My Beauty Favorites — Week of November 21-27, 2016

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!  I spent it with family and had a great time!

I have been doing a little shopping, but I still have a lot to do for Christmas.  Below are my fave items that I have received for my honest review this week.  They would all make great gifts, or just given to yourself for a treat.  They are:

HSI Professional Glider Straightening Heated Brush
HSI Professional Glider Straightening Heated Brush

HSI Professional Glider Straightening Heated Brush ($129.00 USD) — The Glider Straightening Brush features an ionic ceramic tourmaline-infused hot plate that uses 4 HeatBalance® microsensors to regulate the temperature and evenly distribute heat so that fewer passes are needed through your precious hair.

That’s the best way to get frizz-free silky results that shine while protecting your hair cuticles from overheat exposure. Plus, the plate heats up in seconds so you don’t have to lose any time while adjusting the temperature setting via the digital display between 350-450°F to suit your particular hair type and texture.

What I think: This is not only so cool, it is very easy to use!  I have been wanting to try a heated brush, I thought it looked like a fast way to style hair.  And it is!  Once I heat it up, I just pass it slowly through my hair.  It straightens my hair without leaving it flat.  It isn’t stick straight, just smooth and very pretty.  I definitely recommend this for mornings that you want to brush your hair and go, but get a style too.

Purchase at

Ellis Faas Hot Lips L408 – BABY PINK ($35 USD) –Hot Lips is Ellis’ latest revolutionary texture for the lips. Because it’s absolutely packed with pigment, you’ll only need a tiny bit of the non-greasy Hot Lips to add vibrant colour. Hot Lips are extremely longwearing, without the risk of drying out your lips. A little goes a very long way!

Ellis Faas Glazed Lips L308 – Sheer Soft Pink ($35 USD) — A highly-pigmented lip-gloss for an ultra-wet, yet long-lasting splash of colour that combines transparency and intensity. Non-sticky, so providing superior comfort both in application and on the lips. Plant seed oils improve hydration and protect your lips.

What I think: Ellis Faas makeup is so cool!  These come in a silver bullet and twist up to reveal gorgeous lip color.  The Hot Lips is an opaque lip color and can be used as a stain.  The Glazed Lips is a sheer gloss that looks great alone or over other lip products.  Both are very luxe and gorgeous!

Purchase at

Jason Smoothing Coconut Body Wash Virgin Coconut Oil ($15.75 USD) –An ultra-moisturizing wash that gently cleans with botanical cleansers and deeply nourishes with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter.  Its formula is packed with virgin Coconut Oil, which is rich in hydrating Vitamin E and antioxidant polyphenols, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth all over.

JĀSÖN Smoothing Coconut Oil ($10.99 USD)An unrefined, 100% organic Coconut Oil with a wide range of benefits. This multi-purpose product is rich in nourishing Vitamin E and antioxidant polyphenols, delivering unparalleled care to your skin, hair and nails.

 What I think: These natural coconut products are perfect for those who need hydration.  The body wash has a very natural coconut scent and leaves skin so soft after washing.  The coconut oil is in a big jar and can hydrate skin, hair and nails.  So nice!

Available at Whole Foods Market/

What are you loving this week?




Do You Have a Summer Makeup Look? Fun Products By Laura Mercier, Lipstick Queen, butter LONDON, Mehron and Ellis Faas

It’s just about summertime!  Today it was over 80 degrees in Kansas City.  Which is awesome and has me thinking of easy, bright looks for the season.

I was sent the following products for my honest review.  I have found some great summer makeup and I hope you will get ideas from these awesome picks!

Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer
Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer

Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer ($28 USD) — This unique 3-in-1 concealer was designed to cover, de-puff and brighten under eye circles. The highly pigmented formula builds and blends flawlessly for professional makeup artist result and lasts all day. The concealer was formulated with honey, vitamin E and fruit acid to nourish and smooth skin, and comes in 12 shades, so you can find your perfect match.

What I think:  This cream concealer is perfect for summer as it really does last all day.  A little goes a long way (this is comparable to IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye).  It is very creamy and blends in well, while keeping skin soft all day.  It is full-coverage.

Available at

Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Open Secret
Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Open Secret

Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Open Secret ($24 USD) — In a beautifully bright and romantically rosy hue, Open Secret bestows lips and cheeks with a bloom of fresh, flattering and ultra-wearable peony.

What I think:  This is a perfect spring and summer shade.  It is a bright, flattering shade and I like the matte finish.  I like it best on cheeks.  It is a little dry for my lips, but looks pretty with a sheer lip gloss over it.

Available at, Space NK and Ulta stores nationwide

Butter LONDON WINK Cream Eyeshadow ($18 USD) — The Brilliant Bronze Collection will keep any look sun-kissed and glowing with exceptional textures and gorgeous colour year round. The collection offers two new shades of butter LONDON’s WINK Cream Eyeshadow in Randy and Brassed Off.

What I think:  Both shades are so perfect for summer.  Shimmery and neutral, and so pretty.  They also last a long time once they dry.

Available at

Meyron Metallic Powder with Mixing Liquid
Meyron Metallic Powder with Mixing Liquid

Meyron Metallic Powder with Mixing Liquid ($12.95 USD) — This is a combination product of Mehron’s ultra fine Metallic Powder Makeup which enables you to create dramatic makeup designs and effects. The soft Metallic Powder Makeup made by Mehron, Leaders in Theatrical Makeup since 1927, is finely crafted and evenly blended to provide you with the best available accenting powder on the market. The Metallic Powder formulated by the researchers of Mehron is currently available in Gold, Silver, Cooper, and Bronze allowing you to add dynamic shiny powder to any makeup look. This ultra fine, silky smooth Metallic Powder can be used dry or combine it with the included 1 oz.  Meyron Mixing Liquid to form a water-based metallic liquid makeup. The dynamic effects of Metallic Makeup Powder can be used in body painting, face painting, costume makeup, character makeup and sexy evening makeup.

What I think:  I don’t know how to apply theatre makeup, but I have to say I love this powder!  I have it in gold, and mixed with the liquid it makes an extremely long lasting shadow.  Perfect for hot summer days.  I think it will also be fun to use for Halloween or the holidays to make festive looks.  Easy to mix and apply.

Available at

Ellis Faas Mascara in Black
Ellis Faas Mascara in Black

Ellis Faas Mascara ($34 USD) — A creamy texture that perfectly coats, lengthens and separates each individual lash. Lashes instantly appear longer, lifted and combed. It is a lengthening mascara for subtle or prominent accents to your lashes. Well-suited for customizing different looks.  Available in Black and Milk Chocolate.

What I think:  I love this mascara for a natural day look.  It separates so well that it never clumps.  More coats creates more volume.

Available at

Mehron Glosstone PRO
Mehron Glosstone PRO

Mehron Glosstone PRO ($11.95 USD) — Glosstone PRO is moisturizing and non-tacky leaving the lips glossy but not greasy. This long-wearing and never-sticky formula is enriched with antioxidants of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. Available in a clear shade to be used alone or over L.I.P Creams to add shine and additional moisture, 3 highly pigmented matte shades and 2 sparkly shades infused with tiny light reflectors to pump up the volume creating the appearance of fuller richer lips! Glosstone PRO is packaged in a sleek modern square vial and applied with the lip applicator wand. This “shine booster” is sure to become your favorite lip gloss! SHADES: Coral Reef, Red Kiss, Pink Crush, Crystal Clear, Bubble Gum Sparkle & Golden Spark.

What I think:  I have been testing this in Red Kiss.  It is a little bright for me, but I love the opacity and coverage.  It is almost like a liquid lipstick. It stays on for hours and when the gloss wears off, I noticed a pretty stain.

Available at


Luxe Beauty Gift Ideas

There are so many fab holiday beauty gifts this year!  Some are more expensive than others, and when you do want to splurge, there are some great brands to choose from.

I have been sent the following wonderful products to test and I highly recommend them for gifts — there is even a great kit for the man in your life!

The Wrinkle Prevention Pillow

The Wrinkle Prevention Pillow ($99 USD) combines the comfort of sleeping on a luxurious memory foam pillow  AND is ergonomically designed to be extremely comfortable. The pillow  lifts and cradles your face so you do not develop permanent sleep lines and wrinkles on your face, neck and chest while you sleep.

I have been testing this pillow for a couple of weeks and am loving it.  It is very comfortable and I love the satin pillow case that comes with it. The only downside is that it has a fairly strong synthetic smell to it.  But it seems to be fading over time.

Available at

emptu Patricia Field Signature Kit

Temptu Patricia Field Signature Kit ($199 USD) — Celebrate the transformative power of fashion and beauty with our Patricia Field Signature Kit. The kit is fully customizable, you can choose all of your own shades for foundation, blush and highlighter.  The kit includes:

  • AIRbrush Makeup System 2.0 with your choice of Patricia Field GelaSkin, Martine Girl or Lips on Fire.
  • 1 AIRpod Foundation
  • 1 AIRpod Blush (Patricia Field recommends AIRpod Blush in Hot Pink)
  • 1 AIRpod Highlighter (Patricia Field recommends AIRpod Highlighter in Champagne)
  • 3 Pod Stand (Bonus item!)
  • Signature Clear Makeup Bag (Bonus item!)

PLUS, TEMPTU’s Care and Usage Guide, One-year Warranty, 45-day Money Back Guarantee, and Shade Match Guarantee.

I have been testing a Temptu and I am loving the coverage I get.  It took me a few times to get the hang of it, but I can now do my whole face and it looks smooth and even and as if I don’t have any makeup on at all!  This would be a fabulous gift for the makeup lover in your life!

Available at

Tarte the Tarte of Gving Collector's Set & Travel Bag

Tarte the Tarte of Giving Collector’s Set and Travel Bag ($59 USD) — Make your own holiday memories with this chic travel bag overflowing with all your must-have beauty essentials. Inspired by the Tarte family and their favorite gifts over the years, this exclusive, rich collection features a host of limited-edition shades that are reminiscent of holidays past, as well as some of the bestselling and most iconic Tarte products. The set includes everything needed to create endless looks and timeless memories.

This set contains:
– 20 x .07 oz Limited-Edition Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows
– 8 x .059 oz Deluxe Maracuja Lipglosses
– 0.23 oz Deluxe Pure Maracuja Oil
– 0.08 oz Deluxe Maracuja C-Brighter™ Eye Treatment
– 0.05 oz Deluxe Limited-Edition Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush in Memorable
– 0.17 oz Deluxe Cheek Stain in Flush
– 0.16 oz Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-In-1 Mascara
– Travel Makeup Bag

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Phthalates

Amazonian clay facilitates better, longer, truer wear. Maracuja oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin C to support firmer, brighter, smoother skin. Vitamin E acts as a natural preservative, an anti-inflammatory emollient, and an antioxidant. Mineral pigments are known to soothe and soften skin. Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-In-1 Mascara increases lash volume by up to 330 percent.

Available at and Sephora stores.

Ellis Faas Hot Lips

Ellis Faas Hot Lips ($35 USD) — Hot Lips is Ellis’ latest revolutionary texture for the lips. Because it’s absolutely packed with pigment, you’ll only need a tiny bit of the non-greasy Hot Lips to add vibrant colour. Hot Lips are extremely long wearing, without the risk of drying out your lips. A little goes a very long way!

All Ellis Lips products are suitable for every skin tone, age and style. Paraben-free. Non-sticky. Available in 9 bright shades. No animal testing.

Purchase at

Paul and Joe Beaute Limited Edition Eye & Cheek Color Set

Limited Edition Eye & Cheek Color Set ($65) — Naughty or nice? You decide this holiday season, with new Limited Edition Eye & Cheek Color Sets from Paul & Joe! Each set comes in a precious cat-print pouch complete with a warm, wintery eye color duo, an eye gloss for a touch of holiday.

Sugar & Spice 001 (not shown) – rich, spicy tones create a sultry feminine look that will have you glowing all season long.

Gingerbread 002 (above) – sugary sweet shades make for a wintery look that’s deliciously pretty with just a kiss of color.

Paul & Joe Products are available at

Lolita Lempicka’s Unlock the Mystery Collection

Lolita Lempicka’s Unlock the Mystery Collection ($100 USD) — Lolita Lempicka’s Unlock the Mystery Collection is the perfect gift for someone you love this holiday season, The set includes a jasmine, ylang-ylang, neroli, sandalwood, and coco scented 80ml Eau de Parfum, 50ml Body Lotion, and Jewelry Cuff designed by the Lolita Lempicka family.

Available at

Sensai ULTIMATE Holiday Gift Set

Sensai ULTIMATE Holiday Gift Set ($740 USD) — Sensai’s unmatched product line, ULTIMATE, is truly the ULTIMATE gift for any beauty connoisseur. Included is a Full-Size Ultimate Cream, Travel-Size Ultimate Lotion and Travel-Size Ultimate Emulsion. Allow your loved one to take on the luster and refinement of premium silk.

Where to Purchase: and

L’Occitane Men’s Luxury Set

L’Occitane Men’s Luxury Set

L’Occitane Men’s Luxury Set ($155 USD) — Prep him for every holiday occasion with this luxury men’s grooming set. The fine collection features Cade Rich Shaving Cream, Cade Shaving Brush Plisson, Cade Razor Plisson, and Cade After Shave Balm. This holiday season, L’OCCITANE has joined forces with the famous Plisson brand, which has been creating shaving accessories since 1808. In keeping with the tradition of master barbers, they promise an experience that will satisfy even the most demanding of men.

Where to Purchase:


March Mascara Madness!

I have been sent some fabulous mascaras for my honest review and I am so excited to share them with you!

Flower Beauty Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascara

Flower is the new beauty line by Drew Barrymore.  The brand’s philosophy is that you no longer have to spend a lot of money to get the quality cosmetics you want and deserve. Where other beauty brands spend a vast percentage of the cost of their products on ads, they do not. Drew, as an owner of the brand, takes pride in promoting Flower, which in turn allows the company to put all of their resources into the formulas and packaging, and not into advertising.

The first item I have tried from Flower is the Lash Knockout Volumizing Mascara ($6.98 USD). The claims for this mascara is it will:

  • Lengthen and nourish lashes with Red Seaweed for elasticity
  • Shiny Polymers add shine, luster and condition
  • Vegetal Polymers provide easy application and superb adherence for all-day wear

What I think:  This is a great thickening mascara for a fab price! The brush has plush, closely placed bristles that impart a nice, thick coat of mascara.  If you like volumizing mascara, this is a good one to try.   Available at Walmart and

L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara

L’Oreal introduces liquid extensions in a bottle, with Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara ($8.49 USD), a new generation of lash length. In one motion lashes are separated, intensified, and look shockingly lengthened for an
intense make-up result.

What I think:  This plastic bristle brush really lengthens lashes, and separates as well.  If that is the look that you like, I really recommend this mascara.  It is easily available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Mineral Fusion Lengthening Mascara

Mineral Fusion Lengthening Mascara ($14.99 USD) This is a natural mineral mascara. Minerals apply smoothly to darken and lengthen for beautifully defined lashes.  Naturally nourishes and protects to promote maximum lash health and fullness.  Gentle, non-irritating formula applies easily, without clumping, flaking or smudging.  Free of Gluten, Parabens, Artificial Colors, Fragrances and Talc. Never-tested on animals. Hypo-allergenic.

What I think: If you like a natural look, this will give that to you with natural ingredients.  I know that some ladies don’t like huge lashes and this will give a softer look.  Available at

Mally Beauty Instant Impact Mascara

NEW Mally Instant Impact Mascara takes lashes to great lengths with a six-ball applicator that distributes mascara evenly to each lash–every one of them will look longer and fuller than ever before!

What I think:  This is my favorite mascara at the moment.  It gives HUGE volume and length.  The only thing is that the product tends to collect at the base of the last ball, so be careful when you take it out of the tube.  I wipe it off with a tissue and go to town on my lashes.  Great for night looks or for the ladies who like drama every day!

This is now only available in a kit at called Mally 7-piece Makeup Makeover Collection for $72.50 USD.  Hopefully it will be available by itself soon!

Ellis Faas Mascara

Ellis Faas Mascara ($34 USD)A creamy mascara that perfectly coats, lengthens and separates each individual lash.  This mascara is ideal for creating customized looks. In one coat, it accentuates your lashes with subtlety; additional coats frame your eyes with lush, more dramatic effect.

What I think:  I am loving the versatility of this mascara.  One coat gives you very long and separated lashes.  A couple more coats provides volume as well.  Plus, it comes in a very cool bullet container.


Fresh New Makeup For Spring and Summer

It’s time to lighten and brighten up your makeup for the warmer months!  Some of the following products are new — and some just new to me — but all are lovely for the summer!

Essence Sun Club Bronzer

Essence Sun Club Bronzing Powder ($3.99 USD) — This is a gorgeous matte bronzer that can be used on face or body — it comes in a nice large compact. To apply, you can use the NEW essence powder brush ($3.49 shown above), and sweep the bronzing powder in blonde or brunette ($3.99) to the hollows of the cheek – making sure to follow through with your stroke and blend the matte color up to temples and slightly into the hairline. Also, don’t forget to brush a little on your forehead and down to the jawline.  I love me some contouring!  Also, I have the brunette and even though my skin tone is light, the color was not too dark.  If you need more color, layer.

Available at Ulta stores and

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Luminous Crème Blush

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Luminous Crème Blush ($27 USD) Give cheeks a burst of color and radiance with this cream-textured blush. The oil-free formula combines a shimmering glow with sheer, long-wearing color. Wear as a cheek color or highlighter, or layer with powder blushes for extra vibrancy.

For the Spring, there are two new shades:

Plum Satin — a rose-berry shade with a hint of shimmer.

Pink Cashmere — a lively, matte carnation pink.

I have the Plum Satin, and it is so gorgeous!  Easy to blend and a beautiful light shade on.

Purchase at

IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain

Vitality Lip Flush Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain ($20 USD) takes the place of your lipstick, anti-aging conditioning lip balm, ultra-hydrating lip gloss, and your lip stain! This truly innovative formula contains Hydra-Luxe Technology including ingredients such as plum oil, cherry oil, shea butter, aloe, and jojoba that all work together to treat,  hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips. It minimizes the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles. Plus, this lip flush is packed with anti-oxidants including acai, green tea, white tea, and vitamins A, C, and E to fight free-radical attack.

I have tried this in Je Ne Sais Quois, a sheer pink flush shade that looks almost clear in the tube.  It feels so moisturizing on and leaves your lips a pretty pink for hours.  Finally — a moisturizing lip stain.

You can purchase this alone or in a set with one or two other colors at

If you are looking to splurge try, Ellis Faas Spring Gift Set ($85 USD). The set contains the Creamy Eyes E106, which is a lilac taupe – ideal to create a soft smokey eye. The lilac Light E304 can be used for amethyst-like sparkly highlights. And to complete our Spring Gift Set, Ellis chose the juicy, nude pink Milky Lips L207, which is a lovely combination with the eye products.

Available at


Luxe Holiday Gift Ideas — To Give Or To Treat Yourself!

Treat yourself or someone special to a luxury beauty product.  From potent skincare, to beautiful make up to a new type of hair styler, these products are just the thing to surprise someone.  Or, give yourself the gift of luxurious beauty — you deserve it!

Clarisonic Black Opal Sonic Infusion System with Arcona Eye Dew ($185 USD) — Opal Sonic Infusion is a breakthrough in eye care that uses proven sonic technology to apply eye serum better than manual application. In one minute, Opal gently delivers serum beneath the surface with 7500 gentle micro-massages. Developed by the lead inventor of Sonicare® and Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing. Use Arcona’s Eye Dew in the morning and Clarisonic’s Anti-Aging Sea Serum at night.  Visit to purchase.

Opal Sonic Infusion System Contents:

  • Opal Sonic Infuser
  • Anti-Aging Sea Serum, 1.7oz
  • Universal Voltage Charger
  • 2 Replacement Applicator Tips
  • Wristlet
  • ARCONA Eye Dew, Repair/Protect AM 0.3 oz (9 ml)

Caudalie Once Upon a Vine  ($38 USD) — A collection of four products for an at-home spa experience that leaves skin renewed, revived, and glowing.  With the Once Upon a Vine set, Caudalie writes a fairy tale for perfect skin. Fight your way through the wicked dead skin cells with the Crushed Cabernet Scrub. Awaken your body’s hydration with a kiss of Vine Body butter and Hand and Nail cream. Break the curse of chapped lips with the Lip Conditioner. Your skin will be glowing happily ever after. This set contains: – 2.1 oz Crushed Cabernet Scrub – 0.14 oz Lip Conditioner – 2.5 oz Hand and Nail Cream – 6.7 oz Vine Body Butter.  Visit to learn more.

Ellis Faas Winter Set 2011 ($85 USD). For the 2011 holiday season, Ellis has selected a gift set of three, best-selling products that can be combined to create several looks. The set contains ELLIS RED Milky Lips L201 for gorgeously blood-red lips; black Creamy Eyes E103 for an easy smoky eye and/or to be used as a black liner; and the light Milky Eyes E209 for fresh accents.  Purchase at

Laura Geller Festive Treats: This trio of travel-friendlyLaura’s Light Beam Lip Glosses offers brilliant, yet non-sticky shine ($24.75 sale, $39 value at QVC and   These ultra-versatile and decadently sheer glosses are infused with natural fruit and plant oils including Cranberry, Pomegranate, Apricot and Grape Seed, along with Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter that deeply condition and soften lips.  The kit features the follow festive (and universally flattering) shades:
  • NEW Cinnamon Spice – a honeyed burgundy
  • NEW Clementine– ashimmering sunset orange
  • Fairy Dust – aneffervescent pale pink

Wild & Chic Best of MAKE UP FOR EVER Kit ($55 USD $103 Value) — A limited-edition kit featuring six bestselling MAKE UP FOR EVER products for creating the perfect everyday look.  Wild and Chic Best of MAKE UP FOR EVER includes all of the essentials needed to create a flawless face. Prepare the skin for makeup application using HD Microperfecting Primer and follow with HD Microfinish Powder to even out the complexion with a soft focus effect. Highlight the eyes and cheeks using Aqua Cream’s long-lasting, waterproof cream formula and add dimension with award-winning Aqua Eyes. For added drama, create ultra-black lashes with Smoky Lash mascara and finish off your look with Lab Shine for the perfect pout.
This set contains: – 0.17 oz HD Microfinish Powder – 0.21 oz Aqua Cream in 13 Warm Beige (champagne shimmer)
– 0.04 oz Travel Aqua Eyes in Mat Black 0L (black) – 0.09 oz Lab Shine in Star Collection – S4 (pearly pink beige) – 0.5 oz HD Microperfecting Primer – 0.23 oz Smoky Lash Extra Black Mascara.  Purchase at or Sephora.

The TopStyler by InStyler ($119 USD) reinvents the way you create curl, wave, texture and body in your hair. Create fun and innovative movement to your hair, explosive texture and even red carpet looks.The secret is the patent pending design of the 100% solid ceramic lined shells called C-Shells. When the C-Shells heat on the rapid heat Thermal Base, they create the perfect temperature to reshape and set the hair, safely. It works on all hair types and most lengths, and is based on forming your hair section into a simple finger curl. Unlike most round or flat heat styling tools that press the hair with a really high temperature, TopStyler works with a gentle heat that cradles the hair evenly from root to end. It can also enhance many of the styling and conditioning products that you use, because it provides a gentle, activating heat. 100% solid ceramic plates conduct heat efficiently to ensure that the C-Shells are able to retain heat longer to fully permeate the hair shaft and set the style.  Visit to learn more and purchase.  Enjoy!

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 to purchase and to learn more. Enjoy!

Try the New and Revolutionary Cosmetics Company Ellis Faas

Cool new makeup company alert!  Ellis Faas brand was created by famous Dutch makeup artist Ellis Faas. She has worked for influential cosmetics companies such as Clinique, Lancome and MAC. In 2007 Ellis began working on her own makeup company, and its revolutionary cosmetic holder.

The Ellis Holder is really cool. Here’s a great description of the holder from the Ellis Faas website:

“The Holder is a lightweight container that fits a maximum of eight Ellis Faas products – and it is completely up to you to decide which ones you want to carry around. You simply “load” the Holder, placing the Skin Veil foundation in the middle and six pens around it. The indicators on the back of the pens show you which product is what, and by turning the base of the Holder, the pens come up and down individually to make it easy to take them out. The lid contains a mirror and holds a space to put the compact powder and sponge, or your shopping list, your pills, or whatever.”

When closed, the container looks like a bullet thermos and the pens itself look like silver bullets. They are so cool and very easy to use. I have tried the Creamy Lips liquid lipstick, Creamy Eyes, and the Blush. The Creamy Eyes and Lips have a brush applicator and the Blush has a little sponge. They are all easy to apply and can be blended with a brush or fingers for a soft look. All of the products are fairly long-lasting, too. And the eye shadow doesn’t crease, which is a plus!   

Check out the website to learn more about the products at To purchase in the United States, you can visit Bergdorf Goodman.