for frequent touch-ups, this faux-snakeskin adorned palette contains six Amazonian clay eye shadows that deliver the perfect amount of creamy matte perfection or subtle shimmer.  Also inside are two Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes in one original, bestselling shade and one new shade. Amazonian clay works to nourish lids, reduce surface oil, and improve overall texture for easy application and better wear.

Tarte has some of the best wearing shadows out there.  Highly pigmented and so long-lasting.  The colors in this Palette can be used for day or night — just change up the colors.  The blushes are super pretty as well, but be careful — a little goes a long way!  Available at www.sephora.com.

Smashbox Image Factory Waterproof Shadow Liner

Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner ($22 USD) A stay-put waterproof eye shadow and long-wearing liner in one. Give eyes soft definition wherever, whenever with this travel-friendly, mistake-proof shadow liner. The creamy waterproof formula glides on effortlessly for endless possibilities.  Smudge as a liner or blend as a shadow with included smudger for allover, longwearing color. Light-reflecting pearls give high-drama color and shimmer, while emollients create a silky, creamy texture.

I have been using this liner in Metallic Bronze.  It is so versatile and easy.  I apply the liner as a shadow and smudge it all over my lid, then line my upper and lower lids with the same pencil.  So pretty for day or night!  Purchase at www.smashboxcosmetics.com or www.sephora.com.

Face Stockholm Lash Booster

Face Stockholm Lash Booster ($34 USD) — Get noticeably longer, thicker and fuller lashes after only one day of use! This revolutionary, strengthening and lengthening mascara with Booster Complex – a blend of rich vegetable waxes and polymers – nourishes and stimulates the growth of eyelashes.

Use Lash Booster as your everyday mascara for at least 60 consecutive days and get clinically-proven, measurable results:  lashes up to 1.5 mm longer and 15% fuller!

I have been using for only a week.  I have noticed that the mascara lengthens and thickens my lashes, but it has not been long enough to notice lash growth.  If I do in a couple of months, I will let you know!  The good news is that it is not irritating my extremely sensitive eyes (lash growth products usually do!) Purchase at www.facestockholm.com.

Enjoy your beautiful eyes!

 

New Lip Looks for Fall!

I never wear very dark lip products because they tend to travel down my lip and make me look older. But, in the fall I like to go a bit darker than usual with darker pinks, roses and nudes.

The following products are new this season (or just new to me) and are a fabulous and glamorous way to change-up your lip looks!

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Antique Pink

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour ($26 USD) Laura introduces a luxurious new lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in colour, texture, and finish. In one smoothing swipe, the crème formula envelops lips in rich colour with a semi-lustrous finish. The cushiony, lightweight texture feels comfortable, while pure Olive Oil and Vitamin E nourish lips. Features an elegant, modern case with a metalized finish.

Available in 18 beautiful colors.  I have it in Antique Pink which is actually a bit darker than the photo. It glides on so smoothly and feels fab! Available at www.lauramercier.com.

TIGI Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick – Gossip

TIGI Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick ($19  USD) is a luxurious, multi-purpose lipstick that goes on smooth and keeps your lips healthy! Not only does it give you long-lasting color, it also contains emolients that keep lips moisturized, and anti-oxidants that keep skin healthy!

This is so pretty and moisturizing and comes in 18 colors. Find your favorite one today!

visit www.tigiprofessional.com for a TIGI Cosmetics salon

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in Rosewood

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge ($24 USD) — A liquid lip color that provides the intense and long-lasting hold of a lip stain with the eye-catching shine of a gloss.

Formulated with a combination of high molecular weight polymers and volatile oils, Aqua Rouge locks color on the lips for a smudge-proof result that will not transfer or fade. Its intensely pigmented formula provides immediate, opaque color with extreme shine, and its creamy, non-sticky texture glides effortlessly on the lips for comfortable wear.

Aqua Rouge’s double-ended packaging allows for a simple, two-step application: apply lip color with precision using the ergonomic, foam applicator and evenly distribute the clear top with the polyester brush to lock the color onto the lips.

Visit www.sephora.com to purchase and it is available in 12 fresh colors.  This is extremely long wearing and is not drying if you continue applying the top gloss coat throughout the day.

Mally Age Rebel Lip Wand Trio

Mally Beauty Age Rebel Lip Wand Trio ($30 USD) Saturate lips with gorgeous color. These quick and easy lipstick pencils hydrate and condition while showing off luscious color. The brilliant, creamy sheen is long-wearing and has no tackiness. Plus, there’s no need for a sharpener–these Lip Wands are automatic! .
Includes:

  • 0.05 oz Lip Wand in Pink Peony, a pink
  • 0.05 oz Lip Wand in Berry Flush, a berry
  • 0.05 oz Lip Wand in Perfect Rose, a rose pink
  • Made in Italy

I love all of the colors, but they are a bit brown-based and I think the Pink Peony is the softest and prettiest shade.  If they feel a bit dry on, use a gloss over it and the color will stay a long time! Purchase at http://www.qvc.com!

Enjoy!

Beautiful New Makeup From Laura Geller!

I have been so lucky to receive some beautiful makeup lately for review!  Some has been from the lovely makeup artist and cosmetic creator Laura Geller.  She creates long wearing products that come in the most beautiful colors.

Here are some that I have been currently enjoying:

Laura Geller Bright Lids, Big City Baked Collection

Laura Geller Bright Lids, Big City Baked Collection ($39 USD) — A collection of three Sugared Baked Pearl Eye Shadows in megawatt shades. Day or night, big-city shindig or impromptu brunch, light up your looks instantly with just a few sweeps of show-stopping color. Transforming your lids into light-catching, dazzling eyes has never been this electrifying.

Includes:

  • 0.06-oz Sugared Baked Pearl Eye Shadow in Tribeca Blue, a satiny electric cobalt shade
  • 0.06-oz Sugared Baked Pearl Eye Shadow in Upper East Side Purple, a luxe metallic grape shade
  • 0.06-oz Sugared Baked Pearl Eye Shadow in Soho Pink, a glimmering magenta shade
  • Made in Italy
Laura Geller Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liners

Laura Geller Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liners ($16.50 USD) — Inkwell Waterproof Gel liner is one of the best, the silkiest and the most long-wearing gel-based liner you’ll ever get your hands on.  A special gel silicon resin gives the no-budge, transfer-resistant formula its luxurious feel and crease-free finish. Unlike other gel liners that tend to dry out, Inkwell stays soft, moist and emollient, thanks to a well of skin-loving ingredients: VitaminE, Wheat Germ Oil and Jojoba Oil. You’ll love how easy it is to apply. And, once it sets, you’ll forget it’s even there. (You’ll simply be reminded of it when people compliment your gorgeous gaze!).

The shades are:

Black is a classic inky hue that goes on rich.

Purple is an elegant aubergine that creates a bedazzling gaze.

Laura Geller Lip Dream – Cream Berry

Laura Geller Lip Dream – Cream Berry ($23.50 USD) A colorful palette of pink and burgundy shades for kissable lips.  This lip palette adds pop for people of all skin tones and types.  It’s a quartet of super-wearable lip colors in one sleek compact. Use one stripe or combine them all–so many options, so many effects. The texture is sueded and cushiony, combining the coverage of a lipstick with the comfort and shine of a gloss.  Wear each shade individually, in layers, or blended together by sweeping your fingertip or a brush across the colors. For the smoothest, most precise, and longest wearing results, apply by brush (not included).

Laura Geller Bright Lips, Big City Collection

Laura Geller Bright Lips, Big City Collection ($36 USD) This collection captures the vibrant hues of the brightly lit New York City skyline at night in three luminous Lip Pops Waterproof Lip Glosses. Each show-stopping shade goes on creamy and leaves a natural-looking tint on lips.  This creamy and luxurious lip gloss combines the pout-enhancing qualities of a gloss with the long-lasting finish of a stain. The lip-softening formula packs in cottonseed oil and vitamin E for the most pillowy results.

Includes:

  • 0.12-fl oz Lip Pops Waterproof Lip Gloss in Midtown Melon, a juicy, electric melon shade
  • 0.12-fl oz Lip Pops Waterproof Lip Gloss in Nolita Pink, a delicious pink shade
  • 0.12-fl oz Lip Pops Waterproof Lip Gloss in Broadway Berry, a dazzling raspberry shade
  • Made in Italy

Available at www.laurageller.com and www.qvc.com.  Enjoy!

Stocking Stuffer Guide 2 — Lovely Lipsticks and Glosses!

Lip color is the perfect pick-me-up for all seasons, especially for the holidays.  A new lipstick or gloss can update your look with little money.  You can also stuff one of these in the stocking of someone who needs a little treat — or who loves makeup — like me (hint, hint)!

Since lip color is about more than just the shade, new beautyADDICTS BeautifullLIPS Lipstick ($18 USD) collection has it all! These 8 rich and creamy colors are infused with intense hydration so your lips are always protected and nourished with enduring beautiful coverage. Created with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and other natural ingredients, this formula also plumps with natural peptides and stimulates collagen for a firmer, smoother more voluptuous lip.  Available at www.beautyaddicts.com or at a salon near.

Aveda Shine out loud ($15 USD)  With fresh colors from nature: these translucent wet glosses bring the power of beetroot, beta carotene and berry anti-oxidants to life on lips. Each Lip Shine has a refreshing flavor that blends certified organic vanilla, peppermint, cinnamon, anise and basil.

  • Golden Prism Mini Lip Shine
  • Pomelo Mini Lip Shine

The limited-edition gift sets come covered in hand-crafted lokta bark paper from Nepal.  Purchase at www.aveda.com.

Boots No 7 Poppy King Lipstick Number Two Power  ($9.99 USD) — No7 has collaborated with lipstick legend Poppy King to create an exclusive range of lipsticks to change women’s’ views of lip color forever. Wearing lip color has a powerful effect on both the wearer and the beholder. It brightens your day and everyone around you. Poppy King designed a rose shade that is as powerfully stylish as it is pretty. The lipstick is quite  sheer but is easily buildable by dabbing on the color with feather strokes.    To finish it off? Poppy suggests layering on a slick of the accompanying lip gloss ($9.99 USD) for a shiny finish.  Purchase at www.shopbootsusa.com or Target stores.

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Lip Gloss ($23 USD) — This long-lasting, non-sticky gloss delivers shimmery color. Formulated with conditioning botanicals and vitamin E to moisturize, hydrate and protect lips. Plumping shades provide noticeable results without the tingle and irritation experienced by most lip plumpers.  Available at www.ybskin.com. Enjoy!

JESSICA Nails Carte Blanche Collection

Yves Saint Laurent said it best, “Fashions fade, but style is eternal.” Celebrity nail expert JESSICA® has taken her personal love for fashion and Parisian elegance and created a new summer collection of ultra feminine neutral nail colours.

The new Carte Blanche collection is an elegant six-piece assortment of sophisticated colours that enable women to explore their own personal style. With the right blend of shimmering whites, beiges and grays, each colour makes a stylish statement!

The shades are:

Haute Couture — soft pink shimmer

A La Mode — greige shimmer

Pret A Porter — warm beige shimmer

Tres Chic — dusty lavender shimmer

Soigne — light gray shimmer

Au Natural — nude shimmer

Visit www.jessicacosmetics.com to learn more and purchase.  Enjoy!

The John Frieda Hare Care At Home Hair Colour Challenge

Myself, friends and readers have recently taken part in a John Frieda Hare Care At Home Hair Colour Challenge by using the new John Frieda Precision Foam Color ($12.99 USD).

Easy to apply, the non-aerosol foam formula spreads evenly through hair, saturating every strand completely—even the back of the head, roots and hairline. The 20-shade palette collection was developed in conjunction with the John Frieda® Creative Colour Director, and sought-after U.K. colourist, Nicola Clarke, who is responsible for some of the most iconic hair colours in Hollywood. With an array of options for blondes, brunettes and redheads, the collection brings a salon shade spectrum home.No mess, no drips,no stains—just gorgeous hair from every angle. The revolutionary colour even provides 100% grey coverage and vibrant shine with long-lasting results, offering salon precision at home.

HOW TO USE:Squeeze the center of the bottle to dispense foam into a gloved hand and apply directly to hair. Simply massage foam into hair with fingertips to thoroughly cover each strand from root to tip. The foam easily coats even the most hard-to-reach areas, including the back of the head. Let stand for 20 minutes (30 minute for grey coverage) and rinse with lukewarm water until water runs clear. Apply conditioner and leave in for 2-5 minutes before rinsing.

WHAT’S THE VERDICT?:  I like this color because it is easy to use and doesn’t have a strong chemical smell.  I tried Dark Red Brown and it covered my grays well, but I didn’t get much red in my dark brown, but it was shiny and pretty.  I don’t have a photo up because I didn’t get a chance to take my after photo, my grays popped up after a few weeks (I procrastinated).

My daughter Hannah had reddish blonde hair before coloring and wanted to go more blonde so she chose Dark Golden Blonde.  It turned out almost exactly like her hair was before — not much change.  Marissa went from a golden blonde to Dark Natural Brown and it looked fab, quite a difference!

Bridget tried Medium Chocolate Brown and it covered her gray well.  She loved how soft her hair was afterwards and how great it made her feel to get her color back.

We all had different experiences with this color, but I think it is a quality home hair color and worth a try!

WHERE TO FIND IT: Food, drug and mass retailers nationwide.

Try A Luxe New Ellis Faas Concealer

Ellis Faas Concealers

Looking for a new concealer and would like to splurge on quality? Ellis Faas Concealer ($40.00 USD) has eight colors to choose from to ensure a match and it is full coverage and very creamy. Here is the details:

 The secret to seamless concealer coverage lies in its relation to the foundation colour: Darker skin demands more contrast between concealer and foundation, while lighter skin requires foundation and concealer that are more similar in colour. The Ellis Faas concealer accommodates these dramatic differences in the requirements of different skin tones. This concealer has a polished finish, with a formulation that offers high coverage to reduce the appearance of blemishes, pigmentation spots and dark circles. With a unique blend of ingredients such as Karité oil and rice wax, Ellis Faas concealer immediately blends into the skin for a flawless finish. Vitamins E and C in the formula hydrate and have anti-aging and regenerating properties. Ellis Faas concealer is recommended for all skin types.

What I think:  I like the texture and coverage of this concealer. I tried s202, which is a bit dark and warm for my skin tone, which is light. As I do more sunless tanning this summer, it will probably blend in better.  I would suggest that you go lighter than you think if you have light to medium skin since you need a contrast. Darker skin tones can benefit from a closer shade.   

Visit www.ellisfaas.com to purchase and to learn more. Enjoy!