I have three daughters — so Santa has lots of stockings to stuff! Beauty gifts are always a great idea for women of all ages!
My youngest daughter (10) loves the Softlips cube, my middle daughter (15) loves how the fragrance wand smells, my eldest (19) has fun with nail polish, the soaps and candle is perfect for my mother-in-law (not saying age!), and I would love the Skindinavia!!!
Which of these fab products would you love to give – or love for yourself?
Holiday Spice Shea Butter Hand Cream
Roland Pine Pure Soy Candles
Winter Vanilla Shea Butter Soap
The Soap and Paper Factory — This company has lots of fragrant, lovely packaged products that are perfect for stocking stuffing! From soaps, hand creams, candles, plus lip butters and solid fragrances, there is something for everyone on your list!
Softlips Cube Pomegranate Blueberry ($3.49 USD) — This glass-like, cube-shaped lip balm in a light, fresh Pomegranate Blueberry flavor provides unprecedented, 5 in 1 lip care to hydrate, replenish, smooth, protect with SPF 15 and add a subtle sheen.
Conveniently available at mass retailers, the cheerful-looking Seasonal Edition will make spirits bright for a limited time!
Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray ($35 for 4 oz, $49 for 8 oz) Get perfect makeup now and a virtually poreless, more even-toned complexion later. Our lightweight, silicone-free primer mist delivers a smooth canvas for impeccable, long-wear makeup application, and offers long-term skin benefits you’ll love as well!
Stuff this in her stocking and she will thank you! One of the best makeup primers I have tried!
Mary Kay At Play Hail to the Nails Mini Nail Lacquer Trio ($15 USD) — For the perfect party shades to gift or keep, this triumphant trio nailed it! Mini Nail Lacquer Trio shades include Pink Hottie, Silver Sparkle and Inky Blue. Packaged in a ribboned box that’s ideal for gift-giving.
Mary Kay Winter Wishes Eau de Toilette Wand ($20 USD .25 fl. oz.) — Wishes come true with a wave of this wand – a clean, fresh fragrance that’s adorable as a stocking stuffer. Plus, it smells fantastic, just like the holidays!
Features cheerful, fruity notes like snow apple and citrus sparkle.
Warms the heart with floral notes of jasmine petals and cozy musk.
Easy on-the-go application and touch-ups.
Ideal for gift-giving – packaged in a decorative tube container.
Today was a beautiful day in Kansas City, in the 6o’s. But it will really start feeling like November this week with highs in the 30’s…brrr!
I am really thinking about giving extra moisture to my skin and getting ready for winter.
I have been loving a very moisturizing CC Cream, a thickening hair collection, eye serum, fab makeup wipes, fun makeup and ingrown hair inhibitor wipes:
Nordic Beauty Broad Spectrum SPF 30 CC Cream ($130 4 oz) — an easy to apply non-greasy, anti-aging, natural coverage, matte Broad Spectrum SPF 30 CC Cream which helps to protect skin from UVA & UVB rays utilizing the safest and most natural form of zinc oxide available without using synthetic sunscreens.
What I think: This is a very luxe, thick cream. It seems like a tinted moisturizer for dry skin more than a makeup to me. It would be perfect for someone who wants a heavier day cream with SPF. It does sink into the skin and leaves a pretty glow.
Kerastase Densifique 3-Step Regimen — ($143.50 USD) — a new collection that
counters the loss of density, shine and resilience for women who are
battling the effects of ‘life stressed hair.’ This can mean physical side
effects of divorce, a stressful career or a multitude of health and
hormonal shifts which occur as women age. Unlike prescriptions or
over-the-counter remedies aimed at hair loss, Densifique’s in-salon or
at-home regimen is suitable for anyone. The at-home collection includes
Densifique Bain Densité, Densifique Masque Densité and Densifique
Densimorphose Mousse, a decadent, skin-care inspired rich mousse instantly
transforms the hair, fiber by fiber for visible voluminous results.
What I think: This is a great system for women who find that their hair is thinning with age. I have been using it for a couple of weeks, and although my hair isn’t thicker yet, the mousse does help it appear fuller! I am hoping to see more results in the next few weeks. I do notice that my hair looks healthier and shinier, which I love!
AHAVA Dead Sea Osmoter Eye Concentrate Youth & Cellular Energizing Serum ($50 USD) — Silk-textured and lightweight, this clinically tested* re-energizing eye serum illuminates, smoothes and beautifies the delicate eye zone. Infused with Persian Silk & Siegesbeckia Orientalis Extracts this formula will help to strengthen the dermal structure, fight signs of fatigue/stress and reduce dark circles. The Cucumber and Aloe Vera will help to calm the skin and reduce puffiness, while the Bird of Paradise Extract corrects discolorations and restores luminosity, promoting radiance for a more rested, youthful appearance. In a series of independent studies on 36 women over the course of 4 weeks, 81% reported the eye area looked refreshed and agreed the serum visibly improved the eye area.
What I think: This lovely eye serum is so soothing on! I have noticed that my eyes look fresher and smoother after using this product. I have only been using it for about a week, so I do not see improvement in my dark circles yet, but I’m hopeful.
Available at AHAVAUS.com
butter LONDON Scrubbers Makeup Remover Wipes ($15 for 15 wipes) — Gently cleanse and wipe away dirt, oil and makeup with Scrubbers Makeup Remover Wipes. Luxourious and ultra-soft, these double-sided wipes contain natural botanical extracts of rice, sunflower and rosemary to cleanse and soothe even the most sensitive skin. Lightly quilted on one side, these wipes scrub away even the most stubborn shades, while the smooth side cleanses and soothes. These individually-wrapped world travelers will become the superstars of your cosmetic bag.
What I think: Loving these! Although these have natural ingredients (which sometimes irritate my skin) and scrubbers on one side, these are so refreshing and calming at the same time. Plus with the scrubbers, they remove all of my makeup, which is rare with makeup removing wipes. I will be purchasing these again.
Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color ($7 USD) — This long-lasting, fade-resistant, mineral-based formula delivers weightless, high-impact color in one swipe with a natural, luminous finish that looks gorgeous on any skin tone.
Mary Kay At Play Eye Crayon ($10 USD) — Lightweight, ultra creamy texture glides on smoothly for intense, true-color payoff that doesn’t fade.
Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss ($10 USD) — Lip sync to full-on glossy goodness with a fun jelly texture.
What I think: All three of these products together make a fun fall or holiday look. The silver shadow can be a soft wash of color or layered for more sparkle. Rim your eyes with the eye crayon for a smoky look, or all over for more drama. I love the lip gloss for a great everyday lippy. It is a little bit sticky, but has really good color.
Whish Flawless Swipes ($7 (8pk) / $22 (30pk)) — Our amazingly effective and popular Flawless Ingrown Hair Serum in a new and easy to use delivery system. Perfect for your entire body or spot treating affected areas, you will easily banish the curse of ingrown hairs and bumps. This deliciously fresh smelling formula uses clinically proven active ingredients that restore your skin’s suppleness and weakens hair follicles, inhibiting future growth. You won’t need to kiss a frog to break the “bump” cures. Just a swipe of Flawless to restore smooth skin.
What I think: These lightly cucumber-scented gel-wipes are so cool. You smooth them over any red bumps or ingrown hairs in areas that you shave (bikini areas, thighs) and skin is smoother! I have used these a couple of times and have noticed that the bumps are less noticeable.
I have been testing some great new makeup this fall. I love changing it up every season for a fresh look.
I’ve been testing and loving makeup from Mary Kay, beauty ADDICTS, 20-20 Vision Cosmetics and L’Oreal. I love trying new products and new brands. Here are some of my new favorites.
Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Light to Medium
Mary Kay Eye Color Palette Sapphire Noir
Mary Kay Semi Matte Lipstick
Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($20 USD) — Get easy complexion correction with a formula that acts like makeup and is formulated like skin care. Lightweight coverage for a natural, flawless-looking complexion, easy out-the-door option without that “made-up” look, minimal shades cover a wide range of skin tones and suitable for all skin types.
Mary Kay Eye Color Palette ($24 USD) — Inspired by the world’s most precious jewels, each tempting palette includes five complementary shades, from matte to high-shimmer, with true color payoff. Intense color in one sweep, color stays true and lasts all day, blendable and buildable and has a luxurious, luminous finish.
Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipstick ($16 USD) — Sleek sophistication is yours with this color-rich, creamy lipstick. This lipstick claims long-lasting, stay-true color, won’t feather or bleed, conditions and feels moisturizing and keeps lips feeling soft, smooth and comfortable.
What I think: This CC cream is a perfect match for my skin tone. It covers really well, too. A lot of CC creams are very light coverage. It’s a perfect, everyday base. The eye shadow shades are fun for a night out and will be perfect for Halloween, but not an every day look for me. The lipstick is very moisturizing for a semi-matte lipstick.
beauty ADDICTS Play Eyeshadow ($15.50 USD) — Super fine, crushed pearls give a radiant look and a creamy application. They offer a burst of long-lasting, shimmering color.
beauty ADDICTS Show Off Mascara ($20 USD) — Intense, dramatic lashes with one easy stroke! This unique formula offers volume, length and curl with Argan Oil to condition and protect. The curved brush hugs the natural eye shape to coat every lash while fanning and feathering. No clumps, no flakes, no smudges! Comes off effortlessly with a gentle cleanser.
beauty ADDICTS Beautifull Lips Lipstick ($18 USD) — Rich, creamy color infused with intense hydration. Formulated with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and other natural ingredients, this formula also plumps with natural peptides and stimulates collagen for a firmer, smoother more voluptuous lip.
What I think: beauty ADDICTS makeup is pretty and high performance. The eyeshadow is shimmery and lasts all day. The mascara is perfect for me because it curls and lengthens my short and straight lashes. Red lipstick is a bit bright (I like softer tones), but it is very moisturizing.
20-20 Vision Cosmetics Concealer ($28 USD) — Start with the Corrector under the eye. Apply it softly and use it for the dark or discolored eye area…. bring it out to sit on top of the cheekbone for accentuating and to fill any crease, fold or blemish you don’t want to see. Then apply the Concealer over the corrector for absolute coverage and staying power! Both are crème based for moisturizing and darker of shade to avoid that raccoon eye look…fingertips or applicators work! This sleek compact includes our revolutionary magnified mirror system. Now move on to your foundation.
20-20 Vision Cosmetics Lipstick ($12 USD, or 3 for $30) — Lipsticks that contain shea butter, jojoba oil, grape seed oil and avocado oil! All of your fruit nutrients on your lips! They work while looking great! No other moisturizers or balms are necessary everything is in one fabulous tube with a magnifying mirror for quick clear application. Deep pigmented colors from Just Red to a Mellow Merlot, even a Baby Pink. All of the 14 colors, matte or pearl, promote staying power that will not fade or feather!
20-20 Vision Cosmetics Eye Shadow ($28 USD) — Colors are developed in matte and pearl…not too frosted just enough to lighten and accentuate while never drying out. Each three well package gives you a soft over all color, an accentuating medium tone to be used softly, and a slightly darker shade to be used wet or dry as a soft eyeliner.
What I think: This is a cool new brand! LOVE the concealer and the amazing magnified mirror. It makes it very easy to apply concealer and get good coverage. I also enjoy that there are two shades to use alone or combine for the perfect color. I have the lipstick in Baby Lips — a soft, light color. It is very shimmery, but pretty. The eyeshadows are gorgeous.
L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier Bb Cream, Anti-redness
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
L’oreal Paris Brow Stylist Sculptor
L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier Bb Cream, Anti-redness ($7.99 USD) — Color transforming pigments infused in an ultra-light lotion to counteract redness. 4 BEAUTIFYING ACTIONS IN 1. NEUTRALIZES the look of redness, corrects skin color for a healthy looking, even complexion, hydrates for all day moisture, perfects complexion.
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara ($7.99 USD) — L’Oreal Paris introduces new Voluminous Butterfly Midnight Black mascara featuring a breakthrough wing tip brush to lengthen, stretch and volumizes to the outer corners of the eye with a deep black intensity.
L’Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Sculptor ($6.99 USD) — Achieve defined brows in as easy as 1, 2, 3 with the L’Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Sculptor. This 3-in-1 tool allows you to draw, shape, and set for perfectly shaped brows every time.
What I think: The BB cream is pretty cool. It applies green, then turns into the perfect shade for my skin. The mascara separates well and gives lots of volume. The brow pencil is very blendable and is easy to use.
Available at CVS Pharmacy. While there, don’t forget to join CVS’s beauty club. Their Facebook and Twitter handle is @CVSBeautyClub.
Part 3 and the final post of my summer prep spectacular showcases awesome makeup! Looking for a foundation with SPF? Waterproof mascara? Bronzers? Bright lip color? Me too! And I found some great new picks!
In this post, I review cosmetics from Mary Kay, Ramy, FACE Stockholm, LORAC and Osmotics. Maybe you’ll find something that you love, too!
Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Mary Kay Brush Cleaner
Mary Kay Lash Love Waterproof Mascara
In the summer months, we all want a makeup bag that’s a little lighter product wise. When streamlining makeup bags for the warmer months, it’s okay to keep some of the powder-based products with hues that will transition nicely into the changing seasons – just keep in mind that spring and summer means brighter hues. Have some fun with color, especially when it comes to eye shadows, eyeliners and lip shades!
Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($20 USD) — A perfect multi-tasker with eight skin benefits in just one tube. This product is light enough for summer, yet creates a gorgeous natural finish – plus, it helps protect skin with broad-spectrum sunscreen.
Mary Kay® Lash Love® Waterproof Mascara ($15 USD) — Beat the heat and keep lashes looking gorgeous. For extra lasting power, use an eyelash primer like Mary Kay® Lash Primer. This is a great combo for the pool or beach!
Mary Kay® Brush Cleaner ($10 USD) — While updating colors for each season is important, it’s a “must” to thoroughly clean makeup brushes, especially since skin produces more oil and sweat in the warmer months. And, don’t forget to replace mascara at least four times per year.
Ramy Face Glosses ($18.50 USD) — offer an all-over glow that’s designed to be worn on the eyes, cheeks or lips. The waterproof formula contains antioxidants Aloe, Wheat Germ and Vitamins A and D to pamper and protect skin. The sheer washes of color are non-creasing on eyes, ultra-hydrating on lips and super long-wearing on cheeks, plus the portable compact allows for easy on-the-go application and come in 5 perfect shades including Sugar Glow!, Face Candy!, Casual Sex!, On-the-Go Glow!, and Sunlit Glow!
Ramy Elixir Skin Conditioning Primer ($40 USD) — Formulated with cucumber and St. Johns Wort, it cools skin, reducing redness and inflammation, while safflower and apricot kernel firm skin. Plus, this cooling primer leaves skin smoothed, soothed and prepped in one easy-breezy step. ($40)
Ramy Perfect Brow Wand ($28 USD) — This dual-ended, universally flattering brow filler and highlighter boasts a waterproof gel formula for maximum staying power with a natural finish. Be sure to always brush though product for flawless wear.
Ramy products are available at Ramy.com, Amazon.com and LOOK Boutiques nationwide.
Face Stockholm Summer 2014 — Like the dark steel gray of an impending thunderstorm on a hot summer day, our look for summer is stormy and mysterious with a strong emphasis on the vivid Matte Orange lip. From the FACE Stockholm website, here is how to achieve the look:
For a clean and hydrated look for summer, start with FACE Stockholm BB Natural Beauty Balm ($38 USD). This can be applied with clean fingertips or a makeup brush (try FACE Stockholm Foundation Brush #34) for a flawless finish. For a more matte look, lightly dust with FACE Stockholm Loose Powder ($26 USD).
Using FACE Stockholm Chisel Contour Brush #5, apply FACE Stockholm Blush ($20 USD) in Sun-Kissed from the apples of the cheek to the temples.
Create a warm, smoky eye. As a base, apply Krämögonskugga in Chintz ($24 USD) all over the lid. Then, using FACE Stockholm Blender Brush #39, apply Granit Matte Shadow ($20 USD) on top, being sure to blend well. For a more dramatic look, add a sweep of Platina Matte Shadow ($20 USD) on the outer third of lid. Finally, define the lower lash line with Granit Matte Shadow using our Angular Sable Brush #13.
Use FACE Stockholm Sable Fluff Brush #12S to apply Highlighter Destiny ($25 USD) to the inner corner of the eye. Add a little dab on the cheekbones too, or anywhere else you’d like to add a little glow. Apply FACE Stockholm Luxe Lash Mascara ($32 USD) to the top and bottom lashes.
For the lips, use FACE Stockholm Medium Lip Brush #18 to apply Matte Orange Lipstick ($22 USD), with precise and clean lines. For even heavier color saturation, start with Helen Lipliner. For a dewy day look, add a dab of clear Lipgloss #1; or finish with Correct Pencil to add a soft highlight around the lip.
Welcome back warmth with LORAC’s Back To Bronze Collection. This perfect Beach-Ready Bag contains everything you need to look bronze and beautiful this season: A double-ended 3D Lustre/Liner in Copper/Black Cherry makes your eyes sparkle and shine; Cobra Mascara, formulated with Keratin, Vitamin E and Panthenol, instantly creates super long, faux-looking lashes; TANtalizer® Baked Bronzer (travel-size) gives you a beautiful bronze glow; Alter Ego Cream Lipstick in Girl Next Door, infused with Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamin C & E, coats your lips in luscious, rich color and Lip Lustre Gloss in Peach Lustre completes your sun-kissed look with luminous, high-shine. Get Back to Bronze with LORAC!
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck ($35 Each) — Lip and Tuck conditioning gloss plumps, restores lip contours and prevents aging to give you healthier, smoother, younger-looking lips. Hydrating hyaluronic acid particles penetrate and swell the lip tissue to add volume and plumpness.
The IT ingredient for the summer, copper, along with two powerful anti-aging peptides, helps to prevent the loss of collagen which keeps your lips and mouth area firm, tight and line-free. Nourishing macadamia nut oil soothes dry, chapped lips. Available in Natural, Cognac, Golden Nectar, and French Kiss.