My Beauty Faves Week of March 16-22, 2015

It’s spring! It has been beautiful in Kansas City.  Well, sunny and warm, but we are still waiting for rain to turn the brown grass green.  It’s been such a dry winter for us.

I am still inspired to change-up my beauty routine for the new season. I’m loving a luxe new skincare potion, a multi-tasking tinted moisturizer, a fresh fragrance, pretty and affordable spring makeup and a fruity lip balm duo!


PHYTO-C SIGNATURE ($240 USD) — This is an anti-aging, anti-wrinkle product that works well for all types of skin. Stimulates cell–cell interactions, and accelerates cell renewal.  Helps to preserve cellular energy, assists the formulation of collagen and strengthens in structural proteins.  Combats fine lines, wrinkles and skin imperfections. Regenerates skin’s ability to retain moisture, enhances skin elasticity, tightens and firms skin. Brightens and improves skin tone and enhances skin smoothness and radiance. Active Ingredients are IMPA™ Complex, Aleosin, Mandelic Acid, and Vitamin B12. Apply twice daily.

What I think: The texture of this is lightweight and feels almost like a smoothing primer.  I have been using it under my moisturizer like a serum at night, and over my SPF day moisturizer.  It makes my skin silky and smooth.
 glō therapeutics Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+
glō therapeutics Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+

glō therapeutics Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+ ($38) provides broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide while Sodium Hyaluronate attracts and maintains hydration, holding 1,000 times its weight in water. Designed to feel like second skin, this lightweight tinted physical sunscreen goes on smooth and even for flawless all-day coverage and a natural looking, healthy glow.

What I think: For days that I am in a hurry, I love that this product gives moisture, SPF and covers, too!  It has a nice medium coverage and is buildable.
GUESS Dare Limited Edition
GUESS Dare Limited Edition
GUESS Dare Limited Edition ($52.0050ML, $40.00 30ML) — Give yourself a sexy scent this spring with a fragrance that will steal your man’s heart – GUESS Dare Limited Edition. Floral, fruity and woody, this scent will leave you feeling desirable and sexy with an aroma that captivates every room.This tempting scent opens with juicy grapefruit and crunchy lady apple. Middle notes of pink jasmine and pear blossom balance out the bottom woody notes of sheer cedarwood, white musk and a touch of vanilla.

What I think: This is a light, fruity scent that is perfect for spring.

Available at

essence Spring 2015 makeup
essence Spring 2015 makeup

Essence cosmetics is excited to launch a bright, new variety of products to kick off a fresh start to spring! Whether you’re giving your lashes the royal treatment with new mascara, perfecting an easy day-to-night smokey eye or testing new shades of classic favorites, the essence cosmetics new collection includes over 30 new products to amp up your beauty routine this spring and summer.

The new products in the above photo left to right are:

Lash Princess Volume Mascara ($4.99 USD) — presented in a fantastical evening gown design and has a unique wand applicator designed for extra control to reach every lash. The prestige inspired cobra brush is specially shaped to lift, separate, and cover each individual lash for the most majestic volume.

Longlasting Lipstick ($2.99 USD) — Longlasting love! This rich and creamy lasting lipstick is moisturizing with intense color that lasts for hours. Available in 13 beautiful, cream and matte shades.

3D Eyeshadow ($3.49 USD) — 3D eyeshadows provide a smoother and silkier texture that is easy to blend.  The new color-duos range from neutrals to jewel tones with high pigmentation. Apply with a damp brush for more intensity and maximum impact. Available in 6 irresistible shade duos in satin, metallic, and shimmering finishes. Available in 8 irresistible shade duos in satin, metallic, and shimmering finishes.
Available at Ulta, Shoppers Drug Mart and Fred Meyer
Spring Limited Edition Softlips 2-pack
Spring Limited Edition Softlips 2-pack
Spring Limited Edition Softlips Cube 2-pack ($6.49 USD) — The 2-pack features the popular Pomegranate Blueberry flavor and a brand new, limited edition flavor Peach Mango. As always, Softlips Cube delivers five lip-loving benefits with Lip Perfecting Technology to hydrate, replenish, smooth, protect with SPF 15 and add a shine to your lips.
What I think:  I have tried this in the Fresh Mint flavor before and really liked the application and minty flavor.  I was so happy to try these flavors, especially the new Peach Mango.  It’s very yummy and reminds me of summer (yay)!  The Pomegranate Blueberry is also very seasonal and they both moisturize well and are easy to apply.
Available at a mass market retailer near you.
What new products are you loving this spring?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Scents For The Home and For You!

I love to change personal and home scents for seasons, occasions and even moods.  I find that the right fragrance can set the scene for romance, a cozy night in or even a fun night out on the town!

I have received samples of these scents for my honest opinion.  While they might not be for everyone as fragrance is subjective, you might find one that you love!

L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Shimmering Oil
L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Shimmering Oil

For your body: L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Shimmering Oil ($36 USD): Highlight your look with Pivoine Flora Shimmering oil. With light touches on the forehead, cheeks and hair for an immediate highlighting effect. The shimmering oil will leave behind the delicate floral and green fragrance of Pivoine Flora.

What I think: This scent is a pretty, light floral that is a great transition fragrance into spring.  It is also romantic, a shimmery look for Valentine’s Day maybe…

L’Occitane products may be purchased at

Killer Queen by Katy Perry
Killer Queen by Katy Perry

For you: Killer Queen by Katy Perry ($60 3.4 oz) — Sexy. Royal. Radiant. Killer Queen by Katy Perry is an intoxicating and charmingly playful floriental fragrance with luscious notes fit for royalty. Inspired by a Queen’s scepter, the jewel-shaped bottle portrays sexy sophistication and luxury. The rich gold crown cap showcases a custom crest capturing Katy Perry’s playful essence.

  • Top Notes: Dark Plum, Wild Berry, Bergamot
  • Middle Notes: Natural Jasmine Sambac, Rainbow Plumeria, Red Velvet Flower
  • Base Notes: Cashmeran, Natural Patchouli Heart, Liquid Praline

What I think: A very sexy and sultry scent.  Perfect for romantic nights out and in!

Available at Macy’s and


Guess Night Eau de Toilette
Guess Night Eau de Toilette

For your man: Guess Night Eau de Toilette ($65 3.4 oz) — Confidence that owns the night… A sexy energy that can be felt the minute you walk into a room… Adrenaline created by the excitement and adventure of the night life. He doesn’t prepare for the night… he OWNS it!

  • Top notes: Hot pepper, Grapefruit, Elemi
  • Middle notes: Cedarwood, Geranium Fruit, Vetiver
  • Dry down: Black Vanilla, Parchouli, Labdanum

What I think: A spicy, sexy scent for him.  Hmm…maybe I should have made this a Valentine’s Day post?!  The fragrances so far have ben perfect for a romantic rendezvous.  This is perfect for the man who likes a spicier scent.

Available at Macy’s and

Thymes Frasier Fir Votive Candle Set
Thymes Frasier Fir Votive Candle Set

For your home: Thymes Frasier Fir Votive Candle Set ($18 USD) —

Mountain fresh and glowing, this scented votive candle set enhances any décor or makes an elegant hostess gift. Fills your home with  crisp, just-cut forest fragrance that evokes seasonal celebrations, holidays and the winter solstice. Sized perfectly to refill our Frasier Fir Votive Candle glass.

Fragrance Notes: Siberian fir, cedarwood, sandalwood and musk

What I think:  These candles make me think of Oregon, where I grew up!  There aren’t as many evergreen trees in Missouri, so I love lighting these.  They are especially perfect for cold winter nights.

Available at




Romantic Fragrance Gift Ideas For Her This Valentine’s Day!

Here are some more fun Valentine’s Day gift ideas!  I have been trying these great scents, and I am loving them.

TOCCA Violette is my new everyday scent, but I also love the sample of Jus d’Amour that I received.  They are both soft and floral, very pretty! And any Lavanila scent is so soft and pretty you can wear it all of the time!

If you haven’t tried Fame, it is so sexy and fun…really!  Great for date night!

Guess Girl is sweet and flirty and Heidi’s Klum’s new one called Surprise is very bright and sexy.

Tocca Violette Eau de Parfum

Tocca Violette Eau de Parfum ($68 USD) — Choose a romantic floral scent like TOCCA’s Eau de Parfum Violette! This sweet yet sultry scent awakens the feeling of Springtime in Paris and the youthful spirit of first love.

Imagine springtime in Paris—the vibrant blooms along the Champs-Elysees awaken the youthful spirit of first love. Violette evokes the whirlwind romance between a young soldier on leave and a beautiful girl at the fragrance counter of Le Bon Marche in 1940s Paris. This fine fragrance is housed in an Italian-made glass bottle and a gold-leafed box, making it a luxurious gift for your love or an indulgent reward for oneself.

Italian Bergamot, Ginger Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, African Violet, Bulgarian Rose, Black Currants, Creamy Cedarwood, Cashmere Musk, Touch of Benzoin.

Available at

Jus D'Amour 2 Oz Spray

Jus D’Amour 2 Oz Spray ($90.00 USD) — A beautiful, grown-up comfort scent – and really, is there anyone who couldn’t use an extra dose of comfort right about now? Jus d’amour opens with coco palm – sweet, but not cupcake-topping sweet. This is a dark and dusky coco palm, and there is a brief moment when it meets the mysterious and green aqua leaf accord that makes us wonder if we might be headed someplace edgy. Then the most soothing, enveloping woods appear, and it is clear that the place we are headed is the coziest chair in the room, complete with a cashmere throw. We can feel the knots in our neck begin to unwind, as creamy Tahitian vanilla wraps itself around mesmerizing sandalwood. Even the lilting violets and jasmine snuggle into the tranquil blend instead of floating above it. Sophisticated and serene, with a warm, soft sweetness that takes the edge off a stressful day. Just what we needed.

Notes —  coco palm, aqua leaf accord, night-blooming jasmine, violet, Tahitian vanilla, sandalwood, cashmere woods

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Lady Gaga Fame

Embrace Lady Gaga Fame ($55 1.7 oz), the sultry, black eau de parfum. First of its kind in fluid technology, it is black like the soul of Fame but invisible once airborne. This black fluid exudes a lustful, floral, fruity essence for fabulous little monsters.

Enriched with tears of belladonna, a black veil of incense, and pulverized apricot, this fragrance may cause illicit fits of extravagance, unrivalled rushes of adoration, and prolonged moments of ecstasy and rapture.

Notes:  Belladonna, Incense, Apricot, Honey Drops, Tiger Orchidea, Jasmin Sambac.

GUESS Girl is the perfect sexy and irresistible fragrance for your ladies’ Valentine’s night out. Sensuous, captivating and fresh, GUESS Girl is a celebration of bold, beautiful women everywhere. This fragrance has top notes of Raspberry Nectar, Melon and Bergamot, combined with middle notes of Brazilian Paradise Orchid, Provence Acacia Flower and Lily. Finished with base notes of Australian Sandalwood and Madagascar Vanilla, this fragrance will make your Valentine’s Day one to remember.
Price: 3.4 fl. oz. – $62 ; 1.7 fl. oz – $52 ;  1.0 fl. oz – $40

Available: GUESS retail stories, perfumery chains, department stores and

Heidi Klum Surprise

Add an element of surprise to your date night withHeidi Klum’s new fragrance. Surprise! is a tantalizing fragrance that captures Heidi’s fearless spirit, sophisticated glamour and irrepressible sense of fun. Surprise! by Heidi Klum is a sexy floral fragrance that opens with a joyful burst of juicy mandarin extracts and spicy pink pepper for a luminous and dynamic top note.  At the heart, an ultra-feminine bouquet of rose petals and magnolia creates a refined radiance.  Finally, the magnetic drydown of benzoin and milk of sandalwood delivers a warm, sensual and unforgettable trail.
Price: 1.0 fl. oz. – $28

Available: Mass Retailers and Drugstores Nationwide 

Lavanila’s “I Love Lavanila”

This Valentine’s Day, say ‘I love you!’ with the “I Love Lavanila” gift set fromLavanila Laboratories. When it comes to selecting the perfect gift this v-day, look to these healthy beauty essentials. Each “I Love Lavanila” set features three Lavanila favorites –The Healthy Fragrance, Healthy Body Butter and Healthy Deodorant – in perfectly portable sizes for easy on-the-go application. Available in classic Pure Vanilla or crisp Vanilla Grapefruit, this set is perfect for gift giving (and gift getting).

Lavanila’s “I Love Lavanila” gift set can be purchased at Sephora, and for $49.50.


Fab Fall Fragrances For 2012 For Ladies and Gentlemen!

There are a bunch of new fragrances out for Fall — and Pacifica has some great fall scents!  Check out these (for women and men)!

Pacifica Mexican Cocoa Spray Perfume

Mexican Cocoa Spray Perfume ($22 USD) This passionate blend has the rich, dark scent of Mexican Chocolate at its base. Rounded out with mild notes of bitter Almond, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Vanilla, this beloved Pacifica classic is indulgent, warm and delicious.

Fun, fresh and fantastic, Pacifica Spray Perfume is made with natural, pure grain alcohol (corn-sourced and gluten-free) and Pacifica’s signature perfume blends with essential and natural oils. In passionate and tempting Mexican Cocoa, it’s sexy, easy to wear and lovely to layer!

Beyoncé Midnight Heat

Beyoncé Midnight Heat ($49 1.7 fl oz) is the third addition to the icon’s popular fragrance collection. The sultry, sensual scent exudes confidence and is perfect to spritz on before heading out into the crisp, cool air of a fall evening.Beyoncé Midnight Heat features the exotic Purple Mokara Orchid, a longtime symbol of love, beauty and strength, which emits a rich, addictive aroma that continually reveals itself on the skin. Available at Macy’s.


Playboy VIP for Her

Playboy VIP for Her ($17 1 fl oz) is a joyful fragrance full of floral contrasts and sparkling ingredients that surprise and thrill. A scintillating mélange of subtle musk and sandalwood,Playboy VIP for Her delivers a lingering, tempting scent that you will want to wear all season long. Available at drugstores nationwide.

Closer by Halle Berry

Closer by Halle Berry (1.7 fl oz – $35) is a fresh floral fragrance that blends the traditionally masculine fougere accord with tantalizing floral notes. The result of this fusion is a woodsy floral fougere that’s ideal for the fall season. Utterly beguiling and seductive, Closer by Halle Berry marks a rare, unique approach to women’s  fragrance. Available at drugstores nationwide.

For the guys:

GUESS Seductive Homme Blue

GUESS Seductive Homme Blue ($49 1.7 oz) is an elegant oriental scent that simply oozes sex appeal. Reminiscent of a cool and invigorating ocean breeze, this woodsy fragrance fuses the laid-back feel of summer with the exhilarating vibe of fall. Available at Fine department stores, GUESS retail stores and

Nautica Aqua Rush

Nautica Aqua Rush  ($65 3.4 fl oz) is a blend of spicy, crisp, woodsy notes that are perfect for the refreshing fall season. Bold, masculine and powerful,Aqua Rush embodies what it means to be a man who lives life to the fullest.  Available at Macy’s department stores and other fine retailers nationwide.

These are all fairly affordable and smell great.  It might sound funny, but my 80-year-old mother-in-law loves the Playboy VIP for Her fragrance because it is light and fresh.  It is really nice!

The Pacifica fragrance is the opposite, but no less lovely.  It is rich and fall-ish.  It will also be great for cold winter nights!

And stand out for me (and on my hubby) is the Nautica Aqua Rush.  The bottle is really cool and so is the scent!

So try a new scent — and enjoy!

Fab Fall Fragrances by Pacifica, Lavanilla, and Guess

There are some great new scents and fragrance products being released this fall.  From long-lasting oil based roll-ons to new spritz-on perfumes, there is a sexy fall scent for everyone!  Here are some that I’ve recently tried:

Pacifica Persian Rose Perfume Roll-On ($12.00 USD) — Fun, fresh and fantastic, Pacifica Perfume Roll-on is made with natural denatured alcohol and Pacifica’s signature fragrance blends with essential and natural oils. Classic and elegant with Bulgarian rose, subtle violet, myrrh and delicate fruit.  Purchase at or Sephora.

Lavanila Healthy Fragrance in Vanilla Blackberry(1.7 oz $58.00, 10ml Roller Ball $19.00 USd)  – Seduce the senses with this new provocative blend of ripe blackberry, juicy raspberry, velvet iris and warm Madagascar vanilla. Inspired by the allure of vine-ripened berries, this effortlessly sexy twist on vanilla creates a crisp, sparkling and deliciously daring experience.  Purchase at and Sephora.

Lavanila Forever Fragrance Oils($26.00 USD) — Offering scents that last and last, these new Forever Fragrance Oils deliver a proprietary blend of pure essential oils in a hydrating base of sweet almond oil that lasts up to eight hours, twice as long as traditional fragrances. Concentrated, hydrating, and pure, Lavanila Forever Fragrance Oils uniquely melt into the skin as the body warms to release rich, alluring aroma. The scents:Vanilla Coconut, Pure Vanilla and Vanilla Grapefruit.  Purchase at and Sephora.

Guess Seductive I’m Yours ($52.00 USD 1.7 oz) — Make a lasting impression with the playful scent that will leave them wanting more.  Notes of passion fruit, while lily and exotic woods create this ultra-alluring fragrance. Available at