My Beauty Favorites — Week of August 29 – September 4, 2016

I hope everyone had a great, long weekend! It is still very hot in Kansas City, but I am looking forward to the autumn and cooler weather!

This week I have a hodgepodge of products to review!  The include sunscreen and after sun lotion (always needed), tools to make your eyes pop, a natural body lotion and a fresh fragrance:

Sun Bum Continuous Spray Sunscreen ($15.99 USD) — Speed up your sunscreen application without skimping on coverage with this quick-dry spray, available in SPF 15, 30, 50 and 70.

Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion ($11.99 USD) — Complete the post-beach ritual with the ultimate post-sun skincare: Sun Bum’s Cool Down products. This supreme indulgence revives sun-sapped skin with Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter. Insanely soothing and incredible smelling, the products are like a beach in a bottle.

What I think: I love the tropical scent of these products!  They will keep summer lasting

Learn more at http://www.trustthebum.com

MUA Perfect Contour Eyelash Curler ($10 USD) —  Who says you can only contour cheekbones? With this precisely designed full head curler, get close to your lash line for a dramatic curl.  Aligned handles ensure full stability and control to prevent any ouch moments.

MUA Precision Point Tweezer ($10 USD) —  Remove short, delicate or hard-to-grab hairs with this defined shaped tweezer, made of high-quality stainless steel.

MUA Lash Separator ($9 USD) — To be used after mascara application, this separator with comfort grip handle removes clumps for fluttery lashes. –         The fine, metal comb of the separator is contoured to fit the shape of your lashes, while they gently separate and sculpt for superb lash definition.

What I think: These cool new tools make my eyes look amazing! I like the curler, but it does take some getting used to.  The rubber pad is big and it makes it a little tricky to grab my lashes.  But once I do, it curls my lashes nicely. And speaking of lashes, the lash separator helps remove clumps after mascara application.  I have never seen anything like this, but it’s really easy to use because it fits the shape of my eyes.

The tweezers are perfect for removing those little hairs that evade — and also work well with my husbands splinters!

Purchase at CVS stores and http://www.cvs.com

The Healthy Body Butter
The Healthy Body Butter

Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla ($19 USD) —  This super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100 percent pure shea and cocoa butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. Five sweet-smelling scents and a non-greasy formula create the ultimate indulgence.

What I think: I love this body butter, and may have tried it in all of it’s amazing scents.  This is the original Pure Vanilla, and it is a sexy scent for the fall.  It’s really rich and sultry.  And it moisturizes so well!  It keeps my skin soft all day.

Learn more and purchase at http://www.lavanila.com

 

Katy Perry’s Mad Love
Katy Perry’s Mad Love

Katy Perry’s Mad Love ($29.98 USD) — This fruity scent opens with the succulence of Lady Apple Sorbet and Mara Strawberry blended to perfection with freshness of delicious Pink Grapefruit. Middle notes of Peony Petals, smooth Sun-Kissed Jasmine, and the hypnotic pull of the Bleeding Heart flower captivate the senses.

What I think:  This smells so fresh and sweet.  I think that it would be a great gift for teens and women of all ages.  It also is light enough to work well for all seasons!

Available at Kohls stores and http://www.kohls.com

What products are you loving this week?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makeup For A Flawless Summer Face

In the summer my make up routine is all about a natural look that will last through the heat with the least amount of products.  Easy?  No, but I have recently found new products that help me look my best this summer:

New makeup launches from Makeup Academy:

Amp-Up Your Lashes Fiber Lash Primer ($8 USD) — Achieve the look of false lashes without the hassle! It gently conditions and lengthens your lashes with emollients and fibers to give your lashes extra length and volume.

Pro Makeup Correcting Pen ($7 USD) — If eye shadow falls beneath your eyes, your eyeliner isn’t precise as you like, or your lip color has smudged, use this to neaten up your look. The gentle formula easily erases makeup mistakes and refreshes makeup that has strayed during the day. Use it to sweep away smudges and smears, or to quickly change your color for the evening. 

Under Eye Illuminator ($9 USD) — Achieve glowing skin with this liquid highlighter! Using light diffusing pigments, it lends a brightness to the entire eye area for a youthful, luminous look- resulting in sheer to light coverage. 

Sold exclusively at CVS Pharmacy nationwide and CVS.com

ybf beauty Neutralizing Pressed Powder
ybf beauty Neutralizing Pressed Powder

ybf beauty Neutralizing Pressed Powder ($25 USD) — Translucent yellow pressed powder that color corrects and creates a velvety-sheer, radiant finish for skin that looks naturally flawless. This one product neutralizes redness, diminishes the appearance of pores and blemishes, absorbs oil and sets foundation and concealer – it’s your new best friend!

Finely-milled, Italian powder makes application completely mistake proof. You’ll achieve a perfect complexion without worrying about over applying, looking cakey or masked with makeup. The powder is a universal shade created for all skin tones so there is no stress in finding your perfect match, it adapts to your skin.

Purchase at at HSN, HSN.com and ybfbeauty.com

Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Boost
Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Boost

Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Boost ($37 USD) —  Mally’s Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Boost gives your skin a natural boost of warmth for healthy, glowing skin. This matte, lightweight formula offers a perfect finish for your make-up, while giving an instant warming glow. It works to diffuse the look of pores, minimize fine lines, and help your make-up last longer, giving a flawless-looking matte finish. Face Defender Boost comes in one universal shade made to suit all complexions.

Available at www.qvc.com www.ultabeauty.com and MallyBeauty.com

What summer products are you loving right now?  Leave a comment and let me know.

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Makeup Gift Ideas

Still looking for the perfect gift for the makeup lover on your list? It is such a fun gift to receive!  When I give makeup, the recipient is always excited to have new colors to play with!

Don’t be afraid to give adventurous colors as gifts, too.  It gives the lady license to try something new and bold!

Below are some great gift ideas:

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set
Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set ($29 USD) — At Smashbox we’re all about sharing hot new talent. For our Holiday collection, we partnered with breakthrough artist Yago Hortal to bring you these mega-vibrant, limited-edition kits featuring all of our bestsellers in a range of shades—from bold pops of color to always flattering neutrals.

Includes:
•   Full Exposure Mascara (black)
•   Be Legendary Lipstick in Primrose (mauve pink)
•   Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Disco Rose (rich rose)
•   Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Spectral [Platinum (matte warm nude)
•   Bare (shimmery goldish brown)
•   Aubergine (dark matte plum)
•   Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Callback: Fortune (soft copper), Nude (matte soft caramel), Cocoa (metallic deep brown)

Available at http://www.smashbox.com

Maybelline Gilded in Gold Makeup Kit
Maybelline Gilded in Gold Makeup Kit

Maybelline Gilded in Gold Makeup Kit ($14.99 USD) Get a luminous look. This kit has everything you need to light up the night with a luxurious glow. The kit features shimmery and matte nude shadows, eyeliner, blush, highlighter and a red lip gloss. For flawless application, the kit includes step-by-step instructions and face charts to follow.

Available at select mass market retailers

It Cosmetics The Heavenly Luxe 6 pc Essentials Brush Collection ($50 USD) is a set of 6 essential must-have brushes and travel case that truly sets a new standard in the brush category by creating an ultra-luxurious, ultra-plush collection of brushes that work with all of your favorite products, but take them to a whole new level of airbrush application! We designed the sophisticated travel case to protect your brushes and allow for ease of storage and travel. The case also flips around and velcros, becoming a vanity stand for your brushes!

It Cosmetics Limited Edition Your IT Girl Lips! ($24 USD) — Experience the gift of youthful vitality with your perfect red lips that last! This limited-edition, 2-piece set includes your cutting-edge Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick in IT Girl™ and a bonus Travel-Size YLBB™ Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Cherry Flush. While Blurred Lines™ lipstick drenches your lips in rich color, lip-smoothing collagen and hydrolyzed filling spheres, the creamy YLBB™ lip liner enhances your lipstick and locks it in place with budge-proof definition. For skin as beautiful as your lips, this set also includes free samples of No. 50 Serum™ Primer, Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ and Bye Bye Under Eye™ Concealer—try IT, love IT, believe IT!

IT Cosmetics Your Je Ne Sais Quoi Limited Edition ($28 USD) — Treat yourself or someone special to our award-winning, cult-favorite Vitality Lip Flush™ 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain and Vitality Lip Blush™ Hydrating Gloss Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi®—your perfect flush of pink! Tucked inside a luxe-looking makeup bag that doubles as a clutch, this limited-edition duo also comes with bonus samples of No. 50 Serum® Primer, CC+® Cream with SPF 50+ and Bye Bye Under Eye® Concealer—try IT, love IT, believe IT!

Available at http://www.itcosmetics.com

MUA Makeup Academy Holiday
MUA Makeup Academy Holiday

MUA Makeup Academy Holiday sets — Tis the season to share the glam with NEW Makeup Academy holiday offerings, available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy! The sparkly and festive makeup kits are perfect stocking stuffers for beauty enthusiasts and help achieve flawless eye, lip and face looks!

Whether it’s the Sultry Eyes kit, featuring the Smokey Eyeshadow Palette for nighttime looks, the All About Brows set for killer arches, or Shades of Plum lip set for a defined pout, there’s an option for everyone – beginners and pros alike! Additionally, the kits are affordably priced at $15-$20.

Available at CVS stores.

CĂ´te Shop Limited Edition 9-Polish Gift Set
CĂ´te Shop Limited Edition 9-Polish Gift Set

CĂ´te Shop Limited Edition 9-Polish Gift Set ($144 USD) — This specially curated set of nine luxurious, hand-poured, “five-free” polishes which are made in the United States, cruelty–free, vegan, FDA approved and free of the five major toxins associated with nail polishes: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, camphor and formaldehyde resin. Including a luscious trio of nudes, a bold trio of red hues, and a fresh trio of neutral pinks.

Purchase at coteshop.myshopify.com.

Lipstick Queen Galactic Gorgeous
Lipstick Queen Galactic Gorgeous

Lipstick Queen Galactic Gorgeous ($24 USD) — Take your lips into a fuller dimension with this travel-sized selection of Big Bang glosses formulated with light-reflecting shimmer particles for an otherworldly shine.
This set contains:

  • Infinite 3ml
  • Energy 3ml
  • Creation 3ml
  • Black Hole 3ml

Purchase at us.spacenk.com

Fresh Lip Looks For The Summer

Have you been experimenting with new lip colors this summer?  I have.  And I have to say my choices have been pretty bold!

I’m normally a soft pink, coral or nude lip gloss girl.  This summer, though, I have been trying brighter colors and lots of lipsticks!

My favorites are below — fun lipsticks by Lipstick Queen that turn a different color on your lips than in the stick, shimmery, pretty lipsticks from Cargo and bright affordable lipsticks and glosses from MUA Makeup Academy.

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince ($25 USD) — Get heads turning with Frog Prince, a remarkable lilypad green lipstick that transforms lips into a pretty rosebud pink. Don’t be fooled by the deep green hue of this semi-sheer lipstick. The green reacts with the warmth of your lips turning them an intense, fairy tale rose while vitamin E and shea butter keep lips soft, hydrated and deliciously kissable. And just like true love itself, this enchanting shade was made to last. Lips remain their blissful pink all day long from just one lingering, magical Frog Prince kiss.

Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor ($25 USD) — Turn the blackberry lip trend on its head with this ultra-modern, navy blue sheer lipstick. In a nod to the nautical, Hello Sailor tints lips in a cool, berry tone with a hint of deep sapphire. The sheer blue pigment is suspended in a protective vitamin E treatment that can be worn alone as a nourishing lip tint or teamed with its Berry sisters in Saint or Sinner, to add a topaz glint to your berry lips.

What I think:  I was so excited to try both of these and I LOVE them!  My favorite is Hello Sailor.  It is very moisturizing and leaves a soft berry tint on my lips.  It is more like a colored balm, but it lasts a long time.  Frog Prince turns my lips a pretty pink and is really fun to use.  It is also very hydrating.

Available now at http://www.lipstickqueen.com, spacenk.com and Space NK Stores nationwide.

Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Summer 2015 Gel Lip Colors
Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Summer 2015 Gel Lip Colors

Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Summer 2015 Gel Lip Colors ($20 USD) — Lightweight, gel texture lipstick glides on like silk. The smooth formula moisturizes and protects lips, feels comfortable and never drying. Semi-sheer coverage with subtle shine. Available in 4 easy to wear, always flattering shades.

What I think: These are so pretty.  The colors are sheer and shimmery.  They all look perfect with a tan!  My favorite is SOHO a pretty coral.  I think it would look great on all skin tones.

Purchase at http://www.cargocosmetics.com and http://www.kohls.com

MUA High Shine Lipstick ($8 USD) — Extreme shine, hydrating and bold. Vitamins A and E blended with beautiful pigment and Shea butter deliver luscious saturated color.

MUA Luminizing Lip Gloss ($8 USD) — Hydrating, moisturizing, ultra-creamy high shine gloss imparts intense shine in a range of shades from nude to deep corals and plums. Natural peppermint oil adds a cool and soothing finish.

MUA Moisture Balm — Packed with Vitamins A and E, this moisturizing tinted lip balm hydrates and quenches all day long.

What I think:  These are all such good quality and are really affordable.  I usually don’t wear red, but the lipstick was so hydrating and pretty on!  The lip gloss is awesome, I do like a nude, non-sticky lip gloss!  And the balm is sheer and perfect for everyday wear, while hydrating lips.

MUA is Available at http://www.cvs.com and learn more at muapro.com.

Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balms
Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balms

Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balms ($2.50 USD) —  nourishing balm with a fresh hint of a tint for an alluring just-bitten effect. When lips are lacking luscious care and color, don’t panic—Keep Calm and Lip Balm, the latest lip-loving product from Rimmel London. Available in six shades that are packed with personality, this longwear balm is enriched with is enriched with moisturizing oils to help heal dry and cracked lips. The unique formula locks in moisture while softening and nurturing lips.

Available Shades:

  • Keep Calm and Shop: clear
  • Keep Calm and Kiss: pink blush
  • Keep Calm and Rock: berry blush
  • Keep Calm and Play: rose blush
  • Keep Calm and Party: violet blush

What I think:  These are so fun!  They are a combo lip balm and stain.  The color stays on for a long time and the moisture stays too!  The color is sheer, so it’s perfect for everyday.

Available at mass market retailers.  Learn more at us.rimmellondon.com

What is your favorite lip product this summer? Leave a comment and let me know!