My Beauty Favorites Week of July 6-July 12, 2015

It is hot, hot, hot in Kansas City!  As I stay inside in the air-conditioning, I am loving trying new products that make my skin — face and body — look great!

This week my faves include an unscented body lotion, hand scrub, a luxe serum and a CC cream that adjusts to my skin tone.

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Fragrance Free
Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Fragrance Free

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Fragrance Free ($3.49 USD) –It all started with a wonder jelly that Vaseline has been perfecting for 140 years.  Today, micro-droplets of Vaseline jelly help power their Fragrance Free Body & Face Lotion.  It absorbs deeply into skin, moisturizing to heal it from within (within stratumcorneum).Clinically proven to keep skin healed for 3 weeks (based on 4 week treatment clinical study).Moisturizes to relieve itchy dry skin.Appropriate for sensitive skin. Fast absorbing + non-greasy.

This lotion was nominated for a 2015 CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Award!

What I think: I love how velvety this lotion is.  It absorbs right into the skin and is not greasy at all!  And, it is perfect for those who do not like or are allergic to fragrances. It is an affordable way to keep your skin hydrated this summer.

Available at mass market retailers.

Rituals Silence 3 in 1 Miracle Hand Scrub
Rituals Silence 3 in 1 Miracle Hand Scrub

Rituals Silence 3 in 1 Miracle Hand Scrub ($19 USD) — A luxury hand scrub for daily use, which deeply cleanses, refreshes and softens your hands. Enriched with nourishing oils that are easily absorbed by the skin to restore suppleness and moisture balance. Combines the relaxing fragrance of White Lotus with the nourishing properties of Yi Yi Ren, an ingredient traditionally used in Chinese medicine.

What I think: First of all, I love the White Lotus scent.  It’s a soft, calming scent.  The scrub is very gentle, but softens hands nicely.  I love to use this once or twice a week.  In the summer, it is also great for after I self tan.

Available at

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Sculpting Finishing Dual Infusion
Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Sculpting Finishing Dual Infusion

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Sculpting Finishing Dual Infusion ($360 USD) — Rare discovery. Rare luxury. This groundbreaking infusion helps energize the 100 million skin cells on your face for a firmer, more sculpted, refined and luminous look.

Black Diamond Truffle, one of nature’s rarest treasures, is transformed through a secret process into a pure, precious extract. 10,000 hours in the making, it is a potent energy infusion for your skin.

In the golden vial, Black Diamond Truffle Extract and our most advanced youth-sustaining and lifting technologies. In the platinum vial, a blend of high-potency skin refinishers and radiance enhancers. In a moment of pure power, both elixirs come together to transform every facet of your appearance.


This serum is so highly esteemed was nominated for a 2015 CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Award!

What I think:  Such a luxurious serum.  You can use this twice a day, but at least use it at night, you wake up with refreshed, radiant skin!  I love how the serum sinks into the skin and leaves a lovely glow!  I have noticed that my skin looks smoother and firmer.

Available at fine department stores and

Cargo Cosmetics Picture Perfect CC Cream
Cargo Cosmetics Picture Perfect CC Cream

Cargo Cosmetics Picture Perfect CC Cream ($39 USD) — With broad spectrum SPF 20, it not only hydrates, but protects the skin from the harsh sun for up to 72 hours of skin hydration!  The CC Cream goes on white and adjusts to your specific skin tone as you rub it in! This all-in-one cream features innovative color adapting pigments and color correction technology that delivers soft, even, and undetectable coverage. Available in three shades: Light, Medium and Medium/Dark.

What I think:  I love foundations that adjust to your skin tone.  It makes it so easy to match the shade exactly to my skin.  It looks very natural on and gives good coverage. Plus, I love that there is SPF 20.

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Estee Lauder Introduces America’s Night to Repair

America's Night to Repair

Time for some free stuff, ladies (and gents)!  

Today, Thursday July 22nd, Estée Lauder will kick off its largest sampling program to date – America’s Night to Repair.  To anniversary the success of last year’s first annual America’s Night to Repair, for 4 synchronized hours – from 5:00pm – 9:00pm (all local times) – Estée Lauder Beauty Advisors will be distributing a total of 360,000 deluxe samples. Customers can choose either a 10-day supply of NEW Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex or Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex at ALL Estée Lauder department and specialty store counters nationwide – one sample per customer while supplies last. You can visit for additional information.  

I haven’t tried the new eye serum, but I reviewed the night serum last year. Here is the link to that review;  

So go get yourself some awesome free serum and look years younger!

Estee Lauder Signature Eye Shadow Quad in Black Smoke Gives a Dramatic Eye for New Year’s Eve!

Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Black Smoke

The Estee Lauder Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Black Smoke is a part of the new Blacker Than Black collection that includes six of their most popular mascaras in the deepest jet black.  

To compliment the mascaras, the eye shadow quad is equally as dramatic. These shadows not only look great but are made of microfine powder which is touted not to crease and to blend seamlessly.  

I know what you’re thinking, there are tons of smoky eye palettes on the market, why purchase this one? Well, besides the quality of an Estee Lauder product — the shadows are silky and well-pigmented — the shades of the palette are very pretty. It includes a sparkly black with pink sparkles, a medium matte gray, a lighter, shimmery gray and a stark white with a touch of shimmer.   

The traditional smoky eye — darker on the lid and lighter going towards the eyebrow — is fun, but I like to mix it up a little. A really fun look is to put the black on the lid and line the eyes in the shimmery gray. The grays are great lid colors as well and mixing the white in will lighten them up.  

Visit to learn more about this palette and to purchase. Enjoy!

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex ($47.50 for 1 oz and $74.50 for 1.7 oz) is Estee Lauder’s newest anti-aging serum, which is inspired by groundbreaking DNA research to give skin a dramatic reduction in the visible signs of aging.

The claim: Chronolux™ Technology repairs the appearance of past damage addresses damaging effects before they become permanent, and you’ll see a visible improvement in the signs of aging-specifically lines, uneven skin tone and immediate hydration.

Does it work.? I have been using this serum every evening after I wash my face for about 10 days, I apply it to my face, neck and the back of my hands. Where I have seen a big difference is in my hands. They are softer and younger looking. I have also noticed that the skin around my eyes is looking smoother. I think that I would have to use it longer than I have to see real results, but I can see that it does help. It also feels good going on and smells nice, too. I do see instant hydration with every application.

Visit to learn more about this serum and find out how to get your own 10 day sample.