My Beauty Favorites — 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’s Blood Eye Mask by Rodial is an innovative mask that uses the brand’s 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.

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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’s 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) – NEW! 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.

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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!

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What products are you loving this week?  Have you tried any new skincare?



Switch Up Your Skincare Routine For Fall

I use different skincare products different times of the year.  For example, when the air turns cooler and drier I tend to use heavier moisturizers and oils.  The air is so dry in the Fall and Winter in Kansas City, so I need to hydrate!

I have been sent the following skincare for my honest review:

Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Organic Cleanser
Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Organic Cleanser

Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Organic Cleanser ($13.99 USD) — Nutrient-rich Apple Juice brings its natural benefits to this organic facial cleanser that contains no sulfates, harsh chemicals, dyes or fragrances. Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Cucumber extracts moisturize dry and sensitive skin to leave you with a fresh glow, outside and in.

What I think:  I have sensitive skin and most cleansers irritate it.  This does not. It leaves my skin soft and smooth, and not red at all.  It smells like orange juice and soap, which is a weird combo, but it isn’t strong.  I would purchase this again because it works well and is at an affordable price.

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Arbonne RE9 Advanced Instant Lift Gel
Arbonne RE9 Advanced Instant Lift Gel

Arbonne RE9 Advanced Instant Lift Gel ($46 USD) — Key ingredients in this advanced formula work immediately to make skin feel firm and look lifted. Based on a clinical study of 20 women using the RE9 Advanced Instant Lift Gel, 95% of participants agreed their skin felt firmer and tighter after application.

What I think: As I get older, my skin can definitely use a little lift. I use this after cleanser and toner, before serum and moisturizer (yes, I use a lot of products!).  I let it absorb into my skin for a few minutes and I notice that my skin is firmer. I have been using this each morning and like

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MD Complete 3-Day Booster Pack
MD Complete 3-Day Booster Pack

MD Complete 3-Day Booster Pack ($19.99 USD) — Simple, 3-step regimen designed to replicate the benefits of professional peels. All 3 steps are formulated to work together, so they’re all you need to see visible results in just 3 days. Helps to brighten and even skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, smooth rough texture and brighten complexion.

What I think:  I used this three nights in a row (there are three sets of the peel) as directed.  It’s cleanser, peel, then moisturizer.  After the three days, my skin was so soft and bright, it really helped the texture of my skin.  I think for the price, this is something that I can do one a month and it will really improve my skin!

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Philosophy Back To Nurture Deeply Replenishing Oil Gelée ($50 on sale for $31) — Rebuild skin’s protective lipid barrier with a botanical extract able to enhance cell renewal and vitamin d metabolism in skin. Restore skin’s healthy balance with our most complete blend of omega 3.6.9 essential fatty acids. Retrain skin to retain moisture longer with ceramides that mimic skin’s natural lipids.

Philosophy Back To Nurture Replenishing Moisture Crème ($65 USD) — Back to nurture replenishment replenishing moisture crème goes above and beyond what regular moisturizer can do to help replenish skin’s moisture levels by infusing it with encapsulated hyaluronic acid and shea better. It helps replump and soothe thin, dried-out skin with an anti-inflammatory magnolia bark extract and skin-renewing peptides. Licorice root extract and vitamin f help revitalize skin’s natural, healthy radiance. rich, soft texture absorbs quickly and provides long-lasting comfort.

What I think: Both of these product are made for dry skin.  They also work well on my sensitive skin if used at night (they are a little heavy as day products for my skin).  The oil gelee (which is mostly like an oil) works well when my skin is parched.  It sinks in and soothes it.  The cream is so hydrating and works well as a night cream.  I think these will be wonderful when it’s cold and dry out.

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What’s your favorite Fall skincare?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Product Round-Up — 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 ($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® material and one fourth the size of the original sponge, these non-disposable 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!

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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.

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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—no pouch or box included—to 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 and the Desert Essence set is available at

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!

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Amarte Aqua Mist
Amarte Aqua Mist

Amarte Aqua Mist ($68 USD) — Aqua Mist® 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!

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