It’s crazy to think that it’s almost summer! My kids got out of school this week and it’s now time to celebrate with a nice long holiday weekend!
Here are some amazing beauty products that will help you look and feel amazing throughout this weekend and summer!
Any patriotic holiday is a free pass for wearing red lipstick by the pool. Take full advantage of the occasion with Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick in Gladiola ($29, Arbonne.com). This lipstick is infused with watermelon fruit extract which helps provide immediate, long-term moisture while imparting a plumping effect to give the appearance of full, lush lips.
It’s inevitable, you’ll be sweating this Memorial Day. A product worth stashing in your purse is Mehron Skin Prep Pro ($13, Amazon.com). Used under the most extreme weather conditions, skin feels and continues to look fresh.
When the forecast calls for major humidity, you need a power product such as The Mane Choice Pink Lemonade & Coconut Super Anti-Oxidant & Texture Beautifier Curl Boosting Sherbet ($14.99, TheManeChoice.com and Walmart). Formulated to boost curls and fight frizz, the cream defines and shapes your tresses leaving long lasting shine.
Don’t forget to protect your lips! Try opting for an SPF chapstick that’ll give your lips a hydrated glow without the risk of attracting harmful UV rays. The Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Lip Balm Mineral Sunscreen SPF 15 ($12, Arbonne.com) is infused with coconut oil and moisturizing botanicals to help condition and smooth the lips.
What are your favorite beauty products for the warmer weather?
I love trying brands and products that are new to me. I have recently received cool makeup that I haven’t tried before for my honest review.
Below are some of my new favorites. They include luxe products from a French company for women of color, high-performance foundations and powders, and natural products to enhance lips, lashes and brows.
Black Up Perfect Matifying Primer
Black Up Volumizing Lengthening Mascara
Black Up Lipstick
Black|Up is the first upscale beauty brand dedicated to women of color. The Paris-based line is known for its range of professional-quality makeup that is developed by women of color and answers the specific needs of darker skintones.
Black|Up Perfect Matifying Primer ($44 USD) — The Perfect Mattifying Primer leaves skin with an even matte finish and it helps to reduce the appearance of pores while it controls excess sebum. Formulated to minimize and smooth the look of pores, it leaves a long-lasting matte finish on even the oiliest of skin types. It leaves skin feeling velvety-soft and smooth for superior makeup hold that lasts all day.
Black|Up Volumizing Lengthening Mascara ($24 USD) — Let lashes look longer and thicker in just one stroke for an ultra-glamorous effect. This non-clumping formula is enriched with intense, innovative black pigment, coating all lashes with deep, intense color that stand outs on any complexion.
Black|Up Lipstick ($23 USD) — This collection of addictive shades looks radiant on lips upon application. The panoply of irresistible colors range from bright nudes to deep black through candy pink, poppy red, and vibrant coral. The unique, highly pigmented formula dresses up lips with an intense veil that covers evenly and reveals color on lighter to very dark skins perfectly. The lips stay comfortable and the color impeccable for up to eight hours.
What I think: The primer is so nice. It’s really light and leaves a matte finish that is not drying at all. My makeup looks fresh all day with use. The mascara leaves my lashes lush and long, and it is very pigmented. It works well day or night.
My favorite product is the lipstick. It is moisturizing and fairly long lasting. The color above is Color4satin golden brown. It is on trend and so pretty on. There are 30 soft, bright and dark colors to choose from
Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Cream Contour and Highlight Palette
Mehron ProColorRing Neutralizer
Mehron Celebré Pro HD Loose Mineral Finishing Powder
Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Cream Contour & Highlight Palette 12 Shades ($79.95 USD) — 12 Color Celebre Pro HD – Most Popular shades of Celebre Pro HD in a Lightweight ECO Friendly Packaging that is ultra portable. Includes shades: LT1, LT2, LT4, ME1, ME3, ME4, MD1, MD2, MD4, D1, D3, & D4
Celebré PRO-HD Makeup Foundation is the result of collaborative efforts by the chemists in Mehron’s product development lab along with input from a select group of highly acclaimed makeup artists. It is an oil-free and fragrance-free cream makeup that delivers satin-smooth, buildable coverage that is non-greasy and great for all skin types. It contains powerful antioxidants such as vitamin E, pomegranate and aloe vera that help soothe the skin.
Mehron ProColorRing Neutralizer ($16.50 USD) — Created to meet rigorous standards and artistic demands, the ProColoRing Neutralizer offers consistent, creamy coverage. Based on the color wheel principle, any underlying skin tones or discolorations can be neutralized using these five colors: Lilac Suede, Mint Buff, Tawny Amber, Soft Peach and Fawn Pink. Unlike traditional neutralizing products, we have used skin tones in our formulation to avoid whiteness in the base. 1oz.
Mehron Celebré Pro HD Loose Mineral Finishing Powder ($14.95 USD) — the perfect luxurious matte finishing powder. Made of French delaminated talc that is transparent, offering no whitening, keeping your colors bright and true. It improves slip and adhesion and offers lubricity. This ultra-fine powder provides the finishing touch that perfects and sets makeup for a healthy, flawless coverage.
What I think: Together, all these products create a flawless face. The ProColorRing takes some experimenting with, but covers dark circles and red spots so well!
My fave is the finishing powder. It leaves my complexion smooth and makes my pores appear smaller. It also is not drying it all.
GrandeLASH-MD ($64.95) — Let’s face it; sweaty, smudged mascara is not a good look. Skip mascara on steamy summer days without forgoing the full lash look with GrandeLASH-MD ($64.95). A lash-enhancing serum, GrandeLASH-MD improves the appearance of the length, fullness, thickness and darkness of lashes in just 4-6 weeks.
GrandeBROW ($79.95) — Who needs makeup when you have full, polished brows? Prevent a makeup- meltdown and give sparse brows a boost with GrandeBROW ($79.95). A proprietary blend of vitamins, peptides, amino acids and conditioning ingredients work to promote thicker and fuller brows in 6-8 weeks. Vitamin E and Magnesium work together to help activate dormant follicle to provide new fullness to the brows.
GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper ($26.95 USD) with active Ingredient Volulip™, gives you an INSTANT plumping effect within 3-5 minutes that lasts for hours. Additionally, with continued use, GrandeLIPS gives your natural lips the appearance of fuller, more voluminous, more youthful lips in 30 days. Results may vary.
What I think: I have been enjoying using the Lip Plumper. It tingles a bit, but it gives a nice shine and plumps well.
The GrandeLASH does condition and make lashes appear darker, as does GrandeBROW. With continued use, I hope to see more growth as well!
It’s a new year! And it is so cold and dry in Kansas City! Brrr!
Some of my favorite new products include a moisturizing face mask, bright eye shadows, a refreshing face mist, great new products from Yes to and a yummy sweet and salty snack.
What are you loving this week? Leave me a comment and let me know.
Le Mieux Hyaluronic Shea Mask ($15 USD) — Formulated with the moisture-binding hyaluronic acid, this deep conditioning mask prevents water loss, dryness and roughness, providing intensive, long-lasting hydration. A rejuvenating blend of soothing oils and botanical extracts deeply nourish dry, damaged and mature skin, while improving elasticity.
What I think: My skin has been dry, but also really sensitive lately. I tried a different mask and it burned my face, so I was wary of trying another. But, I am so glad I tried this mask! It was so soothing and hydrating, and once I washed it off, my skin was so soft! I think I will be using this once or twice a week to keep my face soft and moisturized.
Mehron INtense PRO Pressed Pigments in Fire ($52.95 USD) — are super long-lasting matte finish shadows that are edgy, bright, and sophisticated. Our pigment rich, high-performing shadows offer an essential range of intense hues and a velvety matte texture. Formulated without shimmer, these completely matte shades have an incredible silky finish which allows for amazing color payoff.
Fire Palette – includes the colors: Ignite, Purple Heat, Fire Island, Electric Green, Pure Lightening, Hot Pink, Inferno, and Yellow Spark. This also comes in Earth and Wind palettes.
What I think: These shadows are so fun for a fresh look! Especially in this cold, dreary winter. The shadows are extremely pigmented and fun to use. I like to use them as an accent to more neutral shades. But using them together would be a very bright look!
Phyto-C Icy Blue Mist ($40 USD) –Provides intensive hydration by binding water to skin tissue. Refreshes skin, nourishes dry and sun damaged skin. Enhances skin elasticity and radiance. Helps prevent irritation and other skin reactions.
What I think: This is great tospritz on the face after washing and beforemoisturizers and during the day for a pick me up. It is very refreshing and smells minty!
Ingrid Nilsen x Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes – 40ct
Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil
Yes to Blueberries Face and Neck Oil
IngridNilsen x Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes -($5.99 USD40ct) — Yes To Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes gently remove dirt, sweat and makeup (eye makeup too!) without the need to rinse. Whether you’re out and about, going for a run, or having a late night, these wipes make it a snap to refresh on-the-go. Packed with greensuperfoods these all-natural, biodegradable wipes naturally exfoliate, detoxify, and rejuvenate all-in-one. Stay gorgeous, and go from zero to clean in seconds!
Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil ($4.99 USD) — This lip oil provideslong 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 Face & Neck Oil ($15.99 USD) — Return your skin to 22! Imagine (really…close your eyes) a face oil that provides intense moisturization, absorbs quickly and won’t clog pores! Formulated with organic blueberries andL22, a botanically derived system which helps deliver the skin lipid profile of a healthy 22-year old. We couldn’t believe it either, but seeing (open those gorgeous peepers) is believing!
What I think: I was so happy to test some new Yes to products, and these three were my favorites! The wipes are perfect for my sensitive skin and they clean very well. The lip oil is amazing! It smells and tastes fantastic, like coconut and mint and is so moisturizing. My lips were chapped by are much better after a few days use. And the face and neck oil keeps my parched skin soft without being greasy.
Now for something different, and sweet. Snappers Crunchy and Salty and Sweet Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel ($9.99 USD for a 24 oz. bag at COSTCO) — These are the perfect blend of smooth dark chocolate, creamy caramel, and crunchy pretzel topped with a hint of sea salt.
What I think: These are so yummy! The crunchy pretzels topped with the soft caramel rich dark chocolate are paired with a pinch of salt. They are delicious and you need only one or two at a time to tame sweet cravings!
Wow! I have been sent lots of wonderful new lip products to try over the last few weeks. So I have tons to review today!
What I’ve noticed in the products I have received is that it seems like a more polished lip is on trend. Lipsticks definitely are in as are lip liners. And many of the glosses I have tried lately are full colored and opaque. I am usually more of a sheer lip lady, but I think I might have to go for a more dramatic look in the fall.
Some of my new favorites are:
Paul and Joe Beauté Natural Lipstick Refill in Pamplemousse
Paul and Joe Beaute Lip Liner Duo
Paul and Joe Beaute Natural Lipstick Refill ($20 USD) — This pure texture creates plump, radiant lips with beautiful color and just the right amount of intensity and shine.
Paul and Joe Beaute Lip Liner Duo ($25 USD) — Lip color is twice as nice with this all-in-one pencil, available in five pairs of natural and vivid shades, to create a custom lip color to match any look or mood. Containing smooth-feel oil, the base allows you to draw lines with a light touch while leaving a lasting impression.
What I think: I really love this lip liner duo. It comes in a lighter and darker shade and I have been using both — the lighter when I wear a sheer gloss and darker with a fuller coverage lipstick. The lipstick is gorgeous too! It is very moisturizing and has a bit of a shimmer to it. Love!
Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayons ($9 on sale now for $7.20 USD on Burt’s Bees Website) — Just wanted to share the newest and most exciting news from Burt’s Bees with you – their new lip crayons. The NEW Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayons deliver a creamy matte finish and moisture-rich wear. These Lip Crayons harness the best of nature’s beautiful color in six available shades, plus uses 100% Natural ingredients like Shea Butter, Kendi Oil and Jojoba Oil – making them an amazing addition to the Burt’s Bees lip collection!
What I think: I have been enjoying this crayon in Sedona Sands, the lightest color of the group and a pretty nude. The formula is matte, but still moisturizing. They don’t have a flavor, which is nice.
Yves Rocher Sheer botanical lipstick Marron Glace ($14.00 USD) — For the first time in a lipstick, Yves Rocher Research has selected Cherry Oil for its extraordinary shine and light refraction power.
Its ultra-sensory texture melts onto the lips and enhances them with a glossy colour that gives you the coverage you want. Available in 12 shades.
What I think: So moisturizing! It is almost like wearing a creamy gloss and I think that is due to the cherry oil. Some of the shades are almost a matte crème and some have a bit of shimmer to them. And they smell really nice, too!
Mally Beauty Lip Magnifier (retails for $20, now $15 for the month of August) — combines luminous color with a creamy, ultra-fierce lip gloss. Its refreshing formula smoothes and hydrates, leaving lips feeling silky and ultra soft. Simply begin by lining your lips with the lip pencil. Once they are completely lined, begin filling in your lips for a long-wear, luscious lip color. Available in 15 different shades!
What I think: I have been using this in Soft Nude, which is a gorgeous neutral. I like it alone, or I can apply lipstick or gloss over it. It has a bit of a pleasant minty taste and is not sticky at all.
BC Color Hydra Brilliance Lipstick – Garnet ($18 USD) — Saturate lips in pure brilliance. Each creamy sweep is enriched with hydrating aquatic herbs, essential vitamins and antioxidants to lock in moisture and lavish lips in vibrant color. Color-magnifying crystals add extra brilliance to all 26 lustrous shades.
What I think: Are you looking for a fab shimmering dark red for fall? This is your lipstick! It is so moisturizing and the color is rich and so pretty! I also love that it is good for my lips!
Mehron Glosstone PRO ($11.95 USD) — Glosstone PRO is moisturizing and non-tacky leaving the lips glossy but not greasy. This long-wearing and never-sticky formula is enriched with antioxidants of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. Available in a clear shade to be used alone or over L.I.P Creams to add shine and additional moisture, 3 highly-pigmented matte shades and 2 sparkly shades infused with tiny light reflectors to pump up the volume creating the appearance of fuller richer lips! Glosstone PRO is packaged in a sleek modern square vial and applied with the lip applicator wand. This “shine booster” is sure to become your favorite lip gloss! SHADES: Coral Reef, Red Kiss, Pink Crush, Crystal Clear, Bubble Gum Sparkle & Golden Spark.
Mehron L.I.P Liner Pencils (9.95 USD) are the perfect complement to L.I.P Creams and GLOSSTONES by Mehron, Innovators of Extreme Beauty Makeup. The Mehron chemists have encased a long-lasting creamy makeup in a pencil that enables you to define your lips without bleeding color or feathering. L.I.P Liner Pencils are available in six vibrant accenting colors, including natural, Glacier Pink, Red, Burgundy, Mandarin and Cocoa. These dynamic rich colors will highlight the natural beauty of your lips.
What I think: Mehron makes a lot of theatrical makeup, but they also have a fab beauty line. The products are affordable and work really well. I have been using a gorgeous combo of a new shade of the liner called Sweet — a perfect match for my lip color, a pinky nude — with a Glosstone called Coral Reef. I have been wearing a lot of pink and the coral is an opaque cream that will look gorgeous as a transition color into fall. The liner helps my color from feathering or fading. Win win!
It’s just about summertime! Today it was over 80 degrees in Kansas City. Which is awesome and has me thinking of easy, bright looks for the season.
I was sent the following products for my honest review. I have found some great summer makeup and I hope you will get ideas from these awesome picks!
Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer ($28 USD) — This unique 3-in-1 concealer was designed to cover, de-puff and brighten under eye circles. The highly pigmented formula builds and blends flawlessly for professional makeup artist result and lasts all day. The concealer was formulated with honey, vitamin E and fruit acid to nourish and smooth skin, and comes in 12 shades, so you can find your perfect match.
What I think: This cream concealer is perfect for summer as it really does last all day. A little goes a long way (this is comparable to IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye). It is very creamy and blends in well, while keeping skin soft all day. It is full-coverage.
Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Open Secret ($24 USD) — In a beautifully bright and romantically rosy hue, Open Secret bestows lips and cheeks with a bloom of fresh, flattering and ultra-wearable peony.
What I think: This is a perfect spring and summer shade. It is a bright, flattering shade and I like the matte finish. I like it best on cheeks. It is a little dry for my lips, but looks pretty with a sheer lip gloss over it.
Available at Lipstickqueen.com, Space NK and Ulta stores nationwide
butter LONDON WINK Cream Eyeshadow in Sandy
butter LONDON WINK Cream Eyeshadow in Brassed Off
Butter LONDON WINK Cream Eyeshadow ($18 USD) — The Brilliant Bronze Collection will keep any look sun-kissed and glowing with exceptional textures and gorgeous colour year round. The collection offers two new shades of butter LONDON’s WINK Cream Eyeshadow in Randy and Brassed Off.
What I think: Both shades are so perfect for summer. Shimmery and neutral, and so pretty. They also last a long time once they dry.
Meyron Metallic Powder with Mixing Liquid ($12.95 USD) — This is a combination product of Mehron’s ultra fine Metallic Powder Makeup which enables you to create dramatic makeup designs and effects. The soft Metallic Powder Makeup made by Mehron, Leaders in Theatrical Makeup since 1927, is finely crafted and evenly blended to provide you with the best available accenting powder on the market. The Metallic Powder formulated by the researchers of Mehron is currently available in Gold, Silver, Cooper, and Bronze allowing you to add dynamic shiny powder to any makeup look. This ultra fine, silky smooth Metallic Powder can be used dry or combine it with the included 1 oz. Meyron Mixing Liquid to form a water-based metallic liquid makeup. The dynamic effects of Metallic Makeup Powder can be used in body painting, face painting, costume makeup, character makeup and sexy evening makeup.
What I think: I don’t know how to apply theatre makeup, but I have to say I love this powder! I have it in gold, and mixed with the liquid it makes an extremely long lasting shadow. Perfect for hot summer days. I think it will also be fun to use for Halloween or the holidays to make festive looks. Easy to mix and apply.
Ellis Faas Mascara ($34 USD) — A creamy texture that perfectly coats, lengthens and separates each individual lash. Lashes instantly appear longer, lifted and combed. It is a lengthening mascara for subtle or prominent accents to your lashes. Well-suited for customizing different looks. Available in Black and Milk Chocolate.
What I think: I love this mascara for a natural day look. It separates so well that it never clumps. More coats creates more volume.
Mehron Glosstone PRO ($11.95 USD) — Glosstone PRO is moisturizing and non-tacky leaving the lips glossy but not greasy. This long-wearing and never-sticky formula is enriched with antioxidants of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. Available in a clear shade to be used alone or over L.I.P Creams to add shine and additional moisture, 3 highly pigmented matte shades and 2 sparkly shades infused with tiny light reflectors to pump up the volume creating the appearance of fuller richer lips! Glosstone PRO is packaged in a sleek modern square vial and applied with the lip applicator wand. This “shine booster” is sure to become your favorite lip gloss! SHADES: Coral Reef, Red Kiss, Pink Crush, Crystal Clear, Bubble Gum Sparkle & Golden Spark.
What I think: I have been testing this in Red Kiss. It is a little bright for me, but I love the opacity and coverage. It is almost like a liquid lipstick. It stays on for hours and when the gloss wears off, I noticed a pretty stain.