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.

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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!

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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!

My Beauty Favorites Week of July 20-July 26, 2015

This week has been crazy!  Both my husband and my eldest daughter had their birthdays, so I have been very busy. Plus, it’s been extremely hot!  It’s nice to have a beauty break!

This week, I am loving a beautiful blush palette,  super-cute beauty bags, yummy-scented bath products and a pro hair straightener.

Mehron CHEEK Cream & CHEEK Powder 8-Color Palette
Mehron CHEEK Cream & CHEEK Powder 8-Color Palette

Mehron CHEEK Cream & CHEEK Powder 8-Color Palette ($40 USD) — Two beauty industry innovators, Mehron and The Makeup Show (TMS) have teamed up to celebrate TMS’s 10 year anniversary this Spring. To commemorate the show’s decade long commitment to Pro artistry, education and community, Mehron is launching a new, Limited Edition CHEEK Cream/Powder Palette. The stunning shade selection, brimming with bold, wearable seasonal shades, is a collaboration of color picks from The Makeup Show’s Director of Artistry, James Vincent, and Mehron’s Marketing Director, Stephanie Koutikas. The compact features both powder and cream formulations to provide endless possibilities for on-trend color and contouring with Mehron’s signature colors and lasting wear. The palette’s ergonomic, earth-friendly packaging makes it easy to transport and features:

CHEEK Cream shades: Tawny Pink, Bronze, Pink Coral and Red Rose
CHEEK Powder shades: Rosewood, Wineberry, Just Peachy and Bold Red

What I think: This is a gorgeous palette!  It is so versatile — there are colors for all seasons and all looks.  Dab on a little cream or powder or layer the textures and shades for a bold look!  There is a lot of product in the palette, so it will last!

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LONDON SOHO NEW YORK Disney Mulan Cosmetic Bag
LONDON SOHO NEW YORK Disney Mulan Cosmetic Bag

LONDON SOHO NEW YORK — (Mulan Bag $9.99 USD) — teams up with Walgreens to offer another dreamy Disney collection of cosmetic bags – this time featuring Ariel, Mulan and Pocahontas. Available exclusively at Walgreens, the Dare to Dream collection contains six new cosmetic bags that will keep you styled like a Disney Princess on your next adventure!

This imaginative line including a weekender, organizer, clutch and round top purse kit is inspired by the ambitious spirits of these inspiring leading ladies. Known for durable, long-lasting and on-trend cosmetic bags, this latest collection blends these courageous characters and functional design to dare you to dream like a Disney Princess.

What I think: These bags are gorgeous!  They look like watercolors and they are dreamy and fun.  Ladies and Girls of all ages will love these!  I gave the Mulan bag above to my daughter for her 20th birthday today and she loved it!

Available at Walgreens stores and


Whish is excited to announce the launch of its exclusive Soda Fountain Collection to celebrate the 2015 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. With the flavors Black Cherry, Ginger Melon, Key Lime and Orange Cream, these delicious products will leave you wishing you were sipping on a glass of good ‘ol fashioned soda pop at the local ice cream parlor!

Lather up with Whish’s bubbly Bath & Body Gel ($15) and moisturize with super-hydrating Body Butter ($12) for a fresh scent of vintage soda fountain flavors and silky smooth skin all day long!

What I think:  I have tested the Orange Cream and Key Lime body butters. The orange cream is sweeter and smells just like a creamsicle!  The Key Lime is more refreshing and is perfect for the summer.  The formulation of the body butter is moisturizing without being heavy or greasy!

The Whish Soda Fountain Collection is available in 16 ounce pump bottles from July 17th – August 2nd exclusively at Nordstrom stores nationwide and

ISO Professional Super Spectrum Diamond
ISO Professional Super Spectrum Diamond

ISO Professional Super Spectrum Diamond ($189 USD) — – 100% Solid Ceramic plates to Achieve Any Style You Want. 1 1/4″ Floating Plates.  ON/OFF Switch. Infrared Technology, Preserving Moisture and Protecting Hair from Heat Damage. 110 – 240V, 50/60Hz. PTC Heater for Safer Operation. Adjustable temperature Control 180-450° F 120W. 8′ Swivel Cord.

What I think: This is an excellent straightening iron!  It heats up very quickly.  I love how it straightens quickly and gives a ton of shine in one pass through my hair.  I can style my hair so fast with this iron!

ISO Beauty’s partner site Proliss is having a great upgrade deal.  You can trade in your current straightening iron for a a brand new flat-iron and 120ml bottle of argan oil for $39 ($119 value)!

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The iron I was sent for review is available at

Have you tried any of these great new products?  What are you loving this week?  Leave a message and let me know!

Spring Beauty Products For a Fresh New Look


Since it’s officially spring, have you changed your makeup look at all?  I have been trying lots of new products for a healthy, shimmery and colorful spring look.

Below are some of my favorite new makeup items and tools to create the perfect warm-weather look:

VITA LIBERATA Trystal Minerals
VITA LIBERATA Trystal Minerals

VITA LIBERATA Trystal Minerals ($45 USD) — This revolutionary self-tanner offers pure mineral coverage, instant bronzing, and a lasting tan. The natural bronzed effect suits all skintones and can be used to contour or provide all over glow. The tan deepens over a four-to-eight hour period and lasts up to five days.

What I think: This is so cool!  It is a combination tanner and bronzer, so I put it on in the morning to tan my face and it stays on for days.  It is also fun to use as a contour and stays even after I take my makeup off!  A little goes a long way. A perfect Spring/Summer multi-tasker.

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jane iredale’s Spring 2015 collection, Country Weekend
jane iredale’s Spring 2015 collection, Country Weekend

jane iredale’s Spring 2015 collection Country Weekend — a relaxed, alluring collection inspired by the landscapes and experience of a peaceful country getaway. Featuring a self-adjusting peach stain for cheeks and lips, a metallic espresso eyeliner and eye shadow shades of pearl, pink, copper, sparkling charcoal and pale green. Like all jane iredale products, this collection uses only pure, clean ingredients that improve the health of the skin. The products are:

Getaway Eye Shadow Kit ($58 USD) — Inspired by fresh air and starry nights, this versatile palette features 5 wearable shades ranging from soft to dramatic, all set in a lightweight compact.
Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Espresso ($28 USD) — Soft and creamy; glides on smoothly for a defined or smudgeable line, then sets to stay just where you want it. This gel eyeliner is highly pigmented and provides inky, saturated color. Water resistant and long-lasting.
Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in Forever Peach ($25 USD) — Multipurpose lip and cheek stain uses all natural ingredients to enhance your natural coloring. Non-drying, long-lasting, all natural stain adjusts to your own chemistry for an irresistible peach shade that will flatter your skin’s undertone.
What I think: The eye shadow palette is gorgeous! Beautiful shimmery shadows can go from day to night!  And I really love the lip and cheek stain, it is a really soft color but very long lasting. I haven’t tried the gel eyeliner, but I am always looking for a rich, dark brown liner and this looks perfect!


Xtreme Lashes GlideLiner Long Lasting Eye Pencils
Xtreme Lashes GlideLiner Long Lasting Eye Pencils

Xtreme Lashes GlideLiner Long Lasting Eye Pencils ($29 USD) — The silky-smooth gel formula glides on gently and easily, allowing you to achieve an ultra pigmented, precise, and perfectly defined eye. Available in 12 gorgeous colors.

What I think: This are fabulous!  They combine the ease of a pencil with the smoothness of gel liner pots.  And they are so well-pigmented and richly colored.  Glide them on and they stay all day!

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Physicians Formula’s Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara
Physicians Formula’s Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara
Physicians Formula’s Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara ($9.95 USD) — Achieve fluttery, look-at-me-lashes with a truly outstanding “green” mascara. Made with 100% natural origin ingredients, this mascara features volumizing technology to dramatically maximize and intensify lash volume for a natural eye-opening effect.   
What I think: This comes with a very large brush that takes a bit to get used to, but when you do, it will give thick and very long lashes! I also love that the ingredients are natural.
Purchase at fine drugstores and mass-market nationwide.

It’s always fun to try new make-up tools!  I love trying new brands and types of brushes.  The tools below are from London SOHO New York. They bring the royal treatment to Walgreens with their new line of makeup brushes and sponges featuring 5 classic Disney princess characters: Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White. This Disney Princess collection for women includes face brushes, eye brushes, and beauty sponges with charm and style, fit for any princess. The two sets I’ve tried are:

Belle Enchanted Eyes Brush Set 2-Piece ($12.99 USD) Medium Fluff Brush – Short round shape creates depth and detail. Large Fluff Brush – Soft, fluffy bristles allow shadow to glide across eyelids with ease. Flat Angled Liner Brush– Angled shape creates flawless lines and can be used with powder, gel or cream liner.

Aurora Fairy Sponges 3-Piece ($12.99 USD) Blue Fairy Sponge – Egg shaped dome gradually builds coverage where needed. Green Fairy Sponge – Wide base covers large areas such as the cheekbone, forehead and neck. Pink Fairy Sponge – Pointed tip is perfect for under eyes and in corners.

What I think: Both of these sets are a fun and affordable way to apply makeup.  The sponges have a foam/rubber texture, but they apply primer, foundation, cream blushes and bronzers really well.  The eye brushes are soft and fluffy, plus they pick up pigment well.  And the yellow rose handles are so pretty!

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