Makeup That’s Perfect For Valentine’s Day!

What are you doing this Saturday…Valentine’s Day?!! Are you going out? Or staying in, wink, wink?

Either way, a soft and pretty, or a darker, sexy look will be perfect for a romantic date, or a fun time out with the girls!

My picks for gorgeous Valentine’s Day makeup include pretty blushes and a great contouring system, dramatic lipsticks and lip glosses and sexy eye shadow palettes:

Milani Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 USD) — Now this is a blush that deserves to be seen! Gorgeous in the compact, even prettier on cheeks, this petal soft, natural-finish powder shapes, contours and highlights. Streaks? Never. Easy to use? Always. In ultra-flattering shades that you just can‚Äôt live without.

Purchase at http://www.milanicosmetics.com and in drugstores near you.

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush¬†($18 USD) — Highlight and accent your cheeks with velvety colour cream blush featuring built-in Farm to Jar‚ĄĘ skincare. As you add natural depth and warmth to your complexion, your skin will drink in the anti-aging benefits of vine-fresh Resveratrox¬ģ and Vitisin, harvested exclusively for P√ľr from Bordeaux’s famed wine region. Taken from the finest wine-producing French grapes, these key ingredients have been shown to soften the look of lines and brighten the skin’s appearance. Ch√Ęteau Cheeks Cream Blush contains NO mineral oil, petrolatum or lanolin oil and is non-comedogenic. Paraben-free. Gluten-free.

Available a http://www.purminerals.com.

Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette ($50 USD) — Contouring is a professional technique commonly used on editorial photo shoots as it works with lighting and shadows to recreate an illusion. Through her artisan lens and years of working as a professional makeup artist, Laura has carefully chosen these neutral shades in a darker range that help sculpt the face. The extraordinary cream formula is more blendable than typical contouring powders, allowing for a natural, flawless, fool-proof application every time.

This palette includes: 3 neutral brown matte cr√®mes ‚Äď for shading;¬†Contour #1,¬†Contour in Medium #2,¬† Contour in¬†Deep #3

2 cr√®me highlighters (light and dark) ‚Äď for light reflection;¬†Highlight #1,¬†Highlight #2

Laura’s step-by-step tutorial

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com.

Vincent Longo Lip Cheek Gel Stain ($24 USD) — Dual-purpose colour stain is extremely long wearing and perfect for an active lifestyle. Layers directly over moisturized lips and cheeks to deliver a beautiful wash of sheer color.

Available at http://www.vincentlongo.com

essence longlasting lipstick ($4.99 USD) — Whether you’ve been struck by Cupid’s arrow or you’re planning a night out with the girls, don’t let lack-luster lips ruin your Valentine’s Day beauty look! Get your pout smooch-ready with kissable shades of reds and playful pinks using essence cosmetics longlasting lipsticks and XXXL shine lipglosses (not pictured).

Available at http://www.ulta.com

Pur Minerals Chateau Kisses Lip-Plumping Lip Gloss¬†($18 USD) — This one-of-a-kind lip-plumping lip gloss packs a pout-perfecting punch with age-defying Resveratrox¬ģ, freshly harvested from Bordeaux’s finest wine-producing grapes! This exclusive Farm to Jar‚ĄĘ ingredient hydrates dry lips and helps reverse visible signs of early aging, including lip lines and wrinkles. Never sticky or tacky, this luscious, lip-plumping lip gloss formula provides hours of dewy colour along with visibly softer, smoother lips‚ÄĒeven after the gloss comes off! Paraben-free. Gluten-free.

Available at http://www.purminerals.com

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine ($9.99 USD) — This isn‚Äôt a shadow, it‚Äôs a shine. This extraordinary eye-enhancing, game-changing gloss can be swept on bare lids. Just tap the applicator onto the color and glide over the eye, starting close to the lashline. From there, simply blend and build with the applicator or your fingertip. In fact, it‚Äôs so easy to get glowing with this gloss, your hardest task will be picking a palette. Available in four shade quartettes named for Italy‚Äôs starriest, most beloved cities, the lineup includes Milan (soft pinks and taupes), Rome (a pack of rich lavenders and purples), Florence (think copper, bronze, gold) and Venice (icy white and cool blues). Sexy and glamorous, but an effortless addition to your makeup routine, Fierce Foil Eyeshine is runway inspired, ‚Äúreal way‚ÄĚ designed.

Available at http://www.milanicosmetics.com and drugstores.

Urban Decay Shadow Box ($34 USD) —¬†Inspired by Urban Decay’s long-running Ammo Palette, with a completely updated (and even bigger) shade range, Shadow Box is the perfect all-in-one palette. Whether you‚Äôre new to Urban Decay or you‚Äôve got a whole stash of UD products on your vanity, the Shadow Box is one palette you need in your arsenal.

What You Get: Sin (champagne shimmer), Indo (bright metallic emerald green shimmer), Bordello (pale mauve shimmer w/gold micro-glitter), Tornado (vibrant deep purple shimmer), Smog (deep coppery bronze shimmer), Blackout (blackest black matte), Flash (bright iridescent purple shimmer), Mushroom (warm gray shimmer), Lost (medium metallic brown shimmer), Freelove (golden vibrant peach shimmer), Moonshadow (bright navy blue shimmer w/tonal sparkle) and Baked Cowboy (golden bronze shimmer w/tonal sparkle).

Available at http://www.urbandecay.com

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstars on the Go Breakfast at Tiffany’s ($55 USD) —¬†Two-minute, two-step pocket-palette for a full eye-cheek-&-lip look in an instant. Inspired by Charlotte‚Äôs favorite past and modern day beauty icons, these five creamy lip-to-cheek colours have been paired with their perfect molten metal eye shadow partner for an easy look in a palette. Designed for women who are lacking in either time or makeup application skills (or both!) ‚Äď these compacts are perfect for sheer, buildable and easy-to-handle application in a dash. Berry Flux Vita increases Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise the skin, protecting the epidermis from dehydration, microfine pigment technology ensures high colour performance and a long-lasting finish, while a perfect balance of waxes and oils eases application for a soft creamy texture which glides on without pulling on the delicate skin around the eye with Apricot Seed Oil to provide antioxidant and anti-ageing properties. (Shades: Breakfast At Tiffany‚Äôs, Some Like It Hot, Rebel Without A Cause, All About Eve, The Spy Who Loved Me).

http://www.charlottetilbury.com

What is your makeup look going to be this V-Day?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Laura Mercier Spring Color 2015 — Watercolour Clouds Collection

Laura Mercier Watercolour Clouds

I have to say that I love the muted tones that are in for this spring.¬† First I announced NARS fresh look (review here).¬† Now I am happy to announce Laura Mercier’s Watercolour Clouds collection, which is so soft and pretty!

Laura has based her collections around the exploration and expression of moods. The mood for the spring collection is quiet and relaxed. Laura hopes that the soft, muted and peaceful shades in the collection bring you calm, serenity and balance.

The products in the photo are (from left to right):

Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette¬†($58 USD) — This beautiful limited edition palette contains six Matte Sateen Eye Colours, a brand new formula for Laura Mercier, and two cheek colours.

Cr√®me Eye Liner ($24 USD) — in Canard, a pretty teal.¬† An ultra-smooth, water-proof creamy eye liner that applies with the ease and smooth silky finish of a gel and the precision of a liquid liner. Smudge and transfer-resistant, this long-wearing formula goes on ‚Äúfoolproof‚ÄĚ with the Angled Eye Liner Brush ($20 USD).

Full Blown Volume Supr√™me Mascara ($25 USD) — This mascara dramatically thickens, lengthens, curls and sculpts lashes with each stroke and gives lashes infinite volume for endless possibilities.

Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour ($28 USD) — in Nude Rose.¬† A fresh coat of liquid demi-matte colour with every stroke. Rich, cushiony, colourfast shades float on lips and stay the day.

Cr√®me Smooth Lip Colour ($27 USD) — in Brigitte, a soft pink. A luxurious lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in colour, texture, and finish. In one smoothing swipe, the cr√®me formula envelops lips in rich colour with a semi-lustrous finish.

I was sent a sample of the lipstick to test for my honest review.  It is a really pretty soft pink, great for the no-makeup look.  It is very moisturizing and has a glowy finish.  Perfect for days running errands, or dress it up at night with a smoky eye.

The collection will be on-counter from January through the end of February at select nationwide retailers. Visit http://www.lauramercier.com to learn more.

Are you going to pick up any of these pieces — I think the palette looks gorgeous!¬† Leave me a comment and let me know!

 

Holiday Beauty Gift Guides 2014 — Skincare and Bath and Body Sets

Have you started your holiday beauty shopping for your besties (and yourself) yet?  I have been seeing some excellent skincare and bath and body sets and thought I would highlight some in many different price ranges.

Radical Skincare Radical Start Kit
Radical Skincare Radical Start Kit

Radical Skincare Radical Start Set ($99 USD) — An all-in-one discovery kit to experience radical results. Power and performance: a set combining multiple benefits for your skin. Use the Age Defying Exfoliating pads to remove dead skin cells while infusing the skin with firming agents. Follow with Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum‚ÄĒthere is no better shield against the free radicals responsible for skin aging than this multitasking, anti-wrinkle serum. When combined with Anti-Aging Restorative Moisture, this power duo delivers an anti-aging one-two punch, gifted with active ingredients that have been shown to combat dark spots, even skintone, and increase hydration 60 percent in as little as two weeks. Finish with Eye Revive Cr√®me, another multitasking wonder that reduces the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness while firming and hydrating the sensitive eye area.

This set contains:
– 15 x Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads
Р0.5 oz Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum
– 0.5 oz Anti-Aging Restorative Moisture
Р0.17 oz Eye Revive Crème

Available at Sephora.com

Revive Artbox 12
Revive Artbox 12

ReVive Skincare Artbox 12 ($595 USD) — R√©Vive celebrates the 12th Annual Limited Edition Artbox with an incredible painting by Markus Linnenbrink. Hand-selected by Dr. Brown, a true art connoisseur and avid art collector, Artbox 12 is a celebration of his passion for the intersection of art and beauty. The image featured on the keepsake box is WHATAPIECEOFWORKISMAN from Markus Linnenbrink‚Äôs newest body of work which is a continuation of his well-known drip paintings made of epoxy resin on wood panels with a decadent glossy finish.

Exclusive Collection Includes:
Moisturizing Renewal Cream Suprême
Eye Renewal Serum
Moisturizing Renewal Eye Cream
Sensitif Renewal Cream SPF 30
Fermitif‚ĄĘ Neck Renewal Cream

Available at http://www.reviveskincare.com

Clarisonic Smart Profile
Clarisonic Smart Profile

Clarisonic Smart Profile ($265 USD) — A Smart-enabled, multipurpose cleansing device that cleanses 11 times better than hands alone for smooth, clean, radiant skin from head to toe.

Smart Profile introduces the most functional and intuitive device to ever touch your skin‚ÄĒa powerful, professional cleanse at the push of a button for a total skin transformation. Head-to-handle smart technology automatically adjusts power and timing to fit specific skin needs while the redesigned user interface visually indicates speed, battery-life, smart setting, and brush replacement. With amplified turbo boost to add a power boost to your cleansing routine, four speeds, extended usage, and head to toe capabilities, this device cleanses 11 times better than hands alone for superior results.

Enhance your experience with the Refining Skin Polish for the body. This intensive, 3-tier refining solution exfoliates, firms, and smooths, delivering radiant, silky-soft skin. The Refreshing Gel Cleanser contains willowbark extract and beta-hydroxy acid to balance and clarify while antioxidants soothe and protect. Bearberry extract helps promote a bright, even skintone, and pro-vitamins B5 and B12 promote skin hydration.

This set contains:
– 2 oz Refining Skin Polish
– 1 oz Refreshing Gel Cleanser
– Clarisonic Smart Profile Stand
– Body brush head
– Brush stand

Purchase at http://www.sephora.com

L'Occitane Shea Butter Rose Hugs and Kisses
L’Occitane Shea Butter Rose Hugs and Kisses

L’Occitane Shea Butter Rose Hugs and Kisses ($24 USD marked down to $20 USD) — Bring on the cold weather. We have your perfect skin savior with the Shea Butter Hand and Lip Balm duo in a limited edition Rose scent.

This set includes:
– Shea Butter Rose Hand Cream 1 .oz.
– Shea Butter Organic Rose Lip Balm 0.4 .oz.

This subtle Rose Hand Cream is highly concentrated with Shea Butter (20%) to help nourish, protect and soften the skin. Rapidly absorbing without oily traces, this cream is enhanced with the sweet and comforting fragrance of Rose. You can also kiss dry and chapped lips goodbye with Captivating Rose Organic Lip Balm. This nourishing balm protects with Shea Butter, while repairing dry and chapped lips. Its light and non-sticky formula softens lips, leaving behind the sweet fragrance of Rose.

Purchase at http://www.usa.loccitane.com

Laura Mercier La Petite P√Ętisserie Souffl√® Body Cr√®me Collection
Laura Mercier La Petite P√Ętisserie Souffl√® Body Cr√®me Collection

Laura Mercier La Petite P√Ętisserie Souffl√® Body Cr√®me Collection ($58 USD) —

Petite, complete Gourmande sampler of ultra-rich whipped Soufflé Body Crèmes to instantly hydrate and nourish the skin.

LA PETITE PATISSERIE SOUFFL√Č BODY CR√ąME COLLECTION INCLUDES:

–¬†Ambre Vanill√© Souffl√© Body Cr√®me, 2 oz. plastic jar

РAlmond Coconut Milk Soufflé Body Crème, 2 oz. plastic jar

РCrème de Pistache Soufflé Body Crème, 2 oz. plastic jar

РFresh Fig Soufflé Body Crème, 2 oz. plastic jar

РCrème Brulee Soufflé Body Crème, 2 oz. plastic jar

РTarte au Citron Soufflé Body Crème, 2 oz. plastic jar

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com

Philosophy Holiday Spice Rack Trio
Philosophy Holiday Spice Rack Trio

Philosophy Holiday Spice Rack Trio ($27 USD) — These moisturizing, multitasking formulas provide a rich, foaming lather to gently cleanse and condition, leaving skin and hair feeling super soft. Choose from the delectable fragrances of Spiced Cinnamon Stick, Creamy Cardmom, and Vanilla Bean Nutmeg, or mix and match for the ultimate shower cocktail. The light and delicious, spice-inspired scents provide the perfect accent of holiday cheer.

This set contains:
– 6 oz Spiced Cinnamon Stick Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath
– 6 oz Creamy Cardmom Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath
– 6 oz Vanilla Bean Nutmeg Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

Available at http://www.sephora.com

What beauty goodies are you purchasing this year?

Holiday Beauty Gift Guides 2014 — Makeup Sets

I was at the grocery store today and someone said that we have 5 weeks until Christmas¬†— 5 WEEKS!¬†¬†Crazy. So I thought I better get started on my gift guides!

Do you know a lady that would love some new makeup for Christmas?  This week I have some fun makeup gift ideas.

Tarte Petite Treats 12 Days of Tarte Deluxe Collection
Tarte Petite Treats 12 Days of Tarte Deluxe Collection

Petite Treats 12 Days of Tarte Deluxe Collection ($37 USD, A $122 value!) — Ulta Exclusive! Countdown 12 days of Tarte with this exclusive deluxe advent calendar featuring a Tarte surprise hidden behind every door. From Tarte’s brightest in skincare to lash, lip and cheek wardrobe staples, this 12-piece deluxe set has everything you need for any glamorous holiday adventure, plus an exclusive Tarte offer that’s too good to miss. Simply open one door each day to reveal each delightfully deluxe treasure that awaits. Plus, enjoy a surprise offer on your next Tarte purchase inside!

The exclusive deluxe collection includes:

  • Limited-edition LipSurgence Lip Tint in Wishful (pinky nude) (0.056 oz.)
  • Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanning Face Towelette 1 Ct.
  • Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hour Perfecting Primer (0.25 fl. oz.)
  • Limited-edition Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder (0.07 oz.)
  • MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Primer (0.14 fl. oz.)
  • Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara (0.1 fl. oz.)
  • Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara (0.16 fl. oz.)
  • Double Detox Amazonian Clay Exfoliating Facial Mask (0.1 oz.)
  • Maracuja Rainforest Glow Instant Waterproof Body Perfector in Park Ave Princess (0.5 oz.)
  • Limited-edition Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Thrilled (light pink) (0.05 oz.)
  • Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment (0.08 oz.)
  • Limited-edition Maracuja Oil (0.23 fl. oz.)

Available only at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

Burt's Bees Tint 'n Shine
Burt’s Bees Tint ‘n Shine

Burt’s Bees Tint ‘n Shine ($9.99 USD) — Whether layered or worn separately, our Lip Shine and Tinted Lip Balm will give anyone on your shopping list that little extra bit of holiday polish. And it‚Äôs sure to score you some extra holiday thanks. Available in Red¬†or Pink sets.

Burt’s Bees has lots of fabulous holiday sets including skincare, kits for baby care and pedi sets.

Available at http://www.burtsbees.com

Laura Mercier Into the Wild Lookbook Collection
Laura Mercier Into the Wild Lookbook Collection

Laura Mercier Into the Wild Lookbook Collection ($125 USD) — selected for you. Tame yourself with the book of neutrals, or go wild with the forest greens and violet pops of colour books.

Stick to the look or mix, match and unleash your exotic side. Any way you choose you will be fearlessly flawless!

SAFARI CHIC PALETTE:

5 Eye Colours (bottom right palette, clockwise from top left corner)

РButtercream, Goldspun (Limited), Bronze Glow (Limited), Cognac and Bamboo

1 Face Highlighter РCoral Shimmer (Limited)

1 Mini Longwear Crème Eye Pencil РEspresso

JUNGLE CHIC PALETTE:

5 Eye Colours (bottom left palette, clockwise from top left corner)

РVanilla (Limited), Granite (Limited), Asphalt (Limited), Brocade (Limited) and Black Envy (Limited)

1 Tightline Cake Eye Liner – Black Ebony

1 Mini Kohl Eye Pencil – Black Gold

1 Travel Flat Eye Liner Brush

TRIBAL CHIC PALETTE:

6 Eye Colours (top palette, clockwise from top left corner)

РGold Leaf (Limited), African Violet, Ambre (Limited), Royal Pink (Limited),  Sugarplum (Limited)

2 Second Skin Cheek Colours

РOrange Blossom and Pink Lotus

Purchase at http://www.lauramercier.com

 

Hard Candy Eye Essentials Collection Eye Shadow Palette Holiday Gift Set
Hard Candy Eye Essentials Collection Eye Shadow Palette Holiday Gift Set

Hard Candy Eye Essentials Collection Eye Shadow Palette Holiday Gift Set ($4.88) — Create that smokey look you desire for an evening out on coordinating shades for a natural look with the Hard Candy Eye Essentials Collection Eye Shadow Palette Holiday Gift Set. Fall in love with these purse friendly eye shadow palettes.

This set includes:

  • 2 eye shadow palettes
  • 2 applicators
  • 3 make-up brushes

You can purchase this and other cute and affordable Hard Candy sets at Walmart stores and http://www.walmart.com

glŇć minerals Keepsake Collection Train Case
glŇć minerals Keepsake Collection Train Case

glŇć minerals Keepsake Collection Train Case ($85 USD) — Showcase your ethereal self this season with a modern palette of neutral tones paired with dramatic accents to emphasize your best features. Create endless combinations from soft to sultry and everything in between.

Kit Includes:

  • Liquid Ink Eyeliner- black – A semi-gloss liquid liner featuring a felt-tip applicator
  • Eye Shadow Quad- spellbound – Rich, complementary tones, designed to enhance every eye color
  • 3-in-1 Color Stick- fairy dust – A shimmering rose-gold for eyes, cheeks and lips
  • Lipstick- glaze – The perfect mauve kissed with pink shimmer
  • Lash Boosting Mascara- black (mini) – Volumizing, thickening, lengthening, strengthening and conditioning
  • Texture Eye Brush (mini) – Ideal for creating soft layers of color

All packaged in a timeless, quilted train case perfect for travel!

Available at http://www.gloprofessional.com

I hope these ideas are helpful!¬† It’s good to know that you can give a fun gift at any price range!

 

Product Round-Up ‚ÄĒ My Fave Beauty Things Week of August 18th!

It was so hot in¬†Kansas City this week!¬† I didn’t even want to go outside, but as a busy woman, I had errands to run.¬† At least my makeup stayed put!

This week, I have been loving waterproof eye liners and mascara, a new powder foundation, a fresh body scrub, a cute new headband, and a rich body lotion.

Visual Eyes Liquid Eyeliner ($19 USD) —¬†Tears are inevitable, but liner dripping down your face isn’t. Eyeko Visual Eyes is a waterproof liquid eyeliner that creates everything from a thin kitten eye to a sultry, sexy wing. Plus, you can play up your eye color with ebony, mocha and marine shades!
Sport Mascara ($$24 USD) —¬†Who says dancing isn’t a sport?¬†Eyeko’s newest mascara can withstand the test of time, tears and sweat with its triple coating gel formulation. Designed to prevent smudging, flaking, and running, this fiber based mascara is creates lashes that look long, plush and beautiful for up to 12 hours!
What I think:¬† I am so impressed with both of these products! The liners work very well, and it’s easy to get a thick line and cat’s eye.¬† I especially love the mocha and marine liners.¬† They will be great for fall!¬†The mascara is perfect for this hot weather, as it doesn’t run or smear after dry.
VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants Brilliant Finish 25 Powder Foundation
VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants Brilliant Finish 25 Powder Foundation
VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants Brilliant Finish 25 Powder Foundation ($45 USD) — This brightening, protective powder-foundation for all skin types works as an SPF 25 physical barrier against skin-darkening light while masking subtle hyperpigmentations and other imperfections.¬† Smooth, light, and pore-friendly. Provides both a silky-sheer powder finish (applied dry), or a rich, creamy texture and flawlessly-full coverage (applied with wet sponge).
What I think: Right now, I have been using this in Chantilly (fair) dry as a light foundation.¬† It works great in the heat.¬† When it gets cooler, I will probably use it wet for more coverage.¬† It lasts all day and doesn’t stick in my pores. I also love the case that it comes in.
Available at www/vmvhypoallergenics.com
Laura Mercier Eau Fraiche Verbena Infusion Gel Body Scrub
Laura Mercier Eau Fraiche Verbena Infusion Gel Body Scrub

Laura Mercier Eau Fraiche Verbena Infusion Gel Body Scrub ($40 USD) — Refresh and revive with this invigorating gel cleanser that gently exfoliates while removing impurities without drying or stripping skin of its natural oils. A multi-vitamin complex soothes and nourishes skin while natural Coconut water drenches skin in moisture.¬† Skin is left soft, smooth and rejuvenated.

What I think: This smells fantastic!  So fresh!  I also love the gel consistency of this.  I have never tried a gel scrub and I like how gentle it is on my skin.

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com

Mia Beauty Denim Bow Headband
Mia Beauty Denim Bow Headband

Mia Beauty Denim Bow Headband ($8 USD) — add a cute finishing touch to any hairstyle, from loose waves to a trendy topknot.

What I think: This bow is so cute!  I love the dark denim look. It is great to keep my hair off of my face and will be perfect for fall outfits!

Available at online via www.miabeauty.com, CVS pharmacies, ULTA, Harmon/Bed Bath and Beyond and other retailers online and nationwide.

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit Body Butter
LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit Body Butter

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit Body Butter ($19 USD) — ¬†Instant Hydration. This velvety smooth body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration.

What I think: I have been enjoying the Vanilla Grapefruit body butter.  It has a crisp blend of sparkling grapefruit and the rich scent of vanilla softly scents skin.  And it is so moisturizing!

Available at http://www.lavanila.com

What products have you been loving this week!

 

 

Product Round-Up ‚ÄĒ My Fave Beauty Things Week of July 28th!

How’s your summer going?¬† Mine is heating up again and I am on vacation this coming week — yay!¬† I am going to hang out with my kids before they go back to school the week after.¬† Fun!

My fave picks this week are all about summer beauty.¬† From a cool lip balm with SPF, to a sweat-proof foundation, an unscented spray sunscreen, a matte cream bronzer and a refreshing toner — there is something here to help extend your summer fun! Enjoy!

Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Lime Twist
Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Lime Twist

Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Lime Twist ($1.69 USD) — It soothes. It heals. It protects. Discover how this new ultra smooth, extra moisturizing formula makes your lips feel incredible. This fun, fresh new flavor is unlike anything you’ve ever tried before. Tested on family members ‚Äď not on animals.

What I think:¬† I have been using Carmex in the pot¬†since the ’90’s and love how it moisturizes my lips.¬†¬†I didn’t know¬†it came in different¬†flavors and am enjoying the Lime Twist.¬† It is a refreshing addition to the Carmex line and is perfect for the summer, especially with SPF 15!

Available at mass market retailers near you!

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide¬†($48 USD) — This ultra-modern, lightweight, long-wear liquid foundation magically blurs imperfections. It is formulated for all skin types, comes in 24 oil-free shades and is designed to be humidity-proof and sweat-proof.¬† It‚Äôs the perfect solution for women who are endlessly searching for a light yet effective foundation that will achieve the ‚Äúno makeup‚ÄĚ makeup look and leave their skin looking flawless!¬†¬†Magically blurs imperfections for a smooth, seamless complexion. Bi-phase formula activates fresh color with every use.

What I think:  Need an awesome summer foundation that will stay all day?  This is it! It is very light, but covers extremely well and makes my complexion look flawless. I have been testing it in the shade Buff, which is a medium shade, but there are 24 shades to choose from, which is pretty amazing!

Available in July at Sephora and September 2014 nationwide at Laura Mercier retailers

Coola Sport SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen
Coola Sport SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen

Coola Sport SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen ($32 USD, 6 fl. oz.) — Spritz your sunscreen on the go with this clear, unscented continuous spray. Offering broad spectrum SPF 50 protection, this farm to face sourced spray will nourish and hydrate skin with 70%+ certified organic ingredients like Cucumber, Algae and Strawberry Extracts. Also available in SPF 15.

What I think: I love spray sunscreen, but have never tried an unscented one before. I like it because it is sheer and not greasy at all.  And it is nice to get a break from heavily scented sunscreen.  Just spray and go!

Available at http://www.coolasuncare.com

butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer
butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer

butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer ($24 USD) –butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer

What I think:¬† This matte cream bronzer is an easy way to add some color this summer (or all year ’round).¬† It is very natural looking.¬† You can use it all over for a sunny glow.¬† I like to use it as contour.¬† I apply it in the hollows of my cheeks and along my jawbone for definition and shadows.¬† It is easy to build up darker color if you wish.

Available at http://www.butterlondon.com

Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner
Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner

Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner ($25 USD 5 fl. oz.) –This hydrating toner combines alguronic acid with witch hazel and chamomile to tone and soothe skin gently, creating a complexion that appears revitalized, brightened, and softened. The formula replenishes and balances skin’s moisture levels, purifies, and prepares skin to absorb serums and moisturizers more efficiently.

What I think: I love using toners in the summer. I have been keeping this in the refrigerator to keep my skin cool. I have noticed that my kin feels cleaner and softer while using this.

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

What’s your favorite new product this week?

Product Round-Up ‚ÄĒ My Fave Beauty Things Week of July 14th

We had a fairly cool week (mid to high 70’s) in Kansas City, and I have been loving it.¬† It is heating up again (taking my girls to the water park this weekend), so we are trying to stay cool!

So what am I loving this week?  A waterproof crème eyeliner, a BB cream for the body, a yummy-scented chocolate facial cleanser (seriously), a sweet and sultry summer fragrance, and a beautiful bronzer palette.

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Envy
Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Envy

Laura Mercier Cr√®me Eye Liner in Envy —¬†An ultra-smooth, water-proof creamy eye liner that applies with the ease and smooth silky finish of a gel and the precision of a liquid liner. Smudge and transfer-resistant, this long-wearing formula goes on ‚Äúfoolproof‚ÄĚ with the Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush.

What I think:¬† This is a brand new color from the new Sensual Reflections collection and it is here for a¬†limited time only.¬† I like the formula because it’s creamy and glides right on with an eyeliner brush.¬† The color is a dark emerald and I think it will be perfect in the fall as well as now.¬† This liner comes in other great colors such as Cobalt, a bright blue that is perfect for summer.

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com

Osmotics Cellulite Control Body Glow CC Cream
Osmotics Cellulite Control Body Glow CC Cream

Osmotics Cellulite Control Body Glow CC Cream ($75 USD) —¬†This triple action formula contains three clinically proven technologies to target dimpled skin, edema and cellulite at its source. Natural actives visibly reduce localized fat deposits promoting firmer contours and a more toned silhouette.¬†¬†Flavonoids and antioxidants enhance collagen and strengthen the extracellular tissue for smoother texture and dimple free skin. This luxurious golden lotion hydrates, nourishes and color corrects with a beautiful soft focus finish that erases imperfections for instant radiance and a natural glow. Bare is beautiful with this multi-tasking body perfector!

What I think: This luxe cream is perfect for perfecting summer skin.  It makes my skin look smoother and more toned (perfect while wearing a swimsuit).  I am going to use it until I am out to see if my cellulite looks better.

Availableat select Nordstrom, Soft Surroundings locations and on osmotics.com

Karin Herzog Finest Chocolate Cleansing
Karin Herzog Finest Chocolate Cleansing

Karin Herzog Finest Chocolate Cleansing ($55 USD) — Remove all traces of cosmetics and impurities with this professional grade, dual action cleanser and makeup remover. Formulated with pure essential oils, the Finest Chocolate Cleansing helps to unclog pores, dissolve impurities and remove waterproof makeup, while conditioning the skin. The cleanser contains luxurious Swiss chocolate for a sweet scent and extra hydration, leaving the complexion supple, soft and radiant.

What I think: This is a gorgeous cleanser!  Smells amazing and really cleans my skin.  I like to use it at night to remove my makeup because it works really well.

Available online via www.karinherzog.com

Calvin Klein Eternity Summer
Calvin Klein Eternity Summer

Calvin Klein Eternity Summer ($34.19, and $27.35 with a coupon code on http://www.fragrance.net) — A resonant and flowery scent for women that radiates casual sophistication for any time of day, Eternity Summer perfume by Calvin Klein is a mature yet subtle choice that will turn heads wherever you travel. Introduced by iconic style and fashion leader Calvin Klein in 2008, Eternity Summer is composed of a perfect balance of musk, tangerine pulp, wood, frangipani and pineapple. It’s an attention-drawing fragrance that works just as well for a relaxed evening out with friends as for coffee with a romantic partner.¬†

What I think: This gorgeous scent is a great mix of sweet and sexy and is perfect for hot summer days and nights.  I usually go for fresh scents, but I am loving this for summer!

Available at http://www.fragrance.net

Mally Beauty Believable Bronzer
Mally Beauty Believable Bronzer

Mally Beauty Believable Bronzer (retails for: $49.50, now: $37.13): The secret is in using these three powders to achieve that glow-from-within look–a tanning powder for all over color, a shimmer to highlight, and a beautiful sun-kissed shade that’s designed to make your cheeks glow. Unlike traditional bronzers, there is no shimmer in Mally Beauty‚Äôs bronzer formula. Instead, the bronzer works in tandem with a warm blush and a sheer shimmer. This allows you to apply color and highlights specific areas of your face, as the sun naturally does, instead of all over. Shades are available in Lighter (shown) and Deeper.

What I think: This is a great product and a great deal right now.  It includes two gorgeous brushes along with the palette. The colors are soft and build really well and used together, really make the skin glow.  I also like to use the bronzer and highlighter on my neck and décolleté.

Available at http://www.mallybeauty.com

What products are you loving this week?

 

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of July 7th

Hi all!¬† I posted this last week and think I am going to make it a regular feature!¬† I try so many new products each week, I think it’s nice to highlight my favorites.

This week, I have been loving a new drugstore mascara, an acne treatment, new sunglasses (needed), kajal eyeliners (hot trend), a luxe face oil and a sheer red lip.  What have you been loving this week?

L'Oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara
L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara

L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara ($7.99 USD) — L’Oreal Paris introduces new Voluminous Miss Manga mascara featuring the 360 flexor brush to build bold volume with high intensity from top to bottom. For the first time, L’Oreal Paris creates a flexible brush with a unique conical shape to catch those hard to reach lashes with an incredibly even application. The Mega Impact Formula instantly builds oversized volume for 15X lash volume in a flash. Top lashes are amplified and bottom lashes maximized for the ultimate wide-eyed Manga Look.

What I think:¬† I love trying new mascaras — and the mascara wand on this is different than any other I have used.¬†Not only is it conical-shaped, it moves to the side when you use it.¬† It took a couple of times, but if I apply it carefully, I get super long and voluminous lashes!¬† It isn’t waterproof and has been running a bit in the Kansas City humidity, so I can’t wear it daily, but is perfect for special occasions.

Available at CVS and http://www.cvs.com

Apothederm Acne Clarifying Treatment
Apothederm Acne Clarifying Treatment

Apothederm Acne Clarifying Treatment ($32.50 USD) — This two-in-one problem solver helps to eliminate breakouts and minimize pore size. Salicylic acid acts as an anti-inflammatory, exfoliating dead skin cells to help reduce pore size and sebum build up. Oligopeptide-10, a patented SmartPeptide¬ģ with skin calming properties, has been shown to help bind cellular toxins and kill acne-causing bacteria.

What I think:  My skin is pretty clear right now, so I gave this to my 18 year-old daughter who has broken out this summer.  She has been using it morning and night after cleansing, and her skin is so much clearer after only a week of use!  She will continue to use it and I know she will continue to see results.  Great product!

Available at spas and online via www.apothederm.com and www.dermstore.com.

Blue Modern Cat Eye Metallic Temple Sunglasses
Blue Modern Cat Eye Metallic Temple Sunglasses

ICU Eyewear Blue Modern Cat Eye Metallic Temple Sunglasses ($21.95 USD) —¬† These sunglasses are true beauties because the oversized frame give you more coverage and better protection from the sun. There‚Äôs a couple more reasons why these sunnies will make you bat your eyelashes; they are polarized which minimize squinting in bright sun conditions and they are 100% UV A and B protective so they‚Äôve got your back and will protect the soft tissue around your eyes from being exposed to harmful rays.

What I think: Loving these cool sunnies!  From the front, they look like classic black cat eye sunglasses, but when I turn to the side, the blue metallic gives the frames an extra kick of style!  They also really block the sun well.  LOVE!

Available at http://www.icueyewear.com.

Physician's Formula Kajal Eyeliner Trio Nude Eyes in Natural
Physician’s Formula Kajal Eyeliner Trio Nude Eyes in Natural

Physician’s Formula Kajal Eyeliner Trio Nude Eyes in Natural ($11.99 USD) — Custom Eye enhancing kohl kajal eyeliner trio by Physicians Formula; ultra dramatic definition, 100 percent waterproof wear.¬† Includes a black, brown and nude liner.

What I think:  I am really digging the Kajal trend!  These liners are so easy to use.  The handle make for easy maneuvering and the liners glide on easily and are very pigment.  The nude is great on the waterline and the black is so rich and gorgeous!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Vichy Neovadiol Elixir
Vichy Neovadiol Elixir

Vichy Neovadiol Elixir¬†($55 USD) — Precious Replenishing Oil Concentrate contains a unique blend of omega-rich oils to help restore essential lipids lost due to hormonal aging. Immediately nourishes the skin with moisture. Leaves skin visibly plumped, smooth and radiant.

What I think:  I have been using this oil at night before I apply my face cream.  In the morning, my face is so smooth and soft!  Keeps me looking young in my mid-forties.

Available at CVS stores.

Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour
Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour

Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour in Sexy¬†($25 USD) — The light-as-air formula feels completely weightless on lips. The secret is a unique wax-free base that allows pigments to deliver true custom colour impact. Available in 15 colour-true shades and three unique finishes. Shade names begin with the same letter as their finish, so they are easy to remember (Moi is Matte and Shy is Sheer). Sheer for naturally stained lips. Matte for velvety lips.¬†Pearl for pearlized lips. Cr√®me for luminous, creamy lips.

What I think: I don’t usually wear red lip color, but this is very sheer and is pretty for going out in the summer time.¬† It looks especially nice on me since I am no longer ghostly white!¬† It also very moisturizing on my lips and doesn’t dry them out at all.

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Have a Summer Makeup Look? Fun Products By Laura Mercier, Lipstick Queen, butter LONDON, Mehron and Ellis Faas

It’s just about summertime!¬† Today it was over 80 degrees in Kansas City.¬† Which is awesome and has me thinking of easy, bright looks for the season.

I was sent the following products for my honest review.  I have found some great summer makeup and I hope you will get ideas from these awesome picks!

Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer
Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer

Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer ($28 USD) —¬†This unique 3-in-1 concealer was designed to cover, de-puff and brighten under eye circles. The highly pigmented formula builds and blends flawlessly for professional makeup artist result and lasts all day. The concealer was formulated with honey, vitamin E and fruit acid to nourish and smooth skin, and comes in 12 shades, so you can find your perfect match.

What I think:  This cream concealer is perfect for summer as it really does last all day.  A little goes a long way (this is comparable to IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye).  It is very creamy and blends in well, while keeping skin soft all day.  It is full-coverage.

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com

Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Open Secret
Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Open Secret

Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Open Secret ($24 USD) — In a beautifully bright and romantically rosy hue, Open Secret bestows lips and cheeks with a bloom of fresh, flattering and ultra-wearable peony.

What I think:  This is a perfect spring and summer shade.  It is a bright, flattering shade and I like the matte finish.  I like it best on cheeks.  It is a little dry for my lips, but looks pretty with a sheer lip gloss over it.

Available at Lipstickqueen.com, Space NK and Ulta stores nationwide

Butter LONDON WINK Cream Eyeshadow ($18 USD) — The Brilliant Bronze Collection will keep any look sun-kissed and glowing with exceptional textures and gorgeous colour year round. The collection offers two new shades of butter LONDON‚Äôs WINK Cream Eyeshadow in Randy and Brassed Off.

What I think:  Both shades are so perfect for summer.  Shimmery and neutral, and so pretty.  They also last a long time once they dry.

Available at http://www.butterlondon.com

Meyron Metallic Powder with Mixing Liquid
Meyron Metallic Powder with Mixing Liquid

Meyron Metallic Powder with Mixing Liquid ($12.95 USD) — This is a combination product of Mehron’s ultra fine Metallic Powder Makeup which enables you to create dramatic makeup designs and effects. The soft Metallic Powder Makeup¬†made by Mehron, Leaders in Theatrical Makeup since 1927, is finely crafted and evenly blended to provide you with the best available accenting powder on the market. The Metallic Powder formulated by the researchers of Mehron is currently¬†available in Gold, Silver, Cooper, and Bronze allowing you to add dynamic shiny powder to any makeup look. This ultra fine, silky smooth Metallic Powder can be used dry or combine it with the included 1 oz.¬† Meyron Mixing Liquid to form a water-based metallic liquid makeup. The dynamic effects of Metallic Makeup Powder can be used in¬†body painting, face painting,¬†costume makeup, character makeup and sexy evening makeup.

What I think:¬† I don’t know how to apply theatre makeup, but I have to say I love this powder!¬† I have it in gold, and mixed with the liquid it makes an extremely long lasting shadow.¬† Perfect for hot summer days.¬† I think it will also be fun to use for Halloween or the holidays to make festive looks.¬† Easy to mix and apply.

Available at http://www.mehron.com

Ellis Faas Mascara in Black
Ellis Faas Mascara in Black

Ellis Faas Mascara ($34 USD) — A creamy texture that perfectly coats, lengthens and separates each individual lash. Lashes instantly appear longer, lifted and combed. It is¬†a lengthening mascara for subtle or prominent accents to your lashes. Well-suited for customizing different looks.¬† Available in Black and Milk Chocolate.

What I think:  I love this mascara for a natural day look.  It separates so well that it never clumps.  More coats creates more volume.

Available at http://www.ellisfaas.com

Mehron Glosstone PRO
Mehron Glosstone PRO

Mehron Glosstone PRO ($11.95 USD) — Glosstone PRO is moisturizing and non-tacky leaving the lips glossy but not greasy. This long-wearing and never-sticky formula is enriched with antioxidants of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. Available in a clear shade to be used alone or over L.I.P Creams to add shine and additional moisture, 3 highly pigmented matte shades and 2 sparkly shades infused with tiny light reflectors to pump up the volume creating the appearance of fuller richer lips! Glosstone PRO is packaged in a sleek modern square vial and applied with the lip applicator wand. This ‚Äúshine booster‚ÄĚ is sure to become your favorite lip gloss! SHADES: Coral Reef, Red Kiss, Pink Crush, Crystal Clear, Bubble Gum Sparkle & Golden Spark.

What I think:  I have been testing this in Red Kiss.  It is a little bright for me, but I love the opacity and coverage.  It is almost like a liquid lipstick. It stays on for hours and when the gloss wears off, I noticed a pretty stain.

Available at http://www.mehron.com

Enjoy!

Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is a little over a week away, time to get Mom a great gift!¬†I usually send my mom a package of beauty products for Mother’s Day and I know she loves trying something new.

Below are a few great beauty products¬†to give¬†that special lady on Mother’s Day.

L'Occitane Néroli and Orchidée Collector's Set
L’Occitane N√©roli and Orchid√©e Collector’s Set

L’Occitane N√©roli and Orchid√©e Collector’s Set (85 USD, a $113 value) — A tantalizing and lovely fragrance, N√©roli & Orchid√©e blends the scents of two precious white flowers in a beautiful harmony. A heart of radiant neroli essence from the Mediterranean is blended with caressing white orchid absolute from Madagascar.

This set includes:
-Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette 2.5 fl.oz
-Néroli & Orchidée Shower Gel 6 fl.oz
-Néroli & Orchidée Body Milk 6 fl.oz

Available at usa.loccitane.com.

Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion Gel Body Moisture
Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion Gel Body Moisture

Inspired by her hometown of Provence, Laura Mercier’s new Eau Fraiche: Verbena Infusion Collection captures the crisp freshness of Verbena. Take your mom on a journey to the French countryside with one of these three refreshing formulas: Gel Body Moisture ($45 USD), Crème Body Cleanse ($30 USD), Eau de Toilette ($55 USD). 

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com

Aveda‚Äôs stress-fix‚ĄĘ Home Spa Experience
Aveda‚Äôs stress-fix‚ĄĘ Home Spa Experience

Aveda‚Äôs stress-fix‚ĄĘ Home Spa Experience ($73.50 USD) — With Mother‚Äôs Day less than two weeks away, give mom the gift she wants and needs ‚Äď less stress! For under $75 pamper mom with Aveda‚Äôs stress-fix‚ĄĘ Home Spa Experience. The proven stress-relieving stress-fix‚ĄĘ aroma blends calming organic French lavender with uplifting, blues-chasing organic clary sage (a Mediterranean herb) and relaxing, mood-enhancing organic lavindin (a hybrid of true and spike lavender) for an extra-aromatic experience.

Each set includes:

  • stress-fix‚ĄĘ body lotion 200 ml ‚Äď a richly moisturizing lotion with organic aloe, organic shea butter and organic sunflower oil designed to relax the mind and lavish skin
  • travel size stress-fix‚ĄĘ soaking salts 6 oz ‚Äď mineral rich salts to soften skin while easing anxiety formulated with organic sugar and organic sunflower oil
  • stress-fix‚ĄĘ concentrate 7 ml ‚Äď a potent essential oil blend that includes antioxidant vitamin E and skin conditioning organic sunflower and olive oils

The stress-fix‚ĄĘ Home Spa Experience gift set come pre-wrapped and ready for giving‚Ķ which hopefully helps reduce your stress too!

Availability: Aveda.com

Thymes Aqua Coralline Body Scrub
Thymes Aqua Coralline Body Scrub

Thymes Aqua Coralline Body Scrub ($$22 USD): An energizing body scrub full of rich humectants and jojoba beads to hydrate and exfoliate. Mineral-rich kelp extract and sea buckthorn transform and protect, providing care and moisture for thirsty skin.

Available at www.thymes.com.

Krigler Extraordinaire Camelia 209
Krigler Extraordinaire Camelia 209

KriglerExtraordinaire Camelia 209 ($255 1.7oz, $345 3.4 oz): Created in 2009 to celebrate Krigler’s 105th anniversary, Extraordinaire Camelia 209 gathers two sorts of Camellias flowers, corsican lemon, pink peppercorn from Florida, Indian cardamom, Bourbon Vanilla, Musk de Baur, Cedar and Chinese Tea.  Camellia symbolizes excellence, pride, abnegation and modesty.

Availible at www.Krigler.com.