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?

Project Pan August-September 2018 — First Update

 

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Hi All!  I’m back with my first check in for my third quarter project pan in 2018.  This one is only two months long, because I took July off. You can see my first post with the products listed here.

This has been going pretty well as I have already panned three products:

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Sorry this is so dark!  The products I’ve panned are PUR No Filter Primer, Pacifica Crystal Power Hydro Mist and Reclaim Botanical Serum. I love all three of these products, but won’t be repurchasing them this year.  I have so much makeup and skincare and it will last me through the end of the year.

Here’s what I have left:

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Philosophy Hope in a Jar — I have about a 3rd of this left

Yes to Superblueberries Skin Recharging Yogurt Scrub and Mask — I have about a 4th of this left.

Reclaim Botanical Eye Cream — This is almost done, maybe a few more uses are left.

Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz — I have about a week of this left.  I really love this spray!  It has a rosy-floral scent.

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation in 01 Classic Ivory — It’s really hard to tell on this one.  It could have a 3rd or 4th left in it, it’s hard to tell.

The Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit has just a few more uses in it.

The Tigi Bed Head After-Party still has a couple of weeks in it I think.

I will update again at the end of September and hopefully it will all be used up.  Wish me luck!

Have you done a project pan before?  How did it go?

 

August 2018 Beauty Favorites

It’s almost September! Yay! It has been a LONG, HOT summer and frankly, I’m glad it’s almost over!  My daughters have been in school for over two weeks now, so I’m ready for cooler weather and a change in my beauty routine!

Below are my favorites this month.  These are products I’ve been using all summer. I haven’t done a ton of reviews in August because I’ve been busy and I haven’t had many new products (I have a feeling that will change this fall!). Here are the one I have been loving most:

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette ($42 USD) — I would think this would be a predictable favorite for many of us this month! I purchased this as soon as went on sale at Ulta.com.  I love purples shadow and I loved the packaging!  I wish this had more purples, but the ones in it are very pretty and you can make lots of natural looks with it.  There is a lot of kick up in the pans and their is fallout, but the shades blend well and are very pigmented!

Philosophy Pure Grace Endless Summer ($49 for 2 fl. oz EDT) — I have been loving this during the summer.  It’s citrusy and fresh at first, then the musk gives a sultry finish.  I received this in a set that includes a body lotion, but the set doesn’t seem to be on sale any more.  You can get the perfume still.  And I definitely recommend it!

jane iredale’s NEW Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipsticks ($35 each). These are actually new for fall and are a very new favorite for me! Each lipstick contains antioxidant-rich Moringa Oil to soothe and nourish, plus Tahitian Vanilla and Blackberry for subtly sweet, natural flavor. These are hydrating but feel really light on.  My fave shade is the one shown, Jackie (peachy pink). It’s pretty now for summer and will also look gorgeous with dramatic eyes in the fall.

Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder ($34 USD) — This gives me a matte look,  but isn’t dry on my skin.  That’s important to me as I age, and the fact is my face isn’t oily.  But it does get greasy in the summer when it’s so hot and humid.  The combo of this and the Urban Decay Chill setting spray really has kept my makeup in place all day during the hot weather.

Pixi Beauty Retinol Tonic (#15 USD) — This amazing toner features a unique time-release Retinol to help rejuvenate the skin for a natural glow.  Powerful antioxidants and botanicals replenish the skin for  a smoother, softer appearance. I love using this once a day (normally at night). It makes my sensitive a bit red at first, but then calms down and is so even-toned an smooth!  Plus my skin looks great in the morning!

Derma E Firming DMAE Cleanser ($15.50 USD) —  This has been my favorite cleanser for months now! It claims to cleanse away oil and makeup while supporting visibly firmer skin with this exclusive treatment cleanser. The formula contains skin-firming DMAE, antioxidants Alpha Lipoic Acid and C-Ester, calming Lemon Grass, Chamomile, natural astringents Horsetail and Horse Chestnut to be gentle on skin while encouraging healthy tone and texture. It doesn’t irritate my skin at all and cleanses so well while not drying out my skin.

So, those are my August faves.  What have you been loving this month?

Project Pan August-September 2018

Hey all! I’m back with my third project pan of the year! I’ve been doing quarterly pans, but I took a month off.  So this third pan is only two months.

The products below are mostly skincare, with some makeup and other products thrown in!

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I have chosen 10 products for my 2 month pan.  Most of these are at least half way full, so I should be able get through most of them!

Here is a description of each product and what I think of it.  Buckle up, this is going to be a long one!

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Both of these are from Victoria Principal’s natural skincare line Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical.  I have been loving products from this line.  So great for aging skin and I love that they are good for me! They are almost used up so they should be empty by the end of the pan.

Synant Peptide — gives skin a botanically based serum specially infused with exclusive Synant Peptide. This formula helps improve the appearance of skin elasticity, hydration and radiance while visibly minimizing fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical Radiant Recovery Fluid Eye Cream — This botanically based eye formula is designed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and undereye puffiness. Superior botanicals from the Brazilian Rain Forest work alongside scientifically advanced ingredients plus a special light refractor to operate as an instant concealer that visibly diminish imperfections.

You can check out these products on www.reclaimbotanical.com

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Philosophy hope in a jar — lightweight daily moisturizer hydrates and provides antioxidant protection while improving skin texture and tone, leaving it smooth and radiant. this high-performing moisturizer contains lactic acid, a gentle alpha hydroxy acid that helps remove surface dead skin cells, and beta-glucan to promote overall skin health by helping to strengthen skin’s natural rejuvenation potential.

yes to superblueberries RECHARGING GREEK YOGURT & PROBIOTICS 3-IN-1 MASK, SCRUB & CLEANSER — Cleanse, exfoliate and treat your skin with this supercharged 3-in-1 Mask, Scrub & Cleanser. Formulated for stressed skin, this rich, creamy formula provides customized use…can be used as a mask, scrub or cleanser separately or all together to recharge and rebalance skin. 

I have had the  the hope in a jar for a while now and need to use it up.  It looks thick, but turns into a lighter cream once applied.  It’s really nice for the summer.  This jar is pretty full (as is the Yes to mask) so I need to make an effort to use it up.

The yes to superblueberries mask/scrub/cleanser is really creamy and sticks to my skin, so it works best as a mask, then wiped off with a damp towel.  It leaves my skin so soft and glowy!

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Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz — Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz, a generous spritz of this organic rose-water toner purifies and refreshes skin after cleansing, as it delicately yet effectively removes traces of make-up, leaving the skin feeling revitalized.

Pacifcia Crystal Power Hydro Mist — Your skin will look amazing and your soul will love the aromapowers. Watermelon, lemongrass and rose crystal extracts unite with aloe to bring you hydration and a refreshing boost with Pacifica’s Crystal Power Hydro Mist. This is your moment to shine bright.

I love both of these mists, but I have SO many mists right now, I need to use some up!  I use the Botanics mist (which smells like rose) after I wash my face and before my skincare, and the Pacifica mist (which smells like watermelon) before and after applying makeup.  They smell amazing and are so refreshing!

Both of these are available at Ulta.

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PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer — PÜR’s unique primer with prismatic blurring micro-pearls helps to color correct while age-defying skin care ingredients nourishes the skin and a vitamin-rich Energy Complex with moisturizing agave and essential fatty acids prep the skin for makeup application. 

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation — Rimmel’s most lightweight long-lasting formula. It perfects your skin with medium buildable coverage whilst enriched with breathable skin technology that doesn’t clog pores. Moisturizes for up to 25HRS. With SPF 18.

The primer is looks shimmery first, but when applied well, it blurs all imperfections and skin looks so smooth! It’s really hydrating, too.

The foundation is a medium coverage which I love for everyday. It’s a little glowy and hydrating, which I need right now.  My skin is a little dry.

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Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit —  A crisp blend of sparkling grapefruit and vanilla softly scents skin. This super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. With super soft scents and a non-greasy formula, prepare for the ultimate indulgence.

Tigi Bed Head After-Party — The perfect party favor for TIGI’s frizz prone friends. After-Party hair creme for silky, smooth, shiny, healthy looking hair. Control the funky fly-aways and silk-ify your hair.
I love Lavanila Body Butter.  It is super hydrating and always smells amazing. This is about half full.
The Tigi hair cream is so good on my frizzy hair! It also makes my hair soft and shiny. I have been using this for a while, and there isn’t a lot left.
So there are my products for my third Project Pan of 2018.  I have less than two months to use these up.  I should be able to do it!
Are you doing project pans this year?  How’s it going?

 

 

 

 

My Current Summer Faves!

Summer is flying by this year!  It has been a long, hot one.  My youngest daughter starts high school in a couple of weeks and my middle daughter goes off to college.  It’s crazy!

This summer I have been loving the items below.  They include a cute quotation book on friendship, Biotin chews to help my skin, a fresh new summer perfume and fun holographic nail polish:

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The Joy of Friendship: A Thoughtful and Inspiring Collection of 200 Quotations ($12.50 USD) — The greatest gift in life is friendship. The Joy of Friendship celebrates these all-important relationships by exploring the nature of friendship, how it forms, and how it endures. From childhood friendships to lifelong best buddies, it is the friendships we build along the way that defines who we are and what our lives are about. As Aristotle said, a friend is “a soul living in two bodies.” The Joy of Friendship collects this and other wisdoms to help you better appreciate those who make your world a better place.

NeoCell Biotin Burst Brazilian Acai Berry 30 Chews ($11.96 USD) — All natural formula bursting with delicious flavor. Acai Berry for protection from free radical damage. Having beautiful and radiant skin has never been so easy- or so delicious. NeoCell Biotin Bursts deliver high absorption beauty nutrients in delectable, gourmet soft chews.

I’ve been taking these for about a week.  I like the berry taste and the fact that they are chews instead of pills.  They are fun and easy to take.  My skin has been looking pretty clear lately.  I don’t know if it’s too early to see results, but I will continue to take them!

Philosophy Pure Grace Endless Summer ($49 for 2 fl. oz EDT) — summer is a state of mind—and a new limited-edition fragrance. This fragrance celebrates the sultriest of seasons with delicate layers of iced lychee, exotic pomelo and warm musk, conjuring calm and a carefree sensibility with a single spritz.

I have been loving this during the summer.  It’s citrusy and fresh at first, then the musk gives a sultry finish.  I received this in a set that includes a body lotion, but the set doesn’t seem to be on sale any more.  You can get the perfume still.  And I definitely recommend it!

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The gorgeous nail polishes shown above are The Morgan Taylor Lacquer Platinum Collection. 

The claim for this is that it embraces pure excess with rich textures, effects, and an extended-wear formula.

“With Platinum, we wanted to give the wearer an indulgent experience by creating shades, effects, and textures straight from their wildest dreams,” explain brand namesakesMorgan Haile and Taylor Daniel.

These are so gorgeous!  I love all of the shades, but especially Disco Days, a mint green and Glow all Out, a rosey coral shade.   They wear best with a top coat.

What new summer products have you been loving?

 

 

Philosophy Mother’s Day Fragrance Gift Sets

Mother’s Days is a little over 2 weeks away, time to get shopping! I think fragrance is such a sweet gift to give to mom and the other ladies in my life.

I was sent these amazing sets from Philosophy to try out.  I love the variety that the brand offers.  There’s a scent for everyone!

Fresh Cream 3 Piece Set
Fresh Cream 3 Piece Set

Fresh Cream 3 Piece Set ($47 USD) — Give mom a gift as sweet as she is! This is a Philosophy fan-favorite fragrance.  This includes spray eau de toilette with 2 award-winning body formulas infused with the creamy vanilla scent, for a luxurious layering experience that will last. I think this is perfect for any women on your list.  It’s not a strong scent and appeals to so many people. Purchase at philosophy.com and Philosophy retailers.

Amazing Grace 3 Piece Set
Amazing Grace 3 Piece Set

Amazing Grace 3 Piece Set ($57 USD) — This is my signature scent. The notes are bergamot, muguet blossoms and musk. This set includes the award-winning shampoo, bath & shower gel, a hydrating and firming body emulsion conditions and moisturizes as it tones, for skin that feels pampered and renewed. a finishing spritz of eau de toilette will accompany her through the day with grace. Purchase at philosophy.com and Philosophy retailers.

Pure Grace 3 Piece Set
Pure Grace 3 Piece Set

Pure Grace 3 Piece Set ($57 USD) — This scent is a clean soap and water scent, perfect for classic and outdoorsy ladies.  This collection features the scent 3 ways, perfect for enjoying individually or layering for a longer-lasting experience, beautifully packaged for presenting. Purchase at philosophy.com and Philosophy retailers.

 

Amazing Grace Ballet Rose 2 Piece Set
Amazing Grace Ballet Rose 2 Piece Set

Amazing Grace Ballet Rose 2 Piece Set ($50 USD) — This is a fresh take on amazing grace, wrapped in elegant rose, sparkling peony and pink musk. This is for the woman who loves the scent of fresh roses. This  includes 2 sizes perfect for home (2 oz.) and on the go (0.5 oz. mini), wrapped and ready for gifting.  This is available exclusively at Ulta stores and Ulta.com.

Pure Grace Nude Rose 2 Piece Set
Pure Grace Nude Rose 2 Piece Set

Pure Grace Nude Rose 2 Piece Set ($50 USD) —  This new scent has notes of blush rose, orange flower, warm cedarwood and musk. I really like this scent.  It’s soft and warm, so nice for spring and summer! This gift set includes: pure grace nude rose eau de toilette, 2-oz.pure grace nude rose eau de toilette, 0.5-oz. Purchase at Macy’s stores and Macys.com

Have you tried Philosophy scents? Which one is your favorite?

Favorite New Skincare From N07 and Philosophy!

I have been testing new skincare, which I have been enjoying.  I have been using up some skincare from a project pan I have been doing, (I will be posting results soon), so I was ready for some new products!

The two products I have been loving are from N07 and Philosophy.  I have received them for my honest review. I have been using them for over a week.  Here is what I think:

No7 Early Defence GLOW ACTIVATING Serum
No7 Early Defence GLOW ACTIVATING Serum

No7 Early Defence GLOW ACTIVATING Serum ($24.99 1 oz) — This product claims to give glowy skin after 7 days of use. In one week, 87% of women saw a more radiant complexion. This clinically proven serum delivers:

  • Visibly brighter skin
  • Reduced appearance of pores
  • Smoother texture and improved clarity

No7 Early Defense GLOW ACTIVATING Serum, with Ginseng and Vitamin C boosts skin’s natural renewal process to clear and refine pores for a glowing complexion. This powerful formula also supports your skin’s natural defenses, calming skin¿s reactivity to stress and protecting by neutralizing damaging free radicals caused by the sun & pollution.

What I think: I have been using this twice a day for over seven days.  It is a white gel/cream and is unscented. It has almost a primer-like feel on the skin — it glides on and smooths out my skin tone.  I have noticed that my skin has been looking really nice every morning.  My skin tone is even and my pores look a little less noticeable.  And I do have a glow! I will continue to use this and see if my skin continues to improve.  I do recommend it if your skin needs a bit of a glow.
Available at Ulta stores
Philosophy purity made simple ultra-light moisturizer
Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ultra-Light Moisturizer

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ultra-Light Moisturizer ($25 4.7 fl. oz.) — I was excited when I saw this new moisturizer, because I love Purity Made Simple cleanser. It is an   ultra-lightweight formula that claims to leave skin looking dewy and smooth with less-visible pores—pure and restored to its ideal state. learn more! More claims are:

Clinically proven to keep skin hydrated for 24 hours                                                    Immediately feels like a reset for your skin                                                                                  In just 3 days, see makeup-optional skin                                                                                       In 7 days, skin looks young and healthy like the skin you were born with!

What I think: This has the soft lavender scent of the cleanser, which I love! It is very light and absorbs into the skin very quickly.  I have been using it over my N07 serum at night (I use an SPF day cream).  I don’t like to use heavy night creams at the moment, as I am hot all the time (my own personal summer).  This is perfect as it does hydrate without weighing down my skin. I think this will be amazing in the summer when I need moisture without using any heavy creams.

Available at http://www.philosophy.com

Have you tried either of these products?  Let me know what you think!