Fall Beauty Essentials For Gorgeous Skin and Hair!

Fall’s here and for me it’s time to switch up my beauty routine!  I especially like to experiment with new skin and hair care that will work well in the cooler weather.
Below are products that will really make a difference in how my skin looks and feels this Fall and into Winter!
DDF Ageless Anti-Aging Preventative Starter Kit
DDF Ageless Anti-Aging Preventative Starter Kit ($49 USD)  — This 4-pc set is designed to minimize fine lines & wrinkles and improve skin’s texture for a more healthy, youthful look. Includes 2 oz. Glycolic 5% Exfoliating Wash, 2 oz. Glycolic Toning Complex, .5 oz. Pro-Retinol Complex 3 Moisturizer & .5 oz. Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum.
Purchase at kohls.com
MakeupDrop+ ($20 USD) — Have you tried one of these.  It claims better blending for advanced makeup looks. Contour, highlight and blend like a professional makeup artist while saving product. This one has a textured surface that can be used on makeup-free skin to blot away oils and excess grime, elevating your skincare game.
Purchase at makeupdrop.com
Philip B. Weightless Conditioning Water
Philip B. Weightless Conditioning Water ($38 USD) — A first-of-its-kind, air-light conditioning mist that lets you spray on hair-healthy moisture, restoring bounce and smoothness while leaving your hair with a healthy gleam. This gives the softness of a rinse-out conditioner and shine spray without the weight. Enriched with water-based, nutrient-rich organic plant extracts, this light revitalizing spray leaves hair smooth, silky and cashmere-soft.
Available at at philipb.com
Scünci Classic Scrunchies
Scünci Classic Scrunchies ($8.99 USD) — Yes, the scrunchie is back! Or maybe this 90’s staple hasn’t gone anywhere, I just haven’t been looking for them.  These scrunchies do help to keep your hair dent free.  And since the 90’s are in…these are perfect to complete your look!
Purchase at ulta.com
Conair Ultra Detangling Wood Cushion Brush
Conair Ultra Detangling Wood Cushion Brush ($12.99 USD) — The Conair Ultra Detangler is a professional quality wood cushion brush with a luxurious look and feel that glides through wet or dry hair. It detangles hair with ease without snagging or pulling, leaving hair smooth, polished and tangle free with each brush stroke. Flexible, ball-tipped bristles gently massage and stimulate the scalp.
Available at at ulta.com
What products are you using to get ready for Fall?

My Beauty Favorites — Week of February 1-7, 2016

Happy Superbowl Sunday!  Are you watching the big game?  I am until Downton Abbey comes on!

I thought I would take a break from the action and look back on my favorite beauty products I’ve tried this week.  I love trying new products!

My faves this week include a rich facial moisturizer, a skin smoother, a classic balm, and a long-lasting brow gel


Skin Authority Ultra Rich Moisturizer
Skin Authority Ultra Rich Moisturizer

Skin Authority Ultra Rich Moisturizer ($55 USD) — The natural botanicals of Aloe, Mango, Cranberry, Bergamot, Shea butter, and Safflower moisturize while helping to soothe irritation and calm puffiness for skin that appears soft, bright, and luminous. Helps skin feel moist and more hydrated without feeling greasy. Contains no parabens, AHAs, dyes, added fragrances, or animal testing.

What I think: This is a natural moisturizer that both soothes and moisturizes.  I have sensitive skin and this doesn’t irritate it at all.  I love that is goes on smoothly and doesn’t feel greasy at all.  By morning, my skin is soft and ready for the day!

Purchase at http://www.skinauthority.com

DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel
DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel

DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel ($50 USD) — Restore a youthful appearance at any age by repairing damage at the skin’s surface. One of the most popular in-office treatments is the microdermabrasion. Typically performed by skilled estheticians, these skin sluffing procedures of rejuvenation are usually conducted over a lunch break. Treat yourself to an at-home experience with this unique polishing gel. The self-warming formula uses an exothermic reaction to help open pores and exfoliate dead skin cells and debris to even skin tone and texture.

What I think:  I like this exfoliator.  I do have sensitive skin, so I gently exfoliate with it and rinse it right off.  And, it doesn’t seem to irritate my skin. I like to exfoliate twice a week, and this really keeps my skin smooth and soft!

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


Bag Balm On-the-Go Tube
Bag Balm On-the-Go Tube

Bag Balm On-the-Go Tube — Since 1899, this ointment has been the farmer’s friend helping keep dairy cows from becoming chapped from the harsh Vermont environment. This product works hard all year round – and works well. For chapped conditions & superficial abrasions.  Contains lanolin and stays on to provide moisturizing & softening. Contains no alcohol.

What I think:  My family used to always have a tin of this in our home.  We did have some farm animals, but we used it on our dry skin, too.  The scent reminds me of that time!  Not only does it smell the same, it also still works well on dry cuticles, elbows etc. The new tube is great for taking on the go.

Purchase at mass market retailers near you

Westmore Lasting Effects Brow Gel
Westmore Lasting Effects Brow Gel

Westmore Lasting Effects Brow Gel ($25, $22.78 on QVC.com) — is formulated with Permafix Technology and Brow Fiber Complex, which help create the appearance of natural-looking brows that last. The blend of hair-like fibers and specially treated pigments are designed to fasten onto skin and hair, creating transfer-proof and budge-proof coverage. Application has never been easier, thanks to the Spoolie Brow Perfector Brush for filling and defining.

What I think: This is a quick and easy way to achieve long-lasting brows. Just brush on and it once it dries, it will stay on all day.  It comes in three shades; Blond, Brunette and Dark Brunette.

Purchase at http://www.qvc.com



My Beauty Favorites — Week of January 4-10, 2015

This week, it has grown colder in Kansas City.  It really feels like winter now!  Since I have been staying inside, I have been trying various fun new products!

I have been loving a cleansing foam, an acne treatment, a flawless foundation, a breath drop and lip balm combo, and a cool new toothbrush:

Lumene’s Bright Touch Refreshing Cleansing Foam
Lumene’s Bright Touch Refreshing Cleansing Foam

Lumene’s Bright Touch Refreshing Cleansing Foam ($10.99 at CVS, 5.1 fl. oz.) — Hydrating and caring cleansing foam for gentle yet efficient cleansing of makeup and impurities. Leaves skin perfectly clean, soft and balanced. Detoxifying, unique arctic cloudberry nectar helps to boost your skin’s natural radiance.

What I think:  I am loving this gentle cleanser.  It foams nicely, but doesn’t dry out my skin at all.  It’s great to use day or night before my serums and lotions.  I also love how affordable it is.

Purchase at CVS stores and other mass market retailers

DDF Acne Control Treatment
DDF Acne Control Treatment

DDF Acne Control Treatment ($46 USD) — A night treatment that fights, controls, and normalizes acne. Contains the Clarifying Neutralizing Complex with skin conditioners and glycerin that moisturize to soothe skin and restore balance. Salicylic Acid helps keep pores clear and helps fights and prevent blemishes for restored clarity. Non-comedogenic and paraben-free.

  • Fights and controls acne
  • Helps keep pores clear
  • Soothes and restores clarity

What I think: I get occasional breakouts, and when I do this is the perfect product to use.  It is great on my pores and any area that I am experiencing a breakout in.  In the morning, my skin feels smoother and looks clearer.

Purchase at http://www.ddfskincare.com

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation
Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation ($42 USD) — Bring on the flawless! The first-ever foundation with 100% Liquid Light Technology completely evens out skin for a totally natural, luminous finish. (Think gel-covered pigments that mimic photo filters to blur imperfections.)

Created in Smashbox studios, this HD formula was developed to keep up with advancing photo technology by giving you flawless coverage that’s undetectable to the naked eye.

•    Works with all undertones
•    Buildable sheer-to-medium coverage
•    Long-wearing
•    Moisturizing
•    Sweat and humidity resistant

What I think: I love this foundation.  It is very light on the skin, but gives full coverage.  It feels like skincare on, it leaves my skin soft and looking flawless!

Kissamint ($19.50 USD each) — Conveniently packaged together for the first time ever, Kissamint combines a luxe conditioning gloss with breath freshening drops so you are ready for anything. Available in a sheer (Miss Independamint) or tinted lip gloss (Spearamint Ur Ex), lips stay hydrated and breath is fresh so you will never be caught unprepared again!

What I think:  I have never tried a product like this before, it is such an original idea!  I love the Miss Independamint, because the balm is sheer and the drops are peppermint.  The Spearamint Ur Ex would be great for going out.  The color is a sheer red and it would be nice to have the drops when you meet new people!

Available at http://www.kissamint.com

Evolve Toothbrush
Evolve Toothbrush

Evolve Toothbrush ($15 USD) — Created with a patented Triple Flexing brush head design which helps thoroughly and easily clean surfaces of teeth and gums, especially the hard to reach areas, it’s a dramatic evolution in brush design with results that can benefit not just oral health, but overall health as well. EVOLVE toothbrush is design to work for people of all ages beginning at 6 years old. It’s fantastic for everyday use for people across all spectrums of dental needs.

It not only brushes at or below gum level, but it is a great tool for people with braces, gum problems and people with disabilities. It’s a SMART toothbrush that knows what to do even it you don’t!

What I think:  I love using this toothbrush! It covers so much surface that I know that I am really getting my teeth clean! Since it is so big, it takes a bit of getting use to, but is easy to use.

Purchase at  evolveoralcare.com

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