My Beauty Favorites — Week of January 25-31, 2015

It has been warm in Kansas City for the last few days.  It definitely doesn’t feel like winter!  But that won’t last, the weather changes very quickly here.

I have been loving trying new skincare this week, some I am featuring here along with some fab new makeup brushes:

Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum
Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum

Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum ($32.99 USD) — Straight from the juicy center of grapefruit is a Vitamin C packed serum that will exfoliate and tone damage skin to healing perfection. The ingredients in the serum are:

  • Retinyl Retinoate  –  A revolutionary new form of vitamin A that is 2x more bioavailable than retinol while also being significantly more stable.  Activates collagen production while it gently exfoliates by enhancing cellular turnover, erasing wrinkles, discoloration & signs of aging.
  • Coffee Berry – Antioxidant-rich superfruit that enhances collagen production & neutralizes aging free radicals.
  • Chamomile Extract – A powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory qualities that has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Coconut Oil – Moisturizes and soothes skin while creating a lipid barrier that fends off skin damage.  Combats wrinkles & discoloration while promoting the natural healing of the skin. 

What I think: This is a powerful serum!  I have sensitive skin, so I use it two or three times a week at night. I find that my skin is glowing in the morning!  It also smoothes out my skin.

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Makeup Academy Brushes
Makeup Academy Brushes

Makeup Academy has added 15 NEW professional brushes to their extensive premium brush collection. Innovatively designed with a mix of natural and synthetic fibers for use across face, eyes and lips, the brushes feature precision-cut heads and sleek, gunmetal finishes and are available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy.

From a Contour Brush ($12) to a Double-Ended Contour & Highlighter Brush ($16), the new MUA brushes have a tool for every need. Here are some other favorites:

  • Bold Brows: Raise some eyebrows with perfectly shaped arches with the NEW Pro Double Ended Pointed Brow Brush & Spoolie ($12)
  • Flawless Face: Use the NEW Pro Multi Purpose Brush ($12) for all your face makeup needs. From liquid and cream foundations to pressed and loose powders, this perfectly sized brush head lets you easily buff and layer product onto the skin.
  • Sultry Smoke: The NEW multi-tasking  Pro Double Ended Smokey Eye Brush ($12) creates the perfect smokey eye with a Shader Brush on one side and a tapered Crease Brush on the other.

What I think: This are gorgeous brushes for really affordable prices.  The brushes themselves are very soft.  My favorite is the Pro Double Ended Smokey Eye Brush.  The crease brush makes it so easy to define the crease and the shader side applies color evenly along the lid.

These are available at


Kensington Apothecary Rose Butter Facial Balm ($25 USD) — On the face, this miracle balm dissolves stubborn makeup, softens fine lines and locks in precious moisture. Use it on chest, legs and elbows to keep areas smooth and soft. Use a touch in dry hair to combat frizz and give locks a smooth shine. Massage into cuticles for a quick at-home manicure. Includes Rose Otto, Cupuacu, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Seed Butter.

Kensington Apothecary Rose Water Exfoliating Tonic ($28 USD) — Don’t scrub with grit. A quintet of fruit acids reveals soft, radiant skin by cleansing away dead skin and dirt. Sugar cane, bilberry, and citrus extracts gently dissolve the outer layer of dead skin, revealing fresh, younger skin beneath. Calming and healing organic rose hydrosol combines with pH powerhouse witch hazel and moisture-locking aloe vera.

What I think:  The facial balm is so nice to have.  If you rub the top of it with your finger, it dissolves the balm into a light oil.  It works so well on lips, cuticles, dry skin.  The tonic feels so nice on and helps dissolve dirt and makeup.  Both products have a soft rose scent.

These products are available online via

Feel Good About Your Beauty Routine With Natural Products

There are so many wonderful natural beauty products on the market these days include natural skincare and hair care. I find that not only are these products better for you, they are very effective.

Below are some of my current favorite natural hair care and skin care.  Leave a comment letting me know some of your favorites — I would love ideas for what to try next!

L'Occitane Peony Collection
L’Occitane Peony Collection

The peony, known as the “king of flowers” is valued for its unparalleled beauty and rarity. Embracing the absolute perfection of this elegant bloom, L’OCCITANE’s newest skincare collection helps to achieve a natural-looking complexion with their proprietary, Perfecting Peony Complex. Peony extract and mineral-based optical correctors help to visibly correct skin texture irregularities and minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines for stunningly beautiful, luminous skin.

What I think: I have been testing (and loving) this collection. The products left to right are the Peony Perfecting Essence, the Peony CC Skin Tone Perfecting Cream, the Peony Perfecting Cream and the Peony Perfecting Mist.  They all have a lovely light floral scent.  Used together, the skin care leaves my skin soft and glowing.  The CC cream starts out white and blends to my skin tone.  It gives a nice light coverage and my skin is smooth and even with use.

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Eye Cream
Eye Cream

Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99 USD) — From the dreaded crows feet to those tiring bags under the eyes, uniting the power of peptides & antioxidants, this product packs a punch. Contains a peptide formula that reduces dark circles under the eyes.  Works to strengthen capillaries & veins, while increasing lymphatic drainage & circulation.  Effectively increases firmness and elasticity of skin, while reducing swelling.

What I think: This is such a light cream that instantly absorbs into my skin.  It hydrates the skin under my eyes and helps make the fine lines less noticeable. I use it day and night (I’m never without an eye cream).  This one is affordable and works really well (and it’s natural)!


Oil Essentials
Oil Essentials

Oil Essentials  ($12.99 USD): A collection of natural beauty oils that nourish and heal to deliver healthy, shiny hair and youthful hands and nails. Packed with powerful yet gentle extracts from Mother Nature’s most nourishing plants and fruits, these luxurious oils inspire the senses with essential oils while providing glowing beauty benefits. These oils are free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic colors and are safe for sensitive skin. Oil Essentials is complete with six different oils to deliver outstanding results:

  • Argan & Wheat Germ – Aqua
  • Omega 3,6,9 & Evening Primrose
  • Neroli & Avocado
  • Seabuckthorn Berry & Borage
  • Sweet Almond & Macadamia
  • Lavender & Rose Hip

What I think:  I always like to have natural oils around for my hair, cuticles and elbows.  All of the above oils will moisturize and heal, but my favorite is the Sweet Almond & Macadamia because it prevents loss of moisture in hair and skin.  It smells amazing.  I love how it sinks into my skin and leaves it so soft!

Available at Walmart, HEB and Riteaid stores, as well as The company website is

Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition Cleansing Conditioner
Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition  Conditioning Cleanser

Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition Collection ($7.99 USD): An alternative to harsh shampoos and conditioners. The multi-purpose sulfate and paraben-free cleansers are formulated to rebalance natural oils with pure ingredients, leaving hair clean, soft and full of body. The single step hair care regimen replaces shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, and leave-in conditioner with these amazing sulfate-free Conditioning Cleansers.

What I think:  I have been testing the Conditioning Cleanser for Dry or Damaged Hair. It smell creamy and a little spicy — the scent is Moroccan Macadamia.  I use it in place of shampoo and conditioner, I just work it in my wet hair, leave it in for a few minutes and rinse.  My hair is soft and manageable afterwards and is not left dry by shampoo.

Available at, Walgreens and Duane Reade stores.


Black Friday Skincare Deals — Sebamed, Jan Marini, Jurlique, Miracle Skin Transformer and Mad Hippie

Skincare is such a thoughtful gift.  It shows your loved one or friend that you really care about their well being.  Great skin makes you feel fantastic!

Below are some fab Black Friday skincare ideas for gift giving, or to give yourself a well deserved treat!


Sebamed — Enjoy 20% off all skin and hair care products and receive a free gift with every purchase on November 28th, Black Friday. Use Promo Code: blackfriday14 on

Free gift with purchase includes: 2 travel size Everyday Shampoos, 2 travel size Moisturizing Body Lotions, 2 travel size Cleansing Bars and a full size Moisturizing Face Cream.

Jan Marini Skin Research
Jan Marini Skin Research

Jan Marini Skin Research — Now – December 5th — Take 20% off purchases over $200 or more. Shop online via


This year, Jurlique is offering 3 custom bundles exclusively for the holiday shopping event of the year. All sets are 50+% off – no offer codes needed!

  • Travel Essentials Set – $29 (over 50% off, a $73 value) Herbal Recovery Night Cream, Herbal Recovery Eye Cream, Calendula Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturizing Cream, Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum, Skin Balancing Face Oil, Rose Hand Cream
  • Jurlique Anti-Aging Set – $89 (50% off, a $179 value) – Includes a Purely Age-Defying Firming Treatment Mask, Purely Age-Defying Eye Cream, Lavender Hydrating Mist, Purely Age-Defying Refining Treatment and Balancing Day Care Cream
  • Daily Radiance Set – $96 (over 50% off, a $209 value) – Includes a Herbal Recovery Mist, Herbal Recovery Eye Cream, Purely Bright Treatment Serum, Purely Bright Day Moisturizer, Purely bright Night Moisturizer

Available at

Miracle Skin Transformer
Miracle Skin Transformer

Miracle Skin Transformer — Black Friday:

Spend $50 and receive 30% off your entire purchase.  Use this code at checkout: BLACKFRIDAY30

Cyber Monday:

Spend $50 and receive 40% off your entire purchase.  Use this code at checkout: CYBERMONDAY40

Shop online via

Mad Hippie
Mad Hippie

Mad Hippie — Black Friday – 12am December 1st:

25% off all purchases during this time frame. Use code: Holiday

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Are you picking up some great new skincare this weekend?

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of November 10 — 16, 2014

It’s so cold outside in Kansas City…brrr!  I try not to go outside in the cold air, but when I do, I can feel my face and lips cracking from the freezing air!  So dry!

So, this week I’m loving products that will help my dry and chapped skin. I have been testing great skin care, lip balms and body products to help me for what I hope is not too cold a winter.

My faves are:

Pür Minerals M.M.C. Anti-Aging Moisture Complex
Pür Minerals M.M.C. Anti-Aging Moisture Complex

Pür Minerals M.M.C. Anti-Aging Moisture Complex ($38 USD) — Feed your skin with anti-oxidants and protect it from free radicals. This anti-aging, hydrating cream has been shown to improve skin texture and tone in as little as 10 days.  The M.M.C. Anti-Aging Moisture Complex is free of chemical dyes and contains key ingredients that detoxify, condition and renew the skin.

What I think: This is perfect for my recently dry skin from the cold air.  I love using this as my night cream.  I have noticed my skin is smoother and really soft in the morning.

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Soap and Paper Factory Shea Lip Butter
Soap and Paper Factory Shea Lip Butter

Soap and Paper Factory Shea Lip Butter ($9 USD) — These Lip Butters are packed with Shea Butter, and totally emollient!  They offer three fragrances, each made with PURE essential oils — Blood Orange (above), Limoncello, and Mint Julep.  These butters are long lasting, and will keep your kisser soft and supple.   A sweet, vintage inspired design comes with a mirror.

What I think:  Love these.  They each smell amazing and are so moisturizing on the lips.  Perfect for throwing in a purse or pocket for continued moisturization throughout the day.

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Tammy Fender Essential C Tonic
Tammy Fender Essential C Tonic

Tammy Fender Essential C Tonic ($55 USD) — Steeped with antioxidant-rich Green Tea, this formula purifies and invigorates the complexion, while acting as a natural toner to restore the pH balance of the skin.

What I think:  Such an amazing natural toner. I love the fresh scent of this and the fact that it doesn’t dry out my skin at all.  My skin is softer after using, which is rare from a toner.  I highly recommend this product!

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Mad Hippie Face Cream
Mad Hippie Face Cream

Mad Hippie Face Cream ($25.99 USD) — Formulated with 12 actives including peptides, acai, argan oil and resveratrol, the Mad Hippie Face Cream reduces the appearance of wrinkles and creates smooth, healthy skin. The peptides and actives kick-start collagen production while Mother Nature’s best antioxidants neutralize aging free radicals.

What I think: If you are looking for an effective natural moisturizer, this one may be perfect for you! It has so many good-for-you ingredients that leave skin so soft!  I have noticed that my skin does appear younger (my laugh lines less noticeable) since I have been using this cream!

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Rituals Laughing Buddha Good Luck Scrub
Rituals Laughing Buddha Good Luck Scrub

Rituals Laughing Buddha Good Luck Scrub ($29 USD) — Luxury combination of organic sugar and wonderful softening oils. Specially developed to nourish and revitalize even the driest of skins. The natural ingredients Sweet Orange & Cedar produce a wonderfully warm aroma. Use the body scrub once or twice a week for a soft and glowing skin.

What I think:  This scrub smells wonderful, like the holidays!  And it really softens my skin and removes any dry skin.  A little goes a long way to super smooth skin!

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Korres Guava Body Butter ($29 USD) — Soothe dry skin instantly with this creamy body butter enriched with shea butter and quince extract to soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin.

Korres Guava Lip Butter ($12 USD) — This beautifully scented, creamy body butter 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.

What I think: Both of these products are highly moisturizing.  The lip butter is  not tinted which is perfect for everyday and every night use.  It really softens my dry lips.  The lotion is also really softening.  I use it after showers and at night to keep my skin (I love using it on my legs) hydrated.

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What have you been loving this week?  Any new skincare? Leave a comment and let me know!