Shop My Stash September 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

Hi All!  I’m back with my September Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for September.

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I enjoyed most of these products.  The Jane Iredale face makeup kit and the IT Cosmetics Hello Cheekbones bronzer and highlighter are both really nice!  I used both of them a few times each week. The bronzer is very warm, but it worked well as I was losing my summer tan.

The PUR lip gloss is so pretty.  It’s hydrating and not sticky.  And I love the shade, Focused.  It looks nice on it’s own, over a lip liner and over a lipstick.  Also, it lights up and there’s a mirror on the side.

The only item I will probably let go of is the MGS Accessories Matte Liquid Lipstick in Posh.  It’s very drying.  I’ve never really been a fan of liquid lipsticks, but I keep trying!

Here’s photos with the eyeshadow palettes open:

 

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The Urban Decay Naked Reloaded is my most used item this month.  I really enjoyed using this palette.  I’m pretty sure I tried almost every shade in the palette.  It’s so nice for everyday wear.  You can also make a more dramatic look for evening.    The mattes are really easy to blend and the shimmers are gorgeous!

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This is also and Urban Decay palette and the formula is just as beautiful as the Naked Reloaded. It’s the  Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Shortcut. I have made soft pink looks and dramatic, sparkly looks with this.  I will be keeping both palettes.

Now on to my empties:

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I have a few empties to share this month.  I used up a few body creams that I have been working on over the summer. I loved the Body Shop Banana scent, but the gel texture of the Body Yogurt is not my favorite.  I would purchase this scent in the Body Cream. I would repurchase both Sol de Janeiro creams.  They are so silky and both smell amazing!

I enjoyed all three serums I used up.  I am working on other serums, so I probably won’t buy a new one for a while.

I also like the Koh Gen Doh wipes and may purchase them in the future. I like the Urban Decay Troublemaker mascara just fine, but I have ton’s of mascara to try out.


Stay tuned for October Shop My Stash — I’m hoping for cooler weather soon!

 

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Ideas!

Can you believe Mother’s Day is in a week!  I had to face that fact, I just mailed my mom a package (full of beauty goodies) yesterday.  I live in Kansas City and she lives in Oregon, so I have to mail it ahead of time each year.

I also included goodies for my sister and sister-in-law. Beauty gifts are my favorite for Mother’s Day.  Here are some great ideas for little, or bigger gifts to give:

No7 Matte Liquid Lip
No7 Matte Liquid Lip

No7 Matte Liquid Lip ($9.99 USD) —  Switch up your look this season with the NEW No7 Matte Liquid Lips – bold colors that you can really feel good about. Get ready for a long lasting, comfortable wear with an on trend matte finish that will keep your lips moisturized all day. Available in a selection of six motivation-inspired colors:

Inspire (pink)                                                                                                                            Conquer (rich berry)                                                                                                                   Grace (nude)                                                                                                                          Captivate (coral)                                                                                                                       Fearless (red)                                                                                                                           Courage (plum)

This are very pigmented and comfortable on the lips.  If mom (sister, aunt, friend) love long-wearing lipstick, this is perfect for them!  Available at Target, Target.com, Walgreens, Walgreens.com

 

Coming this spring, Morgan Taylor & Gelish’s Royal Temptations Collection. Inspired by the lavish life of Marie Antoinette, the collection includes six delicious shades and an additional special effect glitter top coat that you can’t help but love.

Indulge yourself (or mom) with these seven NEW glamourous shades:

  • My Other Wig Is A Tiara – Sea Foam Metallic
  • Ruffle Those Feathers – Teal Crème
  • All The Queen’s Bling – Purple Pearl
  • All My Heart Desires – Hot Pink Crème
  • Beauty Marks The Spot – Coral Crème
  • Curls & Pearls – Pale Pink Crème
  • Over-the-Top Pop – Multi-Glitter Special Effect

I always send nail polish for Mother’s Day, and these are gorgeous! Purchase at www.morgantaylorlacquer.com

The Beauty of Dirty Skin
The Beauty of Dirty Skin
The Beauty of Dirty Skin by Dr. Whitney Bowe ($23.00 at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com).  Celebrity NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe shows readers that skin health is so much more than skin deep. With simple explanations of science, DIY practical at-home tricks and tweaks to make to your diet and beauty routine, and a life-changing 21-day program, this book is your roadmap to glowing skin from the inside out and the outside in.

 

 

Here are a couple of gorgeous Josie Maran kits:

Josie Maran Argan Beauty Canvas ($45 USD) — Includes Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm, Argan Lip Sting Plumping Butter in Be It Boysenberry, and the Argan Moonstone Drops.
Josie Maran Argan Nourishing Kit ($100 USD) — Includes Argan Milk,  100% Pure Argan Oil and my favortie, the 100% Pure Argan Oil Light.
What are you giving the ladies in your life next Sunday? Do you have any fun plans?

Holiday Gift Guide — Makeup Stocking Stuffers

I stuff a lot of stockings each year — my husband, three daughters, my oldest daughter’s boyfriend and one for the dog and one for the cats.  Whew, that’s a lot of stuff to buy!

So, I love great ideas for stocking stuffers.  I do give my daughters lots of fun little beauty gifts like the ones below.  There are different price ranges included, so I’m sure you’ll find something affordable and that will make someone smile:

Sephora Collection Lip Balm

Sephora Collection Lip Balm ($5 USD) –This lip balm is made with a nourishing, comfortable formula that gives lips a light tint. This product comes in pink or nude (shown above) shades in a Sephora customized emoji tin.

Purchase at Sephora

ybf beauty up all night mascara ($16 USD) .. curling & volumizing mascara is a water-resistant all-in-one mascara formula that builds & fortifies lashes – just what every girlfriend needs! Your starry eyes are the perfect frame!
ybf beauty smooth blending sticks ($17 USD each) –Tired of pinching your cheeks for a little coulour? Tired of blushes that give you clown cheeks? Don’t fret, angel – our new, multi-purpose blending sticks solve that problem. We all need some rouge in our lives – so pamper yourself & look lively, vibrant & glowing! Be fabYOUlous!  You will receive (1) 0.21 oz/ 6 g blending stick in choice of: playful peach, perfect pink, chic champagne (highlighter) or radiant rose.

No7 Glamourous Nudes Eye Light Palette Holiday 2017
No7 Glamorous Nudes Eye Light Palette ($14 USD) — Features 8 nude eyeshadow shades in a gold packaged compact, perfect to bring on-the-go and apply touch-ups during holiday parties.
Available at Walgreens and Walgreens.com.

Pop Beauty 24K Face Base ($16 USD) — This light diffusing primer blurs imperfections while hydrating and restoring the skin. Micronized gold pearls boost the skin’s radiance while creating a smooth, even toned, illuminated base for your makeup application. Prepare your skin for an all day glow. Paraben free. Not tested on animals

Pop Beauty Pout On Point Lip Liner ($6 USD each) — Keep your pout on point with this tri-tipped liner that nourishes and prevents feathering in a few easy strokes. Define your line and withstand time.

Pop Beauty Prismatic Pop Illuminating Powder ($12 USD each) — Beam up your favourite features & make your skin POP with prismatic perfection! This ultra light reflecting illuminator seamlessly blends onto the skin for an ethereal finish; creating a multifacete d, three dimensional, luminous glow. Paraben free. Not tested on animals

Available at http://www.popbeauty.com

GrandeLIPS Fast Lip Fix Set

GrandeLIPS Fast Lip Fix Set ($29 on sale now for $14.50) — This four-piece set features mini sizes of Original Clear, Barely There, Pale Rose, and Hot Fuschia shades—perfect for any time of the year. Infused with Volulip™ and hyaluronic acid, GrandeLIPS Hydrating Instant Lip Plumper instantly improves lip volume in three to five minutes—adding a pop of lip-boosting color while hydrating dry areas. It offers an array of shades, including its original clear color, and its clinically proven formula increases overall lip hydration, volume, softness, and firmness in just 30 days of usage when applied twice daily. It layers effortlessly with other lip products and soothes the lips without any burning or irritation.

Purchase atwww.grandecosmetics.com

VMV Hypoallergenics Vanity Pair
VMV Hypoallergenics Vanity Pair ($54 on sale now for $35) — This VMVanity Pair consists of our bestselling, beauty editor-fave LIP GLOSS and Glitz Lipstick. Two Glam. Two Fab. Two Perfect. Each box contains 1 lip gloss and 1 lipstick, in one of two combinations, Cherry Fudge + Tango and Big Red + Smack.
Do you have any great beauty stocking stuffer ideas?  Let me know!

Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2017 Skincare Deals!

As we are entering the holiday season and amazing sales, gifts are on our mind.  But, why not purchase some amazing skincare for yourself?  It’s a great time to replenish your stash or try something new!

Here are some great sales on skincare:

H2O+ Beauty

Black Friday Deal: 40% off site-wide 11/23 – 11/26. Early access on 11/22 for email subscribers.

Cyber Monday Deal: 40% off site-wide with doorbuster product bundles up to 60% off 11/27 – 11/30.

Black Friday November 24– 45% OFF Needles No More® No More Baggage
Cyber Monday November 27 –Buy 1 and get 1 free: Do Not Age Triple Peptide Eye Cream ($82), Microdermabrasion ($79), Pores No More® Pore Refiner Primer ($45), Magnetight Age-Defier ($75), Do Not Age Time Defying Cream ($132), 2% Retinol Complex Serum ($69)
 
No7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi-Action Serum

No7 Black Friday Deals

Buy two and get your third product free at your nearest Walgreens location for a mix & match of (No7, Botanics, and YourGoodSkin skincare products.)

Enjoy an additional 10% off Botanics and No7 products, valid from 11/26 – 12/2

Leonor Greyl

LEONOR GREYL: Starting now to Monday November 27th Midnight with any purchase over $149.00 you will receive a FREE Hair for the Holidays Styling Kit valued at $200.00. It includes Eclat Naturel, Natural bristle brush, Golden hair barrette, Detangling comb, Classic nubuck clutch, Samples of shampooing Reviviscence & Masque Quintessence! In addition, on Cyber Monday, Leonor Greyl will be offering Crème de Soin a l’Amarante at 50% off.

https://www.leonorgreyl-usa.com/

 

Yes To

CVS: All Single Use Masks Buy 2 Get 1 Free (not brand exclusive) running 11/26 – 12/1.

RiteAid: Buy 1 Yes To Wipe, Get 2 Free running 11/23 – 11/25.

Target: Buy any gift set (not exclusive to Yes To) – BOGO 50% off running 11/24 – 11/26.

Volition Beauty Ultimate Anti-Aging Trio

Volition Beauty — Offering a Holy Grail Mask Kit including cult favorite Detoxifying Silt Gelée, 4 extra Boomerang Sponges, Mask & Splash Headband and a Deluxe Mask Brush, $70 (Value $108) running 11/20 – 11/27

Offering a free full size Ultimate Anti-Aging Custom Trio, a skincare system including a moisturizer, day serum and night serum that can be combined with the moisturizer for additional benefits (value of $149) with a purchase of $95+ running 11/20 – 11/27

Purchase at VolitionBeauty.com

VOTRE VU

VOTRE VU: Starting Thursday November 23rd to Wednesday November 29th you can get 25% off all products and when you spend over $100 you will receive 30% off. Free shipping on all sale.

https://votrevu.com

No7 Fall Skincare and Makeup Releases!

Wanting a new fall look? No7 has come out with some amazing skin care and cosmetics to change up your look for the fall!

I was sent the following products to test for my honest opinion.  They are all affordable and perform very well:

No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence

No7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi-Action Serum ($33.99 (30mL) and $43.99 (50mL) -This serum has five clinically proven results for the face and neck. It adresses concerns of wrinkles, face firmness, and neck crepiness, and is targeted towards women in their 50s and 60s. The serum’s building block technology features the protein-strengthening ingredient Matrixyl 3000 Plus complex found in No7’s existing serum ranges, along with an additional complex of Calcium Amino Acids and Ceramides to help boost epidermal strength.

What I think:  I always apply serum in the morning and evening before moisturizer, so I was happy to try this one.  I haven’t been using it for long, but I have found that my skin tone seems clearer and smoother.  I’m using it on my neck, too and it seems a little firmer. The formula is very hydrating and a little goes a long way.

Available at select Walgreens stores, Walgreens.com, Ulta, Ulta.com, Target and Target.com in September.

No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence

No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence ($24.99 USD) — Smooth and even out skin tone with this new essence and its innovative delivery system. This breakthrough product guarantees to leave skin looking brighter and healthier than ever. In a recent study, 93% of women agreed their skin looked brighter after just two weeks! After first use, skin feels softer, refreshed and more radiant through use of the potent Vitamic C raw ingredient.

What I think: To use this product, you mix the powder in with the essence. This is a glowy combo!  I like using it at night and in the morning my skin looks smooth and bright.

Available at Target, Target.com, Ulta, and select Walgreens and Duane Reade locations in July.

No7 City Light Tinted Moisturizer

No7 City Light Tinted Moisturizer ($14.99 USD) — City-proof your skin this summer. This skin-perfecting tinted moisturizer not only quenches thirsty skin, but is full of skin loving ingredients and No7s innovative Double Defense technology, designed to boost the skin’s natural defenses and neutralize damaging free radicals. Available in three shades: Fair, Medium, and Medium/Dark.

What I think: This multitasker is a great combo of skincare and coverage.  It’s sheer when applied, but covers really well and leaves skin smooth and with a subtle glow.  It doesn’t look like I’m wearing any foundation!  It also has SPF 15 to protect skin.

Available at Ulta.com, Walgreens.com, Ulta, select Walgreens and Duane Reade locations in July, available in Target and on Target.com in August.

No7 Lash Impact Ultra Instant False Lash Volume Mascara

No7 Lash Impact Ultra Instant False Lash Volume Mascara ($10.99 USD) — Push your lashes to their highest potential. With a creamy texture and unique application brush, this mascara will last all day and night. Available in two shades: Black, Brown/Black

What I think:  This mascara not only gives great volume, it curls and lengthens my lashes, too.  This definitely gives a dramatic look!

Purchase “Black” at Ulta.com, Walgreens.com, Ulta, select Walgreens and Duane Reade locations. “Brown/Black” at Walgreens.com, select Walgreens and Duane Reade locations in July.

No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Collection

Achieve flawless eyelids that look perfectly smooth and velvety soft with the new No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Palettes & Trios. With these eyeshadows, you’ll have options that will last you from day to night, without having to worry about fading or creasing.
Palettes ($14.99 USD)– Available in two shade ranges: nude and smoky.
Trios ($9.99 USD)– available in eight shade ranges: Plum, Warm Nudes, Golden Sands, Smokey Grey, Cool Nudes, Emerald Stones, High Seas, and Pink Blossom

What I think:  All of these palettes and trios give a mixture of shimmer and matte shades to create pretty fall eye looks.  The trios are fun because they can fit in a purse or small makeup bag and can give lots of different looks.  The palettes are very pretty and have great color selections.  The pigments are pretty good, they can be layered for more “wow”.

Available at Target, Target.com, Ulta, Ulta.com, and select Walgreens and Duane Reade Locations

Have you tried any No7 products?

 

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Find Your Perfect Shades of Makeup With No7 Virtual Match Made

Today I’m reviewing a fun app and some gorgeous makeup from No7! Here’s the description of the app and how it works:

No7 just launched an at-home app called the Virtual Match Made. It is based on the success of the complimentary in-store No7 Match Made service designed specifically to help women find the perfectly-matched foundation and color cosmetics for them to flatter every skin tone. The new virtual service helps women find the right foundation, concealer, lipstick and blush shade in the comfort of their own home, all within minutes.

 

HOW IT WORKS

  • Download the app on Apple or Google Play
  • Pick up a No7 Match Made skin tone analysis card at your local Ulta or Walgreens
  • Hold the analysis card against the jaw line (no makeup area) and take three separate pictures of both sides of the face in just seconds
  • Discover the shade that is right for you and view your No7 Match Made choices for foundation, concealer, lipstick and blushes and click over to Ulta.com or find your nearest No7 counter to learn more

I downloaded the app on my Iphone and it’s really fun to use.  The first time I tried, I didn’t get it right (couldn’t figure out how to turn my camera facing me in the app, LOL).  My first color match was Ebony, which is very dark and I am fair!  So, I figured out how to do it correctly, and was matched with Calico, a color that does work for me!  The blush and lipstick the app recommended were colors I love to use, too!

Here are some of the products I was sent with the app card to review:

No7 Airbrush Away Foundation ($17.99 USD) — glides over the skin like liquid silk. It delivers buildable coverage while blurring the appearance of fine lines and pores.Clever optical blurring powders give a velvet yet radiant finish, like your complexion has been placed in to soft focus.

No7 Match Made Powder Blush ($12.99 USD) — The No7 Powder Blushers contain a unique blend of micro-powders for a velvety smooth application, as well as Vitamin E to care and condition.

No7Match Made Bronzer ($12.99 USD) — creates a natural looking healthy glow with a matte finish that lasts all day. The silky soft powder blends and builds effortlessly with your natural skin tone, allowing you to achieve a perfectly bronzed finish.

I love the foundation.  It applies very evenly and gives great coverage.  My skin looks so smooth after use and my pores and lines appear less noticeable.    The blush and bronzer both blend well and give a nice glow.  They aren’t shimmery, which I like.

Have you tried the No7 Virtual Match Made app?  Let me know what you think!