Beauty, cosmetics, Nail Care

Keep Summer Going With Bright and Fun Eye, Lip, and Nail Products!

I am really looking forward to fall, but it’s still summer! And while the weather is still warm and the sun is shining, I want to wear bright colors!

Below are my picks for the end of summer.  I received samples for my honest review of everything except for the Maybelline Soda Pop palette:

Maybelline New York Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette
Maybelline New York Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette

Maybelline New York Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette ($13.99 USD) — I don’t have this yet, but I do want to get it because I think the shades are gorgeous! Here’s the info:

Use the NEW Maybelline New York Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette to take nudes to a new level. Wearable neutrals meet bold pops of color – encompassing the hottest color trends in one convenient palette! Curated with 12 super creamy shades that pack a strong pigment punch, this palette offers intense color payoff in just one swipe. The best part? The palette is enriched with a cherry-cola scent that is sure to quench your color thirst. Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette offers everything you need to create your soda-inspired look that POPS!

This is available NOW on Ulta.com

WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER
Wunder2 Wunderkiss Gloss Lip Liner

Wunder2 Wunderkiss Gloss Lip Liner ($11.95 USD) — This liner is created to be used with  lip gloss! The liner is very smooth and easy to use. The claim is that it can be used to  create a beautiful, long-lasting lip contour that keeps your lip gloss in place. I find that it does just that.  My gloss looks fresh for longer. Available in 3 shades — Nude, Rose and Berry.  I love the Nude, but the Rose is so pretty, too!  The Berry is a little dark for me, but I might try it in the fall.

Purchase at www.wunder2.com

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Sunset Splash Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Sunset Splash Collection

I have been loving these Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Sunset Splash Collection for my end of summer nails looks. Give your nails a gradient summer splash with the “Sunset Splash” collection which features 6 shades. From glamorous sunset sky to glitter gradients this collection definitely has you covered. I love doing an ombre look with these or I use a cream like Smartease and add a shimmer or glitter accent like Metro Midnight. Plus since I use these with their gel top coat, they stay looking amazing for about a week!

What products are you loving now? Are you still wearing summer products or are you all about fall?

 

 

 

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bath products, Beauty, cosmetics, Subscription Boxes

Julep Maven July (& June) 2018 Subscription Box Review

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I am excited to share what I received from one of my favorite (and my oldest) subscription box,  Julep Maven.

This is the JuIy box, but I realized that I never photographed and reviewed the June box! So I found the products and I will include the photo at the end of this review.

I have been a Julep Maven subscriber for 5 years now.  And I love it!  You don’t have to take a box each month, you can skip if you want to.  Which is so nice if I’m short a month or if I’m not feeling any of the items.  The cost is $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription).

I also love that you can customize your box.  When I first started subscribing, I could choose from curated boxes, but now, I get to curate my own! Here are the products I chose:

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Saundra Polish ($14) — Color description: Azure Seas Holographic Shimmer.  There were a bunch of fun shimmers this month, but I have a TON of nail polish, so I just chose one this month. Their formula is 5-free and vegan-friendly.

Rethink Your Shower Hydrating Body Cleansing Oil ($38) — An ultra-hydrating, lightweight body cleansing oil that reaches deep to dissolve impurities and prep skin for exfoliation, then rinses away to reveal silky, nourished skin. This smells amazing! Kind of citrusy.  But, I haven’t tried it yet.  It’s in my beauty room/office and I keep forgetting to take it into my bathroom.  I am excited to try it, though.

Don’t Leave Your Brows At Home – Cool Brown — Two-in-one tool with brow powder and an angled brush to fill in and define your brows. I can’t find this on the website right now.  It wasn’t a new product this month, but one I wanted to try.  I have been playing with it and am liking it okay.  I’m more used to an eyebrow pencil.    

And this is what I chose last month:

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Roberta polish ($14 USD) — Color description: Breezy Turquoise Shimmer

Two It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse ($20 each) in ULTAmate Nude and Blush.  Blush is shimmery, which I didn’t know until I purchased it.

Here are swatches:

IMG_1391 I really like ULTAmate Nude.  It’s so pretty on!  These are so nice, they don’t dry down all of the way and aren’t transfer proof.  But I don’t like drying lippies, so these are right up my alley!

I love this box and will continue subscribing! I love that I can choose from new or older products depending on what I want and need.

What did you choose for your June and July boxes if you are a maven?

 

Beauty, cosmetics, Nail Care

Julep Maven April 2018 Subscription Box Review

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I have been so busy with reviews that I haven’t had a chance to post my April Julep Maven box.

I have been a subscriber for 5 years now.  And I love it!  You don’t have to take a box each month, you can skip if you want to.  Which is so nice if I’m short a month or if I’m not feeling any of the items.  The cost is $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription).

I also love that you can customize your box.  When I first started subscribing, I could choose from curated boxes, but now, I get to curate my own!  This month I chose the Way Butter Hydrating Lip Sheer in Macaroon and two shimmery nail polishes.  I also recieved a third polish (the reddish one) as a freebie!

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This month had glittery polishes and the amazing lip butters!

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I chose the colors Maribel (Caribbean Surf Iridescent Chrome) and Danielle (Cerulean Wave Duochrome).  The free polish wasn’t from this month’s collection, but it does fit in.  The shade is Lula (Pomegranate Multidimensional Glitter).  These are all gorgeous for spring and summer.  I wore Danielle last week and it is bright!

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This is my favorite product this month.  They had these last summer or the one before and they had a different name.  So I have a couple in darker shades.  I really love this nude shade Macaroon.  It’s gorgeous for anytime of the year.  Plus it feels amazing on.  I love the gunmetal packaging, too.  The lid is magnetic so it clicks shut, which is so much fun.  This costs $20, or $16 if you’re a Maven.  Being a Maven gives you a discount in everything you purchase.  It’s a better deal to subscribe, though, and you can choose one or two of these in a monthly box.  You can subscribe here.

Are you a Maven?  What did you choose this month?

anti-aging, Beauty, Nail Care, Skincare

Julep Maven March 2018 Subscription Box Review

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I have just received Julep Maven box recently came!  This is the March subscription box. The cost is $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription).

I have been a subscriber for 5 years now.  And I love it!  You don’t have to take a box each month, you can skip if you want to.  Which is so nice if I’m short a month or if I’m not feeling any of the items.  I skipped December, because I was a bit short of cash and I didn’t really need any of the products.

I also love that you can customize your box.  When I first started subscribing, I could choose from curated boxes, but now, I get to curate my own!  This month I chose the Dream Big Nightly Renewal Pressed Serum with BHA and two metallic matte nail polishes.  I received some cute shamrock nail decals as an extra!

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Here’s a closer look!

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I was excited to try the new Dream Big Nightly Renewal Pressed Serum with BHA ($36 or $28.80 for Mavens) — This claims — An innovative stick streamlines your nighttime serum and moisturizer steps into one. It deeply hydrates as it gently exfoliates to unveil smoother, more refined skin overnight.

I really wasn’t paying attention to this, because I didn’t realize that it was a stick until I got it home! I haven’t tried it on my face yet, because I’m trying a new No7 brightening serum (review to come).  But I have swatched it on my hand.  It’s very hydrating.  I hope it’s not to heavy for my face, but we will see!

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These cute little shamrocks will be perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day manicure.  I have a new green polish that will look amazing with them!

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These shades are from top Polly Ann –Cool Aubergine Matte Shimmer and bottom — Sonia — Blue Steel Matte Metallic.

I took this when the day was almost done, so the lighting isn’t perfect.  The top is more purple and the bottom, teal.  These look a bit like fall shades to me. I picked them out.  I guess I’m not ready for spring yet!

Do you get Julep Maven?  What products did you choose this month?

Beauty, cosmetics, Nail Care, Subscription Boxes

Julep Maven October 2017 Subscription Box Review

My Julep Maven box recently came!  This is the October subscription box. The cost is $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription).

I have been a subscriber for over 4 years.  And I love it!  You don’t have to take a box each month, you can skip if you want to.  Which is so nice if I’m short a month or if I’m not feeling any of the items.

I also love that you can customize your box.  When I first started subscribing, I could choose from curated boxes, but now, I get to curate my own!  I usually choose polish and beauty items, but for this month I went for all polish and cute nail stickers.  I always love their polish choices for October:

The colors I chose are Johnny, True Black Crème, Christi, Enchanted Teal Shimmer and Ariel, Planetary Turquoise Glitter.  They are all super fall-ish and Halloween-y to me!

Plus, these fun metallic nail stickers!

Have you signed up for Julep yet?  If you use the code POLISHGIFT when you subscribe, you will get a free polish set when you join Julep Beauty Box. Includes twelve full-size nail polish. A $168 value.

bath products, Beauty, cosmetics

My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 2-8, 2017

As it turns to fall (sort of) in Kansas City, I have been taking care of my skin because the weather has been fluctuating between cold evenings and mornings to hot afternoons.  My skin has been needing TLC!

So, my faves this week include a natural, all purpose balm, hydrating hand and body butter and fall hues of lip and nail colors in plum:

The Body Shop Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm

The Body Shop Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm ($10 USD) — Packed with powerful natural origin oils and waxes, this multi-tasking balm helps to revive the brightness and appearance of tattoos, intensely nourishes dry skin and minimizes the appearance of skin marks with a nourishing, 100% natural-origin formula. Inspired by the Amazonian communities that have relied on natural oils to care for their skin for centuries, Amazonian Saviour™ Multi-Purpose Balm is made with just nine, 100% natural-origin ingredients. Enriched with Community Trade organic babassu oil and organic andiroba oil from Brazil. 100% vegetarian and never tested on animals.

What I think: This works well all over, from lips to hands to knees.  It is fragrance and flavor free so it can be used by those with fragrance allergies.  I love it as a lip balm, but I am using it on my cuticles and skin imperfections, too.  It feels amazing on and the 1.6 oz tin will last me a while!

Available at The Body Shop stores nationwide and here: TheBodyShop.com/En

Karité Crème Corps Hydrating Body Cream

Karité Crème Corps Hydrating Body Cream ($46 USD) –This decadent, dermatologist-developed, hypo-allergenic moisturizer features 30% raw, unrefined shea butter sourced from Ghana (one of the highest concentrations available on the market), organic unrefined coconut oil, sunflower seed oil and an antioxidant-rich blend of rosemary and rooibos extracts.

This helps restore lost moisture and optimizes skin-barrier function while leaving skin smooth, soft and supple. Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E, it’s safe for all skin types and effective for problem spots such as elbows, knees and feet—and it’s the ideal complement to Karité Shea Butter Crème Mains Hand Cream ($36 USD).

What I think: Another all natural item, the body and hand creams are both rich and hydrating.  They have a light scent. Both are safe for sensitive skin and feel really nice on, plus they absorb quickly.

Purchase at http://www.mykarite.com

Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour ($5.79 USD) — Get ready for a bold, matte lip-look that stays on.a new liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, a velvety matte finish and a long-lasting, comfortable wear.
What I think: Shown in Midnight and Plum This Show, two dark plum colors.  Plum This Show has a bit more reddish tones and Midnight is plummy purple.  They are both really pretty on.  They do stay on for a while, but are a bit drying as most matte colors are on me.  I think they are very pretty and affordable, which is great for picking up a few in fun colors!
Purchase at mass market retailers near you.

 

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure ($7.99) — This all-in-one formula with keratin boasts 7 benefits in one bottle— base coat, strength, treatment, salon color, topcoat, chip resistance and gel shine finish. Complete Salon manicure delivers up to 64% stronger nails and up to 10 days of chip-resistant wear. Plum colored shades available are Plums the World, a soft smokey plum and Society Ruler, a more reddish plum.
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Color ($8.99 USD) –The patented argan oil formula fuses intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthy looking nails.Up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear. Shown in Exotic Acai, a deep plum creme.
What I think: I like both of these formula.  The Complete Salon Manicure has everything you need in one bottle, and I like that it’s easy!  But I think Color Therapy is my favorite formula because the color stays on for days and days!  And it is good for my nails.
What products have you been enjoying this week?  Any fun shades for fall?

 

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Beauty, Haircare, Nail Care

My Beauty Favorites — Week of September 18-24, 2017

Now that it’s officially Fall, I am so excited for the change in season!  I want to wear my boots and sweaters, and drink lots of tea and eat apple and pumpkin treats!

But, since it’s about 90 degrees F in Kansas City today, I’ll have to settle for Fall beauty products like the gorgeous Sally Hansen polishes below.  I’m also loving some great hair products:

Inspired by rich and vibrant colors, the new Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Fall Collection adds the dose of color and vivacity the stylish woman dreams of. Middle eastern fabrics and vivid Moroccan prints are trending both on and off the catwalk. Sally Hansen has infused their 6 hot limited edition shades with all the exotic street style flair you need this fall for you to feel completely bold. The vibrant, limited-edition line-up features the following beautiful shades:
Marrakeshed From A Rose: Play up your femininity when you don this soft pale blush
Tell My Fuchsia: A deep magenta jewel tone to accentuate your bling
Moroccan Roll: The rich cherry red brings the pizazz
Tagine Supreme: Spice up the everyday with a burnt orange-tinted red
Lan-turn Up: Be the ultimate sidewalk siren with this molten metallic chrome
Magic Carpet: Get ready for an adventure in a ceramic-inspired light blue cream
The all-in-one formula with keratin boasts 7 benefits in one bottle — base coat, strength, growth treatment, salon color, topcoat, chip resistance, and gel shine finish. Complete Salon Manicure delivers up to 64% stronger nails and up to 10 days of chip-resistant wear.
What I think:  This collection is really pretty.  The three shades in the photo above are the colors that are most like Fall to me.  Gorgeous reds, oranges and golds.  There are also some pink and blue shades for the Morrocan feel.  If you haven’t tried Sally Hansen Salon Manicure, they last so long on the nails and look fresh for days.
Learn more at http://www.sallyhansen.com and purchase at mass market retailers near you.
Macadamia Professional Smoothing Curl Cream

Macadamia Professional Smoothing Curl Cream ($19.95 USD) — A conditioning styling cream that controls and smoothes unruly curls, while still providing a light, touchable-soft feel. Fights humidity for fizz control, tames flyaways and creates a natural-looking shine. Premium blend of hold and styling agents provide long term curl retention. Key Ingredients:

  • Rice and Soy Proteins – Help reduce breakage and tame unruly curls.
  • Vitamins A & E – Nourish and lock in moisture.
  • Coconut Oil – Provides moisture and softness to dry, damaged hair.
  • Olive Oil – Maintains color and provides shine.
  • Grape Seed Oil – Provides hydration and protects against moisture loss.
  • Pistachio Oils – Protects against environmental extremes.

What I think: This is a perfect cream for wavy and curly hair all year round.   It helps keep curls separated and soft and helps keep the frizzies away! I love the natural ingredients they help with shine and moisture!

Available at Ulta/Ulta.com

ColorProof SuperPlump Whipped Bodifying Mousse

 

ColorProof SuperPlumpWhipped Bodifying Mousse (9oz/$26; 2oz/$9 at ) — This ultra-rich, all-over bodifying crème mousse instantly delivers astonishing volume for a full-bodied silhouette. Designed to nourish and keep strands soft and flexible, this incredible, alcohol-free, salt-free formula provides a power boost of body, bounce and shine with lasting style memory and maximum color and heat protection. With this super-concentrated formula, a little goes a long way for instant lift and larger-than-life style.

What I think:  Just one pump of this mousse goes a long way! I love that this gives a ton of volume, without being stiff or sticky.

Available at http://www.ColorProof.com

What products are you loving this week?