My Beauty Faves Week of March 16-22, 2015

It’s spring! It has been beautiful in Kansas City.  Well, sunny and warm, but we are still waiting for rain to turn the brown grass green.  It’s been such a dry winter for us.

I am still inspired to change-up my beauty routine for the new season. I’m loving a luxe new skincare potion, a multi-tasking tinted moisturizer, a fresh fragrance, pretty and affordable spring makeup and a fruity lip balm duo!

PHYTO-C SIGNATURE
PHYTO-C SIGNATURE

PHYTO-C SIGNATURE ($240 USD) — This is an anti-aging, anti-wrinkle product that works well for all types of skin. Stimulates cell–cell interactions, and accelerates cell renewal.  Helps to preserve cellular energy, assists the formulation of collagen and strengthens in structural proteins.  Combats fine lines, wrinkles and skin imperfections. Regenerates skin’s ability to retain moisture, enhances skin elasticity, tightens and firms skin. Brightens and improves skin tone and enhances skin smoothness and radiance. Active Ingredients are IMPA™ Complex, Aleosin, Mandelic Acid, and Vitamin B12. Apply twice daily.

What I think: The texture of this is lightweight and feels almost like a smoothing primer.  I have been using it under my moisturizer like a serum at night, and over my SPF day moisturizer.  It makes my skin silky and smooth.
 glō therapeutics Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+
glō therapeutics Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+

glō therapeutics Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+ ($38) provides broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide while Sodium Hyaluronate attracts and maintains hydration, holding 1,000 times its weight in water. Designed to feel like second skin, this lightweight tinted physical sunscreen goes on smooth and even for flawless all-day coverage and a natural looking, healthy glow.

What I think: For days that I am in a hurry, I love that this product gives moisture, SPF and covers, too!  It has a nice medium coverage and is buildable.
GUESS Dare Limited Edition
GUESS Dare Limited Edition
GUESS Dare Limited Edition ($52.0050ML, $40.00 30ML) — Give yourself a sexy scent this spring with a fragrance that will steal your man’s heart – GUESS Dare Limited Edition. Floral, fruity and woody, this scent will leave you feeling desirable and sexy with an aroma that captivates every room.This tempting scent opens with juicy grapefruit and crunchy lady apple. Middle notes of pink jasmine and pear blossom balance out the bottom woody notes of sheer cedarwood, white musk and a touch of vanilla.

What I think: This is a light, fruity scent that is perfect for spring.

Available at http://www.guess.com

essence Spring 2015 makeup
essence Spring 2015 makeup

Essence cosmetics is excited to launch a bright, new variety of products to kick off a fresh start to spring! Whether you’re giving your lashes the royal treatment with new mascara, perfecting an easy day-to-night smokey eye or testing new shades of classic favorites, the essence cosmetics new collection includes over 30 new products to amp up your beauty routine this spring and summer.

The new products in the above photo left to right are:

Lash Princess Volume Mascara ($4.99 USD) — presented in a fantastical evening gown design and has a unique wand applicator designed for extra control to reach every lash. The prestige inspired cobra brush is specially shaped to lift, separate, and cover each individual lash for the most majestic volume.

Longlasting Lipstick ($2.99 USD) — Longlasting love! This rich and creamy lasting lipstick is moisturizing with intense color that lasts for hours. Available in 13 beautiful, cream and matte shades.

3D Eyeshadow ($3.49 USD) — 3D eyeshadows provide a smoother and silkier texture that is easy to blend.  The new color-duos range from neutrals to jewel tones with high pigmentation. Apply with a damp brush for more intensity and maximum impact. Available in 6 irresistible shade duos in satin, metallic, and shimmering finishes. Available in 8 irresistible shade duos in satin, metallic, and shimmering finishes.
Available at Ulta, Shoppers Drug Mart and Fred Meyer
Spring Limited Edition Softlips 2-pack
Spring Limited Edition Softlips 2-pack
Spring Limited Edition Softlips Cube 2-pack ($6.49 USD) — The 2-pack features the popular Pomegranate Blueberry flavor and a brand new, limited edition flavor Peach Mango. As always, Softlips Cube delivers five lip-loving benefits with Lip Perfecting Technology to hydrate, replenish, smooth, protect with SPF 15 and add a shine to your lips.
What I think:  I have tried this in the Fresh Mint flavor before and really liked the application and minty flavor.  I was so happy to try these flavors, especially the new Peach Mango.  It’s very yummy and reminds me of summer (yay)!  The Pomegranate Blueberry is also very seasonal and they both moisturize well and are easy to apply.
Available at a mass market retailer near you.
What new products are you loving this spring?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Take Care of Your Skin This Winter With Skincare By Karin Herzog, Jan Marini, Phyto-C, Wilma Schumann and Korres

How is your skin doing this winter?  I guess it depends on where you live.  If you are in the Northeast it has been cold and snowy, but in Kansas City it changes everyday.  One day it’s 20 degrees and then next, 70!

So, I really need to take care of my skin!  Here are some of my recent faves for soft and smooth skin:

Karin Herzog AHA Cream
Karin Herzog AHA Cream

Karin Herzog AHA Cream ($60)Revive dull winter skin with this powerful, yet gentle overnight exfoliating treatment formulated with fruit acids, clarifying fruit extracts and nourishing vitamins. This buffered AHA formula removes dead cells and revitalizes dull skin to reduce the appearance of hyper pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. The pH balanced formula is suited for all skin types and regular use helps to prime the skin for optimal product absorption and moisture balance.

What I think: This cream can be used at night, before bedtime.  You can apply a moisturizing cream over it if you’d like.  When you wake up in the morning you get softer skin!

Available online via www.karinherzog.com

Jan Marini Holiday Exfoliator in Cranberry Orange
Jan Marini Holiday Exfoliator in Cranberry Orange

Jan Marini Holiday Exfoliator in Cranberry Orange ($85) — Just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean you should stop treating your skin. Available in Sugar Cookie and Orange & Cranberry scents, JMSR’s popular, clinical-strength resurfacer immediately refines texture, leaving skin with a radiant, polished glow. This uniquely designed scrub eliminates harsh abrasives to gently and safely scrub and resurface the skin.

What I think: I like to use this exfoliator a couple of times a week.  I love how soft it make my skin. And it smells amazing.  The scent reminds me of fresh fruit and it is nice to use all year round, not just during the holidays!

Available online via www.janmarini.com now through the end of the winter season.

Phyto-C SUPERHEALTM O-Live Cream
Phyto-C SUPERHEALTM O-Live Cream

Phyto-C SUPERHEALTM O-Live Cream ($120 USD) — The nourishing O-Live Cream is created with multi-vitamin and centella extract to reinforce natural skin hydration.  The light-weight formula soothes and calms itchy skin, reducing adverse skin reactions, dryness, irritation and redness.

What I think: This beautiful cream is super-moisturizing, but not heavy at all! I really like using this as a day cream before SPF.  It has a little tint to it and helps with my redness.  Since it isn’t heavy, it works well under makeup.

Available online via www.myphyto-c.us

Wilma Schumann Oil-Free Nourishing Serum ($56 USD) — Nourish and moisturize while improving the appearance of damaged skin. This concentrated formula/’s amino acids (extracted from salmon caviar, rich in omega-3) are the building blocks of proteins. It/’s exceptionally effective for a range of skin types from normal to oily and acne-prone. No fragrance. Non-irritating. Paraben-free.

Wilma Schumann Moisture Activ Gel-Crème ($48 USD) — Visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines by protecting your skin from environmental damage. This light cream-emulsion combines DMAE, marine collagen, elastin, vitamin E and alpha lipoic acid known for powerful hydrating and antioxidant properties in a non-greasy formula. Subtle, natural fragrance.

What I think: Both of these products help moisturize skin without being heavy or greasy.  I like to use them together at night (after exfoliating).  I have a hard time sleeping with a heavy cream on my face.  In the morning, my skin looks fresh and glowing.

Available at http://www.wilmaschumann.com

Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial
Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial

Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial ($45 USD) — This ultra hydrating facial-in-a-jar contains a Greek Yoghurt concentrate with two and a half times the protein content of regular yogurt, and works overnight to provide skin with intense, long-term moisturization and nourishment to create a smooth, even complexion. You will wake up to noticeable improvements in skin texture and more moisturized, refreshed skin.

What I think:  I use this cream when my skin is dry and I need more hydration.  It works so well overnight! I wake up with soft, fully hydrated skin.  This is perfect for those who need hydration at night!

Available for $45 at Sephora.com.

What skincare are you using this winter?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

My Beauty Faves Week of January 5-11, 2015 — Le Mieux, Mehron, Phyto-C, Yes to and Snappers

It’s a new year!  And it is so cold and dry in Kansas City!  Brrr!

Some of my favorite new products include a moisturizing face mask, bright eye shadows, a refreshing face mist, great new products from Yes to and a yummy sweet and salty snack.

What are you loving this week? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Le Mieux Hyaluronic Shea Mask
Le Mieux Hyaluronic Shea Mask

Le Mieux Hyaluronic Shea Mask ($15 USD) — Formulated with the moisture-binding hyaluronic acid, this deep conditioning mask prevents water loss, dryness and roughness, providing intensive, long-lasting hydration. A rejuvenating blend of soothing oils and botanical extracts deeply nourish dry, damaged and mature skin, while improving elasticity.

What I think: My skin has been dry, but also really sensitive lately.  I tried a different mask and it burned my face, so I was wary of trying another.  But, I am so glad I tried this mask!  It was so soothing and hydrating, and once I washed it off, my skin was so soft!  I think I will be using this once or twice a week to keep my face soft and moisturized.

Available at www.myskincarebox.com.

Mehron Beauty INtense PRO Pressed Pigments in Fire
Mehron INtense PRO Pressed Pigments in Fire

Mehron INtense PRO Pressed Pigments in Fire ($52.95 USD) — are super long-lasting matte finish shadows that are edgy, bright, and sophisticated. Our pigment rich, high-performing shadows offer an essential range of intense hues and a velvety matte texture. Formulated without shimmer, these completely matte shades have an incredible silky finish which allows for amazing color payoff.

Fire Palette – includes the colors: Ignite, Purple Heat, Fire Island, Electric Green, Pure Lightening, Hot Pink, Inferno, and Yellow Spark.  This also comes in Earth and Wind palettes.

What I think: These shadows are so fun for a fresh look!  Especially in this cold, dreary winter.  The shadows are extremely pigmented and fun to use. I like to use them as an accent to more neutral shades.  But using them together would be a very bright look!

Available at http://www.mehron.com

Phyto-C Icy Blue Mist
Phyto-C Icy Blue Mist

Phyto-C Icy Blue Mist ($40 USD) –Provides intensive hydration by binding water to skin tissue. Refreshes skin, nourishes dry and sun damaged skin. Enhances skin elasticity and radiance. Helps prevent irritation and other skin reactions.

What I think: This is great tospritz on the face after washing and beforemoisturizers and during the day for a pick me up.  It is very refreshing and smells minty!

Available at www.myphyto-c.us.

IngridNilsen x Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes -($5.99 USD40ct) — Yes To Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes gently remove dirt, sweat and makeup (eye makeup too!) without the need to rinse. Whether you’re out and about, going for a run, or having a late night, these wipes make it a snap to refresh on-the-go. Packed with greensuperfoods these all-natural, biodegradable wipes naturally exfoliate, detoxify, and rejuvenate all-in-one. Stay gorgeous, and go from zero to clean in seconds!

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil ($4.99 USD) — This lip oil provideslong lasting nourishment, softness, and fits just about anywhere (talk about a triple threat!). This new lip oil will quench dry lips with decadent oils, that also cool while it moisturizes. Formulated with a plethora of oils: Virgin Coconut, Olive, and cooling Eucalyptus, your lips will be intensely moisturized and soft. Throw in an added hint of natural shine, and you will be ready for coconut kisses (under the sun!)

Yes to Blueberries Face & Neck Oil ($15.99 USD) — Return your skin to 22! Imagine (really…close your eyes) a face oil that provides intense moisturization, absorbs quickly and won’t clog pores! Formulated with organic blueberries andL22, a botanically derived system which helps deliver the skin lipid profile of a healthy 22-year old. We couldn’t believe it either, but seeing (open those gorgeous peepers) is believing!

What I think: I was so happy to test some new Yes to products, and these three were my favorites! The wipes are perfect for my sensitive skin and they clean very well.  The lip oil is amazing! It smells and tastes fantastic, like coconut and mint and is so moisturizing.  My lips were chapped by are much better after a few days use.  And the face and neck oil keeps my parched skin soft without being greasy.

All products are available at http://www.yestocarrots.com

Snappers Crunchy and Salty and Sweet Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel
Snappers Crunchy and Salty and Sweet Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel

Now for something different, and sweet. Snappers Crunchy and Salty and Sweet Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel ($9.99 USD for a 24 oz. bag at COSTCO) — These are the perfect blend of smooth dark chocolate, creamy caramel, and crunchy pretzel topped with a hint of sea salt.

What I think: These are so yummy!  The crunchy pretzels topped with the soft caramel rich dark chocolate are paired with a pinch of salt.  They are delicious and you need only one or two at a time to tame sweet cravings!

Available at COSTCO stores.

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of November 24-30, 2014

How was your Thanksgiving?  Did you eat and shop too much?  I definitely did!  But, I still have a lot more shopping to do!

This week I’m loving dry skin fighting skincare, a tropical scented deodorant and a self-tanner that is giving me a healthy glow.  It’s important to keep looking and feeling good during this stressful time of year!

CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer
CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer

CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer ($19.99 for 5.2 oz and $10.99 for 1.9 oz) — Made with 100% fractionated coconut oil, this all-natural, paraben-free treatment combats dry, flaky, irritated skin, making it soft and silky.  Conceived by a dermatologist, fragrance-free CapriClear is an exceptionally pure, gentle and effective single-ingredient solution for even the most sensitive skin.  It also has the eczema seal of approval and is safe for the entire family.  Plus, it results in soft, silky skin.

What I think: I have been experiencing some dry patches on my sensitive skin.  I have started using this at night and my skin is much smoother in the morning. Just a little bit goes a long way, as this is very moisturizing.

Available at CVS and Walgreens stores.

Belli Eye Brightening Cream
Belli Eye Brightening Cream

Belli Eye Brightening Cream ($39 USD) — Formulated with vitamins K and B to reduce the appearance of these telltale signs of fatigue and dehydration, this luxurious cream is the perfect anti-dote to late nights and interrupted sleep.  Brighten your day and your look with this soothing and restorative refreshment for the eyes.

What I think: This fab eye cream is extremely hydrating.  I love using it at night.  In the morning my eyes are smoother and the dark circles are lighter. It can also be used in the morning under makeup.

Available at http://www.belliskincare.com

Skinfix Body Repair Balm
Skinfix Body Repair Balm

Skinfix Body Repair Balm  ($17.99 USD) — Clinically proven to treat eczema, dryness, and dermatitis. Total relief from the itch, the ouch, the red, the chronic, angry inflamed skin. Skinfix Body Repair Balm is a safe and effective natural medicinal alternative to traditional steroid treatments – which can do more harm than good to skin’s natural moisture level. This healing balm repairs skin’s barrier with 2% colloidal oatmeal, twice the level of most other eczema products. The formula is packed with natural active ingredients like sweet almond oil, allantoin, and zinc; combined with natural butters, soothing botanicals, and emollient protective oils to immediately relieve and protect the skin.

What I think: My 19-year-old daughter has eczema and was excited to try this balm.  She applies it on her arms and legs at night, and by morning her skin looks and feels better.  She has just been using it for about a week, but is seeing improvement already!

Available at Target stores and http://www.target.com

Phyto-C B5 Gel
Phyto-C B5 Gel

Phyto-C B5 Gel ($35 .5 fl oz, $60 1 fl. oz.) — Formulated with vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid, this moisturizing gel provides intensive hydration by binding water to plump skin tissue. The B5 Gel also diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while smoothing and softening skin.

What I think: Before I used this on my face, I applied a little on the back of my hand.  My skin was instantly softer and smoother!  I have been using it in place of my serum in the morning and night and love how smooth my skin looks and feels! It has smooth my rough patches and even helped with redness!

Purchase at http://www.myphyto-c.us

Lavanila Vanilla Summer The Healthy Deodorant
Lavanila Vanilla Summer The Healthy Deodorant

Lavanila Vanilla Summer The Healthy Deodorant ($14 USD) — This All-Natural, freshly scented deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection. Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment. Clinically Tested. Dermatologist Recommended. No Aluminum. No Paraben. No Propylene Glycol. No Harsh Chemicals. Tropical pineapple and mango blend with exotic coconut and Madagascar vanilla for an island freshness that lasts all day.

What I think:  This scent is so tropical, which is so nice when it’s freezing out.  I can almost imagine warm, balmy days!  This solid works really well for people who do not need super-strong deodorant (like me).  I suggest that you purchase it for tweens and teens, since it is good for skin and has natural ingredients.

Purchase at http://www.lavanila.com

 

Vita Liberata pHenomenal Lotion
Vita Liberata pHenomenal Lotion

Vita Liberata pHenomenal Lotion ($54 USD) — This product is not only completely odorless, but also contains certified organic botanicals as well as a unique moisture-lock™ system that draws water to the skin surface and locks it there for 72 hours, keeping skin soft and smooth upon application.

What I think:  Love this self tanner!  It is odorless, which is rare in a self-tanner.  It is also very easy to use with the enclosed tanning mitt.  If you apply it carefully, it will give you a flawless tan that lasts for days and even weeks!

Available at http://www.sephora.com and Sephora stores.