July 2018 Beauty Favorites

I can’t believe it’s August!  It has been hot in Kansas City since mid-May so I am ready for summer to be over.  My youngest daughter is starting high school in two weeks as my middle daughter goes off to college.  So many changes!

And so many choices — at least for my fave July products.  I loved so many makeup products this month.  Here they are:

IMG_1707.JPGI have been testing so much awesome new makeup in the last couple of months, so I chose more favorites than usual this month.

Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette — I received this for my birthday in June and have been loving it since! There is such a great variety of shades.  The shadows are so buttery and blend well, too. It will work nicely in the fall and winter months because there are some gorgeous plums and greens.

Alamar Cosmetics Reina del Caribe  Vol.1 — This bright palette came in my June BoxyCharm.  These are normally not shades I would wear — orange, red, blue — but these shades are so creamy and pigmented, it’s hard not to love them.  I use them with a light hand and they are so pretty!

H2O+ Beauty Oasis Smart Tint Lip Color — This is a self-adjusting lip color. It has two sides.  The dark blue shade turns rosy on my lips and the light blues turns a shimmery pink.  Very fun and hydrating!

Urban Decay Chill Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray — I have been using this all summer. This has Temperature Control Technology that actually chills the surface of my makeup to keep it looking fresh for up to 12 hours.  This also helps powders melt into my skin and I look dewy, not dry!

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 — I really like this.  It is a comfort matte so it is not too drying, but stays in place all day.  I need it in a lighter shade, but I have been mixing it with a light foundation and it looks great!

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer — I LOVE this!  I got a sample in a free gift from Ulta this spring and bought the full sized one last month.  I use it every time I wear mascara.  It gives length and fullness to my lashes.  My lashes are very short, so they need this! L’Oreal now has a  rose gold primer that’s a part of their Lash Paradise collection, so I’ll pick that up, too!

Pixi Beauty Glow Cake in GildedBare Glow — I received this for review and ever since, I have used it every day. It gives me the perfect summer glow.  I swirl my brush in the whole pan and cover my cheek with it.  I then use the lightest shade as a hilghighter on my cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow.  Gorgeous!

Pixi Beauty Rose Mist — I love using this in the morning after I wash my skin, before serums and creams.  It helps soothe my sensitive skin and gives a glow. It also helps hydrate, which I love.  Plus, it smells amazing!

What products were you loving in July?


Beauty Gift Guide: More Last Minute Beauty Gifts

Still shopping?  I am, too.  That’s why I thought I’d put together another gift guide.  We are coming up on the last weekend before Christmas.  And also online deadlines.

Below I have put together fun beauty gifts and stocking stuffers.  Enjoy!

H2O+ Oasis Hydration Boost Duo
H2O+ Oasis Hydration Boost Duo

H2O+ Oasis Hydration Boost Duo (on sale now for $39.60 USD) — Magnify moisture replenishment with this powerfully hydrating H2O+ Oasis skincare duo. This limited-edition gift set features full sizes of our best-selling, moisture-amplifying Oasis booster and hydrator. Formulated with Hydrating Marine Blend, sea minerals and algae extracts, these oil-free, time-release formulas replenish thirsty skin and plump the look of fine lines. Set Contents 1.Oasis24 Hydrating Booster0.85 Fl oz/ 25 mL full-size 2.Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment 1.7 Fl oz/ 50 mL full-size.

Available at http://www.h2oplus.com


Yes To stocking stuffers will make every skincare lover happy!

Yes To Cucumbers Face Cleanser Towelettes 30ct. ($5.69 at Target) — packed with cucumbers, green tea, broccoli and spinach to give your face the nutrients needed to help you detoxify and refresh your face on the go. These dermatologically and opthalmologically tested towelettes will clean your face of dirt and makeup, including eye makeup. They are 98.7% natural, biodegradable & FSC certified. Not only that, they are free of oil, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic.

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil ($4.99 USD) — This lip oil provides long lasting nourishment, softness, and fits just about anywhere (talk about a triple threat!). This new lip oil will quench dry lips with decadent oils, that also cool while it moisturizes. Formulated with a plethora of oils: Virgin Coconut, Olive, and cooling Eucalyptus, your lips will be intensely moisturized and soft. Throw in an added hint of natural shine, and you will be ready for coconut kisses (under the sun!)

Yes To Grapefruit Pore Perfection Brightening Peel ($15.99 USD) — Snap out of it with this spa-like exfoliating treatment that makes complexions look bright and radiant while shrinking the appearance of pores. Formulated with luminous-boosting grapefruit extract and vitamin C, it diminishes dark spots, evens out skin tone, and leaves your face feeling fully rejuvenated. (In other words, this peel gives you get the best of the zest!)

Available at Target and yestocarrots.com

More great stocking stuffers for body and hair:

PediSpa by Look Beauty ($9.99 each) — This line of affordable, at-home treatments focus on pampering the foundation of your body—your feet! Whether they’re in need of some exfoliation or intense moisture, key ingredients from Shea butter to chamomile work to effectively improve the look and feel of your feet! You can pick up both the PediSpa Gentle Exfoliating Foot Mask and PediSpa Intensive Moisturizing Foot Mask, exclusively at your local Target in the Pharmacy Foot Care Aisle! Available at Target or Target.com.

Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar ($6.49 USD) is the beauty staple that takes a fun spin on the traditional lump of coal everyone will love. Featuring a dual action formula to exfoliate while deep cleaning pores, this cleanser draws out and binds to deep down dirt and oil for 2.5 times cleaner pores than a basic cleanser. With jojoba beads and peppermint, the formula gently exfoliates and leaves skin feeling refreshed and smooth. Purchase at Drugstores and mass retailers.

Nios Shield Whipped Hair Gel ($26 USD) is their all-in-one hair care essential when they’re on the go – and in the sun! With Nios Shield, they can style their hair while added SPF 15 protects the scalp from harmful rays. It is formulated with Moroccan argan oil, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B5 to ensure healthy hair with a medium-strong hold that’ll keep pesky flyaway hair in place. Available at NiosShield.com



LIT NYC Holiday Lights Duo
LIT NYC Holiday Lights Duo

LIT NYC Holiday Lights Duo ($15 USD) — Limited Edition Set Includes: LIT NYC Nail Polish with high tech LED lighted cap and LIT NYC Lip Gloss with high tech LED lighted cap

Available in: Mistletoe Kisses, Winter Wonderland, Chill Out, Jingle All The Way.  The set in the photo is Chill Out.

Purchase at CVS stores.

Bath Time! Fab Products by Laura Mercier, Nyakio, H2O+, 800razors.com, Sure Deodorant and Jergens

I am definitely a bath person.  I know that showers are faster, but I love long, hot bath.  It totally relaxes me.  Are you a bath or shower person?  Leave a comment and let me know, and know what your favorite bath or shower products are!

Here are some of my current favorites, sent to me for my honest review:

Laura Mercier Honey Bath
Laura Mercier Honey Bath

Laura Mercier Honey Bath ($40 USD) — This decadent, foaming honey moisture body bath leaves skin feeling clean, fresh and supple. Available in five delectable fragrances: Almond Coconut Milk, Crème Brûlée, Ambre Vanillé, Crème de Pistache and Fresh Fig.

What I think:  I have this in Fresh Fig.  It smells fantastic and gives lots of foamy bubbles.  And the jar is so cute!  This is well worth the splurge.  I want to try all of the scents.

Available: www.lauramercier.com

Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub
Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub

Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub ($55 USD) — This scrub blends naturally energizing and exfoliating Kenyan Coffee with Sugar to remove dull skin while providing antioxidant benefits. With Mongongo Nut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Avocado Oil, this unique fusion leaves all skin moisturized, smooth and soft.

What I think:  This is a wonderful scrub!  I used it on the back of one hand and had to do the other right away to make them even — the first one was visibly smoother!  And the scent is vaguely coffee-ish, but it’s not too strong.

Purcashe at HSN, HSN.com and www.nyakio.com

H2O Plus Spa Sea Lotus Body Wash
H2O Plus Spa Sea Lotus Body Wash

H2O Plus Spa Sea Lotus Body Wash ($17 USD) — This exhilarating body wash renews the skin and deeply nourishes with essential vitamins and minerals.  Sea sourced water lotus and bamboo extract provide long-term moisture and stimulate the regeneration of healthy skin while mineral-rich brown and red algae blend are combined with aloe and vitamin E to soothe and nourish the skin. Skin is left lightly scented with the refreshing aquatic floral scent. Try it in a morning shower for an invigorating awakening.

What I think: I love H2O+’s scents — and this new sea lotus fragrance is no exception.  It is a great spa scent, with a little bit of floral scent added.  It also comes in a body scrub ($20 SUD) and a lotion ($21 USD) so you can layer the scent.

Price: $17, Available at Ulta, Ulta.com and H2OPlus.com

800razors.com 5-Blade Women’s Razor
800razors.com 5-Blade Women’s Razor

We gals take our beauty routines very seriously. Let’s face it, there is always a new product, trend, or regimen we “need” to try. It’s time to simplify our a.m. routines and make them as painless as possible. First step: take the “ouch” out of hair removal. One thing we can all agree on- waxing is one form hair removal that is painful in more ways then one!

To help take the sting out of hair removal, I’d like to introduce you to 800razors.com, the burn-free razor company, as they share Five Expressive Reasons Why Not to Wax:

1)     Yikes! — Waxing at a salon is ridiculously expensive, costing anywhere from $45 – $100 per leg. Not to mention that doesn’t even cover the bikini area, armpits and other body parts we don’t want to share with our hair!!  Oh, and home waxing kits?  We won’t even go there!

2)     Ouch! — Waxing hurts like heck! Having scorching hot wax dripped on your skin to later be yanked out by the roots isn’t an ideal spa day experience. Imagine the ensuing pain that comes with ripping a bandage off… now multiply that by at least 5.

3)     Yuck! — While getting a full leg or armpit wax removes unwanted hair, it often results in bumps, ingrown hairs, rashes, and even pimples. Have sensitive skin? The hot wax can cause unwanted irritation that will leave you with legs you’ll cover up instead of show off.

4)     Nasty! — No one knows how sanitary the salon wax actually is (or the actual salon for that matter!). With waxing, there is always risk of a bacterial infection, skin infection, or even a disease since it strips away the body’s natural protective layer that prevents bacteria from penetrating the skin.

5)     Dang it! — Last minute beach trip or spontaneous first date will never fly since you need at least 3-4 weeks of hair growth for the wax to adhere.  So if you have last minute plans, you’d be out of luck!

So if you’re joining the thousands of women who are saying “heck no” to waxing, what is the simplest, softest, smoothest solution?  800razors.com, the burn-free razor company that offers the “Burn-Free Guarantee” – no skin burn, wallet burn, or American job-loss burn!

What I think:  I have tested their 5-Blade Women’s Razor.  This is a great razor!  It has a lubricating strip all around and a soapbar at the bottom. The 5 blades gives a very smooth shave and it is easy to change the heads.

Learn more and purchase at www.800razors.com.

Sure Solid Pure Essence
Sure Solid Pure Essence
In the 1980s Sure Anti-perspirant/Deodorant ran one of the most memorable advertising campaigns with the slogan, “Raise your hand if you’re Sure.”  Today, the brand is offering women even more confidence to go about their day. They recently revealed a new look and introduced two new conditioning solids –Vitamin Infusion and Pure Essence.

The new conditioning solids offer a pH-balanced invisible formula that provides lasting odor and wetness protection while working to reduce irritation and smooth rough patches. The unscented Vitamin Infusion formula conditions and repairs skin with Vitamins A and E, while the Pure Essence variety features a light fragrance and soothing aloe extracts.

Sure products are available nationwide at major drug stores and retail for around $2.99 each. Available varieties include Unscented, Regular Scent, Fresh Scent, Powder Scent, Vitamin Infusion and Pure Essence. 

What I think:  I have been given the new scents, Vitamin Infusion and Pure Essence.  I really like the soft scent of Pure Essence.  I use a stronger deodorant, but I gave these to my teenage daughters and they love them!  They keep them dry all day.

Learn more at www.suredeodorant.com.

Jergens Shea Butter
Jergens Shea Butter

Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer by Jergens ($8.99 for the large 16.8 oz) — Blended with pure African shea butter, this rich mix of vital nutrients
instantly relieves dryness, replenishes depleted moisture and enhances the
performance of skin’s own moisture barrier.

What I think — this is so moisturizing on my dry, fall skin!  My legs have been so dry since the weather turned cold.  This keeps them soft all day long!


Enjoy your you time!

H2O+ Face Oasis Ultra Hydrator

Face Oasis Ultra Hydrator
Face Oasis Ultra Hydrator

H2O+ is a company that successfully marries skincare with a spa experience that you can enjoy in your own home.

To commemorate their 20th Anniversary, H2O+ is introducing an ultra-hydrating version of their best-selling Face Oasis. The new Face Oasis Ultra Hydrator ($40.00 1.7 oz)  is a lightweight, water-based gel. This can be used morning or night, for refreshing, non-greasy hydration. The formula includes bio-marine extracts that are touted to moisturize, leave skin firmer, plumper and more youthful. It also contains Nutri-spheres, small little white beads that are doses of Polyvitamin Profusion, a synthesis of antioxidants that help diffuse free radical damage.

I have been using this as my moisturizer day and night for a couple of weeks now. What I love about this product is that it goes on silky smooth and gives my skin an instant cooling sensation. Then it soaks in quickly, leaving my skin soft and not at all greasy. It is a wonderful before-makeup hydrator. And it smells great. It has the H2O spa-like scent that is so nice. 

I am still trying to decide if I like the Polyvitamin Profusion beads. I love that I get an extra shot of antioxidants, but they are hard to dissolve on the skin, and they need to be rubbed in quite a bit.

Still, my skin is soft and glowy using this product and I highly recommend it.

Visit the webiste at www.h20plus.com to purchase this product or for more details.

Sea Results Line Menders from H2O+

H2O+ Sea Results Line Mender
H2O+ Sea Results Line Mender

The Sea Results Collection from H2O+ claims to, “visibly rewind signs of aging with firming phospholipids and restorative sea nutrients.” The Sea Resulsts Line Mender cream and Sea Results Eye Mender Plus also claim to improve the quality of aging skin in 28 days.

The H2O+ website, http://www.h20plus.com, also touts these statistics concerning the Sea Results Line Mender cream ($54.00 USD),  “Over 28 days of continued daily use, 97% of those participating in a consumer panel test reported their skin to be more richly hydrated and 95% noticed smoother, more even skin texture. There was a 22% decrease in wrinkle depth and 19% increase in firmness over that same period of time. In addition to softening dermal creases and refining skin texture, this multi-tasking formula also provides antioxidant protection to help reduce the effects of free radical induced damage. ”

H2O+ Sea Results Eye Mender Plus
H2O+ Sea Results Eye Mender Plus

People who participated in a consumer panel test of the Sea Results Eye Mender Plus ($36.00 USD) reported that after a period of 28 days of continued daily use, a 47% decrease in wrinkle depth, a 24% reduction in puffiness and 19% increase in firmness was observed.

I have been using these products for approximately 28 days and I have to say that my skin looks clearer, it is softer and firmer and my eyes look less puffy. My lines on my forehead are a little less noticeable. I think that if I use it a month or two longer, they will be even smoother.

I really do love this cream. It absorbs quickly and can be worn under makeup. That is a big plus for me as I have little time in the morning to get ready for work. The eye cream is thicker, but also absorbs fairly fast. Also, they both smell really great. They have a lighter version of the H2O Spa scent.    

My verdict? The price is a bit high, but the quality is excellent. I definitely recommend this line!