My Beauty Favorites Week of September 7-13, 2015

Even though it still isn’t boot weather (and I have a gorgeous new pair to break in), it is getting cooler in Kansas City.  I went to the zoo today and the weather was beautiful, and a little chilly in the morning!

This week, as I begin reviewing new Fall products I am loving and innovative BB water foundation, new nail polish and top coat, Fall body mists, and a quick teeth cleanser and whitener.

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

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 30
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 30

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 30 ($42 USD) — Your skin needs a drink. Meet our first and only BB with a water-like texture that delivers multiple benefits in just one drop. Why get wet? Our built-in primer water technology means a liquid silk-consistency—it literally glides onto your face, blends easily and moves with your skin. Because it’s alcohol-free, there is no drying, cracking or caking during wear. The ultra-hydrating, oil-free formula also creates a sheer, radiant finish that makes you really love your skin in every conceivable light. Here come the compliments.

What I think:  I needed a new foundation and was really excited to try this.  And I am extremely pleased with it!  It is very liquidy — I put a dropper full on the back of my hand and immediately need my BeautyBlender to apply it on my face.  It feels like I have nothing on, but it covers my dark circles and red spots.  It actually gives me a medium coverage and is full coverage for me with two coats.  It also gives a beautiful glow to my skin.

Available at http://www.smashbox.com

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tribal Vibe and Top Coat
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tribal Vibe and Top Coat

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tribal Vibe and Top Coat – Following the major success of the first Miracle Gel launch, Sally Hansen has done it again, developing  the new & improved volumizing Miracle Gel Top Coat – adding to the award-winning Sally Hansen Miracle Gel collection: the most buzzed about at-home nail system and the closest thing to a salon gel manicure at home.

When partnered with the Miracle Gel shades, Miracle Gel Top Coat volumizes as it protects. The Top Coat formula delivers 2x the volume to your manicure – creating dramatically fuller-looking nails with a high-gloss, mirror shine finish.

The Tribal Vibe collection adds seven new sun-baked shades to the permanent line up: Cream of the Crop (ivory with a hint of warmth), Tribal Sun (fiery coral like the setting sun), Rhythm & Blue (mirrors the hue of a bright blue sky), Totem-ly Yours (an appealing dusty rose),  Per-Suede ( the color of rich reddish leather), Terra-Coppa (melds the gleam of copper with the earthy appeal of pottery) and Buffalo Nickel (a cool, classic silver white).

What I think: I am very hard on my nails.  I work on a computer all day and wash dishes, fold laundry, review products…my hands are always busy! The combination of the polish and top coat lasted a full week without major chipping.  That’s amazing.  And the colors are gorgeous, too!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Essence of Beauty Dark Violet Fine Fragrance Body Mist ($6.99 8 oz) — With notes of bergamot, violet, jasmine, and rose, warmed by sensual musk and a hint of sandalwood and vanilla, Dark Violet is an evocative, striking scent.

Essence of Beauty Kiss of Honey Fine Fragrance Body Mist ($6.99 8 oz) — Opening on a note of sweet nectarine blended with honey blossom, water jasmine and a hint of sensual cashmere woods, Kiss of Honey is soft, warm and enveloping.

As an added bonus helping keep skin at its best when temperatures drop, both Body Mists feature skin-nourishing vitamins and aloe, and are free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, and gluten.

What I think: Both of these are fab Fall scents, but are so different from each other. The Dark Violet is a deep floral.  It’s warm and I can really smell the vanilla, but it is sweet and floral, too.  Kiss of Honey is rich and sweet, with refreshing nectarine and soft cashmere. I’ll enjoy wearing both of them!

Available now at CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide.

The Supersmile Quikee
The Supersmile Quikee

The Supersmile Quikee ($18 USD) — invented by Dr. Irwin Smigel is a fast on-the-go teeth whitening polish. It is designed to remove staining, freshen breath, and clean teeth with Supersmile’s formulated proprietary form of calcium peroxide, CALPROX®. The Quikee is made for those moments where brushing your teeth isn’t an option-in between your work day, last-minute meetings, before a date, whatever the occasion, Quikee’s are there to save the day.

What I think: This is so cool!  Squeeze a little on your teeth and move it around with your tongue.  Breath is fresh and teeth are cleaner and a little whiter.  Mostly, it freshens up your mouth after lunch, for an interview, etc.  Keep it in your purse and go!

Purchase at http://www.supersmile.com

My Beauty Favorites Week of May 25-May 31, 2015

I hope you all had a great weekend!  It rained in Kansas City most of the week, but was sunny today.  We took advantage of it by going to the zoo today.  It was so nice to be outside.

Each week in my favorites round-up this summer, I will try to include some type of sunscreen.  It is important to use sunscreen all year-long, but especially during the summer when the sun can be extreme and we are outside more!

My faves this week include anti-aging sunscreen, makeup for a flawless face, floral scents and detangling combs for summer hair.

What are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and share!

Obagi Gentle Rejuvenation Ultra-Light Repair SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream (approx. $44 USD) — A moisturizing sunscreen that helps repair the skin barrier while providing protection against harmful UV rays, with an exclusive blend of skin-identical ceramides and other ingredients that help diminish the appearance of the early signs of skin aging.

Obagi Medical Professional-C SPF 30 (approx. $54 USD) — UV rays and free radicals are two of the leading causes of skin damage and signs of aging. Obagi Professional-C Sunscare Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 defends against both of these harmful factors to help keep your complexion looking youthful. The formula also contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects the complexion against free radicals. Because the formula is lightweight and elegant, it does not leave skin feeling greasy or oily like many other sun protection products.

Obagi Rosaclear Skin Balancing Sun Protection SPF 30 (approx. $56 USD) — This highly protective mineral sunscreen provides chemical-free protection against UVA and UVB damage. Designed with a soft tint, it effectively disguises redness, blotches and rosacea-related blemishes for a healthier-looking complexion.

What I think: Obagi skincare is very effective in combating aging.  All three of the above Obagi moisturizing sunscreens not only treat skin but protect it with SPF 30, which is so important for fighting aging and skin cancer.  The Gentle Rejuvenation SPF is great for moisturizing skin, the Professional-C can help repair skin damage and the Rosaclear is a mineral sunscreen that has a soft tint to it to help with redness.

Learn more at http://www.obagi.com

Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting ($42 USD) — More than primer = less dark spots! Makeup meets skincare with this primer revolution. 84% of women saw significant improvement in just 4 weeks with the clinically proven formula. It instantly brightens and primes to smooth the appearance of fine lines and pores, while fading dark spots and acne marks over time.

Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation ($42 USD) — The special effects of Light Filter Technology and the performance of long-wear Photoset Polymers blend together to make this powder foundation magic. Not only does it act like your favorite photo filter on your phone, but it also stays true all day.

What I think: I still wear makeup in the summer, even on hot days, but I love products that are multitaskers.  These two Smashbox products certainly are that! The primer is moisturizer and a primer and the foundation is foundation and powder in one great product.  And they do work well together.  After my SPF, I apply the primer than the foundation and my base is done! Easy and flawless, just like I like my summer!

Available at http://www.smashbox.com

Westmore Beauty Coverage Perfector 2-in-1 Foundation
Westmore Beauty Coverage Perfector 2-in-1 Foundation

Westmore Beauty Coverage Perfector 2-in-1 Foundation ($32 USD) — With Westmore Beauty’s Coverage Perfector, every woman can now easily experience Hollywood special effects in minutes–and with one product! It’s your sheer-to-full-coverage foundation and concealer in one that magically provides skin with the appearance of a flawless, airbrushed finish. Concealing everything with comfortable long-wearing coverage, the luxuriously creamy and hydrating formula provides a unique glow, leaving your skin looking radiant, and giving you the perfect skin appearance you’d expect from Hollywood celebrities walking the red carpet.

Coverage Perfector is formulated with a unique complex that helps to provide a beautiful glow to the skin. The Tri-Effects technology works on three connected levels of technology to help provide long-wear coverage, ultra comfort, and natural-looking radiance to the skin. This “special effect” will stay with you until you remove Coverage Perfector.

What I think:  I was so excited to try this!  I haven’t been using concealer lately, because I have been trying to scale down my daily makeup routine.  This product claims to be a concealer and foundation — and it is! I start by tapping it under my eyes for concealer, then I apply it on the rest of my face with the fabulous brush that is included.  Such a great product with a really good price!

Available at http://www.qvc.com

Conair Anti-static Detangling Comb
Conair Anti-static Detangling Comb

Conair Anti-static Detangling Comb ($3.29 USD) — Anti-static comb prevents flyaway problems. Detangle without causing split ends. Evenly distribute conditioner to hair ends. Use with any hair type for volume. For wet or dry styling.

What I think: I have been using this comb on myself (and my daughters) after baths and during styling.  Leaves my hair smooth and soft!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

 

Essence of Beauty Rose Enhancement Body Mist ($6.99 8oz) — Escape to a vibrant and lush rose garden with top notes of bergamot and radiant orange, mid notes of strawberry, elegant rose and geranium bloom, and base notes of garden rhubarb, sunshine daisy and dewy musk.

Essence of Beauty Luscious Peony Body Mist ($6.99 8oz) — Pretty and playful, Luscious Peony evokes lavish floral gardens in full bloom, bursting with freshness.  Sparkling white grapefruit and bergamot blend with notes of soft rose petals, perfectly accentuated by peony, wild poppy and magnolia to create this refreshing, vibrant fragrance.

What I think:  Now that our peonies and roses are blooming, it is fun to have similar fragrances to wear that will last all year long (unlike the flowers themselves)! Both of these smell really fresh and are so affordable, and because they are body mists, they will last a long time

Purchase at http://www.cvs.com

 

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of October 6-12, 2014

It is truly fall now in Kansas City! It’s definitely sweater weather — in the 50’s and 60’s.  And, I know it’s only going to get cooler in the next weeks and months.

This week, my fave products are items to help thicken stressed hair, plus moisturize body and facial skin to get ready for cooler weather.

Alterna Haircare Caviar Clinical Daily Densifying Foam
Alterna Haircare Caviar Clinical Daily Densifying Foam

Alterna Haircare Caviar Clinical Daily Densifying Foam ($36 USD) — This lightweight densifying foam thickens and strengthens each strand while helping to prevent hair loss and breakage. Formulated with non-sticky polymers to build volume and create long-lasting body as well as Red Clover Growth Complex, this foam is clinically proven to save 1,300 strands per month. Free Of: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Synthetic Color, Paraffins, Gluten, DEA/TEA, Phthalates, Mineral Oil & Petrolatum

What I think: As a lady with thinning hair, I love a good thickening product. I use this on damp hair, and after I dry it, it does seem thicker.  Perfect for giving my hair body every day!

Available in October at AlternaHaircare.com

Rogaine Women's Hair Regrowth Treatment, Once-a-Day Foam
Rogaine Women’s Hair Regrowth Treatment, Once-a-Day Foam

Rogaine Women’s Hair Regrowth Treatment, Once-a-Day Foam ($31.99 USD) — Regrow thicker, fuller, beautiful hair with Women’s ROGAINE Hair Regrowth Treatment, Once-a-Day Foam. Containing 5% minoxidil, this foam reactivates hair follicles to regrow hair. The only once-daily hair regrowth treatment for women approved by the FDA, this formula is clinically proven to regrow hair in 81 percent* of women. New hair comes in up to 48 percent** thicker than before, with clinical results in as little as 12 weeks and visible results with continuous daily use after 24 weeks. From the number-one dermatologist recommended brand, the once-a-day applied foam can fit into your regular beauty routine. This package of Women’s ROGAINE Foam includes one 60-gram can, a two-month supply.

What I think:  I have just started using this, and its very easy to use.  A capful a day massaged into hair is all you need.  I am hoping to see results soon!

Available at http://www.cvs.com

Suave’s Professional Body Care
Suave’s Professional Body Care

Suave’s Professional Body Care Suave® Professionals Body Care is sharing the secret to recreating the ultimate, luxurious spa experience at home. Every day Women are encouraged to share their beauty tips, tricks and #SuaveSpaSecrets from their at- home spa staycation with Suave Professionals Body Care.

Suave® Professionals introduces new spa-quality Body Care products infused with precious ingredients. The new products are:

  • NEW Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Wash ($2.99 USD) – infused with Moroccan argan oil

  • NEW Suave® Professionals Natural Infusion Awapuhi Ginger Body Wash ($2.99 USD) – infused with Awapuhi Ginger and Honeysuckle

  • Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion ($4.99 USD) with authentic Moroccan argan oil to leave your skin beautifully silky and stunningly radiant

  • Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil Spray ($5.99 USD) has a non-greasy formula that absorbs instantly

What I think: Loving all of these products! Both body washes smell great and clean and moisturize my skin.  The dry oil spray is perfect to use after a shower.  Leaves skin so soft!  The product that was my least favorite is the body lotion, as I’m not a fan of the scent.  It’s very soapy, and if you love a clean, soapy scent it might be perfect for you.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Essence of Beauty Forbidden Orchid Body & Hand Cream
Essence of Beauty Forbidden Orchid Body & Hand Cream

Essence of Beauty Forbidden Orchid Body & Hand Cream ($6.99 USD) — Condition your skin with the lasting, indulgent moisture of this luscious cream. Our exclusive, ultra-rich formula combines softening sunflower and avocado oils with nourishing passionflower seed and rice bran oils. It absorbs quickly to leave you with noticeably softer skin. Massage into dry areas like hands, elbows, knees and heels to restore moisture and leave skin lightly scented.

The heart of Forbidden Orchard is rooted in the allure of an enchanted path, ripe with luscious crimson apples and sweet, dark berries – forbidden but irresistible. A captivating blend of crisp red apple, sweet nectarine and black currant combines with notes of dewy fig and delicate orchid to create this enticing, unforgettable fragrance.

What I think:  This smells amazing, as does another new scent I tried called Vanilla Whisper.  The scents are rich for the fall.  I like to keep these lotions at my desk to use on my hands and body.

Available at http://www.cvs.com

Orogold 24K Deep Day Moisturizer Cream
Orogold 24K Deep Day Moisturizer Cream

Orogold 24K Deep Day Moisturizer Cream ($128 USD) — This moisturizer is designed to help reduce the appearance of expression lines, relax wrinkles and restore softness, smoothness, and radiance. This unique moisturizer melts into your skin on contact, and helps Dry areas disappear without that greasy feeling. This powerful and rejuvenating combination gives your skin a rested and youthful look. It contains pure 24K Gold along with ingredients such as; Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Green Tea.

What I think: Such an amazing cream!  It is very light, yet so moisturizing.  I can use it in the day or at night for light moisturizing.  After application, my skin glows!  And I have noticed after using it for a couple of weeks that my skin does appear younger.

Available at http://www.orogold.com

Vine Vera Resveratrol Shiraz Instentic Facelift
Vine Vera Resveratrol Shiraz Instentic Facelift

Vine Vera Resveratrol Shiraz Instentic Facelift ($400 USD) — This formula is a non-surgical solution to achieving a youthful, lifted appearance. The combination of Dimethylamonoethanol Tartrate, Collagen and Resveratrol acts as an effective blend to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, resulting in lifted appearance. Apply to clean face. Leave on for 15-20 minutes then rinse thoroughly. Use once every two weeks.

What I think: This face lift in a jar, is obviously a luxe product that is a splurge for most people.  It is so fantastic for an instant lift and youthful look for your face.  My wrinkles seem less apparent and my skin is smoother and tighter.  LOVE!

Purchase at http://www.vinevera.com

What new products are you using this week?  Please leave a comment and let me know! I would also love to know if you have tried any of the products I have featured.