anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

2018 Annual Beauty Favorites

Happy New Year!  I am so excited to get 2019 started.

I haven’t done a monthly favorites since October — the end of the year has been so crazy!  But I want to look back on a few of my favorites for 2018. I’ve chosen my favorite makeup in each category I use — and a skincare favorite or two.

Even though I am just picking one (or so) from each category, I needed two photos to capture my faves.  And I am going in order of application:

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The two skincare products I’ve chosen are the Derma E Firming DMAE Cleanser and the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.  I featured the Derma E Cleanser in my most recent Project Pan.  I was proud that I panned it, but I’m also sad that I’m all out!  It really cleanses the skin without drying it out.  And it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I just started using the Elemis cream.  It is so beautiful!  I started out using it morning and night, but I’m almost out, so I only use it in the morning.  It’s so nice under makeup.  It’s smooths and hydrates my skin and my makeup applies smoother.

I then like to spritz some Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water. I discovered it this year and really like using it before pore filling primer.  My favorite has been the Cover FX Blurring Primer.  I’m almost out of it, but I love how well it fills in my pores.  I received it in BoxyCharm and am very impressed bye it. I want to try more primers from Cover FX this year.  I next like to apply BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector before I apply foundation and concealer.  It instantly makes my dark circles look lighter.

My favorite foundation this year is the Physician’s Formula The Healthy Foundation. I have it in the shade LC1. It’s a bit light for me, except for this time of year.  I will probably purchase it in a darker shade for the spring and summer.  It has a natural medium coverage finish which is exactly what I like in a foundation. I have used up a Flower Beauty Light Illusion Concealer and am working on a second one now that I found in my drawer.  I think the first one I used was in Fair and this one is in Light, but they are both so beautiful on.  It’s full coverage but looks very natural. I just panned the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder in 10 Fair Light.  I have been using it for most of 2018. It sets the face so nicely and gives a hint of color.

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After I apply my foundation and powder, I bronze with the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer.  I purchased this in the spring and have been using it all year! It applies smoothly and blends out so well.  And the smell is divine! The Natasha Denona Super Glow Highlighter in #1 Fair is one of my favorites of the year.  I purchased this when I was trying to buy the Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter earlier in the year, but it was sold out.  (I have recently purchased it and will be reviewing it soon). The Natasha highlighter is very blinding, but can be toned down with a little powder.

Speaking of Anastasia, I purchased a Blush Trio in Peachy Love earlier this year at an Ulta sale. I love mixing the first and third color to brighten up my light skin.  I also love the bareMinerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in On the Mauve for cooler toned looks. To finish off face products, I want to mention the Urban Decay setting sprays, especially the Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray.  I used it up this fall and don’t have the bottle, but it was my summer setting spray.  It feels so nice on and  my makeup lasts all day.

For eye shadow this year, my favorite is the Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette.  I love the quality and the variety of colors. My honorable mention is one I just received in my BoxyLuxe, the Violet Voss Holy Grail PRO Eyeshadow Palette.  I don’t know when this was released, but it’s new to me! I still need to review it, but spoiler alert, it’s gorgeous!

I have short, sparse lashes so although mascara helps, my lashes never looked amazing until I started using the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer under my mascara.  I received a small sample in an Ulta order in Spring and I purchased a full size.  I think it’s time to get another one, because I don’t want to be without!  The Buxom Lash Mascara works perfectly over it and my lashes look long and lush, almost like I’m wearing falsies!

Although my lashes are sparse, my brows are dark and full.  As I age, they are finally thinning out and I have started to fill them in.  I received the L.A. Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil as a free gift the same time I received the L’Oreal lash primer.  The words have rubbed off, so I’m not even sure what the shade is.  I think it’s Blackest Brown.  Whatever it is, it’s perfect for me!  It’s very thin and easy to draw on brow hairs.  And it has a nice spooly on the end.  I’ts only $5.99 so I will be purchasing  new one once I run out.

And lastly is lips.  I am sooooo glad that gloss made a comeback this year!  Light rosy and nude glosses are my favorites.  I love a lot — Buxom, Lorac, Dose of Colors — but my favorite is the Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow.  It’s a beautiful nude-rose shade and is really hydrating, not sticky at all.  My favorite lipstick is the Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes in Nothing But The Truth.  I also love The Truth and The Whole Truth.  These are the original three in the collection, but there are now 6 more nude shades and I want them!  These lipsticks are creamy and hydrating on.  So nice if you like nude lipsticks!

Whew!  That was a long post!  What did you love this year?  Any winners I should check out?

 

 

 

 

 

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Beauty, cosmetics

Gorgeous Lippies for National Lipstick Day on July 29, 2018!

Today is National Lipstick Day! It’s time to wear your favorite lip product — or maybe buy a new one!

I thought I would spotlight some of my fave lip products. Need some ideas? Lipstick-Method-In-The-Madness-Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Method In The Madness Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Method In The Madness Lipstick ($25, on sale today for $17.50) Lipstick Queen invites you to experience the magical chaos of Method In The Madness as swirls of ultra-luxe creamy hues combine into one bold lip color of its own.

Featuring several uniquely stunning shades, this rich and hydrating formula is infused with vitamin E leaving lips soft and supple to the touch.

The entire Lipstick Queen brand is on sale today for 30% off at Ulta.  Also check out another fave, the Nothing But the Nudes collection each shade is $16.80 today!

 

Rimmel London has amazing lip products!

Lasting Finish Lipstick ($4.99) — Intense long lasting color for up to 8 hours wear.  +25% color impact, smooth creamy texture and all day comfort

Stay Glossy ($3.99) –These are high shine lip gloss.  Gorgeous alone or over a lipstick.

Stay Satin Liquid Lipstick ($4.99) — A new vivid satin liquid lip color with superior color payoff! High-intensity color that delivers a bold satin finish in one stroke,lasts up to 8 hours and is comfortable on the lips. Available in 14 bold shades

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Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

Maybelline has some of the best lipsticks out there!  The SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick is a hit and is on sale today at Ulta!

This liquid lipstick features a unique arrow applicator for precise application and is available in a range of super saturated shades. It features a flawless matte finish, highly-pigmented color and is a long-lasting, saturated matte.

Select Maybelline lip products are on sale today for 30% off at Ulta.

WUNDER2 WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER
WUNDER2 WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER

Define your glossy lip look with our ‘first of its kind’ WUNDER2 WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER ($11.95) to be used specifically with your favorite lip gloss! Use our unique glossy formula on the outside of the lips to create a beautiful, long-lasting lip contour that keeps your lip gloss in place. Available in 3 shades to perfectly complement the WUNDERKISSLip Plumping Glosses, create the most precise & perfect pout with gloss-rich lips.

What are your favorite lip products?  And what are you wearing today for National Lipstick Day?

 

 

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, Beauty Tools, cosmetics, Skincare

April 2018 Beauty Favorites

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It’s almost May!  This is going to be a busy month for my family. Besides Mother’s Day, we are still in lacrosse season for my youngest daughter and my middle daughter is graduating from high school!

I tried a lot of great new makeup in April.  Above our my favorites, and below you can see the shades:

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I purchased the Too Faced Life’s A Festival Eye Shadow Palette and the Better Than Sex Mascara during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale.  The palette was not on sale (but I really wanted it), but the mascara was.  I love them both!  I still have to do a review of the palette.  I’m hoping to post that this weekend.

The gorgeous nude lipsticks are the Lipstick  Queen Nothing But the Nudes Collection.  They are The Truth, a pink nude, The Whole Truth, a peach nude.  There is also Nothing But the Truth, a beige nude.  It’s a bit darker, so I’m saving it for the summer when I faux tan.  These are creamy and so gorgeous on!

The last makeup items is from the ColourPop x Eva Gutowski collab.  It’s the Mermaid Glow Pressed Powder Face Duo.  The shades are:

Golden Hour: matte blush; neutral peach
Ethereal: pearlized highlighter; soft golden champagne

I would think this would be better for a bit darker tones than my light-toned skin But it looks so pretty on.  I love the blush and the highlighter is a soft color that can be built up to blind!

The Merle Norman Skintelligent Cleanser is exfoliating.  It has little beads in it that give a vigorous scrub! It instantly makes my pores look smaller.

The last thing is my Real Techniques Brush Crush 300 Powder Brush.  I’ve had this for a few months and love it so much.  Its so pretty and soft.  It makes me happy just to use it.

What products were your faves this month?

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is a couple of weeks away.  I always give my mom the gift of beauty. I love sharing my favorite products and ones I think she will love.

Below are wonderful skincare, makeup and other beauty ideas for the lovely ladies in your life:

Pamper your Mom this year by giving her the gift of radiance with the Eve Lom Radiance Range:

Purchase at Sephora stores and Sephora.com

Give the gift of flawless skin like Cindy Crawford with her amazing skincare line, Meaningful Beauty:

These are available at Ulta stores and Ulta.com

EO Ageless Skin Care Collection
EO Ageless Skin Care Collection

EO Ageless Skin Care Collection ($124.99 USD. or you can purchase each item separately) — Complex in formulation, simple in use. Based on the essential principles of synergy, performance and simplicity, the EO Ageless Skin Care Collection brings over eighty of the Earth’s most powerful botanical extracts into one simple daily regimen. Over twenty years of expertise culminates in a collection of skin care essentials that will transform the way you see yourself.

Enjoy 3.3 oz. cleansing milk, 2 oz. face moisturizer, 1 oz day face oil, 1.5 oz. scrub, and 1 oz. night face serum.

Availability: www.eoproducts.com

The perfect nude lip lies within the Nothing But The Nudes collection by Lipstick Queen.  I love these and think these would be great gifts for the lady who likes classic or natural looks/  Here are the shades:

  • The Truth — Pretty pink nude
  • The Whole Truth — Perfect peachy nude
  • Nothing But The Truth — Beautiful beige nude

Purchase at Ulta stores and Ulta.com

Daily Concepts DAILY HAIR TOWEL WRAP
Daily Concepts Daily Hair Towel Wrap

Daily Concepts Daily Hair Towel Wrap ($18 USD) — This hair towel wrap is great for any length hair. With the soft cotton material, it makes getting ready after your shower super easy and pain free without having the hassle of a heavy towel on top of your head. The super soft cotton fabric also allows for quicker hair dry time giving your hair less time under the use of a hot blow dryer.

Purchase at dailyconcepts.com

 

Everyone Pure Essential Oils Kit with Ultrasonic Diffuser
Everyone Pure Essential Oils Kit with Ultrasonic Diffuser

Everyone Pure Essential Oils Kit with Ultrasonic Diffuser ($64.99 USD) — The Everyone Aromatherapy Kit is the perfect gift for aromatherapy first-timers and experts alike! Included in this set is an Everyone Aromatherapy Ultrasonic Diffuser, 2 single note essential oils: PeppermintLavender, and 4 blends: UpliftBalanceFocus, and Fresh.

$64.99 Availability: www.eoproducts.com

 Do you give beauty gifts for Mother’s Day?

Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

Skincare and Makeup for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow! I’m going to spend the day at an anime convention (thanks teenage daughter).  However, I am not dressing up, I will be putting on my best green and gold makeup instead!

Here are some great choices for St. Patrick’s Day:

Maybelline New York City Mini Palette
Maybelline New York City Mini Palette

Maybelline New York City Mini Palette ($9.99 — in Urban Jungle. This is a cute little palette with stunning color payoff! Urban Jungle exudes a confidence and fierceness in gorgeous green hues, brown and gold to get that hot “pot-of-gold” look.

Purchase at Ulta and other great stores!

Emerald Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner
Emerald Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner

jane iredale Emerald Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner ($24 USD) — A beautiful emerald green version for dramatic smoke with all-day staying power. This is a part of jane irdale’s new spring 2018 collection that I will be reviewing soon!

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Collection ($25 each) — This lipstick looks green, but once it touches the lips, the sheer green pigments transform into a flattering rosebud that is unique to your individual coloring. Frog Prince also comes in the form of a lip gloss and a cream blush. Both contain the same transforming formula that adjusts to match your pH!

Purchase at Ulta stores and lipstickqueen.com

Lip Studio Lip Python Metallic Lip Kit
Lip Studio Lip Python Metallic Lip Kit

Maybelline Lip Studio Lip Python Metallic Lip Kit ($9.99 USD) — Here’s a green lipstick! With this all-in-one compact, you can easily create a daring lip look and unleash your inner makeup artist! Snakebite is a deep forest green lip color with a yellow gold lipshadow.

Purchase and other great stores!

 

Botanics 100% Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz ($10.99 USD) – I have been using this spray twice a day since I received it!  It smells like fresh roses and feels amazing on! It claims to purify the skin, leaving it feeling revitalized and prepped for makeup.  I find that it also helps remove any traces of my makeup at night, too!

Botanics Organic Super Balm ($17.99 USD)– This soothing balm, which melts into the skin, hydrating areas of dry skin. Rich in organic Rosehip that contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, nourishing fruit seeds and moisturizing shea butter. Botanics Organic Super Balm can be used on the lips, hands, elbows or anywhere!

Available at Ulta stores and Ulta.com

Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum
Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum

Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum– ($46 USD) — This soothing serum is designed to calm skin irritation with an Asian herbal plant, tiger grass, that is known to aid in skin recovery. It leaves overly sensitive or red skin looking and feeling more comfortable.

Purchase at Sephora

What St. Patrick’s Day products are you going to be wearing tomorrow?

 

 

 

Beauty, Black Friday, cosmetics, Cyber Monday, Holiday Makeup Sets

Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2017 Makeup Deals!

It’s almost her, Black Friday (and Cyber Monday)!  There are so many great deals going on now, and even better deals coming!

Here are some of my makeup picks for Black Friday/Cyber Monday:

Buxom Cosmetics

Black Friday/Cyber Monday —  Shown are some of the great sets they have available.

Date: November 24th – November 27th

Deal: Use code BFCM25 for 25% off + free shipping on www.BuxomCosmetics.com

 

Milk Makeup

Back Friday 11/24 — Liquid Strobe 3 for $30 (each is MSRP $24)

Cyber Monday 11/27 — $10 OFF ALL KITS

In addition, they will be running stellar deals every single day until midnight starting Tuesday, 11/21 through Tuesday, 11/28. Customers can check back at MilkMakeup.com or sign up for our emails to be the first to know about each awesome deal. And the deals are juicy – one day is $50 off their hairdryer!

JINsoon

Black Friday – 30% off entire order with code: FR130

Cyber Monday – Receive free bottle of JINsoon Soiree with any $32 purchase

PLUS free shipping on all online orders for the first week of December. Use your free shipping on the discounted box sets.

Antonym Cosmetics

ANTONYM: Starting Friday November 24th to Monday November 27th midnight you will receive 30% off any Antonym products and FREE shipping

https://www.antonymcosmetics.com

Sassy Lips Make The Moment Collection

SASSY LIPS: Starting Friday November 24th to Tuesday November 28th when you buy 2 Make the Moment Flower Lipsticks you will receive 2 FREE matte Keep em Guessing Lipsticks and FREE shipping.

http://www.sassylips.us

NARS Give & Take Event on narscosmetics.com beings next week! Please see below for all details:

  • Event info: All online purchases site-wide on narscosmetics.com will be 20% off*
  • Exclusivity: Narscosmetics.com features several items that are unavailable at any other retailer, including exclusive shades of Powermatte Lip Pigment, Audacious Lipstick, and cult favorite 413 BLKR collection. You can find images of  narscosmetics.com exclusives here.
  • Fun fact: This is the only time of year narscosmetics.com offers any discounts site-wide!
  • Event start date: November 23rd at 12:00AM EST
  • Event end date: November 28th at 11:59 PM EST

Lipstick Queen Cyber Monday deal.  As you binge on all the holiday deals and leftover turkey, make sure to check out Ulta.com for some great discounts on your fave beauty brands like Lipstick Queen! Receive this adorable makeup pouch and mini nude lip liner when you spend $30 or more on Lipstick Queen product.

 

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Beauty Gift Sets

It’s time!  This is my first gift guide of the season! I have some great gift ideas to share for the person in your life who loves beauty and skincare.  I’ll have more gift guides to come, too!

This post is a collection of skincare and makeup sets that I think would make amazing gifts for the beauty lover:

Dr. Jart+Magical Skin Potions  ($52 USD) — A set of five bestselling lotions, potions, and skin wonders to deliver the gift of clear and radiant skin this holiday season. This set contains:
– 0.84 oz/ 25 mL Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 in 01 Light-Medium
– 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Dermaclear Micro Water
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum
– 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Dr. Jart+ Tarot of Masks ($36 USD) —   The perfect collection of face savers, this set of seven of Dr. Jart+’s most popular sheet masks treats multiple skin concerns, so you won’t be left guessing. It makes the perfect stocking stuffer for a loved one—or a holiday treat for yourself! This set contains:
– 0.8 oz/ 25 g Water Replenishment Mask
– 1.1 oz/ 30 g Micro Jet Brightening Solution Mask
– 0.8 oz/ 25 g Pore Minimalist Mask
– 0.8 oz/ 25 g Pore Master Patch Mask
– 1 oz/ 27 g Micro Jet Clearing Solution Mask
– 0.9 oz/ 25 g Ceramidin Mask
– 1.5 oz/ 43 g Hydration Lover Rubber Mask

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

Lipstick Queen Sugar Spice and All Things Nice Trio ($45 USD) — Instantly multiply your lipstick wardrobe with three amazing shades that can be worn alone or paired with any Lipstick Queen Lip hue in Sugar Spice & All Things Nice Trio. Illuminating Ice Queen adds an icy cool look to highlight your lips while glistening Queen Bee is a honey toned nourishing treatment that adds a sun kissed, bronzing effect. Sultry Black Lace Rabbit has a touch of gold shimmer, for a lit-from-within, mysterious, candlelight glow that deepens any shade and creates a smokey veil on the lips. These transformers are enriched with vitamin E and shea butter, leaving lips super-hydrated, soft and sleek. Sugar & Spice kit creates infinite possibilities for a glamourous look with an alluring new twist!

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Duo ($35 USD) — Bring a little fairytale magic to your makeup with Lipstick Queen’s bestselling Frog Prince Lip & Cheek Duo. The remarkable emerald green lipstick & blush duo work with your skin’s pH to transform into your unique shade of rosebud pink. Moisturizing and mesmerizing, these luscious formulas are enriched with vitamin E and shea butter, giving you a petal-soft texture and a translucent finish to both your lip and cheek.

Lipstick Queen Famous Last Words Liquid Matte Lipstick In Cheers ($24 USD) — The last word on liquid matte, Lipstick Queen’s Limited Edition Metallic Famous Last Words Liquid Matte Lipstick in Cheers is a lightweight, highly pigmented formula that glides on smooth and sets to a luxurious, hydrating velvet matte finish. Created with Lipstick Queen’s unique Elastic Matte complex and enriched with vitamin E, Cheers, is the perfect metallic berry that doesn’t dry out your lips. Comfortable yet glimmering, this holiday shade won’t have you sacrificing soft lips for staying power.

Purchase at Ulta and other fine beauty stores

Eve Lom Limited Edition Kiss Mix Cracker

Eve Lom Limited Edition Kiss Mix Cracker ($35 USD) — Keep your lips soft and kissable all winter long with Kiss Mix Original and Kiss Mix Demure. These lip treatments are luxurious, moisturizing, and protective. It will instantly relieve and soften lips, leaving an irresistible pearlized sheen and a cooling sensation.

Available at http://www.neimanmarcus.com

Rodial Hydrate & Freeze Kit ($45) – Contains Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask and Snake Mask to visibly improve skin radiance and texture.

Rodial XXL Lash & Lip Kit ($42) – Contains Dragon’s Blood XXL Lip Plumper and Glamolash XXL Mascara to provide amplified volume for both lips and eyes.

Plus more great kits available!  Purchase at fine department stores.

Philosophy star light, glow bright set ($59 USD) — Skincare set that includes:
2oz/60ml renewed hope in a jar day
1oz/30ml renewed hope in a jar overnight
0.25 oz/7 ml renewed hope in a jar eye cream

Philosophy holiday pajamas shower gel ($18 USD 16 oz) — includes a mix of cotton flower, red velvet accord, sandalwood, and creamy musks.

Philosophy renewed hope in a jar ornament ($16 USD .5 oz) — philosophy’s world-famous moisturizer. This antioxidant-rich formula helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, revealing smoother, healthier-looking skin.

Philosophy snow angel set ($27 USD) — Bath set includes:
8oz/240ml snow angel shower gel
8oz/240ml snow angel body lotion

Available at http://www.philosophy.com

Stay tuned for more fun gift guides!

 

 

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