Fun Products For Easy Summer Beauty!

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Happy Friday!  I’ve received samples of some fun products for my honest review.  Some are new and some are new to me, but all are fun for the summer to some degree!

Ola Tropical Apothecary Body Mist ($14 for 2 oz) – The secret ingredient in Ola Tropical Apothecary’s Deep Sea Body Mist is…the water.  Found at 3000’ below the ocean surface off the Kona Coast, each Body Mist contains over 90 trace minerals, and is high in calcium and magnesium.  A few simple spritzes to hair, face and skin instantly hydrates and moisturizes. 

I first thought this was like a body cologne spray, but it has a very fine mist and I read that it can be used on the face.  I have the Pikake, which smells like a Hawaiian lei, and the Passion Fruit.  I LOVE the passion fruit one, it’s one of my favorite scents. These are very refreshing and hydrating.

Hotheads’ Mini G Hairbrush ($9.29 USD) – Good things really do come in small packages!  The Mini G conveniently fits in your handbag, gym bag or travel bag.  Use it with your favorite dry shampoo to refresh tired locks.  It’s the perfect little brush to distribute your leave-in products before heading out into the sun.  Great for detangling after a swim, the Mini G also helps remove sand debris from the scalp and hair.  Finishing your day at the beach using the Mini G will reduce frizz and help create the perfect ponytail.  

Mally Beauty More Is More Mascara ($20 USD) has a special brush designed to grip lashes and smooth mascara out to the very tips for exceptional length and definition. Has a rich, creamy, jet black formula. It took me a few uses to get a very voluminous look.  And it only really lengthens if I use a primer underneath. It is very black, though!

Mally Beauty Kiss Me Tinted Lip Oil ($27.21 USD for 3) — I received this in Crystal Clear, but you can get a trio including Crystal Clear, Peach Me and What a Melon. This is a conditioning oil that gives shine like a gloss, but it’s not sticky. It has a minty taste. This is nice when I want something on my lips, but don’t want to wear color.

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Colored Mascara ($5 USD) — Delivers intense opaque color that will not clump or flake. Maximum bristled brush helps give volume and length to all lashes. Available in 8 colored mascaras and two glitter top coats. The two shades I received are the glitter top coats in Disco Ball and Shooting Star.  Disco Ball has silver glitter and shows up more than Shooting Star, which has black and multi-colored glitter. These show up the best in the sunlight.  They are fun, but I will probably be giving them to my daughter.

What products have you been trying out lately?

 

 

Try a Glam New Holiday Look

Well, December snuck up on us, didn’t it?  It is time for holiday parties of all kinds, from now until New Years.

Do you glam up your look at the holidays?  It is the perfect season to try something dramatic like a red lip or dramatic eyes.  Maybe just a little shimmer on your cheekbones or a glittery nail.

Here is a list of great new items to help you look fabulous this holiday season:

YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+
YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+

YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ ($38 USD) — It’s your full coverage foundation, brightening color, anti-aging serum, pore minimizing primer, dark spot corrector, moisturizing  day cream, plus UVA/UVB broad spectrum physical only SPF 50+ all in one easy step! Infused with cutting edge anti-aging technology and is clinically proven to improve skin texture, brightness and increase skin hydration by 79%. Formulated with plastic surgeons to merge high-performance skincare with the benefits of color-correcting makeup. Plus, it delivers luminous and healthy looking skin with powerful anti-aging repair benefits for perfect coverage. Your supple and flawless skin but better!

What I think:  A beautiful face of makeup starts with a foundation.  This CC Cream not only evens out skin tone, it also has anti-aging properties and high SPF.  You can put this right over bare skin — you don’t need additional serum or moisturizer.  Great for a quick base when you are in a hurry!

Available at www.itcosmetics.com.

Mai Couture Highlighter Papiers
Mai Couture Highlighter Papiers

Mai Couture Highlighter Papiers ($28 for booklet of 50 sheets) Compact and easy to throw in your bag for any holiday party, the Mai Couture Highlighter Papiers ($28 for booklet of 50 sheets) instantly glam up any holiday look. Both the St. Barts and Crystal Cove shades turn up the wattage on lackluster skin in seconds flat with beautiful flawless luminosity. Perfect for face, décolletage, and body.

What I think:  These highlighter papers are so cool!  Just tear one out of the booklet and rub on cheekbones, under eyebrow, even on the body.  They give such a pretty glow.  These are also available in really pretty blush papers.

Available at www.maicouture.com.

Violent Eyes Jet Black Glitterati
Violent Eyes Jet Black Glitterati
Violent Eyes Jet Black Glitterati ($9.99 for a set of 8 that features 4 eyeliner styles) — Whether you’re playing with a smokey eye or just want to enhance your eyes for the evening, glitter makeup creates a striking, eye-catching look.Some glitter eye makeup is difficult to apply and drifts away from the eyes. The makers of Violent Lips simplify the glittery lid with the Violent Eyes Collection.

These Temporary Eye Appliques Featuring 4 Different Eyeliner  Styles. Each Violent Eyes pack contains 8 Temporary Eye Appliques that  fit all eye shapes, are smudge proof and last up to 16 hours.

What I think:  These so much fun for an evening out with the girls (or a hot date)!  They take a little practice to work just right, but once you get the hang of it, you can get sparkle that lasts all night!

You can purchase at www.violentlips.com.
Jane Cosmetics
Jane Cosmetics
The holiday gift-giving season is just around the corner and Jane Cosmetics has you covered! With an array of beautiful shades at affordable prices, you’ll find something for every beauty girl on your list. Here are great choices from Jane:
  • Makeup bag – $12
  • Intense Color Lip Gloss in Million Dollar Smile – $7
  • Shimmer Eye Shadow in Eclipse and Ray of Light – $8 each
  • Multi-Colored Pressed Powder in Peach Bouquet (also available in Pink Bouquet, Berry Bouquet) – $12
  • Pressed Bronzing Powder (available in Inspire, Dream, Give, Empower)  – $10
  • Cream Eye Shadow in Polished Pewter – $8

What I think: Jane cosmetics are back and better than ever!  The shadows are highly pigmented and the blushes and bronzer are so pretty! Very affordable as well.

Jane Cosmetics is sold at ULTA Beauty stores nationwide and Ulta.com.
Mally Beauty Evercolor Satin Lipstick in Warm Red
Mally Beauty Evercolor Satin Lipstick in Warm Red

Mally Beauty Evercolor Satin Lipstick in Warm Red ($15 USD) — Wear a bold, fierce red lip to make your lips look younger and more vibrant.  Try the Mally Beauty Evercolor Satin Lipstick in Warm Red for brighter lips, or Cool Red for a sophisticated look.

What I think: Mally makes a red for every skin tone.  This lipstick is perfect for holiday parties and a great match for jewel tone and glitter party clothes — or a great little black dress.

Purchase at www.MallyBeauty.com.

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection
China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection
China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze ($7.50 USD) is a party-perfect collection sure to get the celebrations started off right! With these 12 twist-on-traditional shades, plus one traveling top coat, reindeers won’t be the only ones lighting up the night sky this holiday season.  China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze also features 10 holiday gift sets – the perfect party favors, stocking stuffers and gifts for the lacquer lover in your life.  The shades from top left to bottom right are:
Just Be-Claws — warm red metallic glimmer
Santa Red My List –-  fuchsia metallic glimmer
Be Merry Be Bright — royal purple and magenta multi-glitter
Elfin’ Around — rust red metallic glimmer
This is Tree-mendous — green and gold glitter in transparent base
Bells Will Be Blinging — blue and gold multi-glitter
So Blue Without You — pool blue metallic glimmer
There’s Snow One Like You — matte white texture
Mingle With Kringle — yellow gold aluminum
All Wrapped Up — midnight blue and purple glitter
Your Present Required  — multi-sized multi-color glitter
Put a Bow on It — magenta glitter
What I think:  These are gorgeous polishes, perfect for party season.  I am loving Just Be-Claws — sparkly rich red, Be Merry Be Bright is pretty over a lighter shade and There’s Snow One Like You is a cool texture polish that looks like snow on your nails.  Fun!
What makeup do you like to use for the holidays? Leave a comment and let me know.

Great Products To Show Your Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

There are so many great products out for 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  I have compiled a small list of products that are fab in their own right, but coupled with this worthy cause, are better — and pinker — this month!

You can’t go wrong with any of these:

Marc Jacobs Daisy Hot Pink Edition
Marc Jacobs Daisy Hot Pink Edition

Marc Jacobs Daisy Hot Pink Edition ($79, 1.7 FL OZ) — $3 from each sale up to $50,000 will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The notes of this pretty fragrance are:

Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods.

Available now at retailers nationwide.

ck one shine lipstick breast cancer awareness limited edition
ck one shine lipstick breast cancer awareness limited edition

ck one shine lipstick breast cancer awareness limited edition ($16 USD) — This moisturizing lipstick is a fun, bright pink.  $1 from each sale will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Available at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

Sensai’s Total Lip Treatment
Sensai’s Total Lip Treatment

Sensai’s Total Lip Treatment ($68) helps promote collagen synthesis around the lip area. The luxurious balm works to repair rough, chapped lips while minimizing the appearance of fine lines. Lips are left feeling smooth and moisturized.

This October, Sensai by Kanebo will donate 15% of their Total Lip Treatment sales to The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®.

Available at Bergdorf Goodman.

 

Mally Best Days Kit
Mally Your Brightest Days Are Ahead Kit

As a mother, daughter, and woman, Mally Roncal, Celebrity Makeup Artist and President / Founder of Mally Beauty has been personally touched by breast cancer. To stand with other women who hold this cause close to their hearts, Mally is offering an uplifting seven piece collection, the Brightest Days Are Ahead Kit.

With each purchase, a donation will be made to the Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation’s breast cancer fundraising efforts (FFCF). FFCF leads the industry’s fundraising efforts for innovative breast cancer research and provides grants to the nation’s most distinguished breast cancer research hospitals and foundations.

Housed in a beautiful tote that reads “your best days are ahead” the Brightest Days Are Ahead Kit holds:

§  NEW Perfect Skin Illuminating Refiner with a brush and sponge

§  Perfect Prep Under Eye Brightener in Lighter

§  NEW Luxury Lipstick in Pilar Pink

§  Evercolor Shadow Stick in Empowering Lilac

§  Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Fearless Brown

§  Mally Inspirational Bag: To remind you, wherever you are, that “Your Best Days are Ahead”

The Mally Beauty Brightest Days Ahead Limited-Edition Kit retails for $59.98 (MSRP: $140.00) during the month of October.

Breast Cancer Awareness Wet Brush
Breast Cancer Awareness Wet Brush

Breast Cancer Awareness Wet Brush ($14 USD) To commemorate their commitment to the fight against Breast Cancer, JDB proudly introduces the limited edition version of their best-selling detangler, The 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Wet Brush.

This brush not only combats tangles, but also helps support the battle against Breast Cancer. Take comfort in knowing that every purchase goes towards supporting lifesaving research, providing valuable services to breast cancer sufferers, and creating awareness around this surmountable obstacle.

Dedicated to supporting charities, JDB’s unwavering commitment to various Breast Cancer Awareness programs shows the company’s continued pledge to help bring hope into the lives of so many people.

25% of JDB’s total profits will go towards Breast Cancer research.

Availability: TheWetBrush.com

 

Julep BCA Judith
Julep BCA Judith

This October Julep will release “Edith” ($14 USD) created in honor of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. The nail color is a pretty cherry blossom pink crème with holographic glitter.

Available at www.julep.com

Enjoy the month and giving for a great cause!

 

Fight The Powder Event With Mally Roncal On May 8, 2012

Mally Poreless Face Defender Compact with Sponge

Mally Roncal, celebrity makeup artist and president of Mally Beauty, has one nemesis— translucent powder! It does everything it’s not supposed to—highlights lines and wrinkles, dulls your complexion and leaves you looking lackluster. That’s why she has declared a war against translucent powder and developed a life-changing alternative: Face Defender. A high-performance, completely clear antidote to old-fashioned powder, the revolutionary formula has inspired legions of women to throw away their old compacts and change the way they apply makeup forever.

As the leader of the war on powder, Mally is issuing a battle cry, encouraging women to take a pledge to “Fight the Powder.” Beginning early May, you can take the “Fight The Powder” pledge on Mally Beauty’s Facebook page.

And, if you are going to be in the New York City-area on Tuesday, May 8th, Mally and her “Fight the Powder” squad are encouraging women to take a stand against translucent powder by trading in their old compact for Face Defender. The event is taking place outside of Grand Central Terminal, where Mally and her beauty team will encourage commuters to participate in a makeup trade-up. The first 50 women to take the pledge will receive Mally’s Face Defender ($40 USD).

Here are the details:

What:                   Fight the Powder with the Mally Beauty Team

When:                  Tuesday, May 8, 2012: Rush Hour

§ 6:30 am – 9:30 am

§ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

*Rain Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Where:                Outside of Grand Central Terminal

I do not live in New York City, so will unable to attend the event.  But I have recently received a sample of the product and love it!

The Face Defender is a clear solid product that almost looks like wax.  But when patted on the skin with the enclosed sponge (in a compartment under the compact with a mirror), pores and fine lines melt away!  Well, not really, but it appears as so.  Even the wrinkles under my eyes that are from seasonal allergies smooth out instantly with this product.  So nice!

Available for purchase at www.qvc.com and www.mallybeauty.com.

Please let me know if you attend the event.  I want to hear all about it!

Enjoy!

Mally Ultimate Performance Brightening 2-in-1 Eye Shadow

Mally Ultimate Performance Brightening 2-in-1  Eye Shadow ($26 USD)

What is it: A 2-in-1 eye shadow, with water built right into the formula, designed to be incredibly hydrating and long lasting. It creates gorgeous luminosity on the lid and can be built for more intensity and blended together seamlessly. The rollerball end contains a soft highlighter that has many great uses. It can also be worn on top of cream shadow for that extra glow.

Who is it for: Women who want a beautiful, bulletproof eye shadow that doesn’t crease, fade, or smudge.

Why is it different: This two-step eye shadow system allows you to create a beautiful eye look. How do I use it: First, take the cream shadow and apply it all over the lid, from lash line to crease and blend gently with your finger. Or, you can run it along the upper lash line for a great pop of brightening color. The beautiful formula is going to lay smoothly on the eye, hovering over any fine lines and wrinkles. It blends seamlessly to create a fabulous wash of color. Now, take the Highlighter and just pop it right into the inner corners of the eyes to instantly make you look awakened and refreshed. You can also take a little and apply it right in the center of each eyelid to make your eyes look wider..

Includes:

  • 0.1-fl oz cream shadow
  • 0.02-oz highlighter

What I think:  This product comes in 3 shades for the cream shadow — bronze, lilac and mint cream.  I have the lilac and bronze.  I like the lilac color the best, but it doesn’t have much staying power.  It starts off as a bright shimmery lilac, and fades to a softer matte color in a couple of hours.  Still, it’s pretty.  The bronze does last longer, but it is a bit dark for me.

The highlighting powder is pretty, but very sparkly.  It works well at the inner corners of the eye.

I say this may be a good product for you if you like sparkly, shimmery shadows and can reapply if needed.

Enjoy!

Mally My Favorite Things Giveaway!

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Hi Ladies!  Want to win some fab makeup from Mally?  I first posted about this in December — here is the link:

https://fortyflirtyfabulous.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/beyonce-wears-mally-cosmetics-on-2020-win-her-look/.

I have recently received the products and an image so you can see exactly what you could win.  Here are the details:

  • 0.06 oz Evercolor Shadow Stick in Twilight (taupe)
  • 0.06 oz Evercolor Shadow Stick in Purple Rain (purple)–new and exclusive to QVC until 3/12/12!
  • 0.06 oz Evercolor Shadow Stick in Firework (rose)–new and exclusive to QVC until 3/12/12!
  • 0.01 oz Evercolor Waterproof Automatic Eyeliner in Onyx (black)
  • 0.01 oz Evercolor Waterproof Automatic Eyeliner in Tiger’s Eye (brown)–new and exclusive to QVC until 3/12/12!
  • 0.01 oz Evercolor Waterproof Automatic Eyeliner in Fierce Forest (green)–new and exclusive to QVC until 3/12/12!
  • Three 0.39 fl oz Volumizing Mascaras in Black
  • 0.12 oz High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Fuzzy Navel (peach-pink)–new and exclusive to QVC until 3/12/12!
  • 0.12 oz High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Orchid (berry-pink)–new and exclusive to QVC until 3/12/12!
  • 0.12 oz High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Mally’s Baby (pink)
  • Three small gift bags
  • Three pieces of gift tissue

I have decided to split this up and give it away to THREE lucky winners!  To win, please be from the United States or Canada, and leave me a comment.  Once I announce the winners, I will ask you your first and second choices for the shades of Shadow Stick, Eyeliner and High Shine Liquid Lipstick.  I will make a little goodie bag and include one of each of those, plus a fabulous mascara.

I have tried all of these products and I LOVE them.  The mascara is one of my all time faves (like Mally)!  It gives length and fullness and is SO black.  I have black lashes and this even darkens them.

The lip color is also one of my favorites.  It is super shiny and moisturizing, not sticky at all.  It is a combo lipstick (for coverage) and gloss (for shine).

The liner and eyeshadow last all day.  Mally calls it “bulletproof”, and the shades are beautiful.

If you have already entered, I will include your entry and I will draw next Friday, January 20, 2012.  Good luck!

You can learn more and purchase this on www.qvc.com.  This would make great Valentine’s or Mother’s Day gifts for the fab ladies in your life!

Beyonce Wears Mally Cosmetics on 20/20. Win her look!

If you didn’t catch 20/20 on Friday, December 2nd,we have the lowdown for you! Superstar mogul and fashion and beauty icon, Beyoncé, was a guest of Katie Couric and it was hard not to notice her glowing skin and flawless makeup! Here’s a chance to get tips to re-create Beyoncé’s glowing look (not just her pregnancy glow) from famed makeup artist Mally Roncal, who worked with her for this very exclusive interview. Mally share’s her inside tricks on how to steal this look:

−       Start by using my concealer to brighten under the eyes or any other place that needs help.

−       Next, use my subtle highlighter and contour powder to really bring out your inner beauty! The highlighter lifts the face and even illuminates the eye area. The contour powder instantly makes you look like you lost five pounds.

−       For eyes, I opted for my creamy, shimmery eye shadow, bulletproof Eyeliner and my secret: Volumizing Mascara.

−       To create glossy, Beyoncé worthy lips, I used my High Shine Liquid Lipstick.

−       This look is great for any skin tone and any age!

These essentials can be found in Mally’s “My Favorite Things Collection”. This kit contains all the Mally products used on Beyoncé, and will debut on December 9th for $59.50 on QVC.

And yes– You can WIN this collection!  I will be giving away a Mally My Favorite Things Collection.  To win, please place comment anywhere on my blog stating that you want to win Beyonce’s look.  I will select one winner and announce who it is in a week or two.  Check out my blog in the next couple of days and I will have a photo of the kit so you can see exactly what you can win (it is not for sale until tomorrow).

Good luck and take it from me, Mally’s cosmetics are beautiful and very long-wearing.  This is a kit that you will be able to wear day or night!

Hot Holiday Makeup Palettes To Give (and Receive)!

Makeup palettes are fabulous gifts for any lady.  Below, I am featuring products in a variety of prices from $15 to $65 so you can find a very nice gift on any budget!  Also, each company has many different holiday gifts in different price ranges.  So check out their sites and have fun shopping!

Pixi Fake Awake Kit – Power-Nap ($28 USD on sale now for $23.80 USD) from the Pixi line. This makeup comes in lovely hues of pink for your cheeks and lips. These versatile colors can be dressed up or down.  If you’re tired and lacking some serious nap time, let the Fake Awake Kit from Pixi™ perk up your look! Kit contains: Lip/Cheek Tint, Lip Gloss,  Awakening Powder, Setting Powder and 4 Concealers.  Available at Target and www.target.com.

Jemma Kidd Glamour Kit Palette ($48 USD)  — This all-in-one glamour kit will let you easily create an array of ultimate party looks in an instant. Developed exclusively for Space NK, Jemma Kidd Makeup School brings you the all-in-one ‘60s inspired Glamour Kit. This of the moment palette includes a two-in-one priming eye and lip base to enhance colour pigment and ensure long-lasting results; a selection of 4 versatile eye shadows in neutral, taupe, charcoal and an illuminating silver to open the eye area for that iconic ‘60s doe-eye; a high pigment black crème liner to give high-definition; and a lightweight lip and cheek flush for a natural finish. Apply with mini Jemma Kidd Make Up School essential shadow and liner duo brush applicators. You can find this at www.spacenk.com.  There is also a lovely palette at Urban Outfitters and you can find tons of great JK Jemma Kidd sets and stocking stuffers at Target and www.target.com.

Laura Mercier Limited Edition Baked Eye Colour Palette ($48 USD) — Enhance eyes this holiday season with Laura’s stunning new Baked Eye Colour Palette.  In shades of warm bronze, cool pink and smoky lilac, this beautiful palette features a range of five Baked Eye Colours, plus a mini Double-Ended Eye Colour/ Crème Eye Detail Brush for flawless application.  The palette includes 5 shades: sienna, terracotta, ballet pink, pink petal and lilac.  You can find this at www.lauramercier.com.

Mally More Perfect Palette ($65 USD) — The latest edition of Mally’s favorite colors all delivered in a single beautiful Palette, with a gorgeous lipgloss, three brushes and a fierce travel pouch. Everything you need for a fast face on the go, Two Blushers (Mally’s look & Romantic), six gorgois eye shadows (Mally’s Glow, Browlight, Natural, Shimmering Taupe, Broadway Bronze and Nolita Navy), an eye shadow base, an all over Luminizer, And Blossom, one of Mally’s favorite lipcolors.  Available at www.mallybeauty.com.

Stila Dream in Full Color Palette ($39 USD $366 value) —  makes creating endless color combinations a reality. With 29 Eye Shadow shades, seven Cheek Colors and a Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray, it’s easy to dream up a different look for each holiday party – day or night. For step-by-step instructions, a 16-page artistry lookbook expertly demonstrates how to apply – empowering everyone to be their own pro artist. www.stilacosmetics.com

e.l.f. Studio Holiday 144-Piece Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette ($15 USD) — Looking for the ultimate gift for you or someone special on your list? e.l.f.’s limited edition Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette features 144 gorgeous shades to create endless eye looks for the makeup artist in all of us. From bright blue hues to perfect plums, rich neutrals and sparkling charcoals, these long-lasting, pigmented shadows are ideal for creating vivid day and night looks that reflect your personal style. Discover beautiful eyes with the Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette! This sleek palette comes packaged in a sparkling silver glitter box for instant holiday glam! www.eyeslipsface.com