My Beauty Favorites — Week of May 7-14, 2017


Happy Mother’s Day! That is a photo of my Mother’s Day breakfast!  I’m so lucky to have such amazing daughters!

Today, in honor of Mother’s day, I am going to post about new (to me) makeup products I’ve tested and loved.  I love trying new makeup!  These are from the brands Models Own, ybf beauty and Maybelline New York:

Models Own Dare to Bare Eyeshadow Palette ($17.99 USD) — It’s time for a nude awakening with this Models Own Barely There Eyeshadow Palette. From weekdays to weekends, this is all you need to transform the everyday. With the brush, apply dusky pinks, soft nudes and creamy browns for a truly natural look.

Models Own Now Brow! Kit ($14.99 USD) — Raise eyebrows with this all-in-one Models Own Now Brow! Kit that includes wax, highlighter, powder, and two precision brushes. This is everything you need to make an impact.

Models Own Luxestick Velvet Lipstick ($8.99 USD) — Get lippy with this Models Own Luxestick Velvet Lipstick with true staying power. Apply with a precision lip brush for a pout that will truly seal the deal.

What I think:  I love the bright packaging from the UK brand. The eyeshadow palette is so pretty, the colors are soft, but are pigmented well.  The brow kit is such a nice tool to have!  It colors and tames my crazy brows.  The lipstick also has great pigment and feels very light on my lips.  It’s has a satin texture.

Models own is available exclusively at Ulta and

ybf beauty neutralizing crème ($25 USD) — This is truly your “perfection in a pot”! Neutral is good, especially when it comes to evening out your skin tone, that’s why we created neutralizing crème, a soft lemony yellow, nourishing second skin. You will love how smoothly this crème glides on your pretty face! It helps color-neutralize the appearance of redness and softens the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. It’s a mistake-proof way to create an even, youthful-looking, moisturized appearance as it brightens and adds light to your gorgeous complexion.

ybf beauty lovely liquid lustrous lippies ($22.80 USD) — Love the life you live and the luscious lips you have, girlfriend! How do we love lipstick here at ybf? Oh, let us count the ways!!! We believe your lippies should be the center of attention – and with this new fluid lipstick formula, we’re fulfilling every lippies’s dream – in four brand new colours! Combining the benefits of a moisturizing lipstick with the high-shine of a gloss for an unmissable, kissable pout!

ybf beauty deLIPcious 5-piece lip collection ($28.80 USD) — Luscious lippie flavors combined with gorgeous shades? It’s all yours, girlfriend! From fresh fuchsia to the perfect neutral nude, this collection of lipsticks keeps your lips looking soft and supple while providing absolutely beautiful color. New colors include magnolia-licious (creamy nude), hydrangea-licious (coral pink), azalea-licious (fresh fuchsia), primrosa-licious (natural soft pink), and iris-licious (brilliant burgundy)

What I think:  The neutralizing crème helps with redness, which I have in my cheeks.  It blends nicely and makes a smooth canvas for my foundation.  The lippies are so pretty on!  I have the duo above, the berries lippie shade duo.  I usually go for lighter colors, but these are pretty for going out!  And speaking of lighter colors, the magnolia-licious shade in the lipstick set is my favorite!  I wear it for daytime, it’s so soft and goes with everything!

Available at

Maybelline New York The 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99 USD) — This 12-shade eyeshadow palette features dazzling colors infused with metallic gold pigments. From sparkling gold and shimmering nude to gilded smoke and aubergine spark, this makeup palette is perfect for creating versatile eye looks.

Maybelline New York The Colossal Big Shot Mascara ($8.49 USD) — Unleash girl boss lashes with Colossal Big Shot, for fully loaded volume in one coat. The Big Shot brush features unique, wavy bristles that cradle lashes, while the collagen formula delivers bold volume. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers.

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes ($7.49 USD) — Maybelline’s creamiest mattes. Warmer, more sensational nudes for every skin tone. Pucker up to radiant, confident color that highlights one’s natural beauty.

What I think:  Maybelline eye shadow palettes are both affordable and gorgeous!  These colors are shimmery and fun for the warm weather.  I love wearing golds and bronzes in the summer with pops of color!  The mascara gifts my tiny lashes volume and length and doesn’t flake into my sensitive eyes.  And I LOVE the matte lipsticks.  They are so hydrating and wear really well on.  Plus, there’s a shade for  all skin tones.

Purchase at mass market retailers

I hope you are all having a great day!



Amazing New Makeup From Maybelline New York!

Maybelline New York has recently launched some great new products! The collection is inspired by the latest makeup trends and runway looks. The new products include fun looks for eyes, lips and highlighting/contouring.

I was sent some samples for my honest review:

Maybelline Mascara Colossal Spider Glam
Maybelline Mascara Colossal Spider Glam

Maybelline Mascara Colossal Spider Glam ($7.77 USD) –The exclusive asymmetrical spider brush features cone-shaped bristles that grab and group lashes together; delivering volume at the base and sculpting lashes to a point with extreme length. The result: A bold, star-worthy look that’s all about drama. Available in 2 shades.

What I think:  The description of this mascara says that it clumps lashes together.  That is not a look that I go for.  Luckily, when I use this, my lashes are separated and are soooo long!  I love it!  My lashes are so short, but you wouldn’t know it with this mascara.  I think because I take my time with it, making sure my lashes separate, it doesn’t clump.  But, if you want it to, I would say follow directions on the package.

Maybelline Contouring Face Studio Master Contour Stick Light
Maybelline Contouring Face Studio Master Contour Stick Light

Maybelline Contouring Face Studio Master Contour Stick Light ($10.99 USD) — This easy-to-use, split-sided duo features a dark contour shade on one side to add structure to the hallows of the cheeks and a light highlight shade on the other to enhance the cheekbones. Just swipe along the angles of the cheeks for an instant transformation to a V-shaped face. Available in 3 shades.

What I think: This is a really nice contouring stick.  I like that it has the contour and highlight in one stick. It’s very creamy and easy to blend.  I think it’s interesting that the highlight isn’t shimmery.  It helps lighten the area without making it shiny.  The only thing I have to watch is the colors bleeding together on the stick.  I have had to wipe the dark shade off of the light one.

Maybelline Contouring Face Studio Master Strobe Medium Nude Glow
Maybelline Contouring Face Studio Master Strobe Medium Nude Glow

Maybelline Contouring Face Studio Master Strobe Medium Nude Glow ($11.99 USD) This creamy formula, infused with micro fine pearls, easily glides on skin leaving behind a luxurious light-reflecting sheen.The stick format provides the easiest way to achieve targeted results to beautifully define bone structure. Available in 2 shades.

What I think: This is definitely a shimmery strobe stick.  The nude one above is so pretty with a tan, or to add a bit of color with the shimmer.  The lighter strobe is really pretty as well. This is gorgeous on the cheekbones!

Maybelline Color Sensational Loaded Bold Midnight Blue
Maybelline Color Sensational Loaded Bold Midnight Blue

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds ($7.49 USD) High-intensity pay-off that’s truer and crisper on every skin tone. With 2D show-stopping shades covering the entire spectrum from light to dark that includes pops of vibrant pinks, modern browns and dynamic blues, you’re guaranteed a vivacious focal point to finish off any outfit. Available in 20 shades.

What I think: These lipsticks are so fun! Really well-pigmented!  I tried the Midnight Blue above, and it is fun to wear!  I also received a nude, bright pinks, an orange, bright red and a dark red.  They all are so moisturizing.  And if you want a matte look, blot your lips a bit and it’s gorgeously matte! For the price, grab a bunch!

Maybelline Lip Gloss Lip Studio Color Jolt Never Bare
Maybelline Lip Gloss Lip Studio Color Jolt Never Bare

Maybelline Lip Gloss Lip Studio Color Jolt Never Bare ($9.99 USD) — Lip Studio Color Jolt brings an explosive pop of intensity with eight times more pigment in every drop. The flocked tip provides for precise, clean application.  Available in 8 shades.

What I think: I love these lip glosses, too!  They are full coverage glosses. My favorites are the lighter colors, like Never Bare above.  It is so pretty on.  It is so glossy that I like to blot it a bit for a natural look when going out in the daytime, at night, more glossy the better!

These products are all available at mass market retailers. Learn more at

Have you or are you going to try any of these products?  They are really high quality and affordable at the same time!  Leave a comment and let me know what you think!


My Beauty Faves Week of March 30-April 5, 2015 Part 1

Spring sure is here now — and Easter is tomorrow!  We have been having alternating rainy and sunny days.  It is crazy, but it is Spring in Kansas City!

This week I am loving a hydrating hair mask, fragrant body wash, affordable moisturizer, fun spring scents and spring green makeup.

Aviva Keratin Renewal Masque
Aviva Keratin Renewal Masque

Aviva Keratin Renewal Masque ($39.95 USD, 7 oz) — Lost that lustrous feeling? Everyone’s hair can use a boost from time to time. Infused with keratin and essential nutrients, this reconstructive hair masque repairs damage and restores elasticity while protecting from the drying effects of UV rays. Aviva’s lightweight formula will leave hair noticeably more hydrated and healthy looking with a smooth and shiny finishSuitable for all hair types. Color and heat safe and it’s a UV Protectant, Paraben-free, Sodium Chloride-free

What I think:  This is a perfect product to make hair very soft!  My hair is dry after the cold winter and the masque helped hydrate and restore it.  I think it will also be good on frizzy hair that I get during the humid summer.  I like that it has natural ingredients, too!

Available at

Caress Forever Collection
Caress Forever Collection

Caress Forever Collection Body Wash — The Caress Forever Collection is the world’s first body wash with Fragrance Touch Technology. The breakthrough technology of Caress Fragrance Release Pearls™ releases bursts of perfume with every touch of your skin. The collection combines sensual floral notes to create a fine fragrance for up to 12 hours. The body wash comes in two fragrances, Love Forever and Adore Forever.

Love Forever

Top Note: Mandarin Orange and Peach                                                              Heart Note: Scarlet Red Rose, Peony and Freesia                                                 Base Note: Sandalwood and Vanilla Musk

Adore Forever

Top Note: Raspberry and Cassis                                                                        Heart Note: Angel Face Rose and Muguet                                                            Base Note: Amber, Honey and Vanilla

What I think: Both scents of these are so nice!  I think that Love Forever is a little sweeter and Adore Forever is a little sexier.  The only thing is that I don’t really smell the fragrance on my skin very long after my shower. Other than that, this is a fragrant body wash and it leaves my skin soft and moisturized!

Purchase at mass market retailers near you.



NO-AD Skin Care Prevent and Brighten — Body Lotion ($5.99 USD) and Lotion Spray ($6.99 USD)

  • Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) brightens, boosts hydration to reduce redness, minimizes dark spots, increases production of ceramides and fatty acids – key components of skin’s protective barrier
  • Vitamin C fights free radicals, helps smooth and firm skin
  • Vitamin E eases dryness, bolsters skin’s UV defense
  • Argan Oil helps diminish appearance of age spots; brightens
  • Sunflower Oil is a source of Vitamin E

NO-AD Skin Care Prevent and Repair – ($5.99 USD) and Lotion Spray ($6.99 USD)

  • Purified Watermelon extract with origins from the Kalahari Desert. Protects against inflammation/ irritation, providing a more even skin texture.
  • Aloe Vera acts as an anti-inflammatory
  • Vitamin A simulates cell growth for smoother skin
  • Vitamin B6 protects against free radicals
  • Vitamin C fights free radicals, helps smooth and firm skin
  • Vitamin D exerts protective, rejuvenating effect
  • Vitamin E eases dryness, bolsters skin’s UV defense

Fights free radicals, helps prevent and repair cell damage, helps reduce inflamation, boosts collagen production, gives skin firmness and strength while improving its natural barrier function.

What I think: Both of these lotions are extremely moisturizing without being greasy. My favorite is the spray lotion.  You spray it on and then smooth it into the skin.  It leaves my skin so soft. Plus, it is so affordable for such a quality product!

Available at select Wal-Mart stores,,, as well as food, drug, and mass market retailers.

Body Fantasies Signature Japanese Cherry Blossom Fragrance Body Spray
Body Fantasies Signature Japanese Cherry Blossom Fragrance Body Spray

Body Fantasies Signature Fragrance Body Spray ($6.99 USD) —  Flirty, feminine, floral or fruity – Body Fantasies line of Signature Fragrance Body Sprays has a scent for everyone this spring. All under $10, these delightful fragrances are great for day time, date night, a quick-pick-me-up, and are even great to stow in your gym bag for a quick post-workout spritz. Please see below for more information on scent offerings.

The scents I have tried are Japanese Cherry Blossom, Sweet Berry Fantasy, Vanilla, Pink Sweet Pea and Twilight Mist.

What I think:  These are so much fun to spritz on!  They are fun scents that can be layered together.  I like combining a sultry scent like the Vanilla or Twilight Mist with The Sweet Berry Fantasy or Pink Sweet Pea.

Available at WalMart and drugstores near you.

As it is finally getting green in Kansas City, I am loving green hues for eye makeup:

Add a pop of color to lids with VMV Hypoallergenics Two True Hues in Shaken & Stirred ($40 USD).  Infused with virgin coconut oil, these gorgeous green shades provide superior hydration to lids with serious staying power. Available at

Transform eyes with Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow in Edgy Emerald ($7.99 USD). This long-lasting, creaseless cream-gel shadow will stay on all day.   Smooth onto lids for an instant dramatic eye that everyone will notice.  Purchase at mass market retailers.

Line lids with Rouge Bunny Rouge Feline Gaze Eye Kohl in Selene ($25 USD) for a smoldering eye look with intense color.  This creamy pencil liner glides smoothly over the lids and leaves a luxurious satin finish. Available at

What I think:  All three of these products stay on all day.  If you just want a pop of green, the eyeliner is perfect.  Or go for drama with one of the eye shadows!

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

Happy Easter!