Hi all! I hope your are enjoying spring and that your weather has improved. It’s much nicer now in Kansas City!
I have been testing a lot of new products this spring. I’ve decided to feature a few here that have been helping my skin and hair this spring, plus a waterproof cream eyeshadow:
Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser
Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Instant Warming Clay Mask
Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser ($5.99 USD): Developed especially for those with combination skin, this everyday cleanser deep cleans the oily parts while smoothing and conditioning the rough, dry parts— for balanced, conditioned skin. Not only does it remove deep down dirt and impurities from the pores, but it gently exfoliating away dead cells, allowing healthy cells to emerge. With continued daily use, you’ll achieve softer, smoother skin and a more balanced complexion.
Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Instant Warming Clay Mask ($5.99 USD): Sometimes your skin needs a little extra TLC—plus, what better way to take a selfie—if not with a blue mask on! Designed to purify and refine skin by absorbing excess oils, this instant warming mask opens pores and melts away that pore-clogging dirt, oil, and sebum—leaving your skin clean, soft and refreshed. This warming clay mask, formulated to deep clean pores, is pH balanced for comfortably clean skin. This mask has a unique self-heating technology that is activated when massaged into the skin. This thermal formula in conjunction with purifying and skin toning clays optimize the mask’s ability to deep clean and purify.
What I think: I have combination skin, so these products are great for me! I also think they would work well for normal-oily skin. The cleanser really cleans my skin without drying it out. Plus, it doesn’t irritate it. My skin is sensitive, too, especially during allergy season. The mask is really fun it use. Because my skin is sensitive, I can only do this about once a week, and since there are four in the pack, it’s a months worth. I love the blue shade and how well it cleans out my pores. It leaves my skin very soft!
Purchase at mass market retailers near you!
Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes in E115 Purple
Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes in E104 Grey Brown
ELLIS FAAS CREAMY EYES ($34 USD) This is a coloured cosmetic applied to the eyelids or to the skin around the eyes to accentuate them. applied in a liquid state, the texture soon dries. unlike other eyeshadows, this formula thereby becomes resistant to the effects of humidity such as tears and wet weather; does not build up in the eyes’ creases; and will not smudge when being rubbed. available in 21 shades.
What I think: I these in the shades E115 Purple and E104 Grey Brown. I have found that these work so well as base shades. They are both fairly deep, but I can use them in my crease or all over the lid. I can keep the look matte or add a shimmer on top. These also work nicely as liners, because they are smudge and waterproof. Gorgeous quality! And, let’s not forget the cool silver bullet packaging!
John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks ($3.49 USD) Four targeted hair masks that transform hair in a matter of minutes. Designed to treat hair suffering from frizz, fading, damage or dullness, each mask revives hair with a single in-shower application. Simply shampoo, squeeze out excess moisture and massage the Wonder Drops throughout wet hair.
Available in: Frizz Smoothing, Blonde Brightening, Damage Repairing and Vibrancy Enhancing
What I think: I have already tried the Frizz Smoothing and Damage Repairing. The Frizz Smoothing mask really helped cut my frizz down a lot! This will be so nice to have in the summer when the humidity kills my hair. The Damage Repairing Mask is nice for damaged hair. Mine isn’t too bad right now, but I do need a haircut to get rid of split ends! The mask did help my hair and made it shiny and more manageable.
I have very dark brown hair, so I’m going to give the Blond Brightening mask to a blond friend and the Vibrancy Enhancing to my redhead daughter! It seems there’s a mask for most hair types!
Purchase at Walmart and select Grocery Outlets
What new spring beauty products have you been loving?
As I write this getting ready for summer post I’m having a little laugh, because it’s already in the 90’s in Kansas City. And it doesn’t look like it’s cooling down!
So are you ready for summer beauty? I find that what I need right now is hydration. The heat and my allergy meds are drying me out! Here our my current faves (that were sent to me for my honest review):
Erborian Pink Perfect Crème ($39 USD) — This is a primer that helps to minimize the appearance of pores with a blurring, soft-focus effect. Enriched with camilla japonica seed oil, skin looks smoother with a subtle glow—and is prepped for makeup application. I like that I can wear this on it’s own or with a bit of powder on top for hot days that I don’t want to wear makeup.
Purchase at Sephora and sephora.com
LAVANILA Laboratories Healthy Body Butter ($19 USD) — These 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters are velvety smooth and instantly absorbed into the skin resulting in deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. Each blend has powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. With super soft scents and a non-greasy formula, prepare for the ultimate indulgence. Available in four variations/scents, including: Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Grapefruit and Fragrance-Free. I love Vanilla Grapefruit and Vanilla Coconut for the summer.
Available at Lavanila.com
Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($7.99 – $10.99) — This unique moisturizer is activated by water on freshly-showered skin and penetrates deeply into the skin’s surface to heal dryness for soft, healthy skin you can only imagine. After showering, apply on wet skin, then towel dry off. It leaves skin so soft!
Available at all mass retailers & drug stores nationwide
LAVANILA Healthy Deodorants — The Elements Collection ($14 USD) features fresh, energizing deodorants where health and wellness collide, inspired by some of the core elements of nature: air, water and earth. These aluminum-free, healthy deodorants are infused with carefully curated blends of pure essential oils to awaken our connection to the Elements and the immense power within them.
Purchase at Sephora.com
If you’d rather use a roll on, try Ban Roll-On Antiperspirant Deodorant, Purely Gentle ($10.58 on Amazon for two) — With a new, gentler formula, Purely Gentle provides 24 hour protection against underarm perspiration even for those with sensitive skin. The roll-on glides on smoothly providing instant freshness, transforming hot, overworked skin to smooth and refreshed.
Purchase at Amazon
It is essential to have dry shampoo in the summer! John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo ($6.99 USD) — Give your hair an uplifting boost and touchable body that lasts while you’re on the go with just a spritz of this dry shampoo. The revitalizing formula instantly refreshes, revives and restores limp locks while getting rid of dirt and oil for hair that feels clean, healthy and light.
Purchase at ULTA and food, drug and mass retailers nationwide
It was so cold in Kansas City last week, one day it was -5! But it has warmed up and was in the 40’s today. It felt balmy!
This week I have been loving a French no-rinse cleanser and products to help my hair stay smooth in the cold winter air:
Collosol Eau de Lait ($18 USD) — A moisturizing milk/micellar water hybrid, this thorough but gentle cleanser can be applied with a cotton pad to remove makeup, moisturize and soothe stinging skin. No rinsing with water is required—a good thing since the limestone in tap water can be irritating to parched, wind-shipped skin. The universal formula is also suited to all skin types, from sensitive to dry to oily/acne-prone.
What I think: First, this is really fragrant. It’s floral like gardenias or jasmine, I can’t put my finger on the scent. It’s nice, though. It’s a milky liquid, and I apply with to a cotton pad. IT removes makeup very well and leaves my face so soft. You can also add it to bath water to soften skin. I haven’t tried it yet, but I might tomorrow after my workout.
A French skincare classic created in Paris in the 1950s, Collosol Eau de Lait can now be found in the U.S. at smallflower.com
John Frieda Hair Care Frizz Ease Collection($6.99 each) — Check out the newstatement making look for John Frieda Hair Care’s classic Frizz Ease collection. The iconic purple that has accented the products for years will now be the primary focus, making this collection of frizz-fighters bolder and brighter than ever. My favorites from the collection are:
Secret Weapon Touch-Up Crème (3rd from left in photo) — This versatile smoothing cream, applied to dry strands, instantly transforms puffy, parched style. Creates a supple, shiny finish and silky touch. For use on flyaways, static frizz, and split ends. This is perfect for the cold weather, my hair gets flyaways and this smooths them right out.
Air Dry Waves Styling Foam (4th from left) — Get defined curls without the need for heated styling tools. Infused with moringa oil and a unique blend of polymers, this featherweight curly hair styler helps control frizz for perfectly smooth waves and curls. Non-sticky foam dries quickly, creating a flexible film that cleverly stretches as curl bundles expand while drying, keeping the curl intact. My hair dries wavy, so I love to use this to define my curls while my hair dries.
Extra Strength 6 Effects+ Serum (2nd from right) — Expertly formulated with a unique blend of silicones. Protect each dehydrated strand against the onset of frizz. Boosts shine. With silk proteins and algae extract, this frizzy hair serum smoothes for more manageable and lustrous results, and provides heat protection. I apply this to soaking wet hair everywhere but my roots. When my hair dries, its soft and smooth.
Learn more at www.johnfrieda.com and purchase at mass market retailers near you.
PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet has officially been named the Pantone Color of the Year.The color is described as being a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade that communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”
Enigmatic purples have long been symbolic of artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. My makeup picks below will make you look and feel bright and cool, and maybe give you inspiration for the new year!
Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen in Velvet Violet ($6 USD) — Waterproof, super-long-wear, no-smudge, no-budge eye liners. They glide on like seamless silk, and in a single sweep motion create a flawless, solid jewel-toned line. No retouching required all day – or night! The shade is a light violet, but it looks really pretty with light or no shadows for a fun, day look.
Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables™ Eye Pencil in Karon Beach ($18 USD) – The ultra-creamy, richly pigmented formula glides on effortlessly for precise lining. Allows blending time before setting for a variety of looks. Once set, liner is waterproof and smudge proof! It won’t budge until you decide to take it off.
Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Plum Euphoria ($8.99) — The patented argan oil formula fuses intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthy looking nails.Up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear.
The Pantone Color of the year for 2018 has been announced and the stunning shade of ultra violet is sure to be a stunner in all areas of beauty! The new Sally Hansen Color Therapy Shade Plum Euphoria will launch in January 2018.
Caption Polish in Enough Already ($9.99 USD) — Lock in your look with the Caption system. Caption Nail Polish with LacQ3 Technology wears tough as gel with a mirror-like shine. Air dries 3Xs faster than regular polish. Stay chip-free 2-3Xs longer. Non-UV. Soak-free instant removal.
Purchase at www.captionpolish.com
Ultra Violet represents originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking – which makes it the perfect new color and look for the iconic John Frieda Hair Care Frizz Ease collection.
John Frieda Frizz Ease has been on shelves for over a quarter of a century, keeping their innovative and revolutionary products the leader in fighting frizz. Whether it’s a cult classic that smooths hair for every look or a shampoo that moisturizes and hydrates, John Frieda Frizz Ease is there for you no matter what you need.
Are you picking up any Ultra Violet products to rock in 2018? Are you a fan of the color?
As we inch toward Christmas, I have been trying products that help me look and feel better during the hectic season!
They include a luxe primer and setting spray, cruelty-free makeup that makes you look glowy, luxe skincare, a fun steam mask and hair care that will help with dry, winter hair:
Elcie Cosmetics Pearl Radiance Primer
Elcie Cosmetics Hydra Enhancer Setting Mist
Elcie Cosmetics Pearl Radiance Primer ($38 USD) — An oil-free, water-based primer that acts as lingerie for your skin, providing a smooth, seamless and satin-like finish. The formula brightens the complexion with a touch of pearl, boosting luminosity for a healthy and radiant glow. Minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.
Elcie Cosmetics Hydra Enhancer Setting Mist ($35 USD) — An innovative hydrating and setting mist that balances the complexion, sets makeup and refreshes the skin. This alkaline facial water is an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals. It has smaller molecules than tap water, so it absorbs more easily into your skin giving you maximum hydration with a quicker effect, while holding your makeup in place all day. Suitable for all skin types.
What I think: I love the packaging of these products. They are very luxe! The primer smoothes skin for makeup and leaves a soft glow. It so nice under foundation, or on it’s own for a bit of polish. The mist is so refreshing! It’s a soft mist and instantly hydrates and sinks into the skin. It holds my makeup in place all day!
Available at elciecosmetics.com
essence blush play sculpting blush palette
Did you know the amazing and affordable line essence is cruelty-free? A lot of their products are gluten-free and/or vegan, too:
essence blushplay sculpting blush palette ($5.99 USD) — This palette includes three tonal shades for individual use or the perfect blend to create a multidimensional look. Available in 2 fresh color combinations.
essence shine shine shine lipgloss ($2.99 USD) — This high-shine, wet-look gloss glides on smooth with a highly-pigmented finish. The flocked applicator ensures precise application. Available in 6 shades.
What I think: I do love a blush palette, and this one is fresh and fun to blend and use together, or separately. The one above is the Play in Peach, and it also comes in Play in Pink. The glosses are very shiny, but pigmented too. There’s also a nice clear gloss for a more natural look, or to wear over other lip products.
Vertere Skincare Travel + Discovery Kit ($51 on sale for $28 USD) — This set includes Travel + Discovery sizes of our patented Dramatic Transformation Cream SPF 18 and Refining Treatment Cleanser. This two-week introduction to VERTERE is a perfect companion for traveling, or to gift to friends in need of portable yet highly effective and hydrating wrinkle smoothing and dark spot brightening that won’t clog pores.
What I think: This little kit comes in a cute bag! The cleanser is so nice, it comes in a handy pump despenser and has a refreshing citrus scent. It leaves my skin clean, but hydrated, too. The night cream is not greasy at all, it actually hass a bit of a matte finish, which is interesting for a night cream. In the morning, my skin looks amazing! My skin tone in more even and looks younger!
Purchase at vertereskincare.com
Erborian Pate au Ginseng Concentrated Black Mask ($61 for 1.7 oz) — Formulated with Ginseng root, used for ages in Korea to help fight visible signs of aging, PÂTE AU GINSENG helps improve the appearance of skin’s firmness and elasticity through its tensor effect. With a concentrated dose of Ginseng, and its instant tensor effect, this mask helps your skin feel firmer and smoothes out the appearance of the skin, providing immediate comfort and vitality for tired complexions. As if plumped from within, the skin looks visibly smoother, more luminous and younger.
What I think: This is so hydrating, but I can also feel it firming my skin. It makes it look smoother and younger. This is amazing before going out or photos, too! It’s also great for those of us who are older and need a bit of help firming skin.
Purchase at usa.erborian.com
MegRhythm Lavender Gentle Steam Eye Mask ($10.99 for a pack of 7) — MegRhythm self-heating eye mask is the perfect way to relax the eyes and hydrate surrounding skin. Its advanced self-heating technology heightens relaxation and relieves hard working eyes with the warm and soothing sensation of steam heat.
What I think: This is such a fun product. It’s very easy to use, just open, unfold and place the tabs around your ears. It does get pretty warm, so fair warning. It’s very relaxing and soothing on my eyes.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Shampoo and ConditionerJohn Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Shampoo and Conditioner ($5.99 USD each) — Cold, dry air also dries out your hair. Quench your hair’s thirst and give it a daily dose of intense hydration with this duo that provides humidity resistance, breakage reduction and improved conditioning. This shampoo and conditioner will help keep your hair continuously soft, silky and smooth through the winter months.
What I think: I love this hair care duo! It’s so great when my hair needs extra moisture. I find that my hair is soft and manageable afterwards. They smell nice, too, but not an overpowering scent.
Available at Food, Drug and Mass Retailers Nationwide
I don’t know about you, but I love to use styling products to bring the best out of my hairstyle and to keep my hair shiny and frizz-free!
There are amazing drugstore and higher end products that style hair beautifully. So many to try and to love! I was sent the below products for my honest review:
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Air Dry It Undone Style Cream
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Air Dry It Ruffled Body Mousse
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Air Dry It Undone Style Cream ($4.99 USD) — L¿Oreal Paris introduces NEW Air Dry It from Advanced Hairstyle. Create and control your perfect hairstyle without the heat damage. Enhance your hair’s natural shape definition and texture. No residue left behind. This style cream adds softness, shine, and hold for an undone look without weighing hair down. Get beautiful, natural, effortless style.
What I think: This is the perfect collection for me, because I mostly air dry my hair. I have been loving the Undone Style Cream! I like using it on damp hair and I run my fingers through it. It dries wavy and so pretty, my daughter even commented on it! I have not tried the mousse, but I am going to give it to my other daughter who uses mousse every day. I will let you know what she thinks!
TIGI Bed Head Ego Boost Split End Mender ($18.99 USD) — This leave-In conditioner mends and protects dry, damaged hair from environmental elements, chemical treatments, shampoos and styling. Great for textured or damaged hair.
What I think: I love the bright packing of Bed Head products! Really fun! The After Party is so nice on dry hair to smooth it. I like to use the Ego Boost on my ends when my hair is wet, but it also can be used to keep flyaways at bay.
I think my favorite of the three is the Thickening Spray. I have fairly fine hair and it makes it look fuller and gives lots of fun volume! I love that it leaves my hair soft and not sticky!
John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioner ($5.99 USD) Fighting frizz starts right out of the shower! This leave-in conditioning spray that instantly adds shine and detangles hair. The formula contains a blend of vitamins A, E, C and green extract, and helps safeguard hair from heat styling and sun exposure- common culprits when it comes to frizzy hair.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength Six Effects Serum ($9.99 USD)– Instantly transform your frizz to ultra-sleek, purely polished, super-shiny hair with this cult-classic serum. It will not only block your frizz and repel against the humidity, but will also leave your hair extremely supple, easy to manage and healthy-looking. Another advantage, it has sunscreen in it!
John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray ($6.99 USD) — Create an instant barrier that helps seal out humidity and combat frizz with this hairspray. No matter what style you’re going for, this firm-holding product holds even the hardest-to-handle styles, all day long. It has a fast-drying, shine-boosting formula.
What I think: I do get lots of frizz in the summer, and they products are an affordable and effective way to fight it. I love leave-in conditioner that also acts as a detangler. It leaves my hair so soft! The hairspray is great too, because it helps to keep the frizzies away! I do need more than one product to totally keep my hair soft and smooth, but this does help and holds my style.
I really love the serum, though. My hair is fine, so I just use a little bit on wet hair. When it dries, my hair is soft and shiny. As my hair ages, it’s hard to get manageable, youthful hair, but this really helps. It smells nice, too.
Available at Food, Drug and Mass Retailers Nationwide