Summer is here and it is hot! As I gear up for family vacation, I have been loving summer fragrances and makeup!
Below are my new favorite fragrances and cosmetics. They are fun and bright!
L’Occitane Lavender Foaming Bath
L’Occitane Verbena Eau de Toilette
L’Occitane has bright scents and soothing bubble bath that are perfect for summer!
L’Occitane Lavender Foaming Bath ($38 16.9 fl. oz) — All the relaxing benefits of lavender from Haute-Provence are captured in this rich formula that generously foams in the bath and leaves skin clean, supple and delicately scented.
L’Occitane Verbena Eau de Toilette ($58 3.4 fl. oz) — A perennial favorite. Extroverted notes of Mediterranean verbena mingle with a rosy base of geranium and lemon tree. Elegantly presented in a glass spray bottled engraved with a verbena leaf.
Merle Norman’s summer collection is bright and fun! The Eyecolor Trio So Azuring — Eyecolor Trio/So Azuring, the colors are: Sunshine (matte) Toasted Coconut (luminous) Turquoise (matte).
Merle Norman Lip Glazes in Cherry Crush and Scrumptious. Lip Glaze in Cherry Crush is a great way to wear the shade in warmer months. Scrumptious is a bright, tropical orange. This lip gloss/lipstick hybrid provides a pop of color with a sheer finish. Great alone or over your favorite lip color.
Learn more at www.merlenorman.com
What are you loving so far this summer? Leave a comment and let me know!
Today is National Lash Day! I love this because even though I have short, straight lashes, the mascaras out today can help make my lashes look gorgeous!
Below, I have listed a long list of fabulous mascaras at various price points. I hope you find a new one you love. Remember to change your mascara every 3 months.
To begin, though, I am highlighting three eyelash serums with natural ingredients to enhance your lashes and a great lash primer. I love these, and they are also the perfect base for any of the amazing mascaras featured:
Talika Lipocils Expert ($57 USD) — Talika Lipocils Expert serum contains the same proprietary complex of 5 plants and silk protein as in Lipocils to condition and support the densification of eyelashes. Additional natural ingredients (peptides, Forskohlii) promote enhanced curling and color intensification of the lashes, especially to light or not very dark lashes.
The mascara-like brush ensures an optimal distribution of the serum along the lashes throughout the follicle. The foamy sponge tip allows to gently apply the serum along the top and bottom lash line without any risk. Formulated with plants and natural ingredients, the serum is safe for the eyes. Talika Lipocils Expert makes a perfect base for mascara.
Purchase at www.talika.com
ZO Skin Health Ossential Lash Enhancing Serum ($65 USD) — Not a mascara – but a serum containing a powerful blend of peptides formulated to help enhance eyelash thickness and length, and improve the look of thinning, sparse lashes and brows. Use once a day at bedtime.
Apply to clean skin. Use pen to apply product to upper and lower lash line, taking great care on lower lashes to avoid direct contact with the eyes. Hold pen upright and twist bottom two to four clicks per application. May also be used on brows.
HydroPeptide Lash ($96 USD) — This natural lash enhancer uses the power of a peptide complex, biotin and folic acid to visibly improve the appearance of lashes – and brows! – by strengthening them for a fuller, longer, less brittle appearance. Eyelash Fortifying and Hair-Fullness Peptides provide superior lash results, while Biotin, Folic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, and Lemon Peel Extract prevent breakage and strengthen lashes. Soybean oil and Sodium Hyaluronate hydrate and nourish the brow and lash area. Apply at night, a few times a week, and see less breakage and more thickness.
Merle Norman Mascara Primer ($14 USD) — The secret to long, luscious lashes is to always start with a primer. This multi-benefit base coat forms a flexible bond between lashes and mascara to magnify results of ANY mascara. What makes this formula so effective is its hair-loving conditioners (Vitamins B, C, and E) and advanced peptides which promote lashes that are longer, fuller and healthier- looking, making flutters perfectly mascara ready!
Available at MerleNorman.com
NYC New York Color Get It All Mascara ($3.99 USD) — A mascara that visibly lifts and curls lashes up to 70°, lengthens lashes up to 65% and builds up to 2 times the volume. It contains candelilla wax known to enhance film formulation and stiffness, yielding better curl. It glides on easily, won’t smudge and won’t irritate sensitive eyes and is ideal for contact-lens wearers. In Extreme Black.
Rimmel London 24 Hour Supercurler Mascara ($6.49 USD) — With its curved-eye shape, the special brush fits perfectly into the contours of your eye, giving you flawless application every time. Its cleverly-designed fibers lift and curl lashes from the root to tip, separating each lash for defined, clump-free color. Use the mascara alone, or create an eye-opening look by layering it over your favorite Rimmel mascara. Let your lashes defy the laws of gravity with breathtaking curve appeal. Black, Extreme Black
Avon Big and False Lash Volume Mascara ($6 USD) — With its unique Fiber Blend formula, this mascara gives lashes a major boost. The mascara instantly creates the look of fuller lashes thanks to specially curved fibers, which fill in your lash line without clumping. Designed to double the look of lashes instantly, Big & False Lash Mascara gives you a dramatic look in a flash. Featuring a unique, exclusively-designed almond shaped brush with quick glide surface ensures fibers fill in and align along the lashes, following the natural curve of the eye.
Visit AVON.com to locate an Avon Representative or to shop online.
PUR Fully Charged Magnetic Mascara ($22 USD) — Strengthen, thicken, lengthen and separate each individual lash with this high-performance mascara. The formula uses opposing magnetic forces to strongly attract mascara to the lashes, ensuring flawless application and unparalleled performance. Includes:
Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1 conditions lashes to help fight the follicle aging process and make lashes appear healthier and fuller
A blend of Panthenol (Vitamin B5) and Vitamin C Ester nourishes lashes for maximum flexibility
The addition of Carnuba Wax and Beeswax helps define each lash with an exclusive brush that is designed for ultimate separation and lengthening
Arbonne It’s A Long Story Mascara ($36 USD) — Arbonne’s high-performance lengthening mascara helps create the look of ultra-dramatic lashes with major longitude and definition. Formulated with polypeptides, amino acids, pea extract, bamboo and pro-vitamin B5, this mascara helps to condition and soften lashes. Created with a vegan formula, this mascara is also long wearing and water resistant.
Can you believe that Halloween is over and it’s November? Plus, Daylight Savings Time? This year has flown by!
I have received so many fantastic products to test that it’s hard to keep up with all of them! This week, I am loving fabulous skincare, hair care, makeup and a fabulous natural SPF brand. What are you loving this week? Leave a comment and let me know!
NIA24 Treatment Catalyst ($71 USD) — A nourishing face oil that fortifies skin and acts as a performance-enhancing catalyst to accelerate the results of other skincare products. 5% Pro-Niacin® along with essential vitamins and fatty acids fortify the skin barrier and improve the health and condition of the skin. This product delivers an immediate dose of moisture and radiance while accelerating the performance of any skincare regimen. Use in the morning and at night. Apply 2-3 drops directly to cleansed skin or mix with your preferred serum or moisturizer.
What I think: This is a really easy way to add some amazing skincare ingredients to your beauty regimen. This non-greasy face oil can be used after cleanser on it’s own or mixed with a favorite serum or moisturizer. I mix it with my serum and I like how soft and moisturized my skin is after use. I also like that my skin is basically receiving vital nutrients and vitamins in just a few drops!
Available at NIA24.com
StriVectinLABS Anti-Wrinkle Hydra Gel Treatment ($69 USD) — This two-step wrinkle-smoothing system helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Anti-Wrinkle Precision Patches are designed to release the ingredients at an optimal rate while providing a soothing, cooling treatment. Left on the face for a 15-minute period, these hydra gel patches help to address laugh lines, frown lines, brow lines, lip lines and crow’s feet. The second step is the Anti-Wrinkle Smoothing Balm, a daily wrinkle smoothing treatment with the NIA-114™ technology and Hyaluronic Acid to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and deliver an instant boost of moisture to the skin.
What I think: This is a fun product to use! The gel patches instantly de-puff my eyes and cool the area. The balm is so moisturizing as well. I really see a difference is the skin around my eyes, too. It is smoother. LOVE!
Available at StriVectin.com
The Marula Curl Therapy Collection is formulated to deeply rejuvenate each curl so they are trained to always be what you want them to be: soft, shiny and beautifully free. The products are:
·Marula Gentle Cream Cleanser ($18.00): Manage your curls by pampering them with this rich, gentle cream cleanser.
·Marula Oil Softening Serum ($18.00): With the star ingredient of Marula Oil, curls will transform into glossy, spiral curls making it easy to soothe and shine on instant.
·Marula Softening Hair Mask ($24.00): Rejuvenate your hair with this Marula Oil based mask, this rehydrates every strand and gives the extra moisture you need.
·Marula Diffusing & Styling Lotion ($20.00): Conditioning Marula Oil and moisture-enhancing Almond Oil leave hair hydrated, healthy, and super shiny.
What I think: My hair isn’t the right texture for these products, it is wavy not curly. But I have been testing the oil and I love how it moisturizes my hair. I just need to use a few drops and my waves are smooth and silky.
Available at www.carolsdaughter.com
Merle Norman Cosmetics was founded in Los Angeles in 1931, and is a longstanding leading brand of premium skincare, foundations and color cosmetic products. Its founder, Merle Nethercutt Norman, was one of the first women in cosmetics and a true innovator. In addition to creating breakthrough products, she empowered other women to begin their own business selling her cosmetic products. Today, Merle Norman Studios are located throughout the United States, Canada and in seven countries internationally. Today, Merle Norman’s vision carries on. The Merle Norman line includes hundreds of tried-and-true products, addressing the full spectrum of skin care and color needs for all women.
Merle Norman Hero Products Include:
Liquid Lipcolor ($15): This innovative lip product is stunning from application to finish. The ultra-plush applicator deposits just the right amount of smooth, stay-true color onto lips. Its unique whipped texture makes the product easy to apply and a multi-hydration technology system of DL Plum Oil French, which comes only from plums grown in the South-West of France, Argan Oil and Meadowestolide makes it very comfortable to wear. It also includes a lip-plumping ingredient that helps lips appear smoother (without the usual tingling feel).
Pro Pen Eyeliner ($14): This easy-to-use liquid liner pen makes lining your eyes as simple as signing your name. Its slim felt-tipped applicator acts like a fine-point marker, while its ergonomic grip lets you control the effect. The harder you press, the bolder the line it creates — so easy! Best yet, its long-wearing formula won’t smudge or budge for up to 14 hours! Water-resistant and ophthalmologist tested.
CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($28): A multi-benefit product that’s formulated to combine the powers of a skin care product and a sun protector with the complexion evening benefits of a light coverage foundation all in one product! The lightweight formula imparts a light amount of coverage to even out skin tone, but can be easily layered for buildable coverage as desired. The blendable formula also pairs easily with foundation primers, concealers, foundations and powders so you can achieve the exact look you want.
What I think: These are all gorgeous products. My favorite is the CC Cream. It is a medium coverage foundation and applies very smoothly. I have noticed while trying a lot of BB and CC creams that they can have an orange cast to them and are almost balm-like, but this one is light and easy to blend. The color is great, too!
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask ($85 USD) — Healthier, younger skin – while you sleep with the power of copper peptide technology. The breakthrough formula features intense levels of hyaluronic acid (20%) to promote deep hydration, while easing stress and dryness. Fine lines and wrinkles are plumped and filled and skin is lifted and tightened to reveal perfect facial contours.
What I think: I apply this mask like a night cream. But when I wake up in the morning, my skin is so smooth and soft! I use it a couple of times a week and like the results I see. My skin seems smoother and the texture seems more even. Since it’s been colder lately, I have been getting dry patches on my forehead. These go away after using this mask,
Available at select Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Soft Surroundings store locations, as well as independent boutiques and spas or at www.osmotics.com
Formulated with ingredients like plankton, red algae, and red raspberry seed oil, COOLA’s reformulated Classic line of sunscreens also incorporates a patented plant-derived ingredient that is both certified organic and eco-certified and enables the brand to cut their active levels by 80%! That’s just another way that COOLA is leading the charge to create the healthiest sunscreens on the market.
What I think: I love The Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish to protect my face without leaving it oily and the Sort SPF 50 Fresh Mango moisturizer for the body to keep my skin soft and smelling great! All of the COOLA products I have tried are such luxurious, natural SPF skincare and I love using them!
COOLA Suncare is available at ULTA Beauty, ULTA.com and coolasuncare.com, as well as the finest Resorts, Spas and Specialty Boutiques.
Bright is right this spring! At least with makeup. With all of the sad things that have been happening, a little bright color can help perk your mood – and your look – right up!
Cargo ColorStick ($28 USD) — An oil-free, cream color stick that blends effortlessly to eyes, cheeks and lips, for a natural, monochromatic look. The velvety, ultra-light texture blends flawlessly onto the skin for an “airbrushed” finish. Cheeks appear smooth and flawless. The cream-to-powder formula sets for an exceptionally long-wearing finish and never settles into fine lines. The dial-up stick makes application a breeze. Available in 5 shades. Santorini, Key West and Maui give a natural and pretty color to the cheeks, eyes and lips. St. Tropez offers a sheer bronze glow perfect for giving a soft tan glow or sculpting the cheekbones. Champagne is a warm highlighter that is ideal for highlighting the key areas of the face.
I have been using Santorini which is very bright coral/pink color. I love the creamy formula for my cheeks and lips, but the shade is a bit bright for me. I would definitely try this in a lighter pink or bronze.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Caresse Shine Stain by Colour Riche ($9.99 USD) This lightweight lip stain is designed to deliver long-lasting color with a glossy, high-shine finish (vs. the matte effect that many stains provide). Never heavy and never drying, the weightless formula glides on for a unique lip color experience. Colour Caresse Shine Stain has a moisturizing, water-based formula that leaves lips soft, comfortable and hydrated for up to six hours. It contains a blend of light shine oils and concentrated pigments for clear, luminous color.
I have been testing Stubborn Plum, a violet-pink almost mauve color. It is a bit 80’s for me, but it’s pretty. For a stain it is very moisturizing, but it has a funky taste. I think that if you do want a long-lasting lip color, this is a good choice because it is not drying at all. Plus it comes in lots of shades!
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eye Shadow Quads ($7.95 USD) – Color authority L’Oréal Paris is proud to expand its Colour Riche franchise to include a new collection of eye shadow quads that have been customized with trend-driven, wearable hues and specially developed to create not just one eye look – but endless statement looks for your every mood. The shades are grouped in three families to help you easily ﬁnd the palette that is right for you. Available in both pearl and matte ﬁnishes, the sophisticated shades vary from softly shimmering to bold and intensely rich.
These are beautiful quads of bright or smoky colors. The four shades can create so many fun looks. Really great pigment payoff!
Merle Norman Color Max Shadow in Lavender Ice ($12 USD) High-fashion shadows are packed with pigment to give you maximum color pay-off in a single swipe. Duo-chromatic pigments and pearlized powders create multi-dimensional effects with a satiny-smooth finish.
This is a gorgeous color on. The lavender is shimmery, but not glittery, which I love. Great alone with a dark liner.
Merle Norman Moist Lip Color in Cotton Candy ($15 USD) The name says it all! Soft, beautiful and oh-so-yummy lips are yours with this nourishing, light formula that provides sheer, luscious color and shine with moisturizing benefits.
This is my favorite lip gloss at the moment. So pretty and light and very moisturizing. Not sticky at all.
Pixi Extra Eye Bright Liner ($17 USD) — This waterproof precision inner rim liner is designed to brighten the eyes and make the eye whites look whiter. Twist-up, non-sharpening precision point pen makes it easy to use and adds a brightening effect exactly where you want it. The pale white-pink-lavender colour enhances the whiteness of the eye white, giving the illusion of larger, more bright and awake eyes – your own little wakeup makeup secret! Hypoallergenic. Paraben-free. Mineral oil-free. Suitable for the most sensitive eyes.
This works really well to brighten my tired eyes! It can also be used at the inner corners of the eye and under the browbone for extra light.
Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm ($17 USD) — Packed with lip-loving ingredients, this glossy gel balm protects & hydrates lips instantly. After the balm wears off, lips are left tinted with a flattering, personalized hue just for you (colour & intensity depends on pH level of lips).
Twist-up crayon requires no sharpening. Secure lid after use.
Beneficial ingredients and what they do:
Jojoba oil is an effective natural moisturizer and environmental barrier for the skin
Peptides plump fine lines
Vitamin E nourishes and protects
Shea butter nourishes the skin
Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant
Rose extract nourishes & repairs
I have this lovely balm in the newest (and lightest) shade Lucent Glow. It is a sheer rose-gold color with a pearly glow.
The new spring collection from ck one color is a limited edition street collection in collaboration with graffiti artist Miss 163.
ck one Street Limited Edition Powder Eyeshadow Quad ($28 USD) — High intensity eyeshadow formula with the purest, brightest pigments for intense brilliance. Can be used as an accent color to highlight, brighten eyes.
Illuminate: Pearlized shades for a shimmering finish. Can be used all over lid for sheer sparkling finish or blend with other colors to add intense shine.
Define: Ultra-fine micronized powder to blend and obtain a deep color effect. Soft matte even finish. Can be used to contour and add depth to the eye.
Contour + Line: Provides saturated intense color in one sweep. Super matte dramatic finish. Color remains pure and flawless for hours on hours. Can be used wet or dry – to contour, line, shape eyes.
Buildable color intensity
Vibrant color impact
Longwearing – wears up to 10 hours
Matte, satin, high pearl effects
Soft, silky smooth texture
These are fun, high-pigmented colors. They are perfect for spring and summer! I really love the brown, it is perfect for all eye colors.
Street Limited Edition Shine Lipstick ($16 USD) Pure Shine Lipstick by ck one Color for hydration + shine. I have Painted, a sheer violet and it is gorgeous. It gives so much moisture and a sheer shine.
Soft, smooth and natural lips are the perfect look for summer. The luscious lip products below will help achieve this. From a lip exfoliator to a fruity lip balm to a lipstick that makes lips soft after continuous use, your lips will look fabulous while using this products!
Merle Norman Lip Exfoliator ($15.00 USD) — Gentle micro-dermabrasion lip treatment immediately retexturizes skin to reveal incredibly soft and smooth lips. Allows lip color to glide on smoothly and keeps it from caking. Easy-to-use stick formula. Visit www. merlenorman.com to learn more.
Enjoy eos’ all-new limited edition Strawberry Sorbet and Passion Fruit ($5.99 USD) – two refreshingly tasty organic flavors launching just in time for summer. Revolutionary smooth sphere applies directly to lips, making it more hygienic than pot lip balms. It is enclosed in powder pink and lavender soft-touch, recyclable packaging. Key Ingredients are Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E to soothe and moisturize. This retails for $5.99 at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target.com and EvolutionofSmooth.com.
Becca Cosmetics Sheer Lip Color ($24.00 USD) — A collection of sheer, hydrating lipsticks with subtle shine in a palette of tones flattering for all skin tones, BECCA’s Sheer Tint Lip Colour contains a cocktail of emollients and antioxidants such as Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Honey and Vitamin E, to moisturise and protect the lips while providing a smooth, even application of creamy colour. Shop at The Plaza Beauty,One West 58th Street at The Plaza Hotel’s Concourse Level.
CoverGirl LipPerfection ($7.49 USD) — A new kind of lip transformation; lipstick that transforms your lips instantly with gorgeous color and transforms dry lips to noticeably smoother/more gorgeous lips in just 7 days. Contains a silk therapy complex –
beautiful rich lip color infused with silk protein to help sustain moisture leve ls so the more you wear it, the more gorgeous your lips become. Lip Perfection is CoverGirl’s iconic, prestige-inspired lip bullet. This is available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.
Merle Norman Lip Polish ($15.00 USD) — Creamy lip gloss delivers 100-watt shine. Luscious high-fashion shades provide intense luster with hydrating benefits. glides on smoothly and evenly with brush applicator. Long-wearing. Anti-feathering. Visit www.merlenorman.com to learn more. Enjoy!