My Beauty Favorites — Week of April 17-23, 2017

It was a beautiful Sunday yesterday!  It was warm in Kansas City and I got out to enjoy my daughter’s (and my husband the coach’s) lacrosse game.  They won!

My favorite beauty products this week include amazing fragrances, a handy daily exfoliator, a gorgeous lip duo and volumizing dry shampoo:

Molton Brown and Orange & Bergamot ($65 USD) — Our original scent in a fresh, citrusy eau de toilette, blended with bergamot, mandarin and Seville oranges:
Top notes: orange oil, bergamot, lemon and mandarin.
Heart notes: petitgrain, cardamom and galbanum.
Base notes: neroli, ylang-ylang and musk.

Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepper ($65 USD) — Our signature spicy pink pepperpod fragrance accentuated in an alluring eau de toilette, enhanced with more delicately balanced, complex aromas:
Top notes: pink pepper, tangerine and elemi oil.
Heart notes: nutmeg and ginger oil.
Base notes: patchouli and cedarwood oil.

Molton Brown Mesmerising Oudh Accord & Gold ($65 USD) — A heady eau de toilette fragrance with deep, rich aromas from the East:
Top notes: cinnamon leaf oil and nutmeg oil.
Heart notes: elemi oil, myrrh oil and black tea accord.
Base note: oudh accord, vetiver, honey and tobacco accord.

What I think:  These are all such complex, luxe fragrances. My fave is the Orange & Bergamot because I love fresh, light scents.  The Fiery Pink Pepper is bright and sultry and the Ouhd Accord & Gold is deep and dramatic.

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PUR Joystick Exfoliating Deep-Pore Cleanser

PUR Joystick Exfoliating Deep-Pore Cleanser ($26 USD) — Flawless makeup application starts with a clean and healthy complexion. Foaming on contact, it instantly draws out dirt, oil and impurities to clear out clogged pores and leave your face feeling soft, smooth and prepped for makeup application. Ideal for on-the-go, the Joystick Cleanser is the perfect travel companion.

What I think: I love this cleanser!  It is so easy to use.  I apply the stick on wet skin (it’s great in the shower) and then massage it into my skin.  Once I rinse it off, my skin is so smooth!  I’m definately taking this cleanser on my vacation this summer.

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ybf beauty fall in love lipstick & lipgloss duo

ybf beauty fall in love lipstick & lipgloss duo ($22.80 USD) — This lightly scented, hydrating lipstick and lipgloss duo, suitable for every skin tone, will leave lips looking bold and voluptuous. With a creamy paraben-free formula infused with Smart Active Complexes, lips are infused with a rich, luminous color as they help smooth the appearance of fine lines for a soft n’ silky, pout.

What I think — Both of these products are so pretty!  I think the berry colors would look amazing on most skin tones.  I like that the fall in love lipstick comes with a convenient case with a mirror attached.  It’s so easy to apply on the go.

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John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo ($6.99 USD) — Give your hair an uplifting boost and touchable body that lasts with just a spritz of this NEW dry shampoo. The revitalizing formula instantly refreshes, revives and restores limp locks while getting rid of dirt and oil for hair that feels clean, healthy and light.

What I think:  Dry Shampoo can weigh down my hair, so I like that this adds volume. Remember with dry shampoo a little goes a long way.  A spritz or two cleans and lifts my hair.

Purchase at ULTA and food, drug and mass retailers nationwide

What products are you loving this week?





My Beauty Favorites — Week of March 27- April 2, 2017

It has been a rainy spring week in Kansas City.  We had a really dry winter, so I guess this is okay. But, I am looking forward to warm, sunny days!

This week I have been loving skin care that protects from the elements and amazing scented spring body care products:

Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum ($65 USD) — Fast-acting treatment featuring Hydroquinone fades dark spots, age spots, and freckles. Our skin-lightening serum also evens out skin tone to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion while helping prevent future pigment formation.

Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer ($70 USD) — Detoxify and revitalize skin overnight. This breakthrough formula, with super-charged antioxidants from Marrubium Plant Stem Cells, neutralizes pollutants and strengthens skin’s barrier while you sleep. Next Generation Vitamin C helps brighten and even tone, while nourishing botanicals plump skin to help visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Wake up to radiant, healthy-looking skin.

Murad Essential-C Night Moisture ($65 USD) — Antioxidant-enriched hydrator featuring a patented technology designed to improve skin while you sleep. Vitamins A, C and E encourage cell turnover to improve skin firmness.

What I think:  these products brighten, lighten and hydrate skin, getting it ready for the warmer days ahead.  I like how even my skin tone looks after use and my skin is firmer.

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Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey


Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey: Delectable. Nectarous. Blithe. This fragrance opens with crunchy green leave accords, refreshed by subtle hints of bergamot and layered with light petals and gardenia. The heart reveals a juicy pear embellished by jasmine and lily of the valley before evolving into a gourmand base of mouth-watering honey caramel and biscuit. Available in the Fine Liquid Hand Wash ($28), Hand Lotion ($34) and Hand Cream ($15)

Molton Brown Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower: Whimsical. Nostalgic. Ambrosial. This sumptuous powdery fragrance opens on fresh violet leaf and dewy freesia tonalities. The violet is magnified in heart by a rich bouquet of rose lingering into a sensuous base where swirls of vanilla take the lead on a bed of Tonka and musk. Available in the Bath & Shower Gel ($30) and Body Lotion ($42) Single Wick Candle ($49)

What I think: Both of these collections smell amazing, but I think the Comice Pear & Wild Honey is my favorite, I use the hand lotion every day.  Both of these fragrances are so original!

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Zoella Creamy Madly Dreamy body lotion

Zoella Beauty Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion ($8.95 USD 5.4 oz) —  Zoella Beauty Creamy Madly Deeply Body Cream is an irresistable indulgence for super smooth and silky skin. Refreshing and floral, Creamy Madly Deeply will pamper your skin like a gorgeously scented creamy cuddle. Creamy Madly Deeply is enriched with Vitamin E, Aloe and Shea Butter to condition the body – because your skin needs a bit of love too!

What I think: This is a luxe lotion at an affordable price! It has a creamy floral scent which is perfect for this time of year, plus it is so hydrating.  LOVE!

Purchase at Target Stores

Have you tried any of these great products?  Leave a comment and let me know!


My Beauty Favorites — Week of July 18-24, 2016

This week I have been trying lots of great products sent to me for my honest review.  There is amazing skin care, hair care and body care out there right now and I love discovering new products!

My faves this week include a hydrating toner, conditioning shampoo, luxe body lotions and amazing face masks:

No7 Beautiful Skin Refreshing Toner for Normal Dry Skin
No7 Beautiful Skin Refreshing Toner for Normal Dry Skin

No7 Beautiful Skin Refreshing Toner for Normal/Dry Skin ($8.99 USD) — Looking for a refresher from the heat? This toner cleanses the skin to leave it feelings radiant and reinvigorated. The product is formulated with a blend of rosehip oil and contains a blend of multivitamin and minerals to hydrate the skin. Gently remove makeup and cleanse the skin to leave it looking clear and healthy.

What I think: I like to keep this in the fridge.  It keeps it cool and it is so refreshing at morning or night!  It helps cleanse my skin and keeps it soft and hydrated.  And it’s really affordable as well.

Available at Target stores and

Philip B. African Shea Butter Gentle & Conditioning Shampoo
Philip B. African Shea Butter Gentle & Conditioning Shampoo

Philip B. African Shea Butter Gentle & Conditioning Shampoo ($30 USD) — Mild cleanser drenches strands in light-weight moisture, protecting color and taking hair to a whole new level of softness and shine.

  • A perfect daily shampoo for the whole family: Gently lifts away oil and product build-up.
  • Active botanical agents (African Shea Butter, Hops, Nettle and Comfrey) condition and silkify without weighing hair down.
  • Panthenol (Vitamin B5) restores elasticity and bounce.
  • Paraben free; color & keratin-treatment safe

What I think: I like this shampoo a lot in the summer.  It works as a shampoo and conditioner.  My hair is soft and manageable and it looks great!  I also love that it protects my color.

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Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood Body Lotion ($42 USD) — A comforting body lotion, blended with creamy coconut, jasmine and sandalwood for a relaxing, tropical aroma. The fragrance:
Top note: coconut.
Heart note: jasmine.
Base note: sandalwood.
Extract: coconut fruit.

Molton Brown Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Body Lotion ($42 USD) — A comforting and hydrating body lotion fragranced with intoxicating honeysuckle, white tea leaf and creamy heliotrope. The fragrance:
Top notes: bergamot and mandarin.
Heart notes: honeysuckle, white tea and jasmine.
Base notes: sandalwood, heliotrope and vanilla.

What I think: Both of these are such warm and clean scents. The texture of the lotion is creamy but not greasy.  Perfect for summer hydration!

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New face masks from Freeze 24-7 (8 masks for $60):

Anti-Gravity Lifting Face Mask – Active lifting ingredients help to strengthen skin elasticity and restore skin density for firmer, younger looking skin. Ingredients:

  • Adenosine: Improves appearance of wrinkles.
  • Serilesine: Adds density to skin tissues increasing skin elasticity. Relieves existing fine lines and wrinkles while preventing future ones.
  • Mushroom Complex extract with enriched β-glucan: Supplies moisturizing care and nutrition to the skin.

Radiance Brightening Face Mask – Brightening and skin tone improving ingredients work together to help skin regain luminosity and restore vitality; effectively alleviate dullness. Ingredients:

  • Diffuporine: accelerates the synthesis of water channel which helps supply abundant moisture to skin from inside & outside.
  • Amino Acid Complex: helps skin cell’s growth and cure, skin hydration and elasticity.

Intense Hydrating Face Mask – Moisturizing peptides penetrate deeply into the skin to give it a boost of instant hydration. Amino-acids reinforce the skin’s natural barrier to seal in moisture for a long-lasting hydrating effect. Ingredients:

  • White Power Telangyn™: brightens and evens skin tone while preventing redness and blemishes.
  • Brightening Complex: protects from harmful environments, making skin bright and healthy. It also helps moisturize and soften the skin to keep the skin ton radiant and stable.

What I think: These masks are pretty amazing!  I am a big fan of gel masks and these are some of the bests I have tried.  The Anti-Gravity Lifting Face Mask is my favorite because it left my skin very smooth and helped lessen the appearance of pores and wrinkles.  The Radiance Brightening Face Mask made my skin glow and the Intense Hydrating Face Mask is wonderful for dry skin.

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of January 18-24, 2015

It definitely is the time of the year to try new, hydrating skin care.  I have been trying to keep my skin moisturized in the cold weather. It feels like the moisture has been sucked out of my whole body and I have been drinking lots of water as well as hydrating my skin!

My faves this week include products that will keep your skin, body and lips hydrated:


Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 1 Face Cream
Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 1 Face Cream

Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 1 Face Cream ($75 USD) — A revolutionary patented anti-aging treatment, Vita-A-Kombi 1 combines 1% active oxygen and vitamins A&E to assist in normalizing and detoxifying the skin while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Includes 1% hydrogen peroxide, vitamin A, vitamin E.

What I think:  This is a lovely night cream.  It is very moisturizing without being heavy on. In the morning, my skin is so soft and supple.  Plus, it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I love the potent natural ingredients used.  I feel that I am doing something great for my skin when I use this.

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Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense
Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Cream SPF 30 is formulated with a bio-copper complex that helps correct the most visible signs of aging. It uses three effective technologies to revive, improve and protect your skin while recapturing a youthful appearance.

What I think:  I only use day creams with SPF so I was happy to get this one.  It is so hydrating and great for my aging skin! I notice that my skin looks smoother when I use it.  That is my main issue.  I use so much anti-aging skincare that I don’t have a lot of wrinkles (knock on wood)!

Purchase at Kohl’s stores and

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion
Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion ($42 USD) — A spicy, nourishing body lotion blended with pink pepperpods for antioxidant protection. The fragrance Top note: Fiery pink pepper. Middle note: Ginger. Base note: Rich patchouli.

What I think:  This is a very soothing body lotion.  It sinks right into your skin and keeps it soft all day!  Molten Brown makes a variety of different scent that are all so interesting.  If you love a spicy fragrance, this lotion definitely fits the bill!

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Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla ($19 6.7 fl. oz)-packs pure shea and cocoa butters with skin saving essential oils to deliver instantly softer skin. While other Body Butters use synthetic preservatives and chemicals including parabens, silicone & mineral oils that can clog pores, prevent absorption of beneficial ingredients and accumulate in the body, we pack our natural formula with smart, natural ingredients that that allow for faster absorption of body beneficial vitamins and immediate hydration

What I think:  I have tried this in Pure Vanilla,  a blend of fresh Madagascar vanilla and tonka bean.  It’s a sexy scent, more spicy than sweet, perfect for the cold weather.  I love that it is natural and it keeps my skin hydrated.

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Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm Stick SPF 15 Cherry ($1.59 USD) — Cherry flavored protecting lip balm. Moisturizing protection from sun & water. With broad spectrum SPF 15.

Carmex Original Jar ($1.59 USD) — Generations have relied on this hardworking original lip balm formula. Soothes dry, chapped lips.  Creates a long-lasting water barrier with petrolatum, which acts like a bandage so healing can take place. Contains lanolin, which mimics the way your skin naturally retains moisture.Provides cooling pain relief with camphor and menthol.

What I think: I have been using the original pot of Carmex since the 1990’s. I love how moisturizing it is.  I have to say that although I love using the pot at home, the stick is so convenient to carry!  And it works just as well

Learn more at and purchase at mass market retailers near you.

Have you tried any of these hydrating products?  Leave a comment and let me know!





Mix Up Your Fall Hairdo’s by Trying New Hair Products by Truhair, Molton Brown and Philip Kingsley

I think fall is always my favorite season.  It was when I lived in Oregon and it still is in Missouri.  Not only are the changing leaves beuatiful, the crisp air is always a welcome change.

Since it can also be a drastic change, it is good to mix it up the beuaty routine by trying new hair, skin and makeup product.

Below are some new products from brands that you may not have heard of or used yet.  I say try one or more to discover new life for your hair!

Truhair New-Do Dry Shampoo
Truhair New-Do Dry Shampoo

Truhair New-Do Dry Shampoo ($21.50 USD) Refreshes, revives, and rejuvenates the look of your hair in a matter of minutes with no water or blow dryer required. It helps to absorb oil in the hair that can make hair look dirty and limp while it boosts the appearance of volume. Hair looks, feels, and smells freshly shampooed with a clean, fresh scent.

  • Gives your hair the appearance of a temporary lift & helps absorb excess oils and other impurities in seconds without water.
  • Comes in one easy to use portable brush-on applicator.
  • Revives and rejuvenates your hair’s appearance in a matter of minutes without water or blow dryer.
  • Helps your hair to look thicker and fuller.
  • Quick and easy to apply.
  • Unique powder brush applicator allows you to simply brush in where you need it.
  • Leaves your hair feeling voluminous and smelling fresh.

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XStatic 6oz Static Reducer and Frizz Fighter Spray
XStatic 6oz Static Reducer and Frizz Fighter Spray

XStatic 6oz Static Reducer and Frizz Fighter Spray ($26 USD) – When hair picks up positive charges from the air, the result is frizzy, unmanageable, flyaway strands that repel from the rest of the hair and stand on end. TRUHAIR’s X-Static helps eliminate static, fly aways and frizz with this weightless finishing spray. It seals and soothes the hair cuticle to remove cling so hair stays perfectly in place.

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Molton Brown Indian Cress Shampoo and Conditioner
Molton Brown Indian Cress Shampoo and Conditioner

Molton Brown Indian Cress Shampoo and Conditioner ($60 a set or $30 each) –Out with daily grime. In with a shampoo and conditioner for cared for, healthy-looking hair.
Best for: all hair types
The way they blend it
– Indian cress, known to encourage healthy hair growth
– Conditioners to help smooth, detangle and reduce risk of breakage
– Amino acid to help improve shine
– Aromas of jasmine, honeysuckle and sandalwood
These items come in their own gift box.

Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner
Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner

Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner ($29 USD) — Rehydrating toner and scalp energizer for optimum hair and scalp health. Scalp Toner’s unique ingredient combination performs three key functions; stimulating blood supply to the scalp, mildly astringent qualities to absorb excess oil and protecting against bacterial attack (flaking). Water based, leave-in formula. Fragrance free.

These products are available online at and at the salon in New York at 16 East 52nd Street.