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.

Available on www.madhippie.com

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 http://www.cvs.com

 

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 www.kensingtonapothecary.com

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 19-25, 2015

It’s finally cooling down in Kansas City!  Yay!  I’m excited about the cooler weather so that I can wear new sweaters and boots.  I was also getting tired of the heat.  Cooler weather feels festive, too, which I love this time of year!

This week I am featuring two brands that I am loving — Yes to skincare and Makeup Academy Cosmetics. I am sharing my Yes to favorites and new Makeup Academy products:

Yes to is one of my go-to skin care brands.  I like to mix and match the different lines as they are always introducing inventive products!  The three below are my current favorites:

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil ($4.99 USD) — This lip oil provides long lasting nourishment, softness, and fits just about anywhere (talk about a triple threat!). This new lip oil will quench dry lips with decadent oils, that also cool while it moisturizes. Formulated with a plethora of oils: Virgin Coconut, Olive, and cooling Eucalyptus, your lips will be intensely moisturized and soft. Throw in an added hint of natural shine, and you will be ready for coconut kisses (under the sun!)

Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes – 25ct ($5.99 USD) –These Cleansing Facial Wipes are formulated with Blueberries and Coconut to gently cleanse, remove makeup, and moisturize skin all in one. With Lemon Peel and Apple to help brighten skin, these are a great addition to our Age Refresh collection. They leave your skin feeling clean, youthful, and glowy!

Yes To Tomatoes Acne Clearing Facial Toner ($9.99 USD) — Prepare to be “toned” away! Our first-ever toner sweeps away excess dirt and refines skin with witch hazel, our all-time favorite natural astringent (’cause it keeps pores nice and tight!). It also penetrates pores to eliminate acne with salicylic acid and nourishes with a proprietary blend of tomato, blackberry, and watermelon extracts. That’s right, it has all the “swipe” moves!

What I think:  The lip oil is awesome!  It is refreshing and moisturizing at the same time!  The wipes are my all-time favorite!  They are cleansing and hydrating.  And the toner is new.  I like to use it when I have the occasional break out, or when my skin is very oily.

Available at http://www.yestocarrots.com

Makeup Academy
Makeup Academy

MUA Makeup Academy has released fun new products for fall.  Here are the products in the photo from left to right:

  • Complete Brow Kit ($14.50)Expertly defines, grooms and set brows for all-day wear. Comes with two universal brow shades, clear brow wax and gel, and a double-ended brow brush.
  • Amp-Up Adjustable Mascara ($10.50) Unique, adjustable mascara with a four way adjustable brush head and a buildable, volumizing formula.
  • Dual Ended Cat Eye Liner ($11.50) Dual-ended eye liner with a flexible, precise felt tip on one end, and soft crayon tip on the other.
  • Eyeshadow Palettes in Nude, Metallic, and Smoky ($16.50)Artist inspired collections of 10 intensely pigmented shades that work beautifully together.
  • Intense Gel Color Eye Liner ($9.50)Long-wearing, waterproof liner glides on with creamy precision. Available in six shades: Aubergine, Chocolate Brown, Emerald, Gunmetal Metallic, Midnight Black, and Sapphire.
  • No Crease Eyeshadow Base ($13.50) – Preps eyelids to enhance staying power of eyeshadow and eyeliner, offering sheer and long-lasting coverage.  
  • Color Drenched Lip Butters ($9.50) – Velvety lip butters nourish lips while providing opaque, creamy coverage. Available in 10 shades: Bare, Brick, Cashmere, Honey, Mulberry, Nude, Plum, Red, Rose, and Spice.
  • Retractable BB/CC Cream Brush ($19.50) – Travel-friendly version of the original MUA Pro BB/CC Cream Brush.
  • Brush Cleansing Balm ($11.50) – Made with gentle goat milk, this balm dissolves makeup and impurities from brushes and makeup sponges.

What I think:  I have been testing the mascara, gel eye liners and lip butters.  The Mascara is really fun to use and you can adjust it to the look that you want.  The gel eye liners glide across my lid and gives great color.  The tubes that the lip butter come in are very elegant, but the lip butter itself is a bit drying on my lips.  They give a good butter payoff, though.

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

My Beauty Faves Week of March 2-8, 2015

It has been so warm in Kansas City the last couple of days that it feels like Spring!  My skin is still trying to get over the cold and it is so dry!  So I am still loving products that moisturize and get me ready for the longer days ahead! My faves this week include a hydrating facial mask, a velvety eye cream, floss picks that whiten, affordable luxury makeup brushes and a cool light-up lip gloss!

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 USD) — This sheet mask is the perfect option for a spa treatment at home.  In 10 minutes this mask delivers an immediate boost of hydration using Hyaluronic Acid to keep skin looking smooth and restored. The box included 4 masks! What I think: This hydrating sheet mask is so easy to use.  I just apply it to clean skin and 10 minutes later, I have super soft skin!  And it doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin! Available at http://www.ulta.com

Transformative Eye Crème
Transformative Eye Crème

Volante Transformative Eye Crème ($85 USD) — Supple, lightweight and luxurious, this crème was specifically designed for the delicate eye area. The crème is infused with a new peptide that’s clinically proven to help reduce dark circles, and special light diffusers visibly reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. Independent clinical tests showed that 90% of women reported their eyes instantly felt more refreshed, with more than 80% of women reporting that their eyes looked and felt healthier with fewer lines after four weeks of use. With a blend of 7 VITAE, this crème will leave your skin smooth, refreshed and younger-looking. What I think: This is such a luxe eye cream — it instantly smoothes my skin and it helps me look wide awake, even when I’m not!  It is very lightweight and absorbs quickly. Available at www.VolanteSkincare.com

DenTek Fresh & White Silky Whitening Floss Picks
DenTek Fresh & White Silky Whitening Floss Picks

DenTek Fresh & White Silky Whitening Floss Picks ($2.47 USD for 75) — The FIRST and ONLY floss picks on the market that provide advanced whitening with micro-crystals, to polish away food and plaque and promote a whiter, brighter smile! They feature Gentle Silk Floss for easy cleaning between tight teeth and have a built-in tongue cleaner to keep breath fresh.

What I think:  These are so good for cleaning in between all teeth (even my recent crown).  They also really freshen my breath. Plus, they are very affordable! DenTek has a wide range of oral hygiene products such as Floss Picks + Travel Case ($1.50 for 2ct) and DenTek Interdental Cleaners ($4.49).

Available at Walmart stores.

Makeup Academy Pro Brushes
Makeup Academy Pro Brushes

Makeup Academy’s premium brush collection, the perfect accessories to create flawless makeup looks easily and affordably! Innovatively designed with a mix of natural and synthetic fibers for use across face, eyes and lips, the 15 brushes feature precision-cut heads and sleek, gunmetal finishes and are now What I think:  I love these brushes!  They are very luxe and affordable! I have tried the Pro BB/CC Cream Brush ($18), which diffuses cream over the skin to create a feather-light,  no-makeup finish, the Pro Smudger/Detailer Brush ($8) with a dome shape ideal for blending out a dark smoky eye, and the Pro Point Liner Brush ($10) is uniquely shaped to achieve a precise cat-eye, without hands or fingers getting in the way. Available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy and http://www.cvs.com/muapro

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss Sugar Mama
Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss Sugar Mama

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss Sugar Mama ($24 USD) — A deliciously pale pink gloss that will be an essential for all of our girly girls out there. Wear it alone or top your favorite nude lipstick to create the perfect wash of color. A deliciously pale pink gloss that will be an essential for all of our girly girls out there. Wear it alone or top your favorite nude lipstick to create the perfect wash of color. What I think: This color is so pretty and soft, perfect for natural day looks or at night with a dramatic eye.  And the lid of the gloss has a mirror and it lights up when opened — so fun! Available at http://www.gerardcosmetics.com What are you loving this week?