Beauty, cosmetics, Fragrance

Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Guide

Hi all! It was a beautiful day in Kansas City today, it’s definitely spring!

I have another Mother’s Day Gift guide for you! These are items that I love and think will make great gifts:

 

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This Mother’s Day or any day when Mom deserves a little pampering, let her indulge in a journey of the senses with South of France all-natural soaps (www.southoffrancebodycare.com). They’re kettle-cooked in small batches using a traditional Marseille triple-milled recipe to create a creamy lather that leaves skin soft and moisturized. And she can choose from one of 14 transporting scents including almond gourmande, blooming jasmine, climbing wild rose, lavender fields, lemon verbena, lush gardenia or mediterranean fig. All South of France liquid and bar soaps are free of synthetic foaming agents like sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, as well as glutens, EDTA, parabens, and phthalates.

I received some of their newest scents to try — Glazed Apricots, Violet Bouquet, and Cherry Blossom.  They are all very fresh and sweet, so nice for spring.  My favorite is Cherry Blossom, but my family loves all of them.

You can find South of France products in natural and grocery stores nationwide.  Check their website here for locations.

 

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Philosophy Pure Grace Desert Summer Spray Fragrance

I of course had to include some of my favorite Philisophy products as they make amazing gifts for moms!

Philosophy Pure Grace Desert Summer Spray Fragrance ($50 for 2 oz) a desert summer’s allure can only be described as original, illuminating…extraordinary. we’ve tried to capture the unexpectedly intense beauty of this uniquely wild climate to bring you pure grace desert summer perfume. freesia, ozone, star jasmine and cool cactus blossom meet in a breathtaking blend of fresh florals, anchored by pink clay, blonde woods and musk for a truly special experience. summer is fleeting, but its free spirit lives on and on.

Philosophy Amazing Grace 3-Piece Eau de Toilette Set
Philosophy Amazing Grace 3-Piece Eau de Toilette Set

Philosophy Amazing Grace 3-Piece Eau de Toilette Set this exclusive giftable collection includes 3 ways to enjoy the beautifully crafted, universally loved franchise. the experience opens with the award-winning shampoo, bath & shower gel featuring a rich, grace-infused lather that leaves skin and hair clean, soft and delicately scented. next, a nourishing treatment of firming body lotion conditions and moisturizes as it tones, for skin that feels pampered and renewed. a finishing spritz of perfume will accompany her through the day with grace.

  • 8 oz amazing grace shampoo, bath & shower gel
  • 2 oz amazing grace eau de toilette perfume
  • 8 oz firming body lotion

Amazing Grace is one of my favorite fragrances.  This is such a pretty set! Philosophy products are available at http://www.philosophy.com

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette
Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette ($49 USD) These 12 all-new shades include of-the-moment soft mattes and sizzling metallics, ranging from creamy ivory and shimmering rose gold to the most intense black cherry. We’re addicted to Bing—a deep mauve matte that is right on trend. And we can’t get enough of Drunk Dial, a shimmery metallic burgundy that takes smoky looks to a smoldering climax. Adorned with a row of metallic cherries, the crimson compact includes a full-size mirror and double-sided brush—ready for precision application on one end and seamless blending on the other.

Shades included:

  • Hot Spot (ivory matte)
  • Caution (soft neutral beige matte)
  • Bang Bang (shimmering pink with gold shift and iridescent micro-sparkle)
  • Feelz (soft dusty rose matte)
  • Juicy (soft warm peach)
  • Turn On (pale metallic rose shimmer)
  • Ambitious (metallic rose copper)
  • Bing (deep mauve matte)
  • Devilish (reddish plum matte)
  • Young Love (metallic cranberry)
  • Drunk Dial (deep metallic burgundy)
  • Privacy (deep brownish-plum matte)

Urban Decay is 100% cruelty-free. Available at http://www.urbandecay.com, Sephora and Ulta.

 

BREVENA Basics Pack
BREVENA Basics Pack

BREVENA Basics Pack ($178 USD) — contains bestselling products to get your skin smooth, healthy, and hydrated! Enjoy a full size Daily Hydration Moisturizer, Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream, and a deluxe travel size Intensive Foot & Heel Repair.

Pack contains:

Daily Hydration Moisturizer    2 FL. OZ. / 60 ML ($79 Value)

Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream    2 FL. OZ. / 60 ML ($89 Value)

*may have blue OR white lid

Travel Size Intensive Foot & Heel Repair    0.5 FL. OZ. / 15 ML ($20 Value)

Purchase at shop.brevena.com


Have you done your Mother’s Day shopping yet?  Any beauty gifts on your shopping list?

 

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anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

New Philosophy Skincare!

Hi all!  I hope you are having a great spring and are not suffering through allergies like I am!  I actually had to go to the doctor’s to get a breathing treatment yesterday and am on tons of meds.  Sigh…

But, the reviews must go on!  I was recently sent some fab new Philosophy skincare for my honest review!  Here’s what I received:

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Purity Made Simple Make-up Remover ($26 6.6 fl oz) — Sweeps away stubborn, long-wear makeup without tugging, pulling or drying.

Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker + Line-Correcting Moisturizer ($24 .5 oz travel size) — Help regenerate the look of skin in just 1 week. This anti-aging moisturizer smooths out lines and wrinkles and acts as a de-stressor for your skin.

Renewed Hope in a Jar Peeling Mousse Instant Glow Facial Mask ($35 2.5 oz) — A one-minute mini facial exfoliating face mask for a radiant, healthy-looking glow.

Purity Made Simple Hydra-Essence With Coconut Water ($22 6.7 fl. oz) — Hydrating skin essence for radiant, clarified complexion.

What I think:  I am loving all of these amazing skincare products that Philosophy has recently been releasing. I have already reviewed the larger size of the Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker moisturizer here.  This size will be perfect to take with my on summer travels!  It’s also an affordable way to try it out.

I love the makeup remover for getting every last bit of makeup without irritating my sensitive eyes.  I also wear contacts, and at the end of the day, my eyes don’t want to be messed with! This is gentle and effective.

The Peeling Mousse is a really cool product.  It combiens physical exfoliation and an exclusive enzymatic complex.  You leave it on for 1-minute and it grabs on to debris that can build up causing dull skin, and visibly rolls away those impurities. It makes skin super soft and glowing.  It also helps with skin tone and fine lines.

The Hydra-Essence is a pre-moisturizer step.  I find that it gives an extra layer of hydration under my moisturizer, so my skin feels more hydrated and comfortable longer.  It is light and non-greasy, which I need having combination skin.

All of the gorgeous products can be purchased on http://www.philosophy.com.


Have you tried any of these Philosophy products?  What’s your favorite new skincare?

 

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

February 2019 Beauty Favorites

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Hi All!  Can you believe that it’s the end of February?  That means it’s time for another favorites post! I have been enjoying trying new products this month and have selected a few that I have been enjoying using.

Here are my current faves:

Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Shortcut — I have been enjoying this cute little palette.  Although it’s small, it contains 8 shadows and I can create whole looks with just the one palette.  The quality is as good as my beloved Born to Run palette.  Love!

107 ONEOSEVEN Oil-In-Gel Cleanser — This is a Korean Skincare brand and I have been enjoying trying their products.  This cleanser is really cool.  It comes out a clear gel that you massage into your face to remove all makeup.  Then when you add water, it emulsifies and rinses off easily.  It completely removes my makeup and leaves my skin soft and clean.  I use this every night.  This would be the first step if you double cleanse.  I don’t really, I just use this, then a toner after cleansing.

Philosophy anti-wrinkle miracle worker primer — Wow!  I am loving this primer.  I smooth it over my entire face and let it dry.  Once it does my wrinkles and pores are way less noticeable.  It works so well under all of my foundations. My review of the new anti-wrinkle collection is here.

Higher Education Skincare Easy A Gentle Resurfacing Pads — I use these once a day to exfoliate my skin, usually at night.  But the pads are nice to use before makeup to smooth the skin.  They are very gentle on my sensitive skin.  Check out my review of this cool brand.

Nanacoco PRO. HD Pressed Blush in Shimmery Dusty Rose and Magnu-Matte Lip Crayon in Roasted Chestnut. This is a new brand to me.  I did a brand review here. The blush is a shimmery rosy shade and I love it.  It gives a pop of color and freshness in the cold, cold winter!  The lip color is a gorgeous mauvey-nude and although it is matte, it is not drying on my lips (I’m not a fan of drying matte lippies).  These are both so nice and are affordable, too!

Urban Decay Brow Blade and Brow Finish — I received the new Urban Decay brow products for review, and are really impressed with these two!  I use the pencil end in the Brow Blade to define my brow shape, then use the brush tip end to create hair strokes.  I seal it with the Brow Finish, and my brows look amazing all day long!

What products did you love in February?  I would love to know!

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Philosophy Miracle Worker Anti-Wrinkle Line Review

Hey all!  I hope you had a great weekend and that it’s not too snowy where you are!

I recently received samples from philosophy’s new Miracle Worker anti-wrinkle line for my honest review.  I love trying anti-aging skincare, and philosophy has gorgeous products!

This collection was created to help counteract signs of stress on skin and fight wrinkles
faster! The claim is that these products will help counteract the signs of stress and in just two weeks, reduce the look of wrinkles.

Here are the products I received:

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anti-wrinkle miracle worker+ line-correcting moisturizer ($64 USD) — Silky texture melts into skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, improving texture instantly and over time. formulated with a powerhouse wrinkle-fighting complex of peptides, hyaluronic acid, indian gentian extract and potent forms of vitamin c plus an innovative complex of saponins and enhanced hyaluronic acid to help counteract stress-induced damage on skin instantly.

This is such a nice product to wear under makeup. It absorbs instantly in my skin, as it is very light. It smooths my skin and I have notices that my skin texture looks better when I use it.

anti-wrinkle miracle worker night+ line-correcting overnight cream ($68 USD) — This overnight cream helps virtually erase the look of fine lines as you sleep, while recharging skin and helping counteract the signs of stress on your skin.  a powerhouse wrinkle-fighting complex of peptides, hyaluronic acid, indian gentian extract and potent forms of vitamin c an innovative complex of saponins and enhanced hyaluronic acid to help counteract stress-induced damage on skin silk tree extract to help support skin’s natural antioxidant defenses at night.

This cream is a bit more hydrating than the day cream, perfect for a night treatment.  It doesn’t feel greasy at all. I smooth it on at night and in the morning my skin is brighter and looks more even in tone.  I don’t have a lot of heavy wrinkles, but the ones I do have look less noticeable.

anti-wrinkle miracle worker eye+ line-correcting eye cream ($60 USD) — Clinically tested eye cream targets lines and wrinkles around the eyes while diminishing the look of dark circles and puffiness, so your eye area can look more ageless. Instantly the eye area feels comforted and deeply hydrated. this makeup-friendly, velvety formula is a powerhouse wrinkle-fighting complex of peptides, sodium hyaluronate, Indian gentian extract and potent forms of vitamin c + a retinol-like complex powered by alfalfa extract and coconut oil.

I use eye cream twice a day, so I love testing out new ones!  This helps with puffiness and eye bags in a few days and with longer use it helps with wrinkles and dark circles.  And I love that it glides right on without tugging the delicate skin around my eyes!

anti-wrinkle miracle worker primer+ line-correcting primer ($38 USD) — The multi-tasking primer helps blur imperfections, visibly fills in wrinkles and smooths skin for a more even makeup application. featuring a powerhouse wrinkle-fighting complex of sodium hyaluronate, indian gentian extract, tripeptide and a potent form of vitamin c.

I’m always looking for a good primer for my aging skin. This is a blurring primer, which I need for my pores and texture issues. It gives my skin a velvety finish.  Plus makeup applies so nicely over it!  I love that this helps fight wrinkles, too!

I’m so glad I’ve tried this line.  I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks, but will continue testing it out. But so far, I recommend it for wrinkle fighting and anti-aging.

Have you tried philosophy skincare?  What are your favorites?

 

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

Shop My Stash January 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  Can you believe January is almost over?  I’m ready for spring, so I’m okay with it!

I started a monthly Shop My Stash this year. Here is the link to the post from the beginning of the month.  I go over each product with photos.  I also link if I have reviewed them in the past.

I really enjoyed this and tried to use all of these products at least a few times to see how much I like them.  It’s fun to focus on products since I have so many (especially Eye shadows).

The products this month were Urban Decay Born to Run Palette, Tartiest Pro Glow Palette. Colourpop You Had Me At Hello Palette, Pretty Vulgar Blush in Hush Blush and two BUXOM Cosmetics PillowPout Creamy Plumping Lip Powder in Cuddle Me (Rose) and Cozy Up (Mauve Nude).

I probably used the Born to Run palette the most, confirming why it was my favorite palette last year (see my 2018 faves here). My challenge was to use other shades than the bronzes.  And I did!  I tried the blues, gray and purple shades.  I’m not a fan of bright pink eyeshadow, but I think I used almost all of the shades.  The quality is gorgeous!

I also loved the You Had Me At Hello Palette. It’s a plummy, reddish brown sort of palette with a bunch of beautiful metallic shades. I did a few varied looks with this.

The tarte contour palette and the Pretty Vulgar blush weren’t my favorites. I decided to choose them because I got them both in subscription boxes this year and I never really used them.  The contour palette is a bit dark for me, both the contour and the highlighters.  My skin is so fair right now that they really don’t show up. The blush is very powdery and so pigmented.  It’s too bright for me.  I think I am going to hold on to them and try them again in the summer.  Or I might just give them away to my daughter!

Th Buxom PillowPouts are really nice.  They are creamy, but are matte when applied.  I like to wear lip glosses over them. I’ll continue using them!

I also am going to include any empties in this post each month:

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This month I only had three — The Robin McGraw Revelation Live Life Lifted Neck Cream, Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Leave in Mask, and Philosophy Purity Made Simple Eye Gel. I’ve been using the skincare since early fall and I got the Briogeo in a subscription box a few months ago.  I use neck cream morning and night (and eye cream, too).  This neck cream really firmed up my neck area, and the eye cream was super hydrating.  I definitely recommend them both.  I like the hair mask, but I just got the Briogeo Rosarco one and I like that one a bit better.  If you over use this one, hair gets greasy.

So I have chosen my Shop My Stash products for February and will be revealing those soon.  I’m enjoying this series so far!  Stay tuned!

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

Project Pan August-September 2018 – Final Update

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Hi all! I’m here with my final update on my 3rd quarter 2018 Project Pan.  I am happy to say that I used everything up!  Here is my first post, and you can see my update here.

Here is the list of the products that I panned:

Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical Radiant Recovery Fluid Eye Cream                     Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical Synant Peptide Serum                               Philosophy hope in a jar Moisturizer                                                                                           Yes to Superblueberries Recharging Greek Yogurt & Probiotics 3-in-1 Mask, Scrub & Cleanser                                                                                                                          Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz                                              Pacifica Crystal Power Hydro Mist                                                                                      PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer                                                                    Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation                                     Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit                                                       TIGI Bed Head After-Party

I have to say that it’s so much easier to use up skincare than makeup, but it soes get tedious using the same products every day!  I love variety.  But I did it, and I’m very proud.

I also want to say that I liked all of these products, but I’m not going out to repurchase  any of them right now.  I have lots of skincare to try out and I’m good for now on body butter.  I do love Lavanila and will purchase in the future.

The PÜR primer and the Rimmel foundation are both nice, but not my holy grails.  I’ve been needing a pore filling primer lately because my allergies have been acting up and my face is read and my pores are huge! The PÜR primer is very glowy and accentuates my pores.  It would be great in the winter when my skin is dry.  The foundation is light coverage, and I like more of a medium coverage.

The one product that I am really missing is the TIGI AfterParty.  It really helped control my frizz and made my hair look shiny.  I might have to go get another one!

So I am going to do one more Project Pan this year.  I’ll be posting it  in a few days. I don’t know if I’m going to do it next hear, but we’ll see!

 

 

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

New Hydrating Skincare For Fall!

Hi All!  I love trying new skincare and have recently received some amazing products for my honest review. My skin is combination and aging.  I do get some break outs in my t-zone, but I wouldn’t say my skin is oily. I have a few fine lines and enlarged pores.

These products are perfect for fall.  They hydrate and keep skin looking fresh, even as it tuns colder.  Also, I tend to wear more makeup in the cooler weather and the following products help keep skin soft and moisturized:

IT  Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Tonic ($38 USD) –This is a lightweight no-rinse product that’s created with Secret Sauce™ Fermented Complex, a clinically advanced combination of 7 penetration-enhancing fermented ingredients, Miracle Water helps to increase absorbency and improve the efficacy of your moisturizers and serums. Plus, it’s infused with anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, rose, aloe, rice, chamomile, green tea water, licorice root, vitamin C, illuminating Drops of Light Technology™ Concentrate and diamond powder! Use it after cleansing or in place of cleanser for powerful results immediately and over time.

I love micellar water, anything that cleanses well and is easy to use is awesome!  This quickly removes my makeup.  It feels light on and leaves my skin clean without stripping it of moisture. And I love all of the anti-aging benefits it has!

IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce ($68 USD) — Developed with plastic surgeons, Secret Sauce™ immediately hydrates and transforms skin! The skin-loving, powerfully potent secret lies in the Secret Sauce™ Fermented Complex: 7 clinically advanced, penetration-enhancing fermented ingredients that help to increase absorbency and maximize the ultra-hydrating, anti-aging benefits of Secret Sauce™. Also featuring anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and licorice root, Secret Sauce™ is perfect for all skin types and reduces the look of discoloration, lines and wrinkles. Combined with proprietary Drops of Light Technology™ Concentrate and diamond powder, this luxurious innovation gives you a youthful, lit-from-within glow—and is your secret to beautiful skin!

This is such a nice cream!  It absorbs into the skin quickly and leaves my skin so soft.  I’ve only been using it for about a week, but I find that my skin looks smoother.  I do notice a slight glow to the skin from the Drops of Light Technology™.

These can be purchased at http://www.itcosmetics.com

 

 

Skinbetter Science Hydration Boosting Cream
Skinbetter Science Hydration Boosting Cream

Skinbetter Science Hydration Boosting Cream ($80 USD) — This award-winning moisturizer indulges your skin in hydrating botanical lipids and ceramides, providing a velvety finish. Reduces moisture loss while delivering immediate and long-lasting hydration.

I love to use this cream at night. It instantly hydrates my skin and makes it so soft!  In the morning my skin is smooth and fresh.  I’ve used it for a few weeks now and my skin is more hydrated and younger looking.  I will continue using this and see what other great changes it will make to my skin!

Purchase at http://www.skinbetter.com

Philosophy Purity Hydra Bounce Eye Gel
Philosophy Purity Made Simple Eye Gel

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Eye Gel ($24 USD) — experience the pure and simple way to clinically proven 24-hour hydration* and eye area-awakening results, with the power of purity eye. hydrate and revive tired-looking eyes with our unique cooling memory gel, featuring an eye area-awakening complex that includes ginkgo biloba extract and caffeine. good-for-skin ingredients enrich the formula suitable for all skin types, with meadowfoam seed oil, cold-pressed chia seed oil, patented green tea antioxidant complex and potent forms of vitamins c & e and provitamin b5.

This gel is really fun to use.  The consistency is like a creamy jello, or maybe a light flan!  When you take a small bit of it to use, the next day the product has formed back to one smooth piece.  When I pat it into my under eye, it almost dissolves like a liquid.  It’s very hydrating and smooths out fine lines under my eyes.

Purchase at http://www.philosophy.com

Have you tried any great new skincare lately?  What do you use to hydrate your skin?