My Beauty Favorites Week of August 17-23, 2015

It may be the end of summer, but it is still pretty warm out!¬† I went to the zoo today with my family, and I had to make sure I had my SPF!¬† I know, though, that my simple summer make up regimen is going to become more intensive as fall rolls around.¬† That’s okay, I am ready for it!

My faves this week include a fresh facial cleanser, a gorgeous highlighter, a primer sampler set, a brow marker, and hair care that will give you beachy end of summer waves!

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser ($32 USD) — This antioxidant rich formula exudes a light strawberry aroma, which brightens the skin and the senses without overpowering.¬†When applied to face and left to sit for 5-10 minutes (before rinsing), this complexion clearer acts as an exfoliating mask.¬†It gently removes makeup without stripping the skin of necessary nutrients. It‚Äôs also a great formula for cleaning makeup brushes!

What I think: This cleanser has a light, natural¬†fragrance, which I love.¬† It isn’t overpowering at¬†all.¬† It cleanses really well without leaving my skin dry.¬† My skin glows after use!

Available at http://www.indielee.com

Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders
Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders

Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder in Audrey¬†($29 USD) — Whether you’re going to a breakfast at Tiffany’s or taking a Roman Holiday this will be the highlight for you. Inspired by one of the world’s most celebrated Hollywood icons, this Star Powder will make you feel your prettiest. Audrey is a warm champagne gold that is reflective and high shine. Build it up for an intense glow or dust it lightly on your cheekbones for a subtle sheen. Pure pigment and an ultra smooth and blendable formula will make this your go-to highlight.

Also available in Lucy, a rosy hue and Marilyn, a golden powder.

What I think:¬† This is so pretty!¬† It’s has an almost creamy texture and it is perfect for the new strobing trend, where you intensely highlight your cheekbones to create a contour.¬† By “popping” the cheekbones, the face looks slimmer.¬† This is shimmery, but yet subtle too.

Available online via www.whiteninglightning.com

 

mashbox Travel-Size Products
Smashbox Try It Kit Primer Authority

Smashbox Try It Kit Primer Authority ($28 USD, a $53 Value) –¬† See why Smashbox is the primer authority with this collection of our superstar primers in irresistible try-me sizes! These are infused with vitamins A & E, grape seed extract, and green tea.

INCLUDES:
Photo Finish Primer Water
Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer
Hydrating Under Eye Primer
Photo Finish Foundation Primer

What I think:  I have tested the Photo Finish Primer Water and the Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I love how light the primer water feels, and it is really effective, my makeup stays on for a while.  The Photo Finish Foundation primer feels really silky on and makeup last all day!

Purchase at http://www.smashbox.com

TouchBack Brow Marker
TouchBack Brow Marker

TouchBack Brow Marker ($19.99¬† USD) –Achieve bold, full eyebrows with TouchBack Brow Marker. This patented marker lasts all day and won‚Äôt rub off. The fine tip is designed to deposit the perfect amount of color for even, natural-looking coverage. Comes in the following shades: Soft Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Blonde, Auburn.

What I think: Dark Brown is my perfect match and it blends in effortlessly into my brow hair.  It gives a really natural look as it defines my brows.  My makeup also looks more finished with perfect brows!

Purchase at http://www.touchbackbrow.com

TRESemme Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray<!–
3.6
5.0
–> ($5.49 USD) –Get an effortlessly sexy, undone beach look all year-long – no matter when and where.¬† This non-sticky formula, infused with Sea Kelp Extract, helps you create a sexy, full-bodied, tousled style in every strand.¬† Featherlight polymers give you a natural-looking, sexy style without salty stiffness.

TRESemme Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Wave Perfecting Gelee<!–
5.0
1.0
–> ($6.29 USD) — Add soft control and definition to your Perfectly (un)Done style, when and where you need it. This lightweight gelee helps define and control waves, without being heavy, greasy or sticky. So your waves can move naturally, yet always stay in control.

What I think:  Sea salt sprays are usually so spendy, but this one is affordable and it works.  I spray it on damp hair and air dry it.  My hair looks beach and wavy.  For extra curl, ad a bit of the gelee, twist hair and dry.  Hair is curly, shiny and not sticky!

Purchase at mass market retailers near you.

My Beauty Faves Week of March 2-8, 2015

It has been so warm in Kansas City the last couple of days that it feels like Spring!  My skin is still trying to get over the cold and it is so dry!  So I am still loving products that moisturize and get me ready for the longer days ahead! My faves this week include a hydrating facial mask, a velvety eye cream, floss picks that whiten, affordable luxury makeup brushes and a cool light-up lip gloss!

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask
Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask ($14.99 USD) — This sheet mask is the perfect option for a spa treatment at home. ¬†In 10 minutes this mask delivers an immediate boost of hydration using Hyaluronic Acid to keep skin looking smooth and restored. The box included 4 masks! What I think:¬†This hydrating sheet mask is so easy to use.¬† I just apply it to clean skin and 10 minutes later, I have super soft skin!¬† And it¬†doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin! Available at http://www.ulta.com

Transformative Eye Crème
Transformative Eye Crème

Volante Transformative Eye Cr√®me ($85 USD) — Supple, lightweight and luxurious, this cr√®me was specifically designed for the delicate eye area. The cr√®me is infused with a new peptide that‚Äôs clinically proven to help reduce dark circles, and special light diffusers visibly reduce the appearance of crow‚Äôs feet. Independent clinical tests showed that 90% of women reported their eyes instantly felt more refreshed, with more than 80% of women reporting that their eyes looked and felt healthier with fewer lines after four weeks of use. With a blend of 7 VITAE, this cr√®me will leave your skin smooth, refreshed and younger-looking. What I think:¬†This is such a luxe eye cream — it instantly smoothes my skin and it helps me look wide awake, even when I’m not!¬† It is very lightweight and absorbs quickly. Available at¬†www.VolanteSkincare.com

DenTek Fresh & White Silky Whitening Floss Picks
DenTek Fresh & White Silky Whitening Floss Picks

DenTek Fresh & White Silky Whitening Floss Picks ($2.47¬†USD for 75) — The FIRST and ONLY floss picks on the market that provide advanced whitening with micro-crystals, to polish away food and plaque and promote a whiter, brighter smile! They feature Gentle Silk Floss for easy cleaning between tight teeth and have a built-in tongue cleaner to keep breath fresh.

What I think:  These are so good for cleaning in between all teeth (even my recent crown).  They also really freshen my breath. Plus, they are very affordable! DenTek has a wide range of oral hygiene products such as Floss Picks + Travel Case ($1.50 for 2ct) and DenTek Interdental Cleaners ($4.49).

Available at Walmart stores.

Makeup Academy Pro Brushes
Makeup Academy Pro Brushes

Makeup Academy’s premium brush collection, the perfect accessories to create flawless makeup looks easily and affordably! Innovatively designed with a mix of natural and synthetic fibers for use across face, eyes and lips, the 15 brushes feature precision-cut heads and sleek, gunmetal finishes and are now What I think:  I love these brushes!  They are very luxe and affordable! I have tried the Pro BB/CC Cream Brush ($18), which diffuses cream over the skin to create a feather-light,  no-makeup finish, the Pro Smudger/Detailer Brush ($8) with a dome shape ideal for blending out a dark smoky eye, and the Pro Point Liner Brush ($10) is uniquely shaped to achieve a precise cat-eye, without hands or fingers getting in the way. Available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy and http://www.cvs.com/muapro

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss Sugar Mama
Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss Sugar Mama

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss Sugar Mama ($24 USD) — A deliciously pale pink gloss that will be an essential for all of our girly girls out there. Wear it alone or top your favorite nude lipstick to create the perfect wash of color. A deliciously pale pink gloss that will be an essential for all of our girly girls out there. Wear it alone or top your favorite nude lipstick to create the perfect wash of color. What I think: This color is so pretty and soft, perfect for natural day looks¬†or at night with a dramatic eye.¬† And the lid of the gloss has a mirror and it lights up when opened — so fun! Available at http://www.gerardcosmetics.com What are you loving this week?

New Year’s Eve Beauty Essentials

It’s New Year’s Eve!¬† Are you going out tonight? I am!¬† Well, just to dinner and the movies with my husband and youngest daughter, but still, I want to look my best.

New Year’s Eve is a perfect time¬†for going all out with makeup.¬† You can add sparkle and drama that you wouldn’t usually wear for every day.

My picks for tonight include glowing skin, smoky eyes with dramatic lashes, a shimmery lip and sexy perfume.  What are you wearing tonight?

Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight
Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight

Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight ($45 USD) — Featuring beautiful, light illuminizing, pearlized pigments, Spotlight instantly adds a radiant glow to any skin tone. This 5-in-1 complexion enhancer hydrates, primes, illuminates, enhances and protects in one, easy step. This universal shade is infused with skin saving vitamins, antioxidants and natural actives to hydrate and nourish skin while also delivery anti-aging benefits.

$48 / Available at Kohl’s, Nordstrom and ULTA stores and online via www.miracleskintransformer.com, www.kohls.com, www.nordstrom.com and www.ulta.com

Smashbox Travel Full Exposure Palette
Smashbox Travel Full Exposure Palette

Smashbox Travel Full Exposure Palette¬† ($22 USD) — This versatile eye shadow set provides eight must-have neutrals in one portable palette. From nudes to blacks, these crease-resistant, long-wear shimmers and velvety smooth mattes are organized with shimmers on top and mattes on the bottom so that they are easy to use.

This set contains:
– 4 x 0.026 oz Shimmer Eye shades in Chocolate Brown/Golden Pearl, Soft Gold/Golden Silver Pearl, Light Tan/Golden Silver Pearl, Mid-Tone Slate/Silver Pearl
– 4 x 0.026 oz Matte Eye shades in Matte Warm Chocolate Brown, Soft Matte Mid-tone Tan, Creamy Matte Beige, Ashy Dark Brown

Available at Sephora stores and

Let RevitaLash Cosmetics help you ring in the New Year radiantly! With two ultra-volumizing mascaras that prime and lengthen lashes while fortifying and conditioning and a highlighter that’s packed with Vitamin C, these makeup must-haves do double duty to keep you looking your best long after midnight.

Volumizing Primer ($24 USD) — High-performance amplifying primer saturates eyelashes with color intensity while conditioning, smoothing and protecting for maximum beauty effects. Features a distinctive Indigo Blue shade to brighten the eyes and intensify the depth of mascara while delivering moisturizing and conditioning benefits to help support lash strength and softness.

Volumizing Mascara ($24 USD) —¬†This volume-loving, buildable mascara saturates eyelashes with color intensity and definition while conditioning, smoothing and protecting for maximum beauty effects. Wet, high-performance, clump free formula intensifies eyelashes resulting in a voluminous eye-popping finish and long-wear performance in a water-resistant formula.

Spotlight Highlighting Pencil ($24 USD) — This instantly illuminating highlighting pencil accentuates and perfects in all the right places. The eyes, cheekbones, lips, and brow bones are all conditioned with Vitamin E while appearing luminous and youthful.

All RevitaLash Cosmetics products are available at www.RevitaLash.com and at salons and spas nationwide.

Eylure Eyelashes
Eylure Eyelashes

Eylure’s party lashes are¬†delicately¬†spruced¬†with sparkle and shine, turning your epic evening into a captivating countdown into 2015!¬†Couture is the designer inspired lash, a streak of glossy black emboldened with gunmetal studs, there‚Äôs a lot of attitude packed into this little lash. These limited edition lashes include an adhesive, instruction leaflet and a guarantee of gorgeousness.

You can purchase Eylure at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com.  Learn more about the lashes at http://www.eylure.com

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss
Gerard Cosmetics

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss ($24 USD) — Formulated with rich pigmentations, similar to that of a traditional lipstick, that never feather or bleed, the Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses provide instant shine and moisturization along with collagen boosting peptides to increase lip volume and reduce wrinkles both safely and painlessly. The Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses are packaged with a built in mirror and light for easy use, even in the dark. Shades: Candy Apple, Crystal, Seduction, Jewel and Pouty Princess.

$24 / Available online via www.gerardcosmetics.com

Lavanila Laboratories Fragrance in Pure Vanilla
Lavanila Laboratories Fragrance in Pure Vanilla

Lavanila Laboratories Fragrance in Pure Vanilla ($58 1.7 oz) –The Perfect Vanilla. This sexy blend of pure Madagascar vanilla, sheer freesia and creamy tonka bean is seductive and magnetic. A grown up expression of vanilla, this fragrance is more vanilla bean than vanilla cookie.¬†

Purchase at http://www.lavanila.com

Enjoy your New Year’s!¬† See you next year!

Fab New Makeup Looks For Fall

Have you switched up your makeup look for fall yet?¬† I know fall is still in a few days, but I am wearing deeper, shimmery colors and going for a more dramatic and made up look (now that my fake tan is fading, I can’t just wear a lot of bronzer and lip gloss and call it good).

The fab below products are great suggestions for your new fall look.  Have fun!

Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded
Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded

Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded ($24.99 USD) — Metallic eyes are the perfect complement to a bold outfit or accessory for a night out. Push the limits with color and mimic this look with Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded, a green and silver smoky eye kit for a perfect way to dress up a simple outfit. The colors include an emerald shimmer, ¬†sage green, and a matte cream.

What I think:  What a beautiful eye shadow trio!  If you have been afraid to try color on your eyes, try this.  It is easy to blend and is pretty, but muted enough to be a new kind of neutral for your fall lids.  Very well-pigmented.

Available at http://www.mineralfusion.com

Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara
Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara

Avon Big¬†and Daring Volume Mascara ($9 USD) — Go bold with 5X the explosive volume for our most daring lash look yet! DYNAMITE WIRE BRUSH: Curved brush with multi-level patented bristles combs through and captures every lash while sculpting and filling in gaps. LASH BUILD TECHNOLOGY: Plumping Complex and innovative cr√®me-gel formula delivers 5X the volume and a clump-free, smudge-free, flake-free build. Sweep on from root to tip for 24-hour.

What I think:¬† This is a great mascara for everyday (1 coat), or special occasions (2 or more coats).¬† It really builds for a dramatic look — lengthening and volumizing.¬† Love!

Available through an Avon representative or http://www.avon.com

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream
Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream ($24 USD) — Decadent and drop dead gorgeous, meet the perfect, creamy pink nude: Butter Cream. A new creation from Beauty expert, Jaclyn Hill. This feminine and flirty lip gloss is a sweet way to glam up your look. Smooth like butter and ridiculously pigmented, Butter Cream will delight any makeup lover.

What I think:  This is my new favorite lip gloss!  I usually love, sheer and shimmery glosses, but this creamy, full-coverage gloss is perfect!  It is creamy and not sticky, plus the color is gorgeous.  And the mirrored and lighted packaging is really fun to use.

Available at www.whiteninglightning.com and www.gerardcosmetics.com.

Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green
Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green

Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green ($28 USD) — Soft and creamy, they glide on smoothly for a defined or smudgeable line, then set to stay just how you like. Highly pigmented, water resistant and long lasting.

What I think: First of all, I love this army green, it is really pretty and appropriate for fall.¬† Second, it’s super easy to apply with an eyeliner brush.¬† But, make sure it’s perfect quickly, because¬†once¬†it dries¬†it will stay¬†on for hours!

Purchase at http://www.janeiredale.com/us

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks
Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks

 

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks ($16 USD) — Is it a gloss, is it a pencil, or is it something better? Pur’s megawatt Lip Gloss Sticks give you the jaw-dropping bold lip look you expect from a gloss with application ease of a jumbo pencil. Bursting with rich emollients and vitamin E, these buttery smooth sticks condition lips as they colour. Now that’s something to smile about. Paraben free.

What I think: The color above is called Honey Pie.  It is a great fall nude and applies creamy and smooth.  The feel of this is almost like a balm.  This is a really nice product for days that you just want to slick on your lip color and go!

Available at http://www.purminerals.com

Get Your Beauty Routine Ready For Summer, Part 1

I have been so lucky to receive lots of awesome skincare, hair care and makeup samples lately from so many different, fab brands to review for my honest opinion.  So exciting!

The one common thread in these products is that they are a good change-up to my routine.¬† Winter was so long this year, and spring very short that my makeup products haven’t changed much.¬† But now that it is HOT in Kansas City (90 and humid) — I am ready to give easy, breezy summer beauty a go, while still looking and feeling put together.

For the rest of this week, I will review the products that I have been using and let you know why I love them so much.  This post will include lovely skin care from Orico London, Stri-Vectin and summer-loving makeup from Gerard Cosmetics, Skindinavia and BeautyADDICTS.

Orico London Transcend Marine Radiance Serum
Orico London Transcend Marine Radiance Serum

Orico London‚Äôs Transcend Marine Radiance Serum ($61 USD) — Instant flash of brilliance for the skin. New Transcend organic Marine Radiance Serum has been developed with four of the latest clinically proven anti-aging bioactives to help illuminate, tighten, diminish wrinkles and deeply hydrate. This New organic wonder serum packed with pure and powerful natural Marine Algae and Maca Root extracts help to visibly brighten and instantly lift for super rested and glowing results.
Transcend skin with instant radiance.

What I think: I’ve been using this serum for about a week and am really enjoying it.¬† The serum is a pearly-pinkish opal color, very iridescent and cool.¬† I’ve¬†never seen a serum like it. When it is applied, it is very sheer and gives skin a faint radiance.¬† Since it is so light, it is perfect for the summer as it can be easily layered under moisturizer and SPF.

Available at http://www.oricolondon.com

StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate
StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate

StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate ($79 USD for 2oz) —¬†Introducing new SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks. Formulated with Collagex-CE Wrinkle Repair Complex, this hydrating moisturizer harnesses the latest advances in skincare science to target Collagen III, also known as youth collagen, for even more powerful anti-aging results.

A series of scientifically designed studies proves the following effects: ‚ÄĘ Significantly diminishes the number, length and depth of lines and wrinkles ‚ÄĘ Targets youth collagen and elastin for healthy, younger looking skin ‚ÄĘ Hydrates and visibly enhances skin texture ‚ÄĘ Strengthens the skin barrier to maximize skin performance

SD Advanced goes beyond wrinkles to help transform the look of stretch marks, too.

What I think: I have been using this cream at night-time as a treatment.  It has a bit of a minty scent to it and it is a little thick, but not greasy.  And boy does it work!  I have noticed that my skin is so much smoother and even-toned.  And my forehead wrinkles are smoother, too.  Yay!

Available at http://www.strivectin.com

Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème
Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème

Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Cr√®me ($36 USD) — Golden, radiant and healthy skin has always been a girl‚Äôs best summer accessory. Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lighting has recently introduced their newest product – the BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Cr√®me. A twist on a traditional BB Cream, the BB Plus+ Illumination is formulated with light reflecting particles and golden shimmer to add dimension and a youthful glow to any complexion. ¬†This luminous cr√®me is easy to blend, long lasting and comfortable to wear, even in the warm summer months.

What I think:¬† This is a really pretty cream.¬† I tried it on my cheekbones and my brow bone like a normal highlighter, and I liked it, but it was a bit sparkly for me to use all over my face.¬† My 18 year-old daughter wore it all over hers and looked like a golden beach babe — oh, youth!¬† So I gave it to her and she loves it!¬† And I love that it has¬†skincare benefits!

Available at www.whiteninglightning.com

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Free
Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Free

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Free ($35 for 4 oz, $49 for 8 oz) — anti-shine, vitamin-based primer mist absorbs excess oil while creating a smooth, lightweight canvas for flawless makeup application. Skindinavia‚Äôs breakthrough silicone-free formula is clinically proven to even out skin tone, prevent breakouts and reduce the appearance of large pores.

What I think:  I love this!  Just a few sprays on my face and it instantly looks even and smooth.  And makeup goes on so evenly.  And my makeup stays fresh looking for most of the day. I love it in the oil free version for summer, but it also comes in a regular spray.

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

BeautyADDICTS MineralSheerTINT SPF 20
BeautyADDICTS MineralSheerTINT SPF 20

BeautyADDICTS MineralSheerTINT SPF 20 ($32 USD) — The perfect “barely there glow” in seven natural shades. A mineral-based, oil-free, ultra-sheer tinted moisturizer with an SPF 20 to protect the skin while appearing flawless and radiant! An outstanding blend of ingredients like Ginseng Root Extract, and Vitamins A, C and E as powerful anti-oxidants. Your skin basks in sheer, gorgeous, safe color!

What I think:  This is a perfect makeup base for the summer as it is sheer and has an SPF!  And the fact that it has skin loving ingredients is a plus in the heat.  And although the tint is sheer, it can be built up for more coverage.

www.beautyaddicts.com

Enjoy!