My Beauty Faves Week of December 22-28, 2014 — Z Skin Systems, Kesh Beauty, essence, Morgan Taylor and got2b

A hope you all had a fab Christmas.  New Year’s Eve is around the corner! There is so much going on, my skin has to be flawless and my make-up has to be long-wearing, plus, of course, I need gorgeous nails and hair!

The following products help with all of that!

 ZSS Skincare Method NO. 1: Radiant Skin Formula
ZSS Skincare Method NO. 1: Radiant Skin Formula

ZSS Skincare Method NO. 1: Radiant Skin Formula ($160 USD) — Each monthly package contains a 30-day supply of 0.5oz Nutri-Serum and dietary supplements. ZZSS Skincare Method No.1 for Radiant Skin helps keep skin radiant in spite of environmental challenge, supports healthy skin with age, promotes skin hydration and reduces redness caused by the skin’s exposure to the outside world.* This system is made from naturally sourced ingredients that engage the internal and external science of beautiful skin. Featuring our signature Nutri-Serum — ­to help repair damaged, dry and sensitive skin, diffuse redness, and provide skin firming and toning.

What I think: I have been testing this for a few weeks and have noticed that my skin is less red than before and is very hydrated.  The serum is absorbed right into the skin, so I have been using it day and night and really like it!  My skin tone also seems clearer.

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Discover the beauty that radiates from every drop of Kesh Beauty Moroccan Argan Oil ($40 USD each). Available in Pure, Rose and Orange Blossom scents, the 100% organic cold-pressed argan oils are true multitaskers. Non-comedogenic and ideal for all skin and hair types, the unique single-dose spray dispenser delivers the perfect amount every time. Use it to nourish hair and skin from head to toe, while preventing and improving visible signs of aging.

What I think:  These oils are so moisturizing and smell fantastic — my favorite is the Orange Blossom scent.  I like to use it on my hair (to scent and hydrate), my cuticles and my body after a bath. So luxurious!

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essence STAYS no matter what eye pencil & shadow ($2.99 USD) — This soft-textured, waterproof and long-lasting eye pencil and shadow lasts up to 16 hours – perfect for a Netflix marathon during a wintery stay-cation! The jumbo pencil-shadow-combo is blendable and easy to apply. Available in 6 colors including twinkling turquoise and chocolate brownie.

essence LASH mania reloaded waterproof ($4.99 USD) — Spread holiday cheer and laugh until you cry without worries! This innovative, elastomer, star-shaped brush accurately grips lashes, providing the ultimate faux-lash look – now in a waterproof formula!

essence eyeliner pen waterproof ($2.99 USD) — Throw away bulky jars and opt for a sleek, retractable gel eye pencil. This soft, waterproof and long-lasting formula is velvety and highly pigmented to make eyes pop when sneaking away on a tropical vay-cay. Available in a total of 6 colors to complement any look from beach bum to ski bunny.

What I think: These products are very waterproof and affordable!  And since waterproof makeup is perfect all-year long (holiday tears anyone!).  The eyeliners are available in lots of long-wearing shades and the mascara separates and stays on all day!

What I think: These affordable eye products can give a dramatic eye for new years and beyond!  I love the range of colors and staying power of the gel eyeliners and the eyeliner pen is very easy to use.  Waterproof mascara is useful year round, and this one doesn’t smudge or flake.

Available at Ulta stores and

Morgan Taylor Midnight Masquerade
Morgan Taylor Midnight Masquerade

This winter, dress your nails with an alluring personality by donning Morgan Taylor’s Midnight Masquerade Winter 2014 color collection ($8.50 a bottle), which features six all-new shades inspired by the mystique of an after-hours affair.  Lavish hues of burgundy, natural crème and everything in between make up this range, which is sure to glam up the dull winter months.

The six brand-new limited-edition shades are:

Vixen in A Mask: Sultry Scarlet shimmer

Jest-er Kidding: Platinum multicolor glitter

Flirting With The Phantom: Natural mauve crème

Don’t Rain on My Masquerade: Bronze pink glitter

The Big Reveal: Deep emerald shimmer

My Kind of Ball Gown: Vibrant rose crème

What I think:  I love Morgan Taylor polishes.  The color choices are gorgeous and they last almost a week without chipping!  My favorite of this collection is My Kind of Ball Gown with Jest-er Kidding over it.  So pretty!

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Get gorgeous hair for any occasion this holiday season with got2b! Whether you’re bouncing from party to party or planning your own glam get-together, got2b will keep you hair looking its best all the way into the new year!

For incredible shine & to fight frizz use got2b glossy anti-frizz shine serum ($5.99 USD). Loaded with conditioning agents, this alcohol-free serum will control flyaways and give hair a luxurious shine.  Perfect for color treated hair, it is also formulated with UV absorbers to keep hair strong and healthy.

For ultimate volume, use got2b 2sexy voluptuous volume hairspray ($7.49 USD) to achieve and maintain big, show-stopping, sexy hair. Naturally derived rice starch gives locks instant and long-lasting body, texture, and volume. The new Studio Sized can (12 oz.) and high performance BODY 10 boosting complex will bring your hair to new heights and hold for the ultimate style statement.

For a quick pick-me-up, use got2b POWDER’ful volumizing styling powder ($5.99 USD).  Formulated with virtually weightless micro-particles that help texturize the hair’s surface, you can give your hair a radical root lift in ten seconds flat!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Brrr…It’s Cold. Take Care of Your Skin!

My poor skin has been suffering in this crazy cold weather!  I swear that my forehead was so dry at one point, it looked like I had scales!

I have been blessed to receive some great skin products to help me get through the winter.  And I have more to review as well — a part 2 will be coming soon!

Maijan Nourish Healing Herbal Facial Steam for Dry Skin
Maijan Nourish Healing Herbal Facial Steam for Dry Skin

Maijan Nourish Healing Herbal Facial Steam for Dry Skin (Reg. Price: $23.95, Sale Price: $16.77) — gives skin a natural boost of moisture as it deeply cleanses pores removing toxins and impurities.  The pure and natural blend of ingredients is naturally astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.  The nourishing steam restores elasticity and improves skin vitality, leaving skin healthier, moisturized and refreshed.  Simply add to warm steaming water and take in the nourishment.
Product Features:

  • 2 oz
  • Helps to alleviate dry skin
  • Add to warm steaming water
  • Clarifies pores and promotes glowing skin
  • Blend of nourishing herbs and essential oils
  • Gives skin a boost of moisture
  • Removes toxins & impurities
  • Naturally astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial
  • Pure & natural
  • Also available for Acne Prone Skin and Oily Skin


  1. Add two tablespoons to a bowl containing 4 cups of warm steaming water.
  2. Trap steam by covering head and bowl with a bath towel.
  3. Those with oily or combination skin should steam for 10 to 15 minutes; those with dry to normal skin should steam for 5 to 10 minutes; and those with sensitive skin should steam for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Use once weekly or every two weeks.

Ingredients:  Organic Rose Petals, Organic Rosemary Leaves, Organic Peppermint Leaves, Fennel Seeds, Pelargonium Odoratissium (Geranium) Oil.

What I think:  I love this aromatic steam.  I have sensitive skin so I steamed my face for about 4 minutes.  I noticed that afterwards, my skin was refreshed and soft.  I did it at night and followed with a serum and night cream.  I woke up with very soft skin the next day!

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Kesh Beauty Moroccan Argan Oil with Rosewater Essence
Kesh Beauty Moroccan Argan Oil with Rosewater Essence

Kesh Beauty Moroccan Argan Oil with Rosewater Essence ($27.99 USD) — Infused with rosewater in traditional Moroccan fashion, this 100% organic cold-pressed argan oil has a fresh floral scent. Its high concentration of antioxidants offers head-to-toe protection from environmental damage, and its abundance of essential fatty acids instantly smooth and soothe dry skin and rough spots. This Moroccan beauty secret also doubles as a deep conditioning treatment and pre-styling product that repairs damaged hair, increases manageability and reduces frizz without greasy residue.

How to use: Apply to the face and body in place of moisturizer as needed. Apply to hair before styling, or as a finishing touch to enhance softness and shine.

Ideal for all skin types, Moroccan Argan Oil with Rosewater Essence will not clog pores. Made in Morocco.

Ingredients:  100% organic cold-pressed argan oil with Rosewater Essence

What I think:  First of all this smells fantastic, it is very lightly scented with rosewater.  This can be used on skin and hair — a great multi-tasker.  I love using this oil after cleansing and exfoliating, it doesn’t irritate my skin.  It is perfect for a night time treatment, as well.  Skin is soft and smooth in the morning!

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Avon Avon ANEW CLINICAL SKINVINCIBLE Protect & Repair Duo ($59.99 a $72 value)– Protect. Repair. The #1 cause of visible aging is environmental aggressors, which can lead to wrinkles, sun spots and dryness. Now you can protect skin against environmental assaults. Repair the look of age damage.

This ANEW Duo includes:
Skinvincible Multi-Shield Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – Lightweight lotion with our highest SPF available. Use AM. Can be used under makeup. 1 oz. net wt.
Skinvincible Deep Recovery Cream: Diminish the look of lines, wrinkles and sunspots. A moisturizing night cream formulated with the world’s 1st SmartRepair™ Technology. Intensive repair cream. Use PM. 1 oz. net wt.

What I think: I am loving both of these products, but especially the sunscreen.  It is so moisturizing and I love the high SPF.  It is a bit greasy, so a little goes a long way.  The night cream is so decadent and feels fantastic on.  These products are a great day/night duo and are affordable.

Purchase at or your neighborhood Avon representative.

Algenist Genius Cream
Algenist Genius Cream

Algenist Genius Cream ($110 USD) — Genius is a scientifically advanced formulation designed to address the signs of aging skin. Youthful suppleness and radiance is restored, skin density is increased, facial contours become more defined and deep wrinkles are visibly minimized leaving skin firmer, softer and smoother. Alguronic Acid is combined with the breakthrough Microalgae Oil to create a powerful and highly active formula which addresses the accelerated signs of aging caused by hormonal changes, environmental stress and the natural aging process.

The actives harnessed in Genius are delivered in a luxurious, emollient formula that instantly absorbs into the skin, softening and smoothing upon contact. Results are apparent in just 10 days, and even more visible after 28 days of usage.

What I think:   I love Algenist and really love this fantastic cream.  It is super rich and soothing on my chapped, scaly skin.  I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and my skin is noticeably softer and younger looking.  I will keep using it and hopefully will see even more results!

You can purchase at, QVC, Sephora and

HYDRA-CHRONO+ Rich Moisturizing Cream
Lierac HYDRA-CHRONO+ Rich Moisturizing Cream

Lierac HYDRA-CHRONO+ Rich Moisturizing Cream ($48 USD) A rich and sensual cream that works to durably regulate hydration and to protect, nourish and comfort dry to very dry skin deep down. Protective and softening effect.

Ideal for dry to very dry skin, this velvety cream contains LIERAC-exclusive moisturizing & multi-protecting technology:

  • 11% hydration reprogramming botanical complex: based on the latest discoveries made by LIERAC research, this complex results from the combination of 2 complementary active ingredients (a natural amino acid and Ophiopogon japonicus extract) with NMF. This complex is capable of complementing and stimulating the skin’s two types of water channels.
  • 2.5% anti-oxidant rich water hyacinth: this botanical active ingredient is capable of protecting the skin from environmental assaults thanks to its anti-oxidant, detoxifying and purifying abilities.
  • 2% rose and cherry flower extracts: these two flower extracts were selected for their moisturizing, anti-oxidant and nutritive properties

What I think:  This is another great night cream (or day cream under SPF if your skin is very dry).  It is so silky and quickly absorbs into skin.  It has a nice light scent and leaves skin so soft.

Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Charity Hand Creams
Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Charity Hand Creams

Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Charity Hand Creams ($1oz ($6.99) and 2.5oz ($10.99) — With an ultra-rich creamy feel and the healing nutrients, vitamins, and valuable phytonutrients of pure unrefined shea butter, these hand creams will revive parched dry hands, providing a silky smooth finish that absorbs quickly and is never greasy to the touch.

As pure hydration helps to heal dry and damaged skin, this luxurious natural formula is made with 20% of the finest pure and unrefined shea butter for the ultimate skincare treatment. Most other brands contain 1 or 2%, Out of Africa’s Pure Shea Butter Hand Creams provide the highest percentage of pure, unrefined shea butter on the market. Naturally rich in vitamins and antioxidants A, E and F, these creams provide exceptional dermatological and cosmetic healing properties, deeply penetrating to moisturize and nourish the skin. Your hands will instantly feel soft and supple.

The shea butter in Out of Africa’s Hand Creams can also help to prevent premature aging and other skin ailments like blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, stretch marks, scars and dermatitis. No Parabens, Sulfates, Petrolatums or Phthalates.

Your purchase will contribute 15 cents to help provide education to women and children in West Africa.

What I think:  There are three scents available; Vanilla, Olive with Aloe or Lemon Verbena.  I really love the Lemon Verbena, it is light and fresh.  And the hand cream is perfect! Softens skin instantly without any greasy feeling at all!  It has the look and feel of an expensive cream.

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butter LONDON Hydrating Balm
butter LONDON Hydrating Balm

butter LONDON Hydrating Balm ($24 USD)– Formulated with shea butter and infused with the highest concentration of nature’s most powerful emollients, this fragrance free, non-greasy balm is sure to take permanent residence in your handbag. The Hydrating Balm knocks out chapped lips, dry cuticles, fly-away hair, freshly waxed or chaffing skin, sunburn, and other skin irritants.

What I think:  I have been smoothing this on my cuticles, elbows and the ends of my hair.  It is easy to throw in my purse or keep in my desk — and it can be used everywhere!  Awesome product!

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Zim's Heels & Feet Foot Cream
Zim’s Heels & Feet Foot Cream

Don’t forget your feet! Zim’s Heels & Feet Foot Cream ($8.99 USD) — From the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Zim’s CRACK Creme comes Heels & Feet Foot Cream. A NEW blend enhanced with L-Arginine for dry, cracked, tired feet.

What I think:  This natural foot cream has a very strong odor.  It may be the tea tree oil, but it is a little strong for me.  I do like how light the cream is.  It is not greasy at all and leaves my feet soft and refreshed!

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What are you using to combat the cold air?  Leave a comment and let me know!