My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 12-18, 2015

It’s still a little warm in Kansas City, but it’s starting to feel like Fall is here!  I took my kids to the Renaissance Festival today and it was crazy!  So many interesting people in elaborate costumes.  It was so nice being outside, too!

I have an eclectic mix of favorites this week. From hydrating lip glosses with light-up lids, to a makeup bag that is perfect for travel to shampoo and body lotion that work well for sensitive skin.

True Lipz “Flash” collection
True Lipz “Flash” collection

True Lipz “Flash” collection ($18.95) At the push of a button, the unique multi-color, flashing LED strobe light and convenient mirror ensure the perfect pout even in the dark. The glam shades glide on super-smooth with a rich texture and brilliant sheen. You can pump up the volume with high voltage color that pops, or tone it down with a gentle wash of color that leaves a whisper-soft shine.

Also available is the When it comes to color, the True Lipz “Lustre” collection. Glistening, on trend stay-true shades glide on smoothly, depositing the ideal amount of saturated color and a rich, dewy sheen. The packaging is both sleek and functional including a side mirror and push-button LED light for convenient application, even in the dark.

both formulas will change the way you think and feel about gloss. Envision satin-smooth gloss in the most en vogue shades gliding effortlessly over your lips while depositing ingredients such as Dragon’s Blood and pure Lanolin known for nourishing, hydrating, conditioning and healing. Finally, a gloss that leaves your lips feeling luxuriously soft and supple…even the day after you’ve worn it. 

What I think: I love these glosses! They are insanely moisturizing and give a really good color payoff. Plus the light and mirror help with flawless application in the dark.

Learn more and purchase at

London SOHO New York Love Fest Weekender
London SOHO New York Love Fest Weekender

London SOHO New York Love Fest Weekender ($29.99 USD) — Haul your essentials in fest-friendly neon tribal print bags. This single zip weekender opens to reveal a makeup brush holder, plus a large mesh zip compartment that’s perfect for holding everything in while being able to view its contents. The single top strap makes for easy toting. Made of easy-wipe coated canvas.

What I think: This bag is so cute!  And, it is so important to have a bag that will keep toiletries organized on trips. This holds a lot and looks stylish while doing it!

Available on and

Sebamed Paraben-Free Scalp Activating Shampoo ($15.49 USD) — Helps fight hairloss by supporting natural scalp circulation, which is essential for hair growth and thicker-looking hair. NHE complex, derived from vitamin B3 combined with caffeine, promotes scalp blood flow. Gingko biloba, the natural extract of Asian gingko tree, nourishes and strengthens the hair follicles. Independent clinical testing show 90% of users report good to excellent effects on hair density and hair growth within 6 months.

Sebamed Paraben-Free Moisturizing Body Lotion 1000 ml with Pump ($45.99 USD) — New Formula, New Look, Same great quality! Dermatologist developed, this nourishing, non-irritating formula is suitable for the most sensitive of skins. Rapidly absorbed and non-greasy, it restores your skin’s moisture balance, providing natural protection from the elements. Enriched with chamomile extract and allantoin to soothe and moisturize. Regular use tones the natural elasticity of your skin for a more youthful, healthy appearance.

What I think: The shampoo is really nice to use a few times a week.  I have noticed hair growth yet, but I like how it makes my scalp feel clean and my hair so soft.  The Body Lotion works so well on sensitive skin and hydrates very well.  I like using it after the shower because it locks in moisture.

What products are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Dr. Sun Rx and Jessica Robertson Beauty Collection

Jessica Robertson Collection
Jessica Robertson Collection

Spring is here! Time to put away the sweaters and boots and break out the lighter (and smaller) clothing! While slipping on that new bathing suit may be daunting, there’s nothing a few new beauty products can’t do to make you feel like the sun goddess you really are. Let the creators of Podz and Dr. Sun Rx help you look bronzed, sun-kissed and ready to make heads turn with their top favorite picks all endorsed by Jessica Robertson (of Duck Dynasty Fame) from their new exciting line of beauty products!

Jessica’s bronzer’s and moisturizers will give you glowing skin!  I found the bronzers and self tanners are buildable and do not streak.  Use the American Love moisturizer after any sun exposure or to lock in moisture after a shower or bath.

Jessica Robertson Bronzer
Jessica Robertson Bronzer

Jessica Robertson Bronzer Jessica Robertson Collection Facial Bronzing Powder ($20 USD) – Keep your tan luminous and your skin glowing with this 3-in-1 bronzer that has just the right amount of color and moisture in its unique formula.  This tinted powder providing a smooth, never splotchy application. The natural tint works for all skin types and is ideal for enhancing a skin tone or strengthening and prolonging a tan.

Jessica Robertson Lip Gloss
Jessica Robertson Lip Gloss

Jessica Robertson Lip Gloss ($7 USD) Look polished even while sunning and swimming with pout-perfecting lip glosses. Available in 6 luscious colors: Cherry Red, Berry, Nude, Peach Mango, Iced Mocha and Cotton Candy.

My favorites are Nude and Cotton Candy.  They are pretty on and very moisturizing!  I shared some of the brighter colors with my friends and they loved them, too.  The color is creamy and saturated.

You can purchase this awesome products at or your favorite local tanning salon.

New Lip Products From eos, Softlips and butter LONDON

Tomorrow’s Easter!  Yay!  As the Easter bunny is about to arrive, I am thinking of pastels and fun bright lip products for Spring.

I use lip balms and glosses all year round because I need moisture at all times as my lips are a bit dry.

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack
eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack ($5.99 USD) — Delight your lips: two more reasons to smile.  The eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Collection comes in a delightful floral-themed card perfect for springtime gifting.  The pack features the Limited Edition Passion Fruit and Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Sphere Lip Balms.  The lip balms are 100% natural and enriched with nourishing shea butter and soothing jojoba oil to keep your lips moisturized all Spring! This adorable collection makes the perfect addition to Easter baskets or Mother’s Day Gifts!

Available at Target, CVS, Walgreens, Ulta, and

Softlips Cube
Softlips Cube

Softlips Cube ($3.49 USD) — In 1992, Softlips® was the first lip balm made specifically for women with its unique slim stick packaging and flavorful formulas. Now, over 20 years later, Softlips® recreates lip care once again with the launch of its Cube!

Available in three new flavors, Pomegranate Blueberry, Fresh Mint and Vanilla Bean, Softlips® Cube give lips everything they need:

  • Hydrates: Advanced formula with Shea Butter restores softness and moisture to even the driest lips
  • Replenishes: Antioxidant vitamins A, C, & E soothe and help repair damaged skin
  • Smoothes: Rich emollients smooth roughness, leaving lips silky and soft
  • Protects: SPF 15 protects lips from sun burn
  • Adds Shine: Luscious hydrators give the perfect radiant finish

Available at a mass market retailer near you

butter LONDON LIPPY Lip Gloss
butter LONDON LIPPY Lip Gloss

butter LONDON LIPPY Lip Gloss ($20 USD) — Meet your new everyday essential, Lippy Lip Gloss. Chic shades and textures add a brilliant touch of whimsy, and accentuate your natural glow. Butter’s nourishing formula moisturizes and protects with shea butter, and vitamin E. Butter London does not add phthalates and parabens to its formulas. It’s colour without compromise.

The three shades above our from the new summer Lolly Brights collection.  They are:

Chuffed — sheer tangerine

Twee — sheer magenta

Stroppy — sheer berry

Available at

What lip products are you using this spring?


Gorgeous New Lip Glosses Help Protect Your Pout

Deep, matte lip colors abound this season.  But I have to be honest, I usually wear light color lip glosses all year round. I like that it goes with every outfit and makeup look and lighter colors make lips look fuller.

Here are some of my new favorites that not only look great on, but have good for you ingredients:

Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss
Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss

Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss ($7 USD). Beeswax naturally hydrates and protects for softer, healthier lips.  Choose from these colorful and intoxicating bouquets:  Mint Blossom, Wild Blackberry, and Tupelo Honey.

Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss contains no parabens, no petroleum derived ingredients, and is never tested on animals. It is made from all natural ingredients and is gluten-free.

Available at

Pacifica Enlightened Lip Gloss in Opal
Pacifica Enlightened Lip Gloss in Opal

Pacifica Enlightened Lip Gloss in Opal ($12 USD) Supernatural shine, super smooth and non-sticky with nourishing hydration and long-lasting natural color.  Our Enlightened Gloss Nourishing Mineral Lip Shine is infused with coconut and antioxidants to help support superior lip health.  This gloss is for anyone who wants to hydrate their lips and add gorgeous sheer color with a glossy shine.  As with all of our products, these are 100% vegan & cruelty free.  Formulated without carmine, FD&C color, talc, phthalates, parabens, sorbital and petroleum.

Opal is an opalescent pale peach/ pink.  Just enough pale color.  Pairs perfectly with smoky eyes.

Learn more at

beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction
beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction

beautyADDICTS Lip ADDICTION ($17 USD) — This creamy, high-shine lip gloss provides intense, opulent color while nourishing lips with vitamins and plumping lips with peptides. Lip Addiction lets you choose from 10 must-have shades to feed your addiction for the perfect, painted pout.

Purchase at





Maybelline Summer 2013


If there is one thing Maybelline New York knows, it’s that makeup is the perfect accessory. IT Girls are all about adding a few key pieces every season to keep their look fresh, gorgeous and on trend.Maybelline New York makes it easy this summer with six hot limited edition collections –available only for the month of May. Stylish women everywhere will be able to add a pop of color to their makeup wardrobe.

Go for the faux: Every IT Girl knows a faux glow is the only way to go, but it’s not always easy to achieve the perfect bronzed look. The limited edition Dream Sun Bronzing collection makes it a snap!

  • ·        Dream Sun Bronzing Powder Four Seasons is a unique, multi-tonal palette that creates a customized bronzed look. Choose how light or dark you want to go, or combine the shades all over for a radiant glow.  Available in Light and Medium, $8.99
  • ·        Illuminate skin with the Dream Sun Bronzing Face Illuminator, a gel formula that reflects light to highlight skin and create a warm, shimmery glow. Available in one universal shade. $8.99
  • ·        Perfect for all-over bronzing, the Dream Sun Bronzing Powder Matte creates a natural sun-kissed glow in a matte finish that is ideal for the T-zone. Available in Light and Medium, $8.99
  • ·        The Dream Sun Bronzing Powder Glow offers a touch of shimmer that’s perfect for cheekbones and brow bones or to add a touch of sultriness to shoulders, collarbones and décolleté. Available in Light and Medium, $8.99

Seaso-nail Colors: Nothing says summer more than a bright manicure!Color Show Nail Lacquer will be available in 10 show-stopping new shades that will perfectly complement your summer wardrobe. The chip resistant formula will be available in:Azure Seas, Bare Escape, Canary Cool, Midnight Swim, Mint Mist, Pacific Blues, Poolside,Sandstorm, Turquoise Paradise and Urban Utopia. $3.99

Get inked: Make eyes pop with eight bold shades of Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24 HR Cream-Gel Shadow. The semi-permanent gel-cream smoothes on for vibrant, crease-resistant color that wears for 24 hours – a must for steamy summer days. Amp up your look with one of these flattering shades: Blue Paradise, Cool Crush, Icy Mint, Lavish Lavender, Precious Pearl, Seashore Frosts, Shady Shores or Waves of White. $6.99

Up the Drama:Put a spin on the smoky eye with the Eye Studio Master Drama Cream Pencil in Navy Knockout or Taupe Takeover. This eyeliner, which applies with the ease of a pencil and the intensity of a cream, allows for an incredibly bold and long-wearing line. Best of all, it’s waterproof, smudge-resistant and lasts for 24 hours. $7.99

Go light:Get soft, sexy lips with Color Sensational Color Whisper. This lightweight lipstick creates translucent, light color with a kiss of shine. Nourishing honey nectar keeps lips soft and the barely there feel makes this a summer beauty must-have. Try it in one – or all four! – of the limited edition shades: I Crave Coral,Nude Shimmer, Ravishing Pink and Sienna Sands. $7.49

Shine on:Make a statement with six gorgeous shades of Color Sensational High Shine Lip Gloss. This wax-free gloss delivers pure color for saturated look with the ultimate shine. Honey nectar nourishes lips.Coral Heat, Fuschia Sparks, Nude Compliment, Peach Glisten, Peony Sheen, and Rose Lust pack the perfect punch. $7.49

These Maybelline New York limited edition collections will be available at select mass retailers nationwide for the month of May 2013 only.

Pretty Makeup To Brighten Your Fall And Winter

I love deep fall colors, but sometimes I just want a light, classic colors.  The products below will be pretty all year long, not just for the fall!

Lip Bliss

Lip Bliss™ by What’s Your Virtue was founded by a mother of teen and preteen daughters who was shocked at the explicit and suggestive names found on numerous brands of lip gloss. She didn’t feel it was appropriate for her 13-year-old daughter to put such messaging in her pocket, much less on her lips. Now, choose from vibrant colors with names such as Kindness, Generosity, Devotion and Curiosity.

Lip Bliss™ bundles fortifying castor, cranberry, and safflower seed and peppermint oils to smooth and nurture, plus the protecting properties of anti-oxidants, green tea extracts, and moisturizing vitamin E.  Lip Bliss™ offers radiant shine and subtle color without stickiness, is gluten-free, not tested on animals, and contains no parabens.

What I think:  These pretty glosses have a light, minty taste and lots of shine!  I think the names and colors are so sweet.  The glosses are a little sticky, but are moisturizing as well.  Good glosses! To purchase, visit

FLIRT! Big Flirt Lipgloss

FLIRT! Big Flirt Lipgloss ($15.50 USD)Turn on super-fabulous shine with this lip gloss. It features a sheer and shiny look that looks great alone or paired with a darker lipstick. Dotted design on tube adds a cute touch.

What I think: These are fun glosses, very sheer and not too sticky. The applicator is big, but it covers my entire lip in one swipe!  There is a lot of product in the container as well. Purchase at Kohl’s stores or

e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow Palette

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette ($10 USD) — Each Baked Palette features 10 gorgeous baked eyeshadows so you can achieve a flawless look whenever, wherever. The silky and blendable formula of our Baked Eyeshadow provides smooth and even application with each sweep of color. Baked in an oven, these eyeshadows offer rich pigmentation for a beautiful effect. Infused with active key ingredients Jojoba, Rose, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to nourish and hydrate the skin. The long-lasting and shimmering color can be worn wet for a vibrant effect or dry for sheer pigmentation, offering a variety of gorgeous eye looks!

What I think: This is available in two different palettes – California soft, bronzey colors and NYC, smoky colors.  I have California (in the photo above) and I really like the soft colors.  There is a bit of glitter in some them, so I have to be careful how much I use.  You can purchase at or Target stores.

Essence Multi-Action Blackest Black Mascara

Multi-Action Blackest Black Mascara by Essence ($3.99 USD) offers an innovative brush and unique texture with carbon black pigments for more volume, length and curve. This multi-talented lash lover offers an innovative brush and unique texture with carbon black pigments to ensure more volume, length and curve for the deepest black lashes! A must-have for dramatic eyes!!

What I think: I like this mascara.  I get a nice look, but it is pretty natural, not dramatic.  My lashes are a little longer and thicker.  Perfect for everyday wear! Purchase at  Ulta stores

Pixi Illuminating Tint and Conceal

Pixi Illuminating Tint and Conceal ($30 USD) — This multitasker includes a brightening & flaw-fixing tinted moisturizer on one end, and a perfectly coordinating full-coverage, easy-to-blend concealer on the other – both infused with potent botanical extracts & vitamins to perfect skin from the inside out.

This multipurpose beautifier does triple duty, acting as your moisturizer, sunscreen, and tinted treatment to provide sheer coverage that makes skin appear flawless & lit from within. Super-hydrating ingredients and protective SPF 20 keep your skin pampered. The perfecting tinted moisturizer in the tube goes on feather-light, leaves your skin looking naturally radiant, and can be layered for extra coverage. Take off the clear lid to reveal the full coverage concealer – a creme-to-powder formula that masks imperfections with a skin-loving combination of Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Vitamin C.

What I Think:  I love this!  It is so great to have your concealer and foundation in one tube!  So convenient!  This is just like a BB Cream, but the colors are very natural looking.

**Deal Alert** Pixi is offering my readers 25% off until November 20th with the code: pixiflirty.  Purchase online at


Update Your Makeup For Fall With Products From It Cosmetics!

It Cosmetics has become one of my favorite beauty companies in the last year or so.  Everything I try by this company has the best ingredients and most innovative technology available.

It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Celebration Foundation with Brush ($39.56 USD — Rich in peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, and anti-aging technology, Celebration Foundation is a full-coverage, anti-aging foundation that gives you the power to achieve flawless, airbrushed complexion perfection! It delivers highly pigmented perfect coverage that will never crease or crack and is designed not only to cover, but also to make skin appear younger. The anti-aging technology gives you a flawless airbrushed finish that looks and feels like silk. It absorbs oil and shine without settling into lines and wrinkles. The Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush is the most ultra-luxe, ultra-plush tool for perfect airbrushed application. This foundation is available in 5 shades — Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Rich.

What I think — I am mostly a liquid and cream makeup girl.  But, if I am going to wear a powder foundation, it like it to be pressed and not loose (loose always finds its way to my pores and fine lines). I like using this over a primer and it gives a full coverage when I do.  I buff the powder on with the brush and my skin looks even and smooth.  A good brush is just as important as the foundation, I think.  The foundation and brush sold together is a good value!

It Cosmetics Eye Shadow Trio ($24 USD — Working hand in hand with leading plastic surgeons, IT Cosmetics introduces “Naturally Pretty” Luxe Eyeshadow Trios. This naturally pretty collection of 3 Waterproof and highly pigmented eye shadows are comprised of a trio of hand-selected, must have shades designed to bring out your eye color and sparkle! Hydrating and skin loving ingredients give you high performance color that lasts all day, plus anti-aging benefits for younger looking, naturally pretty eyes! Each ultra luxe shadow is infused with an ultra-hydrating age reverse and preventative complex including hydrolyzed collagen, green tea, acai and Vitamins A, C & E. Talc, paraben, sulfate, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance, and phthalate free. Hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic. Available in Matte Luxe (shown), Pearl Luxe, Pretty in Plum, Pretty in Amber, Pretty in Smoke.

What I think — Beautiful shades that last long with an eye primer!  These shadows are medium pigmented, you have to get a lot on the brush for maixmum color.  But they are very smoothing on the eyelids and the colors are very pretty!  My favorites are the Pretty in Plum and Pearl Luxe.

It Cosmetics “No Tug” Anti-Aging Silk Waterproof Eyeliner Trio ($29 USD, or $24 USD for a Duo, — Utilizing cutting-edge technology, No-Tug Silk Anti-aging Eyeliners glide on saturated, rich color without tugging on your delicate eyelids.
Who is it for: Anyone who wants rich, luxe eyeliner color and application without tugging on the delicate eyelids. Anyone who wants anti-aging benefits and wants to instantly diffuse the look of lines and wrinkles on the eyelids. Anyone who wants a naturally pretty look using skin-loving, high-performance ingredients. Anyone who wants a liner that can be used on both the inner and outer rims as well as the lash line. The trio includes eyeliners in Black, Brown and Plum.  The duos are Black/Brown and Plum/Bronze.

What I think — These are very soft eye pencils.  The positive is that they glide on very easily, even in the inner rims of the eyes.  The negative is that if you press too hard, the tip will break off.  Also, after a few hours, the eyeliner on my bottom lash line begins to smear, even though these are supposed to be long-wearing.  Still, the color payout is very good and they are so easy to apply!  I love the Bronze for bottom lashes and the Plum is very pretty as well.  I wear the Black every day on the inner rims of my upper lashes.  It gives the appearance of full, dark lashes!

It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Anti-Aging Lipstick Trio ($39.50 USD, $26.36 for a Duo and $20 for a single on What is it: Vitality Lip Flush takes the place of four products–your lipstick, anti-aging conditioning lip balm, ultra-hydrating lip gloss, and lip stain, all in one! This truly innovative formula contains It Cosmetics’ Hydra-Luxe technology, including ingredients such as plum oil, cherry oil, shea butter, aloe, and jojoba that all work together to treat, hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips, minimizing the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles. Plus, Vitality Lip Flush is packed with antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E, acai, green tea, and white tea. This made-in-the-USA formula is paraben-free. Who is it for: Anyone who wants to add a naturally pretty flush of color to their lips that lasts! Anyone who wants ultra-hydrated and conditioned lips. The naturally pretty shades work on all skin tones. Why is it different: Vitality Lip Flush was developed to give that long-wear flush of naturally pretty color, the anti-aging hydration of a super-luxe treatment lip balm, and a powerful stain that doesn’t dry out lips. Plum oil, cherry oil, and a power-packed formula of anti-aging and good-for-you ingredients drench your lips with hydration. How do I use it: Apply directly from the tube. All three shades give a sheer, naturally pretty flush of color that lasts. From It Cosmetics. The trio includes Je Ne Sais Quoi, a sheer pink; Love Story, a rich, just-bitten pink; Pretty Woman, a sheer berry.  Duos are Je Ne Sai Quoi and Damsel, a soft pink nude and Love Story and Pretty Woman.

What I think — These are so fantastic!  My favorite lip products at the moment.  They glide on smoothly and all give a natural color that leave behind a soft stain.  They are all my favorites, except Pretty Woman, which is a little dark for me, but still pretty.  They are definitely worth the price.  They only downfall is that with all of the wonderful ingredients, they can melt or break easily.  My first Je Ne Sais Quoi has melted into the lid and I have to get it out with a lip brush!  Still, they are awesome!

I recommend all of these, but especially the Lip Flushes.  Enjoy!

  • Made in USA

New Makeup Shades For Summer

There are so many beautiful, bright and shimmery colors in makeup this summer. I do love to vary my makeup colors, but especially when the seasons change.

This year, I am loving shimmery bronze, purple and gold eyes plus soft cheeks and a bright, sheer lip.  The colors below are lovely — try them yourselves!

Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow

Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow ($19 USD) — Developed in their studios to take long-wearing color to the next level! These super luxe, super saturated shadows glide on and stay put, even through the longest photo shoots. The

• 12 super creamy, vibrant shades

• No creasing, no caking, no flaking

• Holds up against water and humidity

Try layering darker shades over lighter ones to build definition and depth for a subtle, yet smoldering stare.  Available at

e.l.f. Studio Makeup Remover Pen

e.l.f. Studio Makeup Remover Pen ($3 USD) — Mascara smears? Uneven eyeliner? Quickly remove or correct small makeup smudges, smears and mistakes without having to take off the rest of your makeup! The gentle and non-greasy formula erases even long wearing and waterproof makeup for flawless touch ups, perfect for throwing in your purse or gym bag when you’re on-the-go! Infused with Vitamin E, Cucumber and Chamomile to moisturize and condition skin.  Visit or a Target store near you.

Paul and Joe Face Color G

Fall in love this summer with Paul & Joe’s Limited Edition Face Color G ($24 USD). Inspired by the warm tones of a midsummer sky, the dreamy blushes contour cheeks and provide a natural, enchanting glow.  The shades are:

Nubile — A soft, flirty peach to flatter every skin tone.

Nymph — A pop of pink to add a bold burst of color.

Faune — A deep rose to create elegant contours.

Paul and Joe Lip Gloss G

Paul & Joe – Limited Edition – Lip Gloss G ($22 USD) — Paul & Joe Beaute introduces a new collection that will send your taste buds dancing. The Lip Gloss G collection consists of three new enchanting shades that instantly melt onto your lips for a punch of sheer shimmering color that coolly completes your sexy, summer style. The shades are:

Dream a Little Dream — An enchanting orange sherbet tint with a creamy cool Orange & Vanilla flavor.

Fairie Kisses –A bright yellow gloss that appears translucent on lips with a light Green Apple & Vanilla flavor to refresh your pucker on a sweltering day.

Love Potion — The perfect pink to swipe on for day or night with a light Strawberry & Vanilla flavor.

All of the Paul & Joe products are available at

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers with NEW Shades ($5 USD) Many lips have fallen for this slender tube of lip goodness–vibrant luminescent color and pearlized shine packed with nourishing natural ingredients. Now Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer fans have more to love. The 100% natural formula is enhanced with antioxidant-rich Fruit Seed Oils and moisturizing Shea Butter to optimize color payoff while improving skin smoothness, but the signature refreshing, cool burst of Peppermint Oil remains. The shade range has been updated in keeping with color trends and includes three new shades: Cherry, Plum and Strawberry. The full range includes twelve shades: Radiance, Champagne, Peony, Caramel, Guava, Strawberry, Watermelon, Rhubarb, Cherry, Fig, Raisin, and Plum. Purchase at a mass market retailer near you!


Yves Rocher Summer Beauty Products

If you haven’t heard of Yves Rocher, it’s a French originated company that created botanical skin care, body care, fragrance and makeup.

I was sent some products from the company to test, and have really been enjoying them.  Many of these products are very affordable and are of great quality! Some of my favorite Yves Rocher summer products are:

Yves Rocher Mango Passion Fruit Smoothie Shower

Yves Rocher Mango Passion Fruit Smoothie Shower Gel ($10 for 13.5 oz) — My daughters LOVED this shower gel (past tense because it was gone in a week).  The reason why is becasue this mango and passion fruit concoction smells delicious.  It smelled just like real fruit and lathered up nicely so that we could also use it as bubble bath!  Yum!

Yves Rocher Eau de toilette Monoï

Yves Rocher Eau de toilette Monoï ($32 3.3 oz) — One sniff of this and I was transported back to Hawaii — and I haven’t been there since my honeymoon over 20 years ago! Tiare and Ylang Ylang flowers are combined with a Vanilla base, and it is sweet, light and lovely.  Vacation in a bottle!  They also sell this scent in a body oil, but my teenage daughter took that for her dry legs, and I haven’t seen it since…

Yves Rocher Pearly Water

Yves Rocher Pearly Water ($10 1 oz) — Pearly and lightly scented skin all at once! Experience an immediate feeling of freshness with this slightly gelled, pearly water.  This can be used on the face and body. Its fine-textured, golden pearly particles subtly add shimmer to your complexion. Perfect for instantly enhancing your tan!

Yves Rocher Duo Kohl Pencil – Tropical

Duo Kohl Pencils ($6 USD) Highlight your eyes with these Duo Kohl Pencils, which combine two trendy colors. Each pair comes with one radiant iridescent color (Pink Gold or Camel) to enlarge and brighten your eyes and one intense, matt color (Purple or Tropical Khaki) to structure your eyes and give them depth. Mix and match the colors to create hot new looks!

I have the Tropical pencil that is Camel — a shimmery gold — on one end and Tropical Khaki — a dark blue-green on the other end.  I love this.  The camel is great for the corners of my eyes and lining the inner rims to create a wide-awake look.  The Tropical Khaki is gorgeous for enhincing the eyes and looks great with summer colors.

Yves Rocher Shimmering Bronzer

Yves Rocher Shimmering Bronzer ($10 USD) A tanned complexion for the summer! This shimmering bronzer is this summer’s must-have for a natural and radiant tan. Apply with a brush to enhance or intensify your bronzed complexion.  This is also a lovely highlighter for darker complexions!  So pretty!

Yves Rocher Lip Gloss – Sienna Red

Lip Gloss in Sienna Red ($5 USD) Luscious lips for the summer! Irresistible lips with this yummy-scented gloss. And the color?  I am not a fan of red for me, but this shimmery red is beautiful and would be great with a neutral or a smoky eye.  It also feels great on and is not sticky — AWESOME!

Visit to learn more and purchase.


Fresh New Makeup For Spring and Summer

It’s time to lighten and brighten up your makeup for the warmer months!  Some of the following products are new — and some just new to me — but all are lovely for the summer!

Essence Sun Club Bronzer

Essence Sun Club Bronzing Powder ($3.99 USD) — This is a gorgeous matte bronzer that can be used on face or body — it comes in a nice large compact. To apply, you can use the NEW essence powder brush ($3.49 shown above), and sweep the bronzing powder in blonde or brunette ($3.99) to the hollows of the cheek – making sure to follow through with your stroke and blend the matte color up to temples and slightly into the hairline. Also, don’t forget to brush a little on your forehead and down to the jawline.  I love me some contouring!  Also, I have the brunette and even though my skin tone is light, the color was not too dark.  If you need more color, layer.

Available at Ulta stores and

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Luminous Crème Blush

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Luminous Crème Blush ($27 USD) Give cheeks a burst of color and radiance with this cream-textured blush. The oil-free formula combines a shimmering glow with sheer, long-wearing color. Wear as a cheek color or highlighter, or layer with powder blushes for extra vibrancy.

For the Spring, there are two new shades:

Plum Satin — a rose-berry shade with a hint of shimmer.

Pink Cashmere — a lively, matte carnation pink.

I have the Plum Satin, and it is so gorgeous!  Easy to blend and a beautiful light shade on.

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IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain

Vitality Lip Flush Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain ($20 USD) takes the place of your lipstick, anti-aging conditioning lip balm, ultra-hydrating lip gloss, and your lip stain! This truly innovative formula contains Hydra-Luxe Technology including ingredients such as plum oil, cherry oil, shea butter, aloe, and jojoba that all work together to treat,  hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips. It minimizes the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles. Plus, this lip flush is packed with anti-oxidants including acai, green tea, white tea, and vitamins A, C, and E to fight free-radical attack.

I have tried this in Je Ne Sais Quois, a sheer pink flush shade that looks almost clear in the tube.  It feels so moisturizing on and leaves your lips a pretty pink for hours.  Finally — a moisturizing lip stain.

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If you are looking to splurge try, Ellis Faas Spring Gift Set ($85 USD). The set contains the Creamy Eyes E106, which is a lilac taupe – ideal to create a soft smokey eye. The lilac Light E304 can be used for amethyst-like sparkly highlights. And to complete our Spring Gift Set, Ellis chose the juicy, nude pink Milky Lips L207, which is a lovely combination with the eye products.

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