anti-aging, Skincare

Hydrating Skincare For The Dry, Winter Months

I love testing new skincare!  It’s so wonderful when I find something I like and continue to use.  My skin is aging, sensitive and combination, but it gets dryer in the winter.  So hydration is so important!

Below are some products I was sent for my honest review:

iluma intense brightening exfoliating powder
IMAGE Skincare Iluma intense brightening exfoliating powder

IMAGE Skincare ILUMA intense brightening exfoliating powder ($32 at IMAGESkincare.com): This gently exfoliating powder polishes and buffs away radiance-impairing dead skin cells to brighten and illuminate the skin, leaving it smooth and prepped to absorb creams.

What I think: Don’t forget to exfoliate a few times a week (whatever your skin can handle) during the winter.  This is such a nice, gentle exfoliator.  I like to use it in the morning before skincare to help my makeup apply better.  It doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, which is great.

derma e hydrating night cream
Derma E Hydrating Night Cream

Hydrating Night Cream ($29.99 dermae.com) — This ultra-hydrating, formula delivers unmatched hydrating properties of Hyaluronic Acid (HA), nature’s “moisture magnet”. Infused with antioxidant-rich Green Tea, nourishing Vitamins C-Ester and Vitamins A and E help to soften and smooth the appearance of skin for a younger-looking complexion.

What I think: This is such a great night time moisturizer for the winter months, when my skin is dry.  I love that it has such amazing ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid to keep my skin soft and smooth. My skin is very hydrated in the morning when I use this at night.

korres wild rose vitamin c brightening sleeping facial
KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial

KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial ($48; Sephora.com): Finish your nighttime routine with an overnight facial to be the ultimate sleeping beauty. This Wild Rose and Vitamin C formula melts instantly into the skin, and continues to work throughout the night. Wake up with soft, smooth skin, and a recharged complexion.

What I think: I usually apply this over serum, but on nights my skin really needs some extra love, I apply it over a night cream.  It’s fairly light and absorbs quickly. I feel that it  brightens as well as hydrates and my skin glows in the morning!

derma e hydrating eye cream
Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream

Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream ($21.50 USD) — Deeply hydrate, firm and tone the delicate skin around your eyes while reducing the look of fine lines and crow’s feet with this fragrance-free eye cream. Hyaluronic Acid (HA), also known as nature’s moisture magnet, has the ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, binding moisture to help soften, smooth, tone and rehydrate skin. Only DERMA E has blended the unmatched hydrating properties of HA with antioxidants Pycnogenol® and Green Tea, moisturizing Jojoba Oil and nourishing Vitamins A, C and E into a rich, replenishing eye cream to keep eyes young and radiant looking.

What I think: This is as hydrating for the eyes and the night cream is for the face!  This is wonderful for anti-aging and we all need moisture in the eye area as we get older. Dryness makes me look older, and I don’t need that!  I love the ingredients and how smooth my eye area looks in the morning.

iluma intense brightening eye crème

IMAGE Skincare ILUMA intense brightening eye crème

IMAGE Skincare ILUMA intense brightening eye crème ($66; IMAGESkincare.com): A super-hydrating and brightening eye crème that works aggressively to break up discoloration under the eyes. A blend of phytonutrients, peptides and botanical brightening agents help to reduce visible signs of aging like dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness and lax skin to restore a firmer, vibrant and more youthful appearance to the eyes.

What I think: This lovely eye cream is so nice to use in the morning to help with dark eye circles. It really does make dark circles appear lighter and smooths and firms the eye area.

miss bud_s hemp eye oil
MISS BUD’S HEMP Eye Oil

MISS BUD’S HEMP Eye Oil ($19.99 on Amazon): This under-eye oil transforms the delicate under-eye area to reduce fine lines, tone, smooth and deeply moisturize skin for beautiful, youthful looking eyes. Restore, replenish and hydrate skin via a blend of vitamin-rich Pure Hemp Seed, Wheat Germ, Coconut and Sunflower oils.

What I think: I like using this under an eye cream at night.  Especially in the cold weather.  It’s a really nice treatment when the eye area needs a little help.  And I love the natural ingredients!

Do you have dry or seasonally dry skin?  What have you been using?

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Beauty, Book Review, Fragrance, Subscription Boxes

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is next Sunday.  Time to get shopping!

I have some great picks for Dad.  Below is a fun fishing subscription box, fragrance, skincare and a book:

Fathers Day Bass XL
Fathers Day Bass XL

 

Lucky Tackle Box is the #1 fishing subscription box in America, where you can sign up and receive a monthly package full of the hottest lures, tackle and products in the sport fishing industry.  I received a sample of the Father’s Day Bass XL.

Lucky Tackle Box ships once a month, with each box packed full of some of the top fishing lures, tackle and accessories in the industry. LTB has 10 different boxes for species ranging from Bass to Walleye, Trout to Fly Fishing.

Subscription plans are set up for 1-month, 3-month, 6-month or 12-month durations. The Regular box is from $15.99 per month and is approximately a $25 value.  The XL box is from 25.99 a month and is approximately a $40 value.

 

The KORRES assortment of Greek grooming essentials are formulated with clinically-proven ingredients that reflect the brand’s deep knowledge of authentic herbal remedies. KORRES identifies powerful natural ingredients and maximizes the effectiveness to address the skincare needs of men, from dads to grads. The ABSINTHE Men’s Shave Cream and MARIGOLD & GINSENG Aftershave Balm are must-have grooming items that are perfect for Father’s Day (and even the soon-to-be graduate).
  • ABSINTHE Men’s Shave Cream ($32.50 USD) : This richly textured shave cream helps your razor glide smoothly over skin to ensure a deep and comfortable shave. Absinthe Shave Cream is a brushless, non-foaming preparation and, as it is formulated at a milder pH than lathering creams—preventing skin roughness.
  • MARIGOLD & GINSENG Aftershave Balm: The light textured and nutrient-rich balm is made for after-shave care. Enriched with energizing ginseng and anti-inflammatory marigold, it reduces irritation commonly caused by shaving. Ginseng extract enables the delivery of nutrients—ensuring the healthy appearance of skin.
Annick Goutal Eau de Monsieur Eau de Toilette Spray
Annick Goutal Eau de Monsieur Eau de Toilette Spray

Annick Goutal Eau de Monsieur Eau de Toilette Spray ($162 3.4 oz) — An ode to masculine elegance. A perfume that combines the freshness of bergamot and Italian citrus with the warm and enveloping notes of sandalwood.

Blvgari Man Black Orient Cologne
Bvlgari Man Black Orient Cologne

Bvlgari Man Black Orient Cologne (3.4oz – $89, 2oz – $68, 1oz – $50) — Combines the strength of leather and oud with the sophistication of Tair rose, expressing a scent that is suave, heady and wild. Also combines the collection’s signature rum and tuberose with added thread of woods in each base with a new smokiness that evokes the scent’s Oriental muse.

Available at Bulgari stores nationwide; for additional information and retail visit Bulgari.com

Three Gorges Dam Front Cover
Three Gorges Dam Front Cover

Three Gorges Dam by Thomas V. Harris — New Yorker Michael Brannigan and the People’s Republic of China are concluding a triumphant week. The PRC’s top energy consultant has fallen in love with Australian geophysicist Kylie Ryan while traveling in Xinjiang Province. President Lao Ming is in Beijing hosting a game-changing summit with the United States. CNN is broadcasting the new reality: the Communist juggernaut has surpassed the United States as the world’s top superpower.

Brannigan’s train is retracing Marco Polo’s historic journey—when the Silk Road Express reaches the Far East’s Far West, his team of engineers will assist the Chinese in developing the world’s richest oil fields. As Brannigan heads deeper into the Taklamakan Desert, President Lao’s motorcade is approaching the end of its parade route. In a few hours, the president will arrive at the Hall of Purple Light to celebrate his victory.

All that changes in two blinks of an eye. Television cameras capture the crumbling of the Communist regime while China’s Young Turks and Fighting Monks rock the country. Caught up in the violence, Brannigan’s love affair meets a tragic end. Hostiles are raging and the Chinese miracle is self-destructing. In the midst of the turmoil, Brannigan returns to China for a hush-hush assignment at Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric facility. There, he overcomes his demons and finds lasting happiness. Everything is coming up aces.

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

My Beauty Favorites — January 1-7 2018

I hope your new year is going well so far!  So far this year I have signed up to a gym (yuck!), started a skincare project pan and decluttered lots of makeup!  I’m trying to organize my large stash and get fit.  Oh and read more.  LOL!  We’ll see what happens!

My faves this week include skincare to brighten dull winter skin and natural eye makeup for a bold eye:

KORRES Wild Rose Exfoliating Cleanser ($28 USD) — Brightening exfoliating cleanser powered by wild rose oil to improve skin’s overall radiance and texture. This cleanser exfoliates skin naturally using a dual-action process to uncover even, luminous skin.

KORRES Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturiser ($45 USD) — A lightweight, silicone-free priming moisturizer infused with super C, nature’s most powerful form of vitamin C.

What I think:  First, the fragrance of these are so nice.  They smell lightly of fresh roses, not a synthetic smell. The exfoliating cleanser really sloughs off the rough skin revealing soft and smooth skin.  Plus it is gentle enough to use on my sensitive skin.  The priming moisturizer does double duty as it hydrates and smooths my skin, getting it ready for makeup.  I love that both of these are natural and help brighten my skin.

Purchase at Sephora and other fine beauty stores

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Soft Kiss ($30 USD) — From elegant to edgy, these silky, richly-pigmented, long-lasting and easily blended eye shadows can create any look. Use them wet or dry; they’re gentle and safe for sensitive eyes.

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow in Blue Hour ($22 USD) — Enhance the color and shape of your eye with our light-diffusing, highly-pigmented pressed eye shadow. Easily blended, it glides on wet or dry and stays crease-free. Safe for sensitive eyes.

Jane Irdale Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner in Onyx ($24 USD) — Create the sexy look you love with new improved Mystikol Powdered Eyeliners! The built-in brush makes a perfect line or smudged-out smoky eye. The powder/cream formula makes a shadow that won’t fade, crease or smear.

What I think:  Dramatic eye looks are easy with these gorgeous, natural products. The shadow triples and singles come in tons of different shades, so you can create the perfect look for you.  They are very smooth and well pigmented, too.

I also LOVE the Mystikol eyeliner.  I have this in a few shades and I love how easy it is to use.  It glides on so easy and the brush can help draw thick or thin lines.  It lasts all day, too.

Purchase at janeiredale.com/us

What products are you loving this week?

bath products, Beauty, Black Friday, Candles, Cyber Monday, Haircare

Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2017 Beauty Deals!

It’s Black Friday!  Yay!  I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, now it’s time to shop!

Below are great bath and body, home and hair deals that will save you some serious cash:

KORRES Head to Toe Hydration
KORRES is hosting some amazing deals on korresusa.com just in time for the holidays with their Black Friday & Cyber Monday discounts; you won’t want to miss out.
BLACK FRIDAY: exclusive discounted bundles up to 60% off for the entire weekend (11/24 – 11/26) Bundles include KORRES Head to Toe Hydration$68 ($137 value). Includes:
  • Two showergels (vanilla guava, white grape)
  • Two body butters (Japanese rose, jasmine)
  • Two Mandarin Lip Butters (Rose, Peach)

CYBER MONDAY: 30% off any purchase for 1 day only with code CYBER.

*Note: Free shipping on any purchase from 11/24 – 11/27.
Josie Maran Whip It Good Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter Duo
Give the gift of hydrated skin this season with Josie Maran’s exclusive Black Friday deal on sephora.com!
“Whip it Good Kit : $15.00 ($24.00 Value):

(2) 2 oz. Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Unscented & Vanilla Pear

For Black Friday through Cyber Monday, lifestyle brand Commodity has partnered with The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund to make the world a bit brighter.  From midnight 11/23 to midnight 11/27, 50% of all sales from Commodity.co.uk will be donated to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria. The program is open to all US, UK and EU residents.

Commodity carefully selected the partnership as The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund is committed to ensuring that 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to support the victims, as opposed to administrative funds to support the charity. Additionally, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund matches all donations that Commodity makes up to $5MM. 

For those who want a little something for themselves, Commodity is offering a covetable gift with purchase – a complimentary 10ml fragrance or bath bar with the purchase of a cozy candle or 100ml fragrance.

Carol’s Daughter Karite Coco Nourishing Gift Set

Carol’s Daughter Black Friday Specials

  •  Date: Mon 11/20 – Thurs 11/23
    • Black Friday Preview – Up to 40% Off + Free Hair Milk Original Travel-Size LIC w/$40
  • Date: Fri 11/24
    • Black Friday – Up to 40% Off + Free Hair Milk Original Travel-Size LIC w/$40 + FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS TODAY ONLY!
  • Date: Sat 11/25-Sun 11/26
    • Black Friday EXTENDED – Up to 40% Off + Free Hair Milk Original Travel-Size LIC w/$40 (limited quantities left!)

Carol’s Daughter Cyber Monday Specials

  • Date: Mon 11/27
    • CYBER MONDAY – Up to 50% Off + Free Monoi Travel-Size LIC w/$35 + FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS TODAY ONLY!
  •  Date: Tue 11/28 – Sun 12/3
    • Cyber Monday EXTENDED – Up to 50% Off + Free Monoi Travel-Size LIC w/$35

Visit the “special offers” section on CarolsDaughter.com for access to savings all season long.

Kneipp

Kneipp’s Black Friday into Cyber Monday beauty sales:

  • Everything in store and online is under $15, excluding gift sets
  • To purchase a Family Loyalty Card, you get an additional 5% off
  • Free Shipping all weekend long!
Every Which OUAI Set

TheOUAI.com: Every Which OUAI Set will be available on TheOUAI.com for Black Friday (11/24) and Cyber Monday (11/27) and they will be offering Free Shipping. It is $85 and includes the Wave Spray, Smooth Spray, Finishing Crème, Rose Hair & Body Oil and clear envelop clutch.

R&Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

R+Co

BLACK Friday: 20% off on purchases over $50+ PROMO CODE: BLACK20

Cyber Monday: 25% OFF for purchases over $50 – first 100 receive a free travel DEATH VALLEY

Cheers to getting effortlessly glamorous hair with Cuvée Beauty’s weekend deals on cuveebeauty.com!
  • Black Friday:   Complementary 3-piece travel kit with all orders – $36 value
  • Saturday:       Buy More, Get More –
  • $30 purchase, $5 off
  • $75 purchase, $15 off
  • $150 purchase, $40 off
  • Sunday:  Complementary signature-scented candle with all orders – $20 value
  • Cyber Monday:   All orders ship free & IG exclusive deal – 40% off Première Treatment w/promo code – 4 hours only
anti-aging, cosmetics, Self Tanning, Skincare

My Beauty Favorites — Week of September 25 – October 1, 2017

Happy Sunday!  I hope your Fall is going well!  It’s still a bit warm in Kansas City, but hopefully it will cool down soon!

This week I’ve been loving a shimmery cream eye shadow, under eye primer (different) and a gorgeous tanning mousse to keep my summer glow going:

Ellis Faas Ellis Lights for Eyes

Ellis Faas Ellis Lights for Eyes ($42 USD) –The lustrous metallic of Ellis Lights delivers lavish results in new metalised shades that bring a radiant spin to your eyes.  The luxurious liquid formula dries beautifully, coating lids in a shimmery smooth, crease-free finish. The new shades are:

E306 in Beige: Beige goes bold, with high-intensity, statement-making lustre. Glide on solo for a gorgeously subtle, reflective shimmer, or layer atop your favourite shadow for a luminous highlight.
E307 in Chocolate Brown: Delicious, rich chocolate brown radiates immediate warmth and sexiness. Fierce and smooth, it glistens with multi-dimensional sheen.
E308 in Dark Metal: This superior gunmetal brings the smoky eye into a whole new light. The bold graphite hue is hit with black undertones, ideal for instant drama.

What I think:  These creamy shadows are very easy to use.  I apply with the brush applicator, then blend with my finger.  They dry fairly quickly and are so pretty on.  They are shimmery, but not too glittery.  The shades are beautiful for Fall and the packaging – that silver bullet – is cool and elegant!

Purchase at http://www.ellisfaas.com

Korres Greek Yoghurt Under Eye Priming Moisturiser

Korres Greek Yoghurt Under Eye Priming Moisturiser ($36 USD) — This advanced nourishing eye cream is formulated with Yoghurt, a centuries-old Greek skin soothing solution, and myrtle and rhodiola rosea extracts to reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and puffiness. The cooling treatment perfectly primes the delicate eye area for flawless concealer application and is ideal for sensitive eyes prone to allergies. The ceramic cooling tip gently massages eyes with each application, giving eyes a refreshed and rested look.

What I think: This is a neat product!  It primes under the eye for fresh-looking and long-lasting concealer.  It does cool my skin and make it very smooth. Concealer applies very smoothly afterwards.

Available at http://www.korresusa.com

MineTan Caramel Self Tan Foam

MineTan Caramel Self Tan Foam (34.95 USD) — Not too light and not too dark, Caramel is perfect for those looking for a classic, sun kissed, golden skin finish in as little as one hour. This easy to apply, streak free and self adjusting formula ensures a streak free, natural looking finish every time. Quadruple dark bronzers work with tan extending multi-vitamins and oils to deliver a picture perfect tan in an instant that continues to develop into a natural golden skin finish without the fake tan smell.

What I think:  I don’t wear as much self tanner going into the cooler months, but I do like a bit to give my pale skin a glow.  This shade of MineTan is perfect because it is not too dark, plus it’s customizable.  I can leave it on for 1-3 hours, I just need to rinse it off after the time I want.  It does continue to develop, but gets to the color that I like.  It’s a beautiful tan shade and isn’t orange! MineTan also comes in darker shades like their Coconut and Violet tanners.

Purchase at  us.store.marqueofbrands.com/

What products have you been loving this week?

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anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 10-16, 2016

As fall goes on, I have been sent some amazing products to review for my hones opinion.

My faves below include makeup that brightens the face, fun luxe eye and cheek colors, plus an amazing oil cleanser, and pomegranate infused skincare:

ittsē Undereye Light-Diffusing Revitalizing Crème ($7.99 USD) — Better than morning coffee, this instantly brightens tired eyes with a combination of light-reflecting ingredients and a delicate cooling sensation for an instantly refreshed feel.

ittsē Soft-Focus Eye Brightening Powder infused with Diamond ($7.99 USD) — Look well-rested and polished with this buttery neutral-toned, light-diffusing powder. Apply over foundation or concealer for a finishing touch, on clean eyelids or undereye as a brightening base, or dust over lashes to keep mascara in place.

Flawless Finish Setting Powder with Hyaluronicittsē Flawless Finish Setting Powder with Hyaluronic and Antioxidants ($8.99 USD) — This silky, translucent finishing powder works magic on all skin tones. The weightless veil formula works to perfect skin and control shine. Skin-smoothing hyaluronic acid spheres help minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. Wear alone or on top of foundation for a perfect photo finish.

What I think: I love these ittsē products.  They come in pans and they can be used in ittsē’s magnetic palettes.  I love that you can design what is in your palette!

The eye products really brighten my eyes and make me look like I have got way more sleep than I actually have!  The creme is so cooling, it feels amazing and looks amazing under my eyes!  The powder works nicely over the cream, or other foundations to set and brighten.  And the setting powder helps shine and blurs pores and lines.

Purchase and learn more at http://www.ittse.com

KYE For Shu Uemura Makeup Collection
KYE For Shu Uemura Makeup Collection

KYE For Shu Uemura Makeup Collection — this is a beautiful collection that came out in the spring.  Some of these amazing products are still available for purchase:

Sheer Color Balm Lip Balm in Melt in Orange ($30 USD) — Street neon inspired striking shades of lip balm that “magically” transform into surprisingly wearable color  on your lips. The vivid melting lip balm reacts with your lip’s PH and moisture condition to create a unique glow. A lip balm that creates a smooth, thick veil on lips gliding on easily and moisturizing your lips. Comes in packaging specially designed for shu uemura by Korea’s hottest fashion designer Kathleen Kye. Roar in orange like a Korean gummy tiger.

Fresh Cushion Blush in Hibiscus Orange ($32 USD) — First ever cushion cheek blush from shu uemura unveiled for this exclusive collection in shades inspired by Korea’s national flower: mugunghwa , also known as hibiscus syriacus. Apply cushion blush with the provided puff. Build over foundation for a fresh dewy look.
Cheek color that promises perfect harmony with bold eye line and eye brow.

POREfinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil ($31 USD) — An incredibly lightweight cleansing oil that leaves the skin clean, fresh, and refined. KYE designed original graphics and collection colors decorate two of shu uemura’s iconic cleansing oils.
The water-like cleansing oil goes beyond make-up removal to dissolve and wash away excess sebum and blackheads that are stuck inside pores.

What I think:  The packaging is gorgeous on these products!  The cosmetics are now only available in the orange shades, but they still are pretty and perfect for fall!  The cleansing oil is very light and leaves my skin so soft!

Purchase at http://www.shuuemura-usa.com/

October marks the start of pomegranate season, and what better way to celebrate your love for pomegranates, than the pomegranate product line by KORRES!

KORRES Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes ($15 USD) remove dirt, makeup, and oil from face and eyes. Great for all skin types especially oily and combination, each pre-saturated wipe eliminates impurities, tightens pores, and offers antioxidant protection.

KORRES Pomegranate Lip Butter ($12 USD) This Lip Butter is formulated with natural oils and extracts to soothe and condition lips. Shea butter and rice wax provide lasting hydration and softness.

KORRES Pomegranate Soap ($10.50 USD) Pomegranate extract, with its antiseptic and toning properties, helps tighten the pores and tone the skin—making this the perfect cleansing solution for oily, congested skin.

What I think:  I love pomegranates and was excited to try this collection.  They all smell really fresh and tangy.  The wipes and soap really clean the skin and help keep oil at bay.  The lip butter is so moisturizing.  Plus it gives a little red tint, that is so nice in the fall!

Purchase at Sephora stores and http://www.sephora.com

bath products, Beauty, Giveaway

Announcing The Winner Of My KORRES White Blossom Giveaway!

The winner of my KORRES White Blossom Giveaway is … Latanya t.  Congrats!

I would be happy to do more awesome giveaways in the future, but I need more entries!  Leave a comment to let me know if you would like me to give away more great products!

Have a great holiday weekend!