Fall Makeup Guide Part 2 — Complexion Perfection

Time to get your complexion ready for the fall and winter!  The following products well help you look flawless in the cold months ahead!

Get ready for a smooth ride with Napoleon Perdis renowned Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer ($39.00 USD). The lightweight and gentle formula is scientifically formulated to allow your foundation to automatically glide over the skin, creating a flawlessly smooth complexion. Helps makeup stay put longer.

What I think:  This is a light, but effective primer.  I apply this over moisturizer, under foundation and it does help my make up stay on all day!  Visit www.napoleonperdis.com to learn more and purchase.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer ($42.00 USD) The key to healthier, younger-looking skin? Hydration, as any studio artist will tell you. The latest addition to Smashbox’s legendary primer family immediately quenches skin and seals in moisture for hours after, thanks to Hydraplex, an extract derived from desert plants. Benefits are oil-free and lightweight, smoothes fine lines and pores, and extends makeup wear.

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation SPF 10 ($42.00 USD) Hot studio lights usually mean lots of complexion touch-ups-but not anymore! Stay picture-perfect for a full 15 hours with our breakthrough long-wearing formula, developed to withstand intense on-set conditions. Skin is hydrated and shine-free, while imperfections are blurred with light-diffusing spheres. Benefits are buildable medium-to-full coverage, water, sweat, humidity and transfer resistant, plus it is oil-free, and helps control oil.

What I Think: If you have dry skin, this combo will be perfect for you! The primer is extremely moisturizing.  It is oil-free which is perfect for all skin types, but it does feel a bit heavy on my skin.  I think it will work better for me in the winter, when my skin becomes drier.

The foundation, though, is fabulous!  It smooths the appearance of the skin, making my pores and fine lines less noticeable. I find that it really lasts all day long and looks flawless.  The shade I have is 2.3, and it is a bit darker than I usually wear, but I smoothed it onto my neck and chest and it looked so natural!   You can purchase at www.smashbox.com and www.sephora.com.

Pixi Flawless Beauty Fluid ($30.00) — Can you fake flawless? Actually, with this oil-free foundation from Pixi™, you can!  The lightweight, water-based formula creates an impeccable complexion.  Conceals imperfections while minimizes the appearance of pores and redness.  Provides sheer to medium coverage.  Vitamin E and B5 protects the skin.  Long-lasting matte finish.

What I think:  This is very light weight and it is matte — which I love.  I don’t need to add shine to my face! This lasts all day and is full coverage.  Visit www.target.com to purchase.

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint SPF15 (Available in the UK only, currently) — The perfect way to enhance your skin. Our rich and creamy, yet lightweight formula leaves all skin types looking naturally dewy, even and radiant. With mineral UV SPF15, it’s enriched with our own blend of natural source vitamin E, borage and avocado, specially selected to work in harmony with our skincare range.

What I think:  This is a dewy tinted moisturizer that is lightweight, but covers well.  I love the skincare benefits that I receive while wearing it. The release day for the United States in unclear, but when it becomes available, it is a good base for those who like light coverage!  Visit www.uk.lizearle.com.

Liz Earle Superskin Eye and Lip Treatment

Liz Earle Superskin Eye and Lip Treatment

As we age, our eyes and lips can really give our true age away if we do not take care of them. I make sure that I moisturize my eye and lip areas every morning and night. This keeps the skin soft, plump and minimizes wrinkles and fine lines.

The treatment I am using now is Liz Earle Superskin Eye and Lip Treatment ($50.00 USD).  Specially formulated for mature skin, this powerful serum contains naturally active ingredients which work hard to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Naturally active ingredients include organic pear seed extract, West African shea butter, cranberry, rosehip and borage seed oils to leave the delicate eye and lip contours looking and feeling plump, smooth, firm and rejuvenated.

What I think: This product is unscented, which is especially great for the lip area, where you do not want heavy scents. It is so hydrating without being greasy, and is very cooling and soothing on the eye. I have been using it for a few weeks and have noticed that my eye and lip are smoother and that lines and wrinkles hardly show at all! 

Visit www.us.lizearle.com to learn more and to purchase this fantastic treatment. Enjoy!

Give the Gift of Beautiful Skin This Holiday Season



Looking to give a little bit of luxury for the holiday season? Skincare for the face or body make fantastic gifts for ladies (or genetlemen) who love their skin. Try one of the following from the great skin care companies Liz Earle, Weleda and Juara, or visit their websites and choose a different gift. Enjoy!

Liz Earle Superskin Try-Me Kit ($47.50) — includes:

Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Superskin Moisturiser, Superskin Concentrate, and Superskin Eye & Lip Treatment.

Liz Earle creates natural skincare that is so good for your skin and leaves it glowing. This is especially good for aging skin, it will definately help your skin look younger!

Visit www.us.lizearle.com to learn more and to purchase this and many other holiday skincare kits from Liz Earle.

Another great Liz Earle gift is her new book, Skin Care Secrets: How to have Healthy Beautiful Skin Naturally ($24.95 USD Paperback, Firefly books). This give an age-to-age guide on beuatiful, natural skin. This is availaible at www.fireflybooks.com or bookstores everywhere.

Weleda Pomegranate Body Care Travel Kit ($9.99 USD) has everything that aging skin needs to be completely renewed, revitalized and protected. It’s a conveniently sized sampling of our Pomegranate Regenerating Body Care line to get you started turning back the clock on your skin’s natural beauty.

Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil 0.32 fl OZ (10ml)
Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream 0.3 fl OZ (10g)
Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash 0.72 OZ (20g)

Juara has a couple of beautiful tropical skin care sets that will take you away this holiday season they are:

The Beyond Paradise Holiday Set ($45.00 USD — a $53.00 value) — includes the Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel and Candlenut Hand & Body Balm.

The Escape to Bali Holiday Set ($28.oo USD — a $38.00 value) —  includes the Candlenut Perfume Oil and travel size Candlenut Hand & Body Balm together for $28 (a $38 value).

Visit www.juaraskincare.com to learn more and to purchase.

Father’s Day Grooming Gift Guide

Looking for grooming ideas for your dad or your man this Father’s Day? I have some good ones here that will make the men in your life look and smell their best!

Liz Earle New Men’s Travel Kit ($66.50 USD) – This five piece  kit is perfect for travel and trips to the gym to keep him clean and smooth. It arrives in a hanging wash bag, which is perfect for the shower! These products are fantastic, they clean the face and body and theirs a great moisturizer for after shaving. The kit contains:

  • Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 0.5 fl. oz
  • After-Shaving Moisturiser 1.6 fl. oz
  • Face & Body Wash 3.3 fl. oz
  • Face Scrub 1 fl. oz
  • 1 pure muslin cloth
  • Hanging wash bag (bag dimensions: 16cm x 23cm x 7cm)

You can purchase this kit and others at www.us.lizearle.com

Guys love trying new razors — getting the closest shave possible is key. The new Gillette Fusion ProGlide ($10.99 — $12.99) shaving system is a significant advancement in shaving  performance and comfort. It contains: Low Cutting Force Blades with thinner, finer blades and advanced low-resistance coating, enabling the blades to cut effortlessly through hair with less tug and pull; a Blade Stabilizer to maintain optimal blade spacing for comfort, while allowing the blades to adjust to the contours of a man’s face; a streamlined Snowplow Comfort Guard which channels excess shave, prep to help maintain optimal blade contact, stretching the skin for a close, comfortable shave; an Enhanced Lubrastrip™ larger than before, infused with mineral oil and lubricating polymers, enabling the razor to move smoothly over skin even on repeat strokes and An improved Precision Trimmer, including an enhanced blade, a comb guard to better align long hairs and new rinse-through slots. 

Gillette Fusion ProGlide is available in both Power and Manual. Learn more at www.gillette.com

Jack Black All Over Wash for Face, Hair, and Body with Wheat Protein and Panthenol ($14.00 for 6 oz, $8.50 for 3 oz). This is one of many great Jack Black products for face, body and hair, including great travel kits. This is the ultimate guy product–one product that does the job of three. Mild cleansers are pH balanced and gentle enough for face, hair and body. They work to get the rid of dirt and sweat without stripping skin and hair of essential moisture that keeps them looking healthy. Provides loads of thick, rich lather while special botanicals give a fresh scent without being too fragranced or heavy. This wash is paraben-free, sulfate-free, vegan and contains certified organic ingredients. It contains:

  • Panthenol to condition and moisturize skin.
  • Wheat Protein to strengthen hair.
  • Certified Organic Olive Fruit Extract acts as an antioxidant
  • Certified Organic Sea Kelp Extract normalizes the skin’s moisture content.
  • Visit www.getjackblack.com to learn more and to purchase.

    Looking for a New Fragrance? Try Botanical Essence No. 1 by Liz Earle

    Liz Earle Botanical Essence No. 1


    Ever tried a natural fragrance before? I haven’t. But I have tried Liz Earle botanical skincare and it is wonderful. So I was excited to try their Botanical Essence No. 1 ($78.00 USD for 50ml/1.6fl.oz), which is made up of over 98% directly derived from natural ingredients including high-altitude lavender from France, damask rose from Turkey, Italian bergamot and spicy patchouli from Indonesia.   

    The creator of the fragrance, Jean Charles Niel, took 3 years to finish it. He states, “This creative process gave me the time and the opportunity to craft a fragrance working with the highest quality ingredients.  Using the Instant Boost Skin Tonic as a starting point, I looked into the glamour of the brand and Liz’s image to create a vibrant sparkling floral with a beautiful rose at its heart translating into warmth and sensuality for the dry down.”      

    The notes are:  

    Top notes: bergamot, mandarin, orange bigarad, lemon, and Cardamom   

    Middle notes: rose absolute, lavender,  geranium, coriander and nutmeg   

    Base notes: cedarwood, vetiver, tonka bean and patchouli    

    What I think: This fragrance is so complex, it took a few days for me to decide what I was smelling! The fruity notes battle with the spicy notes for dominance, but the spices win out. It is very deep and sexy, and if that is the type of fragrance you love, this is for you. It is a little strong for me, but I love the natural ingredients involved.      

    Learn more about this fragrance at www.us.lizearle.com. Enjoy!  


    Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare

    Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare was founded in 1995, by Liz Earle and Kim Buckland. They create products that work on every skin type by harnessing the potent powers of the finest quality natural ingredients. They do not test on animals and they use organic ingredients whenever possible.

    Two of the products that I absolutely love from this line are the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and the Instant Boost Skin Tonic.

    The Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser ($24.50 USD 3.3 oz and two muslin cloths) is a rather unique cleanser. It contains beeswax, chamomile essential oil/extract, cocoa butter, eucalyptus essential oil, glycerin, hops extract, panthenol, and rosemary essential oil/extract. To apply, you smooth the thick cream on dry skin, then take one of the muslin cloths that come with it and soak it in hot water. Ring the cloth out and wipe off the cleanser, then splash on cold water. This feels like a spa treatment. The eucalyptus mixes with the hot water giving off an invigorating aroma. After this treatment, my skin looks so fresh and glows.

    I like to follow this with the Instant Boost Skin Tonic ($21.00 USD 6.7 oz) is a lovely scented toner. The ingredients include aloe vera juice, calendula extract, chamomile essential oil/extract, cucumber extract, glycerin, hops extract, panthenol, and vitamin E. I apply this with a cotton pad all over my face, neck, and chest. It tightens and moisturizes skin in one step.

    Visit the website at us.lizearle.com to learn more and to purchase these products.