Get Your Winter Glow On With Gorgeous Skincare!

I hope everyone’s holidays are going well!¬† I had a great Christmas and am looking forward to New Year’s!

In Kansas City, it is cold and dry, so my skin has been needing extra love.  The below hydrating skincare has kept my skin looking good through the elements and holiday stress:

HydriPeptide
HydriPeptide

Finally a cocoa that does the body good! HydroPeptide’s Firming Moisturizer ($96, HydroPeptide.com) addresses and corrects the appearance of imperfections including scars, discoloration, stretch marks and wrinkles. The formula features anti-cellulite peptides and caffeine to effectively diminish the appearance of cellulite, while ultra-nourishing cocoa butter hydrates, replenishes and rejuvenates to lock in smooth, dimple-free skin so you can eat all the chocolatey treats your heart desires!

Don’t let the holidays put wrinkles on your face ‚Äď HydroPeptide’s Power Lift Advanced Ultra-Rich Moisturizer ($96, HydroPeptide.com) targets all visible signs of aging and quenches dry skin with a proprietary blend of peptides, antioxidants and skin brighteners. Sage extract, promotes daily cell regeneration to minimize and delay the onset of facial wrinkles, while powerful antioxidants such as buddleja, echinacea, white tea, and rosemary offer free-radical defense and encourage more youthful looking skin.

Beyond the baking sheet and into your skin care regime. HydroPeptide’s Power Serum ($136, HydroPeptide.com) boasts Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract (vanilla) to prevent and reverse skin damage caused by free radicals and slow down signs of ageing including fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. In suppressing free radicals, this seasonal staple plays double duty by allowing growth factor activating plant extract from the Crocus Chrysanthus Bulb, to promote and strengthen connective tissue to increase skin firmness and elasticity without interference.

Purchase at http://shop.hydropeptide.com

DDF Aloe Toning Complex ($43 USD) — Formulated with Sodium PCA, a natural moisturizing factor found in healthy skin. Ideal after sun, cleansing or as an after shave tonic to give soothing hydration to help calm skin. Fragrance-free.

DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew ($42 USD) — An oil-, fragrance-, and dye-free moisturizer for all skin types, including acne-prone skin. Contains aloe vera, vitamins A, E and C, and grapeseed for comfortable hydration. Will not clog pores. Lanolin-free.

I love that both of these products are safe for sensitive skin!  Everything irritates my skin these days, and these products really help calm my skin while hydrating it.  I use the Toning Complex after cleansing and before the Moisturizing Dew.  Used together, they make my skin soft and smooth!

Learn more and purchase at http://www.ddfskincare.com

Spa Home by Masque Bar Sleeping Mask
Spa Home by Masque Bar Sleeping Mask

Spa Home by Masque Bar Sleeping Mask ($19.99 USD) Let your mask do the moisturizing work while you sleep! Designed to be left overnight, this mask is enriched with Lavender Extract to help relieve dry irritated skin. The scent of Lavender helps you have a good night sleep. Aloe, Witch Hazel and Plant derived ingredients leave skin feeling moisturized and brightened.

This mask is such a treat!  I use it at night and in the morning my skin is soft and glowing.  I get dehydrated at night (thanks to the change of life!), so making sure I go to bed with a nice cream or mask is essential.  This one also brightens my skin so I wake up glowing!

Available at Walgreens

Lumene Hydration Recovery Aerating Gel Mask
Lumene Hydration Recovery Aerating Gel Mask

Lumene Hydration Recovery Aerating Gel Mask($21 USD) — Water and air bring out your natural radiance with our instant hydrating gel mask. Lumene Hydra-technology combines oxygen-rich pure Arctic Spring Water with Nordic Birch Sap that‚Äôs bursting with minerals, on application the innovative light-weight aerating complex indulges your skins surface with moisture to provide intense hydration. Working in harmony these thirst quenching elements rescue skin to leave it smooth and even for an instantly fresh and radiant glow.

This mask is currently available at amazon.com

Freeze 24-7 Double Scoop Intensive Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Freeze 24-7 Double Scoop Intensive Anti-Aging Moisturizer

Freeze 24-7 Double Scoop Intensive Anti-Aging Moisturizer ($105 1.7 oz) –A smoothing, moisturizing complex that provides intense hydration while nourishing, firming and toning skin- provides immediate and long term benefits.
This high-tech, super-charged skincare cocktail takes the moisturizing experience to the next level. Luxurious and exceptionally hydrating, IceCream Double Scoop‚ĄĘ is a powerful moisturizing complex of ingredients that hydrates the skin while providing serious anti-aging benefits.

I find this a perfect winter night cream! It is rich and velvety, but not greasy at all.  It feels so nice on my parched skin.  I use it at night and also in the daytime when I am staying home and want to treat my skin.  It is unscented.

Purchase at http://www.freeze247.com

 

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My Beauty Favorites ‚ÄĒ Week of January 4-10, 2015

This week, it has grown colder in Kansas City.  It really feels like winter now!  Since I have been staying inside, I have been trying various fun new products!

I have been loving a cleansing foam, an acne treatment, a flawless foundation, a breath drop and lip balm combo, and a cool new toothbrush:

Lumene’s Bright Touch Refreshing Cleansing Foam
Lumene’s Bright Touch Refreshing Cleansing Foam

Lumene‚Äôs Bright Touch Refreshing Cleansing Foam ($10.99 at CVS, 5.1 fl. oz.) — Hydrating and caring cleansing foam for gentle yet efficient cleansing of makeup and impurities. Leaves skin perfectly clean, soft and balanced. Detoxifying, unique arctic cloudberry nectar helps to boost your skin‚Äôs natural radiance.

What I think:¬† I am loving this gentle cleanser.¬† It foams nicely, but doesn’t dry out my skin at all.¬† It’s great to use day or night before my serums and lotions.¬† I also love how affordable it is.

Purchase at CVS stores and other mass market retailers

DDF Acne Control Treatment
DDF Acne Control Treatment

DDF Acne Control Treatment ($46 USD) — A night treatment that fights, controls, and normalizes acne. Contains the Clarifying Neutralizing Complex with skin conditioners and glycerin that moisturize to soothe skin and restore balance. Salicylic Acid helps keep pores clear and helps fights and prevent blemishes for restored clarity. Non-comedogenic and paraben-free.

  • Fights and controls acne
  • Helps keep pores clear
  • Soothes and restores clarity

What I think: I get occasional breakouts, and when I do this is the perfect product to use.  It is great on my pores and any area that I am experiencing a breakout in.  In the morning, my skin feels smoother and looks clearer.

Purchase at http://www.ddfskincare.com

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation
Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation ($42 USD) — Bring on the flawless! The first-ever foundation with 100% Liquid Light Technology completely evens out skin for a totally natural, luminous finish. (Think gel-covered pigments that mimic photo filters to blur imperfections.)

Created in Smashbox studios, this HD formula was developed to keep up with advancing photo technology by giving you flawless coverage that’s undetectable to the naked eye.

‚Äʬ†¬†¬† Works with all undertones
‚Äʬ†¬†¬† Buildable sheer-to-medium coverage
‚Äʬ†¬†¬† Long-wearing
‚Äʬ†¬†¬† Moisturizing
‚Äʬ†¬†¬† Sweat and humidity resistant

What I think: I love this foundation.  It is very light on the skin, but gives full coverage.  It feels like skincare on, it leaves my skin soft and looking flawless!
Kissamint
Kissamint

Kissamint ($19.50 USD each) — Conveniently packaged together for the first time ever, Kissamint combines a luxe conditioning gloss with breath freshening drops so you are ready for anything. Available in a sheer (Miss Independamint) or tinted lip gloss (Spearamint Ur Ex), lips stay hydrated and breath is fresh so you will never be caught unprepared again!

What I think:  I have never tried a product like this before, it is such an original idea!  I love the Miss Independamint, because the balm is sheer and the drops are peppermint.  The Spearamint Ur Ex would be great for going out.  The color is a sheer red and it would be nice to have the drops when you meet new people!

Available at http://www.kissamint.com

Evolve Toothbrush
Evolve Toothbrush

Evolve Toothbrush ($15 USD) — Created with a patented Triple Flexing brush head design which helps thoroughly and easily clean surfaces of teeth and gums, especially the hard to reach areas, it‚Äôs a dramatic evolution in brush design with results that can benefit not just oral health, but overall health as well. EVOLVE toothbrush is design to work for people of all ages beginning at 6 years old. It‚Äôs fantastic for everyday use for people across all spectrums of dental needs.

It not only brushes at or below gum level, but it is a great tool for people with braces, gum problems and people with disabilities. It’s a SMART toothbrush that knows what to do even it you don’t!

What I think:  I love using this toothbrush! It covers so much surface that I know that I am really getting my teeth clean! Since it is so big, it takes a bit of getting use to, but is easy to use.

Purchase at  evolveoralcare.com

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

My Beauty Favorites Week of September 14-20, 2015

It’s almost the first day of Fall and I am excited!¬† I love this season, I think it’s my favorite.¬† As, the days get shorter and cooler, I continue to receive and review awesome products.

This week, I am loving a natural cleansing wipe, brightening beauty drops, a lip crayon and a fresh smelling body butter.

ACURE Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes
ACURE Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes

ACURE Organics Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes ($6.99 USD) — Toss these on-the-go wipes in your bag for in-between show freshen ups. Gently remove makeup, dirt, sweat, environmental toxins. No splashy rinsing necessary.¬†These handy little all-natural biodegradable Argan Oil Towelettes refresh, cleanse, soothe, and detoxify on the spot!

What I think: I am really enjoying these towelettes.  They are very refreshing and clean really well without leaving any residue.  They are fragrance-free and do not bother my sensitive skin at all.  Plus they are affordable!

Available at acureorganics.com

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Beauty Drops
Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Beauty Drops

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Beauty Drops ($20.99 USD) — Age defying Arctic Cloudberry & brightening Lingonberry. Optimal care from nature against the first signs of aging. An effective beauty treatment to make skin silky soft and radiant. Particularly effective for tired and dull skin. Arctic Cloudberry seed oil protects skin from stress factors. Vitamin C together with lingonberry seed oil brightens skin with long-lasting effect. Arctic Cloudberry + Lingonberry & VitaOptimale: Nature has stored its most valuable nutrients in berry seed oil to ensure the beauty of your skin. Helps skin fight the first signs of aging. Protection, beauty and silky soft skin. More radiant and energetic skin.

What I think:  These very lightly fragranced little capsules are so cool!  They instantly make my skin smooth and even out my skin tone.  They are really useful in the morning when I want to look like I got better sleep than I did!  After a few days of use, my skin looks better, even before I apply the capsules!

Available at http://www.cvs.com and CVS stores

jane iredale’s PlayOn Lip Crayons
jane iredale’s PlayOn Lip Crayons

jane iredale‚Äôs PlayOn Lip Crayons ($18 USD) — Pucker up with smooth, kissable lips drenched in moisture and irresistibly playful color. Our creamy formula glides on and stays on. Use our Jumbo Pencil Sharpener to keep the tip pointed and precise. Available in seven gorgeous colors!

What I think: These are so moisturizing, it almost feels like I’m wearing a lip balm.¬†¬†It lasts a longtime, without feeling dry on.¬† I have the lightest color, Blissful and love it!

Learn more and purchase at http://www.janeiredale.com

 

The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit
The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit

The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit ($19 USD) — This velvety smooth body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. It features 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters, powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration in a ¬†crisp blend of sparkling grapefruit and vanilla

What I think: I have tried this (and other Lavanila body butters) before and I love how rich they are, without being greasy.  It is wonderful when used after a shower, it locks the moisture in.  Plus, it smells fantastic!

Purchase at http://www.lavanila.com

 

Smooth and Tone Skin For Summer!

I love trying new skin care.¬† I never know when I am going to find a new favorite.¬† I also think it’s good to switch things up now and then in my skincare routine.

Below are my new favorites from Intraceuticals, Hada Labo Tokyo, Luzern, Lumene and The Vitamin Shoppe.

What are your current skincare faves?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Cleansing Gel
Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Cleansing Gel

Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Cleansing Gel ($29 USD) — A lightweight gel cleanser to thoroughly cleanse the skin. Removes impurities, restoring the skin’s natural balance. Primes the skin for optimal results from 3 step hyaluronic layering.

What I think: This is a nice, light cleanser that cleans skin without drying it out.¬† I think a gel cleanser is perfect for summer as it isn’t heavy on¬†the skin.

Available at http://www.intraceuticals.com

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask
Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask ($14.99 Pack of 4) — Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask one of a kind spa treatment at home! 10 minute revitalizing facial. Intense yet gentle infusion of anti-aging ingredients for an immediate boost of hydration and youth restoration. Adheres perfectly to the facial contours for maximum coverage. Suitable for all skin types. Free from parabens, fragrances, dyes and mineral oil. Clinically shown to deliver significant results in 4 weeks: 79% saw improved skin texture & smoothness, 74% saw improved skin elasticity & firmness, 4 Week Clinical Study – Improvement over baseline.

What I think: These are so great!¬† They are easy to use — just open a pack and smooth the paper mask on your skin.¬† Then leave it on for 10 minutes and remove.¬† Leaves skin soft and glowing!

Available at http://www.ulta.com

Luzern Laboratories Force De Vie Pure Oxygen Eye Contour Crème
Luzern Laboratories Force De Vie Pure Oxygen Eye Contour Crème

Luzern Laboratories Force De Vie Pure Oxygen Eye Contour Cr√®me ($90 USD) — This moisture-rich cream unites the latest eye contour-perfecting technology with the cutting-edge formula of Force De Vie Cr√®me Luxe, the anti-aging cr√®me moisturizer that has inspired a cult following. Force De Vie restores the ‚Äúlife force‚ÄĚ to skin by optimizing three skin-vital functions: cellular energy, moisture balance, and nutrient utilization for a fresh, healthy-looking, radiant complexion‚Ķeveryday. Boosts cellular oxygen uptake to increase collagen and hyaluronic acid synthesis and promote microcirculation to enhance skin luminosity.

What I think:  This is a gorgeous eye cream!  It is velvety in texture and glides right onto the eye area.  I notice that instantly, the skin around my eye looks more hydrated and smoother.

Purchase at http://www.luzernlabs.com

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum
Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum ($21.99 USD) — Instantly brightening. Illuminating. Beautifying. Pore minimizing. Hydrating. Sheer finish. No color. All skin types. Arctic skin science. Wild arctic cloudberry and encapsulated vitamin C. The potent nectar and seed oil of the resilient arctic cloudberry protect and detoxify, while encapsulated vitamin C allows for time-released skin penetration. Additional light reflecting pigments provide instant luminosity. The bioactive combination delivers lasting radiance for bright, smooth skin, protected from the signs of aging. Formulated without parabens, formaldehyde donors, mineral oil, synthetic colorants. Vitamin C BB serum provides instantly silky soft, visibly more beautiful and brighter skin. Light reflecting pigments help to create flawless, radiant complexion. Gently exfoliates to help clarify the skin and smooth out a rough texture. Helps to minimize pores and keep skin matte.

What I think:  Serum is so important for all skincare regimens.  This not only delivers anti-aging powerhouses like Vitamin C, it gives skin

Available at mass market retailers. Learn more at http://www.lumene.com

The Vitamin Shoppe Moroccan Argan Replenishing Skin Care Oil ($7.99 USD), Balancing, Nurturing, Hydrating. For general skin care dispense small amount of oil into palm of hand. Rub hands together to spread evenly & pat onto face, hair other areas of need. For added benefit mix each pump o oil with 1 to 2 drops of Vitamin Shoppe Essential Oil.

The Vitamin Shoppe Peppermint Essential Oil ($8.49 USD) — The Vitamin Shoppe Peppermint 100% Pure Essential Oil. Add essential oils to Vitamin Shoppe Carrier oils. Do not apply undiluted oils directly to your skin.

What I think:¬† I haven’t used a lot of essentials oils, but the cooling property of peppermint oil is touted to improve the dullness of your skin and dry up excess oil.¬† I have tried Argan oil before and love how hydrating it is for skin and hair.¬† Both of these products are very affordable and natural!

Available at http://www.vitaminshoppe.com.

My Beauty Faves Week of April 6-12, 2015

Last week went by so fast!  I went to two weddings this weekend and it was so busy.  So, I am putting out my end of week review a day late!

This week, I have been loving a random mix of items — a blurring primer, a smoky eye shadow trio, a yummy weight loss drink and a cute hair band!

Lumene Bright Now Blur Line and Pore Minimizer
Lumene Bright Now Blur Line and Pore Minimizer

Lumene Bright Now Blur Line¬†and Pore Minimizer ($19.99 USD) — The new Lumene Bright Now Blur Line & Pore Minimizer makes skin instantly more beautiful and even-looking. Helps to control shine and optically diminishes the appearance of fine lines and pores. Skin looks¬†and feels instantly more soft and supple. The innovative texture of the product helps the skin look flawless even longer and keeps skin matte and shine free all day long while delivering a brighter and more radiant look.¬†Oil-Free formulation.

What I think: This is my new favorite primer! Just a little goes a long way to smooth out pores and lines and to make a great base for makeup.  I wear it everyday underneath my foundation and my skin looks great all day!

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Cover Shoot
Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Cover Shoot

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Cover Shoot ($28 USD) — Our fab trios are all playfulness and color! Get rich, bold hues in just one swipe. Each includes 3 coordinated shadows-base shade, contour color and highlighter-so you’ll never wonder which shades to wear together again. You’ll even find application tips on the peel-back label.

What I think:¬† Hello perfect brown smoky eye! These colors are so pretty and can make either a very dramatic eye or¬†a soft every day look.¬† The top two shades are shimmer and the darkest shade is a matte — you can use it as an eyeliner as well!

Learn more and purchase at http://www.smashbox.com

Celsius Flo Fusion On-the-Go in Berry
Celsius Flo Fusion On-the-Go in Berry

Celsius Flo Fusion On-the-Go in Berry — a great tasting drink for your active, healthy lifestyle. Studies show that drinking Flo Fusion‚ĄĘ before moderate exercise helps you burn up to 100 calories and more per serving, boosts metabolism, burns up to 93% more body fat, increases endurance and provides lasting energy to accelerate your transformation no matter what diet or training routine you are on. The great tasting Flo Fusion‚ĄĘ Transformation Accelerator Powder has the same benefits as the ‚Äúready to drink‚ÄĚ Celsius and is available in Berry or Orange flavor.

What I think:¬† I have tried both Berry and Orange a few times before a workout.¬† Both flavors are good, I think I like orange better, but that’s just personal preference.¬† I notice that I get good workout energy with these drinks.¬† I don’t know if it’s helped me lose weight, but I am going to continue using them and see.

Learn more at http://www.celsius.com and purchase at http://www.amazon.com. Prices vary.

Dauphines of New York Front Row Darling
Dauphines of New York Front Row Darling

Dauphines of New York Front Row Darling Headband ($24 USD) — This glamorous, adjustable hair headband provides tailored fit, comfort, and ease of wear, allowing the creation of multiple hair looks. The timeless and design features an elegant leather centerpiece, miniature crystals on a silver base, a gunmetal link chain, and engraved hardware for the perfect accent piece to almost any outfit. The versatile design can be worn by anyone and the colors complement most hair shades. The included instruction card helps create easy-to-model hair looks.

What I think: This is so cute!  I received a sample and gave it to my daughter who is really into the boho look, and she wears it all of the time.  It is made very well and is so easy to adjust.  And she gets lots of compliments.  I also think it is perfect for women of all ages who want a fun look for a night out.

Purchase at http://www.sephora.com

What have you been loving lately?  Leave a comment and let me know!  I would love to know what my readers have been trying.

My Beauty Faves Week of January 26 – February 1, 2015

I can’t believe it’s almost February!¬† We’ve had some sunny and warm days last week in Kansas City, but it’s getting colder again and I’m reminded that it’s still winter!

So, this week I am still loving skin care and hair care products.¬† My skin and hair both need hydration, and¬†my flyaway hair definitely needs taming!¬†But if you love makeup, don’t worry, I will be featuring my picks for Valentine’s Day soon!

NYR Organic Frankincense Intense Concentrate
NYR Organic Frankincense Intense Concentrate

NYR Organic Frankincense Intense Concentrate ($105 USD) — The silky, gel-like Concentrate delivers effective results you can see and feel. The active ingredients include organic, wild-harvested and FairWild frankincense, plumping gardenia stem cells, a line-smoothing 3-peptide complex, nourishing organic argan oil and a synergistic blend of gums that delivers an immediate smoothing action.

Benefits:

  • Smoothes & reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles within 30 minutes**
  • Boosts skin‚Äôs plumpness, firmness & tone in just 7 days**
  • Instantly hydrates**
  • Optimizes skin’s radiance

** From clinical trials

What I think:  This serum is an anti-aging powerhouse. It immediately hydrates the skin and my fine lines do look smoother.  I have been testing it for about a week and do see some firming around my jawline.  I will continue using it in hopes to see further changes in my skin!

Available at http://www.us.nyrorganic.com

Lumene Bright Now Visible Repair 2 in 1 Eye Cream & Concealer
Lumene Bright Now Visible Repair 2 in 1 Eye Cream & Concealer

Lumene Bright Now Visible Repair 2 in 1 Eye Cream & Concealer ($24.99 USD) — Visible Repair 2in1 Eye Cream & Concealer designed to provide multiple benefits: eye cream helps to make skin feel moisturized, supple and smooth, while also reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Immediately illuminating concealer minimizes the appearance of dark under-eye circles. 82% of women experienced wrinkles and fine lines reduced.

What I think: I love the eye cream part of this duo.¬† It’s¬†very¬†hydrating and soothing.¬†¬† The concealer is a bit odd.¬† It isn’t creamy and doesn’t blend well. The consistency is like a putty.¬† I have found that the best way to use it is to mix it on the back of my hand with the cream.¬† Then I apply it as a highlighter under my eyes. Or, dip a concealer brush in the cream then¬†in the concealer, apply and blend, blend,¬†blend!¬†¬†¬†Although it doesn’t work for me as a traditional concealer, I like the look that it gives me. It brightens my eye area.

Learn more at http://www.lumene.com and available at mass market retailers

TouchBack Plus Clear Hydrating Micro-Foam Shampoo
TouchBack Plus Clear Hydrating Micro-Foam Shampoo

TouchBack Plus Clear Hydrating Micro-Foam Shampoo ($24.99 USD) — TouchBack Plus Shampoo adds temporary color between permanent colorings. Revives dull color with sulfate-free Micro Foam.¬† Provides dual UV fade protection. Smoothes and repairs damaged hair. Adds shine and manageability.

What I¬†think:¬† This shampoo is a thick foam and a little goes a long way. It has a clean scent that lingers (and I love).¬† Plus, hair is not only clean, it’s soft, too.¬† There is a matching conditioner that hydrates dry winter hair.

Available at http://www.sleekhair.com and other hair product supply stores.

Conair Infiniti Pro Finishing Brush
Conair Infiniti Pro Finishing Brush

Conair Infiniti Pro Finishing Brush ($12.99 USD) — The Infiniti Pro by Conair Argan Oil Treatment Strip Finishing Brush is designed to smooth, shine and finish your style. The latest brush innovation features a replaceable Argan oil treatment strip to add maximum conditioning and protection for revitalized, healthy-looking results and brilliant shine. The natural boar bristles help to distribute Argan oil through the hair, leaving it shiny and silky. The strip lasts through multiple uses, and replacement strips are sold separately. The protective cover keeps it neat and tidy at home or on the go.

What I think: This has become my every day brush.¬† It instantly smooths my hair whether it’s frizzy or I have flyaways.

Available at mass market retailer near you.

Scunci No-Slip Flat Reflective/Ponytailers
Scunci No-Slip Flat Reflective/Ponytailers

Scunci No-Slip Flat Reflective/Ponytailers — Not your basic elastic, this No Slip Flat Reflective Ponytailer is sure to make a statement, while always being Super Comfortable. With its flat design & No-Slip Technology, this is a pony must-have for the season.

What I think:¬† I love these because they stay on well¬†so I don’t have to wear them too tight.¬† They are perfect for working out.

Available at Walmart and other mass market retailers.  Learn more at http://www.scunci.com

Scunci Hollywood Roll
Scunci Hollywood Roll

Scuni Hollywood Roll ($9.97 USD) — Introducing The Hollywood Roll: An accented upgrade to this on-trend, rollable hairband. The Hollywood Roll is reversible, with jewel embellishments on one side and a stylish pattern on the other.

‚ÄĘ Quick and easy look, in under a minute!
‚Äʬ†Styling tool and accessory, all in one
‚Äʬ†Available in three styles

What I think:¬† This reminds me of the hair styles from the Great Gatsby or Downton Abbey.¬† It’s really cute.¬† It takes a little bit of practice to get it right, but I think this would be perfect for a wedding or a dance.

Available at http://www.walmart.com

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

My Beauty Faves Week of January 12-18, 2015 — SkinnyStix, Emjoi, Korres, Smashbox and Lumene

It was a beautiful day in Kansas City today!  Over 50 degrees and sunny, so my family and I went to the Kansas City Zoo.  I sure got my FitBit steps in today and am feeling great! The products that I am loving this week include a drink to help give me energy, a fantastic pedi tool, a moisturizing body butter, hydrating face powder and capsules to make my skin glow.

Zantrex¬ģ SkinnyStix¬ģ Berry Fusion
Zantrex¬ģ SkinnyStix¬ģ Berry Fusion

Zantrex¬ģ SkinnyStix¬ģ Berry Fusion ($29.99 for 21 stix and bottle) — For increased energy, mood elevation, heightened stamina and improved focus, adults mix entire contents of 1 SkinnyStix packet in 16 fl. oz. of water and drink or sip as desired. For powerful appetite control and weight loss, adults mix entire contents of 1 SkinnyStix packet in 16 fl. oz. of water and drink the entire serving 15 minutes before main meals. Do not exceed 3 SkinnyStix per day. Use in conjunction with any sensible diet and exercise program. Individual results will vary. What I think:¬† I have started to eat better and exercise more this year, and like drinking one of these a day to help give me energy and boost my mood.¬† It does work for me.¬† But, I cannot take more than one a day, because I am a bit sensitive to caffeine.¬† I also make sure that I only drink half-calf or decaf coffee when I have a¬†SkinnyStix. Available at http://www.zantrex3.com

Emjoi Micro-Pedi
Emjoi Micro-Pedi

Emjoi Micro-Pedi ($29.99 USD) —¬†This battery-operated foot buffer is ideal for at-home pedicures and is a safe alternative to harsh, metal scrapers.¬† Micro-Pedi’s spinning rollers quickly and easily buff away rough, callused skin on feet to reveal supple, touchable feet.

  • Removes rough, dry and calloused skin from feet in seconds
  • Unique roller spins 360 degrees for fast results
  • Battery operated
  • Revolutionary device takes the chore out of smoothing skin on your feet.
  • Gently and effectively buffs away rough, dry and calloused skin in seconds.
  • Safer and more effective than metal scrapers and easier than a pumice stone
  • Rubberized easy grip
  • Battery operated (requires 2 x AA batteries – not included)

What I think: This works so well!  It is very easy to use, just roll it over the rough patches of your feet and in a few minutes you get soft, smooth feet!  My feet are usually so dry and rough during the winter, but they look summer ready now!

Available at CVS pharmacies and http://www.cvs.com.¬† Don’t for get to join CVS’s Beauty Club for rewards.¬† The Facebook and Twitter handle is @CVSBeautyClub

Korres Fig Body Butter
Korres Fig Body Butter

Korres Fig Body Butter ($29 USD) — beautifully scented, creamy body butters that are enriched with shea butter and quince extract to soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin. Sunflower, almond, and avocado oils nourish, thus helping to improve elasticity and smoothness.¬†Available in seven fabulous scents, Korres Body Butter deeply moisturizes and can be used all over the body. Available in Basil Lemon, Fig, Japanese Rose, Jasmine, Yoghurt, Vanilla Guava and Guava. What I think:¬† I love how moisturizing the Korres Body Butters are!¬† They come in¬†seven scents.¬† I have Fig and it smells just like the fresh¬†fruits. Available at http://www.sephora.com

Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder

Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder ($49 USD) — It’s the first anti-aging powder with the science of skin care built in! This advanced formulation of pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and a powerful peptide delivers dynamic anti-aging benefits, while the patented hydration system continuously revitalizes skin for a brighter, more radiant complexion all day. For the perfect amount of fresh powder every time, simply twist the shaver, swirl brush into powder and apply to face. What I think:¬† I love this powder!¬† I have been using it over my foundation to set and to add extra coverage.¬† It applies so smoothly and melts into the skin, but does not settle in to pores or lines.¬† I have it in light, which is the perfect match for my skin.¬† I am going to try it without foundation when the weather gets warmer.¬† I think it will work well as a lighter foundation. Available at http://www.smashbox.com and¬†fine beauty stores.

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C+ Beauty Drops
Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C+ Beauty Drops

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C+ Beauty Drops ($21.99 USD) — Arctic cloudberry seed oil combined with highly effective vitamin C and lingonberry seed oil boosts radiance and brightens the skin with a long-lasting effect. Special formula releases vitamin C slowly into the skin making its effect last longer.¬†Suitable for all skin types. 28 capsules. For external use only. What I think:¬†I have been using these little oil capsules¬†at night in place of my serum.¬† They sink into the skin well and in the morning my skin is glowing.¬†I’m going to keep using them every night to see if my skin¬†continues to look younger! Learn more at http://www.lumene.com

Prepare Your Skin For The Warmer Days Ahead — Plus A Hada Labo Tokyo Giveaway!

Time to place the focus on your skin.  Now that the weather is warmer, I tend to wear less makeup because a full face of creams, primers, foundations etc. feels heavy and can melt right off in the heat and humidity.  So skin has to looks great!

I have been testing great products sent to me for my honest review.  These products have been helping hydrate my skin while making my pores look smaller!

Also, get ready for a FAB giveaway from Hada Labo Tokyo!  Good Luck!

Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Cleansing Bubble
Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Cleansing Bubble

Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Cleansing Bubble ($32 USD) — This mild formula contains a duo of bubble mechanisms to help tighten and unclog pores while removing dead skin cells and controlling excess oil. The result is brighter, firmer, deeply purified skin without irritation or dryness.

What I think: Such a fantastic product (and line)!  This fun cleanser bubbles the dirt and gunk right out of your pores.  After use, my skin is cleaner and my pores seem smaller, plus my skin is nicely hydrated!

Learn more at us.drjart.com/products and purchase at http://www.sephora.com.

Lumene’s Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum
Lumene’s Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum

Lumene‚Äôs Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum ($21.99 USD) — This ultra-lightweight, pore minimizing, colorless serum contains light-reflecting pigments that add an instant glow to your complexion. The sheer finish Vitamin C BB Serum is completely free of harmful parabens and synthetic colorants, giving your skin only what it really needs!

What I think:  This is an affordable, but very effective serum.  It has the consistency of a light cream, but absorbs right into the skin and does not leave it greasy at all.  It also leaves a subtle glow.  I have noticed that my skin looks smoother, and used after my Dr. Jarts+ cleanser, my pores are very small indeed!

Available at CVS, CVS.com, Ulta, Ulta.com, and Dermstore.com. 

Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream
Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream

Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream ($19.95 USD) — Most creams and lotions have key ingredients that create a protective barrier on the surface of the skin to lock in moisture to maintain a healthy pH balance of 5.5. For optimum moisture, slather on Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream¬†immediately after cleansing or a hot shower, before the skin cools and your pores begin to close.

What I think: My skin is becoming very sensitive as I age.¬† I love using sensitive skin products that have great anti-aging benefits.¬† This cream is awesome at night as it hydrates as I sleep.¬† I love that it doesn’t irritate my skin at all!

Available at SebamedUSA.com.

Hada Labo Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion
Hada Labo Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion

Hada Labo Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion ($17.99 USD) —¬† Combines broad spectrum sunscreen with Super Hyaluronic Acid‚ĄĘ to replenish moisture and protect skin against the harmful effects of sun exposure. Helps strengthen skin‚Äôs resistance to signs of premature aging. Gentle formula leaves skin feeling comfortable, smooth and protected.

I am giving away TWO full-sized Protecting Day Lotions.  Just leave a comment and I will enter you in the drawing.  I will choose TWO winners on Friday May 30th.  Open to United States residents only.  GOOD LUCK!

Enjoy!

Get Your Skin Ready For Fall Part 2

Fall is literally just weeks away.  I have been testing out many products including cleansers, anti-aging elixirs, SPF and CC creams.

I love how there are so many great price points for skin care (as shown below), you can find something that will help prepare your skin for the cooler months ahead:

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash ($5.49) –Oil-Free Acne Wash is the #1 dermatologist recommended acne-fighting cleanser. This oil-free formula gently cleanses deep down into pores for clear skin. It contains Salicylic Acid to get rid of acne you have now and help prevent future breakouts. Special skin soothers help prevent irritation and overdrying. Skin is left clean, residue-free and never oily.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes
Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes

Burt‚Äôs Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes ($6 USD) — These pre-moistened towelettes will not only make your beauty routine easier but they are the perfect essential to looking good.

Throw them in your weekend bag and you will be set for your getaway. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes ($6.00 burtsbees.com) remove makeup, cleanse and tone your skin all in one easy step. These wipes are also formulated with Cotton Extract to soften skin while cleansing.

Precision MD Celfix DNA Youth Recovery Facial Serum
Precision MD Celfix DNA Youth Recovery Facial Serum

Precision MD Celfix DNA Youth Recovery Facial Serum ($78 USD) ‚Äď includes antioxidants that defend against free radicals and Hyaluronic Acid to moisturize the skin.¬† Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles -Addresses past damage and prevents future signs of aging -Great for all skin types -Contains 3 powerful enzymes for optimal efficacy -It is delivered in a light, non-greasy formula that you’ll love.

Learn more at http://www.precisionmdskin.com.

Osmotics Cream Extreme Intensive Repair
Osmotics Cream Extreme Intensive Repair

Osmotics Cream Extreme Intensive Repair ($75 USD) —¬†A healthy barrier is essential to a healthy and glowing complexion. I designed this rich, nourishing moisturizer featuring Osmotics’ proprietary combination of natural lipids to moisturize and strengthen your skin’s protective barrier and¬†virtually eliminate the underlying cause of dry skin–dramatically improving moisture retention, while alleviating dryness and irritation.

$75; osmotics.com

Coola Mineral SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint
Coola Mineral SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint

Coola Mineral SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint ($36 USD) — Keep the sun and environment at bay with this SPF 20 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen, a tinted, light Rose scented, Titanium Dioxide based formula (for those who are Zinc sensitive) made with 98% natural ingredients. Organic Acai Oil – high in Omegas-3/6/9, Vitamins B1/2/3, plus antioxidant Vitamins C and E – delivers a powerful defense against aging. Organic Sunflower Seed Extract promotes elasticity while organic Linseed Oil, containing Alpha-Linolenic Acids, reduces redness and irritation. The phyto-protector Plankton Extract rejuvenates, as organic Cucumber Extract calms skin.

Available at http://www.coolasuncare.com.

Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream Light Texture
Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream Light Texture

Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream Light Texture ($49 USD: This finely pigmented moisturizing face tint brightens, softly conceals and protects with SPF 36, providing uniform coverage without caking or flaking for a long lasting, natural glow.  In Light and Dark.

Available at http://www.AmarteSkinCare.com.

Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Aging CC Cream
Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Aging CC Cream

Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Aging CC Cream ($14.99 USD). This fabulous 6 in 1 color correcting cream is infused with Wild Arctic Lingonberry and SPF 20. It helps moisturize, cover imperfections, even skin tone and protect against signs of aging all in one. It comes in 2 shades, light and medium.

Available in local drugstores and Ulta.

Enjoy your flawless fall face!

Blush Mystery Beauty Box — A Fab Beauty Subscription Box!

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I was sent this wonderful July Blush Mystery Beauty Box to Review for my honest opinion.  What is the Blush Mystery Beauty Box, you ask?  From the website:

Monthly Beauty Picks Delivered Straight to Your Door!

Love beauty products? Join the club to sample the latest and greatest products in skin care, hair care and makeup handpicked by a team of beauty pros!
  • Each month, we’ll be offering a different blush Mystery Beauty Box, featuring mostly full- and (some) travel-size products worth at least $100.
  • Products are handpicked by our panel of beauty experts, so you know you’re getting only the best.
  • Enjoy a Free Gift with your Beauty

The Mystery Beauty Box is only $34.95 (a $100+ value!), or as low as $24.95 with monthly subscription.

Here is a peak inside of my July box!¬† I know it’s August, but I was very happy to receive this awesome bag full of goodies!¬† I received:

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Philip B. Self Adjusting Hair Spray‚Äď ($22 for 5.07 fl. oz, full-sized) — Gives you touchable, adjustable hold ‚Äď never sticky or tacky. Enriched with Panthenol¬†(Vitamin B5) and Phytantriol¬†(Amino Acids) to strengthen and condition your hair while adding body and shine. Doubles as a fantastic root volumizer.

What I think:  I love how the more you use, the stronger hold that you get, but it never makes the hair stiff.  Available at www.philipb.com.

Lumene¬†Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance 24H¬†Lotion¬† ($20 for 1.7 fl. oz. full-sized)¬†— Natural radiance & detox for brighter skin! Refreshing lotion invigorates and balances the skin‚Äôs functions. The lotion leaves a matte surface on the skin. Regular use normalizes sebum production and helps to reduce the appearance of pores.

Arctic cloudberry¬†seed oil, which is bursting with natural antioxidants, protects the skin from stress factors. The detox properties of cloudberry¬†nectar help to make the skin look brighter and more radiant. Ideal for women especially 25+ who are in the middle of the ‚Äúrush years‚ÄĚ. Ideal for normal to combination skin. Paraben-free. Synthetic colorant-free: the colour of the cream comes from cloudberry. Product contains over 90 % natural ingredients.

What I think: This is a really nice lotion!  I love the 24 hours, but I would love it more if it had SPF.  It does give the skin a nice glow.  Learn more at www.lumene.com and it can be found at mass market retailers near you!

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Bioelements Quick Refiner ‚Äď (.25 oz Value $3.83, $46 for 3 oz) – Eliminates dead surface cells, uncovers smoother, softer skin, targets the appearance of pores and used once a day will last almost 4 months!

What I think:¬† This really makes my skin smooth!¬† It is also unscented, which I really like. This is a good-sized sample, because you don’t need a lot. Available at www.bioelements.com

Hydroxatone¬†AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex SPF 15 ($50 for .5 oz) – By employing the most advanced beauty research technology, Hydroxatone¬†products conclusively deliver rapid, safe and long-term visible results. AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex SPF 15 is a unique moisturizer specifically designed to increase skin hydration and soften the appearance of visible wrinkles by helping the skin stimulate the production of collagen. Increased collagen produces a long-term reduction in visible wrinkles, crow’s feet, and facial lines. Your multi-functional anti-aging powerhouse and moisturizer in one! Hydroxatone is formulated for all skin types, both women and men, and all ethnicities.

What I think:¬† I haven’t tried this yet, but I have always wanted to try Hydroxatone, so I am really excited about it.¬† I also think it is a great item to find in the bag! Available at www.ulta.com and www.hydroxatone.com.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pad¬†($18 for 10 pads)¬†— Alpha Beta Glow Pads provide a radiant, sun kissed glow year-round, without exposure to the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays. Formulated with the sun vitamin, Active Vitamin D, these pads give the face believable, natural color.

What I think:  I have tried one of these and I love the natural color you get.  Also, it is not smelly (lots of self tanners are).  Available at Sephora stores and www.qvc.com.

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Deborah Lippmann 3D Holographic Luxurious Nail Color in Ray of Light¬†($19 USD, full-sized)¬†‚Äď This is an indigo jelly polish with a little copper red holographic glitter.

What I think:  VERY pretty!  This is the first thing that I tried on when I received the bag.  I love blue polishes and think that this is perfect for fall! Avaialbe at beauty.com and other fine beauty stores.

Emani¬†Organic Lip Shine in Blush ($16 full-sized) — Cover your lips with spectacular color. EMANI¬†Organic Lip Shine is a long-wearing formula that enhances lips without leaving a sticky finish. Fruit oils and vitamin E moisturize to maintain a pout that’s soft and in kissable condition.

What I think:  I love that this is organic.  The shade is so pretty too, and it is very moisturizing. Available at blush.com

I believe this awesome July 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box had almost $150 worth of products in it!  Such a great deal!  I highly recommend the Blush Mystery Beauty Box!  Visit www.blush.com to sign up.

Enjoy!