My Beauty Faves Week of February 16-22, 2015

I have been watching the Oscars, and all of the ladies look gorgeous! It is important to choose great skincare, makeup, nail care and fragrances to pull of glam – and everyday – looks.

This week I am loving a fab skincare and foundation set, skincare for my nails and a fresh fragrance:

Glossier Phase 1 Set
Glossier Phase 1 Set

Glossier Phase 1 Set ($80 USD) — Glossier is resetting the beauty game, starting with the most important thing: a perfectly primed canvas. This is skincare as makeup—a mist, moisturizer, balm, and tint, designed to work together to perfect (not conceal!) skin while requiring minimal effort on your end. All you need are your fingertips.

Products included from left to right in photo (and my opinion of them) are:

Perfecting Skin Tint: This light foundation evens out discoloration and leaves your face looking toned, smooth, and dewy. The breathable, ultra thin formula auto-fits to skin, making application as simple as throwing on moisturizer. It is very sheer, like a liquid, but you can build it to a medium coverage.  I like it, but it is a bit sheer for me (I need my coverage).  I think it is perfect for those who want to showcase their good skin.  Comes in three shades.

Balm Dotcom: A hydrating, long-lasting, do-everything skin salve that’s packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish and repair dry, irritated skin. The dense, waxy texture stays in place to seal in moisture wherever it goes. I like to use this on my cuticles and as a lip and face balm when it is very cold out.

Soothing Face Mist: This spritz is made with roses and aloe to hydrate, soothe, and leave you feeling fresh and awake, prepping your skin for the Priming Moisturizer. Also excellent as a makeup refresher and midday pick-me-up.  I love the sweet, floral scent and how refreshing it is.  I loving using this facial spray before my moisturizer as it hydrates my skin.

Priming Moisturizer: This moisturizes, creates an even texture and helps with redness. This comforting cream allows you to layer and build up to the perfect amount of moisture depending on climate, season, or how your skin’s feeling on any given day. I like how moisturizing this is.  It is more of a moisturizer than a primer, but it does help even out skin, getting it ready for foundation.

Available at http://www.glossier.com

 

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Nail Strengthener Duo
Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Nail Strengthener Duo

Dermelect LAUNCHPAD Nail Strengthener ($18 USD) — This -aging nail treatment that is the first to utilize protein-peptide technology to hydrate and strengthen nails.Similar to multi-peptide technology for the treatment of aging skin, the breakthrough ingredient provides a unique delivery system of protein peptides directly to the nail bed to encourage stubborn nails to grow while improving their strength. The unique multi-peptide, derived from New Zealand wool, delivers keratin protein to the nails increasing the integrity and cohesion to the nail plate resulting in natural flexibility and increased moisture. Furthermore its antioxidant behavior allows it to actively remove harmful free radicals most commonly associated with nail damage. The fast-drying formula provides a soft shine for natural nails and a protecting base coat under polish.

The ‘green’ formula is DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde free. Patented Formula.

Dermelect REJUVENAIL Fortifying Nail & Cuticle Treatment ($18 USD) — Unlock your potential to successfully grow your own natural nails longer, stronger, and healthier. Dermelect Rejuvenail™ Fortifying Nail & Cuticle Treatment is a true, anti-aging nail treatment that is the first to utilize protein-peptide technology to hydrate and strengthen nails and relieve ragged, painful cuticles. The breakthrough peptide delivers keratin protein directly to the nail bed encouraging stubborn nails to grow while improving their resistance to chipping and splitting. Results in increased integrity, cohesion, flexibility and moisture to the nails.

Available at http://www.dermelect.com

Love2Love
Love2Love

Love2Love Jasmine and Sparkling Mimosa ($9.98 USD) — Inspired by a spectrum of colors that express a woman’s joy and sheer happiness, each scent speaks to the woman who loves the idea of being in love. These four fragrances were designed the capture a stylish duo of ingredients that reflect perfect pairs in love:

 

  • LOVE2LOVE Fresh Rose + Peach: This luscious scent opens with juicy notes of pear nectar and fresh caccis buds, evoking joy and optimism. Bulgarian rose oil infused with geranium infuses innocence and femininity, while musk and orris blend at the base bringing a dose of comforting warmth and tenderness to the fragrance.
  • LOVE2LOVE Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa: Lighthearted and fresh, this fragrance represents the spirit of a radiant, carefree woman. The youthful and energetic blend of dewy peony and sparkling mimosa mingles with intoxicating jasmine and sweet pea join with warm rosewood and almond blossom at the base to wrap you in a veil of sensuality.
  • LOVE2LOVE Freesia + Violet Petals: Timeless and alluring, this scent begins with a sweet mix of peach blossom and lavender blooms then give way to feminine heart notes of freesia and violet blossom. The base notes of sheer musk and cedar wood emerge spontaneously.
  • LOVE2LOVE Orange Blossom + White Musk: A refreshing cocktail of sparkling bergamot and juicy orange notes opens this fragrance, followed by soft peony at the heart to create a feminine element. The trace of orris and white musk add a sensual aspect to the fragrance.

I have a sample of this in the Jasmine and Sparkling Mimosa scent.  It is fresh and sweet, like juicy fruit — a perfect spring scent.  And, it is light so you can spritz it on the body, or in your hair.  Very nice and so affordable!

Available at Walmart and Walmart.com

 

Fresh Spring Fragrances Just in Time For Mother’s Day!

I am so happy that it is finally warming up and looking like Spring.  Now is definitely the time to start thinking about fresh, floral and fruity spring fragrances.

Not only are the below great ideas for you, but think about Mother’s Day, which is rapidly approaching!  I will have more Mother’s Day gift ideas in the coming months, but you can never start thinking about Mom’s gifts too early!

Love2Love Freesia + Violet Petals
Love2Love Freesia + Violet Petals

Love2Love Freesia + Violet Petals ($10 USD 3.4 fl. oz. Each) — Love2Love features scratch N’ sniff packaging, which provides a retro take on the fresh floral collection. Packed with notes of fresh floral for any occasion, below are two of the four scents from the collection:

  • Fresh Rose + Peach:Juicy notes of peach nectar, lychee and fresh cassis buds. The middle notes of geranium and Bulgarian rose oil infuse innocence and femininity into the fragrance while the blend of musk and orris at the base.
  • Freesia + Violet Petals:A delicately sweet mix of peach blossom, lily petals, lavender blooms, with notes of sheer musk, heliotropine and cedarwood at the base.

Available at http://www.walmart.com

Thymes Rollerball
Thymes Rollerball

Thymes Rollerball ($19 USD .34 fl. oz) —  Thymes’s Studio Collection, launching this spring, includes SIX beautifully scented Cologne Rollerballs to easily take your favorite fragrance on the go! This studio collection includes the following six scents(the fragrance above is Aqua Coralline, my fave):

  • Aqua Coralline: Pure water lily, delicately floral white cyclamen, and crisp driftwood
  • Jade Matcha: Sweet bergamot, tangy lemongrass, spicy cardamom, Tonka bean and sugarcane
  • Kimono Rose: Satiny rose, peony, and jasmine
  • Lotus Santal: Plum wood, patchouli, and spicy clove
  • Rosewood Citron: Fresh and woody vetiver, bright citron, and sparkling grapefruit
  • Tiare Monoi: Tiare flowers, wild jasmine, delicate osmanthus and ylang

Available at www.thymes.com

Nomad Two Worlds
Nomad Two Worlds

The Nomad Two Worlds rollerball collection ($35 USD for .25 oz), is a luxury fragrance line that you can take on the go.  The rollerballs are spring-loaded and won’t leak in your bag.  The fragrances are:

  • Bijou Vert (Green Jewel) is an elegant and refreshing twist on the classic vetiver fragrance, featuring premium Haitian sourced vetiver, grapefruit, mandarin, geranium, lotus flower, black pepper, benzoin, patchouli and cedar wood.
  • Citadelle represents the strength and resilience and spirit of the Haitian people. Premium Haitian vetiver mingles with marigold, pear, bergamot, lemon, spices, amberwood, musk and cedar wood.
  • Wild Fire, inspired by the intoxicating scent of the West Australian desert is a warm, sensual fragrance combining the rich dry scent of Australian sandalwood with the creamy amber and floral notes of ylang ylang, jasmine petals, cedarwood and musk.
  • Desert Blush  was inspired by the Western Australian desert at sunset, when the red earth softens and blushes scarlet and pink just before darkness falls.

Available at www.NomadTwoWorlds.com

The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Grapefruit
The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Grapefruit

The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Grapefruit ($58 1.7 fl. oz) — An Uplifting Citrus. This invigorating blend of sparkling grapefruit, creamy cedarwood, lime, and Madagascar vanilla is created by master natural perfumers who use only the finest pure essential oils. Kissed by sunshine, this unique scent lifts the spirits.

Master natural perfumers blend exotic essential oils with skin soothing botanicals for timeless expressions of nature that captivate the senses and nurture the skin. Infused with everything that’s good for you and absolutely nothing that’s not, LAVANILA is changing the way you spray.

Available at http://www.lavanila.com

What’s your current fave spring fragrance?