Hi All! I’m back with my December Shop My Stash results! I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.
My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for December.
I’ve had a lot of fun playing with these products this month! And I have definitely decided to keep all of these products!
I usually wear a lip pencil and lip gloss everyday, but I do enjoy these lipsticks. They are matte, so I wear a gloss over them. They are very long wearing.
Here are the palettes open:
The ABH Sultry palette was my favorite product in my stash this month. I haven’t really used it much before this month. I love it! It’s so gorgeous. All the looks I made with it have been every day looks with a touch of glam. The shimmers/metallics take all looks to the next level! I used most of the shades in this.
I also used the Urban Decay Elements palette a few times in December. I like this palette, especially the purples and bronzes. I don’t really wear the blues, greens or the matte pink. The gold in this palette is so gorgeous! I’m going to keep this for now, but if it takes me until next holiday season to use it again, I will pass it on to someone else.
I used the highlighters in this Ofra x Madison Miller palette a lot. I would often forget to wear the blush, but when I did, I liked it. It’s not my favorites shade, but it blends out nice and wears well. The highlighters are so glowy! I will keep this and see if I reach for it.
Now, on to my empties!
I have a good amount of empties for December. Mostly skincare as always.
Out of these products, I can see myself repurchasing the Smashbox Primerizer (on sale) and the Ordinary Hyaluronic acid (when I am needing it). I have other hydrating serums that I am using now. The Primera water cream was nice, but I have a lot of moisturizers open and in my stash, so if I purchase it, it won’t be for a while. The Meaningful Beauty SPF moisturizer is okay. It’s a bit greasy and I’d like to find a less heavy sunscreen this year.
I LOVE both of these mists. The Skin & Co one is great for setting makeup and the Botanics mist is one I use after washing my face as a toner. I’m not going to purchase new ones write now because I have lots of mists to use up.
The Primera essence is so lovely! I may be repurchasing it. I have been working on the Soap & Glory Righteous Butter for a long time! I do like it, but don’t have to have it. I’m using other body creams right now.
December was another successful Shop My Stash and I used up lots of good products!
I’ve decided I’m going to do the same style Shop My Stash this year. From time to time I might add in some complexion products. We’ll see. I was thinking of doing a Project Pan, too. But I’m not sure. What do you think? Do you shop your stash or do Project Pans?
Hi All! I started this series a couple of months ago and only posted once. Oh well! I still think focusing on new or amazing skincare products each week is a great idea!
This Sunday I’m featuring Meaningful Beauty. This is Cindy Crawford’s skincare brand (with French anti-aging specialist Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh). I have reviewed Meaningful Beauty before, but they have new eye masks and a fun travel size kit that will be amazing for summer trips!
Awaken eyes to appear more youthful and gorgeous with MeaningfulBeauty‘s Revive & Brighten Eye Masque – ultra-hydrating gel eye patches.
Each pair is infused with powerful anti-aging ingredients to visibly smooth and plump eyes – and can also be used on smile and frown lines!
Cindy’s supermodel secret: Use daily or as a quick pick-me-up when on the go.
What I think: I don’t usually wear eye gel masks, but I am really enjoying these! They can be worn right under the eyes, at the side of the eyes where crows feet form or even on the smile lines. I find that they firm and brighten wherever I place them, especially under my eyes. Plus, they come with a spatula to make them easy to get out of the jar. They are a bit slippery, so I press them on to make sure that they stay on the full 10 minutes.
Available at Ulta.com
MeaningfulBeauty 7-Piece Deluxe Starter Kit ($79 USD) — This kit targets the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and dark spots. This comprehensive kit is packed with everything you need day and night for ageless, beautiful skin in every climate or vacation destination.
The MeaningfulBeauty 7-Piece Deluxe Starter Kit includes:
Skin Softening Cleanser
Dark Spot Correcting Treatment
Youth Activating Melon Serum
Environmental Protecting Moisturizer SPF 30
Overnight Retinol Repairing Crème
Lifting Eye Crème
Ultra-Lifting and Filling Treatment
What I think: This is a great set to try a variety of Meaninful Beauty products and it’s so nice for travel! My current favorite product in the bunch is the Dark Spot Correctly Treatment. I apply it on dark spots at night and they fade a bit each morning. I also love the Melon Serum, Overnight Retinol cream and the eye cream. This is such a beautiful anti-aging line!
Available at Ulta.com
Here’s my photo of the products I received:
I am posting this on my Instagram @fortyflirtyfab if you want to check it out!
I really am enjoying these products! Have you tried anything from Meaningful Beauty?
Hi all! It’s October and the weather either has or will be turning colder soon! In Kansas City, one day it’s in the 80’s the and the next it’s in the 60’s. It’s been crazy!
When the weather does change, I also like to change up my skincare. My sensitive skin gets drier and I am already seeing dry patches. Here are the products I have been testing out and they have been sent for my honest review:
The cleanser is great for removing built-up oil and makeup to help unclog pores, promote clear skin and prevent breakouts.It contains an Anti-Blemish Complex of natural ingredients Tea Tree, Willow Bark, Rosewood, Lavender and Chamomile and delivers natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties leaving skin purer, clearer and healthier. I love how clean it leaves my skin without stripping it!
Even thought I do have clogged pores, I don’t break out as often anymore, but the acne spot treatment helps clear up those surprise pimples that come out of nowhere! It delivers natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties to help clear the complexion and prevent blemishes while reducing redness and sensitivity. It may be used as often as necessary whenever breakouts occur to calm and soothe red, irritated skin. I love that it’s not harsh!
Purchase at dermae.com
KLAIRS Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 ($23 USD) — This is an everyday sun protector for sensitive skin, which I have. As is it water-based, it holds a gel-type texture to give a soft weightless and light finish. Also with its high SPF and PA level, it completely guards the skin against UVA, UVB without leaving any greasiness or white cast.
I have been using this every morning. It sinks right in to my skin and is a great base for primer and foundation. It doesn’t really have a scent and it is so nice on my very sensitive skin! Since it isn’t heavy, I think this is perfect for using all year long. It is so important to wear SPF every day!
You can purchase this on Wishtrend. This is an affiliate link.
Meaningful Beauty is such a gorgeous brand! This is Cindy Crawfords line of anti-aging products. The line has lots of different products from cleansers, to moisturizers to treatments.
These are all so nice and work well with my sensitive skin! The cleanser is easy to use and doesn’t dry out my skin. The day cream is very nice, and we all know that SPF is very important! The serum is very luxurious! It sinks into the skin quickly and leaves skin glowing! I’ve noticed that my lines have become less noticeable. It could also be the wonderful retinol night cream. That really makes my skin look smoother and clearer.
You can purchase these at www.meaningfulbeauty.com or Ulta.com.
EO Ageless Skin Care Collection ($124.99 USD. or you can purchase each item separately) — Complex in formulation, simple in use. Based on the essential principles of synergy, performance and simplicity, the EO Ageless Skin Care Collection brings over eighty of the Earth’s most powerful botanical extracts into one simple daily regimen. Over twenty years of expertise culminates in a collection of skin care essentials that will transform the way you see yourself.
Enjoy 3.3 oz. cleansing milk, 2 oz. face moisturizer, 1 oz day face oil, 1.5 oz. scrub, and 1 oz. night face serum.
The perfect nude lip lies within the Nothing But The Nudes collection by Lipstick Queen. I love these and think these would be great gifts for the lady who likes classic or natural looks/ Here are the shades:
The Truth — Pretty pink nude
The Whole Truth — Perfect peachy nude
Nothing But The Truth — Beautiful beige nude
Purchase at Ulta stores and Ulta.com
Daily Concepts Daily Hair Towel Wrap ($18 USD) — This hair towel wrap is great for any length hair. With the soft cotton material, it makes getting ready after your shower super easy and pain free without having the hassle of a heavy towel on top of your head. The super soft cotton fabric also allows for quicker hair dry time giving your hair less time under the use of a hot blow dryer.
Purchase at dailyconcepts.com
Everyone Pure Essential Oils Kit with Ultrasonic Diffuser ($64.99 USD) — The Everyone Aromatherapy Kit is the perfect gift for aromatherapy first-timers and experts alike! Included in this set is an Everyone Aromatherapy Ultrasonic Diffuser, 2 single note essential oils: Peppermint, Lavender, and 4 blends: Uplift, Balance, Focus, and Fresh.
Still looking for that perfect beauty gift or stocking stuffer? I have some great choices for all price ranges today.
I usually do a favorites post on Sundays, but instead I am featuring gorgeous makeup, body care and an amazing skincare set that will makeup perfect gifts for any beauty junkie you love:
The Meaningful Beauty Beyond Starter Kit ($50 USD) — Keep your skin merry and bright this holiday season with Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford. Infused with powerful antioxidants and anti-aging technology, The Meaningful Beauty Beyond Starter Kit includes a 4 step regimen that will keep you glowing all winter long while revealing a perfectly polished, radiant complexion. The kit includes:
Youth Activating Melon Serum harnesses the anti-aging power of Meaningful Beauty while leaving the skin looking and feeling younger with twice daily use.
Intensive Triple Exfoliating Treatment works hard to give you spa-at-home results with no down time. Simply use twice weekly in the shower to banish dull, rough texture, dirt and impurities and reveal more visibly smooth and supple skin.
Environmental Protecting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a multi-tasking moisturizer designed to visibly firm, plump and hydrate the skin and to reduce environmentally induced damage that can lead to the visible signs of premature aging.
Overnight Retinol Repairing Crème is an intensely hydrating overnight that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increases the look of visible firmness and impart a smooth overall texture.
Purchase at Ulta and Ulta.com
Merle Norman Lush Lips Gift Set ($36 USD) Prep lips for a kiss with Merle Norman’s nourishing Lip Revive and an assortment of lip color treats. Top-selling Lip Pencil Plus in Mocha and Tender Kiss are paired with Creamy Lipcolor in Gold Illusion. This new, innovative limited edition shade adds a shimmer to any lip color or can be worn alone for a light blush of shimmering color.
Merle Norman It’s In The Eyes Gift Set ($66 USD) — Make an entrance with Irresistible Eyes. This set features limited-edition Soft Touch Eye Pencil Duos in
Meteor/Bordeaux and Pacific/Lilac, a full retail-size Mascara Primer and the Fat Lash Mascara Black.
Merle Norman Blissful Body Butters Gift Set ($25 USD) — Soften and smooth skin all over with this ultra-rich set of body butters in 3 delectable flavors that smell like your favorite holiday desserts! Cocoa & Vanilla, Apple & Cinnamon, and Sugar Cookie make the perfect.
Available exclusively at Merle Norman Studios beginning November 1st
Sephora Collection Easy on the Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($36, on sale now for $25 USD) — This palette of 30 shades in not-quite nudes with matte and metallic finishes creates flattering looks that are anything but ordinary. Shades are grouped by tone and depth, making it easy to find a custom color just for you. Large matte pans are used as a base, while smaller pans offer subtle pops of color in matte and metallic finishes. Whether your look is natural or bold, fair or deep, you’ll be sure to find color combinations that must have been made just for you.
Purchase at Sephora
Pixi Lid Lovelies
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen Trio
Pixi Beauty Lid Lovelies Eye Shadow ($22 USD) — A swish of these shadows illuminates eyes while adding depth & dimension. These 18 soft silky eye shades come in a natural mineral formula. Blend with a fluffy eye brush for a sheer natural looking effect.
Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen Trio ($14 USD) — This limited edition kit includes some of our classic bestselling shades. Included is a limited edition colour exclusive to this kit in our bestselling award winning formula. Replace cap after use. Paraben Free
ybf Your Best Friend majestic matte lip collection ($28.80 USD) — A glorious girlfriend such as yourself deserves lips that can last while you’re taking names and conquering your dream! From all of us at ybf, we declare that all girlfriends near and far shall love their lips in our new majestic matte lip. Let your lips do the talking, girlfriend; they’ll love the all-day stay! This new formula bonds to your lovely lippies the way girlfriends bond to each other. This lip is going to stay put through your morning (and afternoon!) coffee. That’s a matte-er of fact!
Buxom Lips Off Leash ($59 USD) — This 15-piece mix of lip plumpers includes shimmer-shine lip polishes and glassy-smooth lip creams for two different finishes. With lip-loving vitamins and richly pigmented color, this collection is formulated with a unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster to help stimulate collagen, build volume, and plump look of lips without irritation.
This set contains:
– 7 x 0.07 oz/ 2 mL Lip Polish in Brooke, Clair, Sophia, Jasmine, Stacy, Jill, Kayla
– 8 x 0.07 oz/ 2 mL Lip Cream in Pink Champagne, Peach Dacquiri, Dolly, Mudslide, Berry Bramble, Wild Orchid, Cherry Flip, Sangria
Purchase at Sephora stores and Sephora.com
Sephora Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder ($13 USD) — This shimmering loose powder with subtle color is perfect for lighting up features. With a super-soft brush, it’s easy to apply to the body, face, and hair for a light sparkle that amps up any look for the holidays.
Purchase at sephora.com and Sephora stores
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Mini Sets
Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Mini Sets ($9.99 USD) — Jazz up those tips and get jolly with the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ holiday collection of mini sets; quaint quartets of festive polishes in festive hues. The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ offers 7 benefits in 1 bottle, allowing you to skip the salon, for a party ready manicure. The chip-resistant polish with Keratin features all of the elements you know and need: base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, salon color in chic shades, top coat, and gel shine finish. The Complete Salon Manicure mini sets are ideal for stocking stuffers and holiday gift exchanges- or just a treat for a bit of self-indulgence.
Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil in Peppermint and Vanilla Buttercream, ($6.99 each USD) — For a limited time only, Sally Hansen’s Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oils come in two delicious holiday scents. The oils are available in either tasty vanilla buttercream or refreshing peppermint. Indulge your senses with the creamy and merry aromas that celebrate the holiday spirit. Your cuticles and nails crave moisture and protection during the cold holiday season, so grab these Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oils for the perfect stocking stuffer gift. Enriched with a natural essential oil complex with Vitamin E, its formula leaves skin and nails feeling hydrated, soft, and healthy while helping to protect nails.
Purchase at a mass market retailer near you.
What fabulous beauty gifts are you giving – or wanting – this year?
It snowed a little yesterday (Halloween) in Kansas City! I think that’s the first time in the 11 years I’ve been here. A couple of weeks ago, it was in the 80’s. But that’s KC weather for you…unpredictable!
So now that it’s colder (for a few days at least) my skin is showing it. I have some dry patches and unevenness, so it’s time to really take care of my skin.
These are the products I have been using lately. The H2O+ products are new and really cool, the Meaningful Beauty one are great for anti-aging and the CeraVe are great hydrators:
H2O+ Waterbright Brightening Gel Mask 8 Pack
H2O+ Infinity +Wrinkle Reducing Booster
H2O+ Oasis Hydrating Gel Eye Mask 8 Pack
H2O+ Oasis Hydrating Gel Eye Mask 8 Pack ($26 for 8 or $4 for 1) — These single-use, hydrating gel eye masks cool and refresh on contact, pampering under eye circles to help reduce puffiness so eyes appear more awake. These and the face masks are cotton on the outside and gel on the side that touches skin, which I love. The texture for both is very dry though, no serum, just a gel that doesn’t make your face wet. Strange, but it worked well. My under eye are was smooth and firm after use.
H2O+ Waterbright Brightening Gel Mask 8 Pack($36 for 8, $5 for 1) — These single-use, brightening gel facial masks will leave your complexion radiant and glowing while feeling smooth to the touch. This left my skin so bright and firm. It was not wet at all, so no excess serum to rub in, but it was dry and smooth. Very nice and makeup can be applied right afterwards.
Meaningful Beauty Intensive Triple Exfoliating Treatment ($52 USD) — Formulated with three different types of exfoliating technologies (alpha hydroxy acids, papaya enzymes and environmentally friendly silica beads) and purifying French clays, it works triply hard to give you spa-at-home results with no down time. Simply use twice weekly in the shower to banish dull, rough texture, dirt and impurities and reveal a perfectly polished, radiant complexion. It really leaves skins smooth, too!
Meaningful Beauty Youth Activating Melon Serum ($76 USD) — This evolutionary facial serum harnesses the anti-aging power of Meaningful Beauty’s next generation melon technology. Now featuring encapsulated melon leaf stem cells suspended in the formula for maximum potency and a duo of plant extracts, this technologically advanced formula visibly increases firmness and elasticity while it helps to protect skin from future environmental damage.
Meaningful Beauty Overnight Retinol Repairing Crème ($68 USD) — This intensely hydrating overnight moisturizer features the anti-oxidant properties of Meaningful Beauty’s famous French melon and the well known youth revealing properties of retinol. It really reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and forehead!
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen
CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen ($12.15 USD) —SPF 30, sunscreen provides broad-spectrum daily protection against sun’s damaging UV ageing and UV burning rays. Helps to protect and restore the skin, keeping it younger, fresher and healthier looking. The ceramide rich formula provides essential ingredients to maintain a healthy skin barrier. SPF is so important every day, even when it’s cold and cloudy out.
CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion ($7.10 USD) —Moisturizes throughout the night and helps restore the protective skin barrier. Formulated with hyaluronic acid to help retain skin’s natural moisture and niacinamide to help calm skin.Utilizes patented MVE® controlled-release technology enabling steady release of ingredients for all night hydration. Fragrance free, hypoallergenic and non-irritating. This sinks right into the skin while instantly hydrating. It really help my dry patches.
CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($8.52 USD) —Lightweight formula that provides 24-hour hydration and helps restore the protective skin barrier with three essential ceramides. Formulated with hyaluronic acid to help retain skin’s natural moisture. Free of fragrance and oil, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and non-irritating. I love this for my hands, legs and feet. It’s not greasy at all, it actually has a pretty light texture, but it’s so hydrating!
It’s cooled down a bit in Kansas City, which is awesome. I’ve haven’t been feeling the best this week, but I’ve still been testing out some wonderful products!
This week I am loving a serum that mattifies my face, some new potent anti-aging products and a fun matte liquid lipstick:
Tu’el ABSORB Mattifying Serum ($48 USD) — Get real deal oil control and a shine-free face with Absorb. Powered by natural plant extracts of burnet, cinnamon, ginger and green tea to control oil, inhibit breakouts and leave your skin looking fresh and matte all day while Sodium Hyaluronate locks in hydration. Give yourself glow without the shine.
What I think: it’s not as hot here as it’s been. But it still is very humid. So my face gets oily fast. I apply this on clean skin and put my moisturizer over it. It helps keep my skin matte all day. It’s sinks right into my skin and I really love that it doesn’t leave it slick like a lot of serums do.
Meaningful Beauty Environmental Protecting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen – ($65 USD) — Today, the blue light emitted by our phones, TVs and computer screens, and pollution are all sources of environmentally induced skin damage that can be just as harmful as the sun’s rays.This new multi-tasking moisturizer helps reduce damage and premature aging with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
Meaningful Beauty Overnight Retinol Repairing Créme – ($68 USD) — Renew and repair skin while you sleep with this intensely hydrating overnight moisturizer that features retinol, and hexapeptide-9 to help decrease the appearance of fine lines and improve the firmness of skin.
What I think: these are both new to the line. I love the SPF moisturizer because it helps with environmental pollutants. I love having my skin protected when I go outside. It feels nice and light on the skin, too.
I think retinol is so important for aging skin. The night cream sinks right into the skin, and in the morning my skin is smooth and glowing. I like to use intense anti-aging products at night, so my skin can be repaired while I sleep. This is a great option!
Wet’n Wild Lipsticks Matte Liquid Catsuit ($4.99 USD) — What glides on like butter, feels like a second skin and won’t budge? Our Catsuit Matte Lipstick. Made with glammed out superpowers, it goes on glossy yet transforms into a high-pigmented matte finish with some serious staying power. Read our lips: This color is going nowhere.
What I think: this was kind of an impulse buy. I have seen reviews online and when I visited Walgreens I went looking for it. I chose the color RebelRose. I like the color, but it’s a little dark for me. The formula goes on smoothly, but it is a bit drying on my lips. I have a lip primer that I’m going to use under it. I recommend this for those who love matte liquid lipsticks. It’s affordable and it comes in a really pretty array of colors. And I really like the packaging too!
Purchase at Walgreens and other mass market retailers.